Children Are the Most Important People in the World
Even so, now is most decidedly NOT the time to stock up on soft toys at IKEA! Why?!? Are they dangerous? No. Their eyes are sewn with thread instead of plastic buttons so they can’t come off. Are they going to poison your children? No. They’re made according to the strictest materials standards in the world and then some. Are they dirty? No. And even if they were, they’re machine washable! Is there a protest on by the handcrafters association? Well, I don’t know … maybe …
But the reason I’m suggesting you NOT buy IKEA soft toys right now is because in a few weeks, IKEA will typically announce their annual Soft Toy campaign to benefit Save the Children and UNICEF. Don’t have kids? Don’t fret! Buy one or two (really, they’re cheap!) and donate them to your local fire, rescue or police squad – they’ll hand them out to frightened children in crisis, or they’ll know who to give them to. After the jump, a little history, then on to the toys!
IKEA Soft Toy Campaigns
Since 2003, IKEA has made donations of millions of dollars from the sales of teddy bears, stuffed animals and soft toys to children’s projects all over the world. In the US, the amount of the donation made by IKEA to the children’s charities is $1 for each soft toy sold; in Europe, it’s typically 1 euro for each toy purchased. Double the joy of your gift! At the end of the fiscal year 2008, IKEA had donated a total of 11 million euro so far to UNICEF and Save the Children.
The 2008 donations, made possible through the purchase of soft toys by IKEA’s customers worldwide, enabled UNICEF and Save the Children to start up new projects in 14 countries in addition to financing ongoing projects in 22 countries including Albania, Bangladesh, Russia, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Uganda and China. Says IKEA spokeskrokodil,
1 € is a fortune. 1 € alone is enough to provide five children with schoolbooks for one whole year.”
IKEA FABLER Soft Toys
Not the whole collection, these are just a sampling of this cutie patootie stuffed toy collection that includes rattles and a whole lineup of friends for these guys below. The entire FABLER line also includes mobiles, baby changing pads, bumper pads, cushions, hoods and towels, chair pads, placemats, feeding spoons, bibs, cutlery, a baby dinnerware set, diaper bag, textiles and more. Other FABLER soft toys include the FABLER Mus, FABLER Bjorn (subject of his own blog post), FABLER Hund, FABLER Groda, and FABLER Ko. Whew! (NSFKids: There’s another version of the FABLER Krokodil in which it appears to be eating its young.)
IKEA KLAPPAR DJUR HAND PUPPETS
Not certain if the hand puppets qualify as soft toys, but they sure are cute! We have a ‘batty bat’ at home that we’ve had for years, but it’s not a glove puppet like this one from the KLAPPAR DJUR line. Also find a spider and a rather floppy looking dog. Maybe it’s cuter in person?
IKEA GOSIG Soft Toys
LOTS of cute choices in this line, though the cats are kinda creepy. Not sure what happened there! There are also rats and mice for those not feint of heart, but I thought I’d stick to the more traditional cats, dogs and rabbits. Below you’ll find a bulldog, golden retriever puppy, rabbit, cat, poodle and terrier from left to right, top to bottom. They range in price from $1.49 for itty bitty mice to $19.99 for the golden. There are also more than one flavor of some of the toys on the IKEA US site at the moment, so check and make sure that you get the bulldog or golden you wanted.
IKEA BARNSLIG Soft Toys
The BARNSLIG series is part of a larger series of nursery items, like the FABLER line. Personally, I don’t find it nearly as cute nor imaginative but to each his own. The range includes other stuffed animals including an elephant with teething plates for ears, a hippo rattle with teething ring, musical pull toys and other soft toys including some as low as .49! Also find rugs, decorative pillows, crib duvets, duvet covers, bumper pads and pillowcases, blankets, curtains and all to coordinate in your new baby room! Black and white themes or colorful – the BARNSLIG line has something for everyone. There are also textiles if you want to sew your own and towels for the new baby’s first bath. A 3 piece dinnerware set is cute on top of the colorful placemat. Don’t forget the burping cloths!
IKEA KLAPPAR Soft Toys
IKEA LEKA and SPARKA Soft Toys
Ok, this is it and then I’m going home. LEKA is another nursery line, though not as extensive as BARNSLIG and FABLER. Find play mats and baby gyms in this line, though that’s not what we came here for, is it? The soft toys include the round fish, cat and a ball that’s available online in addition to some building blocks. SPARKA is a line of soccer balls. Go Team!
Save the Children