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Why Stuffed Animals are More Than Just Toys

stuffed animalsStuffed animals are defined by the dictionary as “toys sewn from textile and stuffed with soft materials, something meant to be played with especially by children”. That’s true to a degree but as the world evolves, that definition changes with the time too. Even adults (aka the kids at heart) love having them. Plus, they’re more than just play things. They can be a collectible item, even a rarity.

Really, stuffed animals are more than just your average toys. Of course the word “why” would no doubt be the question that rings along the hallways of human curiosity. They’re a toy but not just a toy? That sounds both conflicting and absurd. But really, we mean it.

Stuffed animals have long been the subject of fun and entertainment. After all, they do fall under the category of toys. We purchase them for the mere purpose that they’d be fun or even cute to have either for ourselves or for others.

They nurture creativity. It’s no secret that these items can spark the imagination. Apart from helping introduce the five senses to toddlers through colors, patterns, textures, music, etcetera, they also encourage role play among children. Over time, this builds on their imagination and creativity which is crucial not only during their developmental years but also in life in general.

Would you believe that they also play a role in mental health? Believe it or not, they do and in quite an impactful way too. When children feel scared, sad or lonely, they tend to gravitate towards stuffed animals. They become friends. They help ease those negative emotions. In fact, they can be used to relieve or treat anxiety, depression and trauma.

They can be quite the lucrative investment. Collectible stuffed animals can fetch a hefty price tag and be just as valuable as a fancy sports car or a prime property downtown. In a way, they are toys of luxury and would require someone to be at the top of their game to amass. The most expensive to date stands at $2.1 million which is a Steiff cinnamon bear dressed in a complete Louis Vuitton travel gear with matching luggage.

Treasures, that’s what they are. Stuffed animals are truly gems and we don’t mean just the collectibles. All of them. They form a huge part of our childhood. Some even have history neatly tucked into every fiber. There are others that serve as heirlooms. Really, they’re more than just a stuffed piece of soft fabric.

Stuffed Animals We Love

stuffed animalWe love quite a lot of things and we bet it holds true for most people too. Stuffed animals are no exception and if asked to come up with a list of favorites, the following will no doubt come up. Go on and check out if your choice made it to our list.

  • Alonzo

Manufactured in 1908, this vintage Steiff red bear was previously owned by Princess Xenia. Received as a gift from her father George Mikhailovich, Grand Duke of Russia, it was purchased in 1989 at a Christie’s London auction for $12,100. The toy served as the princess’ best friend which accompanied her from childhood to adulthood and was her primary companion as she fled to England during the Russian Revolution.

  • Charles Stephens

With its pin-striped vest and white dress shirt with a red tie and pocket square, this toy may not seem so special at first. But then it’s one bought at Harrods, an up-market department store in London, by no less than Prince William for his then pregnant wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Queen Elizabeth II

The last royal bear in this list, this Steiff creation was manufactured to celebrate a milestone after the queen officially became longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom officially surpassing Queen Victoria. The toy clocks at thirty centimeters long with luxurious Schulte Mohair. It comes with a crown and a regal coronation robe. It even plays “God Save the Queen”, Britain’s national anthem.

  • Titanic Mourning Bear

After the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, Steiff manufactured and released a limited edition bear to mourn for the loss. Unlike its previous designs, this was a striking black from head to toe. It came in five different sizes but at present, these bears are fairly hard to come by.

  • Louis Vuitton Bear

It would be impossible to not include this in our list. Still the most expensive stuffed animal of all time, the Louis Vuitton Steiff bear was sold for $2.1 million in a 2000 Monaco to Jessie Kim of Korea. The toy is preserved and exhibited at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island, Korea.

  • Diamond Eyes Teddy

Of all the stuffed animals we’ve seen, nothing beats the Steiff diamond-eyed bear which was manufactured for the German toy brand’s 125th anniversary in the industry. With only 125 pieces made that was initially sold for $84,000 a piece, it came with a golden snout, golden thread for fur and a pair of eyes made of sapphires and diamonds.

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