With all the sour economic news out there – the threat of a double-dip recession, falling housing prices, stubborn unemployment – many Americans are yearning for a little comfort.
There's comfort food. Now there's a comfort toy: Hugmeez, recession's answer to the Beanie Baby.
The plush stuffed monsters come with big outstretched arms and a wide smile. They're available in a variety of sizes, from 8 to 12 inches tall, at a recession-friendly price – $15 to $25.
Of course, there are cheaper ways to find a little comfort (chocolate, anyone?). Teddy bears have been providing the service to toddlers and others for decades.
So it's understandable they might need a little pick-me-up, whether it comes from a friend, a favorite food, or stuffed animals dancing to a beat (see below).