holiday gift ideas

  • Big Brands Still Use Old-Fashioned Teddy Bears

    In an age where remarkable digital toys and daring technologies surprise and delight kids of all ages, you may stop and wonder if good, old-fashioned toys still make an impact on children. The short answer is yes.

     Classic toys like the loveable teddy bear are still around and make popular choices for holiday gifts.

    The proof is found in the marketing tactics of well-known brands this holiday season. An established retail chain took advertising with a teddy bear to the next level with their Canadian ad featuring a teddy bear that comes to life when the store closes.

    The ad opens with the bear sitting on a shelf next to a wide variety of other, modern toys. Shoppers choose toys to place into their cart, but everyone seems to be avoiding the teddy bear. When the store closes and the lights turn out, the teddy bear magically springs to life, climbing down from the shelf to explore. We see the bear dress up in a rainbow wig and read a book, ride a fire truck, use a tablet, and eat about an abundance of ice cream.

    When the store reopens, the teddy bear hops back onto his shelf to endure another day of shopping in the hopes of getting picked among the other toys. Luckily, on this day, a customer picks the bear off the shelf, and in the next scene we see a little girl unwrap the bear on Christmas morning. As she hugs the bear, her joy radiates from the screen and the words, “holiday magic starts with believing” appear.

    By bringing a teddy bear to life, stores help recreate the appeal and warmth of teddy bears, making them inviting to children who already consider their stuffed animals as “alive.” The holidays are a time of magic and wonder, and using the classic teddy bear as an advertising tactic is a great way to show how old-fashioned toys still have their place in today’s digital world.

    To gift your own teddy bear magic this season, shop at The Zoo Factory. Let your children make their own stuffed animal with our stuffable animal kits. Each child will experience an instant connection with their new stuffed friend with a birth certificate, unstuffed animal, wishing star and stuffing instructions so they can bring their pal to life.

  • Make Your Next Holiday Party Special For Your Youngest Guests

     

    There is a lot that goes into planning a holiday party and from the dinner menu to the hors d'oeuvres and the drink list, almost everything is planned around the adults. This year, why not come up with something special for the kids to do? There are plenty of games and activities to include in your festivities, like gingerbread house making or karaoke. Parents and children alike will love that you offered something fun for your youngest guests to do. Our favorite holiday party activity: Stuffable animal kits!

    Stuff a Festive Friend

    icicle the snowman stuffed animal

    Make your holiday party one to remember with holiday stuffable animal kits that the kids will have a great time making. The Zoo Factory kits have Velcro closure on the back, making this a project that your young guests will be able to do without much assistance. There are so many adorable and festive animals to choose from, like Chilly the Polar Bear, Icicle the Snowman and Christmas Bear. All you need is some stuffing!

    Dress Your Stuffed Animals in Style

    Santa Claus Stuffed Animal T-Shirt

    Another great Christmas gift idea is a special outfit for your child’s favorite stuffed animal. Get in the holiday spirit with the adorable red and green Christmas Elf Outfit or the fun and festive Santa Clause T-Shirt. With outfits like these, your stuffed friend will be the star of the season.

    Whether you are looking for a new stuffed animal friend or a festive outfit for your favorite teddy bear, The Zoo Factory has everything you need to make this holiday season special for your children. Place your order online or by phone at 866-993-3325.We hope you have a happy holiday season!

  • Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids – INFOGRAPHIC

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    Okay, we know it's only September, and we know that feeling of nausea we all get when we hear holiday music in fall. We get it, it's too early, and we want to hold on to thoughts of summer break, but did you know that most people start their holiday shopping in September? It makes sense if you think about it, there are a lot of reasons to start the holiday shopping as early as possible. The only reason you don't want to start shopping too early (like May) is that wants and trends change. Moreover, if the anticipation gets the better of you, you may give in and give the gift early.  Fall is the perfect time, because it gives you enough time to shop at your convenience, and it gives you an insight into what's cool at school this year.

    Six Reasons to Start Your Holiday Shopping in September:

    “If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.”― Rita Mae Brown

    • You'll Save Time – With more time and less people, you’ll be able to shop like it’s any other day of the year (because it is). Avoid long lines, volcanically hot stores, and grumpy people by shopping months ahead of the ‘crazy season’.
    • You'll Minimize Stress – This ties in with the above points; there’s nothing more frustrating than shopping for fifteen minutes, only to wait in line for forty-five.
    • You'll Choose Better Gifts – You’ll have a wider selection and more time to decide. This results in better, more thoughtful gifts
    • You'll Earn Bragging Rights – When someone invites you shopping, you’ll have the rewarding experience of saying “I’m already done!”
    • You'll Protect your Income – Wouldn’t it be better to spread your holiday budget over four months instead of four weeks?

    Okay, so you’re ready to go shopping, but what if you have no idea what is “big” with kids this year? Stuffable animals are always safe, but for a few more ideas, check out this infographic below!

    140 Most Popular Christmas Toys since 1900

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