Some of the best Sunshine Coast products are being shipped to all corners of Australia thanks to the hard work of local gift company, Hampers To Go which celebrated its first birthday this weekend
Crowds descended on the Marcoola-based store to sample the local wares and celebrate the milestone with business owner Libby Marker, who established Hampers To Goafter spending years trying to source quality corporate gifts for her husband’s business.
“I have a real passion for supporting local and this, combined with the limited options for unique corporate gifts resulted in the vision for Hampers To Go,” said Ms Marker.
“I’ve lived here on the Sunshine Coast for over two decades and was aware of the growth in unique and exciting products being developed in the region. I feel really lucky to live in place that has a diverse range of exceptional produce making it easy to create incredible gifts for my customers —
“Whether it’s the award-winning Kokopod Chocolate, Noosa Natural Chocolate Co, Candy Addictions, Smoochies or Tea Shop, the brands and companies we work with are known for their top quality products. We then package them up into beautiful gift hampers and either ship them across Australia or deliver them to lucky customers right here on the Coast as gifts from loved ones outside the region.
The store on David Low Way was abuzz with activity on Saturday with the Hampers To Go team offered a free sausage sizzle, face painting and the cutting of an impressive cake with the help of State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson.
A number of local producers were also part of the celebrations including Kellie Marshall from Tea Shop which produces organic loose leaf tea. Ms Marshall recently relocated from Byron Bay to continue her business’s journey here on the Sunshine Coast.
“It was great to meet customers at the Hampers To Go store as part of the celebration to give them a taste of our teas and share our exciting news that we’re now one of Libby’s local suppliers,” said Ms Marshall.
“We arrived on the Sunshine Coast seven weeks ago and have been welcomed with open arms. The Coast is thriving in regard to food and agriculture businesses and we’re delighted to join this vibrant community to take our business to the next level.”
“It’s exciting to see Hampers To Go celebrate their first birthday and we look forward to working with Libby and the team going forward.”
Ms Marker thanked her suppliers for the support and encouraged locals to get behind Sunshine Coast brands to ensure the longevity of these boutique producers.
“We have a great opportunity to put the Sunshine Coast on the map and our hampers aim to contribute to showcasing what we have here,” said Ms Marker.
“Customers love coming instore to browse our product range which includes not only local food products but also soaps, candles and even hand crocheted baby clothes thanks to a local grandmother who creates mini masterpieces to include in our new baby hampers.
“Our online store is also really popular, especially for those outside the region who order for friends and family who live here.
“We’re heading into our busiest time of year in the lead-up to Christmas, particularly with the corporate market looking for client gifts.
“Our team will work hard over this period to make sure we can get the hampers out as quickly as possible. Whether it’s for corporate clients or customised gifts for friends and family, there’s really something for everyone.
“I spend months organising and sourcing products in the lead up to the festive season to offer a great variety for our customers.”
For more information please visit www.hamperstogo.com.au.