Saturday, September 19, 2015

Elephant Appreciation Day Gift Review

Elephant Appreciation Day is September 22


Tubbie Wubbie Plush Elephant by Aurora
Available on Amazon

Elephant Appreciation Day became a National holiday in 1996. It was created by Wayne Hepburn after he received the gift of a paperweight with elephants on parade from his daughter. That gift began an elephant fascination for Wayne and he began collecting elephant books and objects.  Having a day to appreciate elephants is a fun reminder for all of us.  Celebrate by visiting a zoo or wildlife center to enjoy this huge beast in person, or read a book or watch a movie about elephants. 

There are also elephant books and toys which make great gifts and Elephant Appreciation Day is the perfect day to browse through a few of these gift ideas.



Horton Hears a Who!



An elephant well-known to children comes alive on the pages of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who where Horton promises the people of a tiny world called 'Whoville' that he will protect them.  

Written in 1954, this charming story has a special message, that of "a person’s a person, no matter how small." 




Elmer the Patchwork Elephant


Available on Amazon



In a delightful children's book series by British author David McKee, kids learn about a colorful patchworked pachyderm and the importance of being unique and why it's okay to be different.
 

Patchwork Elephant
Hand-Knitted 'Elmer' Plush Elephant

Sharon Solomon, an Etsy Crafter from Australia, was inspired by the Elmer stories to create her own hand-knit plush patchwork elephant. 



This colorful handmade elephant measures about 12 x 14 inches, making him a cuddly armful of delight for any child.

He can be found in Sharon's Etsy Shop she calls Snuggly Critters, along with a variety of other cute stuffed animals, including some native to her home in Australia. 

Pink Elephants on Parade 


The 'seeing of' Pink elephants  was originally used as a description for what one who 'imbibes-too-much' sees.  Today, the term 'Pink elephant' is used for many things. 






Pink Elephants on Parade is a song from the Disney animated film “Dumbo”.  Remember when Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse become intoxicated when their drinking water is spiked with champagne and they see pink elephants singing, dancing and playing marching band instruments? 



Pink Plush Pachyderm


pink elephant
Plush Pink Elephant Available on Etsy
A pink plush elephant handmade in crochet makes a delightful cuddly toy for a little girl or a darling new baby gift. Created by a coastal Georgia crochet crafter, this pink elephant can be found in her Etsy Shop Coastal Crochet Crafts.

 

 Pink Elephants for the Garden?

Pink Elephant Watering Can on Amazon



Why not! What fun to liven up your gardening with a whimsical pink elephant watering can!  Handy in the garden and, since it holds 2 quarts of water, it is the perfect size for your window box flowers or house plants.







Fun Elephant Facts



 
  • The elephant is largest land animal in existence.
  • Elephants are intelligent animals and thought to be very wise.
  • Elephants love pumpkins and watermelon!
  • Elephants are considered a good luck symbol. They say that having an elephant symbol face the door will bring good luck into the house. 

Enjoy Elephant Appreciation Day




So, circle September 22 on your calendar and get ready to celebrate and appreciate this unique animal on Elephant Appreciation Day.


Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

12 comments:

  1. Love this post! Elephants are one of my favorite animals!

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  2. I had no clue there was an Elephant Appreciate Day! All of the featured elephants are adorable and fabulous. What a great gift idea! Horton Hears a Who is my favorite Dr. Seuss book and I love the pink watering elephant. You already know I love your crochet work and the pink and blue elephants are adorable. And, what a cute knitted patchwork elephant! They are all just sooooo cute.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mouse. Elephants are such marvelous creatures that it's perfect they have an 'appreciation' day!

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  3. I love Elephants and have quite a few around my house. My favorite land animal by far. Yours are very cute!

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    1. Thank you, Heather. Happy to hear you liked my plush elephants.

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  4. I love elephants, especially the babies. They are the first place I head when I am at the zoo.

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    1. I agree, Linda. Elephants are always fun to visit at the zoo.

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  5. I had never heard of Elephant Appreciation Day before so once again, I learned something new when I read your blog. Very interesting as always!! Thanks!

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    1. Glad I could add to your 'new things to learn', Carol. Thanks for visiting.

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  6. I've always been a fan of Horton and Dumbo, but I'd never heard of Elephant Appreciation Day until now.

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    1. It's one of those little known weird, wacky and fun holidays, Barbara. Seems anyone can create a 'holiday' to celebrate. And elephants certainly deserve a special recognition. Thanks for stopping by.

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