“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.”
Ruth Ann Schabacker
That’s a great way to sum up what Sammyg*s stands for: Each day does in fact bring its own gifts, and life will always bring you reason for celebration.
It was with this in mind that Sammyg*s came into existence in August 1996. What began as cookie baking at the University of Western Ontario for a bunch of homesick young adults soon grew into a passion for creating aesthetically attractive products with a personalized touch.
Everyone loved the cookies. They complimented me on the presentation and packaging, and encouraged me to take a risk; I opened Sammyg*s. With my learned skills as a Real Estate sales agent, my marketing and public relations skills, and an overall desire to make people happy, I thought it was a chance worth taking. It was through my experience as a Real Estate agent that I also learned the value of building relationships, hence, the inrtoduction of the personalized gift items. It became evident that I needed to give gifts with longevity that kept me top of mind to my clients.
Sammyg*s prides ourselves that our gifts make people FEEL special and in turn also make our clients (gift senders) FEEL appreciated and stand above the rest!
“…people will forget what you said,…will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them FEEL.”
Still, to this day, when a gift I create is opened, when I sell a product that professionals can give to express their thanks to clients or their appreciation of colleagues/employees or I see the reaction to a gift given to someone special by someone special, a gift made with passion and creativity- I know I am doing the right thing.
It has always been most important to me to take part in projects that matter. I took a year off from Real Estate and worked in a placement agency for elderly and child caregivers. This contributed to who I am as a person, to my work, and to my focus. It helped me to understand that home, family, and helping people are important and rewarding to me. Sammygs.com has supported many charities through gift donations, percentage of sales and creating our own unique program. A few of these charities/foundations include; Mount Sinai Hospital, Breast Cancer, Leukemia Foundation, JF&CS, Jacob’s Ladder, Big Brother, Big Sisters Canada, SickKids and more.
I have an attention to detail, and I will listen to my clients, but more than anything: I care. I have genuine enthusiasm for each project and each new client. With this in mind, I invite you to sit back, get comfortable with a hot cup of tea in hand, and browse through my site in search of your perfect gift.
Samantha Graff aka Auntie Sam/Sammyg*