2 February 2012

Review: Handpicked Collection

If you're like me and you're always looking for something different to give to someone as a gift instead of the usual run of the mill bottle off wine etc. Not that there's anything wrong with a bottle of wine but I love to give presents that are different and maybe something the recipient would quite like but never really thought of. This is where the brilliant people at www.handpickedcollection.com come in to their own! They have kindly sent two of the products they stock to review for them.

Before I get to the review, I'll let the Handpicked Collection team explain what they're all about: "
The Handpicked Collection is an award-winning gift shop providing a unique selection of well-priced, stylish and high quality gifts. We aim to make present buying a breeze, and our collection also showcases gorgeous treats for you, your home and your garden. At Handpicked we understand that there are never enough hours in the day. Features such as our website gift finder service and 24-hour order line help save you time. Pithy descriptions and beautiful photographs make shopping fun and offer a new level of confidence when buying for yourself or others. Unlike other sites, we are helped by a unique panel of experts. They are independent and vet everything we sell, and are continually discovering new products. Our gift finder service provides a tailored list of great gift ideas based on your budget and who you’re buying for. And finally, don't forget our famous no-quibble returns policy for the ultimate in present buying reassurance."

First up it a gorgeous Emma Bridgewater Big Love Tin. It's excellent for keeping biscuits, cakes or loose chocolates in and would make the perfect present for any foodies out there or people who are fans of baking. I know one of the girls at my work would love something like this as she's always bringing in cakes for us to eat (thanks Shaz!). The tin is very sturdy and of good quality but still light weight and easy to carry around. The design is gorgeous with big love written all over it and little star symbols to accompany. It sort of has that vintage feel to it with the deep blue blackground and white writing. It really is a lovely biscuit tin. I've got my biccies in it already, not I just need people to come round so I can shove it under their nose! If you're giving this as a gift the Handpicked team suggest filling it with some hand-baked goodies before wrapping it up and giving it to that special person. What an excellent idea, would make quite a good Valentine's Gift or a house warming present. The tin measures 25 x 23 x 8 cm and RRP is £9.95.

Next up I was sent the divine Heart Olive Wood Chopping Board, and what a beauty it is. The quality screams at you as soon as you lay eyes on it and the feel and thickness of the wood is superb. It'll be great for slicing veg on or you could even present it as a fancy cheese board or serve some little canapes on it to your guests. It's a lovely talking point and because Olive Wood contains such high levels of oils it's naturally anti-bacterial, great! The chopping board measures 21 x 19 cm and RRP is £14.95.

You can purchase both products from www.handpickedcollection.com.

Overall two gorgeous products from a lovely website that represents unique gifting ideas with style. Pricing ranges greatly so there is something to suit every budget. It's the perfect place to visit if you're looking for that special gift or a little treat for yourself.

Mummies rating - 10/10

Please visit www.handpickedcollection.com for more products and information. You can also see what Handpicked Collection get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.

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