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Monday, 26 November 2012

When is Cyber Monday, and what is Cyber Monday anyway?

It's Cyber Monday today - Happy Cyber Monday! Unless you are reading this sometime in the future, in which case, unless it's exactly a multiple of one year in the future, it isn't.

What about Black Friday?

We can't talk about Cyber Monday without mentioning the preceding Friday, which is the day after thanksgiving in the US known as Black Friday, which  is traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is believed that Black Friday first got it's name in the early 1960's  from the increase of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in Philadelphia, and once the term had become more widespread a more common explanation of the phrase was that it was the turning point when retailers would start to see a profit and therefor be "in the black". Many retailers now capitalise on the day by offering crazy pre-Christmas deals, sales and special offers for the day, and many employers extend this as an unofficial thanksgiving holiday day.

When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the first Monday following thanksgiving in the United States, and it appears that no-one is absolutely certain when it is in the UK; you will often hear reporters stating that it is the same as in the US, and then the news repeats itself a week later on the first Monday in December, when they realise that it was the busiest day for online sales. According to the Guardian, UK online retailers are now referring to "Cyber Monday" as the busiest internet shopping day of the year that commonly falls on the same day as the US Cyber Monday.

Where did Cyber Monday originate from?

The term Cyber Monday didn't appear until much later than Black Friday, and the phrase was first heard in November 2005, and was invented by retailers and marketeers purely to create some hype and sell more. It was recognised by many e-commerce shopping sites that the first Monday after thanksgiving was a very busy day for online sales, which I believe sowed the seed for the creation of Cyber Monday.

Is Cyber Monday the busiest day for internet sales?

Combined with the fact that people generally started to think about Christmas after the thanksgiving holiday, many using their computers from work to start their Christmas shopping online (Mondays are always a busy day for e-commerce sales), and the hype and news reports stating that Cyber Monday is to be the busiest day of the year, this soon became a self-fulfilling prophecy as online retailers slash prices and offer "Cyber Monday only special offers" this has indeed proved to be the one day in the year when the most amount of money is spent online. Whether this trend will continue and become another tradition, or disappear to obscurity only time will tell.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Secret Santa Ideas for £5 and Under

Struggling for Secret Santa present ideas this Christmas? Well here are my top tips for 10 fun and original gifts for adults, and all for under a fiver.

1.    Mini Ten Pin Beer Bowling  

Just line up the mini beer bottles and knock 'em down! 10 bottles = You are the king of ten beer bowling. 1 bottle = You are a wimp!

2.    Grow your own Gay Best Friend 

Place him in water and watch him grow. He gives great relationship advice, will give you an honest opinion on your hair and style and he loves to dance! What more could you want from a gift? 

3. Set of 3 juggling balls 

Learn a new skill with this set of three colourful squidgy juggling balls which come with a helpful booklet of basic instructions.

4.  Exploding Lighter  

Shock friends with this realistic looking cigarette lighter which explodes with a loud bang when the victim  tries to work it.

5.    Fake Car Scratch

Another great practical joke. A stick-on car scratch to fool friends and family with. Just apply to their car and sit back and watch! Peels off cleanly afterwards.



6. Black Face Soap 

Unsuspecting victims will end up with very grubby looking faces after washing with this soap.

7. Grow a New Wife

For anyone who  needs a new wife who will not run up giant credit card bills, won't interrupt during the football and who, in fact, won't talk at all!


 8. Heart Hand Warmer 

Help keep hands warm this winter with this heart hand warmer. Once activated the heart stays warm for 30 minutes.




9.   Mikado

For something a bit more traditional there is this lovely wooden version of the game of pick-up sticks.


 10. Whoopee Cushion

You can't go wrong with this old classic!


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Our toys are perfect for parrots too!

Yes indeed, it's not just children and big kids that love our traditional and classic toys, but after reading some product reviews on our website today, I have discovered that our toys appeal to parrots and parrot owners too!

Lorey is no longer lonely

Lorey is a parrot that suffered from loneliness when his owner went to work, and he displayed no interest in various toys from the pet shops. Loreys owner decided to buy it our wooden clown cone puppet, which has transformed him from an unplayful parrot, to a parrot who just doesn't have enough time in the day to play with his beloved clown.
Clown Cone Puppet
"His life changed from an unplayful parrot, to a parrot who just doesn't have enough time in the day to play with his beloved clown"

 Keep your parrot off furniture and cabinets

Wooden Swaying Snake

Another of our customers has found an ingenious use for our wooden swaying snake, by keeping their parrot off off furniture and bookshelves by placing it near the area they would like to keep parrot free. I wonder if this would keep the seagulls off of my boat too?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Top ten stocking filler ideas for boys

You may have read last week's ‘top ten sticking filler ideas for girls’ but this now it’s the boys turn!

1.    Rubber band plane
       Wind the propeller and watch the plane take off.

 2.    Toy spark gun
        Sparks when the gun is fired!

3.    My toy 48 soldiers pack  
       Set up your own army.
4.    Hand buzzer
       Shock your friends with this classic joke.

5.    Bug box
       Perfect for any little boy with a fascination for insects.

6.   Slime kit
      Boy would have lots of fun with this slime. Gross!

7.    Balloon powered boat
       The boat moves along the water on it's own. 

8.    Dinosaur kit
       We know how much boys like dinosaurs, no you can assemble your own!

9.    Glow in the dark stars
       Put on the ceiling in your bedroom and watch them glow at night.

10.   Close up magic trick
        Great for any inspiring magician.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Magical Amazing Robot Game

The game 'Amazing Robot' is based on an original Merit robot game that first went into production in the early 1950s; 'Magic Robot'.  It's not only great fun but people are always fascinated as to how the Robot always knows the answer. 

The game demonstrates the increasing social and cultural awareness of robots and the use of robotics that were introduced to modern life in the 1950s.

The Robot can answer questions about nature, history, sports and hard-to-know trivia.


Firstly, place the Amazing Robot in the tray in the centre of the Questions so that the 'V' projection on the base on the Robot fits into the 'V' cut-out of the tray.

The turn the Amazing Robot by the head only until it's pointer is directed to the centre of the question you with to have answered.

Then lift the Amazing Robot by the head and place him in the centre of the Magic Mirror on the Answer side.  As if it by magic the Robot will point to the correct answer! The 'Amazing Robot' is always right.

The magical 'Amazing Robot' is the perfect gift for any classic toy or robot collector.

Monday, 12 November 2012

How eating polos can help stop cruelty to children

How can eating polo mints possibly help stop cruelty to children?

Well, thanks to our new 1950's penny arcade machine installed in our shop in Totnes, Devon, all players have a chance to win a packet of polos, with all proceeds being donated to the NSPCC. The machine that originally took the old 1d coin (1 penny) has now been converted to use the new 10 pence coins, which releases a ball, that has to be flicked into a winning hole to win a packet of polos.

With 171,000 registered charities to choose from, we figured that it had to be a children's charity which narrowed the selection down a little, and after weeks of research and deliberation, we have decided to support the NSPCC. As well as being well known, and having Childline join them in 2006, they have:
  • Created a pioneering online counselling service, which helped more than 1,000 young people to speak out for the first time about abuse they had suffered.
  • Help to protect thousands of children from abuse – since the creation of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre more than 166 networks of sex offenders have been dismantled.
  • Worked with more professional groups and local agencies to keep children safe. More than 5,000 professionals use our child protection site, Inform.
  • Gathered massive public support as part of the FULL STOP Campaign.
  • Helped more than 750,000 children, young people and families through their local services increasing the amount of public support amongst adults.
 We feel that they are a very worthy cause, and look forward to raising some donations for them, whilst at the same time, having some good old fashioned fun and preserving a little bit of British history.

Did you know?
An average of one hundred and fifty Polo mints are eaten every second!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Top ten stocking filler ideas for girls


Feeling a little stuck for ideas in regards to stocking fillers this year? Not a problem! We’ve come up with the top ten stocking filler ideas for your little girl.

1.    Grow your own stylist
       What girl wouldn't love to have her own stylist? I know I would! 
 2.    Friendship bracelet kit 
       This is great for any girl to make and share with her friends. 
 3.    Farm animals
       When I was younger I spent most of my time playing with animal figures. This would have gone nicely!

4.    Fairy wings and wand
       Who wouldn't love to be a fairy for a day?
5.    Gymnastics ribbon
       Great for a girl who likes to dance!
6.    Animal skipping rope
       With four different animals to choose from, there is bond to be one which will impress.

 7.    Crystal growing kit
       Grow diamond like crystals!
 8.    Paper fan
       These are so delightful.
 9.    Fashion doll stickers
       Dress up and accessorize with these fashion show stickers.
10.  Design a butterfly 
       Isn't it lovely to see children express their creativity? This product is just perfect for any little girl!


Saturday, 3 November 2012

There’s not just one bear at Paddington Station anymore

Paddington bear is a classic fictional character from English children’s literature. The bear has got human characteristics and is very polite, addressing people as ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’ or ‘Miss’. Although he is well-meaning, he does tend to give people hard stares if they have his disapproval! He tries to get things right but he does often manage to get himself into some form of trouble. He is originally from Peru but he was adopted by the Brown family giving him his name ‘Paddington Brown’.

Paddington keeps himself warm in a duffle coat and an old hat. He carries around a battered suitcase which has a secret compartment allowing the suitcase to hold more items then it would appear. He also has a tremendous love for marmalade sandwiches!

The bear made his first appearance in 13 October 1958 in the first book ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ and was in several more books written by Michael Bond and was illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Books have been translated to 30 different languages across 70 titles. They have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide! So Paddington was indeed a very popular little bear!

On Christmas Eve 1956, Bond was in a shop near Paddington station where he noticed a lonely bear sitting on a shelf. The bear made such an impression on Bond that he bought it as a present for his wife and found the inspiration to write the books. The first of which only took ten days to write!

In 1972 the first Paddington bear stuffed toy was made by Gabrielle Designs. Shirley Clarkson who ran the company gave Paddington some wellington boots which helped the teddy stand upright.

Paddington bear is happy living within the walls of Toyday now, but would be even happier in a loving home!

We also have a very pleasant little tin in the shape of a suitcase with a small Paddington teddy inside!

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