Top 10 Cutest Animal Stress Relievers

The stress ball is one of my favorite promotional items for a lot of reasons. For one thing, if you want to express your business’s identity or show off a tagline, a stress reliever is a great option because of all the shapes, sizes, and colors you can choose from. But, perhaps even more importantly: there are so many cute animal stress balls out there! Who can resist a free promo product when it’s an adorable little animal that you can squish and play with when you’re stressed?

On that note, I bring you my list of the top ten cutest animal stress relievers:

10. Goldfish

Bright colors, a swishy tail, and memories of winning one of these fellas from a ring toss at the local fairgrounds. What’s not to love?

Great for: pet shops, swimming facilities, and carnival-themed promotions.

9. Hippo

This guy’s dopey smile and roly-poly body make him simply adorable.

Great for: zoos, wildlife foundations, and the food industry (as in, hungry hungry hippos!).

8. Cow

Look at his floppy ears and that big snout! Too cute.

Great for: the beef industry, ice cream shops, and dairy farms.

Sitting-Penguin7. Sitting Penguin

You can imagine him with a mug of cocoa in his hands (flippers?), enjoying the first snowfall.

Great for: zoos, ice cream shops, and winter-themed events.

6. Rabbit

Who doesn’t love bunnies? This one’s pink nose and soft smile really ramp up the adorable.

Great for: springtime promotions, magic shops, and veterinary clinics.

5. Parrot

This guy just looks so happy, and his large blue eyes and colorful body give him even more charm.

Great for: travel agencies, pirate-themed promotions, and art studios.

4. Giraffe

The stubby horns, equally stubby legs, and childlike smile are what catapult this giraffe from nice to full-out cute and lovable.

Great for: safari-themed promotions, childcare centers, and conservation societies.

3. Zebra

How can you say no to a face like that? He just looks so sweet and cuddly!

Great for: nature centers, museums, and the publishing industry (black and white and read all over!).

2. Mouse

The round ears, the whiskers, the paws outstretched for a hug … have you ever seen a cuter mouse?

Great for: gourmet cheese shops, kids-themed promotions, and computer companies.

1. Sea Turtle

Look at those giant dewy eyes! Those stumpy legs! He’s almost too adorable for words—which is why he’s my number one cutest animal stress reliever ever.

Great for: aquariums, water parks, and beach-themed promotions.

Honorable Mentions

——-—–Octopus Stress Ball ——-Handsome-Hal-Piggy-Bank
Plenty of cute stress balls didn’t quite make the list: the Dinosaur, Koala Bear, Octopus, Sea Horse, and Squirrel Keychain are just a few of the many other lovable stress relievers you can find at QLP. And cuteness isn’t restricted to stress balls; the Handsome Hal Piggy Bank is just as adorable as many of the other options here!

Don’t forget that any stress ball, no matter the shape or style, can be relevant to your business or event as long as you imprint the right tagline. Hippos might have nothing to do with your company, for instance, but if you want to promote a BIG sale, the hippo stress reliever or one of his many jumbo animal cousins can be clever promotional items. So don’t be afraid to bust out those thinking caps and be creative!

Do you agree with my top choices? Would you pick a different winner? Which adorable stress relievers did I miss?

Image credit to *jude*.

Rachel Hamsmith

When not writing for the blog, Rachel is a data entry specialist at QLP. She spends most of her free time consuming a variety of geeky TV shows, movies, and books, as well as funny cat videos and other Internet oddities. Otherwise, she moonlights as an editor for a literary magazine and tries to spend as much quality time as she can with friends and family. You can also connect with Rachel on Google+.


  1. Bret Bonnet

    The turtle? Really… the turtle? Not even Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael (TNMNT) – a freaking sea turtle?!?!

    Nice list, but I think the mouse stress ball (with cheese) should have won #1, that or the tropical fish!

    • Rachel

      Aww, but the sea turtle is so adorable!!! The mouse with cheese was definitely a contender, though in the end the cheese-less mouse won me over. I also love the tropical fish–another great choice! There are just too many cute ones to choose from. 🙂

  2. amy

    I. want. ALL. of. these!!!!!! They’re too cute, Rachel! Kudos for getting through this post without squealing loud enough for me to hear, I don’t think I could’ve done it hahaha.

    I’ll have to hunt down a sample of that goldfish, he’s too cute!!!

    • Rachel

      There was definitely a lot of (inward) squeeing! The worst part was trying to narrow down the list to just ten; we have so many adorable stress balls! And I’m with you on hunting down some samples of all of these, goldfish included. 🙂

  3. JPorretto

    I threw up in my mouth a little bit this was so adorable. Too much sweetness! Too much I say! I think the goofy hippo might be my favorite…

    • Rachel

      I love the goofy hippo’s buck teeth. 🙂 Glad you liked the list!

  4. Mandy Kilinskis

    I love the parrot! And oh my sweet goodness that turtle is adorable. I think I need a sample of him stat. I just feel proud to have that seahorse sitting on my desk! And Amy has the dinosaur! Also, if someone could point me in the direction of a business passing out Mischief Monkey Banks, I would appreciate it.

    I love that you mentioned the with the right tagline you could apply almost any stress ball to just about any promotion. Great post, Rachel! I think there might have to be a follow up…

    • Rachel

      Yes, the turtle is almost too adorable to handle. 🙂 And the right tagline can definitely make any stress ball–or any promotional item, for that matter–appropriate for the occasion.

      Thanks, Mandy! And we’ll see about a follow up… 🙂

  5. Jill Tooley

    OMFGZ! What a precious list! (Sorry, there’s nothing like cute animals to make me resort to Internet slang…)

    Good call, especially on the koala stress ball, the squirrel stress keychain, and the pink piggy! That pig is my favorite one on our site…he’s so irresistibly squee-worthy.

    I have a few more cuties to add to your list. You ready? I’m partial to the panda bear stress ball, the fat dog squeezie, the teddy bear stress reliever, and the Gentleman Groundhog Stress Ball (even though some people don’t find him as cute as I do).

    I’m sure I’ll think of more as soon as I hit “submit.” Nice post, Rachel, and thanks for the afternoon dose of AWWW! 🙂

    • Rachel

      Aww, so many cute suggestions! I think the teddy bear is my favorite of that bunch. There are just so many adorable stress balls to choose from; narrowing the list down to ten was harder than I thought it would be! Glad you liked the list 🙂

  6. Jen

    I love your list Rachel! The goldfish is soooo freaking cute I want it so bad! I also love the zebra and parrot! But don’t forget the cutest stress reliever of all…Bubba!

    • Rachel

      Ah, you’re so right! Bubba should be on the top of every list, of course. Glad you liked the list, despite his absence from it! 😉

  7. Cybernetic SAM

    SQUEEEEE! They are all so adorable, especially the turtle one!

    • Rachel

      Agreed! Also, I’ve noticed you have several of the stress balls from this list along the wall of your cube … jealous! 😉

  8. Stantz

    I think the pig won me over with his tiny anime mouth…

    • Rachel

      The pig is super adorable, especially his little mouth! 🙂

  9. Alex Brodsky

    Goldfish, goldfish, goldfish!

    I’ll pair it with aquarium we sell and start a collection. It’ll be adorable!

    • Rachel

      Sounds perfect! An aquarium full of cute stress ball fishies would be amazing. Let’s make this happen! 😉

  10. Becky

    I.want.the.monkey. As always.

    • Rachel

      Of course you do, haha. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Becky!

  11. Eric

    Love the little pig and his “Huh?!?” surprised expression on his face. Think that’s the one getting my vote, here.

    • Rachel

      The piggy is definitely adorable! His expression is the best part. 🙂

  12. Amanda

    Aww, I love all of these adorable stress balls! Great picks Rachel! My favorite is the giraffe. I love that he has a smiley 🙂 on his nose!

  13. Jenna Markowski

    Oh my goodness, that goldfish is so cute! How have I never seen it before?! I need one, STAT. 🙂

Leave a Comment

Copyright 2003 - 2016 Quality Logo Products, Inc., Registration No. TX7-524-201. All Rights Reserved.