Partners in unusual gifts

Clare Fitchett-Banks and Elaine Taylor recently started a chocolate tree business.|Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410814
Clare Fitchett-Banks and Elaine Taylor recently started a chocolate tree business.|Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410814

Elaine Taylor, of Kallaroo, said she had been making the chocolate trees for birthday presents before she got together with Clare Fitchett-Banks, of Iluka, who had been running an online gift website in the UK.

‘We realised that our ideas could be fused together to create something a little different to the norm,’ Mrs Taylor said.

The ‘mum-preneurs’ ” mothers who run different home-based businesses to fit around their children and home life ” said their most popular gift tree was for new babies, including chocolates for the parents and clothes for the baby.

‘We love custom requests and rise to the challenge. We have recently made a One Direction tree for a fan ” the list of creations is endless,’ Mrs Taylor said. ‘We always try to make something different on each tree by asking our customers who the gift is for and what that person is like.’

She said they tried to source and support other Australian businesses when making the chocolate trees.

‘The majority of our products are purchased here in Perth and we have no issue making a road trip to pick up materials if it means we help keep purchases within WA,’ she said.