The Wicked Uncle Challenge
Wicked Uncle is an excellent website that allows even the most inept and far-flung relatives to pick some absolutely awesome presents for your children. The Wicked Uncle Challenge is designed for those who may not know what interests your child the most. They may not have children of their own or see the child that regularly – that’s where Wicked Uncle come in. The site is jam-packed with the coolest of presents for children of all ages.
One of the best things about the Wicked Uncle site is the way the toys are organised:
You can sort the toys by age, gender and interests in order to make sure you select the most suitable gift possible.
Our ‘Wicked’ relatives were Uncle S and Auntie J, who live a very long way away in Canada. They have no children of their own and only get over to visit us every few years.
Look at those care-free, well-rested smiles…
(For anyone who notices how much Uncle S looks like daddy, they are identical twins.)
Their subject was Biggest and his 4th birthday was the occasion. There is also the complicating factor that Biggest is autistic and often doesn’t play with toys in traditional ways.
Next, Auntie J and Uncle S were given a £40 voucher and asked to choose presents, from all the way across the Atlantic, and have them shipped from Wicked Uncle to us, ready for the big day.
The toys we received were:
- Lion Anisnap Watch (£12.95)
- Light Stax Light up Blocks – 36 piece set (£29.95)
- Space Torch and Projector (£6.95)
Here are some short clips of Biggest’s reactions to them:
The light up blocks and space torch were huge successes. Biggest is a sensory seeker and therefore loves anything with lights and movement. He also enjoyed the watch. Biggest is too small to read the time yet but he is fascinated by the concept and loved the fact that he could wear a watch “just like mummy and daddy.” I also think the watch makes a great educational toy as, even though he can’t tell the exact time yet, he was very curious about the watch face and asked lots of questions about the numbers and how you tell the time.
Overall, the Wicked Uncle site and their toys are an absolutely brilliant resource for anyone who struggles to buy presents for children. The toys came in lovely bright wrapping paper and so Wicked Uncle really can make sending unique and charming toys an effortless experience.
Finally, my sister-in-law mentioned that her work colleagues saw the site while she was browsing and many remarked how it had some of the coolest toys they had ever seen. I think, perhaps, you could even consider buying some adults toys from Wicked Uncle. There is something to satisfy the wonder and curiosity of the big kid in all of us.
Check out the Wicked Uncle website.