Budsies is a private American company that offers custom stuffed animals created based on a unique drawing or photo and custom pillows with printed photos of people. The company is based in Boynton Beach, Florida and ships their products across 63 countries. Budsies was first launched in 2013 by founder and current CEO Alex Furmansky. Budsies gained popularity after airing on Shark Tank in 2015 where the CEO had declined offers by the Sharks. Budsies slogan is “Making a More Huggable World, Together”.
The company’s first product was the Budsies plush. Each Budsies is sewn by hand based on a customer’s unique drawing or artwork. Budsies offer two different sizes from 16 inches to a super-size 30 inch plush.
For complex drawings or characters, Budsies has created Specialty Commission product. Specialty Commission plush includes specialty furs and materials instead of only soft plush.
Budsies further expended their products into Selfies, hand-sewn plush based on customer’s photo of a person.
Buddy Pillows are printed double-sided and cut into custom shapes of the customer’s photo. Buddy Pillows come in two sizes regular 12 inches and large 18 inches. Customers choose from a full body, half body, or the head only Buddy Pillows.
Photo Pillows are custom square pillows with Budsies designs combined with customer’s unique photos. Budsies offers more than a dozen designs ranging from friendship to wedding themed pillows. Customer’s also have an option to upload and purchase a Photo Pillow with their own design and photo.
Awards and accolades
Budsies has won several awards for being a child-friendly product. In 2016, Budsies had won the National Parenting Product Award and the Scholastic Parent & Child Gold Star Toy award. In 2017, Budsies was awarded the Oppenheim Best Toy Award.
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