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 – it was such a huge success! Everyone loved the amenities!
That sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for all of your assistance with this, Meghann. I started planning this meeting about 6 weeks later than I have in the past, and you really have made this part of the meeting go very smoothly! Thank you again
You’re wonderful…..thanks again for all your help! I appreciate how easy you make it.
I will always have you and Tim on my radar when it comes to needing items from the Caribbean or other places around the world
The dominoes and the event were a hit. They loved them!! Thanks for all your help with this. When I am back in Puerto Rico, I’ll be sure to call you for gifts.
You were the pleasure, believe me. I can’t tell you how big of a help you were during that so chaotic time, you were like a happy place during a storm, and I did not overstate that. Thank you so very much. The gifts were a huge, and I do mean huge hit. Everyone loved them and they were just perfect. You did everything exactly right, everything yo…
Everyone LOVED the straw hats and goodies and the sun products. You did an excellent job!!! Thanks very much
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 …
THANK YOU! So easy, so fast…and I know our VIPs will love the baskets! Thank you Meghan!
Hi Meghann! We got the gift bags today and LOVE them! The burlap looks great! Thanks so much!