Reviewed by J Wright
My son is a huge fan of Liz Pichon’s Tom Gate’s books and when we were given the chance to review items from the Official Tom Gates Web Shop he was delighted. We received a box today, sturdily packaged with padding inside so the goodies inside were safe and arrived intact.
First out of the box was the Doodling Stuff Pencil Tin. It’s a blue painted metal tin measuring 18cm by 8cm and enough space to keep all the essentials you might need for school or just a good doodling session. Or, as my son immediately reported – chocolate raisins, for the quintessential emergency snack. The unique art style of the Tom Gates books decorates the top of the tin and gives it a bright friendly and child focused feel. It’s easy to open and close and holds tight so your stationery is safe.
From a parents viewpoint I like that it has a hinged lid. That means the lid can’t get lost.
The Doodling Stuff Pencil Tin is listed at £12.00 here.The Important Stuff Wallet is ideal for all the important stuff you might need – maybe not the wafer biscuits though this time. It’s a black nylon folded sectional wallet, good for pocket money and more besides. On the front panel is a red decorated area with the inimitable Pichon lettering style declaring it is (Very) important stuff.
There’s space for bank notes, cards, a bus pass or ID and it all holds securely closed with a Velcro strip. The wallet is 8cm by 12cm when folded, so it’ll fit in most pockets. There’s even a card in the back for personal customisation. I’d have liked to see a zip up change pocket on this wallet, there’s no where to keep coins safe.
The Important Stuff Wallet is listed at £12.00 here. The Much Better Mood Mug made my son laugh, he loves the design depicting more of the amusing illustrations and a mood meter making it very clear that a mug full of your favourite beverage can really help perk up your mood in a morning. He wanted a cup of tea in there immediately!
Again, from a parent point of view I love that it’s microwave and dishwasher safe. No extra washing up, I can pop it in the dishwasher with everything else. Practical! It arrived inside its own box, creating an extra layer of protection in the post and keeping it separate from the other items in the package. Good to know your order will arrive safely!
I also like that this is an 11oz mug, a respectable size for a respectable cuppa. This design is primarily yellow inside and on the handle which is terribly cheerful. There’s also a Best DogZombie Mug which is blue inside and on the handle with black and white illustration on the outside and the Personalised Emergency Biscuits Mug which has a red interior and handle. The mugs retail at £14.00 each here.
The Tom Gates Bookmark was a lovely little perk. You get one free with every order but there is an option to buy extras at 99p each. I like that. It’s high gloss card with the usual artwork on, all your need from a book mark really. Kids love a little something extra – who doesn’t?
Until we were given the chance to review these items I’d only paid attention to the books, I wish I’d known about the online shop before. There’s lots more items besides, such as bags, lunchboxes and water bottles and some items are personalisable. These could make a great gift for the Tom Gates fans in your life. The books can be bought here and there’s even t-shirts and hoodies. I especially like the grey Dog Zombie hoodie with sizes from age 5 to an adult XL. There are even gift vouchers to let the recipient choose for themselves. Overall the products are brightly coloured and child friendly and with Easter upon us this could be a lovely alternative Easter gift. I’ll be keeping the site in mind for an end of school reward, birthday gifts for my sons’ friends and other celebrations.
The website is bright, easily navigable and there are other parts besides, a special offer on the latest book, trailers for the TV series and downloadable content.
You can find the whole range here:
Official Tom Gates web shop for Books, Clothing, Mugs, Gifts and more – The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
RRP: please see above
These products can be purchased from the Official Tom Gates web shop here.