Good Gift Giving

Boitumelo Maswabi

Gifts by LL making a meaningful and memorable impact

Renowned best-selling author and financial guru, Robert Kiyosaki, in his book ‘Rich Kid Smart Kid’, advises parents to raise financially enlightened and ambitious children, requisite qualities in this uncertain economy.

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One woman committed to cultivating that entrepreneurial spirit in her offspring’s while pursuing her passion is Lolo Mooka, founder of personalized gift hamper business, Gifts by LL.

In this conversation with Voice Woman, the hard working girl mom talks about co-running a business with her lovely lasses- aged eight and 11- the fulfilling inspiration behind Gifts by LL, ways she’s managed to differentiate her business and supporting local women entrepreneurs as she creates exciting hampers.

Mooka is also the brains behind ‘Sip and Paint’ sessions, which she promises will return soon, after a 5-year hiatus.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers.

I’m a passionate mother-of-two wonderful girls and the proud founder of Gifts by LL.

The joy of giving has always been at the core of who I am, and through Gifts by LL, I’ve embarked on a journey, together with my lovely daughters, to offer a simple yet premium, personalized gifting experience to celebrate life’s moments with love and authenticity for everyone, no matter the occasion.

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What did you do before this business?

Before diving into this enchanting world of gifting, I had the incredible opportunity to pioneer the sip and paint concept in Botswana back in 2018, collaborating with renowned brands like Lengau wines.

And guess what?

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We’re bringing back those fun sessions soon, so stay tuned for more exciting experiences!

Talk to us about that very moment you decided to venture into the business of gifting. What inspired it?

The moment that inspired me to venture into the business of gifting was truly magical.

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As a mother, it’s always been essential for me to instill a strong work ethic in my girls from an early age.

Witnessing their boundless enthusiasm and creativity ignited the idea of Gifts by LL.

Together, we’ve created a haven where every gift is thoughtfully crafted with personal touches, reflecting the essence of life’s precious moments.

So, why the name “Gifts by LL”?

It’s a heartwarming tale of personalization!

LL stands for Lolo, my name, and at the heart of our business is the desire to make every gift uniquely special for each recipient.

What sets you apart from others?

At Gifts by LL, we take pride in being a small, intimate gifting company that believes in celebrating all of life’s moments, big and small.

We are committed to offering only the highest quality, timeless products that align with modern gifting needs.

What sets us apart is our authentic approach, love for fine details, and the dedication to making each gift meaningful.

But our journey doesn’t end there.

At Gifts by LL, we find great joy in supporting women entrepreneurs and empowering them to thrive.

Through our partnerships with local women-led businesses, we aim to make the world a more beautiful place to live and create.

Moreover, our commitment to buying local extends beyond empowering women; we take pride in showcasing beautiful Botswana brands from local communities, fostering unique and lasting connections.

What informs your choice of items for the gift boxes?

Our choice of items for our gift boxes is guided by our passion for personalization and authenticity.

We carefully select products that reflect the sentiment of the occasion, ensuring that each gift tells a unique story.

From heartfelt congratulations to thoughtful sympathies, our products are curated to connect with the recipient on a deeper level.

Our corporate gifting services are a true testament to our creativity and dedication.

From curated monthly boxes featuring local products to delightful condiments, we’re all about making a positive impact through our gifts.

You recently expanded to include condiments, tell us more about that.

Recently, we introduced cheese toppers, rubs, salts, and boozy jams.

These flavorful additions will soon be available in retail and butchery outlets, and we can’t wait to incorporate them into our gift packages.

This expansion reflects our commitment to being different in the market and continually offering unique and memorable experiences.

At Gifts by LL, we embrace the spirit of adventure, and that’s why we proudly offer the heart-pounding “One Chip Challenge” chip!

For those brave souls seeking an adrenaline rush and a taste bud challenge like no other, the “One Chip Challenge” chip is the ultimate choice.

This fiery snack is not for the faint of heart, but for those who dare to take on the heat, it promises an unforgettable experience.

Whether it’s a team-building event or a special occasion that calls for some spice, our “One Chip Challenge” chip adds a unique and thrilling element to our already exceptional gift packages.

So, if you’re ready to embrace the heat and elevate your gifting experience to the next level, look no further than Gifts by LL!

From heart-warming and thoughtful gifts to daring and spicy delights, we’ve got something for every taste and occasion.

Let us surprise and delight you with our diverse range of offerings as we continue to celebrate life’s special moments with you!

How do you balance your day job with the side hustle?

Balancing my day job with Gifts by LL has been an adventure of love and creativity.

When you’re passionate about what you do, it never feels like work.

My girls are my source of inspiration, and having them involved in the business brings an incomparable joy to my heart.

What obstacles have you encountered?

Well, every journey has its share of challenges.

However, we see them as opportunities to grow and evolve.

Sometimes, sourcing the perfect items for our gift boxes can be a delightful yet time-consuming adventure.

But the joy of finding those gems that will put a smile on someone’s face makes it all worth it!

What does the future look like for you and your business?

The future of Gifts by LL is brimming with endless possibilities.

We’ll keep surprising you with even more innovative products and creative gift ideas.

Our mission is to spread joy, celebrate individuality, and make every moment truly special.

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