Top 5 Collectible Bear Brands

Teddy Bears

Teddy bears are one of the most enduring and iconic children’s toys of modern times, with hundreds of years of history making them fascinating as well as adorable. It’s easy to see why many adults love them too, and for serious collectors it’s all about the best manufacturers. Here are five of our favourite brands, including some real vintage classics as well as contemporary lines that capture the same spirit.

Charlie Bears1) Charlie Bears

If there is any modern brand that really embodies the charm of classic teddy bears, it’s the wonderful range of Charlie bears launched originally in 2005. This Cornish brand is now sold and recognised around the world, and covers a fantastic range including baby toys, travel buddies and special edition models, making it one of our personal favourites.

Steiff Bears2) Steiff Bears

The story of this iconic brand goes all the way back to 1847, with the company officially starting to manufacture high quality teddy bears in 1880. Since then the brand has gained legendary status as one of the most pioneering companies in the business, and Steiff can take a lot of the credit for making collectors fall in love with bears. Continue reading

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Best Budget School Uniform Shops

Marks & Spencer school uniform

“Back to school” is always a big promotional campaign across the high street and supermarket aisles, but what parents really need are good value, high quality clothes that will look smart, be comfortable and stand up to a bit of wear and tear. Working out the most cost effective place to buy schoolwear can be tricky, as you have to factor in the expected lifespan of each item and think about when it will need replacing, but here are some ideas to get you started.

John Lewis

Although some of their product ranges are on the higher end of the budget for a lot of parents, their back to school range is impressively smart and affordable. A few select schools across the UK actually use John Lewis as the official supplier for their uniforms.


The classic catalogue shop has always been great for finding bargains in the kids’ clothes section, and when it comes to Back to School 2016 they’re no exception. They specialise in multi-packs so you can get several shirts or pairs of trousers for not much money at all. Continue reading

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