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British Made Christmas Gift Guide 2013 – Great Places to buy UK Made Christmas Presents

10 reasons for giving British made gifts this Christmas:

  1. Helping preserve the future of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
  2. You know where what you are buying is coming from.
  3. You are preserving and creating jobs for British workers.
  4. You are bestowing a gift that does not have a massive carbon footprint.
  5. It gives you the chance to buy something of quality that will last.
  6. You are encouraging others to buy British.
  7. You are helping people to realise that we do still make many wonderful things in the UK.
  8. You are being patriotic.
  9. British factories have ethical hygienic production, fair wages & decent working conditions.
  10. You are helping ensure future security of supply.

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound. Please support UK industry by buying British.

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Merrythought – Handmade Teddy Bears – Made in England – British Bears – UK Made Soft Toys

Welcome – Handmade Teddy Bears – Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.

Britain’s last-remaining teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythought has been handmaking the quintessential English teddy bear in Shropshire for over 80 years.



Merrythought London Gold traditional teddy bear. Made in England.

Merrythought London Gold traditional teddy bear. Made in England.

Dean’s Rag Book Co. is an older British teddy bear company (producing Dean’s Bears since 1915) however their products are now manufactured overseas.

Vintage 1960s Teddy. Dean's Childplay Toys. Bri Nylon. Made In England.

Vintage 1960s Teddy. Dean’s Childplay Toys. Bri Nylon. 7″ tall. Made In England.

Lindon UK are manufacturers of textile items. They manufacture in England teddy bear outfits and accessories (the actual teddy bears they sell are foreign made), purses, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, adult bibs, aprons, children’s clothes, pram sheets, tote bags, ladies dresses and skirts, curtains, etc. Trade or retail. Prices are very reasonable. Teddy bear clothing products are available from their website and a range of their products are available from their eBay shop.



Knockando Woolmill teddies are also made in the UK I understand, but they are a much smaller manufacturer.

Knockando Woolmill Tartan Teddies. Made in Scotland.

Knockando Woolmill Tartan Teddies. Made in Scotland.

Little Bean has a range of products that includes toys, clothing and nursery items, for newborn to aged 5 years, all made in the UK and their range includes a couple of plush rabbits – http://www.little-bean.co.uk

Loopy Lapin - Retro. Made in England

Loopy Lapin – Retro. Made in England.

Trestle Shop (Tender) sell some made in England plush animals in wool/lambskin/cotton. They are hand made and do not meet child’s toy safety standards and are intended for grown-ups only – http://www.trestleshop.com

Tender (Tresle Shop) natural black lambswool bear. Made in England, using Welsh Black lambs reared in England.

Tender (Tresle Shop) natural black lambswool bear. Made in England, using Welsh Black lambs reared in England.

Dress-A-Doll say on their website “My ambition is to create a 100% Made in Britain Doll, clothes and accessories that are competitively price – but demonstrates our attention to detail and most of all quality. Although we still use factories in other countries, we try to work with companies who have a connection with Britain. In 2017 we are aiming to expand our team of knitters, crocheters and seamstresses and create a small factory right here in Lutterworth.” Looking around their website some products do appear to be British made including their one-of-a-kind dolls, Harvington Prep School dolls, Mabel and Friends dolls, and some dolls outfits. Check before buying these exclusively priced rag dolls – https://www.dressadoll.co.uk


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