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Reastie Thu 07-Nov-19 06:47:57

Couldn’t resist the title given the chatter about the hampers. Cross fingers they arrive and are fantastic or that refunds are fast and painless.

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Reastie Thu 07-Nov-19 06:48:25

camel camel camel is a great page for price tracking amazon

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips for using aliexpress

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 (UPDATE: I wouldn’t buy squishiest either, for the same reason) 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 (UPDATE: Type “18 inch doll” for clothes that will fit American Girl/Our Generation/Designafriend dolls. Shoes are particularly excellent value. Wash dark clothing first as dyes can stain dolls’ limbs)
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!

Also to add I’ve seen a fair few posts from fb this year from small businesses where aliexpress have posted photos of their products and photos without permission, so be wary and be warned the photo might not be exactly what you get.

Wibbletooth has a great gift idea:

Best received grandparent/great aunt etc stocking filler that I’ve done has been a personalised glasses cleaning cloth, with a photo of the grandkids on.

I did it on eBay - was much cheaper than many other places - and the quality was great. Cost them was about £2.50, there seem to be 2 or 3 on there that are about £3 now so guessing it was one of them - didn’t recognise either of the listings. At the time it was cheaper to go through the eBay page than their website. There were two sizes - seem to think it was worth the extra 30p or similar to get the slightly bigger cloth - not much of a difference but enough to make it feel a bit more substantial.

They were all in awe as had never come across photos being printed on fabric. Also meant they always had a photo of the grandkids with them at all times without needing to carry photos with them as they always had their glasses and this glasses case with them and alwaûs had a cleaning cloth in the glasses case anyway.

Think I teamed them with a mini cleaning spritz and mini glasses screwdriver to get 3 related stocking presents.

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Tigger83 Thu 07-Nov-19 06:53:20

Ohhh morning lovely lot! Help I need a helmet for my 3 year old niece for her scooter? No idea where to start!!

Thanks @Reastie for setting up the thread!!

Sarahclacko Thu 07-Nov-19 06:56:09

Thank you for the new thread @Reastie flowers

thaegumathteth Thu 07-Nov-19 06:57:29

🤞🏻 hampers

Thanks for the new thread

CocoKoko123 Thu 07-Nov-19 06:57:56

Just popping on to say thanks reastie for shiny new thread and loving the title hehe.really feeling in the Christmasy mood now bonfire night out of the way and lots of wintery events coming up.Nearly finished my shopping now but enjoy catching up on the thread every day!

MrsLem Thu 07-Nov-19 07:01:11

@Tigger83 you'll be able to get loads of fancy ones from micro scooters with matching bells. I got my son a great one from decathlon though, and it was cheap as chips. Get one with a dial at the back for changing size smile

Vebrithien Thu 07-Nov-19 07:01:58

Good title!

lazymoz Thu 07-Nov-19 07:03:33

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FluffyAlpaca19 Thu 07-Nov-19 07:07:54

If anyone is going to the panto this year then it might be cheaper to buy the light up wands elsewhere. I was hit by £8.00 for a flashing light crown which I later found in the works for £3.00. The theatres put a massive mark up on these things at an already expensive time of year.

Worrywart21 Thu 07-Nov-19 07:15:22

Thanks for the new thread.

VividImagination Thu 07-Nov-19 07:18:38

Thank you for the new thread Reastie.

Tarte have up to 70% off 7 full size items for 1 day only (as per e-mail I received this am)

IDontDrinkTea Thu 07-Nov-19 07:22:20

Hello 👋🏻

I know a few people have said in a previous thread that they’re making environmentally conscious / vegan hampers. So thought I’d mention that Barry M has released a new range of vegan eco friendly nail polish. It’s called the Green Origin range and is currently 3 for 2 in boots. Would make a nice stocking filler too

BouquetOfRoses Thu 07-Nov-19 07:25:13

Thanks for the new thread!

Disney are doing 2 for £22 or 3 for £30 on Disney Princesses

BouquetOfRoses Thu 07-Nov-19 07:26:25

@Tigger83 Aldi have bike helmets in the aisle of wonder this week

lifelongfrugaleer Thu 07-Nov-19 07:31:34

Thank you reastie.

Oh wise ones my DC have both asked for art supplies. I have the works and hobby craft nearby.
Are the work good quality? Is it worth going to hobby craft?
Should I look elsewhere? Suggestions please.
I'm talking paper, pallets, watercolor, pastels, oils and brushes

ToTheRegimentIWishIWasThere Thu 07-Nov-19 07:31:48

Thank you Reastie

And thank you to pp who said about the sorting hat from Argos. The HP and Hermione dolls are also on there and are £12 with the extra 20% off. I will have one HP obsessed thrilled 3 year old come Christmas.

dancemom Thu 07-Nov-19 07:33:18

Thanks for the RI candles, dd will like these!

Youvegotafriendinme Thu 07-Nov-19 07:39:49

For the PP that wanted a LOL surprise chocolate advent calendar, they have them on studio here

PinkDaydreams Thu 07-Nov-19 07:44:16

I’m on the hunt for binoculars again please, budget of £25. grin

MsMiaWallace Thu 07-Nov-19 07:54:34

Great thread title !

Courtney555 Thu 07-Nov-19 07:57:33

Hampergeddon grin

I'm as excited to see if my hamper turns up as I'm am the DC we're expecting in the run up to Christmas grin

Justonedayatatime11 Thu 07-Nov-19 08:00:03

Checking in

ninjaturtlesmum Thu 07-Nov-19 08:18:00

They also have LOL chocolate calendars at Aldi for 99p I saw last night.

Allmyarseandpeggymartin Thu 07-Nov-19 08:41:53

Best title yet!

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