Reviewed by Helen Wyatt
I was lucky enough to be chosen to review a customisable item recently from Proper Goose. The item I was picked for was a couple’s gift, of customisable playing cards! I visited the Proper Goose website and thought it was very professional. There are several types of personalised items that can be ordered, including letterbox food gifts, personalised tins, notebooks, water bottles, wooden gifts and diaries. If you don’t know what to choose, the website helps you pick products by recipient such as for her, for him, for couples, or for teachers. There is also a section on letterbox gifts, which will allow the item to be posted through the letterbox and mean it doesn’t need to be signed for if the recipient is out, and a section to identify gifts by price such as under £10, or £10-£20. You can also look for products by occasion, such as birthday, Christmas, new baby and anniversary.
As my item was a personalised set of couple’s playing cards, which I thought was a very cute idea, I went to the couple’s section and then found that item very easily. The website is very easy to use to personalise your gift. All you have to do is click to upload your image and add to basket, before checking out. The website doesn’t give you a preview option so you do need to be very careful to choose your photo before you check out, as no returns are provided unless the item is actually faulty. Once I had ordered I sat back and waited for the item to arrive, but really didn’t have to wait for long as I think it may have arrived the next day!
I opened the box and found the cards were contained in a little cardboard sleeve, advertising that they were from Proper Goose. The product slid out easily, and I found that I my cards had come in a lovely presentation tin which also had my chosen photo on the front. The tin is just a little larger than the average pack of cards, so nice and compact, and a really great place to store the cards in when not in use, so they don’t get mislaid.
The quality of the print of the photo on the tin was great! I’m not sure what I was expecting, and I picked my photo to be used very quickly, so when I opened the parcel I was pleasantly surprised with the photo and how it looked on the tin. The colours are lovely and bright, and the detail is excellent. When I opened the tin I saw that each of the cards was printed with the same image in the same high quality. The cards themselves are very good. They aren’t too shiny which cheap cards can often be, making them difficult to handle in play. These cards have a matte finish so don’t slide around all over the place, and don’t feel like they would rip easily either, making them nicely robust.
Overall this is an excellent gift, particularly if you are trying to find something unusual that the recipient won’t have. I am really pleased with the quality of the item and hope to have many games with them in the future.
This product can be purchased from Proper Goose here.