The Summer months in our family get busy for birthdays. As soon as May rolls around, I know I don’t get a reprieve from buying at least one present a month until September. Sometimes the present choices are really easy to buy and I know what to get months in advance, but there are times that I struggle to think of a suitable present. I don’t like to buy something that isn’t wanted or appreciated as it’s a waste of money and time.
I find buying for girls a lot easier than boys, but I guess that’s because I have girls. My nephew can often make me think unless he’s given specific instructions on what he would like. When a birthday invitation arrives in Miss A’s book bag from a boy in her class, I have to think what I can get that looks good and that the child may actually like.
Wicked Uncle is an online toy store created to make purchasing for other people’s children (as well as your own) easier. The idea behind the concept is that relatives can use the site to purchase age appropriate and ideal presents for the recipients which can then be sent straight to the recipients house. This is a great idea if you are buying for family that live far away for example.
We tested out the site and the service last week to see how they compare to the large amount of other online retailers around.
The website looks friendly and fun with plenty of choice available on the home page. I approached the service as if I was purchasing for a male recipient of around 8 years old which would match a present idea for Miss A’s classmates.
The site has search options for gender specific and age related choices. They have placed gender and age searches on the site to narrow down the items for people who really don’t know what they’re looking for in a present. I think this is a good idea for a relative who has no clue what to buy, and I did find a lot of the toys and gifts were in a few categories anyway.
I stick to a budget when purchasing birthday presents for school friends, but I was able to search for either most popular, or price, which helped my search. The lowest gift ideas for a boy age 8 was chocolate pigs for £4.95. I personally wouldn’t choose this as a present idea for a school friend, however for £7.95 there is a crime scene investigation kit which is more like it for a good price that I am willing to spend.
The prices of gifts ranged from the pocket money amounts, through to more expensive toys priced at over £50 so I was impressed with the selection offered.
There is the choice to add gift wrapping which starts at £2.95 for the first gift and £1.50 for additional gifts. I would only use this service if I had no choice but to send direct as I think this is a little expensive, but I understand you are paying for the service rather than the product in this instance. You can also choose to add a handwritten card to your order for £1.95. This price and service is a lot more reasonably priced but I would probably opt to send my own card that I had written in as it feels just a little more personal to me.
The delivery speed is an area where Wicked Uncle really impressed me. I ordered on a Monday and my order was here within a couple of days. I wasn’t expecting it so soon, and I was impressed at the quality of the packaging. There wasn’t too much extra padding, and there was no invoice included in the parcel, or annoying promotional leaflets either.
Overall as a service I think Wicked Uncle have a valid place in the E retail market. Their website also states they can offer next day delivery if you order by 4pm (not including weekends or bank holidays) which is great if you need a last minute gift to go direct to someone.
Disclosure – we received a voucher to spend on the site in return for reviewing the service. All opinions are my own