What on Earth are Canned Critters?
No need to worry that this is some bizarre new food trend! Canned Critters are uniquely packaged stuffed animal toys made by Northern Gifts Inc., and one of my top picks for gifting this holiday season.
They’re available in a multitude of animal species, but my personal favourites are those native to Canada (of course). 6 inch tall bears, eagles, orcas, beavers, and more, all crammed neatly into little cans. A few of the animals are also available in a mini version, 4 inches tall, that will make for great stocking stuffers!
Truth be told, I’d blacklisted stuffed animals as a gift idea entirely until I came across these little guys. I just find the thought of giving (or opening) a stuffie in a can surprisingly amusing. It’s so unexpected! This alone was enough to convince me that every child on my list needs a Canned Critters toy, but that’s not all there is to love about them.
Each can comes with a colourfully illustrated label that depicts the animal inside. When you turn the can to look at the back of it, you’ll also discover some interesting facts about the animal.
The best part, I think, is that you can even personalize your gift by adding a custom message and/or photograph that will be sealed inside the can! Who’s going to expect that when they open it up?!
Interesting Facts About Northern Gifts Inc.
Northern Gifts Inc. has been manufacturing Canned Critters both in British Columbia, Canada, and in Washington, USA, for over 25 years.
Not only have they produced millions of these critters and other souvenir gift products, but they’ve also partnered with many high profile businesses to create custom products as well. Some of these companies include Children’s Miracle Network, Disney, and the RCMP. They’re also the company that designed and has exclusive production and distribution rights of Vancouver 2010 Olympic Mascots; and for PACHI, the official mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
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