Since we're talking about stuffed animals, there is one store that I have to mention.
Gift Idea - Build A Bear
My daughter's seriously love this place. We've only let them "build" a couple of their stuffed animals, but they are among their very favorites. Every time we are at the mall they ask to go in just to see what's new. Here's why it's their very favorite place.
1 - The wide variety of stuffed animals. Build A Bear animals start at just $10, and go up into the $20's. They have bears, cats, dogs, horses, and so much more. We've been there enough that you'd think we'd be able to go in and look quickly at their favorites. But as the merchandise is constantly changing by season and they always have special edition animals, looking at the animal wall takes a long time.
2 - The sounds. They can't leave the store without listening to each and every one.
3 - They get to pick how firm/cuddly their stuffed animal is as it's stuffed right in front of them.
4 - Accessories! Even though looking at animals takes a long time, finding that perfect outfit takes even longer. It's important for my girls to select an outfit that fits their new toys personality perfectly.
5 - Online fun. When you get a new Build A Bear, you also get to register them on the computer. You get a birth certificate and a code to bring your animal to life on the Build A Bear Website. They love to play with their new animals in real life and on the computer.
My current favorites are from their new Holiday line.
The Grinch is always a good choice, because he's the Grinch. The Grinch ($23) has a heart that "glows" three sizes when you push a button. You can even see his heart through his signature outfit (can be purchased for an additional $13).
Kik thinks the Merry Mint Pup is the cutest. She says, "Aaah,"and gives a little sigh every time she sees it.
The Merry Mint Pup is a limited edition item and retails for $20. They also have a complete set of accessories designed to dress it up - Stripes & dots dress ($8.50),
red & white striped flats ($7.50), red & white candy stripe bows
($2.50), and stripes & dots leash and collar ($5) comes with a mint-scented bone. Complete this tail-wagging gift with a red & white pet bed ($12).
To Buy - Build a Bear products are available in stores and on-line at http://www.buildabear.com. My girls would love to find one under the Christmas tree complete with a gift card so they can go pick their favorite outfits.
Right now on the Build A Bear website US Customers can get free shipping on 100's of items!
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