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    Welcome to Best Years. Retail toys and Baby Gifts
    Wholesale Soft Toys and Baby Gifts

    The Best Place to Find Toys for the Best Years of Our Lives.

    We love toys. We love how they help imaginative play, and help cement friendships. We love how children create worlds around their toys and this is why we feel that toys should be as special as the children who play with them.

    So we spend our lives searching for the best possible toys and the people who can make them. We like to work with people who share our values which is how we came to partner with Pebble and their network of fair trade cooperatives. We also work with small producers in Sri Lanka and Egypt. Talented people who make the most gorgeous toys

    Not only do we think that we have the cutest toys around but they are uniquely suited to the needs of young children. Knitted and crochet toys bring a tactile quality to baby toys which is great for helping sensory development. They are also robust enough to stand up to even the most active of toddler play. And it helps that they are machine washable too!

    Our dinosaur toys have it all - fun, engaging, loads of play value, tactile, bright, practical and handmade. What more could you ask?

    About Us

    Best Years have been specialising in making toys for well over 10 years and were the first people to introduce knitted dinosaur toys to the world!  Best Years now offer a wide selection of knitted dinosaur toys and have something suitable for everyone from babies to young children to dinosaur mad adults!

    Having young children ourselves the appeal of knitted and crochet toys was instant as it offered a great alternative to the ubiquitous soft toys found all over the high street.

    We are an ethical company and ethical sourcing is at the core of all our products so we found a great factory to make our first knitted toys for us, and now we have hundreds, still working with the same people we met all those years ago.

    This interest in ethical sourcing also led to a 10 year partnership with the Pebble fair trade cooperatives who hand make knitted and crochet toys in rural Bangladesh creating thousands of fairly paid and flexible jobs in the process.

    And since knitted and crochet goes hand in hand with cotton it was a natural process for us to find the organic cotton Under the Nile ranges we which we now offer.  We have also expanded into handmade Natural Rubber Bath Toys and Teethers including our bestselling natural rubber rubber dinosaur toys, as well as fair trade handmade wooden toys.

    So whether you are looking for a great toy for your child, a knitted dinosaur toy or specifically for a fair trade and/or organic toy we have a great selection for you to choose from.

    Safety 

    • All our toys are tested to CE, All our toys are tested to EN71, All our toys are suitable from birth and All our toys are machine washable

    It matters to us that our toys are not only well designed, but well made and safe which is why we spend so much time making sure that quality stays at the core of our designs. Its why we don’t have bead eyes or any small parts on our toys.

    We are an ethical company and our ethics extend from the people who make the toys through to the people who play with them and we never take shortcuts with safety.

    Contact Us

    If you are a retailer looking to stock a great range of popular toys please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call us on 01327 263504

    If you are a consumer looking for a particular toy or wanting more information about our toys please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01327 263504 and we will be very happy to help

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    If you are a fairtrade producer or handmade cooperative looking for someone to sell your toys in the UK please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Are you planning any Family Days Out? Dippy the Dinosaur is on Tour

     At Best Years we are huge fans of dinosaurs and we love the Natural History Museum.  We were so excited when we heard that Dippy the Dinosaur was going on a tour of the UK. 

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    Everyone talks about the importance of Sensory Play, but what actually is it?

  • Be Prepared! Christmas for Kids in the Time of Corona

    From Christmas Decorations to the Top Toys for Christmas there is no escaping that Coronavirus will impact on our Christmas celebrations this year. The good news is that none of these changes needs to impact our enjoyment of Christmas, we just need to put a little more planning in this year.

  • Best Years Best Selling Dinosaur Toys

    Toy dinosaurs have an enduring appeal and most kids will go through a dinosaur mad phase where dinosaur toys dominate Xmas gifts and Birthday Presents. So why choose Best Years Dinosaur Toys?

  • Can Dinosaur Toys Enhance Your Child's Intelligence?

    We have just read an article about dinosaur obsession and intelligence and being a little obsessed with dinosaur toys ourselves were intrigued with the link between children's obsessions and their intelligence.

  • Cutting Down on Single Use Plastics One Dinosaur Toy at a Time

    It will surprise no one to hear that we are trying to cut down the use of single use plastics in our Dinosaur Toys. The back lash against single use plastics has become a talking point both for businesses and consumers this year and we are no exception.

  • Dinosaur Christmas Decorations

    We have had great fun creating a range of dinosaur Christmas decorations and we have been overwhelmed at how popular they have been.

  • Dinosaur Crafts & Activities

    Best Years introduced knitted dinosaurs to the world - you may ask "why"?  And the answer is that we are dinosaur mad!  Throughout lockdown we have been seeing some fantastic ideas for dinosaur crafts on the internet and we thought we would share our favourites with you.

  • Dinosaur Toy Reviews and Why We Need Them.

    It probably doesn’t surprise anyone to know that a significant amount of the reviews left on websites such as Amazon are actually fake.

  • Dinosaur Toys

    Dinosaur toys are always popular and we are very pleased to have a wide range of Dinosaur toys for you to choose from. Available in a range of different dinosaur toys and a variety of sizes and colours. 

  • Dinosaur Toys for Girls - Its About Science Not Pink Dinosaur Toys

    Why is it that people seem to think that girls will only be interested in dinosaurs if they are offered pink dinosaur toys?

  • Dinosaur Toys for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs. T Rex to Pterodactyl Dinosaur Toys

    If you are looking for dinosaur toys for dinosaur mad kids our dinosaur toys are available to buy online or from lovely independent stores.

  • Dinosaur Toys need Dinosaur Jokes!

    We think we have the best Dinosaur toys but now heres our collection of the best dinosaur jokes around. Warning, there maybe a few really bad ones in this lot!

  • Dinosaur Toys, Games and Fun Facts

    When we think of dinosaurs we tend to think first of the T Rex but did you know that actually most dinosaurs were herbivores? Kids love dinosaurs and they love dinosaur facts so here's a quick run down on the gentle giants of the dinosaur world.

  • Eco Friendly Dinosaur Toys for Kids and Toddlers

    Our natural rubber dinosaur toys have always been 100% natural and environmentally friendly but this year the rest of our dinosaur toys are going eco too. From recycled stuffing in our knitted dinosaur toys to organic cotton dinosaur toys and fair trade wooden dinosaur toys, we are making big changes.

  • First Come First Served Promotion

    First Come, First Served, Three Days Only. Up to 40% Off

  • Five Baby Gift Ideas for the Baby Who Already has Everything

    Some parents are super organised, or super excited and some already have children and therefore already have most things a baby will need which can make buying a new baby gift quite hard. Don’t worry! If you are looking for a present for a baby who already has everything we have some unique baby gift ideas for a special newborn baby.

  • Giant Dinosaur Soft Toys

    We've got large Dinosaur toys, in fact we've got 3 large knitted dinosaur toys (Triceratops, Diplodocus and T Rex toys) and even a supersize T Rex toy but now we have Giant Dinosaur Soft Toys.

  • Hands Up If You Need Xmas Gift Ideas

    Are you looking for inspiration for Xmas gifts? I don't know about you but every year there are always people who I struggle to buy for so here's our suggestions for some of those gift dilemmas.

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