Unbearably cute: Merchandise and gifts to get your paws on before Paddington 3 is released

Paddington 3 film and gifts

by Arabella Horspool |
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We love a kids film that us adults can enjoy too, so like many parents and grandparents, we were delighted to hear that Paddington 3 was being made! After his first appearance in a classic children's book back in 1958, Paddington Bear has become a much-loved character with people of all ages and with the officially titled: 'Paddington in Peru' just around the corner, what better time to get your paws on some adorable merchandise!

Whether you're planning a Paddington film cinema trip wearing matching Paddington-themed clothing, or a Paddington party for your little one's birthday, these are the must-have gifts and accessories.

Best Paddington gifts at a glance:

Best Paddington book set

Paddington Bear All 15 Books

Best Paddington bear toy

Rainbow Designs Classic Paddington with Boots and Suitcase

Best Paddington bag

Paddington Bear School Backpack + Detachable Lunch Bag

Best for a Paddington afternoon tea

Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour for One Adult and One Child

From cuddly plush toys to themed accessories, here are some of the best Paddington Bear gift ideas that will make perfect presents for fans of all ages. For more information about the Paddington 3 movie, head to the FAQs.

Best Paddington book set

Paddington Bear all 15 BooksAmazon
Price: $34.00

Revisit the classic tales that started it all with a complete collection of Michael Bond’s Paddington books. This set makes an excellent gift for both young readers and nostalgic adults, allowing everyone to enjoy Paddington’s original adventures.

This collection in particular has a 5-star Amazon rating with over 1,000 reviews and has 15 titles, including the first ever Paddington title 'A Bear Called Paddington', as well as 'Paddington Helps Out' and 'Paddington Races Ahead'. The general consensus from customers is that they are great quality and perfect for gifting. Also, they "arrive in a lovely Paddington box with the spines of the books making a picture of Paddington".

Pros

  • Come in a Paddington-themed sleeve, so easy to store and keep together
  • Thin books, so ideal for travelling

Cons

  • Some users say that the case is not durable

Best Paddington bear toy

A must-have for any fan, a plush Paddington Bear brings the character to life. This version from Rainbow Designs comes complete with his iconic red hat and blue duffle coat, making it perfect for snuggling or displaying on a shelf.

Customers are pleased with the quality of the bear, mentioning that it is "suitable for all ages from babies to adulthood". Others said that "it is lovely and tactile".

Pros

  • Soft, plush fabric, real wellies and toggles on the duffle coat
  • Stands up on his own

Cons

  • Users say that it's smaller than expected

Best Paddington bag

Essentially two bags in one, this Paddington Bear backpack is great for nursery, school or days out. It comes with an insulated lunch bag - that looks like Paddington's suitcase - which is great at keeping marmalade sandwiches (amongst other food groups) fresh. We love that the bag can be attached to the backpack, making it easier for your child to carry it independently.

Customers say that although it is small, "the main bag can fit a number of changes of clothes" and that the lunch bag can also be used for other things like wet wipes or stationery.

Pros

  • Rucksack has two mesh bottle holders and adjustable straps
  • Smaller bag can be reattached, using the Velcro

Cons

  • Bags are hand-wash only

Best for a Paddington afternoon tea

Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour for One Adult and One ChildVirgin Experience Days

Fancy a trip to London? You can see some of Paddington's favourite landmarks (such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace) from the books and films from the comfort of a tour bus, whilst sipping on some warm drinks and enjoying some delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches (including marmalade, of course!).

Customers have commented on how memorable the experience was, with one saying, "The food was lovely, plenty of drinks and the staff went out of their way to help and accommodate us".

Pros

  • The tour is 1 hour 45 minutes long
  • Includes a screen at at each table with animation including Paddington and Mrs Bird

Cons

  • No wheelchair accessibility at the entrance

Best Paddington bear gift set

Paddington’s Suitcase: Eight Paddington Picture BooksAmazon
Price: $19.92

Younger readers can enjoy Paddington's picture books (illustrated by R. W. Alley) which are "not very long stories with colourful drawings", according to users. There are eight stories in total, including 'Paddington at the Palace' and 'Paddington and the Marmalade Maze'.

Customers say that these "books are ideal for bedtime stories or just for quiet time/or wind-down reading".

Pros

  • Stories are short and engaging with illustrations (ideal for shot journeys etc.)
  • Comes in a carry case with a handle, so quite portable

Cons

  • The case isn't very big

Best Paddington bear baby toy

Rainbow Designs Official Paddington Bear Baby Comforter BlanketAmazon

Rrp: $28.98

Price: $19.45

Even the tiniest of fans can have their own Paddington teddy, in the from of this bear-y cute comforter blanket from Rainbow Designs. Suitable from birth, we think it makes a lovely gift for a baby shower, as there are no loose parts, just soft material and nubs for little ones to chew on.

Customers have commented on the immense detail that's gone into the design: "It has a small tag with a suitcase picture on because of course where would Paddington be without his case. It also has the "Please look after this bear" as written by Aunt Lucy on the bottom corner which is a really sweet touch".

Pros

  • Suitable from birth, as there's no loose or removable parts
  • Super soft, fleece material

Cons

  • One user noticed that the dye came off of the label when wet

Best Paddington bear toy set

Little fans will have fun playing with these figurines based on four popular characters from the TV series: Paddington Bear, Jonathan Brown, Pigeonton and Lucky the dog. Suitable for ages 3+, they are easy for small hands to grip.

They are great for dolls houses or for travelling, due to their size. Customers have found a range of uses for them, with several saying that they've used them as cake toppers, then washed them and given them to their child to play with. However, a few of the reviews do mention that the figures may not always stay standing unaided.

Pros

  • Paddington and Jonathan have movable arms
  • Hard material which is easy to wipe clean

Cons

  • Some users noted that the figures don't always stand up on their own

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Best for Paddington audiobooks

Tonies Paddington Bear Audio CharacterSamantha Ball/Mother & Baby

If your little one has a Toniebox, this Paddington Tonies figure is a must-have for their collection. Stephen Fry's narration brings Michael Bond's stories to life in a screen-free manner, so they can listen to it before bed or whilst they're doing other activities such as playing, tidying up or colouring.

Our reviewer said: "My son loves Paddington so was thrilled when we got him the Tonies figure, it looks like the real Paddington Bear in figure form! It has a great run time of stories, including the original story of how Paddington came to London (which my son loves the story of)."

Reviewed by our Mother & Baby Senior Writer, Samantha Ball.

Pros

  • Easy for children and adults to use and doubles up as an ornament when not in use
  • An extended story with 155 minutes of runtime

Cons

  • Only compatible with a Toniebox (which is sold separately)

Best for a Paddington experience

The Paddington Bear ™ ExperienceVirgin Experience Days

A charming Paddington gift for adults and children alike, this magical Paddington Bear Experience rolls out across multiple rooms, spanning 26,000 square feet at the Southbank Centre. You can fully immerse yourself in the world of the Peruvian bear, with games, activities and magnificent marmalade sandwiches.

Pros

  • Able to meet Paddington and the Brown family
  • The voucher is valid for 12 month after purchase

Cons

  • Currently only available at one location in the UK

Best for Paddington clothing

Your little one will be able to dress like their favourite character in this "pawfect" Cord Paddington™ Padded Jacket from M&S. Customers have commented on how adorable it is, as well as it's practicality. One said: It's a "very cute and warm jacket for a young baby. The size is good size and it's practical for getting out and about".

However, it does sell out fast, so it's worth getting your paws on it now, ready for the cooler months!

Pros

  • Available in sizes newborn to 9-12 months
  • Super soft and true to size, according to customers

Cons

  • Only available in baby sizes, so your little one may grow out of it quickly

Best Paddington bear book and toy gift set 

Looking for a keepsake gift for fans of all ages? My 1st Years have combined the 'How to be More Paddington' book by Michael Bond with a Paddington Bear toy that can be personalised with a name or word (up to 8 characters long).

Pros

  • Packaged together in one box
  • Option to personalise the bear with a name of your choice

Cons

  • If choosing the personalised option, can only use up to 8 letters

FAQs:

What is Paddington 3 called?

The third instalment of the family/adventure film is officially titled Paddington in Peru.

When is Paddington 3 coming out?

Paddington 3's release date is the 8th November 2024 for UK fans; US and Canadian fans will have to wait a bit longer, as it's not showing in cinemas there until January 17, 2025.

Here's the Paddington 3 trailer:

What is Paddington 3 about?

Here's the official synopsis: "Paddington and his adopted family, the Browns, decide to visit his aunt Lucy in Peru, but circumstances lead them towards misadventures in the Amazon rainforest and mountains of Peru."

Why is Sally Hawkins not in Paddington 3?

After playing Paddington's foster mother and the matriarch of the Brown family for films one and two, Sally Hawkins will not be returning for Paddington 3. Instead, she will be replaced by Emily Mortimer.

In a statement to Variety, Hawkins said: “For me it has felt the right time to hand the reins over to another, and one can’t get much better than the truly wonderful Emily Mortimer, she is extraordinarily special. She will embody the essence of Mary Brown and yet make it utterly her own. However, I am, and will always be in love with Paddington’s world.

Is Aunt Lucy in Paddington 3?

Imelda Staunton (who plays Queen Elizabeth in seasons 5 and 6 of The Crown) is back, voicing Paddington's Aunt Lucy.

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother & Baby and Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who is passionate about TV and film. She enjoys cooking, scrapbooking and spending time with her pet dogs, tortoise and chickens.

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