Bored with generic party favors and consumable gifts that don’t feel personal? Well, local Elgin maker Kiran Rasul is changing that with her company Up A Notch Gifts.
Up A Notch Gifts creates completely personalized party favors and gifts for holidays, birthdays, corporate functions, special events and just about any personal or religious occasion you can imagine. There really is no limit to what they can customize for your event.
Up A Notch Gifts makes unique favors like custom printed candy bars (Hershey’s bars fully wrapped underneath), mini Tobasco bottles for “Fab at 40” and “Hot at 50” birthdays, mini suitcase favors, lightbulb favors, wooden cheese boards and even DIY hot chocolate kits. There’s a favor for just about every theme and event.
Crafted by Kiran
And then there was Ramadan and Eid, important holidays in her family. She had trouble finding party favors that helped make the celebration special for her kids.
So, one day 5 years ago, she decided to make them herself!
Kiran comes up with the ideas, wraps and assembles the products herself and prints from a nearby printer in Elgin. It’s all done from her home studio.
A Family Affair
Five years in, Kiran’s kids are old enough now to pitch in here and there, making it a family bonding experience for everyone.
Around the holidays when they are slammed, even the neighborhood kids come over to chip in. It gives them a little extra spending money and gives Kiran the extra hands she needs to get through the busy season.
Order a Favor for Any Festivity
So if you have a need for favors or affordable gifts, consider supporting a local maker rather than ordering from a large corporation online. Whether you are prepping holiday gifts for teachers or staff, planning a birthday party, looking for client or office gifts, celebrating a graduation or anniversary or hosting a corporate function, explore the Up A Notch Gifts online store to see if there is a perfect gift idea for your situation.
Visit the Up A Notch Gifts store on Etsy and, if you find something you love, use their coupon code "PICKUP" (all one word, no spaces) to physically pick up your order from Kiran instead of shipping it.
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