If you’re not sure what to get for a new baby then A1 Gifts has the answer with our fabulous new collection of Steiff
All young children love having a teddy to cuddle and whilst our Steiff Teddy Bears are more ornamental than a play toy, you can be sure that any child (or adult) will grow to love their Steiff Teddy Bears as they grow old together.
From an early age Margarete Steiff had a love of sewing and she wasn’t going to let being paralysed and the lack of use and pain in one arm from a bout of polio stop her. Fighting hard to continue a ‘normal’ life, Margarete Steiff managed to attend school with the aid of her siblings and finally completed her seamstress training in 1858, aged 17.
Margarete Steiff then went on to work in a dressmakers shop run by her two sisters before running it herself after they moved away, with her first earnings Margarete Steiff brough a sewing machine of her own and was advised to open her own business- a felt clothing one which enabled her to take on her own staff. After seeing in a magazine a template for a fabric elephant, Margarete Steiff made her own elephant shaped pincushion – the Elefantle, which also became popular as children’s toys and as demand grew the foundations for the Steiff Teddy Bears Company took place.
Launching in 1880, the Elefantle was Steiff Teddy Bears first major selling item Margarete Steiff’s brother sold them at a nearby market. Six years and over 5,000 elephants later Margarete Steiff started designing more and more different fabric animals. 1980 saw Steiff Teddy Bears’ fist shop, a house in which had the shop front down stairs and living space for Margarete Steiff upstairs and two years later Steiff Teddy Bears’ first catalogue was launched showing the full range of animals. Margarete Steiff’s nephew designed the very first Steiff Teddy Bears in 1902 which took over the world the following year and the Steiff Teddy Bears business grew internationally before Margarete Steiff sadly died in 1909.
Over the next few decades Steiff Teddy Bears were continued by Margarete’s nephews and the business continued in strength with the launch of many favourite Steiff Teddy Bears –Molly the Steiff Teddy Bears dog and the Jackie the anniversary bear celebrating 50 years of Steiff Teddy Bears to name a few.
Today Steiff Teddy Bears are still going strong at over 125 years old, and many people now collect Steiff Teddy Bears and belong to the Steiff Teddy Bears club.
A1 Gifts are proud to be a part of the Steiff Teddy Bears family and offer traditional style Steiff Teddy Bears like the Elmar Golden Brown Steiff Teddy Bears to fun Steiff Teddy Bears gifts like the Charly Beige Steiff Teddy Bears In a suitcase. We also have My First Steiff Teddy Bears in cream or beige and Steiff Teddy Bears bath sets for the new borns.
Whatever your age, you can be sure that one of our Steiff
Teddy Bears will make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special, so why not take a look through our Steiff Teddy Bears range and see which Steiff Teddy Bears you fall in love with? Most of our Steiff Teddy Bears come with free standard delivery and the option to be gift wrap, making the gift of a Steiff Teddy Bears extra special.