At Onyi Gifts we don't just want to help you give gifts, we want to make gifting for yourself and your loved ones a lasting, impactful experience. Our gifting experience showcases items from incredible, independent female-led businesses, sprinkled with empowerment. Suitable for you to treat yourself, a loved one or even for employee gifting.
In building Onyi Gifts, we've taken meticulous steps to make sure that we're providing a gifting experience that leaves a lasting impression. From the attention to detail throughout the box, down to the quality products within.
We'll share initial images of Onyi Gifts throughout this page, including a selection of our usual offering as well as some special offers just for this crowdfunder. If you fancy a different reward, our gift card reward will be perfect for you as we'll have a wider product range on our website (opening once we hit a milestone here).
The Story behind Onyi Gifts
I'm Janet, a mum of 2 based near Edinburgh and I've always loved creating thoughtful gifts for friends and family, because the joy they get from it always gives me a buzz! Central to putting these gifts together has been a focus on ensuring the packaging could be useful/reused in some way.* Aside from sustainability, another area I'm passionate about is inclusion and equality. Specifically championing female entrepreneurship in order to help close the gender business gap. *I once created a hamper for a family member's housewarming gift and the basket for the hamper was a washing up bowl, lined/filled with dish clothes and it had household items in it! Not conventional but it did the job :).
Positive Impact - Backing Female Entrepreneurs
Our specially curated gift items are sourced namely from independent businesses owned/led by women such Flickerwick, Mille Saisons and Lather & Smudge. Why the focus on female led businesses? Because although women in the UK outnumber men, only 1 in 5 businesses in the UK is run by a woman. There are various barriers facing women in business and at Onyi Gifts we're determined to do our part to close the gap. There will be one or two products by male-led businesses too as we recognise that male allies are key to closing the gender business gap.
How Onyi Gifts Works
Our website www.onyi.gifts (don't you love our domain?) is being launched during this campaign, when we hit a certain achievement. On there you can;
1. Select a range of our pre-built gift boxes.
2. Build your own package by choosing products curated and sourced from carefully selected independent businesses who share the same values we do.
3. Create a bespoke gift box for you or your loved one by providing us with your specifications and letting us do the rest.
Fancy an Onyi giftbox for your employees? We also cater for employee gifting. Just select the employee gifting reward and we'll take it from there. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
Sustainability & the Circular Economy
Our gift packages won’t cost the earth – literally. Sustainability is one of our key values and that aligns with the suppliers we choose to work with. It also covers the packaging we use and even our branding. On the latter, we've kept it light, but classy so that you can reuse the giftbox or re-gift it. Don't think of it as 'lots of packaging or filler', more as a a keepsake or something that will take your own gifting to the next level.
What we've done so far
- Validated the idea using a survey, completed by 150+ which gave us great insights into whether there's a place for Onyi Gifts in the market, the products people would like to see and potential price points.
- We've created prototypes of our giftboxes, ribbons and other packaging and have purchased a number of different products to create sample giftboxes.
- We've held discovery calls with our initial suppliers - not only are we going to buy their products, but we also want to buy in to who they are as an entrepreneur, their story and their values. All these feed into their brand and assures us that we are getting the best products for your giftboxes.
Why this crowdfunding campaign?
When you make a pledge to support Onyi Gifts, you can choose from our range of gifts. Delivery's included in all rewards that need to be sent out. By supporting us, you, your loved ones and your colleagues can be among the first to get their hands on an Onyi Gift package. Treat yourself or get your shopping in early (for the Festive celebration we dare not mention as it's too early...is it too early?). We also cover corporate and employee gifting. Feel free to share this campaign with Marketing Maggie/Mark who normally organises the office party for the aforementioned celebration and let them know they can also arrange for everyone to be sent Onyi Giftboxes.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading and don't forget to share this campaign among your network.