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    Our Best Mother’s Day Flowers

    May 8th, 2014 admin

    Our Mother’s Day gift baskets have all pretty much sold out (thank you!) but you can still send Mother’s Day flowers through the rest of the week. Get them before they’re gone! Here are the ones we’re most excited about that will really show Mom how much she’s loved and appreciated. Every bouquet arrives fresh with water in a glass vase, delivered locally by an expert florist. A complimentary enclosure card bears a message of your choice (complete during checkout). Click the name of the bouquet above the photo to take you straight to the website.

    Queen for a Day Bouquet

    Queen for a Day Bouquet

    Delight Mom on her special day with this lovely bouquet made of sweetly feminine flowers that will touch her heart.

    The enchanting arrangement is composed of fresh flowers such as roses, spray roses, stock, and waxflower. All perfectly arranged in a clear glass vase with a satin ribbon, the bouquet’s charming beauty makes it a wonderful gift for celebrating Mom on Mother’s Day.

    Mother’s Day Rose Bouquet

    Mother's Day Rose Bouquet

    With pink roses, pink chrysanthemums, pink alstroemeria, white statice and fresh green accents, Mom is sure to know she’s loved this Mother’s Day. The arrangement will arrive in a beautiful glass vase, filled with water and ready to be enjoyed upon arrival.

    Mom’s Garden Bouquet
    Mom's Garden Bouquet

    Elegant white lilies, delicate pink roses, purple hydrangea and more come together in this beautiful arrangement suited perfectly for Mom. Available for a limited time only, it’s the thoughtful and inspiring gift she deserves.

    Morning Melody for Mom

    Morning Melody for Mom

    Lavender roses, lavender waxflower and purple limonium give Mom the flower gift she deserves. Presented in a stylish glass vase and delivered to her door, it’s the perfect tribute for Mother’s Day.

    Our Best Mother’s Day Flowers

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    Featured Gift: Fine Wine & Chocolates for Mom

    May 7th, 2014 admin

    If you’re still looking to send a Mother’s Day gift basket, there’s still time! Order today and we can get it there by Friday. Here is a gift basket for Mother’s Day that I’m really excited about for its luscious wine, decadent chocolates and beautiful keepsake basket. If you like it too, do us a solid and share it on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

    Fine Wine & Chocolates for Mom
    Fine Wine & Chocolates for Mom

    Godiva and Ghirardelli Chocolates are just the starting point for this thoroughly impressive Mother’s Day gift.

    Belle Ambiance California Red Blend is the centerpiece of the basket. Its aromas of black cherry, spice, and exotic vanilla give way to notes of dark fruit and cocoa, full-bodied tannins and balanced acidity. The wine comes presented in a purple sateen wine sachet elegantly embroidered with “Mom” at the top.

    In addition to the wine and nestled in with Godiva Milk Chocolate-Covered Pretzels and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate & Caramel Squares, she’ll discover Cary’s all natural and gluten free Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, award-winning Seattle Chocolates, and Artisan Milk Chocolate Seashell Truffles in a glass votive candy jar.

    With a rich collection of gourmet treats alongside and an elegant hand-tied satin ribbon, it’s a gift that showers Mom with appreciation and lets her truly relax and unwind on her special day.

    Fine Wine & Chocolates for Mom

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    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    May 5th, 2014 admin

    Portland's 30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Ten minutes to the south of GiftTree’s headquarters is the nation’s best Cinco de Mayo celebration. 152 years ago, Mexicans successfully fended off an invasion by France’s Napoleon III. 30 years ago, Portland, Oregon became the sister city of Guadalajara, Mexico. So we celebrate each year with not only tacos, guacamole, and margaritas, but with mariachi bands, authentic handmade products from Mexico, and, today a naturalization ceremony for the region’s newest citizens.

    It’s a happy time. See the full story here and enjoy the celebrations.

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    Meet the Designer: Erica Thissell

    April 30th, 2014 admin

    Erica Thissell is one of GiftTree’s main designers. Her work for GiftTree is seen in our impressive seasonal and holiday-themed gift towers such as the Mother’s Day Chocolate & Sweets, as well as other popular year-round themed gifts such as the Little Chef Gift Set, Get Well Plush Doctor Play Set, and Monogrammed Baby Rattle and Plush Bundle Gift Set. Recently we asked Erica to give us an inside glimpse in the life of a gift designer at GiftTree.

    Tell us a bit about your background as a designer.

    I have a bachelor’s degree in Art and Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix. Since 2003 I have been working as a designer in all different avenues from television to fashion.

    Where do you get your inspiration?

    I think I get most of my inspiration when I just simply take a walk outside.

    When did you become interested in design?

    I would have to say my interest came when I was a little girl and used to draw on my plastic play kitchen. I’ve always loved art and everything that comes with it.

    What is your proudest accomplishment as a designer?

    Designing an entire clothing line and throwing a fashion show in Malibu, CA.

    Can you describe your style in just a few words?

    My style is a fusion of elegance and peculiarity, with a little adventure thrown in just to keep people on their toes.

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

    Tropical Indulgence Gourmet Tower and Little Chef Embroidered Gift Set

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

    I would design animatronic creatures for movies, just like Jim Henson.

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

    I am definitely a mixed media person. I love working with Sculpty Clay to make little characters and paint with all different kinds of media, most of the time in the same painting. I also sew and embroider all kinds of clothing and blankets. Art is limitless with me; I’ve even soldered old junk together to make a sculpture. Just using my hands to create things makes me ultimately happy.

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

    Having fun and great laughs while BBQing with friends and family.

    What is your dream job?

    To own a studio which creates characters for children’s movies in all types of media.

    One personal belonging you just couldn’t live without?

    My art supplies!!!

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

    Everyone that works here is amazing and talented, but the best part about working here is bringing my dog to work everyday.

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    Best-Selling Mother’s Day Baskets Guaranteed to Impress

    April 28th, 2014 admin

    How can you really impress Mom this year? If you’re like me it comes as a challenge, so you tend to play it safe with something that thousands of Americans just like yourself have sent to Mom in the past. Here is a review of the Mother’s Day gift baskets that have been the most popular with our customers for the last five years, so you know you’re giving Mom something she’ll enjoy, that also keeps up with fresh trends and developments. If you are someone who needs a time-tested gift that you know will impress her, here’s our cream of the crop.

    Toast of California Wine Basket

    Toast of California Wine Basket

    This is one of our most popular baskets even when it’s not Mother’s Day, so it comes as no surprise that we see them fly off the shelves around this time of year too. Mom gets to enjoy a bottle of red and a bottle white with delectable European chocolates, gourmet cookies, seasoned popcorn and so many more treats for pairing. The woven basket will last for years and the satin ribbon just makes the whole thing pop.

    Spa Baskets and Soaps

    Stress Relief Spa Retreat for Mom

    Each year we try to pamper Mom a little more than the last. This includes offering premium spa gifts like this year’s Stress Relief Spa Retreat and the ever popular Anjolie Aromatherapy Spa Soap set that we’ve had for years. Both offer Mom a luxurious way to relax and finally get some time to herself.

    Gift Towers

    Mother's Day Gourmet Snack Tower
    OK, so they’re not technically baskets (sue me!). But each year for the last five years our Mother’s Day gourmet towers have sold better than any other standalone item. Mom gets to enjoy a rich variety of sweet and savory treats, and she can use the boxes for organizing throughout the house or for elegant re-gifting. The best part – you can give a completely impressive Mother’s Day gift with no stress on the wallet. See this year’s Mother’s Day Gourmet Snack Tower here.

    Cookie Gifts

    Mother's Day Gourmet Cookies

    It’s true – our cookies are kind of legendary. For years we have used the same local neighborhood bakery to give Mom fresh-baked cookies with all-natural ingredients and a satisfying variety of gourmet flavors. The cookies often come in either an elegant bouquet or signature cookie bucket – this year we have a beautiful signature box designed by our own experts with the fresh-baked cookies our customers love and three hand-iced novelty springtime shortbreads. See it here.

    This year, just go with what is sure to impress. Cookies, spa gifts, towers and wine baskets are all surefire winners – our history proves it. See our Mother’s Day gifts page for all our awesome Mother’s Day gift baskets, from this year and the past.

    Best-Selling Mother’s Day Baskets Guaranteed to Impress

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    Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Mom

    April 23rd, 2014 admin

    It’s within reason to say that most people settle for sending Mom flowers and cards, or even just a card for Mother’s Day. And if I’m honest with myself, some years I just send her a text message. It’s a little embarrassing, but hey, I’m a creature of habit and convenience. Most years I will muster the moxie to actually call my mom on Mother’s Day and her birthday even if I don’t get her a gift. (*Self-assured pat on the back*)

    But if you’re a little more adventurous than the average person or you just know that Mom deserves something great and thoughtful and impressive every year, you’ll be looking for some really impressive and unique Mother’s Day gifts.

    So here’s a Mother’s Day gift guide to take your gift giving game to the next level.

    Engraved Slate Garden Thermometer

    Engraved Garden Slate Thermometer

    Here is a perfect example of a gift that she’ll be able to use and display, thinking of you each time she steps onto her patio or garden. Its ornate tree branch design brings an elegant touch of modernity to a timeless household feature. It’s also has a high quality vintage feel with its authentic red liquid temperature reader that moves up the scale.

    Artisan Teapot Bird Feeder

    Artisan Teapot Bird Feeder

    Another great addition to the backyard veranda is this one-of-a-kind ceramic painted teapot. Add birdseed to the base of the pot and watch as birds flock from all over to partake in their own tea party. Its intricate design of pink and yellow roses hearkens the vintage Franciscan Desert Rose theme and will hang freely from any branch or bough. The feeder is also available with blue, purple, or lavender roses.

    Stress Relief Spa Retreat for Mom

    Stress Relief Spa Retreat for Mom

    Expect to see the tension melt from her face as soon as she opens this one. For many hyper-scheduled people in today’s world, just the simple thought of getting time alone to unwind, relax and rejuvenate its itself relaxing. This basket lets those thoughts become reality with six Smith & Vandiver aromatherapy spa tablets (featuring anxiety-reducing essential oils of Neroli and Chamomile), paraben-free Argan Sea Salt lotion, a water-resistant terry cloth bath pillow that affixes to the side of the tub and a large 3″ x 6″ ocean-colored pillar candle. The gift also includes a unique 6″ x 8″ journal with 164 artisan-inspired pages.

    Mother’s Day Tea & Gourmet Basket

    Mother's Day Tea & Gourmet Basket

    As always, we offer the gourmet gift basket experience our customers have come to expect, with new additions and fresh designs for Mother’s Day 2014. This one features an embroidered “Mom” waffle-knit tea towel with red poppies, and a matching 16 oz pastel pink ceramic bistro mug with “Mom” as well. Its sturdy keepsake fabric-lined tote holds the mug and towel set with Republic of Tea Green Tea, Godiva Chocolate, Cary’s Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, Savannah Bee Honey Straws and more.

    Fine Wine and Chocolates for Mom
    Fine Wine & Chocolates for Mom

    A premium collection of name-brand chocolates and Belle Ambiance red wine come together for the perfect way to sit and relax for once while everyone else keeps the world running. Perhaps the most impressive gift of our Mother’s Day gift collection, we feature an acclaimed red blend with notes of dark fruits, spice, vanilla, and cocoa alongside Godiva Milk Chocolate Pearls, Ghirardelli Dark & Caramel Squares, Cary’s Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, Seattle Chocolate Truffles, and more. The wine comes in an ornate silken sateen wine sachet embroidered to say “Mom” for a gift that truly goes the extra mile.

    And there you have a complete guide to all the best Mother’s Day gift ideas. See our Mother’s Day gifts page for even more exciting gift ideas. What’s the most unique Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever sent?

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Mom

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    5 Administrative Professional’s Day Gifts to Impress

    April 18th, 2014 admin

    Administrative Professional’s Day this year falls on Wednesday, April 23rd. We set aside the week surrounding the day to appreciate the employees among us whose work may be occasionally (or often) taken for granted, even though our businesses really wouldn’t function without their presence. While a traditional selection of Admin’s Day gifts for recognizing your hard-working assistant might include a fresh bouquet of flowers or a company coffee mug, consider these non-traditional, unique and appropriate options from GiftTree’s standalone gift collection. And don’t worry – we’ve got flowers and mugs too.

    Personalized Wine Gift – $49.95

    Personalized Wine Gift
    This engraved bottle of California red wine is one of our best sellers for all occasions year-round. Our customers just love the ability to create a lasting memento of the day with a complimentary message of their choice. Select “Your Special Message” from the dropdown menu and add up to three lines of 21 characters each. The truly impressive bottle comes in a green gift box with a cream satin ribbon to really drive home how important your assistant is to you.

    Sweet Appreciation Gift Basket – $39.95

    Sweet Appreciation Gift Basket
    The old adage does hold true – the surest way to a person’s heart is through the stomach. Express your deep appreciation with this stylish gift basket adorned with a satin “Thank You” ribbon and “Thank You” themed cartons. The gourmet foods include Jordan Almonds, Italian Roast Coffee, Almond Biscotti, European Cocoa and Almond Roca. They’ll also enjoy the fabric handled keepsake container as it becomes an attractive space organizer or tote for the office or home.

    Engraved Desk Organizer with Jelly Beans – $29.95
    Engraved Desk Organizer with Jelly Beans

    Practical yet classy, have your assistant’s name engraved on this bamboo desk sorter to show your thoughtfulness. The organizer also includes a satchel of premium mixed jelly beans, perfect as an indulgent snack for the special day.

    Monogrammed Lewis and Clark Compass – $39.95

    Monogrammed Lewis & Clark Compass

    This is a special and vintage gift that gives your assistant a bit of history along with the statement that they can do anything they set their mind to. Give them the recognition that they deserve with this classic symbol of the pioneering spirit and self-starter mentality.

    Three Wishes for You – $29.95

    Three Wishes for You
    These polished pewter wishbones are an elegant and inspiring Administrative Professional’s Day gift to show appreciation and give inspiration to the one receiving it. They make a great decoration for the office or home, and serve as a lasting, hopeful reminder of how much your assistant means to you. It comes complete with a set of inspirational card messages inside a plush black velvet pouch.

    Make it a sincere and memorable day with all of our Administrative Professional’s Day Gifts.

    5 Admin Day Gifts to Impress

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    Mmm, Cheese! DIY Gourmet Cheese Crisps

    April 17th, 2014 admin

    Gourmet Cheese CrispsI came across this recipe recently and thought it was pretty genius. There’s nothing like being able to create that upscale restaurant experience in the comfort of your own kitchen. The writer suggests using Parmesan, Cheddar, or Manchego to create these cheese crisps you might find atop a Caesar salad or soup appetizer. I’d also definitely try it with Asiago for that unmistakable zesty flavor. (And if you’re as obsessed with cheese as I am, you owe it to yourself to read more about GiftTree’s thoroughly impressive cheese gifts.)

    A big shout out to Slate magazine’s Brow Beat culture blog for this recipe. See the original article here.

    Cheese Crisps
    Yield: 8 or 9 crisps
    Time: 15 minutes
    ½ cup grated Parmesan, Cheddar, or Manchego cheese (about 2 ounces)
    Heat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form about 1 tablespoon of the cheese into a thin circle on the parchment paper; repeat with the remaining cheese, leaving 2 inches between circles. Bake until the cheese is golden brown and lacy, 5 to 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet, then serve.

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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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