More than companions, these cuddly creatures are true collectibles. This plushy alligator will no doubt change your mind and open your arms to this prehistoric predator. There are teddy bears, and then there are Gund teddy bears. Founded by German immigrant Adolph Gund in 1898, the company has gained worldwide recognition for its wonderfully soft, delightfully designed plush toys. Each of its creations is a tangible manifestation of a hug and a cuddle. It’s little wonder, then, that while a child will keep his first Gund for life, it’s most likely not going to be his last Gund.