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Great Pretenders – Costumes, Toys & More

Great Pretenders

Sparking Imagination, One Child at a Time

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Once upon a time there was a Mom troubled by the lack of fun and imaginative toys for her children. This is how Great Pretenders was born. 

You may have heard about Great Pretenders before. You may have even read my review earlier this year (and if you didn’t, you can find it here). Great Pretenders has a nice range of dress-up costumes good not only for Halloween, but every-day dress up fun. Kids love to pretend, and it is so much more fun if they can dress the part too! With a selection of costumes including Superheros, Fairies, Pirates and Mermaids, there is something that will spark the imagination of just about every child.

What makes Great Pretenders stand out?

  • Great Pretenders is a Canadian company!
  • Many products are created from start to finish in Sarnia, Ontario (which allows Great Pretenders to personally oversee and guarantee product quality)
  • Products made in Canada proudly wear the Maple Leaf Logo
  • At times, they also work with global factories outside of North America when their Canadian factory is not able to produce an item. These products are made to their exact specifications and high quality standards.
  • They have warehouses in both Canada and the United States. Items will ship out from the warehouse of your country, which reduces shipping cost, time, and also saves you from cross-boarder duties and custom charges.
  • All of their products meet safety regulations, and many have won prestigious awards!

BUT, Great Pretenders is so much more than just costumes! They have a line of Colour Costumes and Accessories, Doll dress-up costumes, Kids Jewelry, Baby Plush Toys and Teethers, Dolls and Colour Puppets.

I was sent a Colour-A-Puppet Set and a Joe Bonikka Doll to review as part of our holiday gift guide.


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Meet the fun and loveable Joe Bonikka doll. With a sweet ball cap and trendy denim overalls, Joe is ready for an adventure. Joe joins the Bonikka collection as the newest member of this adorable group of rag dolls.
Joe is really well made, well stitched together, and super soft. He is going to make Hayden a great bed-time pal for years to come.  The details, and the quality, are what I would expect from Great Pretenders. We have some experience with their costumes, and the costumes are made to hold up to the roughest of kids.
Joe retails for $37.
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As alive and vibrant as the children who put on the performances! These puppets will nourish any active imagination. Each kit comes with 2 reversible puppets; 4 characters to jump off the adventures. Using the 4 markers, these puppets will come to life to get the stories started. Get ready to be entertained by all the shows these puppets will inspire.
The Colour-A-Puppet Set retails for $15.
The puppets are going to make a great project for Hayden on Christmas morning. With the included markers, he will have several hours of quiet entertainment during one of our most hectic days of the year.

If you would like to check out all the amazing products that Great Pretenders carries, visit them online or check them out on social media!

Website http://greatpretenders.ca/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrtPretenders/

Twitter https://twitter.com/grtpretenders

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/grtpretenders/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/grtpretenders/

Buy it!

Visit Great Pretenders online here for purchasing products! Great Pretenders ships within North America. Canadian orders are shipped via Fedex or Canada Post, and orders to the U.S. are shipped using Fedex or USPS.

Shipping is FREE with purchases of $100 or more!

Win it!

Just in time for Christmas, Great Pretenders has partnered with A Mom’s Perspective to help you out with your Christmas shopping!

Great Pretenders Giveaway

One (1) lucky reader is going to win a $30 Great Pretenders Gift Card.

There will be ONE (1) Winner

Eligibility: Canada and USA

End Date:

Good Luck!

Prizes are non-transferable, unless otherwise noted.

Please note:
All Mandatory entries must be done for the extra (optional) entries to count.
ALL entries are checked and will be validated.
Winner(s) will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.

Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-23. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, and binge watching Netflix.

This giveaway is hosted by A Mom’s Perspective and sponsored by Great Pretenders. A Mom’s Perspective is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure: I received samples for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.

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  1. Allie f

    I would buy Meiya the Mouse gift set!

  2. jan

    The heart slippers would be on the list of items to buy.

  3. Wendy

    the bat cape set

  4. tammy ta

    Hard choice-probably a cape dress up set-maybe the bat one.

  5. nicky

    I’d love to get a Fancy Nancy Ruffle Dress for my niece!

  6. Tainan Lu

    I would use it towards the Meiya the Mouse gift set!

  7. I would buy the Violet Flower Fairy Dress Set

  8. Sarah alexis

    I would buy two sets of GLITTER RAINBOW WINGS!!!

  9. Silvia D

    I would get the..Glitter Lady Bug Set

  10. HEIDI C.

    My boys would love the Bat Cape!

  11. Heather Swanson


  12. Siu

    The color puppets

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I’d get the Sequins Fairy Dress when it’s back in stock, that is if I was the lucky winner. 🙂

  14. Lynda Cook

    I would get the Lighting Quick Superhero outfit

  15. Catherine L.

    Ladybug Dress

  16. Wendy Jensen

    I visited Great Pretenders and what I would buy is the Glamour Dress.

  17. beth

    I would get a wizard set.

  18. Nancy

    I might buy the Lady Lucy Dress and Halo.

  19. Andrea

    I would get the Flower Fairy Dress Set!

  20. Vicki Wurgler

    the ballerina skirt and the Rainbow Ruffle Handbag

  21. Tanis

    I would pick the PARISIAN BLUE HOOP DRESS!


    I WOULD LOVE TO GET THE Hooded Spider Cape

  23. Julie

    I know my daughter would love this colour in skirt! https://greatpretenders.ca/ca/colour-a-skirt.html

  24. Lesley F


  25. Amber Y

    I would use the credit to get a bunch of purses for the dress up closet. I think the Pretty Kitty Purse and the Rainbow RuffleHandbag are both super cute.

  26. lori

    the blue mermaid dress, so cute

  27. Amanda Neilson

    I’d use it to get each of my kiddos a super hero cape! They’re so cool!

  28. Jessica Whitehouse

    I’d get a pirate outfit or knights armor for my son.

  29. olga

    I would get a ladybug dress!

  30. Tiff Cho

    I would buy the Violet Flower Fairy Dress Set

  31. nicole a

    The fire-breathing dragon cape is so cool, I would choose that one.

  32. Mary Chapman

    I would get the bat cape for my toddler

  33. Linda

    I would get the Make It Creative! Party Hats set.

  34. Monique L.S.

    I like the Pink Princess Party Dress.

  35. If I won, I would buy a bunch of the hair clips, necklaces and bracelets. These would be perfect loot bag items for my daughter’s birthday party! 🙂

  36. Wanda B

    I might get the Ladybug Dress. It’s adorable!

  37. i would purchase an COLOUR-AN-APRON

  38. Candace

    I would choose the captain jack pirate set.

  39. Barb W

    It would have to be a cape… the Bat Cape maybe?

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