Bear advice

Last year, in Paris, I picked up some soft toys in Galleries Lafayette for the children of my acquaintance. Finger puppets went on their merry way to Australia, while an orangey-pink squishy non-furry bear with an awesome yet slightly sad face waited until Christmas to be despatched to Cambridge and the fingers of a small girl. Mother of said small girl now emails me to say that orangey-pink squishy non-furry bear with an awesome yet slightly sad face has become THE bear (as my unmaternal heart melts), and where did he come from so a duplicate can be bought and stashed away in case the unthinkable happens and he goes missing?

Right. This is what happens when you try to be all smart and buy toys from Foreign. However, all is not lost: orangey-pink squishy non-furry bear with an awesome yet slightly sad face is a Histoire d'Ours bear (though he does not seem to be on the website) and they provide a Lost Bear service. Lost your bear? Email them a photo or the barcode (if you don't understand French, try Google Translate) and they'll try and get you a replacement.

This is one of the most brilliant things I've ever heard. Want to buy a bear for any youngsters you know? Go with Histoire d'Ours. I will also gladly take on the terribly arduous task of going to Paris and picking one up.

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