When Thomas was a few months old, I volunteered to host a social event for my local NCT branch in my home and it was to be a pizza and a toy shop party. The toy shop bit of the party was sorted by Charlie’s Toy Shop and it is run by a lovely fellow local mum called Jenni. Jenni came to my house earlier than everyone else to set up and we ended up having a good chat and getting on like we had known each other for ages, despite not meeting until that evening. When the party started, Jenni told a story about her having a condition called Factor V Leiden which is a genetic condition that means you are more susceptible to blood clots. Jenni suffered a clot a couple of years after her son Charlie had been born and decided that she wanted a change of career to spend more time with her son and enjoy life in general. With her nursery nurse qualification and sales training, opening a toy shop seemed the natural thing to do.
Ever since that evening, which was nearly 5 years ago, I have regularly purchased toys and games from Jenni as they are always excellent quality, they are always educational and the delivery always comes with a smile! Therefore, I jumped up and down with excitement when a few months ago, Jenni asked me to be an ambassador for Charlie’s Toy Shop and help spread the work about the fantastic and personal service she provides. Unfortunately, due to Thomas’ accident earlier on the summer (more will be explained in a blog post on my new parenting, travel and lifestyle blog which is launching soon) I have had not had the chance to tell you until now. The ambassadorship will mostly be mentioned on my new blog but having known Jenni for so long, I felt I could not leave this blog without mentioning Charlie’s Toy Shop and the amazing work she does. Over the years, we have had many toys from Jenni but a few of the boy’s favourites are below:
Bright Stanley Book and Jigsaw Set
Water Wow! Pet Mazes
My First Addition Snap
ABC Sticker Book
I look forward to telling you even more about Jenni and Charlie’s Toy Shop on my new parenting, lifestyle and travel blog which I am launching in the next couple of weeks. Thank you Jenni for choosing me to be your ambassador. I am very honoured and proud to shout about Charlie’s Toy Shop far and wide!
It’s nearly Christmas and if you are still looking for a perfect present for someone, than look no further than My 1st Years. The name might suggest that they only sell products for babies and toddlers, however they sell much more than that. They sell beautiful gifts for women and me, many of which can be personalised as well as items for the bedroom, bathroom and playroom. Thomas and Daniel were sent a toy each from their range and we were very impressed.
Thomas was sent the Personalised Pirate Wooden Toy Box which he loved as soon it was delivered. It is a personalised metal tin with pirate decoration on filled with everything a pirate needs to set sail. The set includes a carved pistol and cutlass, metal hook, shield, sack of doubloons, eye patch, compass pirate cap, and a treasure map. It is all made of wood or high quality material and I have a feeling it will last for years. We have had to watch Daniel with the doubloons as they are a bit small so just be aware of them if younger children may try and play with this. Thomas loves being a pirate with this set as you can see from the top picture.
Daniel was sent a Personalised Donkey Soft Toy which is very soft and cuddly. It would make the perfect gift for any child and they will embroider any name that you would like on the jumper for free. Daniel loves giving his donkey cuddles and I am sure that they will be friends for life. Both the donkey and the pirate toy box were delivered in gift boxes well wrapped in paper making them an ideal Christmas present for that special person in your life. All My 1st Years products are sent gift wrapped so even if you are buying something for yourself, it will still feel like a treat!
We were sent the Pirate Toy Box and the Donkey Soft Toy for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review. There are affiliate links in this post
Buying presents for children who are not your own can be hard especially if you have no clue what they like or what is suitable for children of their age, however Wicked Uncle have the solution! You can search for toys using both gender and age so you are sure to find the perfect present. I used the website to order a Thomas a Paw Patrol Lookout Play Set as he is obsessed with them at the moment and has wanted one for ages.
I was very impressed with the delivery from Wicked Uncle. It turned up via Royal Mail within 48 hours of ordering and was well packaged. Wicked Uncle will add gift wrap and a card to your order too if you needed so you can appear really organised! Thomas was very impressed with the Paw Patrol lookout play set as it comes with Chase (Thomas’ favourite) and his police car and a removable light up badge which says popular phrases from the show when pressed. I was slightly disappointed with the quality of the plastic that it was made from as it didn’t seem very strong. However, the play set has so far stood up to Daniel’s abuse so perhaps it is built stronger than I think. Overall, I was very happy with the service from Wicked Uncle and I would quite happily order from them again.
We were given credit to spend at Wicked Uncle for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review