Who doesn't love a surprise bag? Certainly not me, I cannot get enough of them. And every time I'm passing a Flying Tiger store, I just HAVE to go in and buy one (or two). This time I've picked up a Flying Tiger "For Kids!" surprise bag from the Basingstoke Branch (as well as an Adults and Teens XXL bag which I've reviewed on a separate post).
I decided to open this one on camera, to share the excitement and mystery with you all. Tap the video below to watch, and/or keep reading for a more traditional blog post discussing what we got this time around. This particular Flying Tiger surprise bag cost £4.
Something foody and a photo frame
Each of the Flying Tiger Surprise Bags has a sticker on the back with an "Expiration Date". For the first time in a bag I've bought, this was actually filled in with a date, so I had a hunch there would be food inside. I WAS RIGHT. We had some hybrid of mini egg and jelly bean, guessing this was leftover from Easter. Still "in date" for a few more months, but as these are mainly sugar I can see them being good forever.
Next up, a photo frame with a creepy Panda... thing. Not sure how excited a kid would be to pull out a photo frame from their surprise bag, but at least the colours are vibrant and would look lovely on a shelf in their room.
Next up, we have a lovely quality sippy cup. The label inside recommends from 18 months, and that it is dishwasher safe (earns extra Mum points with me!). As someone with 2 young children (18 months and 3.5 years), you can never get enough sippy cups. However, if this bag was opened by an older child I can see how this would be disappointing.
A cute notebook
One thing we can never get enough of in our house is notebooks. This cute pad is lined and has an adorable wheel to change the expression on the cover.
Googly Eyes and a Pineapple Pen
In our house, there seems to be neverending repeats of Mister Maker. Most days my son wants us to have an "Arty Party", so of course we have a big box of odds and sods for such makery occasions. These self-adhesive eyes will be a welcome addition (especially as we've recently watched Toy Story 4 and want a Forky in our lives).
To go well with the cute notepad, we now have a blue biro with a fluffy and flamboyant pineapple on the top. This pen is so extra. It has already taken pride of place in my desk tidy (although it's so volumetrically dense I've had to pop lots of my old pens back in a drawer to be forgotten).
A Fly Swatter and a Water Pistol
I thought these water pistols were only ever found in party bags, or Christmas crackers (the really fancy ones, you know, the ones only your posh buds had while you made do with the fortune-telling palm fish). But apparently not. I guess they didn't sell well to end up in the surprise bags but will be enjoyed in the garden this summer (hopefully they don't have a big range on the squirts...).
Things I would not buy for my child number 35; a fly swatter. I can only imagine the chaos that would be caused giving this to my son, either through finding moist gut patches on the walls from whacking fat flies or through knocking knick-knacks from our shelves trying to get to them. Weirdly, this extendable fly swat is also on a key ring, I guess in case you want to look like you've lost the plot whilst commuting??
Finally, we have a set of what I can only assume is dolls house cutlery. These are metal and are so so small. I would think these would be super cool for older children with a dolls house, but these are much too small for my two at the moment (plus they look the perfect candidates to be hoovered up and never seen again). Although a quality item, there's a definite discrepancy in the ages this bag is suitable for; if you're old enough for this, you're too old to enjoy the sippy cup (and vice versa)
That's everything we got in our Flying Tiger kid's surprise bag. At £4 for 9 items, that works out at just 45p a thing, which balances out to be a great value. I would love to hear in the comments below if you've bought a kids bag too, and what you got in there.