Cuddly Characters

Whether you give them on Valentine’s Day or any day, these lively stuffed animals are bursting with personality.

Best Buds

Build-a-Bear Workshop’s new Kisses For You Puppy and Kisses for You Kitty can hold hands — er, paws — and “blow kisses.” In typical Build-a-Bear fashion, your child can style these pets. We love the Puppy’s laid-back “Hugs” hoodie and Kitty’s fancy pink hearts dress. Dolls $18 each, pictured outfits and accessories, $5-$10.50.

Store locations at malls in King of Prussia, Langhorne, Springfield & Willow Grove, PA; Dover & Newark, DE; and Cherry Hill, Deptford & Mays Landing, NJ.


Huggable Photo Pal

Kids who place a photo in the protective pouch on a Huggalo — a soft fleece doll — can bring along loved ones wherever they go. The Huggsley Superhero comes with a cape, while Huggabelle Ballerina is ready to dance in her pink tutu. Camo Joe and Camo Flo would be comforting for kids with military mommies and daddies. $19.95.


Exclusive MK Discount! Enter coupon code METRO20 at to receive a 20% discount on all Huggalo products between Feb. 1-29, 2012.


Hip to Be Square

Cube-shaped Squaredy Cats by Monkey Doodle Dandy celebrate differences and quirks. Take Pearl, pictured, who has braces but she’s “not squared to smile,” and Candie, who is “not squared to be sweet” and carries a yummy lollipop. Mantras embroidered on the Cats’ side make it easy for kids to remember them and to proudly express themselves, too. $9.99. Available at Toys“R”Us.

You could win Star, “not squared to shine,” from MetroKids! Enter now to win! Contest open until Feb. 29, 2012.


Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor and toy/product coordinator of MetroKids.

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