The Bunny Business of Gifting

The Bunny Business of Gifting

One impact of Covid-19 has been Suzanne, Krys, and me, Anne, being more “hands-on” in our e-commerce business. We are helping every day to ship the packages out the door to service our customers. There have been many great conversations and tasks that have come from being hands-on with our retail orders, from the printing of the pick slip to the sealing of each special package. 

I enjoy assembling and creating the gifts people choose for others and themselves. We gift wrap and write gift notes for many of our orders.  

One thing that I have learned so far is that I think there are two types of gifts.  The first is for a specific more planned type of event such as a baby shower, to celebrate a baby being born, wishing someone a happy birthday or Mother’s Day. The second is for the unplanned gift- to give a surprise and delight in someone’s day.  Both are equally interesting and fun to put together for the gift recipient.

 We love to help the gift giver create a gift experience that becomes a treasured memory for the gift recipient. Here is how we do it

  • The item we are packaging is incredibly sweet in its design. There is a super soft and comforting quality in the art and the product.
  • We wrap up the product in “tossed carrot” tissue paper.
  • We place the product in a delightful endearing gift box.
  • Seal the tissue with a Bunnies By The Bay Sticker
  • Seal the box with a Bunnies By The Bay Sticker
  • Wrap the box up in Bunnies By the Bay ribbon
  • Add a personalized gift note if requested by the customer.

Each morning I have been creating or helping to create custom gift notes.  I have loved starting my day with this task.  It is a bit like making the time to write in a daily gratitude journal.   

I type of notes of love and good wishes.   Some are very simple:

-Somebunny loves you

Some are more elaborate

This is one moment, But know that another shall piece you with a sudden painful joy. -TS Elliot

We are sending you a favorite toy of our baby, please use it with care.  We have experienced the pain of our child losing this toy and bringing our whole world to a halt  😉

It is humbling to be part of a gift-giving experience. Thank you for trusting us to do this right for your loved ones.

-Anne Callaghan

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Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

This morning I was thinking about all the moms who work at Bunnies By The Bay and those who share images of their sweet little ones via our social channels. We love all the images Bunnies By The Bay is tagged in because it gives us a view of our product in little one’s lives.  We know some of the moments captured are truly magical.

In prepping to write this blog,  I began to pull out images of Mom’s from our social sites,  I quickly noticed there are not too many pictures of Mom and baby together.   This is logical, as Mom is often taking the picture.   Most of the pictures of Mom are those where you see hints of Mom providing comfort and guidance.     Only a Mom can take some of the pictures we see on a daily basis as they catch the magic moments of childhood.   Some images are evidence of pure love between a Mom and child when we see moments of seriousness, laughter, wonder, curiosity, and blissful sleep.

Here’s to a wonderful, blissful, and peaceful Mother’s Day to all.   May all the challenges of parenting melt away for just a minute or two so you can enjoy those magical moments you shared with your child no matter their age, no matter how recent. 

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COVID-19 Reactions and Resources

COVID-19 Reactions and Resources

Bunnies By The Bay’s Mission is to Give Glad Dreams. As more of the world is impacted by COVID-19, we wanted to share our reactions, resources, and rays of hope during this time. 
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Continuing to Give Glad Dreams

Continuing to Give Glad Dreams

The safety and security of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance to us, we too are taking action, and creating safe distance. As of today, March 18th our LaConner Retail Store is temporarily closed, and we have instituted policies that allow as many of our employees to work from home as possible. Our distribution center remains open, and strict cleaning and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC are in effect.

To continue our mission of Giving Glad Dreams will remain open 24/7 and now through the end of March, we will be offering free UPS Surepost and Ground shipping on all orders. During this time we know it is still important to give comfort, kindness, care, and love to others.  Acts of kindness and expressing warm wishes for eventful occasions will be remembered throughout the lives of those we love and it is our mission to enable our cherished customers to continue their ability to do this as long as we safely can.

As with many small businesses bracing for the impact during these difficult times, we are incredibly grateful for your support. Our 24-Carrot Customer Service Team is working remotely and we are just a phone call or email away – please let us know how we can help. or call 1-877-HOPS-2-IT   / 1.877.467.7248

Sending Glad dreams and well wishes to you all.

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Bunnies By The Bay Reaction to COVID-19

Bunnies By The Bay’s Mission is to Give Glad Dreams. We create stuffed animals, baby and children’s products to make all of us feel comforted, safe, secure and loved.  As more of the world is impacted by COVID-19, we wanted to share our reactions and guidance to the virus


We are following the advice of the World Health Organization, channeling our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost, among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keeping informed and following the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement, and gatherings. To keep safe from germs use regular household cleaners or wipes to clean things that are frequently touched.   Do this every day. 


On our own Bunnies By The Bay product swaddle blankets, playmats, apparel, Silly Buddies, Bye Bye Buddies, and Buddy Blankets are machine washable in cold water and can be dried on low tumble dry cycle.   Nibble Bunnies, Skipit stuffed animals, Wee Plush, dolls, rattles, Shaggy Stuffed animals, Good Friends Farm, Camp Cricket, and By The Bay stuffed animals should be spot cleaned, surfaced washed and air-dried.


If there are any questions on how to clean your products, please reference our website for advice on the proper care and keeping of our products here or contact us directly and we would be happy to assist. or call 1-877-HOPS-2-IT   / 1.877.467.7248



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Fair Winds and Following Seas, Tiffany

Tiffany Bunny Art
Today we wish one of our own treasured Bunnies, Tiffany,  Fair Winds and Calm Seas as she moves on to her next adventure. 
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Bringing Comfort For A Challenging Diagnosis

Tiny Nibble Pink Stuffed Bunny
Yesterday, I learned a friend and her family have a challenging diagnosis and now a new challenge to conquer.   The news stopped me in my tracks, made me take a big breath and then just feel the enormity of the news for my friend, her family, and friends.    It is hard at such times to know what to do and what to say. In supporting someone do you do too much, too little, overwhelm someone or not do enough.   The right response sometimes turns into no verbal response at all. 
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Once A Trio - Now a Quartet

Bunny Sisters Tattoos
On June 28th, having just opened a store in Beijing, also planning stores for Dublin and London and conducting the million other things we do every day, we Bunnies By The Bay sisters bought back our company. The three of us have been through a lot the past 33 years. The transition was brutal, time-consuming, frightening and expensive and it wouldn’t have been possible without Anne Callaghan our director of all things serious. We made her a partner, promoted her and then branded her. Our trio is now a quartet. To mark the occasion, while in Dublin, Anne was initiated into our bunny sisterhood with a matching carrot tattoo that my sisters Krys, Suzanne and I have sported since we turned 50 (over a decade ago).

Now that, my friends, is brand loyalty.
-Jeanne-Ming Hayes
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The Retirement of a Treasured Bunny

Diane Bunny Art
Recently, we celebrated the retirement of a treasured member of our team.    We gathered pictures, stories, and poems about our time together to give a special gift.   We celebrated the next stage of her life and said thank you many times for all the Glad Dreams she had given while she was a bunny. 
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A Bunny Visit to the Big Apple

Bunnies at FAO Swcharz Toy Store New York
While at Rockefeller center, Anne & Shelby got to meet with FAO team members and share their love for Bunnies By The Bay and the joy and Glad Dreams it brings to children and families around the world.
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Whirligig Building Day

Whirligig Building with the Bunnies

This past Friday, Chris Thiess, one of our most treasured artists led a class in how to build a whirligigs with some of the other artists and members of our store team.    It was a wonderful time of learning, swapping stories about some of the treasures they were combining to make a whirligig,  brainstorming about other projects and fun.   There are many wonderful things about Bunnies By The Bay, but the art and creativity that flows from Jeanne, Krys and Suzanne to create the environment for other artists to flourish is truly special.

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Where did all the Wee Kiddos Go?

Wee Kiddo Lamb and Baby Boy Lifestyle Photo

Wee Kiddo the lamb has quickly become a favorite friend of our Cricket Island Fans, and has quickly sold out . He has been searched for far and wide and we are messaged daily about when he will be back. It wasn’t long before we started calling this the Wee Kiddo craze..We have people all over the world asking, “Where did all the Wee Kiddos go?” 

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