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    5 Memorable Memorial Day Gifts

    May 21st, 2014 admin

    Memorial Day each year is a time to celebrate those who have sacrificed more than most of us could ever imagine. We owe our comfortable lives to the brave souls who were willing to go places that most of us aren’t. So it’s time to thank a vet, have a bbq, and send Memorial Day gifts that commemorate their service. It is also appropriate to send a thoughtful gift to the family of a fallen soldier. Here are three Memorial Day flowers and two Memorial gift baskets that show that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Be sure to order by Saturday May 24th to guarantee delivery on Memorial Day.

    Sweet Liberty Bouquet – from $39.95

    Sweet Liberty Bouquet - from $39.95

    Red roses and carnations with blue statice and white alstroemeria communicate the American spirit of freedom and hope. A blue pedestal vase completes the patriotic picture.

    America the Beautiful Bouquet – from $49.95


    White lilies are the stars of this arrangement. Celebrate Memorial Day with this stunning collection of red roses, beautiful white lilies, and blue statice. An inspiration for any patriotic American, let this fresh patriotic arrangement brighten up your family picnic or cookout.

    American Spirit Bouquet – $84.95

    American Spirit Bouquet - $84.95

    For a larger arrangement featuring elegant irises, spring for this keepsake pitcher filled with purple irises, red gerbera daisies, white alstroemeria and red asters. Also comes with an American flag placed delicately in the arrangement.

    Craft Beer and Snacks Basket – from $69.95

    Craft Beer and Snacks Basket - from $69.95

    This is the ideal gift to bring or send to a family picnic. Your choice of either American IPA or international brews comes with beer chips, corn nuts, peanuts, wasabi peas and more specialty beer-themed treats in a vintage 1940s picnic suitcase.

    Toast of California – $64.95

    Toast of California - $64.95

    Wine is also an appropriate way to honor a vet, especially if there’s a cookout or party to which to bring it. Send this best-selling basket featuring a California red & white wine duo with gourmet pairings that include Wisconsin cheese, Dolcetto chocolate wafers, gourmet popcorn and toffee peanuts.

    See the rest of our Memorial Day gift ideas here, and have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

    5 Memorable Memorial Day Gifts

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    5 Unique & Personalized Graduation Gifts

    May 14th, 2014 admin

    It’s a special time of year – one full of life transitions and opportunities to make a difference in the life of a young person.

    College graduation gifts can range from the relatively simple or impressively extravagant, but they should always be long-lasting mementos that remind the graduate who has supported them in their growing-up years, and who is still there to support them as they make their foray into the sometimes-challenging world of adult life.

    Here are some unique and personalized graduation gifts for a graduate who’s special to you.

    Graduation Champagne & Confections

    Graduation Champagne & Chocolates

    Champagne says celebration like nothing else can. Pop a cork with the new graduate, or save it for the party so everyone can impart their wisdom before a collective toast. (But save the pecan nougat caramels for the graduate alone). Comes with your choice of Domaine St Michelle, Argyle Brut, Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, or Cristal.

    Engraved Bettoni Pen

    Engraved Bettoni Pen

    Engrave their name, graduation date, or both on this distinguished slate gray ball point pen from the Bettoni Peruzzi collection.

    Graduation Rest & Relax Spa Gift

    Graduation Rest & Relax Spa Gift

    School is stressful, especially in the last days, and it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of all the graduation festivities without time to relax. This spa kit will be a welcome respite after all the buzz has died down and the young professional can finally unwind. It also doubles as a great dorm gift for high school graduates.

    Personalized Congratulations Wine Crate

    Personalized Congratulations Wine Crate

    A bottle of elite California red or white wine comes presented in a signature wine crate engraved with our own one-of-a-kind engraving.

    Fine Leather Journal with Free Embossing

    Fine Leather Journal with Free Embossing

    This top grain leather journal is a memorable way for them to keep track of all the memories from high school or college, or as a date book/organizer as they get into the daily grind. It features 192 lined pages and their name embossed on the front cover.

    Graduation is one of the most important accomplishments and launching points in life – take advantage of this special opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

    Five unique & personalized graduation gifts.

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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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