With Eva’s fifth birthday last month, so soon after Christmas, I was struck with the same problem I have ever year – what to buy the child who has everything? Having received her much longed for Hatchimal at Christmas, there was nothing that she really wanted, and certainly nothing that she needed, and so I was all out of ideas.
And so when Wicked Uncle approached us to try out their website I didn’t hesitate to say yes! Unlike most toy stores, on the high street and on line, Wicked Uncle can offer a more personalised service with a list of suggestions for boys and girls, from babies to teens, and will even gift wrap your presents, with a hand written birthday card. Even better, in the unlikely event that you get it wrong, they will credit you back the money to replace the item with something else! It’s the perfect concept for those of us who have no idea what nine year old boys or teenage girls are into, and for those of us without children, or who live overseas, it’s a fool proof way of ensuring that a child receives a present for their birthday that they really want, and a lot more thoughtful than simply sticking some money in an envelope!
I have to admit, ordinarily I am very cautious about buying toys on line that I haven’t previously seen in a store. There is always the worry that the toy will be poor quality, or that it may not perform in the way you would expect it to, and for that reason I tend to stick to brands that I am familiar with. So having scrolled through the suggestions for five year old girls, and boys, because I’m not keen on the idea of gender stereotypes in this way, I was impressed with the wide range of toys available, and yet a little wary as to what they would be like.
The first present was a Melissa & Doug Fairy Garden Stamp set, something which I instantly knew that Eva would love. We have never had a Melissa & Doug toy before and yet having seen the quality of it, it is definitely a brand that I will be buying more of.
The set comes with twenty six pieces, including stamps, washable ink pads and coloured pencil crayons. And Eva was over the moon with it!!
The second present I chose was, perhaps a little foolishly, a ukulele. I know, I know, it was a moment of madness, but for a long time Eva has talked about playing the guitar and I thought that the ukulele was a good starting point.
The ukulele comes in a lovely high gloss white, with easy to follow chord cards to help learn quickly and pitch pipes to assist playing in tune. It also comes with a carry case and fun sticker sheet to decorate and personalise your instrument. My only negative would be that our tuning tool didn’t come with instructions and so Gaz had some difficulty tuning the ukulele correctly. Other than that it was a lovely present and as you can see from the look on Eva’s face, she was over the moon with it!
I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Wicked Uncle again and would definitely recommend it to friends. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see if they sell ear plugs on their website too…..!!!