A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people at T.K. Maxx got in touch and asked if they could send us a £100 gift card to spend in store.

“Err, YES!” I thought, imagining a new pair of Converse for myself.

Except, alas, the cash was not for I, but my darling daughter who was being invited to check out the kids range at T.K. Maxx. I was thrilled for her; watching her face when Husband and I gave her a gift card, loaded with £100 and telling her that she could choose whatever she wanted was a gift that money can’t buy (well, money can’t buy; but a £100 gift card can!)

So off we went to our local T.K. Maxx, located in The Royals Shopping Centre in Southend on Sea and down to their basement where the treasure trove of kids clothes is held. Our T.K. Maxx is fairly large but not as big as the one at Lakeside, so although there was a fair few items in Sausage’s size, there wasn’t as much as I thought there would be. After about 20 minutes of browsing, Sausage had made her choices (click the photo to go straight to the T.K. Maxx a Kids department online):

1. Wearing Your ♥ on Your Sleeve – £9.99

2. Aphorism summer dress – £7.99

3. Ralph Lauren knitted dress – RRP £190.00 – £29.99

4. BeBop teadress – £12.99

5.  David Charles dress – RRP £169.99 – £29.99 reduced to £15

6. Sugar Pink Two piece set – £7.99

7. Apollo leggings – £4

8. Aphorism A-Line striped dress – £9.99

We also let Sausage pick out a little kids nail painting kit, which was £7.99, bringing the total shop up to £105.93, which I think is marvellous considering what we got and the actual original value. A couple of the labels, not all, had what the original selling price of the items would have been and based on these alone, we’ve saved an enormous £315! The Ralph Lauren dress was a particularly awesome find, given that it’s a little big now but will be perfect in the winter and as it’s a thick, knitted style, it’ll be perfect for the cooler weather.

The whole experience was absolutely lovely; Sausage had so much fun being allowed to run loose with her gift card ,which, incidentally she insisted on calling her credit card and was liberal in her very public proclamations about how rich she was! If you have an almost-five-year old girl, or based on my personal experience, any female between the ages of 4 and 64, with a birthday coming up and are stuck for something to buy them, a gift-card is a masterstroke and created unbridled glee in our daughter for days afterwards!

Thanks so much to T.K. Maxx for gifting this to Sausage, she had a great day and has worn almost every item that she bought already.