Many internet memes find their way into toy stores as cuddly stuffed plushies, if they are popular enough. And when someone you love becomes enamored of an internet meme, they make a thoughtful gift. Here’s where to get yours. And only half of them are cats.
It’s possible that you go to reddit every day to see what’s new and never realize they have a gift shop. That’s where you’ll find the plush version of the reddit alien, named Snoo. The 6-inch tall alien is made by Squishable.
Nekopan, or Cat Bread, is a meme that originated in a Japanese children’s book, and spread across the internet after the character was featured in a YTMND animation. You can have a Kitty Loaf, or Nekopan, of your own in a variety of flavors from Sew Cute Sweets.
3. Lil Bub
4. Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat is another wildly popular internet cat, and is also a female dwarf. However, her distinctive face has a permanent scowl and turned-down mouth that is the complete opposite of her sweet and shy behavior. No matter, she’s become the face of all of us when we’re feeling grumpy. If you’ve always wanted a Grumpy Cat of your own, they are available in plush form at Amazon. And you don’t have to feed her!
In 2006, a specimen of the deep-sea fish Psychrolutes marcidus, or blobfish, was caught. At the surface, its face and body were distorted enough that the photograph went viral, and became known as Mr. Blobby. In 2013, the fish was crowned the World’s Ugliest Animal. And you can have one of your own, in a less slimy and more plush version from Think Geek.
6. Viking Kittens
Viking Kittens is a flash animation by Joel Veitch that has been passed around and reposted over the past twelve years or so. The unexpected contrast of fluffy kittens as brave warrior explorers set to Led Zeppelin was too delicious for any internet surfer to forget. Veitch’s site Rathergood no longer hosts Viking Kittens because the cartoon is a bandwidth hog, but they do sell fluffy Viking Kittens.
Also available is the Cat Face plush from the animation Cat Face (which is actually a series), and the Kenya Tiger from the animation Kenya. Yes, I know there are no tigers in Kenya, but there are lions, and a lion needs a friend.
8. The Biting Pear of Salamanca
Author and artist Ursula Vernon painted The Biting Pear of Salamanca, which became an iconic internet image known as the LOL WUT Pear. Now you can have your very own in a 12” tall cuddly plush toy! He’s big, but still fits into a fruit bowl.
I’m not sure why you would want to, but you can still find plush versions of Pedobear.
10. Mr. Toast
Some comics translate into plush easier than others. Plush toys from the website The World of Mr. Toast look exactly like their cartoon characters. You can buy them individually or as a group. Notice: this is where you find a plush piece of bacon!
11. Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat was the biggest meme of 2011. And while it has peaked, no one will see a cat with a pop tart body dragging a rainbow and not know who it is. Think Geek has plush Nyan Cats for fans, and you can still find handcrafted versions at Etsy.
12. Axe Cop
Axe Cop is a hilarious webcomic collaboration between two brothers. In 2010, it began when 5-year-old Malachai Nicolle told stories to his brother, comic artist Ethan Nicolle, who faithfully reproduced his imaginative tales. If you haven’t read it, you’re in for a treat. In the Axe Cop store, you can find action figures of the main characters, and cuddly plush versions of Avocado Soldier and Wexter the T. rex with machine gun arms.