The Best Teddy Bears for Kids and Adults

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Best Teddy Bears

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Owning a cute teddy bear seems like a rite of passage for most kids. We researched well known, top-rated brands for teddy bears that are made of durable material, easy to clean, and some even have an educational component. Our top picks include an affordable, plush option from Amazon and a forever classic like Paddington Bear.

Here are the best teddy bears for kids and adults.

Our Top Picks

Aurora World Ashford Teddy Bear

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Aurora World Ashford Teddy Bear

Amazon

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.” Here's a teddy bear that's just the right present for the job. This beautiful, winter white teddy is soft, huggable, and comes adorned with a gorgeous satin bow. In addition to being cute, it's affordable for any budget.

Ikasa Giant Teddy Bear

Ikasa Giant Teddy Bear Plush Toy Stuffed Animals

Amazon

There's something so adorable and cuddly about small teddy bears, but the massive, oversized ones might be just as cute. This is especially true for older kids or even adults. Measuring almost 80 inches tall, Ikasa's teddy bear looks great propped up in a corner or anywhere in a child's playroom. The six-foot bear is huggable and just a fun piece to keep around.

Build-A-Bear Gift Card

Build-A-Bear Gift Card

Amazon

Whether you’re an avid 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. The popular retailer allows customers to build their own bear from scratch, including color, outfit, and they can even add a special sound box. You can record a message like “get well soon” or “I love you.”

Paddington Bear Classic Stuffed Animal Plush Toy with Suitcase

Paddington Bear Classic Stuffed Animal Plush Toy with Suitcase

Amazon

Kids will love the adorable factor and adults can appreciate the nostalgic feel of a classic stuffed animal like Paddington Bear. He measures 16 inches high and comes with all the bear essentials like a red felt hat and blue coat with the iconic toggle buttons. And of course Paddington has a small suitcase with a "Please look after this bear" tag.

Care Bears Birthday Bear

Care Bears 16" Birthday Bear Plush

Amazon

Care Bears are pretty iconic, so a teddy like this is a great gift. This particular one, which measures 16 inches, is perfect for birthdays (look at the cupcake belly!) and even has a light cake scent. The bear is huggable and sure to make your birthday boy or girl smile.

Dose of Roses Love Heart Rose Bear

Dose of Roses Love Heart Rose Bear

Dose of Roses

A beautiful flower arrangement is a great gift. A teddy bear is a cute gift. So what do you get when you combine the two? Dose of Roses has a teddy bear made of roses. Well, faux roses, so they can last forever. It measures 14 inches tall and comes in red with a white or pink heart.

Etsy My First Teddy Bear Personalized

Etsy My First Teddy Bear Personalized

Etsy

This affordable, 10-inch teddy bear can surely be a keepsake item for a youngster. The stuffed animal is available in blue, pink, or tan and the bottom of one foot reads, "My first bear." The other foot can be personalized (a name or year) in your choice of more than 20 font colors. This is such a fun, personalized gift a child can cherish for years to come.

Melissa & Doug K's Kids - Teddy Wear Stuffed Animal Educational Toy

K's Kids - Teddy Wear Stuffed Animal Educational Toy

Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug makes great toys, especially kitchen sets for kids, that have educational aspects. Their stuffed animal is no different. The teddy bear is dressed in a colorful outfit that features zippers and buttons to encourage motor skills. The overalls and shoes are also removable, further encouraging playtime and hands-on activities.

Pottery Barn Kids Bear Critter Plush Nursery Rocker

Pottery Barn Kids Bear Critter Plush Nursery Rocker

Pottery Barn Kids

This isn't the type of teddy bear kids can actually cuddle with, but it's a really cool bear-shaped rocker. This is sure to be the standout feature in any kid's room. For an added special touch, the wooden base can be personalized with initials. The rocker is easy to spot clean and it's suitable for kids up to 110 pounds.

Steiff Sweetheart Teddy Bear Plush

Steiff Sweetheart Teddy Bear Plush

Amazon

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 an open shelf, couch, or bed. This bear features plush fabric, lifelike eyes, and premium stitching. As a bonus, it comes in a heart-shaped box that’s perfect for gifting—no wrapping paper required.

JOON Huge Teddy Bear

JOON Huge Teddy Bear

Courtesy of Walmart

At just over three feet tall, this plush bear is taller than the average toddler. Of course, this teddy bear will also delight adults and is still large enough for them to snuggle up to. The larger-than-life plush is soft, silky, and incredibly huggable.

What to Look for in a Teddy Bear

Size

When shopping for a teddy bear, especially if you're doing so online, take into account the size. Carefully look at the listing and measurements. A smaller teddy bear works great for infants and toddlers, while a large plush option is great for older kids or even adults. And if you're buying one of those oversized teddy bears (four-plus feet tall!), be sure the recipient has the space in their home for it.

Material

Shopping for a teddy bear isn't just about the looks, but also the material. Look for a teddy bear that's made of material that's easy to clean by throwing it in the washing machine or spot cleaning. Also, for teddy bears that will be snuggled and cuddled by children, a soft, plush material feels better against their sensitive skin and can be less irritating.

Educational Value

Sometimes a teddy bear is just a fun, cute gift, but you can also find a few that have an educational component to them as well. Some can help children learn their numbers, motor skills, and more. This is a great way to combine fun and education.

FAQ
  • Can you wash teddy bears?

    Many teddy bears can be cleaned by placing them in the washing machine. Wash on a gentle cycle and/or place the teddy bear in a mesh laundry bag and air dry. For spot treatments, you can use a damn white washcloth. It's always best to refer to the specific care instructions.

  • How do you wrap a teddy bear gift?

    A teddy bear can be an awkwardly shaped gift to wrap. But a few easy options include wrapping in cellophane paper and adding a bow or placing the teddy bear in a cute gift bag with some tissue paper.

  • How much does a teddy bear cost?

    Teddy bears can range in price based on size, material, and even personalization. A smaller teddy bear (less than 12 inches) doesn't have to cost more than $15. The cost increases for really large teddy bears, those that come with material like satin or silk, and anything that might be personalized with a name or monogram.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams who writes gift guides for The Spruce. She researched top-rated products and brands for teddy bears that kids, and even adults, will love.

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