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How my online toy shop story began…

After years of juggling my career, child care, and home life and then progressing on to the school run.  Life had become a bit like “Ground Hog Day”, dropping my daughter off at school, grabbing a quick coffee in the mornings and then dashing off to my first meetings or calls. I worked hard, trying to keep everybody at home happy and have a better work-life balance. However, the reality was very different. I knew I wanted to do something for myself and make more time for my daughter Isobel but still have a career where I had a better work-life balance.

vikki Youll

Zanypig was born over several months of talking about wanting a life reset and a change in direction. Over a curry and a couple of glasses of wine with friends, I decided to take the leap of faith and start my own business selling children’s toys and gifts.  My vision was to do something different to what was on offer at the more prominent online toy shops.

Let toys be toys

I understood that children enjoyed playing with toys, whatever their gender. I wanted to remove what I saw as a barrier to buying toys for children. Let toys be toys, not just boys or girls’ toys.  Allowing children the freedom to play with a wide range of toys is a vital part of a child’s development and can help shape long-term attitudes and ambitions.

So, at Zanypig, there is no pink or blue divide!

Also, after several years of buying Birthday and Christmas presents for my daughter, her friends and my friend’s children. I felt I had plenty of experience with the good, the bad and the ugly of gift buying. Knowing what kids want and what makes their parents happy is at the heart of Zanypig.

I have brought together a collection of children’s toys and gifts, which will encourage children to make more time to play and reduce the amount of screen time they have.  We have craft activities, bath toys, wooden toys, jigsaw puzzles and games.

I wanted to do my part in being environmentally friendly too. I have chosen a range of products to reflect this, such as those made from sustainable wood, recycled paper, reusable or recyclable packaging, and durable materials that can last for years and be passed on to a sibling or friend.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my online toy shop. We will love to hear from you if you have any feedback or suggestions.  Just drop us an email at [email protected]