August 5, 2020
Why Have Handmade Teddy Bears Always Been So Popular?

For generations, the teddy bear has always been one of the most popular choices of toy for adults and children alike. They bring comfort and joy to everyone, evoking a sense of companionship and security which so many people crave, developing unique attachments to these furry friends. Here at Grin & Bear, we are proud to design beautiful, handmade teddy bears, as we believe there’s no better companion to cuddle. If you would like to learn more about the history of teddy bears and why they have always been so popular, read on! 


History of teddy bears


The teddy bear was officially invented in 1902, when Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub while on a hunting trip. News reporters throughout the country highlighted the story of Roosevelt's kind act, spreading quickly through newspaper articles across the country. Millions of Americans read this story, including Morris Michtom and his wife, who decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear, hence the name teddy bear. The stuffed bear was also independently created around the same time in Germany by the Steiff company. They began mass producing these plush toys and by 1907, almost one million teddy bears had been sold. 


Following on from this event, other companies soon began creating teddy bears of their own. They were not only designed for children, but often favoured by adults, and as the years went on, so did the sophistication of the bear’s mechanics. These earlier designs of the teddy bear were very similar to real bears, unlike the modern take on the cuddly toy, which are more stylised with bigger eyes, smaller faces and a cuter design. They continue to feature in the toy collections of both children and adults to this day. 


The popularity of teddy bears


As the teddy bear is such a traditional and timeless toy, most of us have owned one of these soft and plush companions at different stages of our lives. Teddy bears have always been popular because of their exceptional benefits, especially for children. When little ones play with teddy bears and other stuffed animals they are constantly learning as they play, introducing them to a wide variety of skills and an element of social interaction. With their teddy bear friends, children can express emotions and feelings they cannot otherwise do with words.


It is not only children that enjoy the benefits of teddy bears, as they are a wonderful addition to adult lives too. There have been countless studies conducted which discuss how touching something comforting, like a teddy bear, can benefit people with low self-esteem or other worries, helping them to feel well-rested after a night’s sleep. Teenagers going away to college or university often take their teddies with them for comfort on those first nights away. Teddy bears can also be perfect gifts for older people with dementia.


Would you like to buy a handmade teddy bear?


Although millions of teddies are sold every year either as gifts or to commemorate special events, very few are still handmade. Michael Dankwah founded Grin & Bear a number of years ago to provide both adults and children with a special toy they are bound to love for years to come. Each bear he designs is made with the same care and dedication as the last, creating both bespoke designs and a curated range of fabulous teddy bears which are available to buy on his website.


All the Grin & Bear teddy bears are made in a special teddy bear workshop, where a tight-knit team which includes several grandmothers, hand finish each and every bear. Traditional methods are used, working on sewing machines to make the bears, where each one is hand-stitched and embroidered by a specialist artisan team. 


Everyone from the very young to the very old loves a teddy bear, so please do not hesitate to contact us, if you would like the perfect bear friend for you or a loved one. Michael with his background in Fashion and Design, has an eye for stylish prints and his unusual designs means there’s a bear to suit everyone. If you would like to find out more about the bears Michael can design for you, complete the contact form on his website, and he will get back to you as soon as possible. He turned his passion into a business and has an exceptional reputation across the globe, so you can be certain he will be able to bring your idea to life. 



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August 5, 2020
Bears up close

For generations, the teddy bear has always been one of the most popular choices of toy for adults and children alike. They bring comfort and joy to everyone, evoking a sense of companionship and security which so many people crave, developing unique attachments to these furry friends. Here at Grin & Bear, we are proud to design beautiful, handmade teddy bears, as we believe there’s no better companion to cuddle. If you would like to learn more about the history of teddy bears and why they have always been so popular, read on! 


History of teddy bears


The teddy bear was officially invented in 1902, when Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub while on a hunting trip. News reporters throughout the country highlighted the story of Roosevelt's kind act, spreading quickly through newspaper articles across the country. Millions of Americans read this story, including Morris Michtom and his wife, who decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear, hence the name teddy bear. The stuffed bear was also independently created around the same time in Germany by the Steiff company. They began mass producing these plush toys and by 1907, almost one million teddy bears had been sold. 


Following on from this event, other companies soon began creating teddy bears of their own. They were not only designed for children, but often favoured by adults, and as the years went on, so did the sophistication of the bear’s mechanics. These earlier designs of the teddy bear were very similar to real bears, unlike the modern take on the cuddly toy, which are more stylised with bigger eyes, smaller faces and a cuter design. They continue to feature in the toy collections of both children and adults to this day. 


The popularity of teddy bears


As the teddy bear is such a traditional and timeless toy, most of us have owned one of these soft and plush companions at different stages of our lives. Teddy bears have always been popular because of their exceptional benefits, especially for children. When little ones play with teddy bears and other stuffed animals they are constantly learning as they play, introducing them to a wide variety of skills and an element of social interaction. With their teddy bear friends, children can express emotions and feelings they cannot otherwise do with words.


It is not only children that enjoy the benefits of teddy bears, as they are a wonderful addition to adult lives too. There have been countless studies conducted which discuss how touching something comforting, like a teddy bear, can benefit people with low self-esteem or other worries, helping them to feel well-rested after a night’s sleep. Teenagers going away to college or university often take their teddies with them for comfort on those first nights away. Teddy bears can also be perfect gifts for older people with dementia.


Would you like to buy a handmade teddy bear?


Although millions of teddies are sold every year either as gifts or to commemorate special events, very few are still handmade. Michael Dankwah founded Grin & Bear a number of years ago to provide both adults and children with a special toy they are bound to love for years to come. Each bear he designs is made with the same care and dedication as the last, creating both bespoke designs and a curated range of fabulous teddy bears which are available to buy on his website.


All the Grin & Bear teddy bears are made in a special teddy bear workshop, where a tight-knit team which includes several grandmothers, hand finish each and every bear. Traditional methods are used, working on sewing machines to make the bears, where each one is hand-stitched and embroidered by a specialist artisan team. 


Everyone from the very young to the very old loves a teddy bear, so please do not hesitate to contact us, if you would like the perfect bear friend for you or a loved one. Michael with his background in Fashion and Design, has an eye for stylish prints and his unusual designs means there’s a bear to suit everyone. If you would like to find out more about the bears Michael can design for you, complete the contact form on his website, and he will get back to you as soon as possible. He turned his passion into a business and has an exceptional reputation across the globe, so you can be certain he will be able to bring your idea to life. 



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August 5, 2020
Bears up close

For generations, the teddy bear has always been one of the most popular choices of toy for adults and children alike. They bring comfort and joy to everyone, evoking a sense of companionship and security which so many people crave, developing unique attachments to these furry friends. Here at Grin & Bear, we are proud to design beautiful, handmade teddy bears, as we believe there’s no better companion to cuddle. If you would like to learn more about the history of teddy bears and why they have always been so popular, read on! 


History of teddy bears


The teddy bear was officially invented in 1902, when Theodore Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub while on a hunting trip. News reporters throughout the country highlighted the story of Roosevelt's kind act, spreading quickly through newspaper articles across the country. Millions of Americans read this story, including Morris Michtom and his wife, who decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear, hence the name teddy bear. The stuffed bear was also independently created around the same time in Germany by the Steiff company. They began mass producing these plush toys and by 1907, almost one million teddy bears had been sold. 


Following on from this event, other companies soon began creating teddy bears of their own. They were not only designed for children, but often favoured by adults, and as the years went on, so did the sophistication of the bear’s mechanics. These earlier designs of the teddy bear were very similar to real bears, unlike the modern take on the cuddly toy, which are more stylised with bigger eyes, smaller faces and a cuter design. They continue to feature in the toy collections of both children and adults to this day. 


The popularity of teddy bears


As the teddy bear is such a traditional and timeless toy, most of us have owned one of these soft and plush companions at different stages of our lives. Teddy bears have always been popular because of their exceptional benefits, especially for children. When little ones play with teddy bears and other stuffed animals they are constantly learning as they play, introducing them to a wide variety of skills and an element of social interaction. With their teddy bear friends, children can express emotions and feelings they cannot otherwise do with words.


It is not only children that enjoy the benefits of teddy bears, as they are a wonderful addition to adult lives too. There have been countless studies conducted which discuss how touching something comforting, like a teddy bear, can benefit people with low self-esteem or other worries, helping them to feel well-rested after a night’s sleep. Teenagers going away to college or university often take their teddies with them for comfort on those first nights away. Teddy bears can also be perfect gifts for older people with dementia.


Would you like to buy a handmade teddy bear?


Although millions of teddies are sold every year either as gifts or to commemorate special events, very few are still handmade. Michael Dankwah founded Grin & Bear a number of years ago to provide both adults and children with a special toy they are bound to love for years to come. Each bear he designs is made with the same care and dedication as the last, creating both bespoke designs and a curated range of fabulous teddy bears which are available to buy on his website.


All the Grin & Bear teddy bears are made in a special teddy bear workshop, where a tight-knit team which includes several grandmothers, hand finish each and every bear. Traditional methods are used, working on sewing machines to make the bears, where each one is hand-stitched and embroidered by a specialist artisan team. 


Everyone from the very young to the very old loves a teddy bear, so please do not hesitate to contact us, if you would like the perfect bear friend for you or a loved one. Michael with his background in Fashion and Design, has an eye for stylish prints and his unusual designs means there’s a bear to suit everyone. If you would like to find out more about the bears Michael can design for you, complete the contact form on his website, and he will get back to you as soon as possible. He turned his passion into a business and has an exceptional reputation across the globe, so you can be certain he will be able to bring your idea to life. 



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