The 6 Best Teddy Bears of 2021

These soft teddy bears make great gifts for kids and adults

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Our Top Picks
"A beautiful snow-white teddy bear for less."
"Parents are quick to point out how cozy and durable it is."
"Kids will love that this bear laughs when her belly is tickled."
"This teddy bear comes in a heart-shaped box that’s perfect for gifting."
"Measures just over 3 feet tall."
"At the popular retailer, you build your own bear from scratch."

Owning a cute teddy bear seems like a rite of passage for most kids. The teddies are cute but can even provide comfort. Also, who says teddy bears are just for kids? Adults can certainly enjoy an oversized teddy bear or one that reminds them of childhood.

Here are the best teddy bears for kids and adults.

Best Budget: Aurora World Ashford Teddy Bear

Sometimes you need a quick and affordable gift—a simple gesture that says ‘I’m sorry,” “congratulations,” “I’m thinking of you,” or even “good luck.” In many cases, a teddy bear is just the right present for the job. And you don’t have to spend a fortune on a quality bear. If you know where to look, you can find a soft, attractive, and well-made teddy bear on a budget.

This beautiful snow-white teddy bear fits the bill—it’s soft, huggable, and comes adorned with a gorgeous satin bow. Is this the perfect teddy bear?

Best for Toddlers: Jellycat Bumbly Bear Stuffed Animal

Jellycat Bumbly Bear

If you’re shopping for a new baby or even a rambunctious toddler, focus on two key things when selecting a teddy bear: size and feel. While a giant teddy bear may seem like a lot of fun, it’s not appropriate for a kid this age. The safest option is something small, like this bear, which is about 10 inches tall. (When a baby is only about 21 inches long, that’s still pretty big!) And when it comes to feel, you can’t go wrong with a teddy bear from Jellycat—a company widely known for manufacturing super soft and extremely plush stuffed animals.

Parents are quick to point out just how cozy this bear is and marvel at how durable it is—a necessity when this teddy bear inevitably becomes your child’s constant companion.

Best for Kids: Care Bears Hug & Giggle Feature Plush Share Bear

Care Bears Share Bear

This teddy bear will elicit sweet nostalgia in you while providing your favorite kiddo with hours of fun and companionship. It’s soft and cuddly—a must for kids who often insist on taking their stuffed animals everywhere, including a bed. Kids will also love the fact that each Care Bear comes with their own special story. This bear even interacts with your child—she'll laugh when her belly is tickled!

Best for Adults: Steiff Sweetheart Teddy Bear Plush

Sometimes the best teddy bears aren’t necessarily the softest teddy bears—but you have to know your recipient. For adults who don’t necessarily want to snuggle a bear, gift them a quality premium teddy bear that’ll look impressive when displayed on a shelf, couch, or bed.

This bear, made by the legendary German toy company, will delight those who have an eye for the finer things in life. Even collectors will be impressed by this bear’s plush fabric, lifelike eyes, and premium stitching. As a bonus, this teddy bear comes in a heart-shaped box that’s perfect for gifting—no wrapping paper required.

Best Large: JOON Huge Teddy Bear

JOON Huge Teddy Bear

Are you vying for the crown of “best grandmother ever”? An easy way to secure that title is to gift your grandkids this gigantic teddy bear. At just over 3 feet tall, this plush bear is taller than the average three-year-old. Of course, this teddy bear will also delight adults and is still plenty large for them to snuggle up to.

This larger-than-life teddy bear is the perfect companion. This teddy is soft, silky, and incredibly huggable. If there’s a downside, it’s that the ribbon isn’t sturdy enough for some users. But, as many note, it’s easy to reattach it, or even replace it with something else.

Best Personalized: Build-A-Bear Build-A-Bear Gift Card

Whether you’re an avid teddy bear collector looking to fill a shelf with a variety of interesting teddy bears or you have a child who loves to dress up their dolls, Build-a-Bear is an easy choice. At the popular retailer, you build your own bear from scratch—pick from dozens upon dozens of skins, add a special fabric heart, then use their machine to fill your teddy bear to your liking (whether that’s soft or stiff). Once your teddy bear has come to life, pick from hundreds of outfit choices, ranging from the apparel of your favorite sports team to popular professions.

If you’re looking for a great gift, add a special sound box to your personalized teddy bear. You can record a message like “get well soon” or “I love you.” If you’re a mother-to-be, you can even record your baby’s heartbeat during your next ultrasound and put that inside the teddy bear. The possibilities are endless!

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