The online e-commerce site, Givzie, LLC, opened for business on August 12. Givzie’s founder, Amanda Olsen, is the mother of two young boys, and after hosting and attending countless birthday parties, she sought an alternative to all of the gifts that are purchased and ultimately thrown on top of the ever-growing toy pile, never to be used. She wanted to create a platform to streamline the gift giving process, and reduce twenty small birthday gifts into one more substantial gift that your child really wants.
After several months of development, we are proud to introduce Givzie where anyone can create a personal account at www.givzie.com , upload images of the purchased gift, share a personal story and send their Givzie link along with e-invitations. Party-goers can seamlessly contribute to the one big gift from the link or from the site. This service is a win for everyone involved: parents have less clutter, kids get the big gift they have been eyeing all year, and party-goers do not have to run out the day of to pick up a $20 gift that will end up in the proverbial pile.
Amanda has been dreaming up this service for several years, and with the encouragement of her family and friends, she is thrilled to launch a company that meets this need. Amanda recalls her a-ha moment: “One day, as I was driving to Target to pick up a gift, on my way to a birthday party when I thought: “Why can’t I just put my money towards something this kid really wants? And, what if all of their friends contributed money towards one big gift?”
To create Givzie, Amanda, who has a BFA from The University of the Arts, used her creative and artistic eye to oversee the website and design of the brand. She has also called upon her years spent working in customer service and business management to make the experience seamless and enjoyable.