It is amazing that in this world of gizmos and gadgets, the little old Teddy Bear is still a worldwide favourite toy across all ages. Little wonder when you read the facts:
Hugs are Important – 51% of adults still own a teddy bear with 40% of them still sleeping with their favourite cuddly friend by their side.
Keepsake Teddies – The average age of these teddies is 27 years and many people have had their bears since childhood and will never part with them.
Happy Memories – 30% of people said that their favourite childhood soft toy gave them happy memories of the person who gave it to them and a feeling of warmth and comfort.
In 1902 when the first teddies arrived on the market, little did anyone know that over 100 years later they would be able to offer emotional support to people of all ages.
Comfort at a Time when Needed
A cuddly toy can provide great comfort to someone at a time when they may need it. A get well soon teddy bear sent to someone who is feeling a little under the weather can lift their spirits and put a smile on their face. A huggable, warm bear brings the comfort of touch and provides a feeling of security.
A Connection for When you Can’t be There
The gift of a soft and cuddly friend delivered to someone special to let them know you are missing them provides a physical and emotional connection. Whether it is from a friend, Grandparents that live away, or from someone overseas, being able to hug a bear that has been sent to them helps people to feel a closer connection.
A Symbol of Warmth, Friendliness and Fun
The smiling face, fat tummy and soft and cuddly feeling of a teddy bear instantly makes us smile. Characters have been created and used throughout the years for stories such as Winnie the Pooh, films like Paddington Bear and even for fund raising for charities such as Children in Need with Pudsey Bear. You can read here about how Pudsey became the Mascot for Children in Need
During the current Coronavirus Pandemic, inspired by the novel ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, children have placed their favourite teddy bear in their window for others to spot whilst out on their daily walk.
One family created scenes of daily activities such as changing a car wheel, doing the ironing and having a picnic in their garden using life sized teddies to entertain the children out walking with their family.
Teddy Bears in Times of Crisis
During World War 1 a well known company at that time, called ‘Farnell’ produced a number of Mascot Teddy Bears. They were given to soldiers by loved ones to take with them to remind them of home as they endured the horrific traumas of the war. The Daily Mail records the story of how these little bears are extremely valuable members of our society today.
How Do I go About Sending a Bear Hug?
Bears4u have a great range of personalised teddy bears that can be sent all over the world to bring a smile to someone you love. All you have to do is choose your favourite character from the Bears4u orphanage, add your clothing option and write a message to go on the jumper. The bear team will do the rest and your huggable friend will be sent to his new home.