LAURENCE AND OLIVIA GUDE IN CONVERSATION Casual chats with Peninsula people by Liz Rogers

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How did The Personalised Gift Shop come about?
thepersonalisedgiftshop.com.au came about when I was looking for a gift to surprise my little sister Olivia. Working away at the time, online was the only solution and it quickly became apparent that finding a gift that was unique, personal and full of meaning was difficult and limited.

Where did the business start and how fast has it grown?
After a lot of research, a few overseas excursions, countless late nights and endless cups of coffee I started the business in 2014, taking over my parents’ garage in Tasmania. Shortly after, my little sister Olivia came on board. Since then The Personalised Gift Shop has grown immensely. We set up our main fulfillment centre here on the Mornington Peninsula in 2016.

You are both in your early 20s — where did your entrepreneurial instincts come from?
We have both been exceptionally lucky and have been involved in numerous family businesses from the day we were born. Our grandfather built a leading wetsuit factory in the UK, and we have been hands on with our parents in restaurants, signs and graphics and river cruise companies to name a few. I think our instincts and ways of thinking have derived from all this. We don’t really know any different.

What are your professional backgrounds?
Olivia has a degree and studied architecture; I dropped out of university and went into the maritime industry.

What kinds of gifts can be found on your website?
We offer gifts for all recipients and all occasions. Our range is very broad and we are always adding new products. To highlight a few, personalised items such as mugs, cheeseboards, beer glasses, jewellery boxes, hip flasks and compendiums can all be found on our website.

What’s the process from ordering through to personalisation to receiving the perfect gift from The Personalised Gift Shop?
The process is very straightforward. You simply jump on to our website (thepersonalisedgiftshop.com.au), select a product to personalise, use our innovative live preview feature to see what your gift will look like and then add it to your cart. This can be done within minutes. Our team of ‘personalities’ lovingly personalise each order and we are proud to be the only company in our field in Australia that can dispatch within 24 hours.

What makes The Personalised Gift Shop unique?
We only specialise in personalised products; everything on our site can be personalised. We have an innovative preview feature, a fast 24-hour dispatch time and everything comes gift-wrapped as a standard service.

And finally, what’s the best part of owning/operating a business on the Peninsula?
We have lived in many places and we think the Peninsula offers the perfect work/life balance. We are fortunate to have all this on our doorstep. We are able to walk our dogs, keep active in fresh air and open space, dine at quality restaurants and relax in tranquil surroundings. What more could we want?

 

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