My Story - Part 1

My name is Vicki and I create gift hampers. I grew up in small town NZ and worked from a young age. Like many kids I started a paper-run at age 11 and progressed to milk-runs when I was 14 (back in the days when glass bottles of milk were delivered to your letterbox before breakfast). The milk truck would pick me up at 3.00am and I'd arrive back home at 8.00am in time to quickly get ready for school. No wonder I sometimes fell asleep in class!

I really didn't enjoy college. Nothing inspired me. I sometimes skipped school with my friend (a girl from a Brethren Church family - no radio, no tv etc). She'd drive us to the local shops and we'd hang out just so she could listen to music playing in the background in shops (no radio allowed in her car). Other days we'd drive to the beach.

I left school at 15 to work in my first full-time job, retail (in a local store similar to a Spotlight store). Then worked 3 years in a sewing factory. I was outgrowing my small-town surroundings and needed something more fulfilling.

Then came a shift to Wellington to start a full-time tech course in office admin. Upon completion I started my first office job working for government at Internal Affairs and then transferring to Tourism NZ (known as NZ Tourist and Publicity back then).

I loved living in Wellington! Then my mum died. I was 23 years old. This was the crappiest year of my life. Losing mum was a huge shock. It was unexpected. A massive heart attack without warning and she was only 45.

A couple of months later I got glandular fever, my flat was broken into and a month after that my car was stolen. At that stage I didn't think things could get worse.

But they did. I was then diagnosed with Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. Not cool for someone with a phobia of needles. But that wasn't the worst thing, cos then my dad died! Only 8 months after mum had died. Again unexpected.

A move to LaLa land, growing, healing - in Part 2

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Testimonials

"My friend in hospital received her cancer gift parcel today and absolutely loved it.  The nurses loved it so much they took photos of it!  Thanks so much :)"

Linda Bellinger, Shannon Horowhenua District (May 2020)

"The hamper was a gift for my sister who was delighted to receive it – she said the wheat bag is the perfect size for taking to hospital and the balm will also be most appreciated there.  She had also though about getting a journal but hadn’t gotten around to it, so was delighted with the one in the hamper.

Thanks for much for helping me give her a little surprise during what is a really tough time."

Sue Downing, Branch Manager, BNZ Invercargill

"Hi Vicki
I can't thank you enough for prioritising my order to reach my dear friend before her treatment. It was delivered Monday afternoon and her treatment starts today Tuesday afternoon, such amazing service. My friend called me upon the delivery of her hamper, she was excited & overwhelmed on the presentation of the hamper but most of all how ideal the items are for her to use during her treatment sessions. It also gave me a beautiful feeling to know that I could make her feel special and bring on some light to her day. Thank you Vicki, I will definitely be using this site again and will recommend everyone to do so :) "
Cheers, Diane Mahomed, Auckland

"Today we received a beautiful gift that my sister Clare had organised with you.

We wanted to say how beautiful the gift was, the ribbons, box, card, all so thoughtful.

We will definitely use you for gifts in future, and I’m about to post you all over Facebook in the hope that others will.

Thank you again."

Adrian & Ruth Williams, Hibiscus Coast, Auckland

"Thank you so much for the lovely gift that you put together for our corporate client. Such a quick, smooth and easy process and the recipients loved the yummy treats which were included".

Carla Kruger, Smartscan 360, Auckland

"Thank you so much, excellent service, and my friend loved her gift :) "

Marion Gardner, NZ

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A percentage from all sales goes towards the 3 charities Love to Give supports every month.

Recently Love to Give purchased 7 bikes for kids to get to school, five school uniforms, and school stationery packs for 10 Cambodian school children, through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (Theresa Gattung, Denise Arnold, Nadia Lim). www.cctnz.org.nz

Your purchases also go towards sponsoring a child each month in Cambodia.

Proud to have supported KidsCan every month for over 5 years.

Your purchases go towards Hand of Hope Charity, providing feeding programmes in 30 countries, over 950 fresh water wells, and rescuing women and children in 13 countries from human trafficking. www.joycemeyer.org/handofhope

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Funky Gift Boxes Trading As Love to Give Ltd Auckland, New Zealand

vicki@lovetogive.co.nz  / 021 398 941,  +64 21 398 941

712 Tahekeroa Road, Wainui, Auckland