Rarely do I get as excited as I am about this one. A few weeks back I was checking out my Twitter feed when I came across Happy Doodles.
Much like most kids her age, Kayla is obsessed with doodling things and I love some of the ones she comes up with but if they are on paper she'll often destroy them I mean really, what small child is capable of being gentle with a piece of paper?
That is exactly where Happy Doodles comes in. You simply scan, take a clear photo (scanning is ideal) or mail in your child's masterpiece and Heather at Happy Doodles turns it into a huggable, lovable, cuddly stuffed animal. It's that simple!
I love the idea of doing one of these each year and keeping them for Kayla when she's older. I also think they would make a cute gift for a long distance grandparent or a military parent who is deployed.
We started out with this bird that Kayla had drawn. Do you see how she had colored on the back of the paper and the brown marker shows through? What is really neat about Happy Doodles is you can have them correct things like that free of charge. Those doodles from the other side were edited out before Kayla's Happy Doodle was digitally printed on fabric and lovingly hand sewn.
These cute cuddly friends come in 2 sizes and range in price from about $25-$50. There are traditional stuffed animals like the one above and smaller key chains, ornaments and backpack charms like the one below.
Don't have a particular drawing but know of someone who would think this was awesome? Happy Doodles offers gift certificates which are my new creative birthday gift idea. Kids LOVE seeing something they made transformed. Kayla was in shock when she opened the box that Happy Doodles sent us and saw "My bird! My Bird!"
While we were admiring the coolness of Kayla's Happy Doodles I realized that children's drawings are not the only thing that would be neat on a Happy Doodle. How about a nostalgic photo of a sibling or friend for a milestone birthday? Have a friend with a pet they treat like another child? I'm willing to bet they have lots of photos of it.
Of all the items that have come across my toy filed desk for this holiday season I think this one is my favorite because of the limitless options of what you can do with it and who you can make happy with a Happy Doodle.
Want to find out more about getting your own Happy Doodle or a gift certificate? You can find out all the details on their easy to use site here: Check out Happy Doodles
Aside from what a neat idea these are I also happen to love that when you ask Heather the founder of Happy Doodles about her long term goals for her company the first thing she will say is to grow so she can hire moms of kids with disabilities who might have a difficult time finding an employer who will tolerate the things that come up, frequent doctors appointments. The second thing she will say is that she wants to be able to have a program to donate Happy Doodles to kids who are hospitalized for an extended period of time and need some cheering up as well as their siblings. Basically, she's an amazing person!