Monday, November 08, 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas from Aurora + A Giveaway

I have been talking about Aurora for almost a year.  Aurora's YooHoo and Friends are some of the cutest stuffed toys I have ever seen and the collection gets bigger all the time.

If you are looking for something special and different this holiday, be sure to check out Aurora first.

Aurora - “Retro” YooHoo & Friends™

Aurora’s international toy phenomenon YooHoo & Friends™ aims to please kids and collectors with the release of uber-hip YooHoo & Friends dressed in 60s, 70s and 80s retro styles. The collection is fashioned after some of the most famous pop culture icons of those decades (think Elvis, Madonna, Travolta from Saturday Night Fever etc.). The medium sized, five inch “retro” YooHoo & Friends are available in seven styles including 70s Love, Punk Rocker, Pop Singer, Vegas, Flash Dancer, British Rocker and Disco Dancer. The larger, eight inch versions include Punk Rocker, 70s Love, Flash Dancer and Pop Singer. Both sizes make sounds when squeezed (MSRP: medium-$8.99, large-$14.99). YooHoo & Friends™ created the corresponding interactive website, so kids and their parents can learn more about the animals (many endangered) and their natural habitats. Membership is free. On the site, visitors can play scores of games, download desktop backgrounds and coloring sheets, send e-cards, raise their own YooHoo & Friends character and much more. YooHoo & Friends is on Facebook ( and Twitter: @yoohoofriends. The brand is geared towards ages 5 years old to tweens, but can skew beyond that group (i.e.: collectors). Shop Aurora and YooHoo & Friends online at
Check out the most adorable additions to the Aurora family. I am literally in love with these Dreamy Eyes animals.

Aurora – Dreamy Eyes™

Dreamy Eyes™ feature loveable expressions, big eyes and appealing cuddle material that just melts in your hands. 13 brand new styles include tiger, pony, pig, cow, lion, elephant, monkey, giraffe, cat, pug, Chihuahua, frog and lamb (10”, bean filled; MSRP: $12.99). Perfect for ages two and up! Visit Aurora online at or on Facebook at Shop Aurora online at

Aurora – Paws Puppets

Get your “Grrrrrr” on with Aurora’s all new Paws Puppets. Nicely stuffed with velboa plush, ‘Paws’ are not your traditional sleeve puppet. The soft claws (not hard plastic) complement the paw pad detailing. The 100 percent soft puppets are available in six styles including White Tiger, Leopard, Black Panther, Bengal Tiger, Polar Bear and Lion (MSRP: $12.99). Aurora’s Paws Puppets are also great products for schools or sports teams with animal mascots. Ages three and up. Visit Aurora online at or on Facebook at Shop Aurora online at

Aurora - Fancy Pals™ - The Original Toy Pet Carriers

One of Aurora’s best selling lines, Fancy Pals, features the original Pet Carriers -- a purse and plush animal in one. The plush animals are interchangeable – kids have fun mixing and trading the animals to other carriers. Three new styles include “Sweet…Sweet…Sweet,” a pink poodle in a heart shaped bag with the word “sweet” embroidered on the side; “I Heart U,” a purple kitten and fancy pink bag embroidered with “I © U”; and “Love” (pictured) featuring an adorable black and white puppy in a flashy pink bag embroidered with shiny hearts and the word “love” (carriers vary from six to eight inches in size, depending on style; MSRP: $12). Visit Aurora online at or on Facebook at Shop Aurora online at

Aurora - Cheeky Charlie™ & Carmen™

Retailers know Aurora’s go-to monkeys with personality, lovable smiles and signature banana in the tail, Cheeky Charlie™& Carmen™, fly off store shelves. Three newer styles in the line include Cheeky Charlie “Rock Star” which features Charlie with a Mohawk, sporting a guitar and t-shirt (14.5 inches). Cheeky Charlie Surfer (14.5 inches) in a visor and board shorts is ready to hit the beach with his surfboard. Cheeky Charlie Zoo Keeper (14.5 inches), Wrangler Cheeky Charlie (pictured, 14.5 inches) and Carmen “BFF” (pictured, 14.5 inches) are some other top items in the line. Each monkey’s Velcro hands make “hanging out” easy! Ages three and up. All “14.5 inch” Cheeky Charlie & Carmen styles retail with a suggested price of $17. Visit Aurora online at or on Facebook at Shop Aurora online at

What I Can Tell You: This year I gave 3 stuffed friends from the Aurora collection out as gifts. The children and mother's loved them. One friend even told me that she was stopped while out with her baby because someone wanted to know if the stuffed pet her daughter was holding was a Lemur. It was!

Aurora is a company I personally stand behind as their products are extremely high quality, unique and they are constantly creating something new.

Be sure to check out their holiday collection. Hello, when is it an obsession. I want all of these.

You can check out one of my reviews for Aurora here. Complete with Goddess photos. Because, really is there ever enough Goddess? I don't think so.

Impossible to give one of these guys away but Aurora has generously offered to give one of my readers a chance to have one for themselves.

The Giveaway: 1 Winner will receive their choice of Fancy Pals or Dreamy Eyes.

The Sponsor: Aurora

To Win: Leave me a comment telling me which pet you would love and who will be the recipient by Midnight, November 22, 2010

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1 comment:

  1. These are the cutest stuffed animals I have ever seen. I love their little eyes. I would love to win the Aurora Dreamy Eyes. I'm definitely getting some of these as gifts.


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