The 8 Best Teddy Bears of 2021

These soft teddy bears make great gifts for kids and adults

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"Soft enough to cuddle but attractive enough to put on display."
"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."
"Made of a soft polyester fabric that’s extremely plush and cozy."
"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 Overall: Bearington Collection Theodore Brown Plush Stuffed Animal Teddy Bear

Bearington Theodore

What qualities should the best teddy bear have? It has to appeal to everyone, which means it needs to be extremely versatile. The best teddy bear should also be soft enough to cuddle (a must for children), but attractive enough to put on display (something adults will appreciate). This teddy bear checks all of those boxes and more.

This teddy bear is a great companion, thanks to its premium shaggy fur. But it also makes for an eye-catching display piece, thanks to the hand-stitching and attractive plaid bow. Buy one for yourself—or rely on this as a great gift for any special child or adult in your life.

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

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

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 to Cuddle: Melissa & Doug Jumbo Brown Teddy

If you’re looking for a teddy bear to snuggle up to at night or during Netflix binges, the most important quality is softness. This teddy bear, made by the popular toy brand Melissa & Doug, is made of a soft polyester fabric that’s extremely plush and cozy. And while there are a lot of soft teddy bears out there, this wins the title of the best teddy bear to cuddle, because of its size. When snuggling up to a bear, you want something big enough to act as support (or even a pillow), but not so big that it smothers. At two and a half feet tall, this teddy bear is just right for the task.

Kids (even some as young as 11 months old!) and adults alike find pleasure in snuggling this teddy bear on the regular.

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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