Gift Giving Simplified: Giften Market

Giften Market curated gift boxes

Giften Market kindly sent me a curated gift box and I’m so excited to share what they are all about with you! Giften Market is a women-owned eCommerce startup that simplifies gift shopping. They take the stress out of gift buying by sourcing unique and thoughtful products from over 150 emerging and underrepresented entrepreneurs. They are shop small at its finest and I’m impressed by how easy they make gift giving through categorical, curated picks or building your own special package to surprise someone special.

Giften Market curated gift boxes

I love that Giften Market offers both curated and build-your-own boxes that make the perfect gift for any occasion – think bridesmaids, care packages, hostesses, wellness lovers, clients, and gifts for him! I especially love this “New Mom + Babe” gift box – perfect for when you see a “we’re expecting” announcement on social, but you aren’t local to attend a baby shower!

Here’s what came in my build-your-own gift box, with my wishlist to them being that I gravitate towards self-care, spa-like options and anything that has a focus on clean ingredients. This gift box was thoughtfully put together, even including a local Minneapolis maker’s aromatherapy “After the Storm” spray! Highly recommend this as the scent is incredible and perfect as a room spritz and freshening up linens.

The fabulous makers that Giften Market included are:

Kobi Co. (Local to MSP! / Women-Owned / BIPOC / Handmade)
“I’m a senior at DeLasalle High School In Minneapolis. I started Kobi Co. as a way to fund my college dreams. I wanted to find a way to pay for college tours and support myself through school while promoting the importance of self-care and make it smell good.  I quickly realized this was a viable business that I wanted to continue to grow. For me, candles are mood-makers like music. No matter the day you’re having, a song can be the reset button you need to switch the energy, set the vibe, keep it moving or take a break.I wanted my products to do just that- empower you to take care of yourself and share your care for others. I strive to use my passion for self-care to uplift myself, my community, and to make dope products. As I grow this business and continue to support myself, I also plan to use Kobi Co. as a means to uplift other Black women seeking an education in business by creating a small scholarship to help them along the way.”

Giften Market curated gift boxes

Formulary 55 (Handmade / Eco-Friendly / Women-Owned)
‘We are Formulary 55, makers of modern botanicals for bath, body, and home. Since launching in 2012, our goal is to hand make luxurious bath and body products that are formulated with intention and crafted with care. All of our products are certified cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Founded in Seattle, Washington, Formulary 55 is now headquartered in Southern Colorado. Our line can be found online and in 800+ retail stores in 17 countries (and counting!). Our team is made up of makers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and do-ers. We combine our diverse talents and passions daily to bring our customers a unique botanical experience that is Formulary 55.”

Giften Market curated gift boxes

Le Bon Shoppe (Women-Owned)
“Three girl friends met while in the fashion industry and bonded instantly over their love of good food, vintage-hunting, natural textiles, and the road less traveled.

Tired of the fleeting trendiness of the fast-fashion industry, as well as the inflated premiums of the high fashion industry, they dreamed of a better middle where fashion was beautiful, had character, and was made to last in both quality and aesthetic.

The dream turned into action when one night the three girls started talking about how they could never find the right socks to go with their shoes, they wished there was a better designed sock to look good and feel good with all the shoes… And just like that, over a bottle of wine Le Bon Shoppe was born, with an attention towards beautiful textiles, subtle designs and prismatic colors and an intention to always provide the best quality at a lovely price.”

Giften Market curated gift boxes

ESW Beauty (Women-Owned / Small Batch / Eco-Friendly)
“ESW Beauty is a clean beauty skincare brand that creates products inspired by healthy living. Our co-founder, Elina Sofia Wang, struggled with stomach ulcers for many years and in early 2018, she started to live a cleaner lifestyle by eating healthier, drinking raw juices, and joining yoga and barre classes. She also started to use clean beauty products but found that there was no sheet mask line on the market that not only had non-toxic formulas but also looked good on the bathroom counter top.

With 5+ years of experience in the beauty industry, Elina decided to create her own products that had creative branding and would not compromise on safety and efficacy. Elina asked her boyfriend, John, to join this venture with her. With his BA from Columbia in biochemistry, he was able to bring his expertise to creating the best formula without toxic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, and sulfate detergents.

Together, their mission is to change the way people view “sheet masking” by creating a brand that has clean ingredients, is cruelty free, and is made with eco-friendly packaging without leaving out the fun.

Elina chose raw juices as her theme for their first line because they were a huge part of her clean living journey and is one of her favorite drinks. Together along with the ESW Beauty Team, they hope to continue to create more products in the future with a safe formula that delivers the deepest results.”

Giften Market curated gift boxes

Among the Flowers (Women-Owned / Eco-Friendly / Handmade)
“Among the Flowers has been a transformation of my lifestyle, years in the making. I have always enjoyed lovely products, beautiful scents, and spending sacred moments in self care.

The moment I became responsible for a new life, my first son, the study of ingredients in every household and body product I owned became my new reality. In this I learned how damaging every day items are to our health. Sadly the most commonly used brands and easily accessed goods are filled with damaging ingredients. My goal was to change our home environment and improve what were bodies are exposed to.

My greatest inspiration in life is drawn from the beauty of completely wild spaces. The neon coral of the sunset before rain. The gently shifting golden grass of summer. The calming pace of dripping rain, and silence of snowfall. Each creation is drawn from a feeling, a vision and then actualized through a completely natural blending of botanicals. From aromatherapeutic benefits, to the vivid colors found in seed oils and dried flowers, to the simplicity of each label- my team and I strive to deliver an enhanced ritual of positive, reflective, generative beauty.”

Giften Market curated gift boxes

Raaka Chocolate (Eco-Friendly / Handmade / Organic)
“We’re devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder and fruitier side of cacao. That’s why we make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers we trust and admire. The unique flavor of our unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. We craft our bars in celebration of each cacao origin’s unique character.”

Here are my fave picks of all the great pre-selected gift boxes:

Leave a comment if you try and get the biggest thank you’s from your gift recipients! 

Giften Market curated gift boxes

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