Category: Teddy Bears

How Old is My Antique Teddy Bear?

So, you’ve cleaned out your attic and found the teddy bear passed down to you from your great grandma. Or you spotted an aged-looking teddy bear at the flea market and bought it for a steal. Now you want to know—how old is it? Maybe you’re trying to figure out how much your bear is… Read more »

Should I Repair or Replace My Antique Teddy Bear?

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One of a child’s most beloved items is his or her teddy bear. In many ways, it’s a child’s first friend, right? He or she talks to it like it’s a person, takes it everywhere, and even tries to feed it or give it a sip of some drink– hopefully water, so it’s easier for… Read more »

The Continued Legacy of Steiff Bears

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If you see the name Steiff associated with toys, and, in particular, stuffed bears, you should know about Margarete Steiff. Despite having polio and being confined to a wheelchair, she founded the company that bears her family name… and it has become the world’s premier manufacturer of high-end toys and collectibles– a luxury toy brand… Read more »

Why We Love Teddy Bears

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In real life, people are taught to steer clear of bears. If you go to Yellowstone National Park in  Wyoming, and you’re like most tourists, you’ll want to be on the lookout for bears roaming around– if you do see them, you’re advised to keep your distance and not egg them on. They sell a… Read more »

The Interesting History of Teddy Bears

One of the few items an adult may keep from his or her childhood is… their teddy bear. For many people, their teddy bear is one of their first inanimate-but-important friends. Sure, they’re stuffed, don’t speak, and don’t move, but they’re also–generally–cute and cuddly. How many of you have ever hugged a teddy bear? They’re… Read more »

A History of Raikes Bears

Raikes Bears are a bit different from the traditional teddy bear. Instead of a soft face made of fabric and stuffing, Raikes Bears have a distinctive look with their carved wooden faces. A popular choice for many years, may be wondering why these bears can’t be found in the toy store still today. Let’s explore… Read more »

A Look at the Past of Steiff Bears

For more than a century, teddy bears have been a popular childhood toy, and even a lifelong keepsake. While many people know that the bears got their name from President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, not as many know the unique history of one German woman and how her family’s designs would go on to impact lives… Read more »

Collections by R. John Wright

There is always something exiting to find at GiGi’s Dolls for those who love to collect dolls of all kinds.  An incredibly popular artist that we would like to highlight on is R. John Wright. The award winning Winnie the Pooh collection that we have even includes Christopher Robin.  R John Wright has been creating… Read more »

Benefits of Having a Teddy Bear

  Whether his name is Teddy, Snuggles, or Mr. Fluffs teddy bears can have a large impact on our psychological health and you may not even know it.  They have an almost magical power to sooth and lessen angst when they are being held. As early as the 1950’s, doctors began using teddy bears to… Read more »

A Brief History of the Teddy Bear

  The name “Teddy Bear” comes from the former president Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly called “Teddy” by others. That started in a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902. Roosevelt was invited by Andrew Longio, the Mississippi governor at the time. A couple of the other men he was with had cornered, clubbed and… Read more »