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A Gift From The Optimising Team To You!

‘Tis the season for the annual scramble to find the perfect gift for your loved one (or that one random family member who’s only ever seen around this time of year). Lucky for everyone, we work with some pretty cool companies offering products that are sure to impress.

The Optimising Team’s Top Gift Picks

We’ve asked the Optimising team about their gifting approach and what are some of their top gifts to give friends and family this year. 

Jee Young Baek - Augustus Gelatery

“I try to get gifts that are things the person would want to treat themselves to, but not necessarily buy. I also love making it personalised with a reference to an inside joke or a passing comment they made about what they like/don't like as it makes the gift extra thoughtful.”
Jee Young Baek, SEO Specialist
Colourful Augustus Gelatery ice creams in display counter

Jee recommends: 

Nothing sweeter than an Augustus Gelatery Gift Card!

Andrew Bond - Footgear

“I like to give something I’d get for myself. Plus, you can never have enough shoes!”
Andrew Bond, SEO Specialist
Roger Centre Court Lace Shoes promotional shot

Andrew recommends: 

A pair of Roger Centre Court Lace Shoes from Footgear. 

Ellie Handberg - Write To Me

“We live in such a high paced world and I love giving someone something which can put the calm in their chaos. ”
Ellie Handberg, SEO Specialist
2024 planner book in teal with gold numbering

Ellie recommends:

One of the many great 2024 Planners from Write to Me. 

Fran Del Rosario - Nando's

“You always need those last minute gifts on hand for when you accidentally forget about Kris Kringle at work or a rogue relative shows up! Something delicious never misses.”
Fran Del Rosario, Senior SEO Specialist
Nando's sauce assortment

Fran recommends:

The Nando’s Hot PERi-PERi Sauce and the PERi-PERi Salt which are perfect for chips!

Lewis Reynolds - Robert Gordon

“I pride myself on my excellent gift giving. No matter who the gift is for, I’ll be able to nail it.”
Lewis Reynolds, SEO Specialist
Robert Gordon ceramic dinner set in grey

Lewis recommends:

The Robert Gordon Small Portions Terra Place Setting - “my brother’s girlfriend will love it!”

Isabelle Richards - Helicraft

“Buying a gift for the person who already has everything they need is always a struggle so an experience is the perfect fit.
Isabelle Richards, SEO Executive

Isabelle recommends:

A Scenic Helicopter Tour from Helicraft is “the perfect gift for your adventurous friend or hard-to-buy-for family member!"

Marnie Duncan - Salty Fox

“My Mum is notoriously hard to buy for so I want to give her something that can express her style yet still be practical.”
Marnie Duncan, SEO Executive
Rose gold apple watch band

Marnie recommends: 

A cute, but work appropriate Apple watch band from Salty Fox

Amy Ho - Driscoll's

“When it comes to Christmas, I believe that it's the thought that counts! Homemade gifts are the best way to show someone you truly care and a chance to make something special. I enjoy baking so I’ll be giving some sweet treats as gifts.”
Amy Ho, SEO Specialist
Strawberry Semifredo with melted chocolate poured over

Amy recommends:

I’ll be making some mini strawberry shortcakes using the recipe from Driscoll’s!

Maddy Wilson - Henne

“When I’m gifting my twin sister something for Christmas, it’s often something I’d like to borrow!”
Maddy Wilson, SEO Specialist
Henne large pale grey scarf on model

Maddy recommends:

The soft and cosy Amara scarf from Henne. 

Monique Verstegen - Mobilise & Sea Shepard

"Making a donation in someone's name makes for a great gift because it's a meaningful way to show you care. Plus, it's a feel-good gift that keeps on giving and makes a positive impact on the world."
Monique Verstegen, Senior SEO Specialist

Monique recommends:

“I would choose to donate to a cause like [marine conservation and anti-whaling organisation] Sea Shepherd or [homelessness outreach charity] Mobilise. You're not just giving a present; you're making a difference to a cause that matters to them.”


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