Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Handpicked Collection

The Handpicked Collection is an online and mail order gift company specialising in unusual, imaginative gift ideas. Each product is endorsed by an independent panel of experts, setting an excellent standard for quality and value. Designed as a one-stop shop for gifts, The Handpicked Collection takes the headache out of gift shopping by selecting only the best for its pages.

I was sent a copy of the Christmas catalogue and enjoyed pouring through it looking at all the unusual, inspiring, quality gifts.  Each item stocked has been sourced to provide an excellent idea for gifts For Him, For Her and For the Kids.  There are gifts for domestic goddesses, keen cooks, bookworms, gardeners, wine fact there is something for everyone.  Gifts start at just £2.95.

The beautifully designed website is every bit as lovely as the catalogue.  You can browse the categorised pages, view the Top 10 gifts in each category or even use their clever gift finder to search for the ideal present for a loved one.  You know you are going to find something special that will be really appreciated!  Each product description tells you exactly what makes it special making it easier to choose the perfect gift.

The Expert Panel of chefs, journalists,  designers and entrepreneurs have taken all the leg work out of shopping for unusual gifts.  Their recommendations make up every item in the Handpicked Collection, so you know the products have been tried, tested and given the expert seal of approval.

The Handpicked Collection scooped two prestigious industry awards this year, recognising them for their branding and their online shopping experience.

In order for me to sample the delights of The Handpicked Collection, I was sent one of their best selling gifts to sample.  I received a beautiful, walnut Photo Tray.

The tray has mounted spaces for the insertion of four 6x4 photographs.  Alternatively, the mount can be removed and a large photo or collage can be put in.  This will create a truly unique, individual gift.  It is a real twist on the traditional gift of a photo frame.  Not only is it gorgeous, it is also functional with a heat resistant, glass covering.  

I love that it can be personalised again and again.  It looks classy, is well made but is also a lot of fun!  It is the perfect gift for  grandparents who can enjoy their tea in the company of precious loved ones everyday!  I absolutely love it.  I'm in the process of getting some of my favourite pictures printed so I can personalise the tray with photos of my children!

It would also make a gorgeous keepsake of a special event such as a wedding or christening. I've never seen anything like this is a really unique present, which is what The Handpicked Collection is all about.  
Priced at £29.95 it is good value for such a good quality gift which can be personalised to create something bespoke.

It is also available in Black Lacquer which is in a more contemporary, angular design.

In addition to being very impressed with the product itself, the packaging that it arrived in was really sturdy and protective.  You really can order in confidence.

Why not check out for yourself.  You can order the Christmas Catalogue to be delivered to your door if you prefer browsing that way!  You can also say hi to them on Facebook where the team are happy to answer queries or tell you about their favourite products.  Or keep up to date on the latest news and products on Twitter.

**In addition to providing us with great pressie ideas, The Handpicked Collection supports the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.  They stock a full range of personal safety accessories from ila Safety.  Small, powerful but stylish, women will be happy to carry them making them easily accessible in an emergency situation.  The personal alarms emit an ear piercing scream to deter attackers or attract attention.  Priced at just £9.99 for a Pebble Keyring Alarm and £15 for an ila Dusk Bag Charm, they can be a gift that could save a life. An excellent gift for teen daughters, sisters or mums.**


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