My gift memories – The Annoyed Thyroid

My gift memories The Annoyed Thyroid cover

We all have childhood memories of gifts we were given. Some gifts were coveted while others made us cringe. I love to hear stories of childhood gifts and who better to ask than my favourite bloggers?

I’m excited to feature the gift memories of Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid. If you are yet to discover Sammie, you need to rectify that – stat! She is one of the warmest and friendliest bloggers around the interwebs and reading her blog is like sitting down for a cup of tea with a friend (plus her baked creations always look so delicious).

I’m also a big fan of her “She’s So Inspiring” series. Sammie regularly features some amazing women whose passion for life and the way they choose to live it have inspired her. It’s such positive and uplifting stuff and I think we need more of that in the world.

Sammie is always featuring other people on her blog so it’s time for her to be the one in the spotlight!

What was your favourite gift you were given as a kid?

I’m an only child of a single parent and I was showered with gifts. I could have probably opened a toy shop with all my stuff. I have hundreds of photos from when I was a kid, but the only toy I could find in any of these photos was Sooty, who made more than one appearance, which makes him my far and away my favourite toy.

Sooty is a glove puppet bear and the star of the longest-running children’s programme in the UK. Some things just never get old and I’m quite besides myself with excitement that The Sooty Movie is in production as I type! Woot!

Sammie & Sooty  Sammie & Sooty 2

Who gave Sooty to you?

My mum. And I definitely remember getting a Sweep too. There might have been a Sue but I only really had eyes for Sooty.

How old were you?

I’m guessing I was five or maybe six.

Sammie & Mum

Do you still have Sooty?

Unfortunately, no. I’m sad to say Sooty is no longer with us. However, in my late teens, my mum went on a cruise to the Caribbean. She had a bit of a Shirley Valentine moment, got off the boat and didn’t come home, instead choosing to live the Caribbean Dream. When she finally came home to the mother country, she came back with this handsome fellow, who I named Nigel. He looks incredibly lifelike and squeaks just like Sooty, so maybe he’s Sooty incarnated. I like to think so.

Clearly, I have a penchant for puppets! The good news is I still have Nigel. He’s for keeps.

Nigel & Sammie 1  Nigel & Sammie 2

Any other details or special memories of this gift?

I remember my mum took me to the Sooty Show live in the West End in the heart of London. I still remember sitting in my seat and taking in the show. I’m surprised I didn’t spontaneously combust with excitement.

I used to be a primary school teacher in the UK and Nigel made regular appearances in my classroom to the great delight of my charges. He’s got a face you just won’t forget. Some of the first kids I taught are all grown up now (man, that makes me feel old) and the one thing they all remember is Nigel. Just like Sooty, he’s the star of the show!


A big thanks to Sammie for sharing her gift memories and gorgeous flashback photos.

Be sure to follow Sammie on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Did you have any puppets as a kid?

Who else thinks Nigel deserves his own Instagram account? He is just too cute!

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