One Year Anniversary for Giving Gifts & Co. + Blue Heart Campaign

Giving Gifts & Co is turning one!
Help us Celebrate this incredible milestone by stopping by the co-op boutique (4570 Main Street & 30th Avenue):

When: Saturday, April 5th, from 11 am - 8 pm

What: Food, Beverages, Live Music and Tons of Sales throughout the whole store!

Why: All in support of our HUGE 'Traffic against Trafficking' Campaign. For every person who visits the store for the ENTIRE MONTH OF APRIL, we'll donate $1 to Somaly-Mam, an organization to help women in Cambodia escape Human Trafficking and re-build lives as artists & entrepreneurs.

We are donating all proceeds from our limited edition ORCAS candles (with a blue heart vessel) to support the campaign. Which is befitting, because we're decoraitng the store with wooden hearts, and for every $100 raised, we will paint one heart blue! In other words - if you buy the candle at the store, $100 will be donated to Somaly-Mam, to support her cause against human trafficking in Cambodia.   

This Wednesday: DIY Aphrodisiac Massage Oil Workshop with Ayala @ Giving Gifts

Treat your special someone and yourself to a custom-made aphrodisiac massage oil!

In this 2hrs workshop with master perfumer Ayala Moriel you will:
- Discover the world of natural aphrodisiac essential oils and botanical turn-ons
- Learn about the properties of sensual and nourishing plant-based massage oils
- Design your very own blend, with those special notes to inspire passion and stir up the senses!
- Take it home with you, and be ready to get pampered!

* Complementary refreshments of aphrodisiac teas & chocolates will be served.

About the instructor:
Master perfumer Ayala Moriel of Ayala Moriel Parfums has been creating seductive scents since 2001. She creates custom perfumes, body products, fragrant teas, fragrant chocolates and candles, and teaches DIY aromatic workshops.


Giving Gifts & Co.
4570 Main @ 30th Avenue, Vancouver


Wednesday, February 12th, 6:30-8:30pm 

How much:
$50 including all materials, equipment, packaging and the massage oil bottle you'll be taking home with you, of course!

Space is extremely limited!

Please register with Ayala Moriel Parfums via email or call/text (778) 863-0806. 

New Boutique: Giving Gifts & Company

Giving Gifts & Company by Ayala Moriel
Giving Gifts & Company, a photo by Ayala Moriel on Flickr.
This week I've joined the co-op of artisans at Giving Gifts & Company (4750 Main Street @ 30th Avenue) started about a year ago as a pop-up-shop, and is now a co-op of local artisans, and sustainable products that give back to make the world a better place. It was founded by Lisa Pozin, who is passionate about giving back to the community by providing alternative, eco-friendly, fair-trade products that often donate a considerable portion of their profit (if not all) to charity (i.e.: Peace Bomb bracelets proceeds go to clearing bombs from Laos' lands; and Giving Keys is made by and therefore supports homeless people in Los Angeles; Lisa makes further donations from many of the products she sells to charities to build schools and programs for street kids in Kenya and Uganda). 

Giving Gifts is a remarkable space, with 5 showrooms as diverse as the people of this city. You'll find anything from yoga attire and trendy clothes for men and women to kitchenware, jewellery, children's accessories, toys and books, reusable snack bags, and fair-trade home-ware to vintage clothing, locally made teas, chocolates, Eco-friendly makeup, and now also natural perfumes, candles and body care products by Ayala Moriel Parfums.

Being a co-op, means that the artisans and  business owners are also the sale associates at the store. We take turn manning the place, and take pride in what we do and glad that we can support each other by sharing this space and the responsibilities of running it.

Whenever I am at the shop, I will be happy to give free fragrance consultations to help you find the perfect scent for you, and the perfect gift for someone special in your life that deserves to smell good! It is also an additional spot in the city where you could pick up products you've purchased online (rather than make a studio appointment). It is the only store in Vancouver that has the wide range of products I create - perfumes, body & hair oils, soaps, candles, chocolates and teas.
 Ayala @ Giving Gifts & Co. by Ayala Moriel
Come visit me here this Tuesday - it will be my first shift, from 11am-3pm.
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