What do you buy an 8 year old boy?

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

What do you buy an 8 year old boy?

Or what do you buy a 6 year old girl? Sometimes when it comes to present buying, I don't have a clue. Luckily there is a fantastic new website to help me out called Wicked Uncle. You type in the age and sex of the child you are looking for and they come up with some original ideas at a range of prices.

I put them to the test with big man. Having 3 boys we have lots of toys and gadgets. I put him down as being 8 as he will next birthday and it came up with lots of fun ideas including a solar robot, chocolate London kit and a ukulele starter pack. When it comes to buying presents for my boys, I like to get activities that can be done and then disposed of. We are sinking in an overflowing toy room as it is. I therefore decided to chose a Cheese making kit (well I fancied trying this one!) and a Triop World. I have spoken about my theory on pets before and with a life cycle of around 6 weeks this kind of pet appeals to me. Wicked Uncle offer a complete package when it comes to present buying so you can also get the gift wrapped as well as purchasing a hand written card. How handy is that?

My products arrived within a few days and I was really impressed.

The card was hand written with the message I had requested and at only £1.95 extra I think it is a great addition if you are sending the present directly to the recipient.

The Big Cheese Making Kit is perfect for any little chef in the making (or their Foodie Mum!) The kit enables you to make mozzarella or ricotta. Big man and I set to having a go at making mozzarella.
All I needed in addition to the kit was whole milk and some rubber gloves.

cheese making kit

Here is the mozzarella cheese we made in about half an hour! It tasted good too.


Our Triop World has been a success too. We have two little triops currently swimming around the tank. We did have more, but hey it teaches the boys about survival of the fittest as they seem to eat each other. Unfortunately my photography skills aren't that great to get a good photo of them.

I really like the idea behind the Wicked Uncle site and it is definitely worth looking at if you haven't got a clue what to buy a child. The gift wrapping and card options make it a simple way of sending a present to a friend or relatives little one.


We received these items for the purpose of this review but the opinions here are our own.

29 comments:

  1. My brother often uses this site to buy presents for my boys - they have some really fun stuff on it! #pocolo

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  2. Louise Fairweather5 June 2015 at 14:49

    I hadn't heard of it before but they have some great ideas

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  3. I'd never heard of this site, but I'll keep it in mind as there's only so many Lego kits a woman can buy!

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  4. Merlinda Little6 June 2015 at 14:40

    OOhhh the cheese maker looks and sounds amazing! I want one =) #pocolo

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  5. chantelle hazelden9 June 2015 at 08:18

    Love these, so unique!! #triedtested

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  6. Oh I love the idea of both gifts - especially the triops. I may try those with my boys too. We are currently creating our own butterfly garden with a set E got for his birthday and he's fascinated by it! #TriedTested

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  7. Oh wow! I never saw the Cheese making kit. It looks so good!
    I love this site....We will be using it again x

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  8. I love the whole age range thing - it makes life so much easier.

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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  9. Louise Fairweather24 June 2015 at 13:43

    We will be making lots of cheese in the holidays!

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  10. Louise Fairweather24 June 2015 at 13:43

    Our Triop sadly passed away. I am now excited to see if he left any eggs. Just need to emulate being in a dessert.....

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  11. Louise Fairweather24 June 2015 at 13:44

    I know - my friend has a girl and I never know what to get her so will be looking there when I need to!

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  12. Ohhh love that cheese making kit! Something I would love to try with my kids!

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  13. ashleigh allan25 June 2015 at 06:46

    the cheese making kit sounds brilliant

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  14. love these ideas, so refreshing!

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  15. I shall have to have a look as I struggle too.

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  16. Great idea, saves hours trawling shops/the Internet

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  17. fantastic ideas, keep up the good work

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  18. Susie Wilkinson28 June 2015 at 14:28

    This site sounds like a great idea, I'm always struggling for gift ideas!

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  19. charlotte qualter1 July 2015 at 19:13

    love the sound of this website i struggle for original ideas and hate getting the same old same old!

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  20. what a fantastic site

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  21. Linda F McGarrigle5 July 2015 at 11:04

    looks not too bad x

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  22. Fantastic site has loads of cool stuff :)

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  23. Some great ideas!

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  24. Thank you for bringing this website to my attention! I think I will find it invaluable, as, as well as my own children, which I don't tend to struggle to buy for, I have lots and lots of nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends children which I do buy for, and often struggle with!

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  25. Barbara Handley18 July 2015 at 09:34

    This is so useful especially as I have birthdays coming up for two of my grandchildren soon.

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  26. denielle nicol18 July 2015 at 13:00

    All looks interesting and fun :) will def be bookmarking this site Dxx

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  27. Caroline Buckley18 July 2015 at 20:59

    Some fab ideas for the holidays

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  28. Some fantastic ideas - can't wait to try the site.

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