Personalised Greeting Cards – Review

The Dog’s Doodahs is an online greeting card retailer, providing personalised cards delivered to your door.  They have a large range of humourous cards, but also some cute, animal and child friendly cards.  I was offered the chance to order a selection to see what I thought.

cardsWhen looking round the website I saw a lot of alcohol related cards, some amusing wine jokes which appeal to me and my friends.

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I ordered this one for my friend for Christmas which I knew would give us a laugh as neither of us know what Leftover Wine is!!  This is a large style card with a glossy finish.  You are able to personalise both at the top and the name at the bottom.  I was very pleased with this and we both had a giggle when she opened it!

 

 

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I also chose a cute personalised card for my daughter whose birthday is imminent and again on this card I could personalise both the name and the age.  The card is a nice size and one I hope she’ll enjoy when she opens.

 

 

I also selected a couple of the smaller non personalised cards to see what they were like.  I chose a few humourous ones that will be suitable for friends birthdays and am happy with all of them.

What I particularly like with ordering from The Dog’s Doodahs is that these cards are different, you won’t see similar ones elsewhere, giving them a more unique feel, rather than a lot of the more traditional high street cards that you immediately recognise.  The ordering process was simple and delivery was quick.

I am more than happy with the cards and online service received and would happily go back and order more cards from them.  Why not take a look for yourself?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received some cards in order to write the review.

Personalised Book from Unique Editions

Personalised story books are fascinating to most children, they are a novelty, something fun and a great keepsake.  Unique Editions have pushed the boundary a little further than most personalised books I’ve come across and made the most awesome personalised story for a family I’ve ever seen.

I chose a book for my daughter Miss M, which included her family members, mummy, daddy and younger brother Mister B.  This was the result:

unique 3The front cover itself sold it to me – how fabulous!!   I was literally grinning to myself as I placed the order, a simple process where you add the names of each family member, along with a clear, front facing photo of each person to be included within the book.

When the book popped through our letterbox, I had the first viewing.  I was beyond happy, a smile across my face as I read the book through, seeing the pictures on each page.  I am very impressed, Miss M was the star of the book, but the rest of the family were featured on many pages and we were referred to under the surname of our family too which the children loved!

unique 2The book I chose was the story of a superhero family, one I knew both of my children would love being big superhero fans!  It follows the story of mummy with her X-ray vision powers allowing her to see through walls so she knew who was sleeping at night *love my powers*.  One day they were out shopping when mummy discovers some people robbing the bank, arghh!!  But when our family change into our superhero outfits we manage to save the day!

unique 1It really is hard to show here how many giggles and how much excitement this book has brought.  We have showed it to friends and family who’ve all enjoyed it and found it highly amusing as they read through the story seeing our faces on each page.

We LOVE this personalised childrens book from Unique Editions and think it would make the perfect gift for a young child.  The books are available in several different stories, with just one child, or with an added sibling or even the whole family.  The pages are of a great high colour quality and being quite thick will withstand little ones turning the pages.  These really are books to be treasured and look back on in future years.  I imagine we will have just as much fun reading it then as we do now!

If you are looking for a personalised book, then I highly recommend checking out Unique Editions – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Personalised Peppa Pig Book from Penwizard – Review

Penwizard offer personalised books starring your children alongside household name characters such as Peppa Pig, Fifi, Roary the Racing Car, Ben and Holly etc.  We chose a Peppa Pig book which is A4 size, 24 full colour pages with a personalised story throughout.

Peppa 3When 3yr old Mister B saw the book, he immediately recognised Peppa Pig and then I pointed out his name.  It’s only in recent months that he’s become aware of his name written down, but when he realised what he said, he thought it was hilarious – he was so excited and couldn’t wait to read it.

What I like about the story is that not only does it incorporate your child’s name, but you can modify the characteristics of the image of your child to make it more realistic.  I was able to select hair colour, hair style, eye colour, skin colour etc to help make it more lifelike.  Also on one of the pages it mentions the full name of the child, which reinforces to the child that the book really is about them.

Peppa 2I have never seen Mister B so excited reading a book, he genuinely giggled everytime we read his name almost in disbelief that it was a real book.  Big sister Miss M has kindly sat and read the book through to him a few times – they both were genuinely excited and thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mister B in the swimming pool with Peppa Pig and George.  This has also been a firm favourite that has been on his reading pile every night for mummy or daddy to read at bedtime.

peppa 1I think the Penwizard personalised books are a great gift for little ones.  The delight in their faces to see themselves in a book alongside their favourite characters is so special.  These books are ideal for birthday gifts and one that you know will get used over and over again.

The ordering process is very simple, and takes just a few easy steps that the website guides you through, delivery is fast too.  If you are looking for a personalised book then I’d definitely suggest checking out Penwizard.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the book in order to write the review.

Mr Nutcase Personalised Phone Cover – Review

Mr Nutcase produce personalised mobile phone and tablet covers to any design of your choice, be it one of their instantly available designs, a design of your own or by adding your own photo.  Even the readily available colours and patterns can be additionally customised with clip art and text.  You really can make a truly unique case.

I decided to surprise my husband with a new phone cover and with him having an iPhone I had the choice of an Ultra Lightweight Slimline case or an Executive Flip Leather Style.  I would have liked to get the leather style case for him but on these only one side is printed and the other is plain white which I feel isn’t really suited to him and not a particularly manly choice.  If they had the same option in black then I would definitely have gone for this – hopefully this option will become available in the future.

So I went with the Ultra Lightweight Slimline case and chose a photograph of our children to go on the back.  I could then customise the colour to go either side of the picture and add any text clip art I wanted.  I decided to keep things simple and went with just one large picture.  I must point out that you can create a picture collage on the cover using one of the many varieties of collage templates they offer.  The choice is excellent.

Mr nutcaseWhen the cover arrived quite literally the next day, I was very pleased with it and put it on my husbands phone when he wasn’t looking.  He was thrilled when he first saw it and thought it was a great way to carry a picture of his children around with him.  The picture looked good and for some reason I hadn’t really thought about the sides of the cover.  I imagined they would be dark like the background of the photo but instead they were transparent – something I actually really like and think gives a fresh, modern feel,

We are very happy with the Mr Nutcase phone cover, the delivery service was excellent, the availability of design and customisation is great and the finished product is of a good quality.  I’d definitely use Mr Nutcase again for a personalised cover.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the phone case in order to write the review.

Valentine’s Personalised Bracelet – Review

There’s nothing a girl likes more on Valentine’s Day than receiving a piece of jewellery, so if you are stuck for ideas this year then take a look at this personalised hallmarked sterling silver bracelet consisting of entwined hearts with a heart charm attached from Treat Republic.

valentines braceletThe bracelet is presented in a black box, with a little cream, satin bag to keep the bracelet in (ideal if you are going away somewhere).  The heart links form a delicate but sturdy chain that looks pretty, with a heart charm hanging down.  The charm can be personalised with a name, date or initials of your choosing.  I chose to have my wedding date put on as we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next month so I thought this would make a rather fitting gift to receive this year for Valentine’s Day.

I love this bracelet, it sits comfortably on the wrist, is easy to do up with a simple clasp, looks pretty and the personalisation on it makes it special, I’ve had a few people comment on it already!

If you are stuck for Valentine’s Day then why not head over to Treat Republic to check out this silver bracelet and many other jewellery gifts they have available.  You’re sure to find something to surprise your loved one with this Valentine’s Day!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the item in order to write the review.

Personalised Water Bottle by It’s Your Story

One thing my children use every day is a water bottle, be it at home, school or just out and about.  It’s My Story is a fabulous online site offering personalisation on numerous items such as books, clothes and gifts.  We were sent a personalised water bottle to try which I knew would be an instant hit with Miss M.

The novelty of having a new bottle plus the fact that it had her name and picture on it was always going to be a winner.  I’d let her select a theme of her choice and she requested to be a nurse.

It's your story drinks water bottleThe It’s Your Story water bottles are made from hard wearing aluminium and come in a white finish like the one we received or you can choose silver.  There are also 15 different characters to choose from such as pirate, monkey, princess, pop star etc.

We loved the Nurse design for Miss M – she was thrilled to see her face on the bottle.  A great idea in fact, meaning that should she ever leave her bottle behind or get it mixed up with other children’s, there’s no confusing which one is hers.  I was slightly concerned about the design staying put on the bottle but so far so good and It’s Your Story say “the dye sinks into the aluminium making it very robust and scratch and chip resistant” which is good to hear.

The bottle is strong and well made and as an added bonus you get a choice of bottle tops, the standard water bottle top or a screw top with fob attachment.  The bottle is great for keeping drinks cool too.

Overall this bottle has been a big success here with us, both for me and Miss M.  I think these would make fantastic gifts for children, being unique, useful and personalised.  A sure winner every time!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

PaperShaker – Personalised Invitations & Announcement Cards

PaperShaker are part of the Photo Box family and provide high quality invitations, thank you cards, birth announcements etc. on high gloss paper, completely personalised with your own pictures, words and even the design on the cards.

I was very impressed when I checked out the PaperShaker website, it looks sleek, modern with a far wider choice than I first realised due to being able to customise.  When you select a design, you are able to change everything about it from background colours, illustrations, patterns etc.

What this means is that you can make a truly unique card as the variations are endless!

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Thinking ahead, I designed some party invitations for Miss M’s next birthday.  I chose a card that I liked the look of then within that I added the ‘6’, there was a choice of banners to go across the top which I chose hearts, I added my own words, photos, and the pretty banner across the bottom.  The back is fully customisable too, and I could add my own words or leave spaces as appropriate as well as change the images.

The quality of the PaperShaker cards I received is high, they are thick, with a glossy sheen on the front and come with thick white envelopes.  I’m really pleased with the elegant pretty designs and can’t wait to hand these invites out and see what other people think.

I think these would be fabulous to use for birth announcements or special birthdays.   They also do a whole wedding range from save the date, to invitations, RSVP and thank  you cards.  What a great way to add your personal touch and customise your own designs at a very reasonable price for weddings.

I recommend this site for its ease of use, high quality products, modern fresh designs and most importantly the customisation you are able to do to make a unique card exactly the way you want.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.

Princess Personalised Colouring Book – Review

Find me a gift.com are an online retailer selling a huge variety of gifts – something for everyone in fact, which they break down into various categories to help you find the ideal gift for the person/event that you are purchasing for.  When we were asked to review an item from the children’s gifts, I chose the Princess Personalised Colouring Book which looked different, exciting and girly.

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One of Miss M’s favourite activities at the moment is colouring.  She’s always bringing coloured pictures home from nursery and loves finding paper or printed pictures which she can colour in, so I knew she would be excited to try the princess colouring book from find me a gift.com.

When we received the personalised colouring book I knew it would have Miss M’s name across the front but what was really special was that the name you choose is actually printed on each of the colouring pages inside.  I think this is a really unique personal touch especially for children as they love to see their name on things.

The pictures in the Princess Personalised Colouring book are clear, bold designs with lots of colouring space, perfect for younger children.  And what I really loved was how girly the pictures are – lots of princesses, castles, carriages, stars and hearts.  So hard to find in normal colouring books which are tend to be generic.

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The novelty of having the childs name on the pages is excellent and the way the name is displayed in the pictures is varied from being written in little stars, large cloud shaped letters or simply along the turret of a castle. We had fun on first opening the book, trying to look for Miss M’s name on each page – she was so excited to see her name – it definitely added a “Wow” factor to the colouring book.

This is a lovely sized colouring book with a good selection of girly pictures to colour in.  They are plenty of hours of entertainment to be had from this and with it’s unique personalised aspect would make an excellent gift, that any young girl would be delighted to receive.

We thoroughly enjoyed this colouring book and would definitely recommend it.  It is available from find me a gift.com currently priced at £7.99.

Here is a short video showing inside the personalised colouring book:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.