MOMS. DADS. MOVEMENT STARTERS.
We are a team of friends and family on a mission to make gifting about the act of giving and not just about the gift. Our cheery giftwrap has created a movement. It makes people laugh, cry, laugh while crying, or laugh until they cry. It gives them the ability to empower others, to become an instant superhero, or to simply share messages of love.
Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends and pets. They have all joined in by putting their faces on our paper, making personal connections cool again, and turning their present into more than the gift itself.
MEET TEAM AWESOME
Co-Creator + Co-founder
Former Ad Agency Guy
Having a ready insight into and understanding of things, Ary notices things quickly and is always ready to take action. There’s a reason he’s been tasked with implementing global ad agency workflows. He’s an expert motivator, creator and doer. "Never fear, Ary's here".
Co-Creator + Co-founder
Former Ad Agency Gal
She finds inspiration in
unexpected places and relates ideas and concepts that nobody else would think of. Vanessa channels magic by welcoming connections of seemingly unrelated items and occurrences.
8 Startups / 2 Exits
Strategy & e-Commerce
Pablo’s brain bubbles with flow-charts and business plans. When the rest of us are wrapped in rolls of selfie paper, Pablo monitors the real world and envisions our role in it.
Former journalist who covered Boston-area startups and VCs
A true ninja, Jess excels at everything she puts her mind to. While she wears many hats, she speaks celebrity, TV and social media most fluently.
4 Startups / 1 Exit
e-Commerce & Digital
Call her “Fernancial”. Fernanda was born with an abacus in her hand. She keeps the spreadsheets tidy and the bills paid.
A BRIEF HISTORY
About 10 years ago, Aryel found himself scrambling at the last-minute to buy something thoughtful for his girlfriend’s birthday. As he desperately grabbed a box of chocolates, he knew that nothing short of sorcery would rescue his sad present. Channeling his legendary crisis response skills and creativity, Aryel found a goofy photo of himself, performed some digital wizardry and turned his creation into a wrapping paper of his face.
When Vanessa received Aryel’s gift, her reaction couldn’t have been better. She thought it was hilarious, wondered why his face was all over her gift, and found it to be the best gift she had ever received. Clearly, it worked because 3 years later, Vanessa and Aryel got married. Gift wrapping their face became a family tradition that they grew into a business.
In December 2014 GiftWrapMyFace went live with a soft launch. At first, Aryel and Vanessa thought they would only
get a few orders but quickly learned the power of this product when hundreds of orders poured in during the first 48 hours. Friends and Family jumped in to help. Even Jessica, who is now a partner, flew down to Miami from Boston to help with customer service and media. That year, GiftWrapMyFace paper was featured by ABC news, Elvis Duran and Bloomberg TV among others.
Some months later, GiftWrapMyFace launched on mobile, creating a new round of interest that culminated with none other than Oprah herself! Oprah chose Gift Wrap My Face as the featured product on her exclusive “O List” after receiving her own GWMF surprise from BFF Gayle.
Today, GiftWrapMyFace is redefining gift-giving at a time when personal connection is desperately needed. We delight in creating moments of joy and in making good on that old adage “it’s the thought that counts”.
STORIES OF HAPPY
We wouldn’t exist without the love and support of our
customers and fans. This is what they’re saying...
"He looked at me and yelled, "Grandma, I'm a super hero!"
"I gave my mom a gift wrapped with my old baby pictures, she was smiling from ear to ear."
- Lisa (Mom Flowers)
"The wrapping paper was passed along the entire room! People took selfies with it."
-Parker (The David)
"My BFF will LOVE wrapping paper with her face, won't care about the gift."
-Laura (Birthday Comic Balloons)
" Seriously love our paper from GiftWrapMyFace. No need to buy a card, you can always tell who the gift is from"
-Laurie (Birthday Polka Dots)