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by Emma Gilboy
Well, it’s October half-term and the time has come for the new me to start buying Christmas presents. For the me of 2017 this would have been unheard of. Christmas present buying was relegated to week 2 of December after ‘School Christmas’ had taken place. Working as a Reception teacher involved planning, preparing and rehearsing a Christmas performance with ninety 4 and 5 year olds as well as managing exhaustive amounts of glitter and PVA glue involved in the production of Christmas cards, calendars, crafts. By the time we had partied hard with both children and staff and packed up Santa’s Grotto in preparation for the following term my festive cheer was waning.Fast forward to 2020 and having swapped teaching for motherhood I don’t actually have any more time to prepare for Christmas but I do have the enthusiasm. And what I want this Christmas season is to buy thoughtful, personal, useful gifts. I want family and friends to know that as well as spending my (well actually Simon’s) money, that I have invested time in thinking about, researching and purchasing gifts which will be appreciated by and personal to them as individuals.
Simon has spent many hours researching and sourcing natural ingredients of the finest quality in order to produce his range of Gilboy’s Beeswax Polishes and Leather Balsam. The local beeswax is organically produced and the lanolin is cosmetic-grade. The ingredients are of the highest quality in order to produce the kindest and most restorative products for wood and leather. Currently, 97% (957) of our website reviews are 5 star. Our customers are delighted with the quality of finish created by our products.
Gilboy’s products are perfect for gift giving. The attention to detail within the product packaging makes the opening experience a delight. However, this is soon replaced by the sense of achievement that people feel once they have restored a beloved piece of furniture or item of leather to its former glory. Having used the beeswax polish myself I can assure you that it is very simple and quick to apply. For those wishing to complete a more complex restoration there are blogs and Youtube videos which will demonstrate the steps needed to strip and refinish items of furniture. In addition to this, Simon is always happy to email or speak to customers undertaking more complex projects. Simon is passionate about his business and as a furniture restorer of 34 years he has a wealth of knowledge which he is always happy to share.
In turn, we try to source locally. Our beeswax travels 4 miles from Buckfast Abbey and our main suppliers of ingredients and packaging are based in the UK, many in the South West.
Each and every purchase includes a personalised, hand-written note. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to every customer who chooses to shop with us. A gift wrapping service is also available for those wanting to send one of our products directly to a friend or family member.
Our jars of beeswax furniture polish and our wood polishing kits come in 100% plastic-free, recyclable packaging and are made with recycled materials from FSC-approved mixed sources. The 100% recyclable paper and cotton based packing tape with a water-based natural gum can be recycled along with the cardboard and we only use biodegradable raffia twine as opposed to plastic sticking tape.
The clip-top, glass Le Parfait jars containing our polishes and balsam are reusable. We also have a Return & Refill scheme offering 25% off refill & returns on UK purchases.
The solar panels installed on our workshop roof enable our business to be 100% solar-powered and carbon negative.
With every UK purchase, a complimentary box of sweet pea seeds is included for our customers to plant and grow as a 'Thank You' to the bees. The sweet pea blossoms are a great source of nectar and pollen.
This year we have also decided to send a free polishing kit to a different UK heritage property every month. We know that national and regional lockdowns have put enormous financial pressure upon organisations such as The National Trust and English Heritage and this is our small way of showing our support.
This Christmas we are also hoping to work with ‘The Silver Line’ who have a call centre based locally to our workshop. We would like to be able to offer our customers the option to donate up to £2 with each purchase which we will match fund. We would like to use this money to create personalised gift hampers for some of the vulnerable elderly people that The Silver Line support within the local area.
So, if you are looking to buy a responsibly sourced and produced, good quality gift which would be enjoyed by a friend or family member, then shop with confidence at gilboys.co.uk. We have a range of products suitable for people who appreciate and enjoy caring for their wooden furniture which would make an unusual but valued gift this Christmas. Or maybe just treat yourself!
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Staverton Works, New Lane, Staverton, Devon, TQ9 6AQ, UK
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