Plush Organs BEstOh my gosh, how our guts gang has grown! It's been a while since we took a proper family portrait, so we pulled out new friends -- hello, spine! and and welcome, knee! -- along with old pals heart and kidney. Here's what we looked like in 2007:

Plush Organs Original

Awww, the original gang of four, from left, heart, lungs, liver and kidney up front. As time went on, taking a group photo got a little more challenging to get all the guts in the picture. Here's a behind-the-scenes snap of taking a picture of our Gutzilla Mega Collector's Set back in 2014:

Plush Organs Photoshoot

Half the job here is fluffing the guts to look like their best selves, smoothing their fur, getting the colors arrayed in a pleasing and satisfying rainbow, and making sure no gut is blocking another gut's cute little face! That's Rachel, my right-hand-woman from back in the day, working on the puzzle of making them all look cute together!

Plush Organ Toys

And here's that final photo! From the top in pink going clockwise, Uterus, Ovary, Heart, Stomach, Appendix, Liver, Thyroid, Spleen, Bladder, Lymph Node, Eyeball, Ski, Tooth, Kidney, Pancreas, Gallbladder, Brian, Intestine, Testicle and Lungs!

Organ ToysThings had grown so out-of-control with so many new friends and life was busy busy so I had to start Photoshopping new friends in...Can you guess which ones?? Here is the Class of 2017, labeled. 

Plush Organs Cutest Best Favorite

And here I am in my finest sweatpants ensemble taking a group plush pic in 2021 from up on my chair perch (my husband secretly snapped this behind-the-scenes shot. Sometimes you come home and your wife has splattered organs all over the floor...and is taking picture of it...). Anyhoo, that's how the snapshot sausage is made, folks! 

Plush Organs Holiday Ship TimesI know what you're thinking: why are we already talking about holiday shipping?? Halloween isn't even here yet! Have you plush organ people gone mad? Well, yes, we have! Shipping has become so slow over the pandemic, and our guts supplies are so limited that we feel we need to warn you that you best order your holiday goodies NOW or forever give New Year's, or even Valentine's Day 2022, gifts.

Geeky Gift Guide

USPS just announced that packages are slower than ever -- on PURPOSE. Even the mighty FedEx is no longer guaranteeing delivery dates. You may have noticed lately your Amazon Prime packages don't show up in 1-2 days any more. We are asking that you PLAN AHEAD as much as you can this year. Even though I am personally the Queen of Procrastination, I humbly ask that you not be like me and get your cervixes, your rectums and pancreas socks or whatever EARLY. International packages have been taking as long as 30-90 days to arrive. It's BAD out there, people!

plush organs gift cardAnyway, if you find yourself crying in a puddle of hot tears on Dec. 23rd, please know you are ME and there is this awesome thing called a digital plush organ gift card that will solve all your problems, tenderly wipe away your tears and wash your dishes AND your period undies, too. No pesky real-life object to worry over AND you make the gift recipient do the hard work of picking out a darn organ. Easy peasy! Thank you for listening to my TED Talk.

I Heart Guts Plush Organ Holiday Shipping TimeNeed guts for gifts? We've got your back! Here are the deadlines for making sure you've got guts this holiday season! Ship dates include processing + added holiday mail volume. We ship all over the world from the LA Metro area.

USA Order Dates for Dec 24 Delivery
Order by Dec 11 - USPS First Class - slow but cheap!
Order by Dec. 16 - USPS Priority Mail - best deal for you procrastinators out there
Order by Dec 20 - FedEx 2-Day - expensive, but it will get there, or try Amazon Prime!
Order by Dec 22 - FedEx Overnight - only for the rich and desperate (maybe make is a New Year's prezzie instead?)

International Order Dates for Dec 24 Delivery
Order by Nov 21 - USPS First Class International - slow but cheap. yes, it can take up to 356 days!
Order by Dec 5 - USPS Priority Mail International - better tracking, less time in customs, more expensive.

IMG_5582The I Heart Guts online store now has cheaper shipping options for domestic and international orders, hooray! Many of our customers wrote in to complain that shipping cost way too much, and we have added first class service for domestic packages under 13 oz and more affordable shipping choices for some of our international friends. So next time you order, you get to pick whether you want a low price or faster service (though we still don't do express or overnight, sorry!).