It’s my son’s birthday at the end of the week and everyone has been asking me what to buy him. In previous years this was pretty easy to answer; Lego or cars. Now that he’s getting older and already has so many sets its getting a bit more difficult. He recently spent a couple of hours on amazon adding things to his Wishlist but only found a couple of things and I think the main problem was the vast number of things to look at at.
Last week Wicked Uncle got in touch and offered me a £40 voucher to spend on their website in exchange for a review of the whole buying experience. The website is designed for people who don’t know what to get for a relative/friend’s child and so I thought buying for my son would be the ultimate test.
I found the website really easy to use. You can search by gender and/or age, or you can search by category. At the time of writing the categories are Adventurer, Brainiac, Wicked Fun, Snuggly, Outdoorsy, Creativity, Books & Games, Fashion & Style, Engineer, Spooky & Spells, Role Play, Sensory and Chocolate.
I searched under boys and age 8 and immediately found about 6 or 7 things that I knew he would love but would never have thought of. I liked that the age category is set by each year, on too many websites you have to search under a wider range such as 5-8 and you end up having to trawl through things are too old or too young for them as well.
I then handed the iPad over the M and asked him to have a look through and see if he could find anything on there that he liked the look of. Given how little he had found on amazon I was really pleased that he picked all the same things I did, as well as a couple I hadn’t. As we only had £40 to spend he had to whittle it down and he chose two items: a Flying UFO and a KidzLabs Anti Gravity Maglev kit.
Once you place your order you have the option to have the items gift wrapped (you even get the choice of wrapping paper) and you can also buy a card or just include a free gift message. There is another option to choose express delivery (£6.75), but we chose standard (£2.95) which is a 2-3 working day service. We placed the order late on Thursday night and they arrived Monday morning. There is also a handy tracking service so you can see when it is going to arrive.
M was so excited to get the box open on Monday night after school. We were both really pleased to see that there was a thank you card included in the box for a child to easily fill in and post to whoever sent them the gifts, I found this to be a really nice touch.
M was most excited about the Flying UFO but upon opening it up we realised it needed 8 AA batteries! Unfortunately we only had three so I’ve ordered some more and we’re waiting for them to arrive. To be fair, I went back and checked the website and it clearly states in the description that it requires 8 batteries and that they are not included so that’s totally my fault for not checking.
Putting the UFO to one side M opened up the KidzLabs Anti Gravity Maglev kit. This is a science kit teaching them all about magnets and there are 6 different experiments for them to do. M chose to create the Random Propelling Machine first. He needed a little help with tying a knot as it was a little fiddly but other than that it was simple enough for him to create himself and he was pretty impressed with it.
The next morning he took it apart and created the Maglev Personal Transporter, he wasn’t quite so impressed with this one but he did then use it as the basis for creating his own experiments and he’s eager to try out the others too.
Overall we have both been very impressed with the Wicked Uncle website and service and would highly recommend it for anyone struggling with what to buy for a child in their life. I know I’ll certainly be using them in the future. You can check out the site for yourself here: Wicked Uncle.
Disclaimer: I as given a £40 voucher for the purpose of reviewing the Wicked Uncle site and service but all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.