Here at RIVA Gifts, our team is made up of sisters Gem and Tess. We had always wanted to work and own a business together, and the journey we were on came from our pure passion for creativity. We’ve managed to turn our little hobby of personalised gifts and frames for friends, into a dream come true.
It all started in 2017, whilst Gem, being a stay-at-home mummy, found her love for making small, beautiful gifts. Our friends were so impressed with the products that they would tell their friends and family, who then told their friends and family, and word-of-mouth really propelled the start of our business. We loved nothing more than seeing people smile from something we had created from our dining room table.
Gem’s children, Riley and Ava were the influence behind our name, as they had convinced us that our personalised gifts were too good not to share. After Tess had worked her magic and created a Facebook Shop within a day, RIVA Gifts was born, and we have never looked back since.
There are two sides to our business, the creative team and the experience team. Our fabulous experience team are stationed at our pop-up shop in John Lewis, where we have been privileged to sell from since October 2020, as the pandemic haltered our original start date. Our team love how varied the role is, that no two days are the same, and share our passion for providing you with the very best customer service possible.
“We don’t just make any old gifts; we personalise pretty much all of our products. We make everything from baby gifts to personalised wedding favours and workwear. We now sell all over the UK and ” – Tess.
Our main shop, where the creative magic happens, is located in Banwell, Weston-Super-Mare. We also sell online on Amazon Handmade, Etsy and eBay. We pride ourselves on being able to create completely bespoke designs and produce the perfect gift which is completely personal to you. Nothing is ever too much when it comes to our business, so don’t be afraid to contact us with your requests.
“Who knew my hobby would turn into a business, if only I’d have known earlier” – Gem.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but now we get to work together and create beautiful handmade gifts, turning something we love, into something you will love too.