Kids Parcel are a brand new British company who supply mystery toy boxes for kids packed full of surprise gifts like toys, games, books, stationery and DVDs.
Boxes can be themed, for a specific age or gender, or a unisex mix. You choose then Kids Parcel do their magic and send a ‘unique box full of goodies’, each of which cost £29.99 and have free delivery.
The contents of the box may be a mystery, but the brands that Kids Parcel use are all recognisable (Play Doh, Orchard Games, Disney) and should provide reassurance that the surprise will be of a high quality.
We set Kids Parcel a challenge. Provide a mystery box for a four year old girl. The box arrived, addressed to my youngest which gave her a thrill! So, what did we receive?
We weren’t sure what to expect. I’ve had kids activity boxes before which contained card & craft supplies and materials for activities. This was very different.
After opening the box and making your way through the orange shredded paper, you see a big pile of packaged toys. I was immediately impressed. It was like Santa was doing a test-run. There was also a personalised letter to Eve, the recipient of the box, which was a lovely touch.
Eve and Jenny’s eyes were like saucers. The postman often brings goodies through but this was something special.
The box contained:
- a beautifully fluffy pink owl (Beanie Boo) with huge eyes. Eve and the owl are now inseperable.
- two Tsum Tsum squishies. These are Disney characters in small, round, squidgy format for kids to collect.
- Pet Parade cats. Two little kittys with magnetic collars and balls of wool that they can chase around.
- Animal Pairs. A card game, good for developing one’s memory.
- a Play Doh eight pack of rainbow coloured dough.
- The Simpsons movie on DVD.
We opened the box on a rainy Saturday morning. We certainly didn’t worry too much about how to keep the girls happy and occupied! They went on a Play Doh rampage in the kitchen, making me a whole world of food for daddy and mummy to (pretend to) eat.
Then the girls picked which Tsum Tsum they wanted. One was Pluto while the other was a surprise choice. The girls chose which cat they wanted and chased each other around the room for a while. They picked names for their cats which were then written onto their little bows around the cat’s necks.
We then all played a game of Animal Pairs, which took up the whole of our living room table. Eve did particularly well at spotting pairs.
My only reservation was that I wasn’t sure that The Simpsons Movie was the best choice for a four year old. It’s a PG movie and, although it’s a cartoon, it was full of typical Simpsons and Itchy and Scratchy violence.
Clearly there has been a lot of work into finding quality toys which when packaged together provide a good balance. There are no cheap budget toys here. Nothing seems to be in here as an after-thought.
The box comes with a ‘100% Smiles or Money back guarantee’, which means that if the child is not happy with all the presents in the box, you may send the box back and get a full refund.
For the box we received, I checked out how much it would cost to buy all of the contents on Amazon. It came to £36.92 and that’s without postage. The £29.99 you pay for this box is therefore something of a bargain.
The box, in principle, is a great idea if you want to send a present to a child but you’re not entirely sure what they’re into. It’s a great mixture and, if you could see my kid’s eyes when they opened it, clearly a fun thing for a child to receive.
One lucky person will be receiving a Mystery Toy Box from Kids Parcel! Simply enter via the gleam widget below by 31 October 2016 at midnight. Good luck!
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