5th Birthday treats with Wicked Uncle

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…..!!!




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We were given a Wicked Uncle gift card for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.


  1. March 7, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I love Wicked Uncle, really cant go wrong buying on there x

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2017 / 10:25 am

      I had never used it before, so many fab things! xx

  2. March 7, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I haven’t used them before but it sounds like a helpful way to shop and provide new ideas. Ukulele – what were you thinking 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Hahah I know right?? She loves it though! xx

  3. Sophie
    March 8, 2017 / 9:23 am

    I’ve never heard of them but it sounds great! My son had a little ukele and loved it!

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2017 / 9:56 am

      It’s a fab website and Eva loves her ukulele too! xx

  4. clairejustine
    March 8, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Aww these look lovely. My daughter loves stamper sets. You can get so Creative with them.

  5. March 8, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I love the idea of getting to decorate the ukulele!

    • Laura Dove
      March 8, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Oh yes, Eva can’t wait to get sticking! xx

  6. March 8, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I love wicked uncle, they have such a great range of gifts for all ages

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:57 am

      I will definitely be using them again! xx

  7. March 8, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Ahh! Wicked Uncle is such a great site. My girls love it.
    It looks like your little lady was happy with what she received.

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:50 am

      She was over the moon Kim! Thank you for reading. xx

  8. March 9, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Ah I love Melissa and Doug…my eldest has a few bits so this is a fab brand. Eva does looks totally thrilled with her presents so Wicked Uncle did a fab job! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:39 am

      She was over the moon with them, I’m definitely going to be using them again! xx

  9. March 9, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    We all could use a wicked uncle, now couldn’t we? #stayclassymama

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Of course! My children all have a wicked uncle or two! xx

  10. March 9, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Love the look of the Melissa and Doug stamp set. My daughter would love that

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

      It’s a fab little set, the girls have gone stamp crazy! xx

  11. March 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

    I love that ukelele – my kids have them and ye, they are pretty annoying but it is a fab design and a great concept for an online shop. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Haha very annoying but once they learn how to play them properly I’m hoping that it sounds better! xx

  12. March 10, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Oh, things for 13 year olds!!! We’re always looking for ideas for the Tubblet, thank you 🙂 Glad Eva enjoyed her gifts and had a lovely birthday #FabFridayPost

  13. March 10, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Stamp set! That sounds really cool, I would like to play with that lol. I like that you can pick the gender and age, that really helps filter it down because when I go into a toy shop I get overwhelmed by all the crazy colours and noises haha! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Laura Dove
      March 10, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Yes me too! It’s way easier to have it all narrowed down, especially when I have no clue what to buy! xx

  14. Mackenzie Glanville
    March 11, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I feel a bit the same with April’s birthday which is only a few weeks away, we gave her all she could want for Christmas and now I am at a loss what to get her. We have a few Melissa and Doug things they are great! Hope you are feeling well lovely xx #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      March 11, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      It’s hard work when it’s just been Christmas! I hope you think of some ideas! I’m doing okay, in hospital this coming week with my back at last so just hoping that all goes to plan. xx

  15. March 14, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Ah that’s a great idea, as we buy for my husband’s cousins girls at xmas who are 8/10 and I never know what to get! Usually something crafty! Bless Eva looks so happy with her ukulele! Good choice mama! xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      March 15, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      It’s fab for that scenario, I have no idea what children are into when I don’t have a child of that age or sex! xx

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