If you're looking for a fun and creative way to gift members of your bridal party (or heck, treat yo'self!) Present Day Gifts is the perfect solution. Sophia from Present Day Gifts, chats with us about her lovely company and the fun things you'll be able to see and buy in person at ReBash!
Tell us about your business/craft.
Present Day is a new online boutique in Toronto that curates modern gift boxes and gifts baskets with a focus on local, artisan goods. We create fun, purposeful, beautifully wrapped gifts that make gift-giving easy and memorable. Most of our products are from the Toronto area (we have a select few from across Canada and the US) and we love finding and sharing new makers and artisans. We have themed gift boxes for every occasion and are launching new, custom wedding party gift boxes just in time for wedding season.
How did you get started?
I've worked in the film industry for 10 years, putting together all sorts of different sets for TV shows and movies. My work took me all over the city and I would consistently find new, Toronto-made products in shops while looking for set pieces. I have wanted to start a gift box shop for years because I loved making a single, beautiful gift out of many small, unique items (similar to what I did with sets). I got so much joy out of giving the perfect gift. This year, I decided to take the leap and start my own business. Toronto is seeing an abundance of amazing new talent and products so this was the time to do it.
What is one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
Many of our products are made by artisans who used to work in film and, like me, have left to start their own, successful businesses! They are some of the hardest-working, most creative people I know.
What is your personal favourite piece out of your own collection and why?
The Lovely Box is a personal favourite. It's a beautiful mix of pretty things that is perfect for a birthday, a wedding gift, or just because! And everything in it is from Toronto and surrounding areas.
BUT - my favourite individual product is our Wildwood Wanderlust Rose Bath Salts by Rowan Apothecary. It's the best-smelling, loveliest bath salts I have ever found. The maker, Dominique, uses roses from her family farm in Niagara to make them. I keep sneaking bottles of it into as many different boxes as I can, 'cause it's just the best. And it keeps selling out :)
Who/what inspires you?
I have so many female friends who have become entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Each and every one of them has supported me so much through the years and I'm so inspired by every accomplishment and new endeavor they take on. Toronto has a HUGE well of successful lady-bosses. It's a dream to join their ranks.
What can guests at ReBash expect to see from you at the event?
Beautifully curated gift boxes that they'll want to give to the people they love. We hope that guests see a service that will help them take care of one stressful element of their wedding planning by offering easy, customizable, yet meaningful gifts for their bridesmaids, groomsmen and the bride and groom.
We legit want EVERYTHING from all of these amazingly put together boxes. From the wrapping to the contents, who wouldn't be absolutely thrilled to receive one of these?
Come check out Present Day Gifts on Sunday May 15, 2016 and shop her delightful boxes in person.