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.
Hi Meghann! Wanted to take a minute to tell you how pleased I am with our gift give-aways. Please tell Tim I said so too!! I appreciate the extra special wrapping touches and tlc you put into everything. It was awesome to know that we didn’t have to do much except add a note card and ship them off to the rooms. Hope to get back to a destination…
Just want to say thanks so much! It was great working with you and hope to partner again in the future. The gifts looked awesome!
Meghann, Thank you! The logo’d President Club bags and SLM bags were beautifully done; loved the final touches on them; the bows made them very festive. I also really liked the logo’d wood tags. They were perfect. I heard so many attendees tell me how much they liked the bags and the items. The items were very well received! I wanted to gre…
Dear Tim: Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoyed working with you on my two programs at the Wyndham El San Juan. Your ideas were creative, your prices competitive and your enthusiasm unmatched! I really appreciated the extras you provided: collating all of the beach bags with all of the items inside and purchasing the flipcharts for m…
I want to take a minute to thank you on behalf of our group for the terrific job you and your company did to make our stay at the El Conquistador most memorable. From our initial contact you made me feel that our program was special and unique and that you would do everything possible to accommodate my needs…even when I didn’t quite know what m…
Thank you for making our President’s Club program a tremendous success. Your flexibility with last minute orders, requests and cries for help were met with nothing but smiles and results. You’ve left a lasting impression on our group. With much appreciation and best wishes for continued success!
The gifts were a tremendous success! While my guests liked all three items, they especially liked the Elizabeth Art Tiles. I will be ordering a few more for myself through your website. Thanks again for your contribution to the success of my event!
You’re wonderful…..thanks again for all your help! I appreciate how easy you make it.
The Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort has been conducting business with Tim Colllins and Caribbean Trading Company for quite some time. Tim Collins has supplied numerous gift and amenity items for our clients and has consistently taken excellent care of our groups. He is creative and is continuously coming up with new ideas to present to our demanding cl…
Thank you – it was such a huge success! Everyone loved the amenities!