Smallprint Abu Dhabi

Before I begin, I’ll tell you this is not a sponsored post. The thoughts I’m going to jot down over the next few minutes are based on goods I purchased without obligation, and therefore I can speak freely and give my honest views. I’m sharing this as it may come in useful to others looking for unique gifts. 

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I’m notoriously bad at buying gifts. Granted, I’m improving with time, but I still make the occasional dodgy purchase.

My fortunes recently took a turn for the better when I discovered Smallprint Abu Dhabi. I was in the throes of searching for a Father’s Day gift when I saw Smallprint advertised at a baby shopping event.

Smallprint is a company which makes personalised silver jewellery and keepsakes. Items can be imprinted with hand and foot prints, fingerprints, or even inscribed with a child’s handwriting. The company has the technology to copy prints onto the jewellery, albeit scaled down to fit.

I was looking for something personal and a bit different, and this seemed to fit the bill.

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I made contact via facebook with Carol-Anne, the lovely lady running Smallprint Abu Dhabi. I originally planned to visit her, either at her base, or at one of the many markets she attends around the city. Then I was struck by the idea of finding out whether any of my mum-mates would be interested in buying something too.

A quick straw poll received a resounding ‘yes’. It seems we were all struggling for gifts for the men in our lives. I set about arranging a coffee morning and Carol-Anne confirmed she was happy to come along. One of my friends described it as ‘like a very cool tupperware party’.

Carol-Anne brought along many examples of the items she could make for us, including bracelets, necklaces, charms, cufflinks and keyrings. I selected a pair of cufflinks for my husband, with Little O’s hand and foot prints. I couldn’t resist getting something for myself too, so selected a bracelet with two charms, one hand and one foot print. On the back of each charm it was also possible to have an inscription so I chose to have Little O’s name and ‘9 months’ (as a record of her age at the time).

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The process of taking the hand and foot prints was fairly quick and without drama. A ‘wet-wipe’ is applied to the hand / foot and then a print taken on special paper. Carol-Anne was very patient with all the mums and babies and happy to take repeated prints until we got prints we were happy with. Babies being babies, there was a lot of wriggling going on, which didn’t always make for the best prints first time around! This meant our coffee morning lasted a lot longer than I had booked Carol-Anne for, but she happily stayed to make sure we all had chance to get our prints.

On ordering, a deposit is paid, with the remainder to be paid on delivery. Obviously in the run-up to Father’s Day there was a high demand and Carol was very busy, however we all received our goods within 2 weeks, in good time before the big day. Everything was beautifully packaged and labelled and each item came with a care card explaining how best to care for our solid silver goods.

My husband is generally not the most ‘expressive’ soul but he seemed very happy with his gift! I love my bracelet too.

The feedback I received from friends who also ordered items from Smallprint has all been positive.

If you’d like to learn more visit the Smallprint Abu Dhabi Facebook Page

 

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