On a mission to find the 'perfect' gift for that 'special someone', I spent countless hours scouring 'boutique' and 'bespoke' gender-based gift websites only to find that sadly, their offerings were essentially the same.
With nothing particular in mind and the celebratory date rapidly approaching, I was in desperate need of something that the recipient would (hopefully) love, while at the same time conveying my thoughtfulness and complete understanding of their inner most desires...
After days of painstaking research and coming up empty, I narrowed my search criteria and decided that whatever it ended up being, the gift had to tick all the following boxes:
- be environmentally friendly and sustainable.
- be handmade and/or so unique that neither of us had seen it before.
- be something that would actually get used (not just tucked away to gather dust like some of my other gifts!).
- say, "this is one of the most thoughtful presents you've ever received" (from me at least).
- look like a decent amount was spent on it (of course!)
After banging my head against an idea-void wall all week, I realised my chances of finding something that ticked all these boxes was slim. As I was about to give up the search and settle for something generic online, I happened to visit a local market by chance and saw an array of wonderful and unique items for sale. Many of which were environmentally friendly, handmade, and so unique I'd never seen them before...
I never anticipated that a simple search for a present would send me off on a creative tangent so wide that I would end up learning an entirely new trade, launching a small business and online store, and ultimately changing my life forever.
Talk about getting sidetracked...
To me, there's something special about creating ethically-sourced, environmentally-friendly products that literally light up peoples lives and make them smile.
I get the same excited reactions from customers faces today as I did when I presented that first handmade candle as a gift, and seeing this excitement helps keep my fires burning to make even better candles each day.
Thanks for reading and getting to know a little bit about us...we hope to hear more about you soon.
Coco Candle Co.