The BEST presents from Wicked Uncle
Since Freyja started school last year, she has been to so many birthday parties. I think I have pretty much nailed it when it comes to suitable presents for 5 year olds. However, if you don’t have children, buying presents for them can be quite tricky. You need something that is age appropriate, that they will enjoy, and obviously something that is cool. Thankfully, if you need a hand, Wicked Uncle is there to help. If you have a child in your life, but are completely clueless with what to get them, they have done all of the hard work for you.
We decided to take the Wicked Uncle challenge, and let my sister use the Wicked Uncle website to find suitable gifts for her two nieces. She was given a voucher and had to use it to find a cool toy on the website. I have a lot of faith in Auntie Ali, because although she doesn’t have children, or see the girls that often, she does have a good idea of what they like. Even so, she is my little sister, and I wasn’t going to give her any help. The true test for Wicked Uncle was purely going to be in what Freyja and Emily thought about their presents!
Ali found the site easy to use, and particularly liked the different categories that could be selected from. You could pick toys for a particular gender, or age and then if you wanted something creative or outdoorsy. With my girls only being a couple of years apart in age, sometimes there was an overlap in suggested gifts, but there was still plenty to choose from. Once she had chosen the gifts, she had the opportunity to add a card with a message on, however, she had problems with this page loading.
A couple of days after she had ordered the gifts a large, brown box was delivered to our house. So did Auntie Ali and Wicked Uncle get it right?
For Emily, Auntie Ali chose Gears Beginner’s Building Set. The set consists of brightly coloured plastic gear pieces, a crank, connectors and interconnecting base plates. These can easily be snapped together to build lots of different creations. It comes with an activity guide with a few different suggestions of things to build to get you started.
Emily really enjoys building things with Duplo and Sticklebricks, so this was a great choice. She did take a while to work out what to do, but by building the suggested models together to start with, she did get the hang of it. She particularly like the fact that because the creations were made with gears, they could actually move. I loved this gift because it was a bit different, and will hopefully encourage her to think about how things work and move.
For Freyja, Auntie Ali chose School Set – Pretend and Play. This is a playset consisting of over 140 pieces. There is a folding board with white board, calendar and maps. It comes with a dry erase marker and eraser, a bell, worksheets and stickers. The board folds up into a carry-case in which you can keep the whole set.
This is quite possibly the best present ever. Freyja has only just started back in Year 1, but she wants to play at being teacher pretty much all of the time when she is not at school. She turns the hands of the clock round to show it is the start of the day and then rings the school bell. All her pupils are arranged around her and she welcomes them with a “Good morning!” followed by the register. They work through worksheets, go out to play and are rewarded with stickers for good work.
Well, that’s what happens to her “good” pupils, which are basically her dolls and cuddly toys. Naughty little sisters, who mess around and don’t do what teacher says, have their names written up on the board!
In conclusion, full credit has to go to both Auntie Ali and Wicked Uncle for getting the presents spot on. Both girls have loved them and I can tell these are going to get played with a lot. The only real downside is now Santa is going to have a lot of pressure to deliver something equally good at Christmas. Maybe someone should point him in the direction of the Wicked Uncle website!
Disclaimer: Auntie Ali was given a gift voucher towards her purchase, but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own