I own a gift shop named Gifted, on the North Shore of Staten Island since 2006. For fourteen years, Gifted has been the one-stop gift shop in the community for everyday, special occasion and holiday gifts. We have developed a reputation for beautiful gifts and excellent customer service.
In my years of owning the gift shop, I noticed that some of my busiest customers often purchased special occasion gifts last-minute, on the same day of the occasion. These customers, often pressed for time, shop at my gift store to avoid last-minute treks to the mall. Thinking of my own hectic life-style, I wondered how and where I would purchase gifts (last-minute of course, because that's just how I roll) if I didn't own a gift shop. When I considered the options for same-day gifts, they seemed uninspired and redundant to me; flowers, gift baskets or something from the mall. Observing a gap in the same-day gift market, I created Giftley.com, to offer beautiful gifts, with same day delivery in Manhattan.
I launched Giftley in 2018 when I became an empty nester when my two daughters were away at college at the same time. The girls and I had been inseparable since the 2001 Sept. 11 attacks that took my husband; their father, away from us in the collapse of the towers at the World Trade Center. He was a New York City firefighter. 2001 was a life-changing year for my family, but through terrible times that year, I saw a lot of good in people, and the kindness of complete strangers. I was particularly touched by the kind person that left a gift bag with a cozy blanket wrap, by my door, at the day's end on Monday, November 12, 2001. That was the day that American Airlines Flight #587 crashed in Rockaway, Queens with my sweet father on the Santo Domingo bound airplane. 2001 was a life-changing year for me and my family: we experienced 9/11 and AA Flt. #587 very personally. I don't know who left the blanket wrap at my door that night, but it gave me immeasurable comfort and hope, in the days, weeks and months that followed. The kind gesture never left me, it made me smile for a moment that terrible day.
My life's journey has led me to this endeavor, where I combine my love of the gift industry and experience in the business, with the creation of Giftley. My team and I curate pretty gifts with care, creativity, enthusiasm and love for what we do, to provide beautiful same-day delivery gifts. Giftley’s collection is carefully curated to not overwhelm with too many options when shopping for a last-minute gift. We have beautiful same-day gifts for her, him, a coworker, birthday, new baby, children and holidays. Giftley takes the stress out of last-minute gifts with same-day delivery in Manhattan. We also ship. When you send a gift by Giftley they will feel special, and you will look like a thoughtful gift-giver.