Are you looking for gifts for bear lovers? Asheville is infamous for its cute black bears. Find bear souvenirs, funny bear gifts, and teddy bear-related gifts for the bear enthusiast in your life.
Everyone knows from The Uncorked Librarian’s Twitter that our Asheville, North Carolina home is also residence to some pesky but adorable black bear families. They flip our plants, climb our trees, and look into our windows. Our home–or their home–is the pathway to their den.
We love our bears, and we make sure to respect them and give them their space. Wanting to keep them safe, we make sure to guard our trash and not come in contact with them. We stare from afar out our windows, spying their cute AF furry and itchy butts.
Our cats are not amused by the “big fuzzy evils” or their giant teeth.
Our black bears have become such a part of our Asheville, NC experience. And, yes, you can run into them in neighborhoods and on the trails.
A few quick pointers: Don’t charge a black bear, try to get a selfie, split up a mom and her babies, or look them in the eyes. Be non-aggressive and walk away, slowly. They are pretty harmless when you respect them.
In honor of our new friends, find funny gifts for bear lovers as well as cute bear gift sets, bear Christmas gifts, bear-themed family games and apparel, books, and bear souvenirs to remind you of your more unique and special Asheville experience.
Not all of these gifts are just black bears either.
Bear Gifts You Don’t Want To Miss:
- Bear-Themed Socks & Apparel
- Mugs & Glasses In The Shape Of Bears
- Bear Board Games
- Coasters, Wine Bottle Holders, And Night-Lights
- Bear-Related Books & DVDs For The Entire Family
- Black Bear Kitchen Aids Such As Oven Mitts, Salt And Pepper Shakers & Utensil Holders
- Bear Pillows & Blankets
- Funny Bear T-Shirts
- Bear-Themed Gift Wrap
- And Of Course, Plush Teddy Bears
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Gifts For Bear Lovers
After seeing our baby bears eating acorns close up through the windows, their massive paw prints are for real. Remember your NC travels with these boating bears.
Boozy Bear Souvenirs
If you know me from The Uncorked Librarian, you know that I love my cocktails and wine. Who can resist these cute and funny bear-ware presents? Truly, I feel like our bears look at us upside down like this through the windows.
I absolutely love Gummy Bears. Did you know that you can make drunken gummy bears by soaking them in hard booze? Even better.
Campfire Black Bear Night-Light
We love making s’mores, but I’m not going to lie: we don’t hang out on the lawn when it’s active bear season. While we love to share, we don’t appreciate uninvited guests. Even cute ones.
Bear-Themed Gifts For The Kitchen
Black Bear Utensil Holder
Many of the homes in established Asheville neighborhoods are older. We could use more cabinet and kitchen space, which makes utensil holders the perfect practical bear lover gift.
Black Bear Salt & Pepper Shaker
You always see the videos of bears breaking into people’s cabins and grabbing the goods, which is terrible for all parties involved. However, this black bear is adorable and hilarious vs hungry and destructive. Think he’ll give up the goods?
Oven Mitt Bear Paws
I hesitate to add oven mitts to my gifts for bear lovers gift guide. Sadly, in Asheville, someone was catching bears and cutting off their paws. Awful, I know.
In honor of not harming our bears and loving them, check out these adorable oven mitts, which are MUCH better than the real thing. Leave my bears alone, terrible human being.
Bear-Themed Gifts For The Family
DVDs Featuring Bears
In case you are looking for bear gifts for the entire family, you will love these adorable bear movies and documentaries. Paddington is a classic.
Bears vs Babies Game
This game is not for everyone, and you need a sense of humor. Made from the creators of Exploding Cats, build hilarious monsters that…eat really bad babies. Check out the full deal, here.
T-Shirts For Bear Lovers
Living in Asheville, we are incredibly active. If you visit, you might want to pack some extra “down-time” clothes for casual walks and hikes plus all of that craft beer. Did my jeans button just pop?
Woodland Forest-Themed Socks With Bears
Do you ever feel like Snow White? I certainly do living in the mountains. We encounter deer, wild turkeys, bobcats, raccoons, and bears on a weekly basis during the fall in Asheville.
Adorable Bear Apparel For Kids & Babies
Full disclosure, we have fur-babies. But, if I had baby bears, these are adorable. I think I can swaddle my Maine Coon in that bear baby blanket, right?!
Funny Bear Gifts
Black Bear Fan Pull
After watching our big momma bear climb a giant tree to the top of our two-story home, I feel like this bear-themed fan chain is pretty realistic. Momma’s claw marks cut into the tree, and we watched her slide right down to the ground.
Surprise Bear Mug
This is how I felt when we moved in: SURPRISE, THERE IS A BEAR IN YOUR GARDEN. This mug is for both coffee and bear lovers.
Hilarious Bear Yard Ornament
Anyone else think yard gnomes are creepy? Have you read R.L. Stine? C’mon. While black bears are gentle giants, I love this bear-themed gift and lawn ornament.
This might be the funniest pillow, ever. I think we all need one around Christmas and for the holidays. Our bears are competing with Cousin Eddie.
Teddy Bear-Related Gifts
Bear Plush Toys
Even in my 30s, I cannot resist a cute bear stuffed animal. Check out these teddy bear presents, including Paddington.
We’ve been told that because Asheville doesn’t get that cold in the winter (although we already had snow in early November), our bears will sleep and then pop out again and again. Apparently they hibernate in short bursts.
Bear Gift Sets
Inspirational Bear Knickknacks
We love our bears, and they remind me that we share our home with nature. I love filming the bears from the windows to inspire others with their cuteness and as a reminder that there is so much more to life than we know. They teach us to be kind, PATIENT, and aware.
Not a set, but I love this message too:
Mama & Papa Bear Mugs For 2
The mama and papa bear gifts are truly endless. However, in North Carolina, you can never have enough mugs.
Bear Christmas Gifts
Holiday Bear Books
I grew up with The Berenstain Bears. For adults and kids alike, their stories promote strong values of family, giving, and love.
Bear-Themed Christmas/Holiday Gift Wrap
We actually made hotel welcome kits one year with those little white polar bear gift bags. I love woodland creature wrapping paper. If you don’t like shopping online, Target has some of my favorite holiday wrapping paper, bows, name tags, and ribbon.
Dapping Christmas Bear T-Shirt
Um, just yes. Please…
Book Gifts For Bear Lovers
Bear Book For Adults
As the internationally bookish and boozy blogger for The Uncorked Librarian, I have to share a few bear-themed book gifts too.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden in on my To-Be-Read list. Based on a Russian folktale, this popular novel follows Vasya, who can speak to mythical creatures. Dark and beautiful, The Bear and the Nightingale incorporates magical realism and historical literary fiction.
Bear-Themed Books For Children and Families
In my former days as a children’s librarian, Mother Bruce is still one of my all-time favorite children’s picturebooks. You can see why here.
Want to know a secret? Because my other gig involves blogging about booze, Grammary keeps trying to change the word “bear” to “beer.” It knows me SO well.
What is your favorite gift idea for the bear lover in your life? Is there anything that you would add?
I hope you gained a few new gift ideas for bear souvenirs and Christmas or holiday bear-themed gifts.