Our Story

We're Karis and Aayush, co-founders of Social Stories Club. We met at Edinburgh University in 2014 and started our social enterprise after discovering a shared passion for social impact, gifting, and storytelling.

We are both big gifters and gain enormous satisfaction finding that perfect gift for our friends and loved ones. We wanted to create a unique gifting experience that offered customers luxury, high-quality products, but at the same time created an enormous social impact and had an interesting story to tell.

Each of the products inside our sustainable gift boxes and hampers has been made by a social venture from delicious chocolate that supports global reforestation projects to Earl Grey Tea helping to educate girls in India.

So not only are you sending a thoughtful and memorable gift, but you are also contributing to wonderful causes too!

Co-founders of Social Stories Club Aayush Goyal and Karis Gill

Our Mission

We are a sustainable gifting company on a mission to introduce you to the amazing world of social enterprises by sharing their stories. Social enterprises are businesses that are led by a clear social mission and are changing the world for the better by tackling social problems, improving communities, or helping fight climate change. By sharing their stories we are creating hope for a new and better future.We have a vision that one day we will live in a world where you can make a positive impact with each purchase you make. We can already do this by supporting social ventures. We also want to lead by example by offering job opportunities to those furthest from the labour market, paying the Living Wage, and working towards becoming a carbon-neutral company. We aim to employ 100 individuals with barriers to employment in Scotland.

Our Sustainable Packaging

Reducing our impact on the environment has always been a priority for us at Social Stories Club. We are constantly researching and seeking out ways to reduce our waste and improve our carbon footprint. All of our packaging is sustainable from biodegradable boxes and mailer bags, wood wool sourced from sustainable timber forests, and reusable hampers made from paper rope. We are also very excited to announce that as of now, all of our deliveries are carbon neutral. This means that whenever we send out one of our sustainable gift boxes, the carbon emissions released during its transport will be offset.

Our Partners

We are currently partnered with over 30 social ventures from around the UK and our hampers feature a wide range of products from food, drink, beauty, and lifestyle. They each have a powerful story and one we love to share, so included in every gift is a story booklet that documents these stories, and our journey as a social enterprise. Find out about all the amazing work being done for the environment and communities around the world.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We also work to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and it’s our goal to support all 17 by the end of 2022. For us, it is so important that our gifts are creating as much impact as possible. These goals act as our guide and illustrate all the areas that we need to work on in order to make the world a better place and make the most impact. With each social venture partner we bring on board, we are looking to see what goals they support and how they do this. 

United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals poster.

Meet the Team

Portrait image of Karis Gill the Co-founder of Social Stories Club

Karis Gill - Co-founder.The one with the vision who gets excited about ambitious plans and everything social enterprise

Portrait image of Aayush Goyal the Co-founder Social Stories Club

Aayush Goyal - Co-founder.Loves a spreadsheet and seeing a plan come to life!

Portrait image of Adam Kerr, Operations Team Member for Social Stories Club

Adam Kerr - Operations Team Member. Head of shipping and excited to revamp our Tik Tok

Portrait image of Oksana Zencika, Operations Executive for Social Stories Club

Oksana Zencika - Operations Executive. Who makes sure every box is lovingly packed to perfection

Portrait image of Lauren Smith, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator for Social Stories Club

Lauren Smith - Digital Marketing Coordinator.
Loves all things social and copywriting related

Certified Social Enterprise logo
Living Wage Employer accreditation logo.
The Big Issue logo.