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Reastie Fri 22-Sep-17 07:37:11

Welcome one and all, see post two for links.

Reastie Fri 22-Sep-17 07:37:23

So, info below is hopefully helpful and links below are for some of the frequented websites from the page. If you know of a website that would be good to add please let me know thanks .

Since it's so popular now there would just be too many links in the link post, and I'd go slightly unhinged attempting to get them all in, so I'm fine tuning and doing generic site links rather than specific product links (unless there's something so brilliant that consensus is to add it here). If there's a stupendous code that could do with adding on here let me know bold and big is really helpful for me thanks . Hope you find it useful.

Predicted by fireflygirl the 25%off Sainsbury's dates:
(They were right on all but one last year
19 September 2017
24 October 2017
27 November 2017

From tattyboggle89:
18th October 2017
Looks like this will be the date for Sainsbury's big toy sale this year so save the date! Will update if I hear any different.
It's usually really good instore

And the 15th September 2017
This will be the date for Smyths 20% off all toys instore! (Usually is all toys other than video games etc)

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips about aliexpress:

I have used Aliexpress quite a bit over the last few years. My tips/observations are:

1. Check reviews
2. Be wary of plastic toys. There have been concerns about toxic plastics from China, and I have binned plastic figures for having very unpleasant smells. I no longer buy any 'low-end' plastic items and only ever from sellers with lots of positive reviews
3. Aliexpress refund/complaints procedure is actually way more straightforward than eBay, and stacked in the buyer's favour
4. Beware of mains operated electricals, many of which are supplied without fused plugs. Always message the seller first if in doubt, don't rely on the photos
5. I don't trust dress up clothes to be flame retardant, although I don't believe this is UK law anyway?
6. Clothes can come up very small. Quality can be variable (excellent to awful). Photos are often of similar items, so take them with a pinch of salt and check the reviews.
7. Actually, all photos on Aliexpress should be taken with a pinch of salt. Again, check reviews (where buyers often post photos of the actual item received)
8. I wouldn't trust toys to meet UK safety standards and wouldn't buy anything that could pose a risk (e.g. Paint might not be safe for children to gum, there could be sharp edges/choking hazards, etc)
9. Lego alternatives don't tend to stick together as well as genuine Lego. Minifigures are still excellent value, but the odd one might benefit from a few drops of superglue.
10. Barbie and other doll clothes can be excellent value, but check reviews for fabric quality and finish
11. Stationery is generally excellent value, although paper quality can be lower than expected. Type 'kawaii' into stationery and be prepared to spend a fortune!

Bargain crazy website here an outlet for very and littlewoods

Joules eBay outlet here

Lisa Angel here

Studio have some well priced items but quality on everything isn't amazing here

Toys for a pound

Wonderbly (formally lost my name) here

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Llamacorn Fri 22-Sep-17 07:41:30

Yay thanks again reastie - these threads are filling up fast grin

Haudyerwheesht Fri 22-Sep-17 07:41:53

Thanks Reastie

Badders08 Fri 22-Sep-17 07:43:28

I have many many parcels arriving today.
I do hope dh is still at work when they do
Im almost done 😮 apart from stocking gifts which I'm struggling for for ds1 (14)
He doesnt eat choc or sweets and isnt remotely into anything trendy 😁
And dh - no idea what to get him!

NapQueen Fri 22-Sep-17 07:44:15

Checking in for my first festive thread of the year.

Im saving some stress and getting vouchers for all the grown ups this year (well, anyone over ten!), so only small kid gifts to buy which is more fun anyways.

Tickyboovicki Fri 22-Sep-17 07:45:58

Whoops posted on the old thread so reposting!
Loving seeing pictures of people's stashes!

Still after an m&s code if anyone has one, very reluctant to check out my huge basket!

Not sure if it's been mentioned but there's some really good deals on sports direct on kids shoes atm, nikes for under £5/10 etc, just have to hunt for the right sizes

lifelongfrugaleer Fri 22-Sep-17 07:46:37

Thanks reastie

AlbusPercival Fri 22-Sep-17 07:47:56

Thanks Reastie

FoofFighter Fri 22-Sep-17 07:48:00

Morning all, thanks reastie smile

Off this morning to pick up my bargain ukeleles (Sue Ryder online) and my Asda order (discounted Sylvanian Families) and I might just start wrapping up shock

SheStoodInTheStorm Fri 22-Sep-17 07:48:53

Checking in! Thanks Reastie.

captainjacksparrow Fri 22-Sep-17 07:48:57

Place marking grin

WreckTangled Fri 22-Sep-17 07:49:07

Thanks reastie

I need bargain hex bugs still for ds' birthday and will wait for Black Friday for the kindle fire hd for dd.

Still need to think of something for aunts and uncles and grandparents. Always tricky.

NeverEnoughSleep1 Fri 22-Sep-17 07:54:10

Place marking, thanks reastie flowers

OhHolyFuck Fri 22-Sep-17 07:56:03

up to 50% off at smyths - some Lego bits

ZIGGY911 Fri 22-Sep-17 07:58:30

So I'm really struggling with any sort of ideas this year. My daughter is 12 and son 10 so gone through the toy tat age.

I'm after a family board game as it's tradition that we have one, but have had all the usual old ones like game of life etc- any ideas

Struggling on stocking fillers for 10 year old too! He just wants money for computer games!

traviata Fri 22-Sep-17 08:00:43

anybody after a gadget for teen/pre-teen - 3D Printing Pen down to £12.50 at Maplin.

There are only 2 reviews, both good, but I don't know how reliable it is.

Tattybogle89 Fri 22-Sep-17 08:03:46

Checking in

Rhodiolia Fri 22-Sep-17 08:11:07

That 3D printing pen also comes with a free black & white filament pack, but you have to add it to your basket!

Moana123 Fri 22-Sep-17 08:17:14

I'm sure last year the lego advent calendars were on offer, either 9.99 or 12.99... does anyone else remember that, is it worth holding out for them to go on sale again or buy now? Thanks

Ohb0llocks Fri 22-Sep-17 08:23:41

I vaguely remember them being on offer (I think!)

drspouse Fri 22-Sep-17 08:28:39

Hello all!
I'm aiming to have all my presents by Advent except for a couple of subscriptions that need to start nearer the time.
Still hoping for a Smyths sale and I'll be on the lookout for Boden Christmas pyjamas and a code for them (though usually if I hold off on buying anything myself they send me one).
Still struggling to think of things for my mum who has an early Jan birthday too. I'm getting her the Hidden Figures book, and the Emma Bridgewater mug for Christmas but I want something else plus birthday stuff. May go round a craft fair or two as she likes funky jewelry.

Isadora2007 Fri 22-Sep-17 08:31:04

For the person looking for a Mack truck. This one opens at sides as well, but definitely at the back too and can just be open at the back of you get what I mean. It's been as low as £18 on Amazon at points.

NeitherNowtNorSummat01 Fri 22-Sep-17 08:31:59

@ziggy911 ticket to ride Europe is a brilliant game- especially given the age of your children.
Articulate is also a favourite here, though you've probably got that one

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