Today's featured area at Star Tulip Stuffies
Search this vast continent and associated
islands to find Peacocks to Pandas (Giant and Red!), Cobras, to Komodo Dragons, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Sloth Bears, Binturongs,
Orangutans and more!
Whenever school is in session--and there are reports to be written and presentations to be made--we
want to remind teachers, home-schoolers and students alike what great visual aids our beautiful realistic plush representing
animals from habitats from all over our planet can be! (If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact will
an accurate three-dimensional depiction have?) We have a HUGE selection of stuffed animals for under $20, including tax (closer
to $15 with our DISCOUNT COUPON in the Redlands Coupons Monthly available inside our shop!), that could serve as goal-rewards
for achievements (for both school and extracurricular activities) while reinforcing knowledge about Nature, too!
most of our realistic plush comes from the same sources that supply your favorite Zoo, Aquarium and/or National Park Gift
Shops (save the drive and shop local!), probably at equal or significantly better prices--and we may even have a more varied
More information about our FREE PBS Nature Video Program Series:
From the moment we placed our very first plush wild animal on on the shelves of our kiosk almost 20 years ago in
the old Redlands Mall, long before we were even consciously aware this was to be the case, the core mission of our business
became to honor Nature. From this very beginning we have chosen to concentrate on presenting a large array of stuffed animals
realistically rendered, true to the forms and characters of the actual creature they are intended to represent. Our goal was
then and continues to be to provide an underlying educational value alongside the usual positive visual, tactile and comfort
values inherent in well-designed and artistically executed stuffed animals. Our ongoing hope is that we can thus contribute
to greater curiosity, a raised awareness and thus better understanding of the natural world in which we have no choice but
to live. Our fondest desire is that these things will in turn lead to a greater sense of concern and responsibility for us
all to become the best advocates and stewards we can for Nature.
We always make a concerted effort to choose honorable and responsible suppliers, many of whom already give back
with strong and committed support of various environmental and conservation causes. Lately we have wondered what we could
do to be more proactive in our own efforts toward these ends. We think we might have finally found something that you can
participate with us in this endeavor! You can join us with very little effort required on your part, but with a potentially
big return in fascinating knowledge!
As we began 2019 we launched a FREE Program as our gift to you for the New Year and beyond.
We hope it will appeal to any and all nature-lovers, but we think it may have special value to parents who home-school and/or
who want to encourage and support an interest in natural science in your children, grandchildren and even their friends!
We are choosing a particular animal or related group of animals to investigate a little deeper each month and provide
some direct support for their care and conservation.
One way we hope to accomplish this is to provide FREE screenings throughout
the month of a video about our selected Animal(s) of the Month. Each video will be sourced from the Public Television “Nature”
series collection. We will be supporting Public Television as well by outright purchasing for our Shop the Educator
versions of each video; these have limited license permissions to share viewings that prohibit charging any kind of fee to
watch, even if we wanted to do so, which we never will!
We will initially be scheduling a showing on each Saturday
and Sunday of the month, but we will be happy to add additional viewing opportunities by request/appointment during our
regular business hours. Most of these videos run about an hour in length.
ALL ages are welcome and encouraged
to attend, but we ask that children younger than 15 years of age be accompanied by an adult. These videos are in fact generally
rated “Adult/College” interest level, so we expect adults to be as enthralled as children will be
to watch (we certainly are!) and hope parents/guardians will enjoy sharing the experience and talking about the cool content
with their young charges!
In conjunction with the monthly “Nature”
video showings, we will be providing an enhanced selection in store for purchase of plush versions of each month's special
animal! Star Tulip Stuffies will donate 10% of our sales of those items during the month they are featured to an appropriate
institution involved in protecting/preserving the Animal(s) of the Month!
It is hard to believe that Star Tulip Stuffies, House of Fine Stuffed Animals has been open for over four years home again in Redlands, CA (we started here back in 2003 in the now-defunct old
downtown Redlands Mall)!
We have lived and worked and been your neighbors
in this area for more than 40 years! Star Tulip Stuffies was originally opened as a storefront
Redlands Mall back in 2003. Since then a growing following of stuffed animal
aficionados has managed to find, support and spread the word about us.
the very beginning our intent has been to bring our customers the very best
selection of the finest quality plush creatures we can find while keeping our
prices as rational as we can.
are all about choices; we like
nothing better than to present several different companies’ version of the same
animal because we have found that every designer will have a different take on
that same critter. Thus, if you visit us, which we certainly hope to make you
curious enough to do, you should not be surprised to find that, not only do we
have an “unusual” creature, say a porcupine or an opossum, rendered in plush,
but that we also will likely have four or five or even more styles from as many
different manufacturers (with accompanying differences in sizes and prices!) of
that individual kind of animal! This also means that while you will find
respected and familiar names like Gund, Ganz, Douglas Cuddle Toy, Fiesta Toys, Aurora, Wild Republic, etc. on many
of our products, we make a point of searching out quality companies less well
known, especially in California, that you may only brush up against on a trip
to the zoo or aquarium (we really love the educational kick provided by those
extremely realistic representations!) or while traveling east of the Rocky
Mountains (many retailers are simply unwilling to stand the cost of shipping
some of these…)--or that are just outrageously esoteric (we have plush
germs--in Petri dishes, no less--by GiantMicrobes and body parts--if I only had
a brain--from I [Heart] Guts!
selection is so diverse (we are simply stuffed with “stuff”, but then “stuff”
is what we do!) in order to keep track of everything we have resorted to
arrangement by habitat! When you visit (by now you know you have to if you can…) you will eventually
our entire shop is suggestive of the interior and exterior of a gigantic
fantastic playhouse or dollhouse. “Inside” live our baby and kid “stuff”:
scrumptious baby rugs, soft activity sets, fabric dollies, authentic Raggedy
Ann and Andy, Sesame Street characters, etc. Also living the pampered “indoor”
life are plush Cats, Teddy Bears and bears honoring Occupations and Sports (no
professional teams, unfortunately), Family members and life milestones like
Birthdays, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, etc. “Outside”
you will find our rather extensive collection of realistic Dog Breeds (this is
a personal favorite category of ours, so if someone makes a decent version of a
specific breed, we will try to have it for you!), Barnyard Animals, Horses,
Frog and Turtle ponds, Forest critters, Desert animals, Birds, and creatures of
Central and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia as well as an area
devoted to Ocean life! There is even a section “inhabited” by the
fantasmagorical creatures of the imagination including dragons, faeries,
unicorns and the like!
About Our Name: The “Star Tulip” part of our name alludes to our other life
as occasional botanists! “Star tulips” are members of a rather large genus, Calochortus, meaning “beautiful grass”, of native Californian lilies that includes species with
enchanting common names like “butterfly” or “mariposa tulips” and “faerie lanterns”. The
butterfly tulips have large goblet-shaped tulip-style flowers, often marked with spots and bobbing in the breeze above their
cohabitating grasses like the insects they appear to mimic. The more diminutive faerie lanterns have closed flowers on slender
overarched stems and could easily be imagined to light the nighttime activities of elfin woodland inhabitants. Our tiny namesakes
open fully wide and close to the ground as if they were stars scattered across the forest floor! The alliteration of “Star
Tulip” and “Stuffies” was just too tempting to pass up!