The Handpicked Collection – review

4 02 2010

The Handpicked Collection is a website with a collection of gifts suitable for all occasions and ages. The website is easy to use and very well laid out. It’s design is clean and understated and I felt that the gifts were the stars of the show.

I particularly liked the search function where you complete who the gift is for, their age, their interests and a price range and the website finds you some gift suggestions. I decided to test this out on myself and the search results came up with a number of things I already own and many more that I would love.

If you look at a product in detail not only is there information regarding the item, there are quotes from the panel as to why the item had been chosen, delivery and returns information and even a form to complete if you would like to ask a question about the item which I think is a fabulous personal touch and not one I have seen anywhere else.

The site is also divided up by occasion and I have just spent a while looking through the Valentines section. It is sub divided into gifts for him or gifts for her and there are a number of lovely items to fit most budgets.

James at The Handpicked Collection kindly also sent me a few products to try out and review. Firstly I received this adorable hand-painted plate (£11.95) and egg cup (£4.95) set. The design is very sweet and the hand-painting adds a really nice feeling of personality to the set. They would be a nice present as a keepsake for a baby or for an older child. For now, I will just have to use these myself for my breakfast as Piran is too young for china plates as everything gets thrown on the floor.

I was also sent the Pedicure kit (£15.95). The set includes: emery board, pair of toe separators, double sided foot file, cuticle stick, nail brush, peppermint foot lotion, pair of washable spa slippers. I have used it once but am keeping it all together ready for the day that it warms up enough for my feet to be out in public again!

Overall I would recommend this website to anyone who needs to buy a present and looking for inspiration! If anyone I know is reading this that would like to buy me a present I am coveting one of these fabulous Rainbow Makers!


The official blurb – From The Handpicked Collection Website

What We Do We save you time, make shopping fun and offer a new level of confidence when buying for yourself or others. Instead of sifting through thousands of websites and trawling the High Street, our expert panel have done the hard work for you and picked those products that stand out from the rest.

Our Expert Panel 20 influential trendsetters make up our expert panel. They include journalists from publications like Harpers, In Style, Red and Company, and trendsetters who are blazing a trail with some of the UK’s most innovative companies, including the cult Mr & Mrs Smith hotel guides and the online market place Nappy Valley. They write about and spot the trends, so choosing innovative presents is second nature.

What Makes Us Different? We want to make shopping fun. We don’t just show a photograph next to a code, but, with the help of the expert panel, pithily explain why it’s so good. We also run specially commissioned articles on buying presents. For example, GQ’s deputy editor explains why it’s not about you, and In Style’s Kate O’Donnell reveals how to become a gold medal present giver.

Disclaimer: I was sent these gifts free of charge for the purpose of this review.

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2 responses

4 02 2010
Muddling Along Mummy

They're one of my favourite websites – invaluable for finding nice presents (and I'm soooo gutted they didn't ask me to review them .. off to sulk now !)

5 02 2010
Natasha at Handpicked

Thank you for the lovely review Kelly. We can also help anyone stuck for gift ideas – just call us on 020 7501 1057 or email personalshopper@handpickedcollection.com with who you're buying for, their age and interests and your budget and we'll send back a list of ideas.

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