Teddy bears have been around forever. They may even be the very first kind of soft toy there ever was – who knows? And I don’t think they’re going anywhere. After all every kid needs a teddy bear, right? It’s still one of the most popular gifts for newborns and toddlers and it’s not hard to understand why.

While the teddy bear isn’t going anywhere, it has changed a lot over the years. You can of course still get traditional teddy bears but if you want something a little different that still has bags of charm but is a bit cooler, a bit quirkier, a bit more whimsical, I’ve picked out 8 of the best bears for you. I especially love that these bears are not only toys but they double up as fun decorations too. So when they’re not being played with, display them proudly on a shelf or sofa.  And some are even big enough to be used as cushions.

With Christmas coming up, any of these delightful bears would make an adorable gift.  Here’s where to find them:

Waving bearbear with pink dress | quirky bear | bear with yellow scarf | cute white bear | chubby bear | rosy cheeked bear | bandit bear

If I had to choose one, I think that would be too hard!  Can you choose just one? Which one?

Nomita Vaish-Taylor is the founder and editor of Your DIY Family – Nomita shares DIY and design ideas for families who wants to get more creative quickly. You’ll find lots of fun ideas on her blog and you can also say hi to her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.