We've changed the appearance of our website - but everything else is the same!
Gift Hampers Created & Delivered in New Zealand...
We offer a wide range
What Makes Us Different?
From 2007-2013 we were a real physical shop, with real customers who came in every day to buy fine foods from us. Since earlier this year we moved our business to be 100% only (mostly at www.ashore.co.nz). That shouldn't be so special really, but it's almost unique in the world of gift baskets. You see, people came into our shop to do their weekly shopping, to buy special ingredients for special dinners and to buy gifts. They also chose the contents of gift baskets for their friends, families and business associates from products we had in stock. This continues to this day with our online store.
Still doesn't sound too special does it?
Why this is different is that we have learnt what people like, because that's what they buy!
A typical gift basket supplier has no contact with the recipients of their gifts, whereas we regularly had them popping in to see us and buy more, and many are still in touch online. A typical gift basket company doesn't usually think beyond the giver, who is the one who pays them. A typical gift basket company puts in nicely packaged products which look the part, but may not live up to expectations when it comes to taste.
The trouble is that politeness prevents those other gift basket companies from ever knowing that. The recipients are too polite to tell the giver that what they received wasn't up to scratch. The giver doesn't know, and the typical gift basket company only ever talks to the giver. They never find out -they have no feedback!
What makes us different is that we want the recipients to become our customers. Our in-store customers were buying for their own use, and as we still run our shop online, we still have customers buying individual items direct from us. We're just a little business so people do take their time and talk to us, and we listen.
What makes us different is that our gift baskets and hampers are built on real experience of what people do and don't like.