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The present we all want this year: Squishmallows

Squishmallows have taken over the toy industry. Why are people so obsessed? Well, I think there are numerous reasons. The reason I believe is the most common would be the comfort a Squishmallow brings. Growing up we all had some type of comfort item: blankets, teddy bears, binkies, etc. A Squishmallow provides that same comfort we once got when we were younger. This makes sense because of the giant age group Squishmallows are loved by. All over social media, I’ve seen posts from pre-teens to 30-year-olds posting about their new finds. I also have family members around seven years old that beg me to bring more Squishmallows every time I go to visit them. They’ve become an item wanted by people of all ages which can make finding them difficult. 

Another reason people adore them so much, especially in our age group, would be the chase of finding them. Since they are so popular it is hard to find certain ones and can take many trips to the store to see if they have any in stock. Traveling to multiple stores looking for Sqiushmallows is called “Squish hunting” and can become a fun hobby. It brings joy when finding a Squish that you’ve searched for so long! 

It’s crazy to think how popular they became so quickly. The brand launched in 2017, exclusively at Walgreens, with eight characters in three different sizes. Now, four years later, they’ve taken over the industry. Now they have over 800 characters in various sizes! There’s a perfect Squish for everyone! 

They also have helped tremendously during the pandemic. Many people have connected online to trade or share Squish hunting secrets. There have also been “Squishmallow Trades.” This is important for Squishmallow hunters because of the resale price many are increasing. It’s become an issue where people will go and buy every Squish they can find and then resale on places like Mercari or E-Bay and increase the price to an insane amount. I found this list of the rarest Squishmallows and could not believe the price of some. 

Regardless of the prices, it doesn’t stop people from purchasing them. While some can be found for $4 others range to over $1,000. I tend to look towards the ones $20 and below to help keep my spending to a minimum. 

Because I’ve become a Squish hunter I thought I’d share my current Squish wish list! All of them are relatively cheaper but are adorable. 

Silvina the Pink snail

  • Remember when everyone was obsessed with Tie Dye? Well, it’s making a comeback and for $22.99 it’s well worth it.
  • harmony the pink swan

    Pink? With a tiara? I will happily pay $34.99.

    Violet the octopus

    An octopus for only $19.99 to snuggle. Sounds like a bargain to me.

    Opal the octopus

    Nothing beats a $5.55 octopus to share kindness 24/7. Everyone needs this reminder from time to time.

    Claire’s exclusive spotted seal

    I just found the spotted seal and am 100%, okay buying this for $29.99.

    rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

    ‘Tis the season to buy a Rudolph for $34.99. This is definitely what I’m asking Santa for this year.

    Claire’s exclusive polar bear

    Exclusive and $34.99? I need it.

    Micky the sleepy unicorn

    Only $32.99 for a nap buddy that’s a unicorn.

    Claire’s exclusive Penguin

    The sweetest penguin can be bought for $34.99 and gives a lifetime of cuddles. A favorite

    Valentina the bunny

    $14.99 for the cutest bunny ever? This needs to be added to my online cart.

    keely the kangaroo

    While this one may go for $40.99 I think it’s safe to say she’s worth every penny.

    Jason the Donkey

    For only $12.99 you can have this adorable purple cutie sitting on your desk while working on those never-ending papers. Who can pass that up?

    Mila the elephant

    For $17.78 I will buy Mila solely because I love the name

    Send this to your mom, dad, sister, brother, girlfriend, boyfriend, grandpa, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandma, or whomever you think needs a little inspiration for your Christmas gift! I know I’ll be sending this to my mom hoping to find one of these in my stocking this year. What’s a better gift than the gift of comfort?

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    Kate is majoring in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication and minoring in entrepreneurship. You can usually find her at Starbucks and listening to true crime podcasts.
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