Wicked Uncle; The laziest way to buy awesome gifts
I'm going to put it out there; I suck at buying gifts for kids. Every birthday and Christmas Archie has experienced so far has been preceded by months of researching 'what toys will a one/two year old love and not attempt to eat?' (apparently it depends on the interests of said child!?); usually the occasion comes and goes and we realise he's been playing more with the remote control than those beautifully personalised wooden puzzles we scoured the internet for to find him.
Wicked Uncle don't claim to do anything, but it was clear after my first visit that this was the website I could've probably done with knowing about during the last two years. They answered every question I had about what to buy the rascals in my life and saved me alot of googling time in the process (mainly because once I get going, I usually find myself a few hours later staring at an article about how many brain cells a snail uses to make decisions - it's two by the way, if you were curious).
FINDING AND BUYING A GIFT
I don't want to rattle on too much as you can see for yourselves by clicking on that delightful button below and visiting their website, but Wicked Uncle make the present-buying process so much easier by asking all the right questions. Once you're on the site, you can filter everything by gender (don't panic, gender-specific advocates, most of the toys end up in both categories), age and personality type. So, when choosing a toy for A, I simply looked for products a 2 year old boy (an adventurer!) would love; if your little one is nearer the age 3 mark, you could go and check out those too, but the toys picked out for me seemed perfect for A's range.
Once you've popped your chosen items in the basket and headed to the checkout, you're faced with probably one of the simplest systems I've ever used. Each step is clearly labelled, and you also have the choice to include gift-wrapping (tonnes of designs to choose from) and a card handwritten by elves as the team state. It's just too easy peasy to order and we had no issues whatsoever; delivery was fast (those elves are good) and our items arrived within a few days.
Hape Wooden Sea Turtle Maze
So, what did we choose? If I'd left it up to A (which I did with our second choice), he'd have picked cars, cars, cars, to join the other hundred stacks of cars he already owns, so I picked this magnetic sea turtle maze for him thinking it would probably last him a while and help with his developmental skills (ok, I also really wanted to play with it myself). It's a high-quality product and works brilliantly; the magnets are strong enough that you're toddler (or self) aren't constantly getting frustrated with dropping the balls, and it's beautifully made.
Melissa and Doug Nesting Cars and Garages
Secondly, and of course this was A's choice, we ordered these brightly coloured nesting cars and garages and I've been amazed at what a popular option they've been. From building towers and knocking them over, to learning to place each car in the correct garage by colour or number, to stacking them within each other, there are so many different ways to play with them and they've been an absolute hit in our house. A pulls them out every morning and they usually remain that way until they're lovingly towered up when he's tucked up in bed (there aren't many toys that are left on display and not shoved away in the storage box).
To summarise (because what else did school essays teach me to do?), if you need to buy a fab children's gift but have no idea where to start, I'd highly recommend Wicked Uncle, for gorgeous gifts that the little one's will actually love.
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