My Story - Part 2

After losing both my parents when I was 23, life spiralled a little out of control (no surprises there). Too much drinking to numb the pain, pretending everything was ok. Oh, and the dumb things I did! Like saying 'yes' to a guy I'd dated for 3 months when he proposed! Needless to say, that didn't last very long.

Two years after mum and dad passed away I got the opportunity to transfer to Los Angeles while working for Tourism NZ. It was the best decision! Working in Santa Monica and living less than 10 mins away in Brentwood was an amazing experience! I absolutely loved the laid back lifestyle of Southern California. (If you've only spent a week visiting the theme parks, there is so much more to LA). The endless sunshine is awesome for a start. I love people watching, the shopping, chilling out in cafes, the beaches, and yes the theme parks too!

After 18 months in LA I wanted more out of work (I enjoyed my job, but without a degree I couldn't progress). So I moved back to NZ signing up to the University of Auckland to study full-time (BCom double major in marketing and international business). Part-time work was a necessity to pay for my living costs while at uni. 5am starts on weekends at the airport and eventually weekend nurse-aiding in a retirement village.

Graduation was happy with a tinge of sadness. My beautiful friend Celine and her mum Marie were there to see me receive my degree :) and my future in-laws took us out for a celebration dinner. At college I was probably one of the least likely to be expected to attend university. I'm pretty sure mum and dad would have been proud.

After graduating I started my first marketing job as a Product Manager. Two years later I was pregnant with my gorgeous daughter. When she was just 3 months old I returned to full-time work. Unfortunately I didn't have a support network to help me. Nor a supportive boss (apparently working 40 hours a week, after previously working 50+ hours was considered "part-time")! Sitting in a cupboard at work to express milk for my baby's following day at creche wasn't ideal.

I take my hat off to the many mums (and dads) who work full-time without a support network, and manage to make it work! Having someone to occasionally do the before or after creche pick-up would've been amazing so as not to have to rush all the time.

After my daughter, came one beautiful boy followed by another beautiful boy. Three kids under 5. During this time we built a house (project managing a new build with little ones is definitely an experience)! My new neighbour became one of my best friends, Leah.

And Leah is how I got into the gift hamper business ...

In part 3, becoming a business owner and that friggen awful C word, cancer.

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"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).

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