Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Social Stories Club gift card.
Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.
What are the advantages of purchasing a gift card?
Gift cards are very flexible and simple to purchase for people who are difficult to buy, so the receiver can purchase whatever they want with a gift card. They might have dietary restrictions or preferences, making it easier to put the control into the hands of the receiver. A gift card does not require you to collect addresses, so the recipient can add them upon checkout, you just need their email to pass on the gift voucher code.
Gift cards are great for individuals and businesses alike. Corporates who do not want to have to deal with collecting the addresses of thousands of staff can give a gift card hassle-free. A sustainable gift card for corporates is a great gift for environmentally conscious companies who want to reduce waste as the recipient can choose which gift they like and will consume all the items, reducing waste.
How can I give a gift card that reflects my values of caring, sustainability, and people focus?
Gift cards are great gifts, they are easy to purchase and give a lot of flexibility to the receiver. However, many recipients do not want to receive a gift card from a large multinational store and would rather support small businesses and social enterprises. Therefore if you want to purchase a gift card, choose one from a sustainable gifting company such as Social Stories Club.
How can a sustainable gift card build business relationships? Are ethical gift cards a good corporate gift?
Asked by Social Stories Club's survey whether sustainability would be a consideration if tasked with purchasing corporate gifts 91% of people would have sustainability as a consideration. It is interesting that on the other hand, 78% of those surveyed reported having received an Amazon gift card when more sustainable options would include gift cards for smaller local stores.
The best way to build business relationships through gifting is to give a corporate hamper that reflects your values. A great option is a sustainable hamper with social stories behind each product such as socks supporting homeless people for example.
However, if you prefer to offer a gift card as it is one of the simplest corporate gifting methods, instead of selecting an Amazon gift card, chose a gift card to a sustainable gifting supplier, or a social enterprise. An example is Social Stories Club which supplies ethical hampers for corporates. If you want to get a sustainable gift for employees that is hassle-free, select a Social Stories Club gift card. These sustainable gift cards will benefit communities, social enterprises, and individuals with barriers to employment. You can buy a gift card and have your employees select what they want inside with the Build Your Own Gift Box feature. Building Your Own Gift Hampers is an alternative option popular with corporates.
How much should I spend on employee gift cards for my business?
Giving corporate gift cards is a great HR strategy to make your team feel valued. The most important thing about purchasing an employee corporate gift is the values of the gifting company you invest in, as these values directly tell your team what is important to you. Once you have picked your gifting supplier you will need to decide your budget. It is better to give a smaller gift from a more memorable supplier than a larger gift from a generic supplier. A memorable supplier will include gifts that tell stories, or have sustainable values. Social Stories Club gifts have both as every product inside their corporate gift hamper tells a social story, for example, chocolate melts supporting refugees. If you have a lower budget, you may provide a letterbox gift worth £15 to £20 to your employees as a corporate present. Most Employers give gift cards ranging between £25 and £75. By receiving a gift card for £25 or more, your staff could select a sustainable gift box and choose the content with the Build Your Own Gift Box feature. By selecting this option, in addition to supporting vulnerable people and social enterprises, you will make a lasting impression on your staff. If you want your team to receive a corporate hamper basket as a fun way to boost company relationships and boost morale your budget for gifts will start at £50 up to £190. Corporate hamper baskets may include a variety of different types of items but are the most exciting to receive as they are packed full of goodies.
Can gift cards be sustainable? Where can I find sustainable gift cards for employees?
Supporting a social enterprise through gift cards can have a huge impact on small businesses. To support a social enterprise that you care about, businesses can avoid large corporate gift suppliers and opt for smaller sustainable gifting suppliers instead. These sustainable suppliers will not only be able to reach large order quantities but they will also be more flexible. Sustainable corporate gifting providers, such as Social Stories Club, an Edinburgh-based gifting company, are an example of one of these companies that promote and practice sustainability. If you are looking for a sustainable gift card for employees, Social Stories Club is the best place to start and the recipient can choose what goes inside their gift boxes with the Build Your Own Gift box function. Purchasing a gift card from a corporate gifting supplier that offers ethical gifts can be just as simple as purchasing a gift card from Amazon. Gift cards at Social Stories Club are hassle-free and sustainable they are created digitally and sent through email. This reduces transport emissions and paper that is no longer wasted.
Do workers want to receive gift cards? Do employees even want to receive gifts?
A staggering 88% of workers desire a present from their employer. There are numerous other studies with varying outcomes on whether employees prefer gift cards specifically. Employees want a gift card only if they can redeem it and receive something they will want or use. Books are not for everyone, so a book voucher would not be appropriate for all. Many workers did not want to shop at Amazon because it did not match their values.
Can ethical gift cards cater to dietary requirements?
Select a gifting company that caters to various allergies, kosher and halal gifts, and vegan options - then purchase a gift card for this company. Social Stories Club has gift boxes for vegan diets, kosher diets, halal diets, and free-from diets, among other things.
Can my employees choose their ethical gift if I purchase them a gift card?
Your team may select any product they desire from our Build Your Own Gift Box section on our website if you get them a gift card. This way, your team may select from a wide range of items and flavours. This is beneficial if you have vegan workers or a workforce with dietary restrictions and allergies. It also minimises waste as your team may select exactly what they desire for their ethical gift box.
Can I buy multiple gift cards?
You can buy multiple gift cards for your friends and family. You can purchase multiple gift cards for employees and clients too.
If I buy a sustainable gift card, can I still choose which sustainable gift my employees get?
Our corporate gifting sales team can create a custom web page for your employees. You can select what goes on this page whether there's one default option your team have to claim or your team may choose from a variety of gifts, including vegan options, sustainable foodie alternatives, pamper items, and ones suitable for those with allergies.
Can I buy a gift card without my employees knowing how much I spent on their gift?
Is it possible to purchase a gift card without the recipient knowing how much you spent? Yes! How do we guarantee that your staff will not know how much you have spent on their gift card? We can create a unique link and webpage just for your employees, so they will not know the price. Your employees may select their gift and enter their data including their address without seeing the price. You may choose how many ethical gift options you would like for them to choose from. The gift will be prepaid, and your employees will not see its cost. To arrange a 1:2:1 phone call with our team, please contact us.
What are the best sustainable gift cards for employees? What are the best ethical gift cards for businesses?
Choosing a sustainable gift box from Social Stories Club is the best choice for employees. With the Build Your Own Gift box feature, your team can select what is included in their gift box. Each gift card from Social Stories Club includes products from social enterprises, employs individuals with barriers to employment, and includes their social stories in a booklet. Choosing a social enterprise will help save the world from carbon emissions and, in turn, introduce someone to a new venture.
Is it better to give a sustainable gift card, an ethical gift hamper, or a cash bonus?
Some people believe that it is better to give a gift card than a sustainable gift hamper or cash as a present. This way, the purchaser does not have to spend a lot of time deciding which present they are going to purchase, instead, they just have to choose a sustainable gifting company. Some people give cash as a gift as this gives the recipient the most flexibility. However, cash bonuses feel ‘earned’ instead of ‘gifted’ and as a result, the giver may not receive the gratitude. Giving a physical gift hamper is the best of the three for building valuable relationships between staff and employers as they feel valued, treated, and appreciated. If you choose to give a sustainable gift card to your employees, to make sure it is effective at building business relationships, make sure the gift card is for a gifting company. This way your staff will still receive a gift which they will thank your company for, instead of spending it on something practical. If given a generic gift card, people may use the gift card to buy items that are needed, but not particularly nice.
Last Updated: 16th of March 2023.
When Do You Send the Order?
We aim to dispatch your order as soon as possible. While majority of the orders are sent out the same day, please allow up to 3 working days. In December, please allow for an extra working day as this is an extremely busy time.
We offer free delivery for all our UK deliveries. Once you have placed your order, it will be dispatched using a 2-3 business days delivery service.
If you are extremely excited about receiving the gift and want to have it delivered sooner, you could upgrade the delivery service on the checkout page for an additional fee. If you want further assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.
We understand that you may not want the hassle of sending out gift boxes yourself. To make it easier for you, we can send them out individually to different addresses across the UK at no additional cost. To have them sent out to different addresses, please enter the addresses in the note box on the cart page or please them to us within 1 hour of placing your order. Unless specified in note box (on the checkout page) or via email, your order will be sent to the address you provide to us under 'Shipping Address'.
EU & International Delivery
Depending on the delivery location, the delivery time will be 3-12 business days.
We understand that you may not want the hassle of sending out gift hampers yourself. To make it easier for you, we can send them out individually to different addresses at an additional cost. If you would like to arrange this, please email us at email@example.com before you place your order.
Orders posted outside Mainland UK will not be subject to import duties and taxes as these will be paid in advance. With this, we can make sure that we can remove the hassle of the gift recipient having to pay charges on delivery. For any enquiries, please contact us in advance of placing your order.
Parcels sent outside Mainland UK may occasionally face delays due to longer processing time by the local customs office.
Which Locations are Covered By The Free Delivery?
For our gift boxes, free delivery covers England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This includes Scottish Highlands and Islands, Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey but excludes Faroe Islands.
For our gift hampers, free delivery covers England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This includes Scottish Highlands but excludes Scottish Islands, Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, and Faroe Islands.
Please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this.
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1. How are the gifts packaged?
We have two types of packaging. Our gift boxes are packaged using a lightweight biodegradable cardboard box. Our gift hampers are packaged in a reusable hamper.
2. What is inside the story booklet?
Our story booklet shares the unique stories of social impact behind each item in the gift. The gift recipient will be able to learn how each item contributes different social causes.
3. Will the gift recipient see a receipt or the price of the gift?
We do not include receipts or invoices with the gift so the recipient will not see the price. Your receipt will only be emailed to you.
4. What if I am not satisfied with my gifting experience?
We stand behind the products we create. If you are not happy with the quality of your order or you believe your product has a manufacturing defect or shipping damage, please email us so we can make things right.
5. What are the dietary restrictions on the products?
At the moment, all our products only contain vegetarian products. We do offer a vegan gift box. We cannot guarantee that the products have come into contact with nuts at their source of origin. Please feel free to get in touch if you have other specific dietary requirements.
Ordering and payment
1. Can I order online?
Absolutely. If you head to www.socialstoriesclub.com, you will be able to place your order online.
2. Do you have minimum order quantities?
We do not have any minimum orders for any of our gifts available on our website. You can avail free delivery across the UK regardless of how many gifts you purchase.
3. Do you accept payments through Credit Cards?
Absolutely. We accept payment via credit cards.
4. What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all common forms of payment methods - Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Maestro. To make it easier for you, we have also added more payment methods - PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, and Klarna.
5. Where do I enter my discount code?
We have an option to enter the discount code on the cart page and checkout page.
Shipping and delivery
1. Do you offer international delivery?
Yes, we currently deliver to most countries across the world.
2. Does the international delivery cost include customs charges?
International delivery prices include customs charges.
3. I need items urgently so how do I order?
If you have an urgent order, you can upgrade your delivery to a 24-hour Delivery service or the Guaranteed Next Day Delivery service on the checkout page.
4. Do you deliver to my door?
All our orders are delivered directly to the gift recipient’s door. If you wish to leave some special delivery instructions, you can enter this into the instructions box on the cart page.
5. How much does shipping cost?
Shipping across the UK is free. Shipping outside the UK varies based on the country.
6. How long do gifts take to be delivered within the UK?
If you are ordering directly from our website and selecting the free delivery option, your gift will normally arrive in 2-3 working days.
If you wish to speed up the delivery, you can upgrade to either a 24-Hour Delivery Service or a Guaranteed Next Day Delivery service.
7. Can I track my order?
Once we send out your order, you will receive an email confirming that your order has been fulfilled along with a tracking number for the order.
8. Will I be charged if I provided the wrong shipping address?
To re-deliver an order that has been returned to us, we would have to charge a re-delivery fee.
Please note that you will not be able to change the address once you receive a delivery confirmation email from us, saying that your order is on the way. Additionally, if the people at the wrong address accept the delivery, we would not be able to retrieve it from them.
9. Can I upgrade my delivery?
Absolutely. We deliver all our UK orders using a 48-Hour Delivery service. If you wish to upgrade your delivery, you can choose from a 24-Hour Delivery service or a Guaranteed Next Day Delivery service. You will find these options once you have entered the delivery details on the checkout page.
10. What is the soonest I can receive my order if I am in a hurry?
The earliest we can have an order delivered is two working days. This would include one working day for us to prepare your order and one working day for delivery using the Guaranteed Next Day Delivery service.
11. Can I pick up my order?
At the moment, we do not offer the option to pick up your order. If this is something you would like to see in the future, please send us an email to email@example.com.
Personalisation, Customisation, and Branding
1. What should I include in my personalised note card?
We recommend that you tell the recipient that the gift is from yourself. This is also a great opportunity to let them know why you have chosen to treat them to an ethical gift.
2. What colours can I choose for my branded corporate ribbon?
You can choose any colour and any design around your ribbon.
3. Can I customise the contents?
We have created a Build Your Own Gift Collection where you can choose the size and contents of the gift. You can also add a personalised message to the gift you build.
4. Can we include our own brochure or an additional item in gifts?
Absolutely. If you are looking to include your branded brochure, corporate merchandise, or any other marketing material, please get in touch with us and we will help you with this. We are very flexible and are happy to cater to your gifting needs.
5. We want to brand our hampers. Can you help?
We have a number of branding options available including branded belly bands and branded cards. If you would like to find out more about these, feel free to drop us an email or book a meeting with us. We will make sure that your brand is front and centre of this memorable gifting experience.
1. How do you decide which social causes to support?
We choose a variety of social ventures supporting different social stories. We work with brands who have missions that we really believe in and aim to work with a mixture of environmental causes and social causes.
2. Is the packing of your boxes sustainable?
All the packaging we use is sustainable. Our gift boxes are 100% biodegradable and are beautifully designed to show the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our gift hampers are made of paper and are designed to be reused.
3. Will the recipient know the gift hampers are sustainable?
Yes! All our gifts include a story booklet that shares the impact behind each product. The gift recipient will be able to enjoy these stories alongside a short story behind our social enterprise.