Inside Steiff, the world-famous toy manufacturer, ahead of Easter

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Inside Steiff, the world-famous toy manufacturer, ahead of Easter
The Steiff logo sits above a teddy bear display inside the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A stuffed toy pig sits beside a design sketch on a work bench inside the Steiff GmbH toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sewing needles sit in a pin cushion during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Teddy bear body parts and fabric sections sit in a bin during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee uses scissors to cut fabric during stuffed toy manufacture at the Steiff GmbH toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee uses a sewing machine during teddy bear manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Teddy bear legs are stuffed with wood wool shavings during toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee uses a sewing machine to assemble teddy bear parts during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Wood wool shavings sit on a work bench before being used to stuff teddy bears inside the Steiff GmbH toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee selects a roll of fabric in a storage room inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee uses scissors to cut fabric in a storage room inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee hand stitches a nose to a teddy bear during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee secures eyes to a teddy bear during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee uses a sewing machine during teddy bear manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee carries out quality checks on stuffed toy giraffes during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Teddy bear eyes sit in a bin during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee stuffs a teddy bear with wood wool shavings as toy giraffes stand beyond, during toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Spools of colored thread sit on a work bench during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Steiff logo sits on ear button tags inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee carries out durability checks on a stuffed toy tiger inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee selects a roll of fabric from a storage shelf inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A threaded needle sits in a sewing machine during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee affixes eyes to a teddy bear during stuffed toy manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee holds an ear button and logo label marked 'Made in Germany' during teddy bear manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee packages a teddy bear at a service counter inside the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Steiff logo sits on a label attached to a teddy bear inside the Steiff GmbH toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Crowns sit on teddy bears to mark Queen Elizabeth II's upcoming 90th birthday inside the Steiff GmbH toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee places a large teddy bear into storage following manufacture inside the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An antique teddy bear sits on display inside the museum at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Customers browse teddy bears inside the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Stuffed toy rabbits sit on an Easter sales display inside the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Antique teddy bears sit on display inside the museum at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Visitors inspect an illuminated teddy bear display inside the museum at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A teddy bear sits on display inside the museum at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer carries branded Steiff bags as they leave the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Teddy bears stand outside the gift shop at the Steiff GmbH stuffed toy factory in Giengen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The German-based maker of teddy bears and plush toys was founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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For many, the arrival of Easter Sunday is not just a religious occasion, but also a reminder that spring is finally arriving -- and what's more synonymous with spring than fluffy, cuddly animals?

Steiff, a Germany-based stuffed animal company, is gearing up for the arrival of Easter, and spring, later this month. The company's world famous teddy bears, recognizable by the buttons in their ears, have been a staple in children's Easter baskets around the world for years. Stuffed giraffes, piglets and other animals are also produced at the manufacturer's factory in Geingen, Germany, which also features a museum and gift shop.

The toy giant's motto, "Only the best is good enough for children," was cemented by Margarete Steiff, who founded Steiff in 1880. Click through the slideshow above to see how Margarete's dream of creating the best children's toys is living on today.

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