We have a huge selection of wonderful and enchanting products available at our gift shop in Bournemouth and one that never fails to capture the imagination of our customers is our collection of Steiff Bears. These hugely popular stuffed toys are a consistent stand-out and make an amazing gift for children and adults alike. If you’ve not been acquainted with Steiff and their fabulous range of cuddly toys, let us provide a little background!
Margarete Steiff – Seamstress, Entrepreneur and Inspiration
Steiff was founded in Germany in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, an established seamstress who made stuffed animals for her family and friends as a hobby. These toys very quickly became popular throughout the local community and she was inundated with requests from those hoping to buy them. This led to a full time focus on creating stuffed toys such as elephants, mice and rabbits. It wasn’t until 1902 that Steiff developed what would go on to become their flagship product – the first ever soft bear toy with moveable joints.
By way of incredible coincidence a similar toy bear was created in the USA in 1903, named “Teddy’s bear” after American president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. These became popular around about the same time a number of Steiff Bears were made available at shops in the United States and the teddy bear name became synonymous with all types of stuffed bear toys.
As teddy bears went on to become the must-have toy for children across the globe, the Steiff company continued to grow and their incredible Steiff Bears set the benchmark for superior quality stuffed toys. As a woman who had lived her life in a wheelchair since the age of 3, Margarete Steiff is regarded as an incredible role model for female entrepreneurs in her home country of Germany.
The amazing history behind Steiff Bears is just one of the reasons for their popularity. Handcrafted with the utmost care and attention, using only the finest materials including alpaca fur and mohair, each toy is created to an extremely high standard and is made to last. This has led to them being handed down through generations and nowadays there are many limited editions that can often be difficult to get your hands on.
As well as their fantastic bears, Steiff’s vast selection of toys over the years has also featured many non-bears and recognisable figures. Popular characters that have been given the Steiff treatment include Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh & his friend Tigger, Peter Rabbit and a whole array of beloved Disney characters including Jiminy Cricket and the adorable Marie from The Aristocrats.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, in the mood to treat yourself or searching for a specific Steiff Bear to add to your collection, Attico is your answer. We have a range of Steiff Bears, animals and other characters available and we’re sure we can help you find the perfect one. Head to the Steiff Bear section on our website or come and visit us in store at 23 Westbourne Arcade to see our full range of fabulous Steiff Bears.