Best Bear Bunch Offers Endless Possibilities, and Opens Endless Questions!
Best Bear Bunch is a highly customizable gift idea and nobody else has. It is a kind of art and craft. With dozens of teddy bear figurines and dozens of personifying accessories at your choice, you "mix" them and arrange on a chair or plaque the way you like along with the free names, the possibilities are endless. So Best Bear Bunch meets all gift needs. So Best Bear Bunch opens the endless questions. So this FAQs does not exhaust the questions but focuses on the main ones.
We understand you will have questions unanswered below. When you select a style and start your creation, however, 99% of your questions will be cleared by the easy-to-use tool and the onsite tips. And you can contact us when bunching your bears.
More likely, you will place your first order with us over the trust on our 26-year craftsmanship and top-rated online selling since 2001. You won't be disappointed, otherwise we cannot stay in business for so long.
How Do You Pick the Hair Bow Colors for the Girl Bears?
A girl bear wears a bow in her hair. The color will be arranged properly when your Bear Bunch is created in our workshop. As a general practice, if your Bear Bunch has bunch of girls, the bow colors will vary from red, pink, purple, magenta to blue. You can request a specific color in the Comment box at checkout.
Best Bear Bunch on chair is designed in a nice size (4 to 12 inches) for the display at home as a nice deco to any room. Many grandparents would proudly place their bear bunch in their living room, since that helps introduce the whole family to their guests, thanks to the individual different bears and the names.
Bear Bunch on plaque is equipped to stand on table or desk or hang on the wall.
Gift shoppers can easily customize their ideal gifts with 1-42 teddy bear figurines in one present. Designed to meet their exact gift needs, no more or less, within their budgets.
Gift shoppers can get their gifts personalized free. All names and meaningful message are hand written on the gift.
Gift shoppers can bring the life to their Bear Bunch by adding the accessories that depict hobby, interest or lifestyle.
The easy customization, free personalization and personifying accessories make Bear Bunch truly one-of-a-kind keepsake, no two pieces a like - NEVER.
Gift shoppers are worry free using Best Bear Bunch. They enjoy our craftsmanship that started in 1988 and our top rated online gift selling hosted by Yahoo since 2001.
Gift shoppers can not buy the unique gifts from other stores. We own the original designs and copyrights of the teddy bears and necessities that are registered with US Copyright Office.
Gift shoppers love our quality long lasting keepsake that makes the gift recipient happy for today and for years to come. A Floridan grandparent treasures his family bear bunch since 1996.
Shoppers appreciate Bear Bunch as the best gift for those who have everything - greatest gift for parents. Bear Bunch is a big favorite for family gift shoppers. They love the family bears "being bunched together" on a chair that imitates the familial love, unforgettable hug and forever bond...
Gift shoppers love to buy from the manufacturer directly. We make the bear necessities. We assemble in our own workshop. We sell the gifts on our family owned website bestbearbunch.com. No middle man is involved. Best personalized gifts are made beary affordable.
Gift shoppers love our quick turnabout (0-2 days). Orders are shipped out within 0 to 2 business days although a bear bunch requires the detail custom creation and personalization. Practically, our customers can order today and get it tomorrow, compared to "5-7 business days"- turnaround by most of other personalized gift stores.
Personalized bear gifts get even more special when you add impressive and adorable accessories! Our selection of mini accessories is the best way to truly customize your bear bunch to create the beary best customized gifts for her, him, and everyone in between. Design your own figurine with a selection of miniature and personifying accessories from the baseball hat to flower bouquet, from ipad to laptop, laying dog to shih tzu, from Christmas wreath to bunches of balloons...
Best Bear Bunch is a custom gift idea for any well connected group of people typical the whole family (up to 42) or teams (up to 49) such as bunch of co-workers and boss, students and teacher, football team and its coach, or friends like "Lunch Bunch."
Customers choose the handmade teddy bear figurines as the bunch members and place them on a base such as a chair along with the FREE names and personifying accessories.
Best Bear Bunch offers free personalization. Names for each and all teddy bears and a meaningful gift message are hand written on the Bear Bunch Free of Charge.
Born as Bear Family Sofa: in 1988, Created by Sheila K. Philipp in Florida More.
Grew as Bears Etc.: Early 1990, Owned by CPSP, Inc., Florida More.
Merged to Bears in Chairs: in 2002, Owned by US Boosters Corp. NJ More.
Renamed as Best Bear Bunch: 2012, Owned by Hillstone Int'l Ltd., NJ More.
We were Born as Bear Family Sofa: in 1988, Created by Sheila K. Philipp in Florida
A young talented artist and a teddy bear collector in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Sheila Philipp, believed a teddy bear was the closest friend of our human being. In 1988, Sheila sculptured couple pieces of teddy bear figurines and several inch-tall solid teddy bears. Showing them to her neighbors and giving to her friends, Sheila found that people really loved her bears. A grandma even wanted to pay for five bears, two big ones for her husband and her, two little boys as her grandsons and one little girl as her granddaughter. Sheila learned that "My teddy bears can represent people. If my bears are cute and unique, people would like to have. If my bears can represent family, and we have a unique manner to put them together, people who look for family gifts will love my bears even more." Sheila started trying to find out what a family shares most at home. She made a long list over several days and decided with her friends, the sofa was the #1 pick! Bear Family Sofa was born. The Bear Figurines to the right are the one of our oldest teddy bear figurines designed by Sheila Philipp. It was created in 1988!
We Grew as Bears Etc.: Early 1990, Owned by CPSP, Inc., FL
Wasting no time, Sheila added several bears and chairs to her creations. Now her bear family included couple, and single boy & girl. Those bears now could be placed on a little chair, or a long sofa. Encouraged by her neighbors, friends and family, Sheila decided to test her "Bear Family Sofa" in the market. She was active in the local flea markets, craft shows and house parties. She found she had to sell her bears short. More, small businesses wanted to sell her bears, too. She decided to open a workshop in Miramar, Florida, and name her business as "Bears, Etc." The same year, she opened the first kiosk (pushcart) in the Pembroke Lake Mall. Then she quickly expanded her operations to Saw Grass Mills, Broward Mall, Boca Raton Town Center, Miami International Mall and Plantation Fashion Center. After that, dozens of kiosks started carrying Bears Etc. in Florida and other states.
Early 1990, Bears Etc. experienced beary fast expansion. The workshop had some 300 painters then. In 1996, Sheila opened over a dozen pushcarts in Atlanta, GA, for the event of the Centennial Olympics. Bears, Etc. became well known in the USA and in the world.
We Merged to Bears in Chairs: in 2002, Owned by US Boosters Corp. NJ
Bears in Chairs started out selling Bears Etc. in 1998 at a small kiosk in Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey, together with Vermont Teddy Bears, Gund, Boyds Bears, Russ Bears and Bearington. However, little by little, the handmade ceramic bears from Bears, Etc. captured the hearts of our clientele. Their bearish charm coupled with a personalized chair and miniature accessories made them into our bestselling products. We couldn't fill the orders fast enough!
To keep up with the overwhelming demand for our beary friends, we had no choice but to open more stores! We ventured out to malls in New York, Connecticut, and South Jersey, followed by the joys and smiles that our bears brought. We even received orders from travelers from other states and as far away as Canada, Australia and Europe. Customers just keep coming back even after moving away! It is beary often that grandmothers brought their existing Bears in Chairs to our stores and ask us to add new baby bears with their grand children's names personalized. Now Bears in Chairs are becoming a lot of family's heirlooms. In 1999, we started offering our products on the web, BearsinChairs.com making those creative bears more accessible to the whole world. Due to the tremendous response, on Just 19th, 2002, we acquired Bears Etc. the business, copyrights and know-how, for CPSP, Inc. Then the local workshops in Florida were closed and the manufacturing facilities were moved to China.
Sheila K. Philipp, the Original Creator, Training the New Artists and Workers, August 7th 2002
We now get the bears and chairs made and hand painted in China with a huge saving that we share with our consumer customers. This arrangement made it possible for us to keep the price unchanged since 2002 when we took over the business from Sheila and Charles Philipp.
Bears in Chairs, the name has too many variations such as Bears N Chairs, Bears in a Chairs, Bears and Chairs, and etc. Although it is still our registered trade mark and very descriptive, it is confusing.
Bears in Chairs does not convey the "group gift idea." Our strongest market is in the group, the bunch, particularly the "bond" relationship in family such as for the family togetherness for main holidays or milestone family gathering such as 50th wedding anniversary or 70th birthday... We've found our customers love bear bunch and love bear bunching. And we are beary happy here to help you bunch your bears.
Our bears are very fastened by our special glue. But occasionally, the bears that are leaning over the top or sitting on the armrests might come off several years later. You can simply glue it back.
Pill off the old glue that may still stay on the bottom of the bears. If necessary, you can use a little knife to remove it or soak the bear so the glue comes off - the bears are solid and you will not destroy them easily.
After the old glue is removed and the bear is dry, apply a little bit glue to the bottom and put the bear on the original spot. Bear in mind that the bear shall be faced as other bear do, making the whole thing looks good. This is the glue we use.
If your first time did not do successfully, wait till the glue dry and redo it. You will make it perfect.
Our Bear Bunch is designed to last long. Many customers treasure their Bear Bunch for years. Customer Bill from Florida bought a Bears, Etc. (our former business name) from Sheila Philipp (the bear original creator) in 1996, just got his Bear Bunch updated in August 2013. Read our blog 17-Year Old Family Treasure.
Our bears and chairs are made solid and detail hand painted, with best quality of material and proven craftsmanship. You may be interested in How Our Bear Figurines are Made. Our products are made to last.
Your Bear Bunch is created in our workshop with our 26-year craftsmanship by following special procedures. All bear necessities, the bears, chairs and accessories are fastened to last with our special glue. We use a beary special pen and the ink stays. You may be interested in How a Bear Bunch is Created in Our Workshop.
Family grows, so does your bear bunch! We understand that our bear bunch keepsake lasts long. We have made it beary easy for you to add new bears to your exiting bear bunch keepsake. You can simply check our teddy bear family collection and click on the right one, add to cart for checkout. You can also check the < ahref="http://www.bestbearbunch.com/teddy-bear-family.html">teddy bear figurines here where teddy bears are grouped in the different categories by size, eye color and gender, making an easier teddy bear selection
If you cannot determine which bear you should select, simply snap a picture of your Bear Bunch and email us at orders@BestBearBunch.com and we will come up with the exact choice.
If you want us to add new bear with the free name, we are happy to do so. The service is free including the name writing and bear moving around. We simply charge for the bear and freight. In that case, please email us at orders@BestBearBunch.com so we can reply with our authorization and instruction.
Most of the small bears are only for $2.99 each.
The freight will be $3.99 for First Class USA, as charged in October 2013.
Now you have a new bear and want to add to your existing bear bunch by yourself. If need to buy individual teddy bears from us, check here first.
It is a great joy for a parent or grandparent to add a new bear to the existing bear bunch. The family grows! Congratulations! You got a new son or daughter! You got a new grandson or granddaughter! Congratulations! You got a new son-in-law or new daughter-in-law! Your Bear Bunch belongs to the the whole family so you should update as the family free grows. A toddler or in-law is not happy if they are not personified on your Bear Bunch.
It is fun and challenge to add the bear by yourself. You will need the glue, pen and little know-how.
Pen: This is the special pen we use that has two ends, one for writing and the other for dotting. It's $3.99 on October 2013. You can find Sharpies in your local stationery store-two pens, Fine point" and "Extra Fine Point." This is the pen we use.
Glue: We use electric operated hot glue. It's $5.99 on October 2013, including two pieces of glue sticks that you glue 50 teddy bears on your chair. We have used this glue since 2001. Other glue may be good but we never tested.
How Can I Build Bear Bunch Online? Beary EZ: Simply Select a Style and Imitate It.
It's really very easy for you to build your bear bunch online. You can just select a style for the simple imitation.
Upon a style selected, an empty chair or plaque is there for you to add your bears, names and accessories.
With the easy-to-use step-by-step building process, your one-of-a-kind family gift is only clicks away, done within minutes.
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Upon a style selected, an empty chair or plaque is there for you to add your bears, names and accessories. No matter where you are, what recipient you have in mind, or what level of computer savvy you have, anyone -- and we mean anyone -- can build a Best Bear Bunch. All you need is to have a worthy person or group of people in mind, and a big bear heart to make them a truly amazing customized gift at a fair and reasonable price. Thatís how simple we think gifting should be! With an easy-to-use, online customization toolbox and an innovative step-by-step building process, Best Bear Bunch makes it beary easy for you to create personalized family gifts for all of the important people in your lives within minutes.
Gifts for Family such as for mom, dad, parents, grandma, grandpa, grandparents, wife, husband.
Gifts for beary important events like the mileston 50th wedding anniversary, benchmark 70th birthday or retirement.
Gifts for important holidays such as Chrstimas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Bosses Day, Teacher Apprecaition Day.
Personalized keepsake that are really unique, different, one-of-a-kind.
Gifts that make the recipeint happy for today and for years to come.
Best teddy bear gifts.
Gifts from a bunch of people such as beary best gift to grandma from the whole family.
Gifts to a bunch of people such as gift from a mother to her son's family.
Gifts for Thanks a Bunch!
How do I Get Started?
If itís your first time here with us, no worries! We make it super easy by providing you with an intuitive customization tool that allows you to build your Best Bear Bunch on our website. Simply Select a Style and Imitate: a beary best gift is clicks away, minutes away!
Our personalization is FREE, absolutely FREE. All the names and the meaningful message are hand written on the gift FREE. Many gift stores such as personalizationmall.com or Things Remembered charge by letters.
Best Bear Bunch are created for a bunch, a well connected group of people, such as family up to 42 members, or team up to 49 co-workers. It expresses the love among the "bunched" people who share a chair at home or a classroom in a school or an office in a business. Other personalized gifts are single object such as a figurine, nothing "bunched." Can they give the grandparents such a familiar hug from the whole family
Bear Bunch lets Gift shoppers bring the life to their creation by adding the accessories that depict hobby, interest or lifestyle. You can put a Bichon Frise by a grandma bear with a free name as DIXON. Does that make your grandma happier? Any other gift company does this kid of personalization?
You can design your Bear Bunch to meet your exact gift needs, no more or less, within your budgets, thanks to the easy customization with a wide selection of options, free personalization and personifying accessories.
Worry free, enjoy our craftsmanship that started in 1988 and our top rated online gift selling hosted by Yahoo since 2001.
Enjoy our quality long lasting keepsake that makes the gift recipient happy for today and for years to come. A Floridan grandpa treasures his family bear bunch since 1996.
Enjoy your purchase directly from the manufacturer. We make the bear necessities. We assemble in our own workshop. We sell the gifts on our family owned website bestbearbunch.com. No middle man is involved. Best personalized gifts are made beary affordable.
We offer a beary quick turnabout (0-2 days). Orders are shipped out within 0 to 2 business days although a bear bunch requires the detail custom creation and personalization. Practically, our customers can order today and get it tomorrow, compared to "5-7 business days"- turnaround by most of other personalized gift stores.
We know that the important groups of people in your life come in many shapes and sizes, so Best Bear Bunch provides endlessly customizable arrangement options - to make sure that everyone that matters will be included in your Best Bear Bunch.
We use a special pen that has two ends, ultra fine point for writing and the fine point for dotting. It's $3.99 at bestbearbunch.com (October 2013). Alternatively, you can use Sharpies, the permenat markers you can find in your local stationery store-two pens, Fine point" and "Extra Fine Point."
What Font Do you Use to Write the Bear Names?
We use a beary special font we developed in the last 26 years. It's the Bearish Fatty Dotty font coupled with our customization that helps us stand out. See the font on one Bear Bunch sample:
The bearish fatty dotty font is our know-how, beary unique that no exact true type is the same as ours. The Bearish Font requires the consistence in the letter styling, spacing, dotting centering and over visualization.
Free personalizing includes the bear names and gift message.
It's hand written by artists who need to practice for 3 months or longer. The writing tools are our own special permanent markers and brushes, without any machine or stencil involved or allowed. Our personalizing is more unique than a computerized engraving.
Our own font is used: the crafty styled fatty letters and cool dots. The one-of-a-kind font adds the unique accent to the unique creations.
Artistic consistency is assured for the lettering sizes, spacing, alignment and dotting. While the letters and dots may be up and down, fat and slim, they never touch each other or separate far away, adding a collective charm.
All letters are in upper case.
All names are written next to the bears on chair or plaque and should be seen well from the front.
It's in black. Other colors may apply such as white on red hearts.
All bear bunch must be well personalized to the chief's artist satisfaction or no shipping can be made. Hese ones are rejected:
These are written well:
Best Bear Bunch is a truly original gift and art. It's a beary one-of-a-kind keepsake, NO two creations alike.
Who Personalizes Best Bear Bunch?
Writing on Bear Bunch requires a lot of unique experience. First, you need to get familiar with writing on the hard surface (chair or plaque) that is different than a piece of the softer paper. Harder, you need to follow the standards to make the bearish crafty styled writing and dotting.
As a general rule, nobody at Best Bear Bunch is allowed to start writing on an order of Bear Bunch before the initial three month training and practice is passed. After that, he or she will be one week of technical supervision by the chief artist.
Our chief artist is Dee Dee Lu who opened her first kiosk in Paramus Park NJ under the name of DD Teddy Bear, in 1998. Dee Dee designed all catelog products like this one as of 2002 (and owns the business to date):
When your order is placed, we will review your order immediately after sending you the email receipt. Our review is to make sure your order is clear and correct according to our 25 year old experience. We also want to see if we could improve your creation without extra cost. If necessary, we will call or email you. This is the checklist.
Is your shipping address deliverable? We will map it and verify with UPS or USPS.
Is the payment OK? We will contact you if not.
Did you select the best shipping method? Can we save some freight for you? You may select an expensive shipping since you might not be aware that we can make out quickly. You may use the Next Day Air on Thursday for a gift needed in the weekend, but a 2nd Day Air may save $30. If we believe you can save some freight, we will contact you with our recommendations.
Did you give a free name to all and every bear, dog or cat? Did you leave off a name since the bear is unborn? Free name is a beary important part of free personalization. We will contact you if a name is missing.
Did you give a free saying? A free saying makes the personalized bear bunch gift more meaningful. We would contact you, if no saying is received.
Any typo on the free names or saying? While a name is unique and the spelling varies, we would not question CHRISTOFER, but will contact you if you put CHRISTOPER. We would let A BEARY LOVING FAMILY go, but will verify with you if you put A BEARY LOVING FAMILIES as your free saying.
Does everything makes sense? This comes into various forms. This chair, for example, offers four spots in Cushion B (B1, B2, B3, B4). If the bears you selected for B3 or B4 are bigger than Bears B1 or B2, we may contact you or even switch them automatically since otherwise the bears in front row would block the bears in the back row.
Did you make any special request? If you ask us to paint bunch or bear bows in different colors, of if you ask us to write the names and saying in capital letter, we will not contact you back since we do without a saying. If, however, you want us to put a bigger bear such as a jumbo boy on his E1 (left arm), we will contact you and say No since it is not doable and makes no sense.
We will schedule the production and email you when we will your Bear Bunch will be created and shipped out, when the review is done. You can expect our shipping schedule within 0-1 business day after your order is placed.
Put Silver Dots under the Hearts. The extra little will be added free of charge. Sometimes, a special date can be hand written on the back of the chair free of charge at customer's request. We give the extra special attention and care to the Bear Bunch for the milestone birthday or benchmark anniversary such as 80th Birthday Bear Bunch or 50th wedding anniversary Bear Bunch - we may contact you for such a free special date voluntarily.
Bear Bunch Built:
Note a Bigger Bear Bunch like this one requires extra procedures:
Molding: After a bear design is sculptured, we will make a mold by applying the special silicone rubber to the sculpture. When the silicone is dry, we remove the sculpture. Now the mold is ready for use to make up to 50 same bears.
Shaping: The liquid resin and other materials are well mixed and poured into the mold. To make sure that the bear will be completely solid, a special procedure is in place to abstract any air from the mold. When the material is dry, the mold is opened and the bears are well shaped.
Remove the dirt on the bears by washing and hand removing the dirt.
Make a flat bottom for the bears to sit up and right.
Fix the Edges and etc.
Hand Painting: 5 to 6 Coats
Prime hand painting: paint the background in brownish beige.
2nd coat hand painting: lighter skin and dark fur:
3rd Coat Hand Painting: Heart and Hair Bow Painted from the Beige to White and then Shiny White, and the Nose Being Painted from Beige to Dark Brown
4th Coat Hand Painting: Bear Eye Painted with Green/Blue on White.
5th Coat Hand Painting: Bear Eye Balls.
Bear Hand painting is a big challenge. It is very time consuming. It requires the greatest patience and special craftsmanship. This is particularly true for the smaller bear that is about 1 inch tall with the little eyes. It is extremely hard to paint three coats (white, blue and brown) on the tiny eye area that is about 1/8 inch. The smaller, the harder. Look at the Girl Bear to the right who has two blue eyes that are located on the green background which is on the white base. If one eye ball is not painted to the right point, her two eyes would be looking into a different directions. What if one eye ball is higher or bigger than the other? That would be a very confusing looking, even ugly... We at Bear Bunch are beary proud of our hand painting that is well done, so detailed in high quality. Enjoy our 26-year craftsmanship.