Holiday Gift Guide: Build-A-Bear Giveaway

Back: Shadow, Shadow, Middle: Mr Huggles, Foster, Princess Cuddles Front: Big Bruiser, Little Bruiser and Brown Sugar

We are a Build-A-Bear family! We have been making them since we came upon our first Build-A-Bear Workshop when we were vacationing in Gatlinburg, TN in 2001. There we made a beautiful black bear named Gatlin as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law, and the rest…is history.

One of the things I have always admired about Build-A-Bear is all they do to give back to the community. I had the chance to meet Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark this fall at the Type-A Mom Conference and one you meet her and hear her heart and passion, you know why Build-a-Bear is such a caring company. Each year for the past seven years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has recognized young leaders who make a difference in their communities through the Huggable Heroes program. To date, more than 100 Huggable Heroes have been honored for their outstanding community service efforts. Know an outstanding young person? We’d love to hear about them! Visit in January for information on how to nominate someone for the Huggable Heroes Class of 2011.

There are lots of ways you and your family can give back while shopping at Build-A-Bear this holiday season and throughout the year!

  • During December, Guests can add a $1 donation (or more if they desire) to support Toys for Tots when they check out either at the store or online at®. Last year, through the generosity of its Guests, Build-A-Bear Workshop raised nearly $400,000 for the Toys for Tots program.
  • Give back online at®, the Build-A-Bear Workshop virtual world. Guests purchasing Build-A-Bearville® game cards can choose to direct 5 percent of the price to support Toys for Tots.
  • Purchase a  World Wildlife Fund Gray Wolf and $1.00 of each purchase goes to the WWF to help protect endangered animals.
  • Purchase a Turner Owl and they will donate 50¢ to First Book to provide new books to children from low-income families & 50¢ to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to support other literacy & education programs.
  • Purchase a Pujols Bear and $5 from the sale of this friend will be donated to the Pujols Family foundation which promotes awareness, provides hope and meets tangible needs for families and children who live with Down syndrome; provides extraordinary experiences for children with disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses; improves the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic through education, medical relief and tangible goods.
  • Purchase a Black Lab, Beagle, Boarder Collie, Boxer, Golden Retriever, Husky, Westie, or Yellow Lab and $1 from the sale of these Bearemy’s Kennel Pals® friends will be donated to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to help real animals.
  • Purchase a Champ Bear, like my friend Mr Huggles and $1 from your purchase is donated to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation which makes grants to pawsome causes that support children’s health such as juvenile diabetes, autism, children’s cancer research or other important wellness causes for children.

It feels good to shop with a company that sews a portion of its sales back into worthy charities and foundations.

It also feels good to win a $25 Bear Buck$ Gift Card!
Mandatory First Entry Leave me a comment telling me something your family does to give back to the community during the holiday season.

Bonus Entries: Leave a separate comment for each entry.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 10pm ET on December 18, 2010. The winner will be chosen by


  1. says

    We try to help out when we can.. My little niece is 3 and she was so tickled when she was able to put money in the Salvation Army Bell Ringers kettle recently when we were out grocery shopping. We usually take one of the angels off the angel tree and buy a gift for a child who needs one. We also contribute to the local food pantry. Its never enough but we try to help.
    Thanks for the chance
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  2. says

    Well I would probably take my 3 year old niece, and 3 year old Grand niece and I am sure they would have to have Clarice and Rudolph… I would want Good Ole Bumble!!!! He can reach to put the star on the tree!!

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  3. Heather says

    My children and I volunteer at any events we can find to do as a family. Just recently we all went to the local food bank to sort food for the holidays!!

  4. becky says

    We volunteer in our town serving food at the homeless shelter, all year long not just for the holidays. My 4 year old son helps out informing friends and family about events going on, such as in September we held a backpack drive and asked people to donate backpacks and supplies and we donated them to a local school.

  5. becky says

    I would use the $25 to get some clothing and accessories for my daughter’s brand new and 1st ever Build A Bear (She got Frost the Snowman) that my mom so kindly got her last night!

  6. says

    I am a teacher and my students and my family all go to the homeless shelter on the weekend prior to Christmas and donate toys and voluteer to help serve a meal. The kids love it and learn so much from it.


  7. Amy F says

    We adopt a family in our office and buy them gifts. We also have a year round food drive.
    I have a bag ready to drop off at our local Ronald McDonald house with toiletries and items from their wish list, too.

  8. says

    We just started this, but my oldest is going through her toys and we are going to donate the ones she doesn’t play with to kids that don’t have any toys. It’s a good learning experience. :)

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