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Frog and Toad Gifts for Fans of the Childhood Classic

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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

If ever there were a classic of childhood literature that remains an unproblematic favorite, let it be Frog and Toad. Many love this story of friendship, and many others have reclaimed this as a queer classic, noting that Frog and Toad’s subtext is far more romantic than platonic. Earlier this year, Apple TV+announced they were developing the books as an animated series, and fans of the series should be excited to learn that the project has the approval of the Lobel family — among the executive producers are Adrianne Lobel and Adam Lobel, daughter and son of Frog and Toad creator Arnold Lobel.

Frog and Toad are as opposite as can be. Or are they? As the series progresses, these two seemingly opposite characters end up to have far more in common with one another than they don’t. Kindness, generosity, and loyalty outweigh the differences in how Frog and Toad approach other aspects of their life, and creator Lobel claimed both characters were parts of himself.

These childhood stories are gentle reads, packed with everyday, simply adventures made grand because of the characters. Generations of readers have fallen in love with Frog and with Toad, and many have taken to honoring them creatively. Find below a roundup of some of the most fun, unique, and sweet Frog and Toad gifts for fans of the stories.

Image of polymer clay earrings featuring frog and toad

Polymer clay earrings are, unquestionably, the best earrings because they can include intricate designs and they are not heavy to wear. So, with these Frog and Toad earrings, expect to be complimented all day long. $30.

Image of Frog and Toad shrinky dink earrings.

What could be befitting of a childhood classic story? A childhood classic craft form. Check out these Shrinky Dink Frog and Toad earrings. As of writing, there is only one pair left, so HOP TO IT. $24.

Here’s another option, too.

Image of Frog and Toad print. The characters are petting an orange tabby cat.

How gentle and cozy is this Frog and Toad print? I love the art so much it hurts. $20.

Image of a t-shirt with Frog and Toad on it. In rainbow text are the words "i'd rather have crumbs with bums than steaks with fakes."

Same though: I choose crumbs with bums over steaks with fakes any day. This Frog and Toad snarky tee can be yours for $26. There are a few other funny Frog and Toad takes in this shop, too.

Image of 16 different Frog and Toad vinyl stickers

Choose your favorite Frog and Toad vinyl sticker! You can grab ’em each for $5, and there are options to buy several at discount.

Image of handknit Frog and Toad toys.

The craftsmanship on these handmade Frog and Toad toys is outstanding. Grab the set for $95.

These mini Frog and Toad plushes are too much to handle. Pop one or both of them on your desk for the best co-working duo you can imagine. $15 and up.

A frog and toad sticker in the design of The Lovers tarot card

There’s no subtext for this tarot-inspired Frog and Toad sticker. $11+.

If you love the design and want it on a T-shirt, you’re in luck.

Minimalist print inspired by Frog and Toad. It features a green cardigan and the quote "the whole world is covered in buttons, and not one of them is mine."

Not only is this print cozy, it’s such a nice minimalist take on Frog and Toad…and yet you know exactly the references here. $20 and up.

Image of a card featuring frog and toad.

This is such a sweet card. The listing notes it as for Valentine’s Day, but you could easily give this to anyone you love at any time. $6.

Image of an illustration of Frog and Toad eating strawberries together.

Don’t you want to crawl into this print and enjoy strawberries with Frog and Toad? $4.

Image of a banner featuring Frog and Toad. It reads "these are the good ol' days."

Featuring original art inspired by Frog and Toad, this banner would look great in your reading nook. Frog reading a book here is A+++. $55.

Image of a pdf embroidery pattern of Frog and Toad.

Want to practice embroidery? This Frog and Toad pattern is one you can download right now. $7.

Cross stitch pattern of Frog and Toad.

If you prefer cross stitch to embroidery, here’s a Frog and Toad downloadable pattern. $5.

Image of a Frog and Toad sticker. They are a merry couple with pride bowties and pants.

Last but not least, Frog and Toad do Pride with this shiny sticker. $3.

And if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to bop on over to this quiz to discover whether you’re more of a Frog or more of a Toad.