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    Meet the Designer: Deirdre Kelly

    April 16th, 2014 admin

    Deirdre Kelly and her artwork are the focus of our second feature in the “Meet the Designer” series. Deirdre serves as GiftTree’s head designer, developing our high-end wine and gourmet baskets, themed gifts, and signature standalone items. Of her many innovative contributions, perhaps the most impressive is her set of original art prints seen in the Woodland Animals Personalized Wall Art and Jungle Animals Personalized Wooden Wall Art.

    Enjoy the interview below for a unique insight into Deirdre’s favorite gifts, her thoughts on creativity and meaning, and what inspires her to create such elegant gifts.

    Tell us a bit about your background as a designer.

    I earned my degree in Graphic Design from Oregon State University. I’ve had an interesting range of design projects, from designing trade show booths and retail shop windows, to designing and casting jewelry and illustrating children’s books. I enjoy being inspired by all forms of art and I’ve spent years designing custom murals and decorative painting techniques for private and commercial establishments.

    Where do you get your inspiration?

    I find inspiration everywhere: the way the sun light hits a leaf, or the sleek lines of a metal surface. Anything can spark the imagination. That’s what makes art ever-changing and fun.

    When did you become interested in design?

    Art has always been my passion; I can’t remember when design wasn’t a part of my life in some way.

    What is your proudest accomplishment as a designer?

    I remember the first time I saw a logo that I had designed on a Mattel Hot Wheels box. That was exciting for me. But the best feeling was when my client said, “It’s so much more than I could have imagined and better than I even dreamed.” Words like that fuel the soul.

    Can you describe your style in just a few words?

    My style changes, but for the most part, I would describe my style as simple elegance and modern.

    What are your two favorite gift basket designs we have at GiftTree?

    Toast of Elegance Champagne gift basket and of course the original art prints that I was honored to design.

    If you had the freedom to design anything, anywhere, what would it be?

    If I had the freedom to design anything anywhere, I’d travel the world to see what inspires me.

    What materials do you like to use the most and why?

    I love to work with many different mediums, but when I’m having a rough day, breaking out the acrylics always brings out the creativity and puts things into perspective.

    What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

    Spending time with family and friends, taking a long hike in the beautiful (and sometimes not so beautiful!) weather, and collaborating on my book. These things make for a perfect weekend.

    What is your dream job?

    My dream job would allow me to live well, doing what I love.

    What is one personal belonging you just couldn’t live without?

    My dad’s ring. He was my biggest champion and always believed in my talent as an artist. He passed away when I was 15 and I wear his ring every day. It helps me to remember that the little things in life have great importance, and that life is too short; strive to always be the best that you can be.

    Finally, what is the best part of working for GiftTree?

    Knowing that something that I created is bringing joy to someone.

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    Easter Gifts for Kids

    April 11th, 2014 admin

    Easter is approaching quickly – Good Friday is just one week away! Avoid the rush and place your order now for flowers and Easter gifts. We’ll make sure it’s there by Easter Sunday.

    Here, for your Friday, is a guest post from our very own Zach Nystrom. He works in customer service and sees and hears daily what our customers are interested in. This gives him a unique insight into Easter gift ideas for kids. Enjoy!

    Easter is always an exciting time of the year for the kids. A day packed full of Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and time spent relaxing with the family always made it one of my favorite holidays of the year. As we near this year’s celebration I always like to reflect on the fun times I had with my family.

    Nothing seemed better than waking up early knowing the Easter bunny had left a treasure trove of sweets laying around the house and yard. My brother and I would scavenge for our plunder of chocolates and jelly beans that the Easter bunny always lovingly left behind before opening up our special gifts from our parents. After a quick Easter service and playing around the neighborhood fueled by our overload of sugar, we always settled down to a nice dinner. The holiday remains one that is dear to my heart when thinking back on my childhood.

    We here at GiftTree pride ourselves in creating these types of memories and so I just wanted to share some of the lovely products that could make Easter this year just a bit more memorable.

    1. Little Chef Embroidered Gift Set

    Little Chef Embroidered Gift Set

    Perfect for kids between the ages of 3-10, this is a bright, colorful and charming set for any aspiring cook. The set comes with an adjustable chef hat specially embroidered with the child’s own name as well as matching apron, oven mitts, child and full size dish towels. The gift comes with a delicious hand decorated panda cookie to top it all off. This gift is wonderful for those kids that just want to play along in the kitchen without all the dirty work.

     

     

     
     

     

    2. Sweet Nostalgia

    Sweet Nostalgia

    Let them relive the sweetness of your youth! This super fun basket of treats is perfect for any child with a sweet tooth that can not be satisfied by jelly beans and chocolate bunnies alone. Packaged in a retro Dots lunchbox that can be used again and again after all the treats have disappeared, classic candies like Haribo Gummi Bears, Pez, Pop Rocks and more can have them discovering what exactly made life so sweet back in the day. Of course it does come with my personal childhood favorite: the whirly pop!

     

     

     

     

    3. Inspirational Pencil Set with Free Embossing

    Inspirational Pencil Set with Free Embossing

    Of course if you wanted to give them something inspirational for Easter then we have that covered for every little Picasso out there. This gift set is perfect for every little artist that spends their afternoons sketching away. The set comes with a refillable spiral sketch pad notebook made with top-grain leather on which the front can be embossed with a short message or their name for that extra special touch. The gift comes with twelve assorted colored pencils with unique names such as “Create” and “Believe” as well as a pencil sharpener to make sure they are always ready to go when inspiration hits.

     

     

     

    4. Engraved 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe

    3D Tic-Tac-Toe

    One of my favorite memories during any holiday was playing games with my brother and parents. This new twist on a classic staple is gorgeously presented and fun for the whole family. Challenge you and yours to Tic-Tac-Toe in the 3rd dimension! Made from beautiful and sustainable acacia wood this set can be personalized with a special engraving of your choice. The set comes with everything you need to play right away with written instructions and presentation ready packaging. The perfect gift for kids if you also want to join in on the fun!

     

     

     

     

    5. Under the Sea Baby Bath Embroidered Gift Set

    Under the Sea Baby Bath Time Embroidered Gift Set
    This one is for those little ones that are enjoying their first Easter experiences. This charming gift basket is a perfect gift for a newborn with “under the sea” themed bib, rattle and infant onesie. It also comes with four bath time squirters for loads of fun in the bath or in the pool. Included is also 3 bath fizzers to add extra fun to bath time. The set is completed with a bright, colorful, plush fish pillow. With Melissa and Doug products, this high quality basket will bring all sorts of brightness and fun to their first spring and summer!

    These are just a few of the wonderful gifts that we are proud to offer. Let us help make Easter an even more memorable experience for the little ones in your life!

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    Meet the Designer: Zhanna Hamadeh

    April 8th, 2014 admin

    Zhanna Hamadeh is GiftTree’s illustrious Design Team Manager. She pioneers new product designs, keeps the “trains running on time” with developing products, and sets the overall atmosphere for the Design Team. We sat down with Zhanna recently to gain perspective on her background, what inspires her, and her favorite GiftTree gifts. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the talented people who make the GiftTree magic happen.

    Tell us a bit about your background as a designer.

    I studied design at the Art Institute of Portland and went on to getting a BFA in Fine Arts at the Portland State University, I have worked in various design related fields, from commercial and residential interior design, set design for major publications, to window display design at Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Saks.

    Where do you get your inspiration?

    I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to my inspiration. A vintage item with an interesting shape can spark a new idea – becoming a catalyst to an entire product line. I enjoy Museums and galleries, and of course…Pinterest!

    When did you become interested in design?

    I’ve always naturally been attracted to the arts, I remember when I was 8, I painted my entire room black-which was a very odd choice for a young girl. Thankfully, my parents have always supported me and allowed me to be creative form a very young age.

    What is your proudest accomplishment as a designer?

    Anytime a client tells me that I have captured “them” in my design work- I’m elated.

    Can you describe your style in just a few words?

    My style is Understated Elegance, with Industrial and Rustic touches.

    What are your two favorite gift basket designs we have at GiftTree?

    My two favorite baskets designs are The Royal Champagne Gift Basket & Toast of Elegance.


    What materials do you like to use the most and why?

    I enjoy combining unexpected elements and making them work. The juxtaposition between different materials- glass and concrete, metal and leather, provides a visual balance of rough and clean, hard and soft textures – making a design more intriguing.

    What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

    Spending time with my family, hosting a Sunday brunch, and a visit to a gallery opening sums up to a perfect weekend for me.

    What is your dream job?

    I don’t have a “dream” job – per se, but because I enjoy design and art in and of itself. Anything related to keeps me happy & inspired.

    One personal belonging you just couldn’t live without?

    There are so many things that come to mind, but if I had to choose one, it would be an old violin I have brought to the US from Russia 20 years ago.

    Finally, what is the best part of working for GiftTree?

    The best part of working for GiftTree is that I get to play a small part in every gift our customers receive.


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    10 Ideas for a Meaningful Sympathy Card Message

    April 2nd, 2014 admin

    Deepest Sympathy

    The words of sympathy you choose for a funeral gift can transform it from a simple gesture into something that really resonates for a long time. Showing your support with words only, from far away, is not easy. But it can make a big difference especially if you’re not there physically.

    Keep in mind that it’s important to show empathy as well as sympathy. Sayings like “I know what you’re going through” and “I understand your pain” don’t mean a lot unless you really do know, and may get met with a quick “no you don’t.” The most important thing during this time is to show that you are with them on the long journey of grieving.

    So try to set aside fears that you won’t get it “right” and just craft a simple, personal message. It’s definitely important to say something rather than nothing so the person knows they’re not alone. Here are ten ideas that may help.

    Our hearts are broken. We are here to support you.

    We are with you on the long, hard road ahead.

    We are grieving with you during this very difficult time.

    I wish I could take away the pain you are feeling. Know that I will do whatever you need.

    We love you. You are not alone.

    [Name] brought so much life into this world. We love you and cherish [his/her] memory.

    In loving memory.

    Our deepest condolences.

    You are in my/our thoughts and prayers.

    There really are no words to express what you’re going through. Please accept this gift as a small token of our sympathy.

    It isn’t always easy to come up with the right sympathy message when someone close to you loses a loved one. And perhaps during this life experience more than any other, it really is the thought that counts. Each attempt to connect and show your support really can make a difference.


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    My Favorite Artisanal Cheeses

    April 1st, 2014 admin

    OK, OK, I’m a cheese snob. I admit it. But at the very least I’m good about sharing my love of cheese with anyone who’s interested.

    Have a look at yesterday’s post about assorted cheese gift baskets and cheese-related gifts as well.

    Beecher’s Flagship Smoked Cheddar

    Beecher's Flagship Smoked Cheddar

    One of my favorite places in America is Pike Place Market in Seattle. I’m sure there are other awesome and legitimately interesting places in Seattle (I’ve at least enjoyed SafeCo Field), but this area is the tourist trap and it does trap me every time. I love the Market Spice tea shop, the endless menagerie of bright fruits, veggies, and fresh fish, and the original Starbucks.

    Just down the walk from Starbucks is Beecher’s. When you walk in, you see their huge gleaming stainless steel vats of milk, whey, and curds being made, and you can always get a sample of whatever fresh cheese curds they’re producing that day. The best “Seattle experience” I know as far as food is a Beecher’s Smoked Flagship Grilled Cheese with their soup of the day (it’s always incredible). Then you go and sit under the awning on the pier overlooking the sound, listen to buskers, and watch the passersby, or you just stroll the rest of the Pike Place shops while you enjoy such an exquisite sandwich. The rich, smoky, lightly salted cheese on buttery, savory artisan bread tastes even better in the rain.

    Spanish Manchego
    Spanish Manchego

    Almost a year ago I decided to try a dairy-free diet to see what the benefits would be. After living in Rwanda I knew that I had developed a pretty sensitive GI tract and wanted to see if dairy was part of the culprit. So that meant that I actually had to give up my favorite cheeses, milk, potato soup, etc.

    Having to totally avoid cheese was a bummer for a while, until I discovered the wonders of Spanish Manchego. Made from sheep’s milk and 100% lactose free, Manchego is a hard cheese, with a texture more similar to a fresh Parmesan or Romano, but with a mild, buttery, and tangy flavor profile. The more it ages, the better it is – I recommend six months minimum. It makes an incredible quesadilla, a grilled cheese that definitely competes with Beecher’s, and it will liven up baked potatoes or Irish Sundaes. It also appears commonly as an hors d’oeuvre with rice crackers and quince paste (incredible), or with bruschetta tapas.

    Barely Buzzed

    Barely Buzzed

    I have to admit that I wouldn’t know about these next two if not for GiftTree. That said, there’s nothing like a job that helps you discover amazing foods! Barely Buzzed is hands-down the most interesting and memorable cheese I have ever tasted. While Manchego and Beecher’s are excellent “workhorse” cheeses to always keep around the house for a quick lunch or to serve with dinner, Barely Buzzed stands alone, perfect for cocktail soirees or upscale hors d’oeuvres.

    It starts with a smooth, creamy white cheese similar to Provolone, but sweeter, and is then infused with lavender oil, and rubbed with espresso grounds.

    That’s right: a creamy gourmet white cheese with a lavender and espresso infusion. What you get on the palette is like culinary fireworks: so much “color” and depth, and a lasting intensity. After the aging process, it ends up with a nutty, toasted caramel flavor with huge, surprising bursts of coffee and a whisper of lavender laced in throughout. For everyone I’ve shared the Barely Buzzed with, the response is immediately “Wow!” or “Whoa, what is that??” It’s so unique, and wonderful. The signature version comes from Beehive Cheese Company, and Trader Joe’s also has a version.

    Dutch Beemster Vlaskaas Gouda

    Dutch Beemster Vlaskaas Gouda

    This is my other splurge even though I’m technically avoiding dairy these days. When we lived in Rwanda, the only cheese that was produced locally was traditional Gouda. You could get a whole wheel of it for the equivalent of $5, and it was what we used on pizza, sandwiches, pasta, everything. Yes, we got tired of it, but the only other option was to go to the one import store and buy mozzarella for $15 a pound. So we learned to appreciate Rwandan Gouda. It was all we had.

    Now that we’re back in the States, we have all the food choices in front of us that we missed for 4 years. So we don’t go for Gouda that much anymore, but when a recipe calls for it or we just get a craving, we go for the Dutch Beemster Vlaskaas. I think its main appeal is that it’s only on the second or third layer of flavor that you realize it’s Gouda. At first nibble it tastes like white cheddar, then goes quite a bit more creamy and sweet, before rounding out the palette with deep, pungent Gouda flavor. The Beemster Gouda is also lactose free, though it contains cow’s milk instead of sheep’s and I haven’t seen the same GI benefits as with Manchego. But I still I find that it’s worth it to “cheat” with this one, just because the complexity and duration of flavor is so enjoyable.

    I could go on, but these are the four cheeses I would take with my anywhere in the world.

    What’s your favorite cheese?



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    4 Amazing Artisanal Cheese Gifts

    March 31st, 2014 admin

    At GiftTree we’re passionate about artisanal cheese and crafting the perfect presentation to create an exceptional culinary experience for the turophile in your life. Whether it’s cheese with wine, fruit, cured meats, or other uniquely delectable snacks, we’ve got you covered.

    The cheese we select for our specialty gifts is vetted to favor small, local farms, individual batch craftsmanship, and delicate aging. We also feature many gold medal and blue ribbon winners at State Fairs from across the nation.

    Here’s a quick sampler of our assorted cheese gift baskets and cheese-related gifts.

    Artisan Cheese Hamper
    Artisan Cheese Hamper

    An ever-popular bestseller no matter the season, this assorted cheese gift basket comes with two desirable options depending on the type of cheese and pairings your special someone is into. The Gourmet & Cheese Sampler option features Beecher’s Flagship Smoked Cheddar, Sartori Basil & Olive Oil Asiago, the sweet & creamy Beemster Dutch Vlaskaas, and, my personal favorite, Barely Buzzed with Espresso Lavender Rub. Pairings specifically chosen for these rich cheeses include Cheddar and Chive Flatbread Crackers, Sweet & Hot Stoneground Mustard, and Bellentani Tuscan Herb Salami.

    The Deluxe Cheese Sampler option is an even more selective collection, featuring award-winning Wisconsin Bellavitano Black Pepper Wedge, as well as the Sartori Asiago and Barely Buzzed. The main difference besides the Wisconsin is acclaimed Flat Out Good Crispbread and Oregon Quince Paste (which I honestly can not stop eating if it’s in my vicinity).

    Both options come in a vintage wicker picnic suitcase with a beautiful hand-tied satin ribbon.
     
     

    Artisan Fruit & Cheese Hamper
    Artisan Fruit & Cheese Hamper

    The fruit version of the Artisan Cheese Hamper offers probably the best combination of all the hampers. They’ll get the Barely Buzzed, Sartori Asiago, and the Dutch Beemster but also crisp and sweet NW Fuji apples, ripe Bosc pears with Quince paste, Italian Herb & Tomato Flatbread and a rich assortment of lightly salted roasted nuts. I like this option the best because you get well-balanced palette-pleasers that incorporate the creamy cheese with the nuts, the sharp cheese with the sweet fruits, and a savory flatbread perfect for slathering with quince and stacking thin slices of cheese and fruit. It’s just altogether wonderful.
     
     
     
     
     
    Personalized Gourmet Stone Cheese Slate
    Personalized Gourmet Stone Cheese Slate

    The first time I saw this gift I was totally wowed by its elegant, modern presentation and timeless quality. It’s the ideal gift for someone who hosts regular wine-tastings or as a housewarming gift, and comes with three award-winning cheeses: Sartori Asiago, Wisconsin Black Pepper, and Dutch Beemster Gouda. The complimentary personalization is a traditional monogram and the board’s sturdy construction guarantees a lifetime of culinary enjoyment.
     
     
     
     
     
    Select Charcuterie & Gourmet Cheese Hamper
    Select Charcuterie & Gourmet Cheese Hamper

    This one is certainly a cheese “plus” type of gift. The Sartori Basil & Olive Oil Asiago, Beemster Vlaskaas Gouda, Wisconsin BellaVitano Black Pepper Wedge and Parrano Gouda would be enough to satisfy the choosiest of cheese enthusiasts. But add to that Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Smoked Rainbow Trout, Smoked Salmon Pate, Cold-smoked Alaskan Salmon Nova Lox and Columbus Dry Salami and you have flavor pairings in a gourmet cheese experience that’s hard to beat. Of course the basket is also full of premium crispbread, nuts, sweet & savory spreads, and gourmet chocolate to balance out the richness of the cheese pairings.

    Everything is packaged in an insulated picnic cooler with a zippered lining and secure leather shoulder strap. It’s one of the most impressive gifts we offer and a picnic experience like none other.

    Also see the Gourmet Delicatessen Hamper for cheese-related gifts with a similar sampling of pairings, and stay tuned for a review of my favorite artisanal cheeses.



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    Infographic: Easter By The Numbers

    March 27th, 2014 admin

    Having provided great gifts to millions of customers for over 17 years, GiftTree knows a thing or two about Easter! This year, we decided to dig deeper. We hit the books (or the Internet), broke out our calculators and crunched the numbers to give you some staggering facts and numbers about Easter.

    Click the image to view full-size and make sure to share this with your friends & family by using the icons at the bottom of this post!

    And if you’re looking for fun & festive Easter Gifts, check out our collection by clicking here.

    Easter Infographic



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    March is National Peanut Month (Really!)

    March 24th, 2014 admin

    There are all kinds of interesting and quirky holidays every month that rarely get attention (mainly because they’re quirky?) I suppose the amount of attention we give them makes them more interesting. For example, according to Foodimentary.com, March 24 is known as “National Cake Pop Day” and the 31st is “National Clam on the Half-Shell Day.” I’m not sure how well GiftTree could do clams in a gift basket, but I’m sure one of our top-notch designers could get us in on the cake pop craze. Oh wait – we’re already doing that.  Of course we are!

    But it is true that March is National Peanut Month, and the National Peanut Board (yes, it’s a thing) actually has a pretty decent-looking website. A compilation of interesting facts from their site:

    - The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter every year.
    - Peanuts account for 2/3 of all snack nuts consumed in the USA.
    - Four types of peanuts are grown in the US – Runner, Virginia, Spanish, and Valencia.
    - Four of the top ten candy bars in the US include peanuts or peanuts.
    - Peanuts possess more protein than any nut.
    - Peanuts are a nutrient-rich superfood with 30 essential vitamins and minerals
    - Like all nuts, peanuts are a plant-based source of protein and healthy fats, and have more antioxidants than broccoli, carrots, or green tea.

    Peanuts ready for harvest look like this:

    Peanuts ready for harvest

    I used to live in East Africa, where peanuts are known as groundnuts or g-nuts (fitting, given they way they grow) and are popularly thought to be an aphrodisiac, especially in Kenya. The meal I miss most from our time living in Rwanda is Ugandan Luwombo Peanut Sauce. We used to eat lunch at a place where they would truck in fresh banana leaves every week and use the leaves to steam the curry-style peanut sauce with onions, savory spices, and oils. They would bring it to the table still wrapped in the steamed leaves, with chapatti flatbread, matoke plantain, and veggies and rice. It comes out looking like this:

    Ugandan Luwombo Peanut Sauce © 2008 Amy Shaffer Crocker

     

    And here is another look (sides not shown):

    Uganda Luwombo - Uganda Daily Monitor

    You would then either dip your chapatti directly into the sauce (only foreigners use their hands) or spoon it out onto your rice, veggies, matoke, etc. Unfortunately the recipe is traditional and secretive, but its thick gravy-like consistency and smoky aroma make for one of the best soul foods I’ve ever had. My mouth is watering right now just looking at that picture and recalling fond memories.

    What’s your favorite peanut recipe?

     

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    Easter Gifts for Her

    March 20th, 2014 admin

    In the first part of this two-part series I wrote about finding a way to dote upon Dads for Easter and keeping us Dads included in all the festivities of Easter Sunday instead of in the mundane background where we usually end up.

    But what about the moms, wives and girlfriends among us who are often the ones who do the most for Easter, take the kids shopping for new clothes, make handmade baskets and prepare all the scrumptious food?

    Let’s find a way to honor them too. No reason to wait until Mother’s Day! And even the single ladies deserve some love on Easter. Here are five Easter gift ideas for women.

    Vineyard Select Wine Basket
    1. Vineyard Select Wine Basket

    Charming, popular, and a bestselling basket year-round, it’s the perfect Easter gift for her. Why not help your special lady celebrate with a nice combination of wine and snacks to relax with after the busy day is done? Better still, send the basket with a note that says “You deserve a picnic!” and give her the opportunity to get out in the fresh air while enjoying indulgent gourmet delicacies and premium wine. Your choice of red or white (or both) comes with sweet and savory pairings including Aaron Bell Rosemary Crackers, Auberge Camembert cheese, Jalapeno Cheese Straws, and Seattle Chocolates.

    Organic Tea for Me Gift Set
    2.Organic Tea for Me Gift Set

    If she’s not a wine drinker, indulgence and relaxation can still be hers to enjoy. In this basket, an upscale presentation includes a luxurious brown “Tea for Me” nested tea pot and tea cup, Republic of Tea Organic Green Earl Greyer, roasted almonds, lemon tea cookies, and rock candy swizzle sticks in elegant gold and tan cartons. Everything is presented in a woven banana leaf tray perfect for use later as a fruit basket for the kitchen.

    Easter's Treasures Gourmet Gift Basket
    3.Easter’s Treasures Gourmet Gift Basket

    This brand new chocolate and gourmet Easter Gift for 2014 features a Lindt Gold Chocolate Bunny, Marich Sea Salt Caramels, Weinrich Chocolate Almond & Raisin Bar, Cary’s Milk Chocolate Almond Toffeeand a veritable smorgasbord of our signature gourmet treats. The elegant fabric-lined tote will last long after the contents have been enjoyed and the beautiful green “Happy Easter” satin ribbon makes it a gift she’s sure to appreciate.

    Personalized Wine Gift
    4. Personalized Wine Gift

    This is one of our best sellers year after year, holiday after holiday. It offers the ability to customize your own sandblasted message on the side of the wine bottle for a lasting keepsake she’ll display for years. The rich, silky red wine will go perfectly with Easter lunch, or she can save it for an even more special occasion.

    Spring Serenade Bouquet
    5. Spring Serenade Bouquet

    Last but not least, sometimes all it takes is fresh flowers to communicate that her presence is significant. Start your special lady’s Easter Sunday off right with this bouquet of beautiful yellow lilies, pink roses, lavender daisies and raspberry statice in a silver keepsake reflections vase. The flowers will be delivered by an expert florist to your desired location in the recipient’s local area. Saturday delivery is no extra charge.

    This concludes the two-part series on Easter gift ideas for him and her. Have a safe and happy Easter!



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    Easter Gifts for Him

    March 19th, 2014 admin

    When I think of my Dad and his role during my childhood at this time of year, I realize that I never really thought of getting Easter presents for him. It just didn’t occur to me. Easter meant going to church in new clothes, a big lunch, an egg-hunt, photo ops with the Easter Bunny and then back home to gorge on sweets.

    All of this is typically the domain of moms and kids, so my Dad was always left in the background. Now that I’m a Dad myself, I see that it always feels nice to be included, especially on holidays where it seems like Mom and kids are having the time of their lives making memories, and we’re left with just the Sunday paper and the same boring cup of coffee.

    Here are a few ways to honor any special man in your life with some impressive Easter gifts.

    The Love of Coffee Gourmet Gift Basket
    1. The Love of Coffee Gourmet Basket

    Boring cup of coffee no more! Have this one ready as a surprise for him on Easter morning – he’ll revel in the distinctive canvas tote, and the intriguing coffee and treat selections inside. The basket includes Molokai Hawaiian Espresso, International Arabica, Tortuga Rum Cake, Mocha Shortbread, Cappuccino Jelly Beans and much, much more. Complete the personalization option to add your special message to a beautiful satin ribbon.

    Bissinger's Chocolate Easter Eggs
    2. Bissinger’s Chocolate Easter Eggs

    As a kid, even into my teenage years, my mom would always have an Easter basket set out for me first thing on Sunday morning. It always came as a nice surprise for me, and they typically included chocolate eggs, a stuffed bunny of some kind, jellybeans and other candies. The nostalgia I feel for those simple gifts comes back again when I see this gift from Bissinger’s collection. Each egg is individually wrapped with beautiful foil, the chocolate is premium, and the packaging is bright and vibrant. I can personally vouch that I would love to see this sitting on my nightstand or kitchen table when I get up on Easter morning.

    Chocolate Decadence Gift Basket
    3. Chocolate Decadence Gift Basket

    Yes, it’s chocolate again. And what’s wrong with that? Easter isn’t complete without it, and this collection of name brand chocolates is sure to impress him. While the kids are hunting for plastic eggs filled with Hershey’s kisses and gumdrops, he’ll be savoring the decadence of Ghirardelli, Godiva, Marich, and more. There’s even a serving of European Hot Cocoa for a chilly Easter morning.

    Coffee Time Gourmet Gift Tower
    4. Coffee Time Gourmet Tower

    This gift achieves a similar purpose as the basket above but includes more coffee and more traditional artisan café style coffee accompaniments. A signature coffee-bean design on sturdy, reusable boxes holds Berardi’s House Blend, Berardi’s French Roast, and Berardi’s Columbian Supremo Coffee, with Merlino Black & White Shortbread Cookies, Dilletante Triple Chocolate Biscotti, Dilettante Valencia Orange Butter Biscotti, Harry London Cappuccino Biscotti, and white and dark chocolate Tuxedo Jelly Beans.

    Peet's Coffee Gift Chest
    5. Peet’s Coffee Chest

    If it’s name brand coffee he likes, it’s name-brand coffee he should get! Peet’s Coffee pioneered the artisan coffeehouse idea back in the 1960s in San Francisco, and this memorable gift features three of their signature styles: Colombia, House Blend, and French Roast (my personal favorite). Along with the coffee come premium confections such as Mocha and Cappuccino Shortbreads, Chocolate Espresso Beans, Amaretto Mochadots, and a Coffee Truffle Bar from Lake Champlain Chocolates. All this and more comes in a one-of–a-kind old world map-themed wooden trunk that’ll be the perfect addition to his man-cave .

    Whatever your plans are for Easter this year, make it one that Dad will never forget.



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