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A Beary Merry Post-Christmas Giveaway

Posted by on December 29, 2010

*Thanks to everyone who entered.  And congratulations to commentor #48, Kathy, who won the $25 gift card! Have a Beary great day, everyone!  *groan*

Build-a-Bear Workshop knows kids. Walking into their store is like walking into a fantastic wonderland. With the kalaidescope walls and bins filled with animals waiting to be stuffed with love, Build-a-Bear Workshop brings imagination to life. What’s even more magical is the process of putting together a new best friend. From the stuffing to the washing, kids get the chance to customize their very own bear, or owl, or deer, or snowman, or…

Several weeks ago, Build-a-Bear Workshop approached me and asked if I would like to make my own bear for review. Since my youngest was approaching his third birthday, I decided to jump at the offer and, in exchange, I get to offer you the chance to win a gift certificate to make a bear of your own.

It’s beary exciting for all involved.

*groan*  Sorry.  I couldn’t help myself.

When I went to the Build-a-Bear Workshop to get my son’s bear, I was alone.  Sans kids.  In Build-a-Bear Workshop.  I approached the head bear stuffer with my choice and she promptly told me to pick out a heart for my bear.  So I did.  Then she rubbed it between her hands and asked me to blow on it and give it a kiss.

So…I did.  But I began to wonder if she realized I was not of the ten and under set.

“And what are you going to name your new friend?” she asked, all sing-songy.

“Um…it’s a gift for my son, so I think I’ll let him name it,” I answered.

“Oh.  Well, might I  suggest Darth Bear-der?” she asked.

“You might suggest it.”

“Okay,” she declared tying the bear’s back up.  “Your new friend is ready to go.  Now you can take him to the back and bathe him.”

I looked at the oversized plastic bathtub where two toddlers were lovingly “bathing” their new bears.  And once again, I tried to discern whether or not this woman understood I was not a child.

“Oooohhh, that’s okay,” I said.

“Are you sure?  It’s nice to give your bear his first bath before taking him home.”

I couldn’t contain myself any longer.  I felt trapped in a bad sitcom.  So I laughed.

She didn’t.

Instead she gestured me toward the computers and told me to register my bear then check out afterwards.  Needless to say I don’t think I made a new friend.  To try and make amends, I did register the bear as Darth Bear-der.

And he is a prized possession of my now three year old.  Darth Bear-der has joined the managerie of animals that grace his bed at night.  All because he was made with love.  But not bathed…because that was just a little weird…

And now you all have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Build-a-Bear Workshop to purchase and clothe your own new best friend. Or your kids.  Might I suggest taking them with you to make it?  All you have to do is leave a comment to enter.  To win multiple entries, tweet about this giveaway or post to Facebook and come back and leave another comment.  Comments are open from now until midnight Sunday, January 2nd.  We will choose the winner randomly on Monday, January 3rd.

Happy entering and have a beary wonderful day.

*groan* Sorry.  It’s so tempting!

Disclosure- I received a $25 gift card to Build-a-Bear Workshop to purchase an item for review.  I was not compensated for this post.  Many thanks to Build-a-Bear Workshop for their willingness to participate in this giveaway.


  • #1
    Minivans Are Hot » Blog Archive » My post-Christmas brain said:

    [...] brain to regain a bit of function.  I did write up a review this morning at STL Family Life for a Build-a-Bear giveaway.  Hop on over and enter to win, if you please.  Or just read about the hilarious experience I had [...]

  • #2
    Meredith said:

    I’d love to win a Build-a-Bear for my son. His favorite is a little golfer bear that he drives around in a red sports car. Yuppie in training, I suppose.

  • #3
    Melody said:

    Uhhhmmm… am I eligible to win this? :)

  • #4
    Trish A. said:

    What a great way to start 2011, at Build A Bear. My daughter would love it! She’d probably bathe her bear though! :-) thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • #5
    Patrick D. said:

    You did the right thing. These workers need to understand the difference between adults and children. You would have looked ridiculous alone bathing a stuffed animal. Kudos on you for breaking the wall back into sanity.

  • #6
    Sara T said:

    My daughter would love to Build a Bear – and I would love to have a $25 gift certificate to pay for it!!

  • #7
    Cathy J. said:

    Would love to win a gift certificate for my 5-year-old son! He’s never been there! Thanks!

  • #8
    Kimberly said:

    I would love to win a gift certificate for my nephew … he is the sweetest boy in the world and is spoiled to death by me!

  • #9
    TZel said:

    My daughter has always wanted to have a friend from BAB. Thanks for sharing!

  • #10
    debp said:

    Your son looks so happy with his bear. My son would love one of these.

  • #11
    meeyeehere said:

    I have been wanting to get the very cute owl for my son who is all about owls right now! Thanks for the chance too!

  • #12
    meeyeehere said:

    I facebook shared too! Thanks and keeping my fingers crossed

  • #13
    Marissa said:

    My daughters would love to Build a Bear and I would love to have a gift certificate to pay for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #14
    Rebecca Graham said:

    We would build the Panda if I won this.

  • #15
    Kim said:

    I would love to take my niece to Build-A-Bear and use this gift card!

  • #16
    kelly w. said:

    I would love to win this for my daughter – she just loves Build-A-Bear!

    chlorinebrain at sbcglobal dot net

  • #17
    Adrienne gordon said:

    My kids love going to build a bear.

  • #18
    Mami2jcn said:

    My sons have the Darth Vader bear, too!

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    Mami2jcn said:


  • #20
    Amber G said:

    We love Build A Bear – this would be a great after-Christmas treat!

  • #21
    ReggieMann said:

    Would love to win so I can take my niece so she can make one

    ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • #22
    Greg Knight said:

    I have an eight-year old daughter who would be thrilled to make her own friend at Build A Bear.

  • #23
    susan varney said:

    my grandson and i could have so much fun if i won this

  • #24
    beth shepherd said:

    I would love to win this for my 3 children
    thank you

  • #25
    Lynde F said:

    We have never taken our kids to BABW. Would love to try it out!

  • #26
    jolene said:

    this is great! my niece loves build a bear

  • #27
    Monique Rizzo said:

    My daughter looks forward to her once a year trip to Build a Bear every year. She loves picking out the clothes. This year was a grey kitty with a red holiday dress.
    Thanks for the chance.

  • #28
    Kendra said:

    thanks for the giveaway–these look fun–never had the chance to do them yet!

  • #29
    Heather said:

    Would love to win this…we have never done a Build A Bear but we have always wanted to!

  • #30
    Heather said:

    Shared on facebook!

  • #31
    Soha Molina said:

    Thank you for the opportunity. We love Build A Bear.

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    Stephanie V. said:

    you made me laugh – thanks! fighting cancer right now so not easy to do. never been but would love to take my little boy
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • #34
    Kelly Ann T. said:

    Our family would like to make Santa Husky because it looks like our dog, Milele.

  • #35
    Lauren said:

    This would be great for my little sister!

  • #36
    kay wolter said:

    love thi store

  • #37
    Denise said:

    I’d love to win for my daughter :)

  • #38
    Crystal F said:

    My daughter loves BBW. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • #39
    Courtney said:

    Aww, that’s adorable. My dd has been eyeing the Hello Kitty they have.

  • #40
    Aline said:

    My kids love Build a Bear

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    Christina S said:

    Both my 7 year old and my 14 yer old love Build a bear

  • #43
    Jordan said:

    My son would love this! His bunny is always in need of new dresses! :]

  • #44
    Jason said:

    My daughter LOVES Build a Bear. She is dying for the Rudolph and Clarise dolls they have now!

  • #45
    Marianna said:

    OMG my son would love the Darth Bear! Thanks for the chance!

  • #46
    Sarah S said:

    I would love to start the New Year off by giving this to my step-daughter. She would really treasure a Build A Bear! Happy New Year!

  • #47
    Katherine said:

    I have never tried build a bear and would love the chance

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    crystle tellerday said:

    id give this to my sister

  • #50
    Holly said:

    They just put a Build A Bear in the mall closest to us. It would be great to go “Build” a buddy for our daughter.

  • #51
    Carol said:

    It would be fun to take my grand daughter to Build A Bear to create her own stuffed animal.

  • #52
    richard said:

    We did a Build A Bear once and my daughter loved that it came home in its oun “house”. She enjoyed the whole experience, picking out her life less stuffed animal. Pumping it full of stuffing, adding a heart, after making a wish and giving it a kiss. We bathed the bear, and picked out clothes. Dressed her bear and gave it a name, “Jelly”. I am sure she would love to do it all again.

  • #53
    Reuben said:

    We haven’t been to a Build A Bear yet. They have recently put one in a mall about 15 miles away, winning this would be a good excuse to go try them out.

  • #54
    Rachael said:

    I would love to make a bear for my nephew.

  • #55
    Mindy said:

    No Build A Bears in Yakima, Wa – but I know there is one near Grandma’s house in Utah. We could make one when we go there for a visit.

  • #56
    Holly said:

    I tweeted. @winholly

  • #57
    Sheila Hickmon said:

    LOL! I love Build A Bear, but that’s more than a little creepy!
    Thanks for the chance!

  • #58
    Sheila Hickmon said:

    I tweeted also!

  • #59
    Ellie W said:

    My little grandson has been wanting the Star Wars Bear. I’d love to win for him.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    Joy F said:

    This would be great. I would love to win. Thanks.

  • #62
    Nancy said:

    My daughter would love it. Thanks!

  • #63
    Shannon A said:

    Would love to win for my son

  • #64
    Julie L said:

    We have never been before but looks like a lot of fun thanks for the giveaway
    Happy New Year

  • #65
    Julie L said:

    shared on fb-Julie S Laws

  • #66
    Leslie S. said:

    I would love to take my 4 kids and let them experience build a bear.Thanks!

  • #67
    Andi said:

    HAH! That was a great story. I went in there to make one for my boyfriend, it WAS a little awkward.

    I want to do it allll over again with my nephew who is turning 3 this coming up weekend! I will bring him with me though!!!

    Have a great day!

    Thanks for this opportunity!


  • #68
    Nancy Meyer said:

    I love the quality and look of their stuffed animals!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  • #69
    Elizabeth N. said:

    I’d love to win this to go with my 5-year-old sister! It’d be a great sister-bonding time!

  • #70
    Heather B said:

    my daughter has asked me for the last 2 years when we were going to go back to build a bear so she could make her bear a doggie friend. She has her eye on the brown sugar puppy and won’t let me forget it

  • #71
    Joseph said:

    I like the “Beary Pretty Ballerina Curly Teddy” – $26.50 for my Niece.

  • #72
    natasha tucker said:

    I love Build A Bear!! So cute! :D

    natashagt (at) live (dot) com

  • #73
    natasha tucker said:

    tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/natashagt/status/21433214862106624

    natashagt (at) live (dot) com

  • #74
    Whitney said:

    My won would be so excited. He’s never been to Build a Bear!

  • #75
    Angie said:

    My kids would love this. But they would never make up their mind on what outfit to choose!! :)

  • #76
    Rosey said:

    A dirty Darth, he he he. You have a beary (double groan) nice day too. :D

    We love B-a-B in our house! You can never go wrong taking the kids there because they just love it.

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  • #78
    Notorious Spinks said:

    I’d love to buy my great niece a bear

  • #79
    Erin G said:

    I would love to win this! Great giveaway!


  • #80
    Amy Delong said:

    my kids love this store!

  • #81
    Melanie said:

    We have a local build a bear that we would love to go to.

  • #82
    menucha said:

    its a beary nice contest!!! thumbs up

  • #83
    Chrysa said:

    This would be so fun to do with my nephew!

  • #84
    Ani said:

    I didn’t know they had such boy-friendly options, I think my 3 would like it.

  • #85
    Angela said:

    I would love to win this for my daughter, thanks!

  • #86
    Vicky H. said:

    Two of my friends and I (we’re all in our mid-20s) made a Chococat plush for our friend, who’s a big Chococat fan. We all played along with the whole heart (All you did was blow on and kiss it? We had, about, five things to do – which I purposely, incorrectly deciphered for my friend later on.), bath, dress up things because, well, we’re extremely dorky. But yeah, it was HILARIOUSLY WEIRD, and I made sure to document the whole thing via photography. When we gave our friend the plush after showing her a slideshow of the photos I took, I said, “Enjoy your three-hearted Chococat! :D” I think, yeah, being alone, it would’ve been/felt weird to do all of that, and I’d love to do this again. LoL.

  • #87
    susan smoaks said:

    i would love to win!

  • #88
    Roxann said:

    I’m sure my son would love to go and build his own bear.

  • #89
    susanmeep said:

    My daughter would love a hello kitty! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

  • #90
    Nicole Greene said:

    I’ve never been to BUILD A BEAR so I would love to win!

  • #91
    AEKZ2 said:

    Build a Bear is so much fun. My daughter’s first stuffed animal was from there.

  • #92
    kathy pease said:

    ove build a bear there is so much to choose from :)

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  • #95
    Katie said:

    My daughter’s birthday is coming up in February. She would love to make a build-a-bear!

  • #96
    Kristin said:

    I’d love to win this and take my niece!!

  • #97
    kellye said:

    My son would love this. kellyeandjosh@aol.com

  • #98
    Carol Bryant said:

    My daughter wants to visit Build a Bear soooo bad.

  • #99
    Pamela S said:

    Ohhh….my son would love Darth Bear too! Cute review! Thanks.

  • #100
    katherine said:

    this is one thing that i wanted to have wraqpped and under the tree,but it didn’t happen this year

  • #101
    Barbara Long said:

    My granddaughter would absolutely love to pick out a new friend at Build-A-Bear.


  • #102
    Sand said:

    My niece would love the Hello Kitty plush.

  • #103
    Erica C. said:

    So cute! My niece loves going to Build-A-Bear.

  • #104
    DanV said:

    My kids would like this

  • #105
    Tamberlyn said:

    Olivia got Jake the Darth Vader outfit for Christmas!

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    Chirs Ann said:

    My daughter expressed interest on rec’n something from Build a Bear for Christmas – she did not rec’ it so I am hoping to win this to surprise her.
    Chris Ann