If homemade products is what you search on the Internet, let me recommend you a site that will put a big smile on your face: notonthehighstreet.com. As the name says, here you will find products that are not found in shopping centers, but more in boutiques.
You have to take into account that these handmade products are not similar one to another and they may have imperfections, which give uniqueness to the products. You should not treat an object that has a slightly different shape from the one presented on the site as a different object; they are both the same, are made from the same materials and by the same person, only that their shape differs a little bit. Once again, the handmade feature is what makes a product unique.
When you buy a product for someone, you must have that person or something in your mind. From the producers that present their merchandise on this site, you can buy products for everyone, including your pets.
Let's imagine that you want to buy some unique birthday gifts for your mother or grandmother. You can consider some bracelets, earrings, charms and jewelry, necklaces and pendants, pins and brooches, watches, rings, bags, purses, corsages, belts, handbag essentials, hats, luggage, scarves and gloves, and many others. If you want to buy a birthday gift for your dad, for example, you can also buy handmade belts, luggage, hats, scarves, everyday essentials, ties, wallet and money clips, bracelets, rings, watches, collar studs and stiffeners and many others.
Those interested in the prices of these products sold on notonthehighstreet.com can find out that they are not cheap, because they are handmade. In general, a handmade product is expensive and these products are no exception. For example, a personalized vintage linen notebook is 19 GBP, personalized silver letter tile cufflinks, 75 GBP, a kew footed bowl, 40.99 GBP and a personalized initial coin purse, 12 GBP.
Of all the products mentioned in the previous paragraph, we recommend the kew footed bowl, which works for any recipient, regardless your relationship to him/her. This is a beautiful terracotta footed bowl painted in lavender or light mocha, depending on the flowers planted in this bowl. They can be narcissus, hyacinths or cyclamen. This bowl comes in 2 versions: small (13 x 22.5 cm) and large (18.5 x 30 cm). It can be placed outside or in your recipient’s house.
Before buying a product from here, besides the product details, you also have to read the customer reviews and the delivery and return policies.
In the United Kingdom you get the chance to buy a birthday gift from many companies and sites, almost all of them having a good reputation. A site that we definitely recommend is notonthehighstreet.com. Don't look at the name of this site and at its extension (.com), because this is a site that operates in the United Kingdom. The meaning of this title is that here you can find products that are not found on the high street; which means these are handmade products from artisans, that are normally sold in tiny stores around the corner all over the UK. Notonthehighstreet.com is a place where artisans from all over the world meet their customers.
Here you can find not only birthday gifts, but also products for anniversaries, graduation, wedding, Valentine's Day, Thank You gifts, new baby, Christening and other occasions. In the Birthdays category, for example, we don't have the products arranged according to other categories in which they may be included, but according to the most important events: the 18th birthday, 21st birthday, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th. On other sites, that sell gifts, you normally see these products arranged something like this: home products, jewelry, watches, purses, fashion, experiences, books, electronics, magazines, kitchenware, furniture and so on. Others, on the other hand, allow you to select the potential gifts according to the personality of your recipient. Thus you can choose from athlete, geek, ecologist, religious, chocolate lover, music lover and others.
Because we speak about notonthehighstreet.com and not about other site, we have selected to present several products included in the 18th birthday gifts category on this site.
And the first one is a personalized vintage rose necklace, sold by Hurley Burley, an artisan located in London. This jewelry is a gorgeous sterling silver, rose quartz and freshwater pearl necklace, that makes a treasured gift for any special occasion. This product is 45 GBP.
Another gift recommended to a lady celebrating her birthday in the United Kingdom is this Lace Detail Sun Dress (55 GBP), made entirely from light organdie cotton and available in white. This dress is made by BlinkBeach from Somerset.
We come back to jewelry and present this personalized friendship bracelet by Lily Belle (49 GBP). This product will be delivered to you from Surrey. Its manufacturer is proud that this friendship bracelet is just like the one you have seen in Vogue Magazine. It is a timeless piece of jewelry, easy to wear and which can be personalized with the initial of your recipient or with any other symbol. It is a sterling silver bracelet, made using silky cord.