Guppy's Gift Ideas

About: Personal Shopping business with thoughtful gift ideas from local businesses
Available At: online with delivery to St. John’s and Mount Pearl (other areas may be considered).
Website: N/A
Tel: (709) 693-6993

A couple of Christmases ago Lynn Guppy challenged herself to buy gifts from local businesses. A regular and enthusiastic customer of the St. John’s Farmers’ Market, Some Good Market, fairs and local businesses in town, she wore and used the products that she bought and often was asked about them.  She says, “A lot of the time people were hearing about these  businesses for the first time, even ones with physical store fronts.”  Lynn saw a disconnect, and combined with her joy and knack for giving great gifts, she saw opportunity to connect local businesses with customers and help customers find thoughtful gift ideas.  After talking with vendors like Darren Hayward of NL Seasonings and Erin Littlejohn of Moo-Less Morsels, she put inspiration into action. Guppy’s Gift Ideas – the personal local gift shopping service – was launched on December 1, 2016.

Guppy’s Gift Ideas’ customers approach Lynn via social media, and complete a respond to queries about the recipients’ hobbies, interests, as well as timelines and budget.  Based on that info, Lynn researches gift ideas, and provides a list of at least three ideas individualized for the gift recipient to the customer . The customers choose, Lynn does the shopping, packaging (gift bags with tissue so that customers can check out the products), and delivers the gifts to the St. John’s metro area.

“Customers always tell me how much the recipients like their gifts and can’t believe how thoughtful they are.” says Lynn. For instance, one time a customer was looking for a gift for her husband. Lynn knew that the couple recently had a baby and it was going to be their first Christmas together. One of Lynn’s gift ideas was a growing gift, a Christmas tree that will grow along with the baby into adulthood.

As a local business that is built on supporting local businesses in the province, community is very important for Lynn.  She says, “I love the idea of supporting and working with local businesses. My favorite part is when I go back to the business owners and tell them that the customer chose their product or service.”  And then that expands – Guppy’s Gift Ideas brings market reach to local businesses, often bringing them new customers. Lynn loves it, and says “It’s all about supporting the local economy and the local community.”