Be honest. Look on your bed, on the nightstand, or maybe even on a dresser or in the closet. Did you see a teddy bear? A stuffed animal you’ve had for so long you may have forgotten its name but never the memories?
Stuffed animals are cherished by people in all stages of life, from young children to teenagers to adults. It’s no surprise then that more than half of adults would have answered “yes” to that question. Build-A-Bear Workshop released survey results showing that 53% of the adults surveyed admitted to owning a stuffed animal, with 56% of those having owned these bears for over two decades. And of these, 72% said they plan to keep their stuffed animals forever!
Now, let’s ask again. Do you own a stuffed animal? If your answer is still “no”, don’t worry! Build-A-Bear is ready to help you bring the comfort of a stuffed animal into your life.
In honor of National Teddy Bear Day on September 9, Build-A-Bear is hosting events across the nation for guests to get their own limited-edition bears for only $5.50 on both Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. These bears are only available while supplies last, so make sure to get one while you can! And if that limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day bear just isn’t for you, you can also get a Traditional Cocoa Bear online. Whether it’s for your child, your friends, or for yourself, this bear is sure to bring heart into someone’s life.
Build-A-Bear stores will host a Facebook livestream of the event. Tune in to the livestream to see the National Teddy Bear Day celebrations at stores all across the country! Or see the magic in person by visiting Tampa stores and take advantage of this holiday with your new bear!
If you still think you don’t need a teddy bear, listen to this. Clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Shefali Tsbari, describes stuffed animals as “icon(s) of comfort, mitigating potential feelings of uncertainty as we transition into a new life stage.” Teddy bears are pretty much universally accepted as items of comfort for children, but they can also be that for adults.
Besides comfort, teddy bears are also great for security. According to the survey commissioned by Build-A-Bear, 40% of respondents sleep with stuffed animals at their sides. Of those, men and women alike reported to sleeping with a them for security purposes. In fact, more men than women admitted to this.
This National Teddy Bear Day, pull out that old stuffed animal you have and remember what it means to you. Or visit Build-A-Bear to make new memories with your own limited-edition bear!