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Bears have been one of the most popular plushies for years! This is because bears were the first plush animals ever made, coming long before unicorns and other stuffed toys in the market.

Almost every child in the U.S. owns a teddy bear. But that’s not all!

A survey conducted by Build-A-Bear revealed that 40% of Americans still sleep with a stuffed animal, mostly a teddy bear.

And over 25% of customers are 12 or older.

For businesses, this means the bear market is not just limited to children; kidults are also big buyers.

That’s why teddy bears are always in demand! And the numbers back it up too.

This single plush toy is likely to increase market value by $3 billion, from $6.4 billion in 2022 to $9.4 billion by the end of 2031.

For retailers like toy shops, superstores, gift shops, etc., these cuddly bears are worth a lot of money.

To sell your stock fast, you should buy wholesale bears of different colors, sizes, designs, and themes.

What’s Popular with Customers?

Apart from those classic teddies, here’s what you should consider purchasing in bulk for your store:

Giant Teddy Bears

Besides the regular-sized bears, life-sized teddy bears are a hit. They’re almost the same size as a human (4 ft or taller) and are perfect for big hugs.

Cartoon-Inspired Teddies

People love teddies that look like their favorite cartoon bears.

Some most popular choices include:

  • Care Bears
  • Mr. Bean Teddy
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • We Bare Bears

Tech Integrated Teddies

Consider tech teddies as a unique offering to stand out from fellow retailers in the market. 

These are modern and interactive teddy bears with human-like features such as listening, speaking, blinking, etc.

What else: You can diversify your inventory by adding polar and panda bears to your plush collection.

Peak Times to Sell Bears

While teddy bears are always popular, they sell even more during certain times of the year than on regular days.

That’s because over 50 million are gifted in the US each year.

For retailers, this means being prepared for times when gifts are exchanged the most. These include:

Valentine's Week (February 7-14)

During this week, lovers celebrate love and exchange seven different things each day.

And there is a complete day (February 10th) dedicated to teddies called ‘Teddy Day.’

That’s when sellers see an increase in online searches and demand for teddy bears.

So, to make the most out of this peak period, it’s best to have bears with red hearts and romantic messages like “I Love You" and “Happy Valentine's Day.”

Christmas Time (Holiday Season)

Millions of children across the U.S. wake up to teddy bears on Christmas.

This means that the demand for teddy bears goes up during the holiday season and to grab maximum sales, you should have mini, giant, and standard-sized teddies in your stock.

National Teddy Bear Day (September 9) & National American Teddy Bear Day (November 14)

Teddy bears are so popular across the U.S. that TWO days are dedicated to them i.e., September 9 and November 14.

Americans celebrate these days by giving a teddy bear to someone they love and donating teddy bears to non-profits and charities. 

Pro Retail Tip: Offer Gift Baskets and Bundles to Increase Sales

Besides selling these plushies separately, consider introducing gift baskets that include teddy bears, chocolates, greeting cards, and other items for different occasions.

This will not only appeal to customers looking for a complete gift package but also enhance the perceived value of their purchase.

For retailers, this translates to an increase in their average transaction value.

Here’s how: If a customer who usually buys a teddy bear for $20 opts for a $50 gift bundle instead, this change boosts the average customer spend from $20 to $50