You may remember that in the summer of 2012, Build-A-Bear invited my girls to come visit their workshop for the very first time, and they each got to make and take home a special friend:

Since then, these Bears have been VERY well-loved. They each have their own beds, and just this Christmas the kids received little Build-A-Bear seats that attach to their rolling suitcase handles – which will be very convenient for tagging along to Jamaica!

When I heard that Build-A-Bear had some new Valentine’s Day outfits and accessories, I just knew that they would be a hit at our place, and I was not mistaken.

Here’s what we received:

Cute, right? When the girls saw everything, the first question was “Which one’s mine?” I did some quick mommy-thinking and realized it was a good chance for them to problem solve, so I told them they could decide. Thank goodness they each had a different preference, so there was no arguing involved!
They took their time getting their Bears all dressed up for Valentine’s Day (it’s wonderful when your kids reach the age where they can remove tags and recycle/throw out garbage as needed) and posed for some photos (this was just hours before Maggie banged her nose on the kitchen counter – complete with lots of blood and a nice bruise!)

Frannie’s feedback (7 years old): “My bear looks very cute in her butterfly Valentine’s Day outfit and the headband is too cute! I love the glittery shoes and the wings that match the dress perfectly and I love the hearts on the headband. There’s so much to choose from!”

Maggie’s feedback: (5 years old): “I think it matches and it looks good! She looks pretty in it and I like the purse!”

Something about my clutter-phobe nature actually loves how attached they are to their Build-A-Bears, and that they can continue to accumulate clothing and accessories for them, rather than random purchases of other toys and knicknacks that don’t go together as sets (does that make sense?) They have drawers under their beds, and one is designated as the Build-A-Bear drawer where all paraphernalia is kept.

If your little one hasn’t visited the workshop before, it’s really a fun outing (and reasonably priced, especially when promotions are happening) and the fun does continue long after the Bear comes home – at least at my house it sure has. For Valentine’s Day or any time of the year, Build-A-Bears make a great gift.

Disclosure: I was provided with the above products for review purposes. Opinions are, as always, my own. 

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