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how much is a build a bear

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hermioneweasley Mon 19-Nov-12 08:48:42

Thinking of giving my son an IOU fur a build a bear at Christmas and taking him in the new year. Hire much can I expect to be gauged for?

5madthings Mon 19-Nov-12 08:51:00

Its expensive.

Yoi can get kits and accesories from great company and much better value smile

Groovee Mon 19-Nov-12 08:53:51

The cheapest bear is £9. Then clothes depending on what they like. Their website is pretty good at telling you costs.

SavoyCabbage Mon 19-Nov-12 09:04:01

We did this last Christmas. We didn't get the real gift certificates but made our own and paid when they weren't looking on the day.

katcatkat Mon 19-Nov-12 09:17:16

£20-50 in reality, bears are 10-20 but with all the extras like clothes and shoes I spent £30 easily

jojane Mon 19-Nov-12 12:10:27

I would say with bear, outfit and shoes etc about £30. We did this last year and they LOVED it, they get to put a little heart inside and make a wish etc

noisytoys Mon 19-Nov-12 12:12:40

We did it last year and paid £36. It was favourite toy for about a week but is now just another bear amongst all the other stuffed toys. Not worth it IMO

Marne Mon 19-Nov-12 13:49:00

First time we went it cost us £80 for 2 shock but it can be done for a lot less, last time we went i let them have a bear each plus one item of clothing and it cost around £40 for the 2.

peeriebear Mon 19-Nov-12 13:55:53

DDs both have one- I was tight and let them pick one accessory each. For subsequent birthdays/treats DD1 has built up outfits for hers (a nice puppy type thing). DD2 still sleeps with hers on her pillow (a lop eared rabbit that I think looks cheap and blah but she likes it).

pengymum Mon 19-Nov-12 14:08:17

keep an eye out as there's usually a money off voucher around xmas - usually hand them out in store or at promotions.

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 14:09:36

apparently they are having penguins for £6 on friday?

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 14:10:27

make your own buildabear at home, outfits from 2.99

girlsyearapart Mon 19-Nov-12 14:10:29

Mine recently went to a party there & they had £20 to spend which bought a fairly big bear/animal but no outfit. They loved it

DilysPrice Mon 19-Nov-12 14:10:56

A fifteen pound voucher will get them a bear (and perhaps an accessory). A 20 quid voucher will get them a bear and a generic frock. 25 quid will get them a bear and a nicer frock. 40 quid will let them go mad.

Sign them up for newsletters in advance and then you'll probably get a good discount voucher eg £4 off a £20 spend in time to use in January.

5madthings Mon 19-Nov-12 14:32:25

The link izzy has put the company i used for ds3's bday, absolutely brilliant. Great price and good quality, they come with a just like the ones a bear etc. Honestly they are fab!

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 14:36:37

I have just rung the build a bear factory who have confirmed it will be £10 for 2 build a bear penguins on Friday, special offer. I am taking DCs for their first Christmas treat.

DumSpiroSpero Mon 19-Nov-12 14:43:21

It can work out expensive if they really get into it.

My DD got her bear last year just before her 7th birthday and I dread to think how much we've spent on her over the last year or so. MIL, PIL and I all have our own bears now, and DD's bear and my bear have their own Christmas stockings (only with BAB clothes that I'd otherwise put in DD's stocking and a few sweets - I'm not quite that deranged).

We are expecting a baby bear this Christmas!

I will admit it sounds completely batty and I'm sure most people are far more sensible, but the bear is like a member of the family and we don't have pets so this is kind of a substitute.

Marne Mon 19-Nov-12 16:23:21

Wish our bears were that well loved grin, ours dont get played with much, the dd's just like the whole build a bear expereance (making a wish and stuffing a bear), the bear is then chucked on their bed and their it stays gathering dust.

DumSpiroSpero Mon 19-Nov-12 16:55:53

It's the only cuddly DD has been like that about. TBH it's been worth the amount we've spent on her to be able to get most of the other little furry buggers in the loft grin.

kiwigirl42 Mon 19-Nov-12 17:01:00

I bought one for my MIL 10 yrs ago when DS was 2 - we recorded him saying 'luff you Gwandma' when bears tummy was pressed. She cried when she got him and every morning when she made the bed she pressed his tummy. I got a text about 3 wks ago to say that the batteries had finally gone. So we are off soon to get her a new one with now 12 yr old DS saying 'Love you Grandma'...

funniest thing ever - in the shop 2 yr old DS was entranced by it all, absolutely fascinated, until the man put the tube up the bears bum to stuff it. DS started screaming in horror and DH had to leave shop with him.
God, still makes me laugh until I cry now.

kiwigirl42 Mon 19-Nov-12 17:01:37

ps they have just had a 25% off voucher - ran out yesterday but I've been to ill to get to shop. Hopefully there will be another one before xmas

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 19-Nov-12 17:04:22

Just do it without an outfit. Not sure why anyone would want an stupid outfit anyway.

Dd and friend did it for her birthday. Both kids have not put the bears down since but outfits IMO are excessive and unnecessary.

28Lucy28 Mon 19-Nov-12 18:08:32

Do the outfits from Argos fit the Build A Bears?

jojane Mon 19-Nov-12 22:14:18

My ds1 (5) chose an outfit etc but hasn't bothered with it since ds2 has just turned 2 today and had a spiderman outfit on his but to be honest doesn't bother with his either. Dd (4) on the other hand has over the ear amassed more clothes and assessories for her bear than I have for myself! It has rollar skates and pjs and ballet outfit and hello kitty coat and wellies and rain hat and a Cinderella fancy dress costume etch etc etc!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 19-Nov-12 22:19:14

You'll leave the store £50 lighter, and minus your SOUL! It's HELL in there. HELL I tell you! <<sits in corner rocking>>

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