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Top 10: Reasons Willy's Ugly Sweater is Missing

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Willy Shags and the ugly Christmas sweater our blog readers selected for him

When the big teddy bears at Giant Teddy heard Willy Shags was going to ask Santa for yet another ugly Christmas sweater, they got busy planning how it could "disappear"...

Top 10 Explanations for Willy's Missing Ugly Sweater

10. We saw a UFO take it away in a spaceship.

 9.  Rudolph had a runny nose and Santa was forced to let him use your ugly sweater as a reindeer hanky.

 8. There was a poor little orphan walking uphill 20 miles in the snow to school and naturally we were sure you'd want the little orphan to be warm so we handed over your ugly sweater in a gesture of goodwill. The orphan turned out to be a bit of a fibber and we haven't seen either one again. OK it might have been a trash truck but it did look very very sad and kind of like an orphan...

 7. A freak kitchen fire broke out when DeeDee Cuddles was baking cookies and your ugly sweater was used to put out the flames. Don't worry, it didn't feel a thing - and it's in a better place now.

 6. A kitten was stuck in a tree, and we were using your ugly sweater to wrap the kitten in to rescue her... and, well, you know how cats feel about yarn and baubles and shiny things and your sweater has it all... one thing led to another and we managed to save part of one sleeve. But then the kitten threw up a fur ball on it, and we lost the sleeve at the dry cleaner. These things happen.

5. We entered it as a contestant on "Survivor" and the long and short of it is, it didn't survive.

4. Your ugly sweater was out hiking and had a run-in with a mountain lion. It wasn't pretty. But you'd have been proud, it put up a heck of a fight, Willy. Heck of a fight.

3. Someone attempted to steal our candy and so we flashed your ugly sweater at him, and he was blinded by the glare and unable to flee the scene. Word from the hospital is the thief may never recover full vision in the right eye where a flash from the tinsel trim burned his retina. A full sweater hero parade is planned but first, it has to stay locked up in the police evidence room. What rotten luck.

2. The space station needed your sweater - ask not what your sweater can do for you, but what your sweater can do somewhere else far far away from here - uh, I mean for your country.

1. Sunny Cuddles stole your ugly sweater and used it to polish up his sports car. And we are telling on him because he won't ever let us drive it...

Willy Shags and The Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Help Willy Shags Decide on an Ugly Christmas Sweater...

Every year at Christmas time, all the big teddy bears at Giant Teddy get the holiday spirit. DeeDee Cuddles starts baking teddy bear Christmas cookies. Sunny Cuddles starts to behave himself knowing that Santa is watching. BooBoo Shags starts the official countdown calendar to Christmas.

And Willy Shags gets out all of his ugly Christmas sweaters.

I love my sweaters...which one should I ask Santa for this year? -Willy Shags

He wears them to staff meetings. He wears them to lunch. He wears them to all the Christmas parties and holiday celebrations. He loves his sweaters, and it seems the uglier they are, the more he loves them.

The other bears have tried hiding them. It didn't work. One year, Sunny Cuddles and Marty Shags listed them all on ebay but Willy found out and didn't speak to them for a whole week. They told him they were sorry. He gave them each an ugly sweater for Christmas that year, and they've never tried anything like that again. All of the big teddy bears have pretty much accepted that the sweaters are here to stay.

This year, Willy has found 5 especially - uh, "lovely" (truly ugly) sweaters, for sale on various Internet sites.

He is trying to decide which one to ask Santa for... can you help him? 

Pick the one you like (or hate) the most for Willy, and  comment on our Facebook post titled "The Ugly Sweater Vote for Willy Shags" and we'll enter you.

You can also leave a comment here and we'll enter you TWICE but be sure to use the name we'd seen on Facebook somewhere in your comment so we know who you are. Since we have to follow contest rules this is a Facebook contest so we stay within one entity... red tape gets you every time! Feel free to comment on Google+ but entries are from Facebook.

We'll do a random drawing for a $50.00 Giant Teddy Gift Certificate (but it is NOT good for use on any ugly sweaters) and enter all of you who are brave enough to look at these and vote on one!

Willy's Ugly Sweater Choice A - RUNNER UP!

Willy's Ugly Sweater Choice B - WINNER!! 

It was very close between A and B, but B pulled out ahead. (And really, are there any winners here? This sweater is what the other bears and humans at Giant Teddy have to see him wearing...) Willy is thrilled. It has all the elements he loves AND it lights up, too. 

Willy's Ugly Sweater Choice C

Willy's Ugly Sweater Choice D

Willy's Ugly Sweater Choice E

Contest Fine Paw Print:
-Starts on Tuesday 12/17/13 at 12 noon CT
-Ends on Thursday 12/19/13 at 8 pm CT
-Winner announced on our Facebook Page and here on our blog once prize is claimed.
-Winner must contact us within 24 hours in a Facebook Message to claim prize or an alternate winner will be drawn
-Contest and prize is from Giant Teddy and not sponsored by Facebook

WINNER: Will be posted as soon as prize has been officially claimed.

Giant Teddy Gift Guide For Sweethearts

Monday, December 16, 2013

Love is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated all year long. We have some very romantic bears at Giant Teddy who love nothing more than being part of a great love story. Whether you are dating someone new and special or celebrating many years of wedded bliss, our sweet cuddly teddy bears are the perfect gift for you both. Who says "I love you" gifts are just for February 14th? They make excellent holiday and Christmas gifts, too!

Love is personal - your teddy bear gift can be, too.

Celebrate with our Sweetheart Love You Personalized Holiday Ornament Gift Set which has a heart shaped ornament with both of your names on it and is delivered by our sweet huggable Coco Cuddles, a big 38 inch teddy bear wearing a cute red bow tie. You can hang this on the Christmas tree together every year, and when Christmas is over? Leave the ornament out hanging on the wall, in your office, in your locker, or anywhere you want to see your sweetie's name each day.

We have lots of personalization options for most of our big teddy bears, so just ask us if you need ideas or really want a specific color bear in a specific style shirt and we'll see what we can do.

Here are some cuties that will wear a shirt with your message on it - put your names, say I love You, or any unique message up to 5 words to tell someone how special they are. You'll notice that, "Will You Marry Me?" fits nicely into the word count!

Sunny Cuddles in a heart style shirt

Big red Bitsy Cuddles in a personalized heart shirt

Lady Cuddles, pink and adorable, in a personalized shirt with a heart stamp

Say it with heart. 

How about a bear with a heart? We have teddy bears in all sizes and colors holding big plush hearts that are perfect messengers to say, "I love you" to someone special!

Coco Cuddles big white teddy bear holding a pink plush I love you heart

Juju Cuddles big black teddy bear holding a plush red I Love you heart

How About A Teddy Bear Couple?

These adorable little Black and White Cuddles Bears Holiday Hugs make an awesome gift set. The bears are all dressed up for something special with sparkly bow ties and would make a great way to tell your honey what your New Year's Eve plans are!

Make your own teddy bear couple.

DeeDee Cuddles and Sunny Cuddles - a match made in teddy bear heaven! These two have been going out for a while and are such a cute couple with their matching brown and white checked bows. DeeDee has beautiful plush lilac fur and Sunny has rich soft mocha brown fur. They each come in many sizes so you can customize your teddy bear couple.

Meet beautiful rose pink Gigi Chubs and her special guy, dark brown Munchkin Chubs. These two just recently started going out but they can't keep their paws off each other and the sparks fly whenever they are together. Both are from the Chubs Bear Family and have extra plump huggable bodies and big chubby teddy bear noses.

We have so many adorable bears in lots of colors and sizes - you can just browse our website and pick out the two that best represent you and your sweetheart.

A famous bear might be just posh enough for your loved one.

This is Lady Cuddles, who was the runaway teddy bear star of an episode of ABC's "Modern Family" and a famous Breast Cancer Spokesbear. She's adorable and cuddly and every girl's pink teddy bear dream come true!
Lady Cuddles from Giant Teddy

This is Shaggy Cuddles, with the most amazing light amber brown fur you've ever cuddled for a hug. Shaggy was instrumental in bringing together two high profile people - one an actress, one a sports star - in a unique social media romance. He's totally skilled in making your case about why you are as cute as he is and deserve lots of cuddly hugs.

Shaggy Cuddles from Giant Teddy

A Teddy Bear as Big as Your Love!

You can't go wrong with one of our Life Size Teddy Bears - they are huge, giant, over the top and are the only teddy bears out there to match the size of your love for each other! Take a look - we probably have your sweetie's favorite color in our giant selection of Giant Teddy Bears! Our life size bears go up to 6 feet tall. Now that's a really big "I Love You" gift.

Sugar Tubs is beautiful!

Brownie Cuddles from Giant Teddy

Cozy Cuddles in his Santa Hat and bow tie option

Let us know if you have an idea and need help creating the perfect Teddy Bear Gift for Sweethearts - the bears are always happy to help promote love!

Giant Teddy Bear Gift Guide: For Him

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Giant Teddy Gift Guide 
For Him

He may be big and tough, but there's a lot of sentimental softie in there too and what better way to touch his heart than with a Giant Teddy Bear gift?

He'll love knowing how much you care about him - from the baby son you change diapers for to the man you love with all your heart or even the Grandpa who has told you stories your whole life, this is a gift they'll always love because it reminds them of you!

Most of our big teddy bears come in many sizes, and we offer personalization for most of our teddy bears over 25in so be sure to contact us with any questions or for more information on personalizing your gift.

Here is our favorite teddy bear gift lineup for guys this year:

BooBoo Shags: He's a sweet guy who is always thinking of others. He loves pie, and counting things - he's the resident accounting bear. BooBoo is a big cream bear with fluffy soft fur. He comes in lots of sizes, including holiday styles and this "I Love You" heart that pretty much tells your guy how you feel!

Sunny Cuddles is the ultimate teddy bear. He has mocha brown fur that is super soft and touchable. Sunny is silly and sweet, a bit of a class clown but always ready to be serious when he needs to be. He loves travel and adventure or just staying home to watch a good movie. Sunny Cuddles comes in sizes all the way up to a life size teddy bear 72inches tall. If you ask him to go see your favorite guy, he'll have his teddy bear bags packed before you know it! You can even personalize him (see details in the next section.)

Sweet Brownie Cuddles has rich dark chocolate brown fur and comes in many sizes.  Brownie can be personalized with a custom Giant Teddy Bear Shirt in many styles, with your unique message on the front (up to 5 words) for a special gift for him. Brownie loves bowling, watching football and baking brownies (what else?!) that he shares with all his family and friends. He's got some killer dessert recipes; stay tuned for those in another blog.

Cutie Chubs - well his name says it all! He's a light amber brown bear with an extra chubby nose and the softest fur you can imagine. When you see him you'll know he totally lives up to his name. Cutie comes in many size options so you can pick just the right one for your special guy.

Red hot Riley Chubs is a perfect shade of red teddy bear and comes in lots of size options. He is wonderful at Christmas, Valentine's Day and anytime you need a spunky red bear to remind your guy how much you care about him. Riley is soft and cuddly and will give him something to hug when you can't be with him.

Willy Shags is quite the character. He feels his rich emerald green fur is the best color for.... anything! Whatever holiday or event, he'll find a reason that green is THE color to be. During Christmas, he loves to show off his ugly sweater collection, and eat Christmas candy. He really shines on St. Patrick's Day and we have a number of personalized shirt options if your guy is a fan of the Emerald Isle and all things Irish. Willy, like most of our bears, comes in many size options and is super soft and huggable.

Happy Cuddles is a shade of blue that just makes everyone happy! This adorable blue teddy bear has soft cuddly fur and comes in lots of sizes - you won't believe how lightweight our big teddy bears are even our life size 6 foot tall teddy bears are easy to move and carry.

Juju Cuddles is the strong silent type, but is just a sweet cuddly teddy bear inside! His beautiful black fur is so striking and so soft you'll want to hug him almost as often as you want to hug the guy you give him to! Juju loves pancake breakfasts in bed and in fact he picks pancakes over cake for his birthday each year! Personalize him or almost any of our big bears with a shirt so you can send a truly special and one of a kind gift this year.

Coco Cuddles has snowy white fur and an adorable checked bow, or a green bow if you choose him in his special holiday wear! Coco comes in sizes from cuddly armful to traffic-stopping huge so that you can make the impression on your special fella that is just what you are going for - including a personalized shirt.

Personalized Teddy Bears...we've talked a lot about them, now here are some for you to meet!

New Baby Boys in your life this year deserve a very special gift like this personalized "My First Christmas" ornament and sweet blue teddy bear gift set. Make memories for a lifetime as you hang this beautiful ornament on the tree year after year together.

Peek-a-boo Hugs is the sweet blue teddy bear that comes with this personalized ornament gift set for My First Christmas. He's cuddly and sweet just like your baby boy and safe for babies. In fact, he's had special Quiet Bear Training so he knows not to be loud during baby's nap time.

Sunny Cuddles is a mocha brown teddy bear (we told you about him above!) and he'll make an excellent bear to hang out with your guy when you can't be with him. Personalize Sunny with a variety of shirts including this classic paw print version, with a message up to 5 words long. Sunny comes in many sizes and most of them can be personalized.

Diamond Shags is wearing a cute red Santa hat and a custom Christmas personalized shirt this year for an adorably personal and special gift for him. You can put a message up to 5 words on his shirt, or a name, or a holiday message - or a combination of ideas! And won't you look awesome in a photo next to this big personalized teddy bear for him to keep on his phone?

Our personalized Love You gift set for sweethearts is an awesome way to tell him how he makes your heart beat faster. This gift set features our 38in white teddy bear Coco Cuddles wearing a red bow tie, and includes a personalized heart-shaped ornament with both of your names with a little red heart between them
The personalized ornament for our sweetheart gift set, personalized with both of your names - leave it up all year long as a wall charm!

Visit any of our adorable teddy bears on our main website, GiantTeddy.com and search by size, color, or the name of the bear in this gift guide who grabbed your attention as the perfect bear for your guy this year.

You can also keep up with us on our social media pages to see what the bears are up to everyday: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Giant Teddy Gift Guide: For Her

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giant Teddy Bear Gifts for Her

She's sweet and feminine, sassy and smart, and there is no denying that she's all girl. No matter what her age or your relationship with her, she's going to love a Giant Teddy Bear gift! Our bears are all extra soft and cuddly, easy to hug and adorably cute - just like she is.

She could be your sister, daughter, mother, wife, girlfriend, granddaughter, your best friend, or just a special girl you know and love. A sophisticated woman, a sweet toddling baby girl, or anywhere in between, she'll love getting a sweet and cuddly teddy bear from you.

Giant Teddy Bears come in many colors and sizes! 

There's a bear for every girl on your list, in every size, color and style you can imagine. Blue, purple, pink, green, red, cream, white, black, gray, lots of shades of brown...and panda bears too!
Giant Teddy Bears in sizes from Tiny Teddy Bears 18 inches Tall to Life Size Bears 6 feet Tall. What are you waiting for? Get that girl a Giant Teddy Bear!

47in Sewsie Big Love in a dreamy purple makes a HUGE impression!

We offer Personalized Teddy Bears so you can put her name on her bear or even a message (up to 5 words) from you. That will score big points - every girl likes to know she's special enough that you personalized a gift for her. You can say something like:

  • Greatest Mom Ever

  • I love you

  • Will you marry me?

  • You're Hot

  • Merry Christmas

  • Daddy loves Ella

  • For Jill Love from Jack

  • I'll love you forever

  • Expert in Bear Hugs

  • Santa Paws

Personalized Sunny Cuddles with a paw print shirt

Perfect for Christmas, personalized Diamond Shags comes with a special Christmas shirt and Santa Hat

Cozy Cuddles in a heart stamp shirt will help you whisper sweet words to your favorite girl

Or any special, personal or silly message you'd like with or without her name.

Personalized My First Christmas Ornament Gift Sets for a new Baby Girl are a great way to celebrate this year and every year to come when you hang this beautiful ornament on the tree together as she grows.
Patty Cake Hugs pink teddy bear and personalized My First Christmas ornament gift set for baby girls 

My First Christmas ornament personalized with baby's name and the year

And if it's for your girlfriend or wife, our personalized Sweetheart Teddy Bear and Ornament gift set

will win you lots of kisses under the mistletoe. Coco Cuddles is a 38in big white teddy bear with a red bow tie and comes with a personalized heart ornament featuring 2 personalized names.

How about a Christmas Teddy Bear to celebrate the season in extra special style?

Cozy Cuddles in a cute red Santa hat and green bow tie

Marty Shags is a big blue bear in a blue Santa hat

Lady Cuddles is a beautiful pink bear and she has a bow tie and Santa hat for the holidays

Big Papa Xin is dapper in his blue Santa hat and bow tie

Waldo Shags has a red and green scarf to go with his plush fluffy white fur

If it's a Pink or Purple Teddy Bear that will make her girly-girl heart pitter-patter, we have your back, from hot pink Cha Cha Big Love to dainty soft pink Lady Cuddles.

Cha Cha Big Love comes in many sizes

Lady Cuddles is famous - she's been on ABC's  "Modern Family" and does a lot of Breast Cancer awareness work
DeeDee Cuddles is purpliciously soft and cuddly 

Sweet Lulu Shags is pink right down the the tip of her chubby nose!

Purple Lila Chubbs is just adorable and 30in tall

Gigi Chubs is a beautiful rose pink and comes in several styles including this one with an "I love you" heart

Rossette Big Love is totally unique!
Whether she's zany and off the wall or old fashioned and traditional, 2 months or 92 years, she'll say "Awwww!" and remember the year you got her a Giant Teddy bear for the first time.

Darling Tubs is an old-fashioned Pink Teddy Bear

Come meet all the teddy bears at GiantTeddy.com! Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you.