Brands We Love | Uniquely Local Gift Experiences
Uniquely Local is an independent Yorkshire business working with local suppliers to provide a range of Yorkshire based experience days.
We have experiences to suit everyone; all ages, individuals, couples, groups and budgets. Whatever the reason, our experience gifts make memories that last a lifetime; buy one as a gift for others, a treat to yourself, or to enjoy quality time with friends and family.
Q&A with Rachel…
What does Uniquely Local specialise in?
Uniquely Local specialises in gift experiences run by small, independent Yorkshire businesses, artists and makers. We like to feature experiences that are a bit different or a little bit quirky and will make memorable gifts. We only feature experiences that we would love to do ourselves or that we know our family and friends would be excited to receive.
What made you decide to start Uniquely Local?
Ema & I started Uniquely Local four years ago when our children where just starting school and we wanted to work together in a business that we could get passionate and excited about. We both had families abroad who often asked us for ideas for gifts that they could send for us and our families. Postage was getting prohibitively expensive so ideally we wanted them to buy us experiences. We searched the internet and realised that there were loads of amazing small businesses offering fabulous experiences locally and the idea for Uniquely Local was born out of a desire to have a central website to collate them all. We knew that we could take care of the marketing, search engine optimisation and social media and the companies that listed with us would benefit from our expertise without having to pay upfront. They only pay when we make a sale for them.
Who is Uniquely Local for?
Uniquely Local is for anyone! We have experiences to suit all tastes, ages and budgets. We have people in Australia buying gifts for family back in Yorkshire; companies clubbing together to buy leaving gifts and individuals wanting to treat themselves to a workshop or activity. If the gift buyer is overwhelmed by the choice we also offer our own gift vouchers which can be redeemed for any experience on the site so that the gift recipient can choose for themselves.
Why should people opt for Uniquely Local when buying a gift?
When you buy a gift from Uniquely Local you are not only choosing a thoughtful, hand-picked experience that has been carefully selected by us but you are also helping support our local economy and spending your money with a small business, artist or maker from Yorkshire.
What is your favourite product/service provided by Uniquely Local?
That is such a difficult question! There are so many fabulous experiences to choose from. Between us Ema and I have tried and tested a fair few of them but I have to say that, as confirmed cheese lover, the cheese making course in the Yorkshire Dales was so much fun! I also have a particular soft spot for the alpaca walks – the alpacas all have such unique personalities!
Has Covid-19 affected your business at all? If so, how?
Covid-19 had such a huge effect on the business and all the other small businesses that we work with. Overnight we went from being very busy and selling lots of experiences to making almost no sales at all for most of lockdown. We were desperately worried for our experience providers who nearly all had to temporarily shut down and lost their entire income stream. We tried to diversify by offering online experiences and gifts that could be enjoyed at home and found that those were popular and complemented our experience offering.
Slowly but surely people are beginning to buy gift experiences again and lots of our suppliers are running their activities in a modified and socially distanced way. We just hope that it won’t be too long before all of our suppliers will be able to resume their experiences again.
What’s next for Uniquely Local?
Although it’s only July we are already starting to think about Christmas and working on a few new ideas for uniquely local Christmas gifts. Watch this space!
We at Girl About Travel absolutely LOVE the range of experiences Uniquely Local have to offer. I had the pleasure of experiencing the Yorkshire Gin Tour which was INCREDIBLE!
Make sure you check out Uniquely Local here: https://uniquelylocal.co.uk/