I suppose the recession had a lot to do with the decline in decent toy stores on the high street, and now it is really limited, unless if you want to travel to a nearby city.
The world of toy shops now lives online. It can be pretty daunting when wanting to try toys out or when looking for a variety of toys, games and activities.
Wicked Uncle is an online store aiming to be The World's Best E-Toy Shop.
We were given a budget and could choose whatever we liked for the boys. Usually I would give them the option of what to buy in this situation, however I wanted to really research the site and make sure I was aware of everything on offer...not wanting to waste our money.
The variety of items available is fantastic, with ages ranging from babies to teens.
I am one of those mums who tends to ignore age recommendations. I won't tend to buy things that are too young for the boys, however I will quite happily buy them something if it is recommended for 8+ for example.
For this reason I didn't look too much into the age ranges, because I wanted to have the same experience I would do if I wasn't reviewing the site.
I found the site easy to work my way around and soon found myself with so many tabs open on my laptop full of items I desperately wanted to buy.
I was able to narrow it down to three things in the end and I think you could agree that for £40 (our budget) I did pretty well.
I wanted to get items that were practical, these being the chalk board and white board which was ideal for our holiday to Somerset, as was the Brainbox-The World game. Charles absolutely loved this, as did Harry. They are both fascinated with learning about the world and about different countries and this game was ideal for that.
I also chose a butterfly garden kit as, despite being scared of butterflies, I have wanted to grow them ever since Hayley did last year.
It was great to be able to buy a variety of items, suiting different needs. The only reason I opted against buying toys is because we have so many, however, if I needed to buy any then the range at Wicked Uncle is fantastic and I'd be able to find something in no time.
Wicked Uncle are hot on giving their customers a great experience "We can post your gift direct, we can giftwrap it, and even send a hand written Birthday or Christmas card.
Our customer service is brilliant too; if the child already has your carefully chosen present, we will change it for something else."
This is definitely a site to bookmark for birthdays, Christmas, special treats and school friends birthday presents. Without a doubt you will be able to find a gift for everybody.