Toy trends come and go, but the teddy bear is always popular. We give them at baby showers and birthday parties, to sweethearts, friends, and collectors. But most of us still think of teddy bears as kids’ toys. (Can you think of anything requested in more letters to Santa?)

Lots of kids will get teddy bears this year, but the luckiest ones will receive TG Bears, handmade by Monica Collins in Tucson, Arizona. Each TG Bear is 16 inches tall, with safety eyes, noses, and joints to make them safe, and soft furry bodies to make them huggable. (In fact, TG Bears come pre-hugged by Monica herself!) Every bear is unique, from its expression to the colors, accessories, and even the personalized details you can choose.

I’m delighted to have Monica join us today for the first in our series of small business features. We hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit about Monica and her fabulous bears!

1. Martha Stewart is looking for new gifts to share with the kids on her list. Which TG Bear would you recommend?
 I would definitely suggest Theodore Bear. Not only is he the Classic Teddy Bear with his sheepskin color fur, he also is the one traveling and having so many exciting adventures, keeping a journal of all of them on my blog.

2. Sugar cookie or Gingerbread man?
Gingerbread man

3. To get in the holiday spirit, I like to…
Take time to browse craft stores and other places where there are so many pretty decorations. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the prettiness and goodwill that is projected.

4. My favorite (new, most popular) gift idea at TG Bear this season is:
A personalized Christmas Bear (see picture below). This bear has the foundation of a white bear, but the embroidery on the foot is personalized and the accessory can also be requested. In this case, the customer requested a scarf.

5. And most importantly: Naughty or nice?
I think a little bit of both is needed to make the world go round – nicely balanced.

Monica has recently created special bears for Hilary Duff and Jessica Alba, and she can create one for you, too! She has generously offered a coupon to all of you which will give you 15% off. Use coupon code GDCSPA#1 at checkout on the TG Bears website between November 25 and December 9. Thank you, Monica! 

Find out more about Monica and TG Bears:

Order online at the website,

TG Bears Facebook page

The blog (keep up with Theodore Bear’s travels!)

Follow TG Bears on Twitter

See what TG Bears is pinning on Pinterest

I like Uncle Edward the best! He has a great bow-tie. Which TG Bear is your favorite?