We started selling from our market stall in London’s Portobello Road. Before long we were on the shelves of high street institutions like Habitat and The Body Shop.
For the next two decades we continued to discover and deliver these Gifts of Random Kindness, until our serendipitous journey took another turn.
Next steps on the journey
We decided it was time not only to choose products we liked, but also to design them. First came the Original Jumbo Bag, one of our best loved products to this day, and back then our passport to a world that we could fill with our own ideas. Our style embraced everything that we felt Gifts of Random Kindness should be about — fun, imaginative and a little bit retro.
Top Banana jumbo storage bag
Top Banana jumbo storage bag, one of our newest designs. Explore all jumbo bags
From floral patterns to adorable animals, we loved creating colourful and playful prints that would stand out and bring joy. Each year we’ve added to our eclectic and stylish collections, and to our reputation for beautiful presents at beautiful prices.
In 2005 we opened an online shopping channel so that we could sell directly to the public. A decade (and a bit) later we were an award-winning, international business (we won the 2019 Queen’s Award for Enterprise; for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales). There have been other awards too. We’ve become regulars at the Junior Design Awards and at Gift of the Year.
Kindness to the environment
At the same time, we’ve been working on our kindness to the environment. Many of our gifts now come in cardboard packaging. We use recyclable material whenever possible, and our packing process is now largely plastic-free: we use paper tape, recycled cardboard boxes, and paper wrap rather than bubble wrap.