3. Firebox


Firebox (initially Hotbox, trivia fans) was the brainchild of Michael Acton Smith and Tom Boardman, two Cardiff University students, who set up the site in 1998 as a means to sell their drinking game, Shot Glass Chess Set, a fun-for-all-the-family number that combined the ancient arts of chess and drunkenness. Having moved to London in 1999, the company is now ensconced at a new site in fashionable Shoreditch, packed to the rafters with geeky gadgets and big kids’ toys. Firebox’s warehouse has a team of pickers
and packers who’ll ship your order out within 24 hours of receipt, so long as it arrives before 4pm. They’ll even manage same-day delivery if it’s dispatching within the M25.