About Teddy Bears
It's probably safe to say that just about everybody, at some point in their life, has owned a teddy bear.
And I'm also betting that many people out there - no matter what their age - still have a soft spot for their favourite teddy or cuddly toy. I'll admit that my old, completely threadbare 'Orange Ted' still sits in the corner in one of my draws.
But even though teddy bears are one of the most popular children's toys in history, just how much do you really know about teddy bears?
History of teddy bears
Perhaps surprisingly, the history of teddy bears isn't that long as they've only been around for just over 100 years.
In our Teddy Bear History section, you can find out more about how this loveable toy was created. Discover where the name 'Teddy Bear' came from and how the teddy bear has evolved over the years.
Steiff teddy bears
One of the most famous teddy bear manufacturers in the world is Steiff. Indeed, Steiff teddy bears are still known for their quality and craftsmanship. To discover more about the German-based Steiff toy company and how it came to be so famous for teddy bears, read our Steiff Teddy Bears section.
Teddy bears and character toys from Gund
Another teddy bear manufacturer with German roots and a reputation for quality is Gund. One of the first toy manufacturers to become involved with licensed toys, Gund produces a range of Sesame Street dolls along with its own, huggable creations. Find out more in our Gund Teddy Bears section.
Story of Tatty Teddy
In recent years, the Me to You brand with its adorable Tatty Teddies, has become incredibly popular among children and adults alike. Although this irresistible range hasn't been around for very long, it's certainly made its mark. Read the Tatty Teddy story in our Me to You Teddy Bears section.
Flatout Bear phenomenon
They're indigenous to Australia, handmade from 100% sheepskin and rather flat! Flatout Bears are one of the latest must-have toys for celebrity mums. In fact all mums, celebrity or not, are finding these quality, soft, flat bears totally irresistible too. Find out more about how Flatout Bears are taking over the world!
Everyone's friend Paddington
For over half a century, the lovable bear from Darkest Peru has been a family favourite. As well as a range of Paddington Bear soft toys available to buy for friends and family, we've an entire section telling you more about Paddington Bear and his adventures with the Brown family.
For Sesame Street fans
The colourful, lively characters from Sesame Street have entertained and educated children throughout the world. Thanks to quality cuddly toy manufacturer Gund, the lovable characters from the American TV show, have been recreated as Sesame Street soft toys for everyone to love. Find out more about the Sesame Street characters.
Famous teddy bears and cuddly toys
Throughout history, there has been a parade of famous teddy bears and soft toys. If you want to find out more about Snoopy, learn about The Hungry Caterpillar or read about Wallace and Gromit, then check out our famous teddy bears and soft toys page.
When Uglydolls were first introduced by David Horvarth and Sun-Min Kim, (now husband and wife) in 2001, they quickly sold out and four years later won 'Toy of the Year' at the New York Toy Fair. Now with a range of characters from the 'Uglyverse' - a universe where 'ugly' means unique and special - the Uglydolls brand is a modern phenomenon with a celebrity following and its own online community. Find out more about how lovable Uglydolls really are.
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