Good Gifts was founded on these six simple words. Six simple words that mean a lot.
DO GOOD All of our artisans earn living incomes while building their businesses, preserving their artistry, and reinvesting in their communities.
GIFT GOOD We scoured the globe in search of well-made, sustainably sourced and eco-friendly gifts. And, of course, they had to look good too.
Hi! I'm Christine, the smiley face behind this website and the wrapped gifts you give and (hopefully!) receive. I often get asked how I came up with the idea for Good Gifts, so I figured I would give you a bit of a background and some info about me.
I believe the best ideas are born at the intersection of desires and frustrations, and that's exactly where Good Gifts was born.
After years of doing the corporate thing, I was ready for something a bit different. I thought about what were the areas of my life that guided my interests, decisions, and behaviours. I quickly three drivers: my sense of wanderlust, quest to support others in the social enterprise space, and desire to keep doing my own thing (I like to call myself a multi-preneur).
But I was also driven by frustrations that kept bubbling to the surface in my own life (isn't that where a lot of the brilliant ideas come from?). Having moved from western Canada to Toronto, I was well aware of the limited gifting options I had when sending gifts across Canada. And, with two young kids and a typical Toronto house with little to no storage, I was also growing tired of TOO. MUCH. STUFF. More importantly, how that stuff was made. I'm still a recovering fast-aholic (it's a constant work-in-progress), but I'm learning to slow down and be more thoughtful with my purchases including my gifting. So thoughtful, I decided to create a company that helps others do the same while helping marginalized populations create economic independence, preserve their craft, and build their communities.
What else do I believe in? Well, English Breakfast tea, prosecco, and ginger molasses cookies come to mind, but so do connection and customer service. Have a question? Need help picking out the perfect gift? Just want to say hello? Contact me and I'll be happy to help you out!