Weekly Spotlight, January 11/10 – girlygifties

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This contest is now closed.

When we asked Alli Mansfield what inspired her to start her own business, her reply made us giggle.  She had received a ‘spam’ email from a gift basket company in a far-away land, but for reasons unknown to her she decided to check out their website.  “Who would want to receive all this… junk, in a straw basket delivered to their door?!” was the reaction she described to us.  Alli was kind of surprised by the offerings, noting that cheese wheels and boxed chocolate almonds weren’t to everyone’s liking.  Perusing the internet she didn’t find much at all that would suit her taste, gift-box-wise.  So for the next few months, Alli kept a journal by her bed and let her creativity flow.  She took note of colours, themes, phrases… all kinds of ideas that came to mind.

Months later, girlygifties was born in South Surrey.  Alli has created a line of fun, fresh, uber-girly-girl gift baskets, all presented in a white hat box with a signature cherry pin. From aprons to clutches, bath products to hand-painted martini glasses, the girlygifties are about as girly as you can get – many with a vintage/retro flavour, a true testament to Alli’s personality and taste.

girlygifties is not yet one year old, making Alli a new kid on the block when it comes to running one’s own business.  We asked Alli what her favourite part of running a business is, thus far.  Besides getting to source out and purchase the most adorable items for the girlygifties, meeting the supportive business community is what stands out to Alli.  She tries to pay this support forward by sourcing items from other small businesses when possible.

Do the ladies in your life love a little flair?  Alli has surely created a girlygifties treasure that they’ll love!  Mommies-to-be might like the Knocked Up girlyboxes, the birthday girls will love these sweet treats, and break away from the rolling pin & recipe book tradition for the bride-to-be in your life.  The Gettin Hitched girlybox is adorable – check it out!  One of the coolest things about these funky gifties is that they can be personalized and customized with specific items or colours. So if you’re interested in putting together something sweet for your girlies, email Alli to see what fun ideas she can put together for you. girlygifties can be shipped anywhere in Canada & the USA, with special free delivery in White Rock, Surrey & Langley.

Alli would love to surprise a funky lady in your life this Valentine’s Day (it’s in 4 weeks already!).  And by surprise, we mean an email from us saying ‘surprise, you won!’ because you know you’ll want to keep it for yourself :)  This version of the ‘sweet girlybox’ has been put together for one lucky FVP reader – thanks Alli!  Please send an email titled ‘girly’ to win@fraservalleypulse.com if you’d like to be entered into the draw to win.  Winner will be announced on February 1st.

Keep up the good work, Alli!  Your creative spirit has you onto something fabulous.

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7 Responses to “Weekly Spotlight, January 11/10 – girlygifties”

  1. Lisa Taron says:

    What a fabulous business!! All the best to you Alli!

  2. alli, of course! says:

    thank you kindly miss lisa! enter the contest, spread the word! yay!

  3. Kimber says:

    Finally, a gift box company that makes sense, full of products you would be excited to use.

  4. Laura says:

    Hi Ali!

    Fabulous Business!! My husband and I opened up our own gym last year in South Surrey and we so much love the area! Hope to order some of your stuff soon :)))

    Laura

  5. Karina says:

    I’ve been following Girly Gifties on facebook – they’re boxes are amazing! I wish I could buy one of each!! Much luck and success to Girly Gifties!

  6. Cindy Keery says:

    I’d love to be entered. Thank you!

  7. Danielle says:

    What a GREAT idea! Gift baskets full of cool stuff chicks actually love! I will bookmark your site and keep it in mind for friends’ birthdays, etc.

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