Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Day Gifts by Roz Denny Fox


The other day I saw an ad on TV for a unique Valentine’s Day gift. You’ve all probably seen it too. A Big Hunka Love Bear.  First, he’s about the cutest thing you’ll ever see. It’s not that I have a Valentine to send something to this year, but just seeing the bear made me smile. If you want to check him out for another year, perhaps, since this is a little late to send someone a gift this year, go to: www.vermontteddybear.com

He has outfits you can buy. For instance there’s a cute, personalized t-shirt. There is a bear hugs outfit for a baseball fan.  And believe it or not, the "Zombie Bear" is sold out. Outfits are cute, but so is the bear just in bear-form.

He’s four feet tall and squishy. Or they have a smaller Lil’ Hunka Love Bear.

But hey, on Valentine’s Day you want to go big for the love in your life.


It’s true that flowers and chocolates are the most purchased gifts. But flowers don’t last, and if you’re a romance writer, For sure neither do chocolates. And if you gobble down chocolates you’ll probably get mad at yourself, or worry that you took in too many calories or something.

A teddy bear will last forever, and will make you feel good every time you walk past him.

I know, because I have a giant bear. Not this one, mine isn’t quite 4 foot tall, but almost. My granddaughters gave him to me for company after I sold my house and moved into a townhome where I didn’t know a soul.


You should always hug your valentine first, but sometimes if you’re down and he’s not around, hugging a lovable, soft teddy bear is the next best thing.

20 comments:

  1. What a cute post, Roz, and Happy Valentine's Day! The bears on the Vermont site are so cute (such variety too). I still have the teddy bears I had as a kid and I've passed them on to my kids. They've gone through each one and are now in my youngest's room. When he outgrows them (probably soon), I'll store them safely so that they can be passed on to their kids. I have more than just bears too. I loved stuffed animals as a kid. Great for hugs!

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  2. Rula, I still love stuffed animals. I bought so many for my grandkids that both of my daughters said---stop, stop! Because their kids didn't want to pass any on. I can't pass a stuffed toy in a store that I don't stop to squeeze it.
    Thanks to you and Amy for adding pictures. It makes the post so much cheerier.

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    1. Roz, I love that Vermont bear too! My teddy bear is taking me to lunch today. I was so impressed with the pictures on your post and thought you'd gotten way ahead of me in tech savvy! I was jealous. Nice to have a bunch of smarty-pants in our midst.

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  3. I used to have a giant turtle. It was bigger than me when I got it and I kept it all the way through college. Unfortunately, when my parents moved, it disappeared and- as weird as it sounds- I still miss my turtle! So squishy... he never cared if I laid on him to read, nap, talk on the phone. I loved hugging him and I know he absorbed many of my tears growing up. Stuffed animals mean a lot to children and to adults too!

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  4. Muriel, I so agree that it's great to have tech experts in our group. Enjoy your lunch out.
    Karen--I'm sorry your favorite stuffed animal disappeared. I hope he found a good home.

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  5. Great pictures :)
    When I went off to college, to live in the dorm, back in 19 (what you think I'm really going to tell you the year!) it was the fad to take a giant stuffed animal. That's the only teddy bear I kept from my childhood. It's XX years' old now and its fur is flat and I keep squirting it with Fabreeze LOL

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  6. Pam, you are so funny. Like you're old? Ha, now I have a Christmas bear from when I was in high school. He plays a tune if you squeeze him in the right place. Now he's OLD!

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  7. Oh, the joys of a bear. I have one from childhood tucked away, too ratty to play with. I am sure my kids won't be keeping him, but he was a gift from my great-uncle when I was in the hospital at age 5. A searing experience made better by my bear. My current favorite is a large Sponge Bob character, Patrick. My son left him home when he went off to college this year and I enjoy seeing him on my son's bed. Definitely not currently cool to take stuffed creatures to college for boys.

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  8. One of my nephews had so many stuffed animals it was hard to see how he had room to sleep in his bed. His mom used to lament she thought he'd still have them when he got married. He actually left them behind, exchanging them for a real yellow lab. Good your son didn't take Sponge Bob to college.

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  9. I didn't intend to collect bears, but I kept finding ones at garage sales and thrift stores that I couldn't resist buying. So I now have a collection. Just found another one the other day at the thrift store. I also use them sometimes in the still life pictures that I paint. They make great models.

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    1. Linda! Welcome to the Heartwarming Blog. Nice to have you. My husband's a painter - seascapes and old buildings in our town.

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  10. Linda, I'm sure stuffed bears have changed some over the years. I wonder if you see that in being a collector. I love collections. I collect baskets. Probably have to stop some day soon or move out and let the baskets take over my townhouse.

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  11. I used to love collecting stuffed animals, and I'd go through different phases: bunnies, bears, reindeer, etc. I even collected Winnie the Pooh for a while. Unfortunately, we downsized and had to get rid of a lot of my collections. But they went to good homes (my nieces and nephews).

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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    1. Syndi, I'm glad your animals went to good home. It's silly I know, but I know old ladies who still collect dolls, because it helps them to stay young feeling. And I can't go into FAO Schwartz without buying a stuffed toy.

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  12. Happy Valentine's Day Roz! I've seen that big bear on TV. He's huge, but he looks so soft and cuddly. I stillhave many of my stuffed toys. My mom didn't throw any away. The one I can remember is a big ST Bernard dog with floppy ears. He was so soft. He's packed away upstairs someplace.

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    1. Gail, You need to find him and get him out. Set him on your bed. He sounds wonderful. Send him off to college with your daughter.

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  13. Stuffed animals are a great Valentine present. My husband was amused at Trader Joe's gift recommendation for those relationships still in the early stages...dijon mustard!

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    1. Dana, that's funny. You'd have thought with their collections of wines that they'd at least have promoted some of those to share. LOL

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  14. I never had stuffed animals growing up, but my brother had a small bear and an elephant, "Teddy and Elly" (hope my memory serves me right). He used them as his playmates and had them propped up in the dirt on the side of the house where he played with his trucks. They were filthy and totally loved.
    But now, at this late stage of my life, I have more than a dozen propped around my living room. Most are in a basket in the corner that my granddaughters go into when they visit. Several go to bed with them when they stay overnight. Although I’m tempted, there’s no space in my apartment for a four foot bear. Wonderful post Roz.

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  15. Aw, Roz, this is so sweet! In a way I'm glad I didn't see this until the end of Valentine's Day weekend, because it's such a wonderful reminder of all the ways there are to show someone they're loved...ANY time of year. :)

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