Stuffed animals can overwhelm a mother as they multiply, but I've got a soft spot for Sak-O, the one hundred percent handmade sock puppets. The cuddly creatures ($49) are all artfully made from a single or pair of socks. Using stitching and buttons, the animals come to life in a whimsical way for people of all ages.
My son is smitten with his Eco-friendly pal, Peeko, who arrived in a box complete with a birth certificate and card describing the crocodile's curious personality. There are eight designs to choose from and no two stuffed animals are exactly alike. Parent of babies and toddlers should use caution in giving the toy to their tots, as small buttons can be a choke hazard.