We're going on a bear hunt

Image: Paddington.com

There are few characters more beloved in the annuls of British children's literature than that of Paddington Bear and, in celebration of the release of the new movie starring Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington, we have compiled a list of some great Paddington- themed presents that will delight both adults and children alike.

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Paddington's story began in 1956 when the bear's creator, Michael Bond, bought a lonely looking teddy from a shelf which inspired him to write one of the most adored series of children's novels and the release of the new movie is testament to the fact that Paddington is just as popular today as he's ever been. Our Bentalls Kingston store has a Christmas window bursting with bears (see above) and you will find plenty of bear gifts in our stores to treat your little ones. Check out our top three below and don't forget to enter the competition in store at Kingston to win a hamper of Paddington-themed goodies.

Merry Thought Teddy Bear

No list of Paddington Bear gifts would be complete without the obligatory teddy bear and we've a wonderful selection to choose from in our Fenwick stores but unquestionably amongst our favourites are Merry Thought Teddy Bears.

Handmade in Shropshire since the 1930's, Merry Thought teddies have as much heritage as Paddington himself - a truly great gift this Christmas.

Merry Thought is available at Fenwick Bond Street.

Jellycat Monkey

If bears aren't quite your thing and you prefer toys of a more primate persuasion then these brilliant Jellycat Monkeys are hard to beat. This fantastic London-based brand may be a relative newcomer (having been founded in 1999) but they've wasted no time in becoming a childhood favourite toy.

Just as cuddly and playful, these are just one of a whole host of characters that can be enjoyed this Christmas and if you're looking for a playmate for your Paddington present on December 25th then look no further.

Jellycat is available at Fenwick Bond Street, Tunbridge Wells, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Newcastle & York.

Elsa Teddy Bear

There really is no hiding from the Frozen juggernaut this Christmas and if you're looking for a teddy bear from the hit movie, then an "Elsa" bear - complete with full costume and flowing hair - will make any little girl's Christmas.

Paddington is the most iconic teddy bear in the world but, chances are, given the popularity of Frozen, these won't be too far behind in the future. 

Build-A-Bear is available at Fenwick Newcastle.

Available in select Fenwick stores nationwide.

The Paddington Movie looks set to be a Christmas smash-hit and for those of you who have yet to see what all the fuss is about, here is a sneak peak.

You've got a chance to win a Paddington Bear hamper bursting with goodies in a competition being held by our Kingston store. Included in the bundle is:

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  • 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets to see Paddington Bear at the Odeon, Kingston.
  • Paddington bear sticker book, £4.99
  • Framed Illustration, £45
  • Paddington Soft Toy, £5.99
  • ‘More About Paddington’ Book, £5.99
  • Crabtree and Evelyn marmalade and orange biscuit set, £9.00

Find out more about the competition of the Fenwick Kingston Facebook page and in our events section.

By Leo Davie