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Alternative Easter gift guide for kids {giveaway}

Alternative Easter gift guide for kids

As much as I love Easter I really don’t want to give my children endless chocolate eggs. A few years ago we started our own Easter tradition of giving a small gift alongside a chocolate egg. This way they get to pick a yummy edible treat but enjoy something that will last a little longer too.

An ‘alternative Easter gift guide’

It seems we are not the only parents to think like this as we have received some lovely toys to tell you about which would make great alternative Easter gifts. Earlier this month we told you about the Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod, Cutetitos, Little Lucky Lunchbox collectibles and the My Little Pony Retro. Today I wanted to share some other ideas which would make alternative gifts this Easter. But first I need to tell you about a lovely theatre show in London over Easter.

Where is Peter Rabbit? at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Look out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit. This is a lovely show lasting about an hour with all your favourite characters. Where is Peter Rabbit? is on at the Theatre Royal Haymarket between 5th-28th April.

Limited-edition packs of ‘Double Yolker’ Starmix

My kids just love Haribo and new for Easter are limited-edition packs of Starmix so you can ‘Hunt the Double Yolker’. Bringing some extra ‘eggcitement’ to the Easter countdown, 20 hand-crafted ‘Double Yolker’ sweets have been randomly nestled amongst Starmix’s much-loved Egg, Bottle, Heart, Ring and Bear shaped pieces. Those lucky enough to find a Haribo ‘Double Yolker’ will be treated to a UK family break at Forest Holidays!

Fingerlings magazine

Have you seen Fingerlings before? My daughter has collected a few and was delighted to receive a copy of the brand new Fingerlings magazine. The magazine is packed with features and includes a free Fingerlings mini, a glitter tattoo and 60 cute stickers. It’s a really lovely magazine and has kept my daughter busy with lots of colouring, puzzles, stories and activities. It’s priced £3.99 and is available in all good newsagents.

My Little Pony Retro

The My Little Pony Retro has been introduced to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the brand and there are 6 to collect, all based on original designs. I adored my My Little Pony collection when I was little so was excited to hear about this range. Each figure comes with a ribbon in their hair, a comb and collector’s guide. My Little Pony Retro are priced at £8.99.

Smashers Series 3: Dino

It’s time to go back to the land before time… with Smashers Series 3 DINO! Smash open the NEW Smash Egg to find what’s crawling inside! Will you find the Dig n’ Find Rare Dino Fossils? Smash your Smashers on the ground, to the wall or anywhere you can think and start building your Smashers collection today! You can read more about them here. We loved that these were shaped like eggs – perfect for an alternative Easter gift!

Win a bundle of alternative Easter gifts for kids

Sadly my little bundle of alternative gifts for kids won’t arrive in time for Easter, but one lucky person can win a bag of limited edition ‘Double Yolker’ Starmix, a copy of the brand new Fingerlings magazine, a My Little Pony Retro, as well as a 3-pack of Smashers Series 3: Dino.

To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 4th May. The winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page.

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151 Comments

  • Reply
    melanie stirling
    April 17, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    The Smashers is my favourite item but I actually think they are all good ideas.

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      Tim Holden
      April 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Would love to win

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        jenny
        April 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

        Thanks for your comment. If you would like to enter the giveaway please answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget, otherwise your entry will not be counted.

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        Alan Johnson
        April 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

        Fingerlings magazine is my favourite

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    Margaret GALLAGHER
    April 18, 2019 at 12:32 am

    My little pony retro – childhood revisited

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    Tracy Nixon
    April 18, 2019 at 4:39 am

    My Little Pony Retro!

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    Emma Walters
    April 18, 2019 at 7:11 am

    My Little Pony Retro, would love this for myself 🙂

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    Amy SIMPSON
    April 18, 2019 at 9:16 am

    The Smashers Series 3: Dino x

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    Lucy
    April 18, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I think it has to be the My Little Pony Retro

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    Emma Morgan
    April 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I’m a 70s child so remember the retro my little pony , many happy memories revisited

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    Peter Watson
    April 18, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Haribo Starmix is my favourite.

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    Rena Plumridge
    April 18, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Haricots starmix is my favourite

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    Susan lloyd
    April 18, 2019 at 10:33 am

    The fingerling magazine – my youngest is obsessed with her collection of fingerlings. She has a unicorn and various monkeys.

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    iain maciver
    April 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

    the My Little Pony Retro

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      Kerri-Marie Davidson
      May 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Little lucky lunchbox collectables

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    kimberley ryan
    April 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    The Smashers Series 3: Dino

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    Catherine McAlinden
    April 18, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I love the Fingerlings magazine

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    Susie Wilkinson
    April 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    The My Little Pony Retro

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    Paul Bingham
    April 18, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Katie
    April 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    my little pony retro

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    Annabel Greaves
    April 18, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I love the My Little Pony retro x

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    Keith Hunt
    April 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Fingerlings magazine just the thing for a long car trip.

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    Kim Neville
    April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I like the My Little Pony Retro

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    Angela treadway
    April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Haribo Starmix x

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    Anthony Harrington
    April 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    The Smashers, my Little Grandson would love these

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    Kayleigh Watkins
    April 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    My nieces aged 6 and 1 are allergic to milk so I usually buy them a teddy, a dvd or jelly sweet pizza, they would be happy with your alternative gift ideas, especially the Where is Peter Rabbit at theatres xx

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    Julia Kerr
    April 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    It would definitely be Where is Peter Rabbit? at Theatre Royal Haymarket, as I have loved the theatre since I was really young, and a love of theatre is something I love to share with children

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    Rebecca Nisbet
    April 18, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    it would be the My Little Pony, my daughter loves them

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    Solange
    April 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    My Little Pony Retro.

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    Sadiyya Maryam
    April 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    My daughter thinks that The Fingerlings magazine would be her favourite.

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    Kristy Wolfgang
    April 18, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    My little Pony

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    Sean Eccles
    April 18, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    I love the fingerling magazine!

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    Christopher Read
    April 19, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I like the My Little Pony retro – good to see the old packaging back 🙂

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    Christina Palmer
    April 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    My Little Pony Retro.

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    Brigitte Gorez Santos
    April 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    My Little Pony Retro, I’m old enough to remember the originals.

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    Nicola McC
    April 19, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The My Little Pony Retro as it takes me back to my childhood!

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    Jade Hewlett
    April 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    The My Little Pony Retro looks brilliant!

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    Natalie Burgess
    April 21, 2019 at 6:56 am

    My Little Pony retro xx

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    Elizabeth Bazley
    April 21, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Fingerlings magazine

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    caroline stokes
    April 21, 2019 at 7:28 am

    my little pony retro

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    Helen Best
    April 21, 2019 at 7:29 am

    It has to be My little pony retro xx

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    Nageena Ahmed
    April 21, 2019 at 7:55 am

    The Fingerlings magazine is my favourite.

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    Lyndsey
    April 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Double Yolke’ Starmix

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    Sue McCarthy
    April 21, 2019 at 8:45 am

    My Little Pony, they’ve been around for years, glad to see they are still popular.

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    Ruth Harwood
    April 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Love the Smashers Series 3: Dino

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    Kevin Honey
    April 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Limited-edition packs of ‘Double Yolker’ Starmix

  • Reply
    cath english
    April 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    laura stewart
    April 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    My little pony retro

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    Alex Fowler
    April 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    My little pony retro

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    olivia Kirby
    April 21, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Oh the My Little Pony for sure, but I also love the Fingerlings magazine

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    Alice Dixon
    April 21, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Smashers dinos, my sons love them, that has been their Easter gift from me today

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    Isabel
    April 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    My Little Pony Retro, I think my niece would like it too.

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    yasmin0147
    April 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    The smashers series Dino looks like a great idea

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    Kathy Cakebread
    April 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    My little pony retro looks great

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    Claire woods
    April 21, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Smashers Series 3: Dino

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    Kim Carberry
    April 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I like the look of the Smashers x

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    Catherine
    April 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    My little pony! So cute!

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    Pam Hubbard
    April 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    3: Dino

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    Susan Laing
    April 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    My Little Pony Retro, Oh so many memories I used to have loads of these as a child even remember the Christmas that I got the stable as well fab that they are back

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    Laura Banks
    April 22, 2019 at 9:28 am

    haribo star mix

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    Ursula Hunt
    April 22, 2019 at 11:21 am

    My Little Pony Retro is perfect

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    Corinne Peat
    April 22, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I think my kids would enjoy the smashers the most.

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    Pam Smith
    April 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

    My Little Pony Retro

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    janine atkin
    April 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    the my little pony, i love it!

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    Trudie Barnaville
    April 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    My little pony great fun

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    Joanne Darnell
    April 22, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    my little pony

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    Justine Meyer
    April 22, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I love My Little Pony Retro x

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    Leila Benhamida
    April 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Love the Fingerlings magazine. My daughter loves them and loves magazines. Great for activities and reading.

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    Kelly L
    April 22, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    The Haribo starmix! we love Haribo in my house 🙂

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    Jo m welsh
    April 23, 2019 at 6:58 am

    The fingerlings magazine as hopefully it would keep,them busy for a while .

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    Donna Skelton
    April 23, 2019 at 8:29 am

    All great ideas but my son would love the smashers as he collects them and would love some more

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    Louise
    April 23, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    The smashers are my sons favorite at the moment

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    sallie burrows
    April 24, 2019 at 9:21 am

    my little pony retro

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    Christine Taylor
    April 24, 2019 at 10:51 am

    The Dino Smashers – my boy loves these little eggs x

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    Mark R
    April 24, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Dino Smashers are top choice in our house.

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    zoe brown
    April 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    has to be the smashers my 2 would love them

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    sarah kirby
    April 24, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Got to be My Little Pony Retro

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    Lydia Joy
    April 24, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    The retro My Little Pony is so awesome!

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    Sally Collingwood
    April 25, 2019 at 10:18 am

    My little pony retro – this is very cute for all

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    Sarah Cooper
    April 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Gemma Clark
    April 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    My little pony retro. The memories!

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    Darren Jacobs
    April 26, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Susan Trubey
    April 27, 2019 at 5:49 am

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Jessica Walker
    April 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I like the fingerlings magazine, what a great alternative!

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    Kelly Knowles
    April 29, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Love the My Little Pony Retro, loved my Little Pony’s as a child, now my little ones love them too

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    Maxine Lewis-Enright
    April 29, 2019 at 9:42 am

    The my little pony is my favourite xx

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    Gemma Hendry
    April 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    the my little pony retro

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    Carrie-Anne Brown
    April 29, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    the Fingerlings magazine, i think my little one would love it

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    Maria P
    April 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    The My Little Pony Retro

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    Laura Whittle
    April 30, 2019 at 10:17 am

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Susan B
    April 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    The Smashers Dino is my favourite. A lovely selection.

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    Stacey Turner
    April 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    my little pony retro! x

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    claire griffiths
    May 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

    the smashers dino as i know my son loves these and have loads of fun with them

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    Lucinda Fortune
    May 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The My Little Pony Retro!

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    JULIE WARD
    May 1, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The smashers dino would suit grandson

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    Mandy Betts
    May 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    My Little Pony Retro – my step daughter would love that

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    Sara Owen
    May 1, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    The smashes my daughter would love them thanks so much for chance

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    Sheri Darby
    May 1, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    My daughter would love The My Little Pony Retro

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    Kerry Smith
    May 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Fingerlings magazine

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    Tee Simpson
    May 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    The my little pony retro is my favourite. Im sure my girls would love them too.

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    Mark Mccaffery
    May 2, 2019 at 3:26 am

    My little pony retro.

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    Ash
    May 2, 2019 at 6:16 am

    These are awesome prizes. Fingers crossed!

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      jenny
      May 2, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      If you would like your entry to count, please answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget

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    Margaret Mccaffery
    May 2, 2019 at 10:49 am

    My favourite is the My Little Pony Retro.

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    greig spencer
    May 2, 2019 at 10:52 am

    My little pony retro

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    Victoria Prince
    May 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Limited-edition packs of ‘Double Yolker’ Starmix

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    Lisa Mitchard
    May 2, 2019 at 11:40 am

    My Little Pony Retro

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      Sarah Mccaffery
      May 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      The limited edition double yolker haribo starmix.

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    Gemma Middleton
    May 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    My Little Pony Retro is my favourite in your selection, it reminds me of my childhood.

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    Amanda Gregory
    May 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Paula turner
    May 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Fingerlings magazine 😊

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    Andrew Ferris
    May 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Debi Newman
    May 2, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    My little Pony retro 😍

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    Erica Hughes
    May 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Stef Acaster
    May 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Laura Pritchard
    May 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    The Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod sounds awesome!

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    dana
    May 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    My Little Pony retro

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    Natasha Mairs
    May 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    The smashers dinos – my son has the gross series

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    Joanna Nichol
    May 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Smashers

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    Zoe Trelfa-Porter
    May 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Smashers Series 3: Dino

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    Peter Nickson
    May 2, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Smashers Series Dino would be great as my son can’t have Easter eggs

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    helen rosbotham
    May 2, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    The My Little Pony retro its exactly like the oneS ME AND MY SISTER USED TO HAVE

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    Angela L Paull
    May 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    The Haribo Starmix Double Yolkers

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    Catherine Stewart
    May 3, 2019 at 8:23 am

    My little pony retro brings back happy memories!

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    Allan Fullarton
    May 3, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Haribo Starmix is great.

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    Ruth lee
    May 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

    The smashers are my sons favourite

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    Catherine Bullas
    May 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

    My little pony retro

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    Chanise Kemp
    May 3, 2019 at 9:58 am

    HARIBO Starmix, double yolkers!

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    Pauline Burroughs
    May 3, 2019 at 10:06 am

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Dawn Samples
    May 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I think my son would like the Dino smashers eggs x

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    Monika Bascombe
    May 3, 2019 at 10:43 am

    My Little Pony Retro x

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    Hannah Igoe
    May 3, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Fingerlings magazine!

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    Sandra Fortune
    May 3, 2019 at 11:06 am

    The Smashers Dino is my fave

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    Heli L
    May 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    The Fingerlings magazine as my daughter loves Fingerlings and it would keep her busy and entertained for a while!

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    Lynn Neal
    May 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Dino Smashers would be a great hit with my grandsons

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    Angela Kelly
    May 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    My personal favourite is the retro My Little Pony, it brings back so many memories.

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    Tamara Wheatley
    May 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    My little Pony Retro

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    Troy Easton
    May 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    The fingerling magazine.

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    Caroline Smith
    May 3, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    My Little Pony retro

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    Rebecca Whatmore
    May 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Richard Saunders
    May 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Haribo Starmix.. loved by all the kids and at least one of the grown ups 🙂

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    Linda Ford
    May 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Haribo starmix, it’s a fun alternative to chocolate!

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    sharon martin
    May 3, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Elizabeth Yeates
    May 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    The retro my little pony. How nostalgic

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    Derek Wilson
    May 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    The Haribo Starmix – great for the kids and adults alike!

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    Kelly
    May 3, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Kellie Steed
    May 3, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    The dino smasher! Partially because my son has been asking me for them for a while and partially because I also love dinosaurs!

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    Joy Winn
    May 3, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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    Darren Bourne
    May 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    The Dino Smashers.

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    Cat Williams
    May 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    3-pack of Smashers Series 3: Dino

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    Adrian Bold
    May 3, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    My Little Pony Retro

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