Sok-O toys: Where individuality is cherished

I remember as a child watching with awe the first time I saw my mom turn a sock into a puppet. It became a rainy day ritual for my older sister and I, when we could think of nothing else to do, to present our mom with a sock, some buttons and yarn — and then sit back to watch her work her magic. Having a toy that was handmade just for me felt like a total luxury, even if it consisted almost entirely of a sock. My own two little boys haven’t enjoyed that feeling very much or very often for I’m not nearly as handy with a needle and thread as my own mother was. But thanks to Sok-O I don’t need to be!

Sok-O, a group of three Los Angeles-based designers and one designer located in Taiwan, makes fun and funky dolls that are sure to shake up your child’s collection of stuffed animals in a big, bold way. Each toy is created with a pair of socks or, in some cases, one individual sock; Because they are handmade, no two are identical, and each comes complete with its own birth certificate.

Click continue reading below to read the entire Sok-O review and to see a shot from their participation at the Boom Boom Room Event.

We recently received two of Sok-O’s eight current designsPeeko and Bu-Lou(both $49) — and I have to admit at first the boys didn’t know what tomake of their dolls. This is not your average stuffed animal! Aftertaking a few minutes to get acquainted, however, everyone warmed upquite nicely … and Peeko and Bu-Lou have been a constant in our livesever since. Owen lugs Bu-Lou everywhere and the toy has held upbeyond my expectations. Sammy loves to pull at buttons, and he’s givenPeeko quite a workout, but the doll’s button nose and eyes have stayedput. Knowing that they are handmade, I suppose I expected them to befragile, but I was wrong. If you’d just like to display your Sok-O,you can’t go wrong — the dolls are so visually appealing they attracta ton of attention and are a guaranteed conversation-starter. But youcan let your child play with their Sok-O without the fear of it falling apart, as well. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

Sok-O’s designers write that in a world where uniqueness "often falls by the wayside," they "made it a priority that our dolls remind their owners that individuality is still something to be cherished."Mission accomplished! I’m so thankful that my own children now havesomething unique and handmade to love, even if it wasn’t made withthese two hands. If you’d like to give a gift that is destined for morethan a life at the bottom of the toy box you won’t go wrong with Sok-O.

Scott Baio with wife Renee, step-daughter Kalyn and daughter Bailey DeLuca, turning 3-months on Saturday.

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