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10 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Arctophiles PDF Print E-mail
A CHARMING GIFT, . Cute copper alphabet pendants in a teddy bear font. Each bear is solid copper that's been polished to a satin finish. 2 cm tall. The chain strings through the ears, so no unsightly tabs or rings take away from their genuine cuteness. The ears will also fit a 1/8\" ribbon. These would be cute on a human or a teddy bear! Every letter is made to order. Discount offered on 3 or more letters. Etsy.com shop name: <a href=\"http://www.etsy.com/shop/ironicspikes?ref=seller_info\">ironicspikes</a>
For man caves or any home, . This set of 4 brown leather coasters feature realistic silhouettes of black bears. And they are handmade using reclaimed leather so they are eco-friendly. The top layer is made from light brown garment leather. The bottom layer is black motorcycle leather. In between, is made from a heavy upholstery leather. The 3 layers - plus the leather bear graphic - will protect furniture from both moisture and heat. These 4 1/4\" wide, round coasters are a cute practical gift for bear lovers. Sold individually or in sets of 2. More leather bear gift items, such as pillows and coin purses also available! Etsy.com shop name: 352trading
PURPLE GUMMY BEAR LIP BALM, , Teeny tiny purple bears with the tart taste of concord grapes. Perfect for stocking stuffers and to keep lips nice and soft during the cold winter months! Made with natural ingredients. Gift sets and more than 40 unique flavors of lip balm available. Etsy.com seller name: BagLunch
<strong>FOR THE BABY BEAR IN YOUR LIFE</strong>, . Handmade gift items are always special, and how cute is this Koala bear baby booties pattern? This company also offers teddy bear, panda bear and over 130 other baby bootie patterns on her site. The pattern is in an easy-to-understand \"symbol\" form. Comes as a PDF file with free shipping. Etsy.com seller name: meinu xing
If you love to sleep with bears… “Commandeered By Wilderness” Hand Printed Pillow Case Pair, . Two standard pillow cases in 200 thread count cotton. Hand-screen printed with eco- friendly inks. Original Bark design. Other pillow case, t-shirt and towel designs are available. Etsy.com seller name: <a href=\"http://www.etsy.com/shop/barkdecor?ref=seller_info\">barkdecor</a>
POLAR BEAR GIFT TAGS, , Wintry and white, these polar bear gift tags will add a bit of fun and fancy to your holiday wrapping. Set of 6. Tags measure 2 x 4\", printed on high-quality card stock and come with red & white baker's twine to affix to that special package. Etsy.com shop name: <a href=\"http://www.etsy.com/shop/deepbluesea?ref=seller_info\">deepbluesea</a>
SAY’ I DO’ TO THIS TEDDY BEAR, . Adorable sterling silver .925 teddy bear ring. Sizes 3 – 14 and half sizes. A unique design and conversation piece for any arctophile. This seller has other bear motif rings, pendants and charms available. Etsy.com shop name: princeofdiamonds
<strong>KEEP YOUR EARS WARM</strong>, . This unBEARably cute headband doubles as a warm winter accessory and as the cutest thing in your closet! Made with acrylic yarn, so it's vegan! Comes in dark brown, or other animal patterns including panda and fox! Length (unstretched, flat): 10\" long x 3.5 to 4\" wide. Etsy.com shop name: <a href=\"http://www.etsy.com/shop/susannahbean?ref=seller_info\">susannahbean</a>
Ready to fill with teddy bears, -. This is an adorable image of vintage teddy bears, on a conveniently-sized 15x15 high-quality canvas tote bag, . Image can be printed in any color and comes in different sizes of bags: 13x13 cotton twill tote for .00. 14x18 zippered top canvas tote bag is .00. Bags can be personalized for . Seller also has T-shirts, pillow cases and much more that feature teddy bears, dolls and over 1000 other cute designs. Etsy.com seller name: Lesley Hornbeck
FOR YOUR TREE, -. Custom wooden ornaments that can be personalized with the family name, year, and first names of family members or as a grandparent ornament with the grandparents’ title and all the grandkids names. Two versions available: A 3, 4, 5, or 6 bear ornament, . Or 7, 8, 9 or 10 bear ornament, . Approximate size: 5 in. x 2 1/4 in. Etsy.com shop name: <a href=\"http://www.etsy.com/shop/MackleyWoodenGifts?ref=seller_info\">MackleyWoodenGifts</a>
A CHARMING GIFT, . Cute copper alphabet pendants in a teddy bear font. Each bear is solid copper that's been polished to a satin finish. 2 cm tall. The chain strings through the ears, so no unsightly tabs or rings take away from their genuine cuteness. The ears will also fit a 1/8" ribbon. These would be cute on a human or a teddy bear! Every letter is made to order. Discount offered on 3 or more letters. Etsy.com shop name: ironicspikes
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It’s that time of year again! Etsy.com has thousands of wonderful items, but finding unique gifts for the special bear collectors in your life isn’t always easy. I’ve searched high and low for affordable, hand-made items that will make any bear collector happy!

 

Whether you are shopping for the special people in your life or putting together a wish list for yourself, happy shopping … and happy holidays!

 
Contest: Fur-st Aid for ailing Teddies and Friends PDF Print E-mail

BeforeTeddy Bear & Friends is teaming up with Sally Winey Bears to provide some tender loving care to three bears and/or friends in need of repair! If one of your plush pals is in need of fur-st aid, here’s how you could get his or her treatment fully covered by Teddy Bear & Friends!

 

Contest Rules: To enter, take a picture of the teddy bear or friend you wish to enter in the contest. Then go to Teddy Bear & Friends’ Facebook page and click the “Like” button at the top of the page.

 

afterJust underneath is a box labeled “Post.” Type in your name and the name of the bear or friend you wish to enter in the contest. Then click the “Photo/Video” link and upload the photo of your prospective patient. We’ll accept photo entries until 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

 

Later that week, we’ll begin posting qualified entries for our Facebook fans to vote on — the exact structure of the voting rounds will depend on how many entries are received. The final round of voting will determine which three bears or friends will have their course of treatment at Salley Winey’s bear hospital covered by Teddy Bear & Friends.

 

Winners will be notified via Facebook. Winners must cover the cost of shipping the patients to Sally Winey (winners outside of North America must also cover the cost of return shipping).

 

Sally Winey Bears will restore each of the three bears and/or friends, and a feature story on the restoration will appear in a 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends. Find out more about Sally Winey’s bear hospital at www.sallywineybears.com.

 
Enter the 2013 TOBY Awards! PDF Print E-mail

TOBY-logoTeddy Bear & Friends is accepting entries for the 2013 Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) competition through Dec. 21, 2012. The TOBY Awards reward and encourages excellence in conception, design and execution of teddy bears and soft-sculpture animals.

 

Photos of all entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the TOBY Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s TOBY Public’s Choice Awards. Teddy Bear & Friends readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners.

 

To enter the 2013 TOBY Award competition, first read all the rules online, then click the TOBY 2013 link to go to the contest entry page.

 
Basel toy museum announces upcoming exhibits PDF Print E-mail

Folding_griffinIn addition to its standing exhibits of dolls, teddy bears, and other toys, Toy World Museum Basle has announced two special exhibitions which will run through the holiday season: Napkin Folding: A Western Folding Art and Christmas Light: Peace, Faith, Love, Hope.

 

 
Get ready to enter the 2013 TOBY Award competition PDF Print E-mail

We're putting the final touches on the TOBY 2013 web page right now, making sure everything works correctly, before we begin accepting entries for the 2013 TOBY Awards. We expect to open the competition to entries next week Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 - look for the TOBY 2013 link on our home page!

 

We will accept entries through Dec. 21, 2012. Full rules and details will be posted on the contest page, but for now, here's a list of the award categories for 2013:

 

Artist Categories

1: Miniature Dressed Bear (5 inches or smaller)

2: Miniature Undressed Bear (5 inches or smaller)

3: Small Dressed Bear (over 5 inches; under 14 inches)

4: Small Undressed Bear (over 5 inches; under 14 inches)

5: Large Dressed Bear (14 inches or larger)

6: Large Undressed Bear (14 inches or larger)

7: Miniature “Friend” (5 inches or smaller, no bears)

8: Small “Friend” (over 5 inches; under 14 inches, no bears)

9: Large “Friend” (14 inches or larger, no bears)

10: Bear or “Friend” using Nontraditional Materials

11: Set or Vignette12: Special Theme Category: Bears & Friends of the Future (science-fiction themed bear or “friend,” any size)

 

Manufacturer Categories

13: Manufactured Bear (any size, dressed or undressed)

14: Manufactured “Friend” (any size, dressed or undressed, no bears)

 

We look forward to seeing your entries!

 
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