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Intentional Gift Giving


We’re talking about exchanging gifts that support a variety of skills, while also sparking joy! You can do both, and we want to have an honest discussion around why giving intentional gifts can be so beneficial. Read more on giving with intention.

As a company founded and run by parents, we’re constantly looking for opportunities to create meaningful parent-child connections. In fact, our cuddly creatures were born from a desire to share moments filled with skill-building lessons, comfort, bonding, and of course, play - a topic that’s always front of mind around the holidays. 

For us parents, caregivers, and general enthusiasts of all the wonderful children in our lives, the best gift we get each Christmas is watching the look of sheer excitement on a child’s face as they disappear into piles of wrapping paper and bows. We wait for the uncontainable glee that charges the room as each present is eagerly unveiled. 

That moment of wonder is something we deeply long to give our children, but inevitably, children do what they do best. They grow. And as they grow, the very things that once held such coveted positions in their heart soon become “old news”. They develop new interests and skills. They hear about a new scooter or a pair of light-up shoes (which, we won’t lie...are pretty cool), and begin crafting their next wish list before the wrapping paper has gone cold. The gifts that were once the center of their world are left at the bottom of lonely toy bins to grow old. 

At Slumberkins, we’re all about helping you find "the gift loophole” - something your child will love from the first moment of discovery to the first hints of young adulthood. Our intentional gifts are designed to keep giving at every developmental phase by fostering deeper emotional ties and supporting positive habits that carry your child through the crucial early years of their life. 

We know modern day parenting ain’t easy, and while the desire to help our children become their best selves is strong, it can be hard to know exactly how. Our busy lives can get in the way of important teaching moments, careful listening, and simply being fully present with our children. 

With constant demands on our time and energy stretching us thin, it’s more important than ever to create built-in routines that actively support positive attachments and needed relaxation for both our children and ourselves (#RealTalk). And what better way to incorporate these routines than by giving your child a set time and space to slow down, reflect, and cuddle something extra adorable?

This holiday season, as you brainstorm gift ideas for your favorite tiny humans, you may feel torn between an item that offers excitement, and one that supports their growth and development. We say, why be forced to choose? Why not offer one solution that inspires both fun and learning?

Whatever gifts land under your tree this year, we hope our cuddly creatures will serve as a reminder that learning doesn’t have to be restricted to a classroom. When we integrate learning opportunities seamlessly into bedtime routines and everyday moments, we invite our children to reach for their best selves right alongside us. When we attach abstract emotions to a tangible experience, we give our child the chance to put a face and a name to their own personal development. We model to them that mistakes are essential steps in the learning process. We connect and bond in authentic ways that nurture our child’s unique identity. 

These are the warm, fuzzy moments that inspire us each and every day in welcoming new cuddly creatures to join the Slumberkins family. We hope they’ll soon become a beloved part of yours.

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33 comments

  • Karen Elizabeth

    I cannot express how much I love slumberkins. Not only are they soft and adorable, which is comforting in their own way, but they are actively helping me and mine become better versions of ourselves. I have truly seen a difference in my youngest with dealing with frustration after we read the hammerhead story and talked about it. He was able to understand what he was feeling and I was able to have an age appropriate stepping stone to start the understanding that feelings are good to have even when they aren’t happy. Slumberkins has become a part of our daily life and I’ll be setting up a comfort corner soon to continue our emotional growth. Thank you for making such a multifaceted product.


  • Lauren

    My son loves his “sweep sloff” AKA, slumberkins sloth and sleeps with it every night. So of course my little girl (due in March!) will be getting a slumberkins, too! So thanks for your intentional animals that give the gift of sleeping in heavenly peace (literally)! My husband and I also give an ornament to each other and our babes every Christmas. It’s a fun way to commemorate that year and remember what made it special.
    Love your work, what y’all do, and what you stand for! So proud to be a supporter!


  • Rachel McDaniel

    This resonates so deeply with me. I strive to find things that not only being them so much joy when they open it by also continue to give them joy and teach them good things over a long period of time.


  • Jen Costantino

    I came across your product from a patient of mine at the hospital. The little boy was sick and far from home, but he had his sweet little slumberkin sloth to keep him calm and remind him of home. I thought the idea behind the product was so sweet. I think giving gifts with meaning are the absolute best!!!


  • Abbey Lynn

    Love slumberkins and all the intention behind each one. My son loves the books. They are definitely loved in our home


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