One of my favourite places to buy stuff at the moment is online retailer Zazzle. I’m pretty new to shopping there, but I’m mesmerised by the vast array of products and their focus on personalisation. As such, I’ve teamed up with them to share the love and offer one lucky reader the chance to win £50 to spend at Zazzle. You can enter the competition by logging into Rafflecopter below.
The beauty of Zazzle is that you can either create, personalise and buy merchandise yourself, or alternatively purchase cool, custom-made products created by others. This means that Zazzle literally have everything and anything you could want – from clothes to bags to wall art to business cards to clocks to guitar picks to wrapping paper. For instance, in the men’s clothing category alone, there are over 18.5 million search results!
Zazzle gave us the opportunity to try out review a few of the products from the Baby Gift section of their website. Having spent ages looking at the different categories and products, we decided on a baby / toddler t-shirt, a personalised fleece blanket and a personalised Christmas tree decoration.
As both Toddler L and I already own some clothes from Zazzle, I knew that we’d have no problem finding something we liked. Being the daughter of a dad blogger, I thought it’d be pretty cool (or loserish) to get her something blogger related. That’s when I stumbled across a design by the aptly named Baby Poo! & Spit Up Too! who have a “Blogworthy!” design.
Once selected, the next step was choosing the type of toddler clothing I wanted. In total, there were 12 different types of clothing I could choose for the little one, ranging from t-shirts to bodysuits to long sleeve t-shirts, to rompers and dresses. I finally chose the American Apparel 3/4 Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt with black sleeves (other colours are available) which I quite liked as it looked a bit like a baseball top (£16.85).
The great thing about Zazzle is that you can quickly and easily change colours and clothing type with one click in order to see what looks best. So I was able to toggle between the sleeve colours and types of top before deciding on the Raglan t-shirt.
The item took a week or so to arrive as it comes from the States, but it was well worth the wait. The top is soft, lightweight and looks good – I particularly like how the bold, red “Blogworthy!” design on the front of the t-shirt contrasts with the white and black. The top has been washed a number of times in the washing machine and comes out really well, which is always a worry with printed designs.
We also wanted a new ornament for our Xmas tree, so had a look through the thousands of different Christmas tree decorations available on Zazzle. One of the great things about Zazzle is the personalisation they have available, so I was keen to try this out on the decorations.
We decided on a a circle ornament (£9.60), which is made from durable acrylic and uses the AcryliPrint®HD printing process to put a photo on either side of the decoration. To remember our first Christmas as a family last year, I chose two festive photos from 2014 and went about creating the product.
I really like how easy it is to personalise products on Zazzle. For instance, you have the ability to change the background colour, upload photos, add text and move the elements around on the design. But it gets cleverer than that too. As per the t-shirt above, I really like that you can check out what your design would look like on different shapes, so for instance, I could change the circle to a star or heart to see what was best.
You can also change to Art View when designing the product to ensure you get everything just as you like it. For instance, you can add gridlines and view the boundaries to make sure that your image falls into the safe area and isn’t cut off as part of the bleed.
Again, as the product is shipped from America, it took about two weeks to arrive. On opening the package, I was really impressed with the print quality on both sides of the decoration. If I’m being picky, the photos are probably a bit darker than I’d have liked, but that’s my fault for uploading the photos I did, rather than anything Zazzle did. It came with a pre-cut hole and white ribbon, meaning that it could be hung on our tree as soon as Christmas arrived.
The final item we ordered was a personalised fleece blanket. Of the hundreds of designs, we finally decided on one with polka dots, a blue motif and an initial on the front which we could change. There were three sizes of the blanket available, so we went with the 50 inch x 60 inch option (£46.65). With sturdy double edge stitching, full-colour printing and being made from 100% soft and cosy polyester fleece, it sounded like the perfect thing to keep us – I mean Toddler L – warm whilst cuddled up on the settee this winter.
Again, I was impressed with the customisation options available on the Zazzle website. I was able to change the fleece colour from the default black to a light grey, as well as change the default letter “M” to that of an “L” (in Toddler L’s honour) and increase the font size.
Unfortunately, we did hit a few problems with delivery of the item. The first attempt saw the item lost somewhere in Germany after last being tracked in Cologne. The second attempt saw the courier attempt to deliver to my house (even though I was in) and then leave it at some random shop in Sheffield, a short 136 miles away from where we live. Third time was a charm though and the blanket arrived within two weeks of despatch.
It was disappointing that it took so long to arrive, but luckily it wasn’t bought as a gift and Zazzle did everything they could to ensure it arrived with me after two mistakes by the delivery company. Having used the blanket, I can confirm that it is super soft, warm and a great size. It’s also pretty cool that you can personalise the blanket with a letter which would make it a great present for a birth or other occasion.
So that’s what we got from Zazzle. What would you get if you won the giveaway? To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend at Zazzle, simply login to Rafflecopter below and complete one, or a combination, of the optional entry options. Good luck and happy comping!
Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for a £50 voucher to spend at Zazzle. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Monday 11th January 2016 and is open to UK entrants only. The giveaway can be entered by logging into Rafflecopter and doing one, or a combination, of the following: (1) Following Zazzle on Twitter, (2) Following The DADventurer on Twitter, (3) Tweet about the giveaway, (4) Visit Zazzle on Facebook, (5) Visit The DADventurer on Facebook, (6) Following Zazzle on Instagram, (7) Following The DADventurer on Instagram, and/or (8) Give The DADventurer +K on Klout. The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has five days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Zazzle within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with Zazzle.
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The products were sent to me by Zazzle with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.
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