Gift of Skill

Gift of Skill is an online retailer of gift cards, specifically providing lessons and classes in a wide range of recreation and leisure skills, from music and cooking lessons, to flying, surfing, dancing and more.

The genesis of the concept of Gift of Skill began in the United Kingdom in 2010 before Ben Rickard, the company’s founder, relocated back to Tauranga with his family in 2011, launching the business soon after.  “When we decided to return from the UK we had the opportunity to move anywhere in New Zealand.  Ultimately the lure of family and the lifestyle in Tauranga won out over the big cities.  We’ve had absolutely no regrets, the environment here, when you consider both family and business, can’t be beaten.”

Gift of Skill is powered by the ZenCart open source e-commerce platform, with developer and network support provided by a regular team of freelance contractors via