Monday, March 28, 2011

"It's me! I'm the bobblehead!"

Every once in a while, I get an idea so genius, so monumental, that I can do nothing but be in awe of myself.  I was searching for a gift for my husband for our second anniversary, and kept coming up with only lame ideas.  But one night we were watching reruns of "The Office" -- our favorite show -- and the idea practically smacked me in the face.

A personalized bobblehead!!   There's a hilarious episode of "The Office" in which Angela gives Dwight a bobblehead -- of him! -- for Valentine's Day.  His reaction to the gift is awesome; it's one of those scenes that we watch over and over because it's just that great.

I ordered the bobblehead from, and I couldn't be happier with their service.  I submitted three headshots of my husband, and they sculpted the head in a matter of days.

They allow you to suggest changes at each stage and don't progress to the next phrase until you approve the proof.  The first head they sculpted got the mouth and smile exactly right, but the nose was bent the wrong way and the hair wasn't curly enough.

I made a few suggestions, and the next day they had a new proof for me to review.  Once I okayed it, they proceeded to bake the doll and and paint it.

A few days later, they had the baked and painted proof ready for review.  I thought the eyebrows weren't thick enough, the shirt color was a little off, and the eye color was a bit too green.  A day later, they made the changes I suggested and shipped it off.  It arrived at our house two days later.  All the way from Shenzhen, China.  (Which of course means I could have gotten it for about a quarter of the price had I gotten my act together and ordered it from Shenzhen when I was there over the holidays.)

I paid about $140, which included extra charges for the customized body (you can choose from a zillion standard bodies for no additional charge, but I wanted the bobble to be wearing my husband's usual uniform of yellow tie, blue shirt, and khaki pants) and for rush production and shipping.

My husband loves his bobblehead, but probably not nearly as much as I do.  It's standing on my nightstand, bobbing yes to any and all questions I ask of it.  It's so much more compliant than my actual husband!  Just right now, I asked my bobble husband whether I'm awesome, and it just nodded yes, very vigorously. Bobble husband is so wise!

Are you a fan of "The Office"?


Tiffany March 29, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

Ha! This is awesome! I love it. =)
...and Happy Anniversary! =)

charms March 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

This is an awesome gift! Sach would LOVE this - I just might have to copy you :)

Geek in Heels March 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

I was going to gift the same thing to my husband last year for his bday! We're both huge fans of The Office too, and I'm glad to see that the bobble head came out so well!

Kristie,  March 29, 2011 at 2:17 PM  

Uh, you realize I got that for my hs graduation right? of me and u.

KK March 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM  

Hee hee. I love the nodding part. Totally didn't realize what a great perk that would be!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa March 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Hee hee!

@ charms: You definitely should! They have 3 or 4 different doctor bodies.

@ Geek in Heels: What did you end up getting instead?

@ Kristie: I have no recall of that. Is my bobble stunning like me?

Nellie March 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

AWESOME!! And hellooo.. who doesn't love Dwight?

lavenderpug March 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

that is one of the best gift ideas i have ever seen. genius!

kristie,  March 30, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

its in the library. It doesn't bobble it just has a big head. The China man even gave you an ugly brown purse as an accessory.

Tiffany March 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

Wow! That is freaking AWESOME! Putting this in my list of gift ideas!

Anonymous,  July 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM  

I did that for my wife and she loved it too. I used for mine and it looks like the same process.

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