Behind The Brand

Our Mission Is Simple

We make gifting as easy as a couple of clicks on the interwebs, but design everything so it feels as personal as if you'd spent hours creating a gift just perfect for your friends, clients, family, or your beloved coworkers. We value prime execution and sound logistics as much as we do appearance. In order to make this happen, there’s a whole lot of thought, imagination, planning, and overall creativity that goes on behind the scenes.

We’re here to help you discover the perfect gifts!

Our Story

Welcome to Grateful Gadgets! We are a full service artisan gifting business that specializes in elegant gift box design and hand crafted items. Our products are unique and exciting which tell a story throughout the fine details. As lovers of elevated everyday essentials and tailored experiences, we design gifts with character that are beautiful and useful. These little luxuries inspire our daily lifestyle.

Grateful Gadgets began when owner and founder Alexander Joseph (AJ) struggled to find unique gifts for an event with a dapper presentation. After not finding anything of interest, AJ made his own. With the knowledge of being a successful product designer for almost 10 years and working with many start up businesses globally, he saw an opportunity for his creativity to flourish. After three years of building Grateful Gadgets part time, AJ took the leap in 2018 creating his business full time.

Our passion revolves around gratitude and paying it forward. To extend our gratitude into the community, 5% of proceeds get donated to charities near and dear to our heart such as Make A Wish, Ronald McDonald House, Alzheimer's Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and The Cancer Research Institute.

Our Client

Grateful Gadgets welcomes event planners, businesses, wedding parties, and individuals seeking thoughtful gifts. We love to collaborate if you already have ideas about your gifting need but we also love to harness our creativity and come up with custom designed gifts as well.

Although Grateful Gadgets did get it's start designing wedding party gifts, all sorts of events are becoming increasingly popular. From swag bags, award ceremony gifts, and corporate appreciation gifts to athletic event gifts, anniversary gifts, and family reunion gifts just to name a few.

We create both small and large-scale gifts with a personalized touch and thematic styling. Whether you choose from our ready-to-ship products or let us design the perfect gift to fit your special day.

Let us help you send a gesture sure to make someone feel special!

The Creative Minds

AJ

Owner & Founder

AJ runs the majority of the day to day operations and is most likely the person you will be interfacing with. He has had a lifelong passion for design, improving aesthetics, functional efficiency, and memorable experiences.  His entrepreneurial character stems from when he was just a young child, finding lots of ways to earn money for a sweet treat from the ice cream truck. That joy as child often slips away as we become adults and now AJ is on a mission to help others rediscover that joy. When he’s not in the studio being creative, you can usually find AJ outside doing something. Whether it be hiking, mountain biking, grilling, visiting the farmers markets, or enjoying local food trucks.

Laurel

Operations Assistant

Laurel is our operations assistant helping with our day to day routine and social media management. She loves spreading joy and making people laugh with her cheerful spirit. Previously Laurel has been part of marketing teams across the west coast and more recently a wedding planner assistant. Outside of work you can find her in the garden or cooking with the delicious vegetables she grows. Laurel also adores Duke, her 6 year old Golden Retriever, a champion at playing fetch!

Rémy

Commercial Photographer

Rémy expertly crafts stylistic photographs for our gift boxes which are always on point. His knowledge of consumer product photography makes him easy to work with. Spanning the Carolinas for both editorial and commercial prospects but he frequently hits the road for work as well. Rémy’s photographs are eye catching and exude a personable character. More info about daily finds, photos and experiences can be found here.

Kelly

Lifestyle & Branding Content

Kelly is the mastermind behind our lifestyle branding content. Her ability to capture a vision and execute with precision is always met with a glowing smile. A Charlotte N.C. photographer, Kelly helps businesses book clients, sell products, and grow their following through visually captivating brand imagery. She always keeps things fun while maintaining professionalism throughout the entire process. More information about her ventures can be found here.

"BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOU HAVE, BUT NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS THAN YOU CAN BE."