Founded in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the largest chain of stores that allow customers to personalize their own stuffed animals. The company has been ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 best companies for many years in a row and was even selected by Forbes as one of America’s most promising small businesses at one point. This innovative idea allows children and adults alike to go through an interactive process where they can create whichever teddy bear they want with all different colors, clothes, and accessories. Alongside donations made annually worth millions of dollars which have gone towards charities such as Make A Wish Foundation or Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), this store offers both fun creative experiences while also creating jobs for a lot of people.
How much does it cost to build a bear at Build-A-Bear?
Build-a-Bear can be an affordable way to make a furry friend for a child that will last forever. And, in a world where it seems like everything is more expensive than ever before, Build-a-Bear offers some of the most reasonable prices for their signature stuffed animals and accessories. On average: $10-$50 without any clothing; as you add each additional piece of clothing or accessory there will be a certain amount added per garment/accessory–most people spend around $45-$80 on a bear they are happy with that has all its pieces accounted for (and this price varies depending upon how many combinations you use).
The first step is to pick out a stuffed animal. The cost of the toy varies from $10-$50, depending on what kind and how popular it is. Next, you can buy clothes for your stuffed animal. There are many different options that range in price from about $3-$15 per clothing option (tops/bottoms or dresses). For an extra special touch, you could also get them accessories which typically only set you back between $1-$10. Depending on what you like, you can opt for a themed accessory or a simple headband.
On the Build-A-Bear website, there are a number of animals to choose from. They range anywhere from $10 up to about $65 and might cost more depending on what is chosen. For instance, their 15 inch Sandy Cub retails for just $10 while the 16 inch My Little Pony retails for $25. Disney-themed stuffed animals range close to $40 without additions. The most popular Build A Bear Pokemon Pikachu can run as much as $65 with bundle options which include its very own backpack. Paw Patrol Animals vary in price but an individual panda costs $28.
You will find in the table below the prices that we managed to find online:
|Type of Animal||Average Price|
|Charmander||$60 for bundle|
|My Little Pony||$25 for the animal
$20 for accessories
|Paw Patrol||$28 for just the animal
$60 for bundle
|Pikachu||$60 for bundle|
|Promise Pets||$25 for just the animal|
|Star Wars||$35 for just the bear (R2-D2, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper Bear, Yoda, Rey, Chewbacca, Boba Fett)
$20 for costume
Some forum threads on TripAdvisor.com discuss the cost of building a bear near Disneyland, and members say you should be prepared to spend $20-$50+, depending on the accessories you go for.
At the workshop, you get to pick an adorable stuffed animal and create a personalized look for it. You start by picking out your favorite toy at one of the many tables set up. Then you will head over to the stuffing machine where they put in a special fabric heart that you will have to kiss before it is placed inside. Then the toy is filled with fluffiness. Once it’s ready for dressing, you will have to stop by the clothes and accessories station which is full of animal shoes, hats & more – so much fun potential here on display just waiting for your imagination. When everything is said and done, you will also receive a cardboard carrier and a birth certificate for your new toy.
With over 400 personalized items, you can find the perfect clothes for your bear. Some brands include Sketchers and Harley-Davidson so that even bears with their own personality have a sense of style to match. Furniture such as beds, chairs, desks, or tables is also available on this site depending on what type of home décor you prefer. There’s no limit to how many accessories you want – each one will increase the cost but it’ll be worth every penny when your furry friend has an outfit that matches his/her unique individuality.
Build-a-bear has a variety of collections, including My Little Pony, Disney and Girl Scouts. They have bears that fit with different themes like Christmas or Halloween for kids to use their creativity during different holidays or celebrations.
Any extra costs to consider?
Clothing is going to range from $5 to $25, depending on the type of outfit. For example, a simple t-shirt can cost as little as $5 while a football uniform could be upwards of $25. With new outfits being released regularly, you will be able to come back for clothes when you feel like changing the bear’s outfit.
With Scentiments, you can give your bear a unique smell. You could make them look and feel like they’re really alive by adding sounds for an extra $3 to $10. These can be pre-recorded or personalized messages from loved ones – it all depends on your personal taste. With Build-a-Bear, ordering online is easy; you can just log in at their website and personalize as many bears as desired without ever leaving home. Shipping may be free depending on the price of the order but will otherwise be an additional expense to consider.
Tips to keep in mind
Build-A-Bear offers a fun and welcoming environment for children to build their own teddy bears. The company is most popular with youngsters aged three to nine. It’s also best if your child visits the store when it isn’t busy in order that they have plenty of time to make decisions instead of being rushed by other shoppers.
Is there any way to save some money?
Join the Stuff for Stuff Club. For every dollar you spend at the club, you will earn one point, which can equate to a gift card. According to the point redemption system—every 100 points earns you a $10 gift card and along your way there are freebies too! At 150 points, for example, receive an outfit but at 250 get yourself a new stuffed animal. And on top of all this excitement? You’ll even be rewarded with special coupons on your birthday as well.
Also, be on the lookout for coupons before going to the store. They are known for having $5 off a $25 purchase.
Get a Build-a-Bear app to receive special promotions, cool happenings at the local store, and/or coupons. If you are looking for something specific or just want an easier way of finding what is available in your area, try browsing eBay or Craigslist or even try to shop for outfits from Amazon.
Bear accessories and clothing can really add up in price. Keep this in mind when you’re budgeting for your build-a-bear animal because the animal itself is not what’s going to cost an arm or leg– it will be all of the outfits that you want them to wear, like designer brands.