"Some gifts are big, others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all." ~ Tinku Razoria ~
Rewind to 2020, a Friday night get-together of girlfriends, hosted by Paulette. Wine, good food, great company, and conversation flow, centering around a few home-grown wines and local products created by small businesses in New Zealand. And bang, an epiphany! Appreciating the beautiful local products, Paulette felt inspired to build something that was not in existence: an online marketplace to connect shoppers looking for unique gifts with their local makers.
The idea was created and Gift Crew was born, a user-friendly online store. Ideated and hosted online in less than a week, the website’s core mission is to make gift-giving a simple pleasure by showcasing beautiful products as gifts for loved ones or for one’s own pleasure while helping to support small, local New Zealand businesses that produce them.
Paulette recalls the sheer excitement of receiving her first-ever order from the website. All the hours spent ideating, and the hard work & follow-through was worth it! Fast forward to 2022, the Gift Crew website has a wide repertoire of gift items - at the last count, there are around 1500 products under a broad gift categorization based on age, gender, brand, occasion, personality, and relationship.
On Gift Crew, you can find products starting from fabulous gift boxes all the way to wrapping and including in between, baby and baby care products, eco-friendly items, gifts for Father’s and Mother’s Day, isolation and care packages, sauces, herbs & condiments, and a whole range of gifts for the home. Corporate gifting orders are accepted too! Here’s a tip: especially hot selling on Gift Crew are Kiwiana products, baby-related products, and gift boxes.
Gift Crew has also tied up with a collection of brands such as Snuggle Hunny Kids, Babyhood, Just Great Design, DrinksPlinks, The Green Collective, Artico and Lily & George - so shoppers can be sure of originality, genuineness and premium quality of the products being gifted.
Paulette notes that a bulk of customers on Gift Crew are women in the age range of 30+ keen on gifting on special occasions but takes care to carry merchandise for just about anyone who wants gifts for their loved ones. With unabashed glee and a little pride, she reminisces about an order for 150 gift boxes for school leavers that had the whole crew tied up for a whole, busy week!!! Covid and its aftermath saw an uptick in business and orders, which the crew did their best to fulfil, under trying circumstances. The flattering testimonials and repeat orders make us super proud, says Paulette. Going forward, she plans to open up an offline store as well.
The Gift Crew team is driven by a passion to deliver beyond the ordinary and are determined to make any occasion, a surprise for the recipient. Especially proud are the team of their exceptional customer service.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. At Gift Crew, delivering gifts for special people is worth a thousand sentiments, especially thoughtfulness, love, and appreciation.
Their ethos is simple: If you need to gift, drop by Gift Crew…you are at the right place!!