The seeds of the Gifts Instead of Flowers concept were sown by the sight of many flowers, so generously given by well-wishers, simply fading away. There was little, save a note card or two, to remind the recipient of the kind thoughts behind the floral gifts. Thus, the idea arose that if gifts could be given as an alternative to flowers in such circumstances, that might leave a lasting memento for the recipient.
Secondly, our love of craft exhibitions and antique fairs has given us a great insight into the skills of many amazing creative people and the uniqueness of the work they produce.
Over several years, we have met many inspiring and talented artists, designers and craftspeople who, without bricks & mortar stores, were in real need of an online outlet to showcase the quality of their work.
The third key component was price – to make beautiful, individual gifts as affordable as flowers but with no compromise on quality. Again, our knowledge and experience of the craft market has enabled us to identify skilled makers whose work perfectly fits this criterion. These are gifts, therefore, that we would choose to buy ourselves and whose creators deserve access to a wider audience.
For those who love to give gifts
As we understand the pleasure that can be derived from the whole gift giving process, our gifts marketplace has been developed with the dedicated gift giver foremost in our thoughts.
We recognise that there is little better than seeing the joy on a loved one’s face when they open a unique, personal gift chosen with thought. It is just that little bit more special when a gift is selected personally, with the recipient firmly in mind. Our goal is, therefore, to make choosing that special, personal gift as easy as possible.
Our marketplace has been carefully curated to bring customers delightful gifts from talented makers across numerous disciplines. Its focus is very much on high quality but affordably priced work that is not available from mass market outlets.
These categories include, but are not limited to:
Handpicked, talented artists
Vendors featured on Gifts Instead of Flowers have been handpicked by our team for the quality, uniqueness, and value of their work. They are sellers whose work we have used and recommend ourselves. Customers may therefore have confidence that not only will the gifts purchased be of high quality and good value, but professional service and timely delivery will also be assured.
More than just a marketplace for creators
If you are interested in featuring your work with Gifts Instead of Flowers, we would like to extend an invitation to all artists, artisans and quality makers to make contact. We would be delighted to begin a discussion on how we can help your business.
Our service to sellers covers not only the presence in our marketplace website, but also PR, promotion, social media, and email marketing as part of the package. We will actively promote your products to a wider audience through these additional channels, as well as promoting you on giftsinsteadofflowers.com. Please contact us online to begin a conversation.