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Viking Review

When I was offered the opportunity to take a look around the Viking website, I jumped at it. A chance to roam about a stationery shop is not what that I ever pass up!

My initial impressions of Viking, prior to this, was that they are for offices and businesses, rather than individuals. They sell a lot of products in bulk, and have some great offers on when you do buy in larger quantities, but that’s not to say that you can’t shop with them on a smaller scale, as I did.

Here’s what I bought:

viking stationery

I went for some craft and creativity purchases for the children, a new doormat for us and I couldn’t resist some new pens for myself, too. Now, I knew that Viking would offer pens, but I hadn’t been aware that they did children’s art and crafts supplies, or items such as doormats. There was a whole host of things to look at, including huge technology and furniture departments.

– As you can imagine, the kids items have gone down well! In our opinion, you can never have too many wiggly eyes, so we ordered 560 at £6.59 so are feeling pretty well-stocked on those now. Boo likes to use them in practically every single craft project and card that she ever makes, so she is delighted to have a selection of them, and Little Man enjoys shaking the cannister they’re in!

– We then got 8 different coloured art sand, for £11.99. We’d never really used sand to play and craft with before, so I thought it’d be fun to try. It’s a hit! Boo and I have spent a very happy afternoon making pictures with glue and sand, we’ve had it in the tuff spot, and I plan to add some to some paint, too, for some textured creations. I cannot recommend this purchase enough, as we still have plenty of it, and I’m thinking up loads more projects to do with it.

– And finally, for the children, a pack of 6 chalk eggs, for £1.55, which I thought was a great price. Outside, next to their play area on the deck, they have a fence panel that they can draw on. These are so easy to hold, particularly for Little Man at 20 months old, they will happily scribble away out there.

chalking on the fence

– I then couldn’t resist a new doormat. I hate it when one gets tatty outside the front door, so I like to refresh with a new one from time to time, and this one caught my eye as I liked both the colours and the design, and was very happy with the £5.99 price, too. The quality is great, as it feels nice and chunky and the design looks bold and exactly as it features on the website.

– My final selection had to be some pens. I cannot resist a new pen! I opted for a pack of 4 ergonomic retractable gel pens by Stabilo, and I am not disappointed. They write very nicely, and are comfortable to hold. I often write with blue and black, find red handy occasionally, but never green, so I am revelling in branching out!

Overall, I think that the range, quality and prices that Viking offer are very good, and the website easy to navigate and make selections. I was impressed with the speed of delivery, all orders over £30 offer free next day delivery, and all arrived well-packaged. I will certainly be bearing them in mind for stocking up on the kids art materials next time, and at the same time, to qualify for that free delivery, I’ll grab a few essentials such as ink cartridges and a paper, which we’re always getting through. Oh, and I might buy a new pen or two, too….

Disclosure: I was sent the above items free of charge, though all words and opinions remain my own.

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