Presently Frequently Asked Questions
At Presently, we’re redefining the way that people give and receive gifts through an empowering crowdgifting platform. Need help? Read our frequently asked questions below, or reach out to us with any questions (contact info below)!
A group gift is an easy way for people to contribute to a single better and more meaningful gift. The idea behind group gifts is that we can give better gifts together (quality > quantity) – ensuring that the gift received is cherished and used for longer. By using our group gifting platform, multiple contributions can be made toward the price of a larger gift.
At Presently, we believe less is more. Fewer, better gifts will be cherished for (and last) longer than an excess of small ones – but it’s not always affordable to get the ‘bigger and better’ gift alone. And, you don’t always know what a recipient wants. With group gifting, friends and family can come together to pitch in toward a gift that is both wanted and meaningful. It makes shopping easier for givers and encourages more positive environmental choices.
Studies show fewer gifts is also really great for kids’ development – encouraging healthier behaviors around play and consumerism, and creating opportunities to foster more creativity, playfulness, and awareness with kids.
Our organizers are usually friends, coworkers, or parents. Anyone can organize a group gift! It makes for a great surprise to show gratitude and an easy way to add a bit more joy to an already special occasion.
We have several pre-written messages that help ease the conversation around no gifts / only one group gift for our users. Although many of these are framed for birthdays, you can fill in “birthday” with promotion, baby shower, holidays, and more. Here are some sample messages!
Presently was inspired by a visit to our attic, where we found mountains of untouched gifts stuffed in just about every corner. We thought: there has to be a way to bring joy and connection to the people we love, without all the excess!
We’re here to help people celebrate in more meaningful and sustainable ways. We’re helping cut out gift waste, stress, and clutter, while also making it easy for groups to give gifts that’ll be talked about for years to come!
First, the organizer picks a single gift for a friend, coworker, or family member and sets up a Presently page in just 3 minutes. You can choose any gift with Presently – no matter how big, and no matter if it’s physical or experiential. You can also choose whether extra money raised goes to savings or charity.
Presently creates a custom invitation page with details on the selected gift and friends and coworkers who receive the invitation can pitch in any amount toward the gift and leave a message for the group card.
Finally, just before the big day, all the contributions get sent to the organizer along with a custom card with everyone’s messages. The organizer purchases and shares the gift, which gets unwrapped by the recipient on the special day!
Organizers cannot see individual contribution amounts. They can only see how much the total group has contributed, how many people have contributed, and the messages that friends and family have left for the group card. We have chosen to hide individual contribution amounts so that people can give however much they feel comfortable giving.
Yes! In fact, 100% of surveyed users say Presently is easy to use.
Organizing a group gift takes about 3 minutes.
Contributing to a group gift takes 1 minute or less (no really, we checked the average time!)
In just four minutes you’ve 1) given a more meaningful gift and 2) saved hours of gift-shopping and returning.
At Presently, we are making gifting more meaningful and sustainable. Presently makes shopping easier for givers and receivers, promoting more positive environmental choices, and helps people spend more time where it matters: being present with the people they love.
1. Easier for organizers
It takes just three minutes to organize, and you’re guaranteed to get/give a gift that’s really wanted. Plus, if you’re a parent organizing a gift for your kids, you can spend less time returning unwanted or duplicate gifts, have more control over what their children receive, and present meaningful lessons to children around consumerism, saving, and giving back.
2. Convenient for Givers
On the flipside, contributors can save the time they spend every month trying to find the perfect gift for their friends and family — or harder still: their kids’ friends. What don’t they already have that they will appreciate?
3. Great for kids
Presently empowers children to think thoughtfully about what they need, communicate their decisions, and learn the value of saving. By minimizing the excess of gifts, we are encouraging healthier behaviors around play and consumerism. Studies show that fewer gifts result in an increase in creativity, self-confidence, intelligence, social and collaboration skills, imagination, problem-solving, attention span, and more. Psychologists say it’s an absolutely huge benefit for kid’s development!
4. Better for our planet
By reducing the number of gifts given for special occasions, heaps of plastic, packaging, and gift wrap waste are being eliminated – protecting our oceans and the sensitive ecosystems we live in. With fewer gifts, toys also have a longer life-spans and children learn to better take care of our community and planet!
Your first group gift with Presently is covered with the signup code FIRSTTIME!
Presently charges a small 5% service fee to contributors to cover the cost of Stripe’s credit card processing and our operations, which on average comes out to less than the cost of gift wrap for each person ($0.88 for most contributors). More details below!
Stripe processing: Our secure payments provider, Stripe, charges 2.9% + 30¢ on every transaction, which comes out to $0.88 on a $20 contribution. We are working to reduce these rates for our users in the future by researching other payment processors.
Additional Add-On Services
You can choose to elect for a few add-on services to make your group gift even more memorable!
– Physical group card: Presently creates a custom greeting card with messages from all the friends and family that contributed to the group gift, which we deliver to the organizer just in time for the special occasion. If a digital delivery is selected, there is no fee for the card. If a physical card is selected to be printed or picked up by the organizer, a nominal $8 fee will go toward the cost of designing and delivering the card, deducted from the group gift fund.
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