On Friday I had the pleasure of visiting Two Ducks gift shop which is located in St Johns village in Woking. I had the opportunity to speak to Claire the owner, about her gorgeous shop and the products. Claire has always had a passion for crafts, handmade gifts and interior items. Much of Claire’s spare time was spent visiting galleries and craft fairs. I learnt that Claire has always dreamed of being able to share the work of makers and open up a gift shop. Two Ducks is Claire’s dream come true.
Two Ducks was registered in August 2013. After gift parties and opening up a pop-up shop in a friends wine bar in November 2013, Two Ducks moved to a permanent shop in St Johns Village in May 2014. They started off with a little section of the shop; 9 months later Two Ducks now have ¾ of the shop space. Claire is looking into expanding in the next year so that she has the whole of the shop space.
Claire travels around the country visiting trade fairs to find products that are different and unique. She looks on places like Etsy and Twitter. She also receives about 4-5 emails a day from companies who would like her to stock them in Two Ducks gift shop. Before Claire stocks products she carries out lots of research to find out more about the company and their ethics. 95% of the stockists in Two Ducks are British, not many other shops can say that now can they!
I was amazed at the vast amount of diverse and incredible products that Two Ducks has to offer. As soon as you walk into the shop, you’re hit by the amazing smells from the candles and reed diffusers. Then you see all the pretty and wonderful products that the shop has on display. All the products are presented fantastically! You can see that Claire puts a lot of effort into the shop.
If you are ever looking for a gift that is slightly different to anything that you see on the high street, visit Two Ducks gift shop, you will be spoilt for choice!
I would love to know if you’ve visited Two Ducks or know of any other gift shops similar to Two Ducks, just leave a comment below.