9 Gifts for Care Bears lovers

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Stefanie Hammond
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Surprisingly, the Care Bears didn't start out as a toy or a doll -- they were originally drawings on American Greetings cards.

Gifts for Care Bears fans

Care Bears were a classic and beloved ’80s franchise. One of the main reasons they were so loved, besides being cute and cuddly, was that they had a diverse cast of characters with different personality traits. Children and adults alike understood and identified with the wide range of emotions of the Care Bears, and there are still Care Bear fans of all ages all over the world. Whether you’re a young fan or an original fan, the gifts on this list are perfect for any Care Bears lover.

What to know before buying a Care Bears gift

Personality

Each Care Bear has its own color and personality. The personality is represented by the image on each of their bellies. There are 10 original bears, including a lemon-yellow bear named Funshine, Bedtime Bear who is blue, Birthday Bear in gold, Friend Bear in orange, Good Luck Bear in green, Love-a-Lot in magenta, Grumpy Bear in indigo blue, Tenderheart Bear in brown, Cheer Bear in carnation pink and Wish Bear in turquoise. In the early 2000s, they gained more bears and bear cousins, including Bashful Heart Bear and Heartsong Bear.

Age of recipient

Care Bears fans range in age from babies to people in their 40s and 50s — the folks who actually grew up watching the television shows and movies. Many of the gifts on this list are suitable for all ages, but be aware of any toys or gifts that have small parts that might be dangerous for small children.

Which Care Bears gift should you choose?

Best Care Bears book

Care Bears Board Book Activity Set: available at Amazon

Our take: A fun set of two books with stickers and crayons for little Care Bears fans.

What we like: This budget-friendly set includes a few different activities to keep your child’s attention. They can read the books, play with the stickers and use the crayons to color the coloring book. These are great for home or in the car during a road trip.

What we dislike: The crayons aren’t the best quality.

Best Care Bears collectible

Care Bears Share Bear Interactive Collectible Figure: available at Amazon

Our take: This delightful collectible Care Bear figurine talks, tells jokes and lights up.

What we like: This incredible little bear has over 50 reactions and surprises when you touch their paws, nose or belly. With six different bears available, if you buy more than one they can talk, sing and tell jokes together. A special collectible coin and two AAA batteries are included.

What we dislike: The same Care Bear figurines in different colors have different prices.

Best Care Bears mask

Bedtime Care Bear Face Mask: available at Etsy

Our take: This mask is perfect for those who want to share their love of Care Bears with the world during a pandemic.

What we like: This adorable mask is available in nine different colors and includes a filter pocket. The sizes include toddler, youth and adult. These masks are comfortable for quick trips to the grocery store and soft enough to handle being worn all day at work.

What we dislike: The mask has to be hand washed.

Best Care Bears craft kit

Fashion Angels Care Bears Besties Bracelet and Mask Chain Kit: available at Amazon

Our take: A unique 350-bead set for you and your best friend to create bracelets or mask chains together.

What we like: The set includes six Care Bear charms that you can use in a variety of ways. Give the set as a gift, or use it yourself to create bracelets as gifts for your friends. This set is perfect for a group of friends or craft time together as a family.

What we dislike: Makes up to eight bracelets, but only two mask chains.

Best Care Bears earrings

MadebyAliGifts Care Bears Earrings: available at Etsy

Our take: These cute, handmade earrings have stainless steel ear wires and allow you to wear your favorite Care Bear on your ears.

What we like: Available in nine different colors and characters, these hardboard earrings have a drop length of two inches. The bears are approximately one and one-eighth inches tall and three-quarters of an inch wide and are made to order.

What we dislike: The earrings are made to order, which means they aren’t immediately ready to ship.

Best Care Bears tumbler

Care Bears FunShine Bear Handmade Starbucks inspired Tumbler: available at Etsy

Our take: These are great for Care Bear lovers who drink coffee or tea.

What we like: Made-to-order Starbucks-style tumbler with optional personalization. The tumbler is coated in epoxy resin, decorated and then covered with an additional layer of epoxy resin to protect the decoration from repeated hand-washing, and the straw and lid are included.

What we dislike: These are hand-wash only.

Best Care Bears women’s T-shirt

Women’s Care Bears Love-a-Lot Bear V-Neck T-Shirt: available at Amazon

Our take: You’re sure to get some smiles with this adorable 100% cotton V-neck Love-a-Lot Bear T-shirt.

What we like: This fully licensed authentic Care Bear’s classic fit T-shirt is available in four colors and from sizes small to 2XL. To reduce the chance of shrinking, make sure to wash on cold. This particular shirt features the Love-a-Lot bear with two hearts on the belly.

What we dislike: The shirt could shrink.

Best Care Bears sensory toy

KaiaBearCreations Care Bears To-Go Jar: available at Etsy

Our take: A handmade sensory toy kit with color-matching charms and favors.

What we like: Each kit comes with a collector’s edition Care Bear in your choice of color, with matching acrylic charms, jewels and favors. The bottom of the kit is filled with homemade playdough.

What we dislike: This toy has many small parts so it would not be suitable for children under three. 

Best Care Bears board game

USAOPOLY Monopoly: Care Bears: available at Amazon

Our take: Instead of houses and hotels, you build hearts and cloud castles in this Care Bear version of Monopoly.

What we like: Any Care Bears lover would be happy to have this adorable Care Bears-inspired Monopoly game. Played just like regular monopoly but instead of picking up properties, you pick up your new best friends like Wish Bear or Funshine Bear. Choose from one of six tokens including a hot air balloon and cloud car. The game can accommodate two to six players, ages eight and up.

What we dislike: The game is such a beautiful collector’s piece you might not want to play it.

Stefanie Hammond is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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