how it works for You.
Authentic Curated Gifts
We offer you a personalized proposal of thoughtful gift options that are curated for quality and authenticity, crafted to your specifications/interests and budget. We’ve sifted through the fluff – all the parts that drive you crazy and leave you frustrated when you need a gift—figuring out where to begin, searching the stores, knowing what’s hot, uncovering something unique and unexpected. We love this stuff! Handling all of the details and headaches straight through to the day we deliver your gifts – on time, accurate, beautifully packaged and guaranteed to delight.
Living in Paradise
In the tropics, there’s an ebb and flow to the availability of items.
We consider all the important factors that impact the production of gift ideas to include in your custom proposal. No
worries, we’ll use our local knowledge to make the recommendations that respect your timing and budget.
- Holiday and festival schedules.
- Rain/humidity and curing/drying times
issues for natural objects
- Shipping schedules and customs clearance times
- Purchasing minimums
- Bulk and quantity discounts
- High vs. low season (fluctuating inventories)
- Artisan sabbaticals
how we find our artisans.
The Art of the Caribbean Lifestyle
“Probably my favorite part of living here is seeking out new artists, small businesses and entrepreneurs to become Caribbean Trading Company partners. I’m always excited when I find a gift that instantly says ‘Caribbean’ to me. For so many years, cultural products were underdeveloped. There have been huge improvements, but I still enjoy the personal side and find many of my best artisans by word of mouth or with a knock on the door.” – Meghann
Over the last 15 years, we’ve searched the islands to fill our catalog with quality authentic products. We visit over 30 fairs and festivals a year, attend gift shows, and generally pound the sun-baked pavement to get to the best products and handicrafts available.
Our artisan group reflects the diversity of the islands. The artisans speak a number of languages. Some craft their wares as a second or third job, some dedicate their careers to the product. There are working class artisans and educated professionals in the group. What we all have in common is a passion for embodying the Caribbean life in authentic, inspiring gifts.
Many of our artisans and entrepreneurs have been with us for over 15 years. Those relationships are based on mutual respect. We are determined to get you great value at a fair price, and that will always reflect a fair wage to our artisans for their fine work.
Thank you so much for doing that, Meghann. That’s way beyond anything I would have expected. I appreciate that level of recognizing a customer need.
The towels and totes were fantastic – everyone loved them! Thank you to you and the staff for producing a great end result!
Hi Tim – thanks for everything. You and your team did a fabulous job and I really appreciated your support. Everyone loved the sarongs and beach shorts as well as the gifts you provided. Thanks again and I’ll be sure to pass on your contact information to my colleagues…
I met one of your team at Coco Rio and I raved about you! It’s been a pleasure working with you. You were so helpful to me in so many ways and I thank you for that. The gifts were all a hit….especially the beach bags…how I agonized over that one!!! Thanks again Meghann…you were a Lifesaver!
Hello Meghann – Just wanted to thank you and Tim for your efforts during past week’s event. The result was very good and VIP’s were very pleased. Thanks again and look forward to doing business with you.
Hi Meghann- We had a great conference and your gift baskets, key chains and truffles were very well received. Thank you so much for working with me as you did and for adding the extra ‘Sodexo’ items into the gift baskets. I will definitely refer you to others and bear you in mind for any future events that I may be involved in. Thank you so mu…
We are using your company for our ladies gifts, cards, etc. I have been working with Meghann Hawes and she has been terrific! She is pleasant, professional and has wonderful follow-up skills. I have enjoyed working with her immensely and only wish I had the pleasure of dealing with more people like her on a daily basis. She is a true asset to your …
Hi Meghann! We got the gift bags today and LOVE them! The burlap looks great! Thanks so much!
Dear Tim: Thanks so much for the professional and expedient service you and your company provided me at our conference recently held in Puerto Rico. Given the short timeline I gave you and not knowing exactly what I wanted, your response, suggestions and final Puerto Rican gift package you provided was absolutely perfect for the occasion. Tim, I al…
Just a quick note to thank you for the beautiful baskets, Coqui Pins and Crystal Starfish. Everybody loved the give-aways. The presentation was a big hit as well!! Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future!!