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Q1. Tell us where it all began

I started my journey with Garage Monkey Design after experiencing a lack of meaningful gifts when I got married.

I wanted something that truly expressed the immense gratitude and love I had for my family and friends but found the options available were lacking. This gap in the market ignited my desire to create my own gifting business.

My personal quest to find heartfelt, personalised gifts for my own wedding revealed a need for bespoke presents that genuinely captured the emotions we feel towards our loved ones. Inspired by this, I established Garage Monkey Design.

Originally starting as a decal business with my husband, our venture quickly evolved after this realisation into crafting personalised gifts for weddings and other special occasions.

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Q2. What differentiates you from similar businesses in this area?

What sets us apart is the motivation behind every gift we create – providing something truly unique, made especially for the person you’re gifting to, ensuring that each present is as unique as your relationship with them.

We are a hands-on business, priding ourselves on our ability to relate to our customers personally and offer a tailored approach to each gift. We believe that a personalised gift, created with love and thought, speaks volumes more than anything off-the-shelf ever could.

“What sets us apart is the motivation behind every gift we create.”

Q3. What would you say are the biggest challenges your business is currently facing?

Like most small businesses, the rise of material costs and importing costs would be a major challenge. Keeping up with ever changing trends in the market, staying up to date and relevant can also be overwhelming!

“My personal quest to find heartfelt, personalised gifts for my own wedding revealed a need for bespoke presents that genuinely captured the emotions we feel towards our loved ones.”

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Q4. What are your top ‘moments of joy’ over the past 4-5 years?

Winning Gifts Supplier 2023 in The Brides of Munster Awards and Finalist in Weddings Online Awards 2022 and 2023.

Being shortlisted in two categories of the Network Ireland Branch Awards this month, Emerging Business Woman and Networker of the Year.

But most importantly, getting all the customer photos and positive feedback from wedding days, birthdays and new babies!

To get photos of my products in their new homes and as part of someone’s wedding day are the most wonderful moments of the past few years.

“Winning Gifts Supplier 2023 in The Brides of Munster Awards and Finalist in Weddings Online Awards 2022 and 2023.”

Q5. What does the future hold for your business?

Keep making gifts for all the wonderful occasions that there are! But also hopefully expanding my business with new products, and hopefully reach customers outside of Ireland.

“Keep making gifts for all the wonderful occasions that there are!”

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