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The Tale Of The Teddy Bear

September 08, 2020

The Tale Of The Teddy Bear


If you go down to the woods today…

It’s a little known fact that the Teddy Bear we all know and love today was invented and named after the 26th President of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt. On a hunting trip in Mississippi on 14th November 1902, President Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub whilst hunting, as it had been tied up by one of his assistants. He viewed this as unsportsmanlike, and the story soon reached national news.

 On November 16th 1902, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman published a cartoon in the Washington Post that took a humorous jab at the event. A candy shop owner called Morris Michtom saw the cartoon, and it inspired him to create a stuffed bear. He and his wife Rose had made stuffed animals in the past, but he dedicated this one to President Roosevelt and called it ‘Teddy’s Bear’. He obtained permission from the President to use his name and began mass-producing the bear immediately. It became so popular that he eventually founded the Ideal Toy Company in 1907.

Choosing the right Teddy Bear

Teddy Bears make a great gift for any occasion. From birthdays to Christmas and even Halloween and graduation, Teddy Bears have been given as gifts since people first fell in love with them in 1902. The Teddy Bear has truly stood the test of time.

 Sometimes you will see a Teddy Bear, and you’ll just know. You can see their personality and character in their face – the bear has chosen you! They are a companion, a household mascot and a comforting friend when we need someone to talk to - Teddy Bears make great listeners! They are a gift that people cherish, will keep for a lifetime, and even pass on to their children. It doesn’t matter who you buy one for, or for what occasion, Teddy Bears never go out of fashion.

Although Teddy Bears are a popular toy for children, they also make a great gift for adults and the young at heart. Whether it’s a nod to childhood nostalgia or the reassurance of a cute companion, it’s undeniable that Teddy Bears are important. They are also a popular collectable, with some rare bears selling for big money at auction.

Shop our range

At Floriade, we stock a range of high-quality, Australian made Teddy Bears from Tambo Teddies. These friendly-faced Teddys have lots of character and are crafted from 100% woollen sheepskin, making them super soft. The bears are unique and come in a range of designs, so you are sure to find a bear that’s perfect as a gift or a new friend for you! Just pop in-store today to check out the gorgeous bears we have in stock.

Teddy bears also make a great gift alongside one of our bouquets. Who wouldn’t love to receive birthday flowers from our Zodiac collection, with a premium Teddy Bear to make your gift extra special? Flowers are a great gift for new parents, but the new arrival is likely to be uninterested, so add a Teddy Bear to make the perfect cuddly gift.

 Happy Teddy Bear Day

The Teddy Bear is so loved around the world, it has been given its own day. The 9th September marks worldwide Teddy Bear day, and it’s the chance to celebrate and show off our cute and cuddly companions. There are lots of famous Teddy Bear characters all over the world in movies, TV shows and books. Family favourites like Winnie the Pooh, Yogi Bear, and Paddington Bear, were all inspired by a cartoon drawn almost 120 years ago.

 It’s a great day for families with lots of activities and ideas to keep children of all ages entertained. You could craft a teddy bear using your favourite method, draw your ideal Teddy Bear, or get everyone together and spend the day enjoying a Teddy Bears picnic.


For the Adults, you could celebrate by digging out your favourite Teddy Bear from the loft, sharing stories of Teddy Bears past, or add a brand new Teddy Bear to your collection. Don’t forget to share your Teddy Bear Day activities with us on social media, we’d love to see bears from all over the world!


Get in touch

We would be happy to help you pick out the perfect Teddy Bear in-store today. Give us a call or pop in today to find the perfect bear for you.

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