I didn’t do any gift guides this year for two reasons. The first is that I’m not organised enough to do anything like that and the second is that I’ve spent the past year writing toy gift descriptions so it was the last thing I wanted to be doing! However, I have made a slight exception for Wicked Uncle.
I was contacted by them to see if I wanted to review their website and gift buying service. They offer a wide range of gifts, for both boys and girls, starting from babies right up to age 12. There’s also a “Big Kidz” section which caters for 13 – 103 year olds so there’s truly something for all the family. It’s perfect if you’re stuck for toy ideas for your own children, nieces or nephews or maybe even your best friend’s kids.
The website is easy to navigate, making the whole process easier. Once you open it up, you’re greeted with 5 drop-down menus so you can find exactly what you want. There’s even a popular toys category! You can also get all of your stocking fillers from here; if you don’t want to buy them all separately, buy the Santa Stocking, which is pre-filled with 8 presents.
I chose a toy for each boy and a game for the whole family to play. For Henry, we got the Pokibot. I’ve written about a lot of droids for work and they’ve always sounded fun but a little bit too grown up for Henry. This one is suitable for ages 3+ and is compatible with an app available on both iOS and Android. You can record up to three voice messages which he’ll play back in a robotic voice and because he’s sound activated, there’ll never be a dull moment with him around. Because he’s only 8cm high, Pokibot can be brought anywhere with you.
Archie is really into his vehicles at the moment and he’s interested in how things work. We chose a Magnetic Airplane Kit for him which is wooden (you know how I feel about wooden toys!) and comes in six pieces which fit together with magnets. It’s easy to assemble which is just what you want for a 2-year-old’s toy and at 17cm, it’s chunky enough for his small hands. With its moving wheels, spinning propellor and wooden pilot, I know this toy will get lots of use from both boys.
Lastly, we wanted a game we could all play together. Pass the Pigs has been on our wishlist for a while now just because it seems so ridiculous. You simply throw the little rubber pigs like dice and however they land determines your score. We’ve already played this and believe it or not, the boys beat us by a landslide!
Once you’ve chosen your toys and gifts, Wicked Uncle actually offers a gift wrapping service. Wrap the first gift for £3.50 and then every additional present is £1.75. Choose from a number of different designs, suitable for every occasion from Christmas to birthdays. In the next step, there’s also the option to have a handwritten card sent along with your gift for £2.50 or a simple message is free. This will add the finishing touches to your gift and takes the stress out of any last minute wrapping you need to do.
There’s still time to use them before Christmas. You’ve got a week to order as anything ordered before 4pm on the 21st December will be sent via Royal Mail Tracked 24-hour service at no extra cost to you. However, if you forget about this cut-off, you can still order Express Delivery from DPD up to 2pm on the 22nd.
It’s a simple and stress-free way to order your Christmas presents this year. Unless you’d rather pin all your hopes on Santa?
Disclaimer: I was sent a £40 voucher to use on Wicked Uncle. However, the items I chose plus postage came to more than that and I paid the difference. Everything I’ve expressed here has been my opinion and I haven’t been influenced in any way.