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Fair Trade Toys from Lanka Kade available now!

We have really fallen in love with Lanka Kade wooden toys here at Wood and Wonder. They represent everything we strive to be in our little family-run company and although were haven’t posted on our blog for a while, we’d like to take this opportunity to do so.

We discovered Lanka Kade when visiting a Toy Fair in Birmingham, having a look for exciting new products for our website. They are a company based in Market Harborough, not far from us really. The really beautiful thing about them is all of their toys we supply are Fair Trade and come with an attached story about the Artisan who crafted them.

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“Lanka Kade” actually translates as “the Sri Lankan Shop” and although the toys are designed in the UK, they are carefully manufactured by Artisans in Sri Lanka. Lanka Kade actually offers their producers interest-free long-term business loans, training in health and safety and on-going support to comply with their Fair Trade principals.

Another important factor for us is Lanka Kade’s eco credentials. Most of their toys are manufactured from sustainable rubber wood. I can remember Sri Lanka as being a big producer of rubber when I visited a few years ago. Once the tree has produced all the rubber it can (after around 10 years of rubber production I believe), Lanka Kade uses the tree to manufacture their wooden toys.

We also love the simplicity and robust nature of their toys. We’ve chosen to supply a mixture of both classic and innovative designs from them – ranging from their beautiful solid wooden Noah’s Arks, to Castle-themed building blocks, to classic colourful children’s jigsaws. All colourful, engaging and a few being the original design for these types of toys.

We hope you will love Lanka Kade as much as we do. Click here to have a look at our section of our website dedicated to Lanka Kade.

A Chance to with a Play Rabbit Hutch in February 2017!

That’s right – we are giving away one of our most popular wooden toys at Wood and Wonder. The Play Rabbit Hutch is a fantastic way to show your little one the basics of caring for a pet before they get the real thing! A very cute toy which is up for grabs in February 2017.

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There’s a few ways you can gain a chance to win. Firstly, I should mention that we will draw the winner at random from a hat early March 2017. Everyone can gain up to five entries into the draw from the five different methods of entering the draw. However you can only gain one entry from each separate method. For example you can share our competition post 10 times on Facebook (and thank you very much for that!) however that will only count as one entry. However if you share the Facebook post and retweet the Twitter post, that’s two entries.

So here are the five different methods of entering the draw, all of which must be done in February 2017 to count…

We will announce the lucky winner in early March via Facebook and Twitter, but we will also contact them directly.

Best of luck to everyone and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Peter Rabbit Lands at Wood and Wonder

We now have a beautiful range of Peter Rabbit toys from the wonderful storybook from Beatrix Potter, all now available at Wood and Wonder all by Orange Tree Toys. They really are a perfect addition to any nursery for boys and girls.

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We have two wonderful products designed to help your little one find their first steps. These are the Peter Rabbit Push Toy and the Peter Rabbit Pull Toy. Having the same character help them find their feet and carry on through with them as they learn to walk will really help improve their confidence. We’ve previously written a blog article on the benefits of push and pull toys and how they can be used to help your child learn to walk – please click here to read it.

Another beautiful item is our Peter Rabbit Musical Carousel. This gorgeous music box gently rotates as it softly plays Brahms’ Lullaby. A beautiful product to sooth your little one off to dream land. On the carousel we have Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mr. Jeremy Fisher.

There will be more products added to this range in the new year!

DPD Delivery and Shipping to Europe!

A wonderful advantage of wooden toys is their robust nature. It’s one of the many reasons we love them. They are the kind of things you buy for your children and one day hope that they pass onto their children. After all how many of us know Grandparents that get out their wooden toys from their childhood for their Grandchildren.

The unfortunate thing behind the advantage of their strength is their weight. Again, not a bad thing in their day to day use, but for shipping from Wood and Wonder to you, well that can present a problem. We work hard to try and keep the costs of postage down. It’s why we introduced a weight based system on our website. It allows our lighter items to be posted for less! Services that cost less are slower and in our busy lives sometimes we just want our order right now! This is why we have introduced a speedy, tracked delivery service, with a 1 hour delivery slot so you don’t have to wait in all day long only to have your parcel arrive at 4:59pm!

Those of you in the UK can now select the DPD delivery service in your basket. Prices start at £7.80 for 1-2 day DPD tracked delivery with a 1 hour delivery slot.

We are also going to add the opportunity to leave a message for your courier, for example if they can leave it in a safe place. This is mainly for myHermes.

We’ve had a few messages in the past asking if we are able to post to Europe. Well I’m now pleased to say that this feature has now been added into our online shop for a selection of European countries. The full list can be found on our terms and conditions page, however you can simply select which country you are in on the shopping basket page when selecting your delivery.

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Up to 2kg we can post using Royal Mail International Standard post (at the UK end of course) which takes between 3 and 5 days from dispatch. The alternative for heavier orders is DPD taking around 2 to 5 days from dispatch with all (except Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark and Latvia) offering a 1 hour delivery slot.

That’s all for now.

Slán, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Vaarwel, Adiós, Tchau, Ciao, Do Widzenia, Sbohem, Åddi, Viszontlátásra, Zbohom, Zbogom, Farvel, Adjô, Sudie, Ardievas

 

Launching our new website

It’s an exciting time at Wood and Wonder! We have just launched a brand new website, with new features I think you’ll like.

Firstly we thought it was important that whilst browsing any of our new linking categories you can filter out those products which don’t interest you by brand, price, type, theme or minimum recommended age. We believed this was important to allow the website to grow along side your child. Allowing a search of all of our products on our website is a great new feature too.

We also wanted to create a loyalty system for our customers. If you create a password now at checkout, you will have an account with us. This will primarily be used to store your loyalty points. You earn 1 per £1 spend on the online store and can redeem them as money off (2p per point) any order once you have 50 or more points.

This isn’t just for new customers either, we will send loyalty points to all of our old customers!

Further to this, we have enhanced our Birthday Club. If you enter your little one’s name and birthday into our website (alongside a couple of Mum or Dad’s details), we will send you a voucher a couple of weeks before their birthday. Just so we can give you time to buy anything from our website for them, ready for their special day.

Our website now accepts all major credit and debit cards through WorldPay, as well as PayPal we just had before.

We have also reduced the cost of packaging for some smaller items by introducing a weight based postage system. The postage will be automatically calculated in your basket based upon the weight of the contents. Some items can only be carried by courier, and your basket will reflect this. If you have any problems with this please email us on info@woodandwonder.co.uk

As always, for all orders over £75, we will offer free delivery.

We hope you find the new website suits your needs, and please feel free to send any feedback to us using the above email address.