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Three Reasons Why Stuffed Animals are the Best Promotional Items of All Time

There’s a question we hear a lot at Quality Logo Products®. And it’s “What’s the best promotional product?”

Now, there really isn’t a standard answer to that question. Promotional items should be tailored to your specific marketing budgets, promotional campaigns, and brand image.

But if you have some extra cash for your corporate gifts this year, or really want a great way to make some extra cash, I’ve decided on the product that has universal flexibility and appeal. And that product is the promotional plush toy.

Not sold yet? Here are the three reasons why I’m convinced that stuffed animals are the greatest giveaway item.

Stuffed animals have a high rate of retention.

stuffed animal dog

Who could ever ignore a face this cute?

If you make a plush teddy bear your corporate gift this year, you know that they won’t just be ignored. Your customers will take it home and treasure it. Even if you’re gifting the stuffed animal to the grumpiest man in the world, he won’t just toss it to the side. He’ll pass it off to his children, niece or nephew, or a kid next door.

The sweet features and durability make it a gift that will be enjoyed and looked at for years to come. There’s no danger of it being used up like a pen, accidentally misplaced like a business card, or expiring like food. Your brand impressions and loyalty will grow and last. Especially since…

Stuffed animals offer tons of customization.

Want a koala bear with a blue baseball t-shirt and a red imprint? No problem. A wolf wearing a purple bandana with a tangerine tango imprint? Easy as pie. With over a dozen animal plushies, accessory colors, and imprint colors, you’re looking at a minimum of 1,728 combinations. And once you factor in that they come as magnets or key chains, the options just jumped to over 5,000.

The massive amount of choices makes matching a teddy bear to your brand easy. Simply pick your school, business, or brand colors for the t-shirt and imprint colors, and then add your logo. Then you’ll have a custom stuffed animal that your fans will be dying to own. And speaking of that…

Stuffed animals make the best fundraising resells.

stuffed animal monkey

Stop monkeying around! I can help you raise some money!

Sit back and think about it. Is there anything really more appealing than a plush toy? There really isn’t. People want to have tangible merchandise of the brands that they love. So if you customize a fleet of teddy bears to sell in your school’s bookstore, students that want to show their school spirit will snatch them up.

If you’re looking to raise funds for a club, activity, or sports team, people will be thrilled to buy imprinted plushies from you. Selling a teddy bear that only cost you $10 to customize for $20 yields a massive profit. People won’t think twice about forking over a twenty to support your cause and get themselves a cute stuffed animal to take home.

I know that I have a couple of branded stuffed animals at home, and I’m willing to bet that you do, too. This just shows that their cute factor leaves a lasting effect and recipients will hold on to them for a seriously long time.

Interested to learn more? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Quality Logo Products® to see if stuffed animals are the right fit for your brand or business.

Do you think that promotional plushies are as great as I do? Can you think of something better? Leave a comment; I’ll discuss how great stuffed animals are with you all day!


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  1. Cybernetic SAM

    I think this is the cutest blog post ever I wanted to just squee the whole time! plus every company needs an awesome mascot!
    these are my favorite ones so ridiculously cute!

    Yukon the Plush Polar Bear

    Realistic Plush Tiger

    Benjamin the Plush Dog

    Last but not least the world’s cutest teddy bear ever to exist: Spencer!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Tell me about it! It was so hard not to just dump a whole bunch of pictures of plushies into a post and call it a day. They’re just so darn cute!

      Yukon is my favorite, as is most of the ones I featured on this post. But I also like:

      Realistic Plush (Bulldog) and Plush Puppy Riley. They’re just too cute!

  2. amy

    “People won’t think twice about forking over a twenty to support your cause and get themselves a cute stuffed animal to take home.” HOW DID YOU KNOW I DO THIS?!?!?! 😉 I’m a huge sucker for stuffed animals, squeeing at a plushy wearing a custom t-shirt isn’t a rare occurrence for me haha

    Great post, Mandy! Definitely one of the cutest, hands down!!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Back in high school, I was at a marching band competition where the hosting school had tons of imprinted teddy bears. Not only were the bears adorable, but they had bears imprinted with the logos/mascots of every single participating school. I can only imagine how much money that school made that day. 🙂

  3. Alex Brodsky

    Stuffed animals rule! I still have a couple that I used to cuddle with when I was a baby (and have been known to cuddle with them still on cold, lonely nights in front of a fire while I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).

    Also, the Anaheim Angels prove your theory of “everyone loves stuffed animals”. They have a mascot called “The Rally Monkey”. Whenever they’re losing, they put up a video of a monkey on the jumbotron. Now, everywhere you look in Angels Stadium, people of all ages are waving around Rally Monkey Stuffed Animals! It’s awesome!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I didn’t know about the Angels’ rally monkeys! Talk about an excellent use for stuffed animals! If anyone could get a 45-year-old man to purchase and then wave around a stuffed monkey, it would be a baseball team. Besides, plush monkeys are way cooler than plain old towels. 🙂

  4. Joseph Giorgi

    I like how some of these plush animals have their own specific names on the site. “Dr. Sebastian the Plush Bear”? Very cute indeed.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Sebastian is one very smart bear. Don’t worry, I checked his credentials before letting him claim to have a PhD.

  5. Jill Tooley

    “Even if you’re gifting the stuffed animal to the grumpiest man in the world, he won’t just toss it to the side. He’ll pass it off to his children, niece or nephew, or a kid next door.”

    Word. I don’t think the hardest of hearts (ALAN cough cough) would be able to resist the painfully-adorable face of a customized stuffed animal like this huggable fox or Li Li the Panda!

    Thanks for writing this post – there are so many plushies on our site that need homes of their own!

    In case you were wondering, my personal favorites include the plush piggy magnet and the plush pig keychain…but I already know you’re not surprised by that. 😉

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      If anyone looked at that adorable fox and didn’t wibble a little, I think I’d have to question if they were a robot.

      Hopefully those passersby that stumble on this post will soon see the need to integrate plushies in their next marketing campaigns. I reiterate: who wouldn’t be excited to own one of these adorable guys?!

      And I can’t imagine why you love the plush pigs so much. 😉

  6. Jen

    It’s so hard to decide on my favorite! I love them all!!!! The plush key chains are really awesome though, it’s the comfort of a tiny plush animal you can take everywhere and not feel like a child. AND they come in just about every animal you could want! The Duck, Gator, Eagle, and Elephant are a few of my top picks!

    Great post Mandy! I’m now having a cuteness overload!!!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      The tiny key chain plushies are so cute. Unbearably cute, in fact. They’d make any keys more appealing and I’d love any brand that handed them out!

  7. Candice J.

    I would have to say Stuffed Animals are one of my favorite promotional items. Not only are they adorable cute but they are something safe and fun both myself and my daughter can enjoy. Great Post Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      That’s a great point, Candice. While a lot of promotional products are super great or handy, they’re not properly suited for children. It’s nice to have one that you don’t have to worry about having around children!

  8. Jeff Porretto

    I keep trying to think of something intelligent to say, but all that want’s to come out is “D’awwwwwWWW! Wook at da wittle puppy doggie!” I would NEVER throw those out. What an excellent point Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      And there we have it! Any company want to make a lasting impression with Jeff? Pass him a stuffed dog. 🙂

  9. Eric

    You know, the best point going for these probably is the fact you’re so much less likely to throw them away, whether or not you’ve the need or room for another plush critter. I don’t know. I’ve a stuffed penguin I won from a night of goofing around in a Wisconsin Dells arcade, and despite the fact he’s a cheaply-made, mass-produced toy from China, I don’t think I’ll ever have the heart to send him off to the dump. Anything with eyes and a face? Can’t throw that out. These would be great for hospitals, emergency management agencies, all sorts of places.

  10. Emma Alison

    Hi Mandy!
    First of all, I like your best and in my opinion the Longevity of the Stuffed Animal is the main reason that makes them the best promotional items to buy them as gifts for their loved ones.

  11. Gau Bong Dep

    Yes, i absolutely agree with you.
    Plush toys are good for branding, marketing and lots of things…

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