We’ve all been there, its present time be it a Birthday or Christmas and despite having children of our own we have no idea what to buy… If you are anything like me I am constantly asking friends what their little ones would like and quite often the answer I get back is ‘I don’t know!‘ So when I heard about Wicked Uncle I was interested to try it out and see if it lives up to its claims of providing an easy to navigate website. Focused around fun, unusual and different presents for children. So how did we get on?
I have not seen another website which is so easy to navigate. Instead of just pages and pages of toys you can search by gender and age. Its easy to switch between ages too as the previous and next age bracket link is at the top of the page. Failing that you can search via category such as Adventurer, Outdoorsy or Role Play
Each age range or category is has the most popular toys at the top, which are based on the toys people are buying through the website. Ideal if you are actually a ‘wicked uncle’ and have no idea where to start. I really struggled to choose a toy for Monkey and Kipper purely because there is so much choice. There was genuinely toys which I had not seen before, something that surprised me as I like to think I have a pretty good handle on the toys available in the market place!
The whole check out process is very straight forward. You even have the opportunity to wrap your present for an additional £2.95 for the first present and £1.50 for each additional present. Unlike another well known online retailer there’s lots of different designs to choose from. You can also add a gift message for free or a card (handwritten) for £1.95.
Standard delivery is £2.95 and I was super impressed with it. I could leave a comment on the website where I wanted my parcel to be left should I be out. I received a confirmation email immediately and the following day a link to how I can track my parcel. I also received text messages on the day of the delivery to tell me they were going to attempt delivery. I placed the order on Wednesday before 4pm and I had the parcel by Friday lunchtime. I’m really not surprised that at the time of writing this they are rated 99 out of 100 for Customer Service based on 9344 reviews, pretty impressive figures.
Things I loved (besides the toys):
- The delivery process was well oiled, I like websites that make it easy for me.
- There is a phone number on their website so if you need to pick up the phone and speak to them you can and its not hidden away. Failing that they have an online chat facility
- They are part of the goggle certified shops programme designed to give you more confidence about buying online.
- The range of toys is great with some really different things that I have not seen elsewhere
- You can set up reminders for Birthdays
- There is a good range of toys in each price bracket, up to £10, up to £20 and then over £20, so you should find something that fits your budget.
The only thing I would like to see is a price match promise or simialr
So what did I choose?
Since Monkey has just started school the questions are coming thick and fast. So when I saw a range of different science kits I opted for The Human Body Science Kit – Little Labs. Monkey was very excited as soon as we opened it and wanted to start the experiments straight away. In the booklet there are 26 different experiments around the five senses. We started with the first which was all about looking at fingerprints:
He was fascinated with the different patterns and we compared both mine and his which lead to a conversation about catching robbers!! The contents are reasonably basic but the booklet which comes with it brings it all to live. Other experiments include making a stethoscope, testing lung capacity and constructing a magic telescope. I am sure we will have hours of fun with it.
Wanting to treat the boys the same I wanted to find something for Kipper too. However being our second child he doesn’t really need anything. So far all his toys to date are hand me downs or DIY Sensory Boxes. So I was sceptical about finding anything ‘new’, yet to my surprise there was loads of choice for baby boys. As Kipper is in the process of moving into his own room (sob!) I opted for the Twilight Turtle Starry Nightlight and he’s been quite taken with it. So am I which is just as well as it is temporally in our room while he gets use to it before moving. There are three different light colour options blue, amber or green and turns off automatically after 45 minutes. There are actual star consolations within them too which we have been pointing out to Monkey. We are all really taken with it and the fact it came with batteries is a real positive too!
Both boys are really happy with their toys and I am extremely impressed with the whole process. The website is easy to navigate and I am going to definitely point people in their direction if we get asked for Christmas presents.
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Wicked Uncle gave us these toys for the basis of this review, all words and opinions are my own.