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Stocking Fillers

A Christmas stocking stuffed to the brim with a selection of small gifts, or "stocking fillers", is a funny old tradition, when you think about it. Whose idea was it, and how far back does it go? Did the stocking fillers tradition start when a panicked mum forgot to buy wrapping paper one Christmas, and the only suitable thing she had to hand for disguising her kids' Christmas presents was an old stocking? Were stocking fillers the brainchild of a particularly imaginative marketing exec at a stocking manufacturing company, who needed a novelty way to sell more stockings at Christmas? Or was the whole "let's stuff a stocking full of little gifts, and call them stocking fillers" idea the work of Santa himself?

Whatever the origins of the tradition, Christmas wouldn't be the same without Christmas stockings - and, of course, the stocking fillers to put in them. When we were children, checking out our stocking fillers was one of the most exciting and important parts of the Christmas tradition; it was the proof, if we needed it, that Santa had indeed paid us a visit. The mountains of Christmas presents under the Christmas tree weren't quite proof enough that Santa had been; after all, mum and dad could easily have put them there, scoffed the cookies, necked the glass of milk, and fashioned some sooty footprints leading across the room from the chimney using some sort of fiendishly clever "fake Santa soot". No, the proof of Santa's existence is measured in stocking fillers, and always has been, and probably always will be. Well, we hope so, anyway; stocking fillers as a gauge of the existence of a benevolent, rather chubby, semi-mythological character is the sort of science that we love at ShinyShack.

Of course, as we grow up, some of us stop believing in Santa, as sad and incredible as that may seem (no Santa? But where do all the stocking fillers come from?!). But that doesn't mean an end to Christmas stockings and stocking fillers; if anything, some of us go to extremes to prove that we can 'do' stocking fillers better than the bearded jolly bloke himself. We stock up, months in advance of the big day, on empty Christmas stockings, Christmas sacks or even pillow cases (รก la the old days) and frantically fill them with as many small, inexpensive but desirable gifts as possible. And we don't stop until there's not a millimetre of space left; stockings are for filling, after all, and that's probably why stocking fillers are called 'stocking fillers' and not 'stocking half-fillers' or 'stocking not-quite-fillers'.

Once you've decided to out-stocking-filler Santa, the process of selecting the best stocking fillers varies from person to person. Some people follow a 'less is more' strategy, choosing a few inexpensive stocking fillers that are large enough to bulk out the stocking without costing a fortune. If you're a 'less is more' stocking filler fan, you'll probably favour larger stocking fillers like novelty inflatables, cute and cuddly toys, and other stocking fillers that will quickly fill up the stocking, right to the brim.

Then there are those people who buy a smaller stocking and fill it with small but perfectly formed stocking fillers. Jewellery, bath and body items, pocket money toys, practical jokes, magic tricks, popping candy and windup toys are all excellent stocking fillers for this type of stocking, as they're small, inexpensive and lots of fun for Christmas stocking recipients of all ages.

On the other hand, you might be one of those people that really go to town with stocking fillers, preferring to give your loved ones a small stocking stuffed with medium-priced but meaningful stocking fillers, instead of leaving a large gift under the tree. Gadgets and gizmos are ideal for filling this type of stocking, but depending on the recipient of the stocking, you could include lots of different stocking fillers such as executive toys, puzzles and games, things to grow, tools or even collectables like Ugly Dolls.

When it comes to deciding how much to spend on stocking fillers, you can take a number of approaches.

Some find it best to set a stocking fillers budget before they start shopping, aiming to spend no more than a few pounds on each item and to buy no more than ten stocking fillers for each stocking.

Or, you might decide that getting the right stocking fillers for each person is more important than setting a budget, and only stop buying stocking fillers once you're happy with the selection you've bought.

Then again, you might decide to mix small, inexpensive stocking fillers with larger, more costly ones, stopping when you've reached the limits of your budget.

If you're going to be buying stocking fillers, ShinyShack is a great place to start your quest. We stock literally hundreds of fantastic products that make ideal stocking fillers for different members of your family. And because we stock so many products that cost just a few pounds, you can easily fill a stocking without making a huge hole in your pocket.

Whatever you want to use as stocking fillers, chances are you'll find what you're looking for at ShinyShack. Big stocking fillers, little stocking fillers, traditional stocking fillers, unusual stocking fillers... stocking fillers for girls, for boys, for friends and for lovers... if it's on your stocking fillers wish list, you're bound to find it at ShinyShack.

Unless, of course, your stocking fillers wish list includes David Beckham, Jennifer Aniston or a jackpot-winning lottery ticket; if that's the case, then we're afraid you'll just have to write an extra polite letter to Santa!

Stocking Fillers

Noisy Putty
Pot of goo that makes a loud farting sound when poked!
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£2.99
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Flip Book Sticky Notes
Liven up sticky notes with a flip animation.
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£1.99
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Fossil Food
Turn dessert time into an archaeological adventure!
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£6.99
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Momiji Coin Purse - Snuggle
Zippy purse for coins
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£4.99
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Momiji Key Covers
Keys in a muddle? Momiji Key caps are pretty and practical!
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£3.99
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Little Black Book
With unique pint rating system.
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£4.99
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Mini Grater - Orange
Handy mini grater with easy grip handle.
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£4.99
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Leaf Ties
Green and leafy cable ties to tidy up power cables and wires.
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£7.99
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Egghead Cup and Spoon
An egg-cellent way to start your day!
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£3.99
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Marmite Mini Jar Keyring
Handy coin holder keyring for lovers of Marmite.
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£5.99
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Dinner Time Erasers
Tasty looking rubber dinner complete with main course and dessert.
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£4.99
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CableClips - Medium
Store and tidy cables easily. Pack of 4.
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£9.99
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Skull Ear Buds
Skull and crossbones ear buds.
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£9.99
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Chopstick Drumsticks
Part drumstick, part chopstick. Play with your food!
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£3.99
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Touch Pad Pencil Stylus
Handy pencil shaped stylus for touch screen phones and devices.
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£9.99
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Piggy Wiggy Mini Turner
Little pink nylon turner with Piggy Wiggy on the handle.
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£2.99
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Babushka Ear Buds
Accessorise your ears with these little babushka ear buds.
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£9.99
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Heart Hole Punch
Put some passion into your paperwork.
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£10.99
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Beatrix Potter Stationery Set
World of Beatrix Potter Stationery Set.
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£2.99
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Message Tape - Digit
Black out the unwanted dashes to create your own message or picture.
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£3.99
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Blackmail Postcards Kit
Create your own postcard messages with assorted stick on letters.
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£4.99
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Doctor Who Coasters
Set of four cork-backed coasters featuring Doctor Who characters.
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£5.99
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Ice Rocket Lolly Maker
Lolly maker that lets you make two lolly's in the shape of rockets.
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£7.99
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Bonehead
A Cretaceous comb and brush and brush in one!
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£3.99
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YumBots
Set of four silicone YumBots for colourful, robotic cupcakes.
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£14.99
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Fast Food Erasers
Tasty looking rubber fast food. Perfect to takeaway mistakes!
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£4.99
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Momiji Sparkle Tags
Set of four wonderfully sparkly message tags.
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£2.99
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Tea Sub
Brew the perfect cuppa with this little yellow submarine.
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£8.99
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Backwards Watch
Backwards time on a wristwatch. You know it doesn't make sense.
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£9.99
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True BeerHunter TU77
Handy bottle opener and occasional knife.
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£4.99
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True CoinStash TU39
Never run out of change again.
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£6.99
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True KeyTool TU47
Little wondertool that takes up no room on your keyring or in your pocket.
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£4.99
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Pac-Man Mug
Retro Pac-Man mug.
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£4.99
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Pac-Man Ghost Mug
Retro Pac-Man Ghost mug.
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£4.99
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Pac-Man Stress Ball
Stress release retro style with this Pac-Man stress ball.
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£4.99
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Plug It NYC
Plug your sink with a NYC Sewer manhole cover!
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£4.99
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Momiji Mouse Mat
Colourful and stylish circular Momiji Mouse Mat.
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£4.99
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Giant Cupcake Baking Mould
Treat yourself to a giant cupcake with this silicone mould.
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£9.99
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Uglydoll - Clip-on - Turny Burny Blue
Soft, cuddly and just a bit unusual looking. Give an Uglydoll a squeeze.
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£4.99
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Uglydoll - Clip-on - Fea Bea Yellow
Soft, cuddly and just a bit unusual looking. Give an Uglydoll a squeeze.
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£2.99
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Uglydoll - Little Ugly - Fea Bea Yellow
Soft, cuddly and just a bit unusual looking. Give an Uglydoll a squeeze.
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£7.99
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Uglydoll - Little Ugly - Fea Bea Blue
Soft, cuddly and just a bit unusual looking. Give an Uglydoll a squeeze.
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£4.99
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Vampire Ice Tray
Add some bite to your beverage.
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£4.99
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Weird Science Lab - Slime Experiment
Mix your own disgusting, gloopy slime.
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£2.99
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Candy Stash Wallet
The super-sweet wallet.
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£4.99
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Momiji Sticker Selection
Pack of 23 Momiji stickers.
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£1.99
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Momiji Pen - Dancing Girl
Momiji design, blue ink gel pen.
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£1.99
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Momiji Pen - Soul
Momiji design, blue ink gel pen.
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£0.99
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Momiji Mini Love Stickers
A tiny tin of teeny love stickers.
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£2.99
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Momiji Doll - Pea
Pea is a touchy-feely flockit Momiji doll.
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£12.99
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Momiji Doll - Tiger
Tiger is a touchy-feely flockit Momiji doll.
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£12.99
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Beano Plasters
Tin of 20 fun-tastic plasters with all your favourite Beano characters.
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£3.99
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Massage Gloves - Blue
Massage your cares away with carefully labelled reflexology gloves.
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£4.99
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True CashStash TU41
Keep emergency cash handy and safe.
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£4.99
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CooKeys
Freshly baked key caps.
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£3.99
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Pants Purse - Bear
Brightly coloured zip-close bag in the shape of a pair of pants!
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£4.99
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Table Saw
Carve the cake and cross-cut the lettuce.
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£7.99
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Kitten Tin Jigsaw Puzzle
Cute and cuddly kitten jigsaw in paw-print tin. Assorted designs.
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£3.99
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Swiss Army Knife - Camper
13 function Swiss Army Knife.
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£14.99
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Wonka Nerds Sour - Apple and Lemon
Tiny, tangy, crunchy candy you can eat in your own way.
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£1.99
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The Rubber Duck
It really is a rubber duck! Little, yellow, duck shaped eraser.
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£0.99
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Love Heart Mini Rolls Pack of 10
Pack of 10 mini rolls of Love Hearts. Say it with sweets!
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£1.99
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Jelly Belly Lip Balm - Blueberry
Deliciously soft lips scented with Jelly Belly flavours.
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£1.99
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Swiss Army Knife - Waiter
9 function Victorinox Swiss Army Knife with barware tools
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£9.99
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Geek Power Cards
Geek versus geek, who will win?
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£4.99
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Sculptasutra
A more flexible guide to the Kama Sutra.
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£13.99
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Belly Button Brush
The perfect gift for the person who has everything.
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£8.99
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Swiss Army Knife - Climber
14 function Victorinox Swiss Army Knife with great tools for climbers.
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£24.99
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Stuck Bath Plug
Fishy fun for bath times.
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£6.99
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Pass the Salt
Trundle your salt shaker across the table on its own set of tiny wheels!
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£3.99
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Eco Cup
Reusable porcelain coffee cup with silicone sleeve and lid
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£9.99
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Crystal Tattoos
Easy to remove decorative crystal tattoos.
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£1.99
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Morph Keyring
Your very own mini Morph!
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£3.99
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Mini Glow Sheep
Tiny rubber sheep will glow in the dark.
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£0.99
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Henry Desktop Vacuum
A friendly and familiar face in handy desktop size!
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£9.99
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Scented Eraser Pack
Selection of 5 lightly scented erasers in milk carton style packaging.
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£3.99
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Magic Wigglee Worm
Classic magic worm controlled by 'invisible thread'.
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£2.99
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Charm It Chain Charm Necklace
Fully adjustable chain charm necklace. Just add charms!
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£5.99
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Charm It Pony Charm
Individual pony charm, a perfect addition to a charm bracelet.
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£3.99
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Nothing
For the person who has everything, we give you... Nothing.
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£5.99
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Silly Signs
80 pages of amusing signs, labels and instructions from around the world.
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£3.99
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Jew-Jitsu
Jew-Jitsu - the Hebrew Hands of Fury.
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£8.99
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Giant Candy Cane
Great big candy cane in traditional red and white stripes.
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£9.99
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Genius Badge
A little something for those clever-clogs types.
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£3.99
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Mr Greedy Danglie
Mr Men phone charms to make you smile.
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£1.99
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Freakeys
Monstrously fun key caps!
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£3.99
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Utility Bag - Danger
This Danger tape utility bag is guaranteed to haul all your gear and turn some...
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£34.99
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Nite Glowring - Pink
Highly visible even in total darkness, the Nite Glowring is guaranteed to help...
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£9.99
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Nite Glowring - Green
Highly visible even in total darkness, the Nite Glowring is guaranteed to help...
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£9.99
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Staple-less Stapler
Never run out of staples again. In fact do away with the pesky things altogether...
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£4.99
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Finger Beats Alien Choir
Make some tunes that are out of this world with the Alien Choir.
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£9.99
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EZ Bag - Red
Cut back on plastic bags by carrying the EZ Bag with you.
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£1.99
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Silver Love Heart
Say 'I Love You' with silver candy!
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£21.49
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USB Mix Tape
Create a special compilation for someone, on a 1GB USB stick.
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£19.99
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Singing Spheres
Spherical sound makers. Magnets go round.
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£3.99
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Flexi-Flyer
Finally a throwing toy that'll fold up into your pocket.
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£1.99
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Hot Hearts
Heart shaped hand warmers to chase away those winter chills. Pink and white.
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£4.99
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Rev Counter Alarm Clock
Wake up to the throaty sound of a V8 every morning.
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£12.99
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Street Mouse Pink
It's cute, it's eyecatching, it's very, very pink. This optical mouse has shiny...
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£13.99
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Lock Picks Wallet Essentials
The ultimate secret agent accessory, are you cool enough to carry them off?
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£7.99
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Traditional Chinese Finger Traps
Can you get your finger out? A pack of four Traditional Chinese Finger Traps made...
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£2.99
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Corkscrew Keyring
An absolute must for any bon viveur, this corkscrew folds down safely so that it...
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£8.99
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Newtons Cradle Mini
A smaller version of the original classic executive toy.
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£6.99
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Powerball Neon Gyroscope
More power to your arm... build up strength in your arms or just see how fast you...
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£17.99
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Drinking Bird
He's got a natty blue hat and a funky green feather. (not a toy)
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£12.50
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Mind Trainer Toilet Roll
It's never a bad time to improve your mind and develop your lateral thinking...
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£4.99
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London Underground Pocket Map
Wallet sized underground map etched onto stainless steel.
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£7.99
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Key Bottle Opener
Holding the key to your next drink. Keep this classic piece of design on your...
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£7.99
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Sun Jar
Catch the sunshine and use it later with the Sun Jar, it's light from the sun in...
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£19.99
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Cigar Pen
Chunky fake cigar with concealed ballpoint pen.
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£4.99
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Puffy Paint
Magical puff-up effect paint for great clothes decorations.
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£3.99
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Henry and Hetty Wind-Ups
Little wind-up versions of the classic vacuum cleaners.
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£6.99
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Wonka Nerds - Watermelon and Cherry
Tiny, tangy, crunchy candy you can eat in your own way.
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£1.99
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Fizz Wiz - Cherry
Introducing the candy formerly known as Space Dust! 5 poptastic packets!
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£1.99
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Sudoku Cube
All the fun of Sudoku, in a cube!
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£7.99
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Rubber Grub
Takeaway mistakes with this teeny tiny set of rubber junk food.
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£1.99
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Self Destruct Keyring
End it all in style with this pocket sized self destruct button.
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£7.99
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Retro Spacehopper
With that classic 70s design the Retro Spacehopper is ready to entertain another...
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£12.99
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Pocket IQ Test
Feeling smart? This IQ test is portable and pocket-sized.
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£6.99
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Fizz Wiz - Strawberry
Introducing the candy formerly known as Space Dust! 5 poptastic packets!
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£1.99
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Duo Credit Card Holder - Pink
A great little solution to carrying a credit card without a wallet or handbag....
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£4.99
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Finger Fairies - Pack of 5
Five little rubber fairies in a selection of colours.
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£2.99
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