When you're in the UK and looking for the perfect educational toy to gift your child, or your favorite nephew, you don't have to look hard because most of the educational toys that are manufactured by the likes of LeapFrog, Hasbro, Jakks Pacific and Disney are being distributed worldwide. Access to educational toys is so open that anyone, even people from the outskirts of the UK are able to buy it if they have the resources.
Buying the right kind of toy for a child is probably as difficult as solving a major Math equation. Do you get something that he or she would appreciate for the longer term until he or she grows a little older, or do you gift something that is the "in" thing now? Given the busy times nowadays, most people would tell you to just go for the easy way and get an educational toy.
This way, you don't have to worry if the toy you're giving has sufficient value because you're sure the child will learn a lot of things from it.
First, find out if the educational toy you're thinking of buying is actually appropriate for the child you are giving it to. That is, if it's learning level coincides with the child's age range. All educational toy boxes carry this information outside, to guide you in your purchase.
Second, when in doubt, ask. Most toy stores have little information kiosks where the educational toys being sold are made accessible to the public for testing and trials. These kiosks also almost always have a representative from the toy store who will gladly explain and demonstrate what each toy can do and for what ages they are best suited.
Third, don't get carried away. While it may be tempting to buy the largest and hippest educational toy in the bunch, it would be best to, instead, buy something that will bring the greatest value to the child.
When buying educational toys in the UK, there really is no secret formula. Just get the toy that is appropriate to the child's age and base your choice on what you think would best interest him or her. If the child is into experiments, you can get him or her a science and discovery toy. If the child shows some adeptness at communication, you can get him or her a story reader or a speller.
There are many toy stores in the UK that carry brands that make educational toys. Finding the right gift shouldn't be too difficult.