Presently Frequently Asked Questions
At Presently, we’re redefining the way that groups celebrate through our group gifting and cards platform. Need help? Read our frequently asked questions below or shoot us a message!
About group gifting & group cards
Presently is a group celebration and gifting platform. 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!
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.
A group card is an easy and fun way for people to add messages, images, or videos to a single card.
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 coworkers 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.
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!
First, pick a group gift or card
No credit card needed for sign up. Once you pick your gift type and add a recipient, we’ll create a custom page dedicated to your celebration with photos, messages, and occasion details. You can add any gift — physical or experiential — and choose whether extra funds raised goes to savings or charity.
Second, invite contributors to participate
Friends and coworkers can pitch messages or funds toward the gift or card on your custom invitation page. We’ll send reminders for you and keep track of all contributions and messages from your organizer dashboard – everything in one place.
Third, the recipient receives the gift!
We’ll share the group gift and card with the recipient on the special day! Presently takes care of all purchasing and delivering, or the organizer can choose to redeem the group funds to purchase the gift, too.
We take care of the delivery of the gift! Recipients can redeem their gift directly on our site by entering their preferred payout methods and/or delivery addresses, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of getting that information from them.
As an organizer, you may choose to purchase the gift yourself, and you can choose to receive the funds instead to make the gift purchase for the recipient. We’ll still take care of the card and the notification on the day of delivery!
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!
Yes! Almost half of our users at Presently organize gifts for coworkers – including birthdays, baby showers, get well soons, thank yous, and more. Some of the world’s best companies, like Airbnb, Zoom, Yelp, Business Insider, Deloitte, and more, choose Presently for their team celebrations.
Yes! Just check off the ‘kids’ box on your sign up, and we’ll tailor the experience for kids under the age of 12. By the way, 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.
To make your group gift experience seamless, Presently charges a small 2% service fee to contributors alongside Stripe’s 2.9% + 30c credit card processing fees. This comes out to less than the cost of gift wrap for each person ($0.88 on average per contribution).
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 $10 fee will go toward the cost of designing and delivering the card, deducted from the group gift fund. To request this feature, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neither organizers nor other contributors see your individual contribution amounts. Instead, organizers can 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.
We’re about to launch a new feature that will allow you to do that, but until then you can email us with your edit and we can make the change for you!
You can organize individual group gifts and cards for free on our website. For benefits and extra features to manage larger corporate accounts, please contact hello ~at~ presently.fun.
For business partnerships, please contact hello ~at~ presently.fun, along with the nature of the desired partnership.
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