I adore giving gifts. As stressful as Christmas can be (yes, I did just mention the C word) there’s something so special about seeing your loved ones’ faces light up as they open the gift you spent an age searching for, knowing it would be perfect for them. Whenever I have a special occasion, or even a not-so-special occasion, to buy a gift for my first port of call is always Notonthehighstreet.com, which, if you’ve been living under a rock, is an absolute treasure trove of beautiful, unique gifts for every occasion. Hey, it doesn’t even need to be a gift, I love picking up pretty little treats for myself on occasion too. No matter how fussy the recipient, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something special on Notonthehighstreet.com, plus you get to support smaller business too which is always a huge bonus for me.
As an advertising student, I’m naturally inclined to keep an eye out for interesting campaigns, and I have to say that Notonthehighstreet.com’s #SummerOfSurprise is one of my favourites of the year so far. This summer, Notonthehighstreet.com are surprising people across the country with thoughtful, personalised gifts – just because. Little surprises can really make your week, particularly when they’re as beautiful as what’s on offer from Notonthehighstreet.com creative business partners! It’s all about bringing a smile to people’s faces, and with the state of the world these days, I think it’s a brilliant idea. You can see some of the highlights of the campaign over on their Facebook page, but be warned the videos do make me feel a lil’ bit teary. I just get emotional, okay?
As part of the campaign, I was very kindly surprised with a gorgeous selection of personalised stationery from lovely Elle Jane Designs. My love for pretty stationery is no secret, and with the new year of classes well and truly underway this has helped set me up for the term. I wholeheartedly believe that there is no such thing as too much stationery, and at the rate I scribble down lists and express my thoughts in random doodles I make my way through notebooks in no time. There’s something about nice stationery that really motivates me, which as someone who is both a student, a blogger and self-employed, never goes amiss.
Inside my beautiful personalised stationery set, there is a selection of pretty-yet-practical pieces, including a letter writing kit. Fun fact: I used to love writing letters and had an array of pen pals around the world. It’s been a long time since I sat down and wrote a letter, but this snazzy selection of stationery has me itching to send a heartfelt note to someone. The letter writing kit consists of a collection of writing sheets, emblazoned with “A note from Charlotte” for that little extra touch, envelopes and matching stickers with my initials to finish it all off. Also included in the stationery set is a very handy list pad for my notes, which I was delighted to find as I’d actually just polished off the last sheet of my previous desk pad. Lists keep me sane, so you will always find list pads dotted about the house, or scribbled on random scraps of paper. Finally in this set, which all comes parcelled up in a kraft box sealed with a paper cut band, was a lined notebook that has found its way into my handbag for notes on the go already.
Alongside my stationery set was a personalised weekly planner, aka another much welcome saviour for organisation and motivation. Earlier in the year, I bought a giant six-section desk planner for my “main desk” and it has been an absolute godsend. I love seeing my entire week at a glance, so having an extra planner that I can use for my “other desk” – the one in my room where I tend to study from most often – is absolutely ideal. It might sound picky, but I absolutely love that this planner devotes most of its space to the weekdays, with smaller slots for the weekend, as I find that I don’t really have as much to scribble down for my weekends and as a result, it feels like wasted space. I’m planning on using this as a dedicated study planner, seeing as it’s going to sit in my study place, and it’ll be so useful when it comes to keeping up with important deadlines and setting up a proper schedule for studying.
Notonthehighstreet.com have also partnered with The Luna Cinema this summer for a whole host of outdoor screenings across the UK. I paid a visit to their screening of one of my all time favourites, Dirty Dancing, at the start of September in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens and oh my god it was so much fun. I’d never been to an outdoor cinema before so I had no idea what to expect, and I’m not sure if the drunken women screaming their hearts out to the iconic soundtrack and swooning every time Patrick Swayze took his top off were limited to Scottish screenings, but the atmosphere was something else entirely. Although I was totally unprepared for how cold it would get, watching this classic under the stars and singing along to every word with the rest of the crowd was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday night. I’m going to be keeping an eye out for more outdoor cinema events near me now, because it’s something that little bit different. A bottle of prosecco and a picnic under the stars, the perfect girly evening!
I feel like I can’t rave about Notonthehighstreet.com enough, to be honest, but I really, really, really love them. As someone who likes to invest a little bit of extra time in finding a gift that really fits the recipient, they solve so many of my present-buying problems with just a quick browse. I’ve just picked up a few presents for my best friend who is moving away to start her Masters degree and I am crazily excited to give them to her. Hi Geraldine, on the off chance that you’re reading this. Their gifts are just that little bit different, which really goes to show off how much thought you’ve put into your purchase, and goes down a treat with whoever the present is for – even if it is just for yourself.