I’ve never been very good at remembering birthdays or buying presents. I’d love to be, but I’m just not that sort of person. Of course, when it comes to my own children, there is always a little party and some presents. And now that they are getting a bit older, I need to remember their friends’ birthdays, as well as family members.
That’s why I was delighted when Wicked Uncle got in touch and asked if I’d like to review their website. It seems it is a present service aimed at people just like me. People who don’t manage to remember all the dates and buy the perfect present. Not because I don’t care, but because life gets in the way.
Wicked Uncle don’t sell primarily to parents, but to other people who may know a little bit less about the child and what they do or don’t like. But everyone knows the gender and age of the person they’re buying for, so that’s the information you give to Wicked Uncle. From there, they give you a list of gift choices that they recommend for the person you are going for.
As Lia’s birthday was coming up, I bought a couple of things that I knew she would love. I entered her age and gender into the website and it gave me a huge list of suggestions. Knowing Lia as I do, the things that really stood out to me were the puzzles.
Since she was around 18 months old, Lia has always been a huge fan of jigsaws, shape sorters and anything that required concentration and fine motor skills. She is also a big animal lover, so the two puzzles I decided on for her combined both of her loves.
Firstly, I went for this gorgeous wooden Number Cat Jigsaw puzzle. I really like the fact that it is bright and colourful with big, chunky pieces that are just right for little hands. As she gets older, she will be able to use the numbers on the pieces to help her put the puzzle together. It will help her to recognise numbers too. The jigsaw comes with its own fabric carry bag, perfect for keeping the pieces together so they don’t get lost.
Lia absolutely loves the puzzle and has played with it every day since it arrived. She is able to play with it outside as well as in, and she has quickly got to a point where she can put the puzzle together by herself without help from us. I think it will be a firm favourite for a long time.
The other item I chose for Lia was this lovely wooden Sea Turtle Puzzle Maze. It contains a selection of coloured balls, that you move with a magnetic stick. The idea is to get each ball into the correct hole to match its colour. This is perfect for Lia to learn both fine motor skills and colours. I like the fact that it is self-contained, so we can take it places without worrying about losing anything. The magnetic stick is attached to the puzzle with a piece of string to keep everything together.
I really like the idea of Wicked Uncle. The presents are great and the search facility works well. I also like the fact that Wicked Uncle will send out reminders of birthdays once they know the birth date of the person you are buying for. It generally takes the hassle out of present buying, which can only be a good thing.
Please note, I was sent these items free of charge by Wicked Uncle in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own, as is my inability to remember birthdays and choose gifts.