Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day {And A Giveaway}

Thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop for sponsoring this post and giveaway.

When I was little there was always one thing I carried with me everywhere- my teddy bear named Beary Alice. My Grandma had made it for me before I was born and I still have it in my bedroom even as an adult in my 30s. As silly as I feel admitting that I still have my teddy bear, I know I’m not the only adult who still has one. A survey of 2,000 adults, completed by Atomik Research and commissioned by Build-A- Bear, revealed that across generations, more than half of all respondents surveyed mentioned they still own a stuffed animal. 40% of respondents said they sleep with their stuffed animal by their side and 72% of those who have stuffed animals said they plan to keep their stuffed animal forever (yep, that would be me). Do you still have a teddy bear from when you were little?

My youngest, Lucas, loves stuffed animals. He has quite the collection of his own that takes up almost his entire bed. Occasionally I even let him cuddle with my Beary Alice after promising to take really good care of her. (The picture below is of Lucas with my favorite teddy bear a couple years ago.)

With National Teddy Bear Day today, September 9th, we are headed to Build-A-Bear Workshop to add to his collection of stuffed animals. To celebrate this holiday, guests of Build-A- Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day Bear for just $5.50 (plus applicable taxes, while supplies last). We can’t pass this deal up!

This teddy bear sure is a lot cuter than mine! What I love most of all about Build-A-Bear though, isn’t the selection of bears and other stuffed friends, but that we can make the bear together. For me it’s about the experience and time spent making memories as we stuff the bear, name him and everything else we have to do before we can take him home. I don’t love Beary Alice because of how she looks but because of the memories she brings back. Regardless of the hole in her arm and the matted fur, she reminds me of my Grandma and my childhood and I hope that the bears I build with my boys at Build-A-Bear will bring back similar memories for them in the years to come.

Want to make memories with your kids at Build-A-Bear Workshop? I’m giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner! To enter, fill out the form below.

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  1. I want to win because my daughter is a huge Build a Bear fan!

  2. I want to win because my daughter loves shopping at Build a Bear, especially for accessories.

  3. I want to win for my daughter! She loves Stuffed animals and would love one for herself!

  4. Samantha Wagner says

    I would love to win this for my kids. They built a bear in Pigeon Forge, TN and ever since has been dying to go back.

  5. I would love to win and take my granddaughter. She loves going to Build a Bear more than anything.

  6. Kelly chaffee says

    I would love to be able to take all five of the grandchildren at the same time and make a great memory. They love to be together!

  7. My son would love this! The build a bear store is a fun place to go with kids.

  8. I want to win so I can give this to my nephew.

  9. I want to win this one for a Christmas gift.

  10. I would like to give this to my nephew.

  11. My son has been through a lot this year. his dad went for major surgery and lately the horrible hurricane Harvey. He’s been very tough but I’d love to give him this special gift of building a teddy bear on his own so that he could see how his friend is made and completed. It would be a great memory for us to build this together and the bear could be his BFF, someone that he could hug and be with when he’s sad or when we’re not around with him.

  12. I want to win because my grandsons have never been to Build A Bear before and this would be such a special treat for them!

  13. my son would love to customize his own bear

  14. I woukd love to win this for my Granddaughter. She loves Build-A-Bear.

  15. shelly peterson says

    I would love to win so my grandson can go to Build a Bear.

  16. My kids love Build a Bear!

  17. I would like to win for our girls.

  18. I would love to win this for my daughter. She will have her 8th birthday in October.

  19. Jennifer Young says

    I’d love to win, my girls love Build a Bear!

  20. Stephanie Phelps says

    I would love to win because when my boys were small I took all them to make their first and I would love to take my granddaughter to make hers!

  21. Oh I would love to win for our little one. I love all the options they have to make your own special bear! I have a stuffed dog that I have had since a child, and treasure. I would love to create one with our little one that he could treasure for years to come too!

  22. My girls love stuffed animals, it’s always fun to go to Build A Bear!

  23. It’s a fun place for kids to pick out a bear.

  24. Because I never win

  25. jeremy mclaughlin says

    Would love to win to be able to take my cousins little boy to get a bear.

  26. I want to win it for my son. He would love to build a bear

  27. I want to win so I can buy some of the new Halloween build a bears. I love Build A Bear and have many of their stuffed animals. Also, I would get something for my nephew as I’ve given him their animals in the past.

  28. I want to win because I’d love to have the experience of taking my daughter to Build-A-Bear.

  29. Going to Build a Bear would be a fun family activity that my daughter would remember for years to come. I know she would enjoy getting to customize her own bear and would make it as girly as she could!

  30. Jennifer Wright says

    I want to win so that I can build a bear with my daughter.

  31. I would love to win. My 6 year old daughter loves BAB, but we do not live super close to one. So when we are out of town or on vacation it’s even more of a super special treat for her to get one :-)

  32. I’d love to win to take my son to Build-A-Bear. He’s been asking to go, but I haven’t yet taken him – this would make a wonderful birthday suprise for him!

  33. Kimberly Flickinger says

    I would love to win for my friend’s twin boys whose birthday is coming up.

  34. I want to win this for my daughter for Christmastime!

  35. I want to win so I can take my daughter for her birthday.

  36. I want to win so I can take my daughter for the first time. Neither of us have been yet so I think it would be perfect!!

  37. My daughter is just the right age for Build a Bear. She loves teddy bears so this would be a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for her!

  38. I want to win because going to build a bear is such a great experience for kids and adults.

  39. Katrina Brockavich says

    I want to win because my 6 year old has never been to Build a Bear, and really wants to go!

  40. I actually want to win this for my neighbor and her 2 little girls

  41. Id love to win bc my daughter has been begging me to take her to BaB for a long time. this would be a fun way to brighten up her day. She loves all the different animals you can create

  42. MY son loves his bab…would love one for my daughters

  43. Marilyn Nawara says

    My granddaughter loves Build-a-Bear. Would be so much fun to take her there for a special day.

  44. My daughter LOVES Build-a-Bear and she would LOVE a BAB!

  45. My great nephew will have a birthday soon and it’s always hard to buy something nice for a boy. I’d love to give him this gift so he can choose a teddy that he can have for his own, and maybe even get some clothes for it too! :)

  46. I’d love to win this for our little guy. He would have so much fun making his own choices.

  47. Samantha Martin says

    My three year old just turned three would love this. I’d love it too. Wish I could post a picture of him and the teddy bears he has now. Ty for the chance so much !!!

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