Christmas Giveaway – Bright October & Build-A-Bear

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

We have two more giveaways to announce to start off Week 2 of the Christmas giveaway – there will be two today and two more tomorrow so we can get winner’s announced and prizes delivered before Christmas.

As of today, you can still enter to win the See Kai Run giveaway from last week, and you can still earn extra entries to apply to these contests by blogging and linking.

Here are today’s contests:

1. A $50 gift certificate to

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stacking toys bright october

Everyone has stacking, sorting, and pull toys, but Bright October has stacking, sorting, and pull toys like you’ve never seen before with bright and whimsical colors and interesting shapes and designs.

I get so bored looking through the shelves in regular toy and general merchandise stores because they’re all pretty much the same, nothing unique that you can’t find anywhere else. This year especially, probably because I really looked this year, I’ve noticed that toys just aren’t the same as they used to be. The quality and selection is really very poor. So disappointing.

Bright October is the place I go when I need a unique and good quality toy – that’s pretty much all they have!

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They carry wonderful toys for children of all ages. These building block sets are another favorite thing of mine – I love the clean, simple, and sturdy wood look that makes it feel like you’re really building something for real, with real wood! These building blocks are great for little hands and creative minds – building with blocks or Legos, etc., is a great way to get your child using his imagination and problem solving skills to build something wonderful. Another great thing about these building blocks is that they are fun for much older children too. I know my brothers played with Legos for many many years, so lots of kids take a while to grow out of a toy like this.
bright october toys

I could go on and on about favorite things, but I’ll stop with this one. I don’t really need to say anything about this little Automoblox car do I? This is going to be a Christmas gift for my son, and I can’t wait to watch him play with it. I know he’s going to love taking all the little pieces apart and putting them back together. He’s really into taking apart/putting back together right now, so this will be perfect.

The base of this little car is solid maple wood and then all the little colored pieces come off. There are little people that can ride as passengers inside and the parts are interchangeable with some other Automoblox cars.

Like I said before, lots of stores have toy cars but nothing like this. Bright October toys are so bright and colorful and so much more intricate and unique than other toys. I have been really impressed with the quality of this little Automoblox car. It doesn’t feel like it’ll break if it runs into something. And once again, this is a toy that suits toddler age children all the way to pre-teens!

Bright October is pretty much the one-stop shop for cool toys this Christmas. Enjoy browsing!

Thanks, Bright October!

2. Holly and Hal Moose gift set by Build-A-Bear

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A second lucky person will win these two adorable, soft, cuddly, and festive furry holiday friends from Build-A-Bear.

I first saw Build-A-Bear on Oprah, years ago, and ever since then I have been anxious to have a child old enough to enjoy the pleasure of building their own little animal friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop. I have been sorely tempted to build one for myself, I love the idea so much. I love that you get to go into a store and customize your friend AND put it together yourself. I think that makes the friend so much more loveable to the child! Such a great idea and such a gracious company for providing two of their special animal friends for one of you.


We actually did go on Friday night to build a bear, but there were sooo many people we decided to wait until another time. Maybe in a year or two, actually – I don’t think my son is quite ready for that unique experience yet since the friend he wanted was a pink bear with hearts. I’m more of a traditional blue for boy/pink for girl kind of mom, so I didn’t go for that. He did really like watching the stuffing/fluff machine spin the batting ’round and ’round and ’round. He also loved the little computers where you name your friend, etc. I can’t wait to go back and do it for real.

I was super impressed with the employees at the store. They were so excited and enthusiastic with the kids, it kind of felt like Disneyland!

A Build-A-Bear is one of those gifts that’s common and unique at the same time. I want to make Build-A-Bear a tradition in our family because I think letting a child choose a special friend and create it himself is a special thing. You still have time left before Christmas to Build-A-Bear!

Thanks, Build-A-Bear!


Blog Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter this contest, leave a comment on this post between now and midnight PST on Wednesday, December 17th.
  2. You can earn additional entries for this contest, and I would strongly recommend doing so to increase your chances – it’s easy!. To learn how to increase your chances of winning, click here.
  3. One comment per person, and you must include your name.
  4. This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  5. The winners will be randomly picked and announced in a new post on Thursday.

If you have a product you would like Vanilla Joy to review and give away, email me at kelsey [at] vanillajoy [dot] com. Thanks!


1 Diana December 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Love these!!! Happy Holidays to you!!

2 Carrie December 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Those Haba building blocks are adorable! Great prizes today!

3 NicholD December 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Those blocks are great!

4 Kim December 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Oh those reindeer are so so so cute!!! Thanks for the chance to win all these fun prizes!!!

5 Courtney DeLaura December 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

What a great site – THanks to my friend Erin for pointing it out!!!
I am doing a cans for comments campaign on my blog
check it out and comment then I will donate a can to
our local homeless shelter!!!!

6 NicholD December 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm

There are tons of great toys at bright october!

7 Bambi Caldwell December 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I so love build a bear! Those toys are cool, but we wouldn’t do anything with that gift so if this comment is choisen for that please give it to someone else. As for the build a bear it is such a fun idea and lights in the reindeers ears is awesome!

8 Kim T. December 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for all these giveaways. How Fun! I would love to win either.

9 Liz Odle December 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

My husband actually gave me a build a bear for Christmas one year and now my son has taken over the bear so I’d love to have another.

10 jenny December 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I saw this car in a catalog (I think) for the first time last week and we were quite impressed. Yay for rad toys.

11 Sara December 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

12 Brianne S. December 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

What cool stuff. My daughter would love either of the prizes. Thanks!

13 StampinCathy December 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Wow now these are some awesome and fun giveaway. I just love the build a bear. Thanks for a chance.

14 Jen December 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm

What a great giveaway! I would love to win.

15 Andrea Shef December 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm

oh how cool! My daughter would love any of these! She loves cars and building things! How fun!

16 Adam December 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

These would be fun for me to play with – i mean for my daughter to play with :)

17 Heather G December 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Would love the Automoblox car looks great!

18 Nicole December 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Wow i would love those amazing looking build a bears!!!

19 eisbeckers December 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Wow, I think my husband would love that car! –Becky

20 Michelle December 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Please sign me up to win the build a bear!
great giveaways!

21 Jeri December 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm

My kids love plain building blocks, I totally love the castle.

22 erin December 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm

love the animal blocks – anything really that stacks, my daughter is really starting to love building and stacking.

23 Lindsey S. December 11, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Such cute prizes! Thanks for the chance to win them!

24 Andreah December 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm

My boys would love these prizes! Thanks for the great giveaways!

25 Becky Smith December 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm

My son would love the blocks because he loves to build stuff! And I need to still get a build a bear for our new baby, so would love that too!

26 Sandy December 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I’ve been looking for a good set of building blocks for my son. Those look great! Thanks for the chance to win.

27 Lindsey@A Kindred Spirit's Thoughts December 11, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I’ve never done the Build-A-Bear thing but it would be fun! And I LOVE the Bright October toys! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

28 Jen December 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Love the Bright October toys!

29 Jingle December 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

These are both great prizes! I love the wood toys at Bright October! They encourage true creative play and that is SO important! And Build a Bear is a modern classic if you ask me!

30 darla December 11, 2008 at 7:18 pm

great gift to share the wood toys are great and the rain deer so sweet

31 tina winkle December 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

So many great things! I love the blocks and reindeer couple. This giveaway rocks!!!
Tina W.

32 Jen T December 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

With 4 kiddos, I would love any of these!!! So cute! Thanks!

33 Natalie December 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

oh my goodness! my kids would love either of these!! thank you :)

34 Angel S. December 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I love them both! Very fun!

35 Amy M. December 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm

What fun stuff! I am also anxious for my daughter to be old enough to enjoy build-a-bear. I’m glad it’s not just me. Thanks!

36 Carrie December 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

fun! another great giveaway!

37 Autum H. December 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I would love the blocks for my boys. wonderful giveaway.

38 Ashley B. Chandler December 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I love it all! Especially all the blocks.

39 Gaitha December 11, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Wow both of these would be GREAT!!

40 Staci J. December 12, 2008 at 6:58 am

I just love wooden toys. They are so classic!

41 Lynette Chye December 15, 2008 at 12:18 am

Oh, those wooden blocks toys are so cute. I remember I used to have wooden block toys when I was little. But they are not sa pretty and cute as these. And who wouldn’t love to build a bear. Love to win these for my kids.

42 alicia theule December 15, 2008 at 12:34 am

love those wooden toys!

43 Deanne December 15, 2008 at 6:24 am

Wow both of these are great!! thanks for the chance!!

44 brittany s December 15, 2008 at 6:26 am

i just love that little car! how fun.

45 Christi Roeger December 15, 2008 at 6:29 am

What a wonderful idea! I love Build-a-bear – oh – and so do my kids! :)

46 Gina December 15, 2008 at 6:39 am

Such great prizes, I would love bring those home to the kiddos.

47 Julie B December 15, 2008 at 7:16 am

Thank you for introducing me to the Bright October store. Those toys are adorable, everything from the blocks to their play food which my daughter would love! I will definately be ordering from them. We didn’t make it to Build a Bear this year, but those Moose are too cute!.

48 Kellie December 15, 2008 at 7:18 am

Awesome giveaway! Would love to win either! Thanks and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

49 Carrie Mol December 15, 2008 at 7:40 am

OMG… I love those Haba blocks!!! And the build a bear mooses are cute!

50 Linn December 15, 2008 at 7:46 am

My boys go crazy for anything they can build with, what great blocks! HAppy Holidays to all of you! Enjoy your families!

51 Jessica Griffin December 15, 2008 at 7:59 am

Your son is a doll!! The blocks are awesome! The colors are amazing!

52 Misty December 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

I LOVE Build-A-Bear!!!!!

53 Jami December 15, 2008 at 8:48 am

I LOVE Build a Bear! Those are too cute!

54 Lisa Rounds December 15, 2008 at 9:21 am

These are both cute prizes. I can’t wait to take my kids to build-a-bear soon!

55 Vicki Aday December 15, 2008 at 9:38 am

Oh my gosh, I love those Reindeer from Build-a-Bear so much. We were there to let my daughter make a stuffed animal and I saw those, but decided I couldn’t splurge on those too. So cute!

56 Vicki Aday December 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

Oops, I said “reindeer”, I meant “Moose’. :)

57 Ashlee Fincher December 15, 2008 at 9:46 am

Both of those toys are cute!!

58 Michelle December 15, 2008 at 9:55 am

Oh, those wooden blocks are amazing, as is almost everything on that site. And my daughters both have Build-A-Bear buddies that were created during friends’ birthday parties. Such fun. Thanks for a chance to win!

59 Colleen December 15, 2008 at 9:58 am

Oh my heavens if those toys aren’t just the cutest. My grandson would love those and I have a granddaughter who goes nuts for BAB. Thanks for the opportunity.

Merry Christmas ladies.

60 Keeling December 15, 2008 at 9:58 am

I would love to win!

61 Kim Cronin December 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

either one of these items would be fantastic to win for one of my children to enjoy! Merry Christmas!

62 stephanie shumway December 15, 2008 at 11:00 am

oh my GOSH my kids would love this-I love the wooden toys- so cool! My son is a building block fiend and my daughter is crazy for build a bear!

63 Liz S. December 15, 2008 at 11:31 am

Those toys look so cute and looks like they would last forever. Thanks for the prizes.

64 Aimee December 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

wow, such cute stuff. awesome blog and so many fun giveaways!

65 Sharla December 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm

What a great giveaway! These would make great gifts for my boys. And no worries, I’m a blue for my boys kind of Mom too!

66 Connie Melancon December 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm

These would be perfect gifts for the grandkids!

67 Rachel December 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm

These are so great! Thank you so much!!!

68 Georgia December 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Love these givaways! My grandson would really be happy with either-thanks so much!

69 Mel December 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm

These are both awesome prizes….thanks for the chance to win!

70 char December 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I love the haba blocks and what a great way to start of our first christmas with a set of christmas bears! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

71 judy brittle December 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm

What wonderful prizes! Whoever wins will be very lucky indeed. Thank you so much for the chance!

72 Stephanie L December 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm

What a really cool toy store. I’m always looking for new ones with these types of toys. I would LOVE to win the GC to either store, but thanks for the link just the same.

73 Sue D December 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm

I like the building blocks and build a bear is always popular.

74 Deidre December 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm

These are wonderful! There are going to be some lucky winners.


75 Angela W December 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Great items! I love the holiday animals at Build a Bear! The blocks are very bright!

76 Selina December 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm

What great prizes! I love the colors and uniqueness of each company. My youngest loves build-a-bear too; it’s so much fun for kids to create their own new pets! Thanks for the chance. iclipalso(at)yahoo(dot)com

77 Ginny December 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Great giveaway, my girls love BAB!

78 Ginnie December 15, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Great prizes! Thanks.

79 gisella December 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

hi, both prizes are amazing, perfect for my kids !! thanks for the greats giveaways !!

80 Holly December 16, 2008 at 7:54 am

bright october makes some AMAZING toys!!! my lil boy (14 mon) would absoutely LOVE something from there!!!

81 silverhartgirl December 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

wow You have great prizes. My kids would love this

82 Susan Murphy December 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm

These are great! My girls love to build. And they love Build-a-Bear too :) Thanks for the chances :)

83 Nicole December 16, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I love these prizes! Merry Christmas!

84 Janet F December 17, 2008 at 3:04 am

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

85 Susan Lanthrip December 17, 2008 at 4:58 am

My little boy would love those blocks and the reindeer are adorable!

86 Cheri December 17, 2008 at 5:38 am

My daughter would love the build-a-bear. We just walked through the store the other day and she had so much fun and we didn’t even make a bear. Thanks!

87 Kate December 17, 2008 at 5:58 am

Love those blocks!

88 Jennifer Butler December 17, 2008 at 6:19 am

Oh, the Build a Bear’s are so cute!
I would love to give them to my daughter!
Jennifer B.

89 Lara McElderry December 17, 2008 at 7:13 am

Thanks so much!

90 Shana December 17, 2008 at 7:19 am

Bright October has soome AWESOME toys….can I play with them {giggle}

91 Chrissy December 17, 2008 at 7:51 am

Wow. Great giveaways!

92 susan Beecher December 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

Thank you for being so generous. Those blocks are so cute. And who doesn’t love build a bear. All my kids still love going there.

93 Raven December 17, 2008 at 8:28 am

Would love love love to get some of those great toys from Bright October! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

94 Christina December 17, 2008 at 9:00 am

Those blocks are great! My daughter still hasn’t been to Build a Bear, but it’s on our to-do list, so this would be great!

95 Amanda December 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

awesome giveaway!

96 Jessica Price December 17, 2008 at 9:34 am

Fantastic prizes!!

jessica @ bellavalentinaphotography dot com

97 jess December 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

Those blocks are so cool and my son would LOVE that car. The moose are adorable. What a fun giveaway!

98 melanie December 17, 2008 at 10:11 am

We are huge BAB fans and my twins have been drooling over the reindeer set for a while now. Great giveaway!

99 Jen December 17, 2008 at 10:15 am

Those blocks look like so much fun! You’re right about trying to find unique toys these days.

100 *mindi* December 17, 2008 at 10:26 am

oh wow! what great toys :)

101 Keara December 17, 2008 at 10:35 am

Thank you for sharing the link to Bright October! We love finding places that sell/make great educational, creative, fun toys! They are getting harder to find in market that is flooded with toys that are actually just advertising for movies and tv shows etc.

102 Liz December 17, 2008 at 10:37 am

So many great ideas!

103 Summer December 17, 2008 at 10:38 am

Love the blocks and build bear reindeer my kids love build a bear!!

104 Annette December 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

What fun we could have!

105 Catherine December 17, 2008 at 11:16 am

Can I just say how much I love this site and all the great ideas you share? Thanks!

106 Nicole December 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm

What wonderful, bright toys for our wee ones! Thanks ever so much for this opportunity!

107 Chris December 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Love the building blocks. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks

108 Kristy December 17, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Great giveaway! How exciting!

109 Autumn edmonds December 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Been wanting blocks for my kids for a long time. Hope I win, thanks!

110 Adele December 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Those blocks are awesome! And build-a-bear is fabulous as well!! Enter me!!

111 Jenny W December 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

My son would go crazy for one of those Automoblox cars. And we love Build-a-Bear! We go in every time we are at a mall that has one!

112 Joy December 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I would love any of these! Errrrr, I mean my daughter would love to play with them. :)

113 Azucar December 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I love all of these giveaways! Thank you!

114 Danielle December 17, 2008 at 4:51 pm

amazing! My boys would especially love those blocks. One is at the right age to build and the other to knock down.

115 Crystal December 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I just found your site, it’s great. What a cool giveaway! Those are both excellent prizes. :-)

116 shawna December 17, 2008 at 9:11 pm

totally cool! I didn’t even know those car blocks existed. They look awesome!

117 cathy December 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

Both of these are adorable!!!

118 Natalie December 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Both of these would make great gifts for my little girls! Love em.

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