*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.
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.