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Please Note: Accurate delivery costs will be displayed after entering your address on our checkout page.
For Next Day Delivery Options - Please note our working days are Monday to Friday and our Cut Off is 1pm
Example: An order placed after 1pm on a Thursday with any Next Working Day delivery option selected, will be delivered on the following Tuesday.
 

FREE Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £30 and above.
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands

£3.95 Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders under £30
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands  

FREE Next Working Day - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £50 and above 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

£4.95 Next Working Day  - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £49.99 and under 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

FREE Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £100 and above 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

£7.95 Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £99.99 and under 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

FREE Scottish Highlands & Islands  – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £75 and over
Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

£10.00 Scottish Highlands & Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £74.99 and under
Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

From £7.95  Northern Ireland & UK Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders
Delivery location is Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man.

From £7.95 European Delivery – 6-10 Working Days

For all orders outside of the British Isle locations in our supported countries listed above. 
Entering your country on the Checkout page will give you an accurate delivery charge.
Maximum charge is £20.95

 

Where we deliver:

We deliver throughout the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and The Scottish Highlands and Islands) , and the following European countries:

Austria Germany Poland Sweden
Belgium Hungary Portugal
Czech Republic Italy Republic of Ireland
Denmark Luxembourg Slovakia
Finland Monaco Slovenia
France Netherlands Spain

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot deliver to the British Forces posted overseas.

 

Delivery Service

All deliveries will be made by Parcelforce. 

Delivery Times:

Our carrier’s deliveries are made between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
Order cut-off for all delivery services is 1pm (UK time).
Orders placed after 1pm will be treated, for the purposes of delivery, as having been placed the next working day.
Working days are defined as Monday – Friday (excluding bank and public holidays) – therefore any orders placed after 1pm on Friday will not be processed until Monday.

Note: All delivery timescales are approximate and subject to availability. The precise timing of a delivery cannot be specified.

 

Delivery Timescales

Our Standard UK delivery service takes 2-3 working days, but sometimes longer for orders delivering to addresses in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Isles of Scilly, Orkney, Shetland and other Scottish islands.

 

Large Orders

Larger deliveries may require a signature to confirm receipt. If a signature cannot be obtained, the carrier may ask a neighbour to sign for the delivery. Deliveries that require a signature will not be left if a signature cannot be obtained. If the carrier leaves the delivery with a neighbour or at your local post office, they will leave a card for you telling you where it is.

Where a signature is given by someone other than you or the parcel is left at your local post office, the order will be treated as having been delivered.
You may, when placing your order online, specify a different delivery address than your payment address if that is more convenient for you.

Payment Methods

We accept the following Payment Methods:

  • MasterCard
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  • Visa Delta
  • Visa Electron
  • PayPal

Tracking your order

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Or you can contact our customer service team on Tel: 0161 428 9111 or email customerservices@jamesgalt.com.

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The realities of being a parent!

08

Nov 2016

When you become a new parent, you sometimes can’t move for the advice that will bombard you from all directions. But oddly there are some truths that you might never be told but which are mighty useful to hear. Here you have some of the realities about becoming a parent gathered from the mums and dads at Galt HQ.

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THE REALITIES OF BEING A PARENT!

  1. The amount of stuff you’ll need. There is no end to the amount of stuff or time saving contraptions you could buy to help you ‘be a better parent’. You’ll fall for way more of it than you ever imagined. It makes going out for a day to the park akin to packing for a three-week holiday. You’ll have cupboards stuffed with Tupperware (mostly lids with no matching bottom), a hundred odd socks and only single gloves
  2. Your camera phone might as well be glued to your hand. You’ll develop an obsession for taking pictures of your baby that will be so bad you’ll spend all day with them, taking a hundred photos, then spend the evening looking through them all again in a gooey heap on the sofa. Upgrade your phone’s memory now.
  3. Personal hygiene becomes less important. It’s amazing how things get re-prioritised in early parenthood. Forget about clean hair and shaven legs. Now it’s all about a decent anti-perspirant and dry shampoo. Pretend you’re on a camping holiday and don’t worry about it.
  4. Leaving on time. This doesn’t happen now, unless you’ve had military training or gave birth to robots. Just accept it and factor an extra 20 minutes for everything.
  5. You’ll be a slave to routines. No matter how free-spirited you think you’ll be as a parent, the thought of having a toddler who has missed their nap will bring you out in a cold sweat.  ‘Over tired’ is something to be feared and you’ll go to great lengths to avoid it.
  6. You’ll become a multitasking ninja – If you can’t multitask when you’re a parent, you’re doomed. Frankly what did you do with your time before you had children? You felt busy right? Ha, you never knew you had so much time! Some things that used to be important just won’t be anymore
  7. Me time. A distant memory. You have to go to the toilet to be alone and have ‘me time’ these days – see the point above about things that are ‘no longer important’. Take heart, when they’re teenagers they won’t want to be around you and back comes that ‘me time’!
  8. Tiger Mum/Dad – the insane feelings of love and protectiveness that wash over you are almost primeval and will take you by surprise. Like a grizzly bear with her cubs you’re not to be messed with when it comes to your children.
  9. Shopping and the ability to ‘browse’ – happy leisurely shopping or the even more indulgent browsing is replaced by panic buying. Or you might bottle it altogether and stick to the safety of online shopping so you don’t have to take small children to public shops at all. To paint a picture, shopping with a toddler is like taking a full grown goat into a supermarket
  10. Judgement and guilt – these will be your constant companions. You’ll judge and be judged in equal measure, however tolerant you might have been before. Guilt kicks in very early into parenthood, day one in fact when you struggle to change your first nappy or freak out at trimming new-born baby nails. Get used to these feelings, they take new forms but never really leave
  11. Everyone’s child is a ‘genius’ – competitive parenting is a grim reality. It’s all well and good being told to ignore it, but let’s be honest, it’ll be so much easier when you find that thing your child is better at than its peers! (This starts right at the beginning with whether your baby is putting on weight the quickest or getting teeth first).
  12. You’ll cry at everything. Where once you held it together, now you can’t get through 10 minutes of Children In Need and you’ll never watch Bambi again.
  13. It’s so much fun. The people who tell you this shouldn’t be dismissed as smug fantasists. Having a family is the most fun ever – sometimes it feels like only fleeting moments but they’re priceless life-time-memory sort of moments. Treasure them all

 

Posted in Childhood Development
 

Wimbledon – Giving kids an active advantage

25

Jun 2013

Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and a great British tradition. Over the next two weeks, crowds will flock to watch tennis stars running around on the court, while spectators chomp their way through an astonishing 112,000 punnets of English strawberries and over 5,000 bottles of Champagne.

All this tennis talk has got us thinking about the importance of encouraging children to take part in sports and active play – who knows, they could be the next Andy Murray! As well as helping develop motor skills and balance, active play increases muscle strength and bone density. Plus, as your child’s physical strength and coordination improves, so will their confidence and ability to challenge themselves both now and in the future.

Getting kids outside and enjoying physical activity can be a tough task – especially with the temptation of video games. To help, we’ve put together a list of our top active play games and toys, sure to get bums off the sofa and into the garden!

Folding Trampoline

The junior trampoline will keep active children entertained for hours and is suitable for use outdoors, as well as indoors if downpour threatens to stop play. The waterproof trampoline has a jazzy design to inspire stars of the future and an easy grip handle to encourage kids to exercise and keep fit.

 

 

Bouncy Balls

What better incentive for children to get the rackets out of the garage and practice their tennis skills than if they’ve created the balls themselves? Sure to be a hit amongst our ball boys and girls, Bouncy Balls lets kids create cool, colourful bouncy balls, simply by layering crystals in a mould and putting them in water for a few minutes.

 

 

Bikes, Tricycles and Scooters

Children love peddling around on wheels, so bikes, tricycles and scooters are an ideal choice to get children excited about exploring the great outdoors. Our range of first bikes are all built to last, be safe and provide hours of fun in the sun!

 

 

We’d love to hear if you’re getting outside and active with your children this summer! Please tweet us @GaltToys or upload pictures of you and the kids enjoying active play to our Facebook page.

 

Posted in Playtime & Toys
 

Why won’t you play with me?

14

Jun 2013

Playtime with mum and dad is less than an hour a day

We all know being a parent is a tough old job – juggling so many demands on time and priorities. Just working to pay the bills eats into the time we get with our children.

Research has found that the average busy parents are spending just 56 minutes a day playing one to one with their children. That’s less than an episode of Britain’s Got Talent!

Even parents of children as young as 0 – 2 years of age can spare an average of only 62 minutes. More than one quarter of mums and dads polled spend just 30 minutes or less on quality playtime with toys like puzzles, jigsaws or craft sets.

High-tech toys are viewed as an easy solution to playtime troubles, with well over  a quarter of mums and dads putting on a DVD, close to one in 5 giving kids games consoles and one in six give them a smart phone or tablet to play with.

But it isn’t what we know parents want – 3/4 of mums and dads think traditional playtime is better. The vast majority would like more time to play properly with their little ones, and believe this is what their children prefer too.

Parenting expert Dr Miriam Stoppard, spokesperson for Galt Toys which conducted the research, said: “Parents have a tough job under difficult circumstances. A parent is a child’s first teacher and playing with babies and toddlers is absolutely crucial to their early development. Every time a baby plays, it thinks. And every time it thinks it develops half a million brain connections.”

Sadly parents are losing confidence at playing, the majority (76%) often feeling self conscious and inadequate.  Nearly half of parents (49%) felt envious or inadequate in comparison to other parents. And 1/3 think parents in general have just forgotten how to play with their kids. Mums and dads are giving themselves a hard time over this!

Technology is impacting on play. 65% of mums and dads felt that demands from work, emails, social media and texts on a daily basis was resulting in less ‘child-time’.

In fact 93% of people have seen parents playing with smart phones instead of their children and the majority, 60%, think they should switch the phone off and concentrate on their child instead.

Dr Miriam Stoppard adds: “Mums and dads should trust their own instincts and avoid comparisons with other parents and children which is damaging to their confidence. Playing with your child should be fun, not a chore, and it is easy to do after a few tips.”

It is a shame to hear children are watching TV or playing with gadgets instead of playing with their parents which is so much more beneficial. As we’re all getting busier than ever, just finding time can be an issue. But there are some great traditional toys that can help, and the new Dr Miriam @ Galt range even comes with special play guides with tips which will boost playtime confidence! Find your inner child and lose yourself in that feeling, so we can all turn these statistics around!

Research conducted amongst 3,000 parents of children aged 0-10 during March 2013.

So how much time do you get to properly play with your child? Let’s free our inner children and interact with fun traditional games! It’s such a great way to help little ones develop vital key skills.  Help us see that the days of play are not over by sending your family tips, whether it is a ’make & do’ or a treasure hunt – we want to hear about them. Please send all ideas to our Facebook page or tweet us @GaltToys 

Posted in Childhood Development