Christmas Blessings And Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Build-A-Bear Workshop Review And Giveaway!

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Our 22nd Sponsor in the 2010 Christmas Blessings and Holiday Gift Guide is Build-A-Bear Workshop.

In our household, it’s not quite the holidays without our Build-A-Bear Workshop friends!  Last year, we were thrilled to start our holiday collection of Build-A-Bear Workshop pals with Hal and Holly the Moose.  This year, we collectively chose to build upon that collection with the Deer & Doe Duo Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer® and Clarice®.  Usually, I would take the kids into the actual Build-A-Bear Workshop store, but as we are getting closer to Christmas, I knew we weren’t going to have a chance to visit the store since it’s an hour drive away in good weather.

This made it the perfect opportunity to order these stuffed animals online.  With the kids gathered around, we chose how we’d like to customize the pair and went through the whole experience from the comfort of our own home.  Although it wasn’t quite as fun as making the stuffed animals in the store, it was awesome to see their expressions when they arrived in the mail and opened up the box.  The anticipation built up so great that they were so giddy to see their newly created Build-A-Bear Workshop plush animals in person!

When the duo arrived, each reindeer was in it’s own Build-A-Bear Workshop box and birth certificate ready to be completed.  Their attire was included in the box and the kids hastily dressed Rudolph and Clarice.  How Rudolph looked dashing in his bell adorned collar, red cape, and cute reindeer slippers while Clarice was shined in her red and white polka dot dress, hair bow, and shoes.  Together, they definitely make an adorable pair!

The reindeer’s ears were marked with a removable sticker to show where to press in order to hear the reindeer talk.  Rudolph would say “I’m Rudolph… Hi” and “I’m cute, I’m cute.  She thinks I’m cute!” and Clarice would exclaim, “I’m Clarice” and “I think you’re cute!”   How my kids would giggled each time the reindeer would recite those lines from the movie!  My toddler would especially let out a hearty belly laugh and would let us know that she thought Clarice was saying she was cute!  While the reindeer would say these adorably phrases, Rudolph’s nose and Clarice’s heart lights up, making the moment extra special for my kids.

These reindeer make a charming addition to our growing holiday collection!  My kids just love to watch the movie along with cuddling the animals and would have to decide every night whose turn it is to sleep with which reindeer.  They’ve all become fond and attached of their new Build-A-Bear Workshop buddies.  My toddler insists to take Clarice everywhere with her and she always draws attention clutching the sweet reindeer in her arms.   With such a pleasant experience ordering the reindeer online, I wouldn’t hesitate to continue going on the web and purchase gifts from Build-A-Bear Workshop in the future!

Holiday Gift Ideas from Build-A-Bear Workshop:

Gifts that Give Back: Build-A-Bear Workshop offers a variety of options for charitable giving. For instance, when you purchase the new Turner Owl™, Build-A-Bear Workshop donates 50 cents to First Book to provide new books to children from low-income families and 50 cents to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to support other literacy and education programs. This makes a great gift for teachers or any other cause-focused folks on the gift list.

Jack Russell Terrier

Snowflake Style Champ – A Champion Fur Kids

WWF Gray Wolf

Turner Owl is just one example of animals from Build-A-Bear Workshop that supports special causes through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. Other furry friends benefit domestic pet programs (Jack Russell Terrier is a favorite in the Bearemy’s Kennel Pals® series), children’s health and wellness causes such as juvenile diabetes, autism and children’s cancer research (Champ – A Champion Fur Kids), and endangered animals and their habitats (WWF® Gray Wolf).

Classic Friends

Have a classic holiday with the entire Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® Collection. A make-your-own Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with light up nose is sure to brighten the holidays. Clarice®, the beary special friend of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, has a light up heart and the two “talk” to one another when you press their ears in sequence. Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster® completes the trio. The entire collection is available starting Nov. 1 (while quantities last). All of these classic characters also are available ready-made in “Gifts to Go” packaging. In addition, all furry friends, including the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Collection, can be brought to life online at®, where Guests can celebrate the holiday season with fun activities and exclusive free virtual gifts.

Other cool, classic holiday gifts that are sure to bring smiles include: Casually clad Frosty the Snowman™, Santa Bearemy®, dressed head to paw in a Santa style outfit, Fairisle Style Snow Hugs Teddy and Beary Merry Teddy 2010 (available beginning Nov. 29).

In addition, Build-A-Bear Workshop is excited to announce that after its success in 2009, “Holly & Hal Moose™: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure,” will air for its second holiday season on ABC Family as part of its Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas programming. The holiday television special is an extension of Build-A-Bear Workshop initiatives in entertainment. Check local listings for show times. Make-your-own Holly Moose™ and Hal Moose™ with light-up antlers also will be available beginning Nov. 19, while quantities last.

Personalized Gifts

One of the best things about Build-A-Bear Workshop is the opportunity to make or buy a unique gift, add a personalized Build-A-Sound® message and give it to someone special. From best friend to new baby, soldier to sports fan, foodie to music lover, Star Wars fan to snowboarder, Build-A-Bear Workshop has personalized options for everyone.

For Star Wars fans and collectors: Check out the exclusive STAR WARS™ products designed to turn furry friends into the coolest characters to ever hit the galaxy. Start an out-of-this-world friendship with the Star Wars Bear with navy fur and Star Wars logo on its paw. Or, personalize out-of-this-world gifts with bear-sized Star Wars character costumes and accessories including Darth Vader, Jedi Knight, and the original trilogy: C-3P0, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.

For music lovers: Speaker Starz Bear is a rockin’ new friend from Build-A-Bear Workshop that serves as a speaker for MP3 players. A Velcro opening in the bear’s side hides a wire that plugs into the MP3 device of choice. The speaker is in the bear’s left paw. Available in pink or black beginning Dec. 10, the pink version features stars and musical notes and the black version has guitar picks on the fur and sports a Mohawk (MP3 player not included).

For girls and Sanrio® collectors: This make-your-own Furshionable in Fuchsia Hello Kitty® in fuchsia polka dot dress and black bow kitten heels will wow all Hello Kitty fans. Beary stylish! Cool & Casual Peace & Friendship Bear is another fashionable option. Dressed in sweet style from head to paw, this new friend is sure to be a hit.

Giveaway Time (required entry): A lucky Blessings Abound Mommy reader will win a $25 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card!  All you have to do in order to be qualified for a chance to win is to visit Build-A-Bear Workshop and leave a comment with which item from their holiday collection you’d like to gift!

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*Product and information was provided free of charge in exchange for this post from Build-A-Bear Workshop and doesn’t affect my views or feedback of the product or service.  This post is based solely on my personal opinion and experience and results may vary person to person.

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