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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Dream Destinations For Kids

It's that time of year when you want to get get this years family holiday booked. Money is always a huge factor in deciding where to go but if money was no object where would you go? There are places I've been to that I know my children would love and places that I would love them to experience. Here is my dream holiday destinations to take my kids:

Lapland

Top of the list just has to be Lapland. Christmas is such an exciting time for children and where could be better to meet Santa than the snowy Christmas wonderland that is Lapland. Not to mention the northern lights!


Disney Land

This one will come as no surprise. Just a magical experience for children to see all their favourite characters come to life. Plus adrenaline filled days going on rides and roller coasters.


Phillip Island

This was one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen; hundreds of cute little fairy penguins coming in from the sea to go to their homes as the sun goes down. I'd love to see it again but this time share the moment with my own little cuties.


African Safari

If money was no object we wouldn't just go to the zoo, I'd take my children to Africa so they could see all the magnificent creatures in their own environment.


Maldives

What child doesn't imagine being stranded on a desert island? Typically the Maldives is a honeymoon destination but why not take the kids there? White sands and clear waters full of beautiful sea creatures, I know my children would love it just as much as me.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hornby on Brink of Collapse



Hornby’s chief executive Richard Ames, has quit the ailing British firm, following a 3rd profit warning in just 5 months. Will this be the end for one of Britain’s best loved manufacturers?

Hornby, which also makes Corgi cars, Airfix kits and Scalextric, have produced children’s toys since the early part of the 20th century. They produced most of their product lines in the UK until 1999 but subsequently moved all of their manufacturing to China. Despite attempts to move some production back to the UK in 2012, it could be the unreliability of their Chinese manufactures that is set to toll the death knell for Hornby. The irony of this will be in the event that Hornby does go under, I would be willing to bet that it will be the Chinese that buy it!

Hornby have struggled to consistently get there train sets out of China and into European stores for the last few years, despite going to the length of changing Chinese factories in 2014. Stories of businesses struggling to get stock out of China are not new. Many business owners of, start-ups specifically, were lured to China by the promise of low unit prices only to be hit by low quality or delayed stock. Such delays can have devastating effects for fledgling businesses and, as we can see in the case of Hornby, more established companies too.

A huge downfall to Chinese manufacturing of any product, is the potential threats against  intellectual property. A common problem for businesses that have chosen to manufacture their toys in China is to discover cheaper knock-off’s being produced in the very same factory utilising their innovations. What is more, there is very little that can be done about it.

As for Hornby, James May, the Ex Top Gear presenter, has recently attempted to encourage his twitter followers to buy a Hornby train set to save the company. We would suggest that you perhaps opt for one of their Quickbuild kits made at the Plastech factory in Sussex instead!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Exciting Times Here at Toyday

There has been lots of changes these last couple of months.

After over seven years we said goodbye to our Totnes shop in April and moved our Internet operations closer to home in Callington. It was a sad farewell and our loyal customers were upset to see us go. Having been there longer than we've lived in any of our previous houses there was a lot of stuff to move. Despite having a sale to reduce the amount of stock we had to move, it still took us 3 days and nights of driving back wards and forwards to get it all moved.

Blake sweeping up the last bits from Toyday Totnes. It only seems fair as I had to carry him around in my belly while we set the shop up all those years ago.
Then came the not so small task of sorting it all out the other end. Our Callington offices are made up of lots of narrow rooms which all needed shelving to store all our toys. We just have Adam's office left to sort out but as he's busy on our latest project this is low priority.

A mass of boxes in our Callington Offices


 Our most exciting news is our new shop at Mt Edgcumbe. In just 5 days (and nights again) we have taken it from an old coach house into our Toyday Traditional toy shop of Mt Edgcumbe. A week ago you couldn't even get in there. It was a race against the clock to get ready to open today for the Smugglers Market. You can find us up at the Barrow Centre next to the Stables Cafe.

From this.....
..... to this!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Buying a Present? Let Toyday deliver and wrap your gift for you!


It's not uncommon for us to find ourselves in a panic trying to find the right gift in time for Christmas or someone's Birthday. Don't worry, Toyday have this covered with our Gift Wrapping Service.
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If you choose to use our gift wrapping service your present will be wrapped in the appropriate gift wrapping paper, tagged with your message and finished with curled ribbons. Choose the gender that the present is for, the celebration style and the toy you would like gift wrapped.



If you're a little stuck for inspiration then you can use our handy little gift finder on the left of the homepage.  Simply adjust the bars to your requirements and click 'Find me a Toy' and a list will appear of all the toys we think would be suitable for your receipt and your budget!
 
We can send it for you too!
If you like, you can specify an alternative delivery address when you checkout and we'll send it directly to your recipient. We will not send a packing slip or invoice, just the present and gift tag.  

We offer a flat rate postage, which starts from £2.95 and is free for orders over £35.  If you need your present next day, simply add this giftwrapping option and choose express delivery from the drop down box during checkout for guaranteed next day delivery. The daily cut off is 1pm. Orders placed after 1pm will be sent the following day.
Simply add this giftwrapping option and choose express delivery from the drop down box during checkout for guaranteed next day delivery. The daily cut off is 1pm. Orders placed after 1pm will be sent the following day. - See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/special-offers/gift-wrap/gift-wrapping-service/prod_484.html#toy
We also offer international postage which the cost depends on the weight of your parcel, but may work out more cost effective than if you had to send the parcel on to the receipt at the Post Office.
Gift wrapping service Information

Let us wrap your gift for you for just £2.50.

The present will be wrapped in the appropriate gift wrapping paper, tagged with your message and finished with curled ribbons.

Please choose the gender that the present is for, the celebration style and the toy you would like gift wrapped in the boxes above.

We can send it for you too

If you like, you can specify an alternative delivery address when you checkout and we'll send it directly to your recipient. We will not send a packing slip or invoice, just the present and gift tag.
- See more at: http://www.toyday.co.uk/shop/special-offers/gift-wrap/gift-wrapping-service/prod_484.html#toy

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