I must admit, when I unboxed the Huggy Buddha, there was an instant wave of joy that came over me. His clever smiling face just seemed to radiate comfort and humor from inside the box. When I reached down to pick him up the silky soft texture was pleasing to the touch, and I quickly brought him in for a hug. Yes – less than a minute with the chubby enlightened one and I was already a fan.
With three kids, I’ve had more than out fair share of plush come through my house, but this guy was just a little different than the normal stuffie. My husband “squeed” with delight when he saw the toy, and my teenage daughter, well Budai hasn’t left her lap all night. More than just another plush toy, Huggy Buddha is a velvety cloth sculpture with adorable details including a smiling face, long dangly earlobes, and most adorable belly button. Sitting at about 25 cm tall this happy traveling monk has a silvery grey color, and is stuffed plump for firm hugging.
A soft symbol for a happy life, Budai is admired in folklore for his happiness, plenitude, and the wisdom of contentment he is sure to bring along with him into your home. While the Huggy Buddha was originally created by a grandmother to give her first grandchild, I think that he would make a fine gift for just about anyone you want to share a joyful hug and happy life with. In fact, Huggy Buddha makes for the perfect pal to celebrate National Hug Day on January 21st, 2016.
The whimsical Huggy Buddha is now being produced by GUND for the US, and has all the hallmarks of this premier plush brand. Plus – by purchasing a Huggy Buddha you are also supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with a donation made for every Buddha sold. Visit HuggyBuddha.com to order one for someone you want to hug!
Disclosure: I received a Huggy Buddha for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.