Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a wonderful celebration of love, but it can be a bit stressful as it shines a huge highlight on your relationship and puts great expectations on you. You are expected to be romantic, but avoid common clichés that make you seem corny; to be endearing and caring, but show a level of deeper understanding of your partner; to condense all your loving feelings into a single gesture and gift, but to make sure that your partner will like the way you express these feelings.
The thing is, there is no single catch-all gift that would be perfect for every person – or is there? A teddy bear seems to be universally accepted as a romantic gift and cherished as a possession, and we will look at why that is and how you can use this information to melt the heart of that special someone in your life.
The science behind our love for teddy bears
There is something uniquely comforting and heart-warming about teddy bears, and this is a fairly universal phenomenon that people of any race, gender, age, culture, belief system and geographical location experience. Even though they may seem a bit overused as a romantic gift, stuffed teddy bears have been shown to help lower anxiety and make us feel more comfortable during difficult situations.
This is believed to be due to our history of anthropomorphising inanimate objects, particularly when we are lonely and sad, as well as the soothing effects of physical touch and the compression of a tight loving hug. In other words, the cuddly little teddy bear can have a huge psychological and emotional impact on us, as it helps fulfil our need for close physical contact and emotional support in those scary times of loneliness and doubt when no one else is around.
The benefits of having a huge teddy friend
While the average teddy bear can be loved and cared for, and thus considered a helpful friend, when we create strong bonds with such weaker and smaller family members or creatures, there is an element of protectiveness to that relationship. We look to it for love, comfort and understanding, but we also feel as if we are the strong and dominant friend, the protector, and would do anything to keep our little teddy safe. With older brothers and sisters, as well as big dogs, there is a different dynamic – in that case, they are the more powerful one and in their presence, we feel safe, secure and calm.
This is why a huge teddy bear is a great gift – it provides a sense of security and serenity to your loved one when you are not there to physically comfort him or her. It acts as a big huggable lump of pure cuteness as well as a protector. It is also much easier to hug and snuggle with it due to its sheer size. The fluffiness and softness also make these bears an incredibly comfortable alternative to a pillow. A big old teddy has plenty more great benefits and uses:
● He is more durable than smaller teddies
● He can serve as beautiful room decoration
● You can use him as a comfy chair
● You can hug him and dance around the room with him
● He can be dressed up in different clothes
● He can keep you warm if you snuggle up next to him on cold nights
● Your pets will quickly befriend him and often fall asleep on him
As you can see, there are a lot of things that a smaller teddy just can’t do, but a giant teddy bear is up to the task no matter what you ask of him. With this kind of Valentine’s Day gift, you manage to come off as original - since there is a large number of big teddy models to choose from, depending on what you need – as well as sweet and humorous, all while showing your significant other just how much you love them. It is a gift that will last for years and years, and probably long enough to be gifted to the next generation, it can be a great source of comfort and has several practical uses as well. So don’t over think it and go with a giant teddy bear for this Valentine’s Day.