A Beary Merry Post-Christmas Giveaway

*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.

107 thoughts on “A Beary Merry Post-Christmas Giveaway

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  2. Meredith

    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. Trish A.

    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.

  4. Patrick D.

    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.

  5. Sara T

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

  6. Marissa

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

  7. kelly w.

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

    chlorinebrain at sbcglobal dot net

  8. Monique Rizzo

    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.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  9. Stephanie V.

    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

  10. Sarah S

    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!

  11. Holly

    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.

  12. richard

    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.

  13. Reuben

    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.

  14. Mindy

    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.

  15. Sheila Hickmon

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

  16. Ellie W

    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

  17. Leslie S.

    I would love to take my 4 kids and let them experience build a bear.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. Andi

    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!

    ~Andi

  19. Elizabeth N.

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

  20. Heather B

    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

  21. Rosey

    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.

  22. Vicky H.

    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.

  23. katherine

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

  24. Chirs Ann

    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.
    thanks
    Chris Ann