The Power of a Teddy Bear!

Teddy Bear Helps Autistic Boy

For many babies and children, the teddy bear plays a large role in their lives. They provide comfort and security in the form of a soft and snuggly bear that they often take everywhere. This is just the case for a young boy named Lucas Hoffart and his teddy bear, who have become social media sensations.

Lucas is a 2 year old Canadian boy with autism who spends every waking hour with his teddy bear. Like many young children, Lucas relies on his teddy for safety and security in times of distress. The duo became social media sensations recently when Lucas’ bear went missing and his mother, Jessica, took to Twitter to call for help in finding it. Jessica set up a Twitter account called “Let’s Find Teddy” which quickly gained attention around the family’s hometown and, according to an article written by Today, a local news station picked up the story and broadcast it. In a matter of days, Lucas was reunited with his teddy thanks to the efforts of a Good Samaritan. Lucas’ mother Jessica told Today that Lucas was overjoyed upon being reunited with his bear.

“He was jumping and skipping with how happy he was. He grabbed the bear and hugged the bear and put the bear near his face…I have no words to tell you how surprised and how happy I am with all the response.”

After a few rough days, Lucas and his teddy bear were back together again and everything was right in the world. The “Let’s Find Teddy” Twitter account posted this picture a couple of days ago to show the dynamic duo back together again:

Find a Bear for You

This story is a touching reminder of how important teddy bears can be to young children as they are growing and experiencing new things. If you have a young child, or know someone who is expecting, consider giving the gift of an adorable companion.

Here at 800Bear we have a wide variety of personalized teddy bears available that are sure to be a gift that is cherished for years to come.

We’ve got everything from licensed plush figures:

12″ Plush Elmo

elmo plush animal gift for baby

Elmo loves you! And you love Elmo!


And personalized teddy bears for newborns:

personalized teddy bear for baby boys and baby girls

Give your baby boy or girl a friend for life


To unique bears that you can customize for any occasion and recipient:

unique personalized teddy bear gift

Tell your sweetie that they are beary cute!

The power of the connection between a child and their teddy bear is often overlooked, but this bond is important and unbreakable. Just look at Lucas for example, a boy whose teddy is so ingrained in his every action. Giving a child the gift of a teddy bear is giving them more than just a plush doll, it’s giving them a buddy. A life vest. A comrade. So when the holiday season rolls around, or when a loved one welcomes a child into the world, or for no particular reason at all; consider personalized bears as a gift idea.

To find a great selection of personalized bears for any occasion, be sure to visit or call us toll free at 1-800-800-BEAR (2327)

Reference: Holohan, M. (2016, October 14). Reunited! Boy with autism finds his lost bear, thanks to Twitter and strangers. Retrieved October 21, 2016, from

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History of the Teddy Bear



Every night, millions of kids around the world snuggle up with their Teddy Bear when they head off to bed. This is because Teddy bears have been the trusty companions of children for generations. But, have you ever wondered where the Teddy bear originated?

The Story

You may be surprised to learn that the story of the Teddy bear is one with some historical significance. The “Teddy” from Teddy bear actually comes from the nickname for Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. As the story goes, President Roosevelt was out on a hunting trip with a group of people but was having very little luck with his shooting. In an effort to help boost the President’s morale, one of his assistants trapped a black bear and tied it to a tree. Rather than shooting the bear on the spot, his assistant waited for the President to get there so that the President could take responsibility. Upon his arrival, Teddy refused to shoot the bear. News of this merciful act spread quickly and a cartoon depicting the incident appeared in the Washington Post. Although the actual bear from the story was a full sized adult, the cartoon portrayed it as a cute little bear cub. Seeing this cartoon, a candy shop owner from New York named Morris Michtom stitched together a plush bear and named it “Teddy’s Bear”.

After receiving permission from President Roosevelt to continue using this name, Michtom went on to mass produce the Teddy Bear and the rest is history. Since this inception, Teddy bears have grown to become one of the most recognized children’s toys of all time. From birthdays, to Christmas, to a stay in the hospital; the gift of a Teddy bear is one that works for many occasions.

Here are some of our favorite bears for every occasion:

Valentine’s Day

personalized valentine's day teddy bear









Show your sweetie pie how much you really love them this Valentine’s Day with a cute bear! Our Personalized I Love You Teddy Bear is an adorable way to display your love.


personalized graduation gift teddy bear









You’re never too old for a Teddy bear, that’s why this Graduation Cap and Gown Teddy Bear is perfect for any recent graduate. Personalize with any name and graduation year for a truly unique gift.

Get Well Soon

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This big fluffy Teddy bear is sure to lift the spirits of anyone in need. With a personalized t-shirt, our custom Latte bear will put a smile on everyone’s face.


personalized baby gift teddy bear









There’s no better way to welcome your newborn baby into the world than a cuddly Teddy bear. This personalized Peek-A-Boo bear holds a soft blanket and says phrases like “Peek-a-boo, I see you”.


personalized birthday teddy bear gift









Say “Happy Birthday” in a memorable way this year with a personalized Teddy bear! This Coco Girl bear is made of a super soft minky fabric and wears a festive birthday t-shirt.


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A Very Bear-y Christmas!

  Now that the holiday season is in full swing, the search for the perfect Christmas gift begins. When it comes to shopping for little children, it is easy to get lost in all of the holiday season toy bombardment. While toy trends and fads come and go, there are some gifts that have withstood […]

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Birthday Bear Wishes

Birthdays are the one day of the year where you celebrate a friend or loved one for simply being born and being in your life. It’s an exciting day, and we don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t look forward to celebrating their birthday. You can really go above and beyond to make someone feel special on […]

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Teddy Bear Toast

Don’t know what to make your kids for breakfast? Want to sneak in some healthy fruits? We have a fun idea! Make teddy bear toast, a breakfast your children will love to see on the table. All you need is: 1.  Bread 2. A banana 3. Peanut Butter 4. Blueberries Toast your bread, then spread […]

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Teddy Bear Friendship Day

Friendship Day is held on the first Sunday in August each year. Originally created by Hallmark to use greeting cards, this holiday has evolved tremendously. This day is a time to celebrate the special people in your life. You can spend this day outside at a picnic or going to the beach, but however you do, it’s […]

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Is your teddy bear feeling sick? Do they have a broken bone? The University of Newcastle School of Medicine is happy to help. Medical students offered kids to bring their stuffed animals for a checkup in effort to make them feel better about going to the doctor themselves. The day also consisted of fun activities such as […]

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Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Just last week America celebrated a new holiday- Teddy Bear Picnic Day was real! On July 10, people from all over Chicago gathered at the Millennium Knickerbocker hotel for a day filled with fun activities. Guests had the chance to meet celebrities such as Winnie the Pooh, the Paddington Bear, and the Care Bears while […]

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