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    Top 5 Valentine’s Gifts for Guys

    January 31st, 2014 admin

    Valentine’s Day tends to present itself as a holiday for the ladies. Red and pink flowers, dainty chocolates, and heart necklaces are all wonderful gifts (all of which you’ll find at GiftTree) – but for guys that work hard and play hard, they need a little less Tiffany and a lot more Tonka.

    Luckily at GiftTree we’ve thought of that too.  Here are our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys.

    1. The Man Can – $49.95

    While he gets all spruced up for the romantic Valentine’s evening, present him with this chance for some quality, light-hearted self-care. Licorice Fisherman’s Scrub Soap, Spicy Shave Gel, Bay Rum After Shave Oil, Fisherman’s Hand Butter, and a scruffy Body Sponge all come in a reusable paint can with a sturdy bottle opener. The messaging on the paint can reminds us that “there’s nothing tougher than a man (except maybe a woman).”

    2. For The Love of Coffee – $49.95

    A caffeine addict’s dream, he’s sure to appreciate this collection of coffees and coffee-themed treats including International Arabica, Molokai Hawaiian Espresso, Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake, Cappuccino Jelly Beans, Mocha Shortbread, and more. The reusable tote becomes useful as a mail sorter, magazine holder, or closet organizer. He’ll thank you on Valentine’s Day and each morning as he completes his coffee routine.

    3. Monogrammed Lewis & Clark Compass – $39.95

    Perfect for history buffs or anyone who loves to proudly show off an interesting keepsake, this authentic mahogany compass is an exact replica of the one used by Lewis & Clark in their pioneering journey to the West. Features a period-accurate paper dial face, aged bronze and a durable wooden encasement. The distinctive monogrammed engraving with his initials will guarantee it’s a gift he’s sure to cherish and display.

    4. Filet Feast & Maine Lobster Tails Dinner – $144.95

    What self-respecting man doesn’t love Surf and Turf? Deliver the five-star dinner of a lifetime right to his door. Two Grade A Maine Lobster Tails with Clarified Butter, two 6 oz Filet Mignon Steaks, New England Clam Chowder and Maryland Crab Cakes arrive with all the instructions to prepare a gourmet meal that he’ll never forget.

    5. Silver Oak Private Cellar Gift Set – $329.95

    For a man who takes himself and his relationships seriously, you’re sure to impress him with this one-of-a-kind luxury wine set. The Silver Oak is a time-tested Cabernet – exquisite and well-layered, with extraordinary aging potential. Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses, Belgian Artisan Chocolates, a pewter Dachshund cork keeper, and a set of sturdy wine tools in a custom-made wooden gift box join the fine wine. Your personal message affixed with a wax seal shows that you respect his prowess, discernment, and class.  It’s truly a Valentine’s gift worthy of his smarts and inimitable debonair.

    Just like the ladies, every guy deserves a good Valentine’s Day gift that will help him relax, smile, and remember the day. You’ll find all of this more at GiftTree – time to get shopping!

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    Who’s Your #Tweetheart?!

    January 28th, 2014 Alicia

    LOVE is in the air, and we’re giving away this SWEET Valentine’s Day Gourmet Gift Basket!! “LIKE” us on our Facebook page, and leave a comment describing your #Tweetheart in 5 words or less (must use #tweetheart to be entered). Want more chances to win? Tweet us @gifttree or leave a comment on our Google Plus page. Three ways to enter, three ways to win! Contest ends Monday, Feb. 3rd at Midnight PST. For contest rules click here. Good luck!

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    The Real St Valentine and His Loyal Minions (Us)

    January 24th, 2014 admin

    Dear GiftTree Blogger Extraordinaire, please tell us the true story of St Valentine and why we celebrate this lovely day (apart from the fact that we totally love getting chocolate and flowers and gourmet gift baskets from our sweeties.)

    Of  course! The heart-stopping story of St. Valentine begins way back in Ancient Rome: Gladiators! Caesars! Chariot races!

    ….*crickets*….*puzzled, skeptical glances*…

    OK, OK it’s not really that exciting. In reality, all historians know about the real St. Valentine is that he lived during the Roman empire in the 3rd century, and died in Italy, close to a bridge, on February 14.

    Bo-ring! So why is one of the most lucrative and popular American holidays attributed to this dead Italian guy?

    Well, there is one story about how he refused to worship Roman Emperor Claudius -which in the Christian tradition meant he was brave and important – so the Pope gave him a feast day, commemorating his death and life. Valentine’s death also coincided with the mid-February pagan Roman holiday of Lupercalia, a day that involved sacrificing goats and dogs and running around the city naked, wearing the skins of the newly-sacrificed animals over your head and whipping young vestal virgins to encourage fertility. (Really.)

    So when the Catholic Church rose to power, celebrating St Valentine’s Feast instead of Lupercalia was a way to elevate Christianity above the perceived worldliness of Rome and encourage wholesome living. The day became what you might call a Big Deal and people throughout Christendom acknowledged it by eating together and praying to the Saint.

    But what about the love, the romance, the cards, the flowers, the chocolate, all that?

    Aha! Good question. About a thousand years after St Valentine kicked the bucket there lived this famous English writer named Geoffrey Chaucer.  He wrote The Canterbury Tales and popularized many things about medieval life, the most important of which was courtly love.  Fair maidens, chivalry, knights, all that.

    During this time it was also believed that birds were most likely to mate together mainly in mid-February – giving rise to “the birds and the bees” and “love birds” clichés. And so with the combination of mid-February bird mating rituals, Chaucher’s poems, the maidens and noblemen falling in love at court, and the already established Feast Day, you have the makings of a modern romantic holiday.

    OK, but flowers and chocolate?

    Oh yes, that.  Basically as society progressed throughout the Industrial Revolution in England, people had more money to spend, businesses opened for specialty purposes and people had more money to create and buy fancy consumable things like chocolate confections and large collections of roses. Eventually Valentine’s greeting cards became mass-produced by the millions, allowing people to buy cards instead of writing poems or letters. All of these traditions came “across the pond” when America was settled.

    A couple of centuries later, companies like FTD, Hallmark and eventually online companies (GiftTree included!) have helped make Valentine’s Day a household consumer holiday to the tune of $20 billion dollars in nationwide retail spending just last year.

    Yep, billion with a B. Even brave St Valentine couldn’t have imagined that.

    So have a happy Valentine’s Day! (And no whipping of vestal virgins, please.)



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    Happy New Year!

    January 23rd, 2014 Alicia

    2014 is upon us! It’s amazing how quickly time flies. Every time a new year comes around, I like to take some time and reflect on the past year and everything that happened in it. It’s always good to take some time and review what is going on in your life. What did you accomplish? What were your setbacks? What did you do to improve yourself?

    Setting new goals for the year is something I always like to do in January. Unfortunately, I don’t always stick to my goals. ;) This year I’m trying something new. I’ve bought myself this lovely Fine Leather Journal, and I’m keeping a plan of action. Did you know that you’re 60% more likely to follow through with your plan if you write it down, rather than rely on motivation alone? It’s true! While motivation is GREAT, it’s often times short-lived. Writing down your plan of action, including how you’re going to execute your plan leads to consistent action! Write down your new behaviors or goals… the Who, What, When, Where and Why’s. Be consistent in reviewing and updating your plan of action, and then rely on your motivation to inspire you.  Here’s to a great 2014!

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    Confectionately Gourds

    October 28th, 2013 admin

    Guest Blogger: Dustin Lawrentz

    Your senses may suspect something otherworldly about the pale pepos you’re sure to spot among the Halloween decorations this holiday season. You won’t be able to put your finger on it; could it be the shimmer of iridescence on the writhing vines, is it the milky smoothness of its’ colorless flesh? You step closer, eyes wide, cautiously. Is that the sugary scent of confectionary sleight of hand?

    You suddenly realize, much to your chagrined delight, that witch craft had no hand in this work of alchemy. The immaculate jack o lantern before you is in fact a sculpted cheese cake of the absolute highest caliber, crafted by master San Franciscan artisans, whose virtuosity does indeed approach the supernatural.

    You won’t be the only one bewitched by such a curiosity. Among the mesmerized are Good Morning America, Bon Appetit, and Oprah’s Wedding Issue. This little ball of white magic will certainly cast a spell on any entity, paranormal or earth-bound. It’s hypothesized to be a usable vampire repellant and an excellent ghost trap, but field studies are still being conducted to prove this conclusively.

    Whether you’re hunting ghosts or hoping to be a distinctive host: This All-Hallows Eve, our Whimsical White Pumpkin Cheesecake is the best way to trick and entreat your local spirits.

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    Trick or Treat!

    October 21st, 2013 admin

    Guest Blogger: Aubry Peters

    Halloween is not typically thought of as a gift-giving holiday. My mother, however, has made an effort to send me a little care package every year on Halloween. It’s never anything big and flashy but it’s always something nice and thoughtful. She knows that I love the Monster Cereals like Boo Berry and Frankenberry, so she usually sends me a box of those and some candy. Even though I’ve long outgrown trick or treating, it’s still kind of nice to get some candy on Halloween.

    This care package was always very nice and it made me smile. I think of how that little bit of extra effort on a holiday where you don’t expect anything made me happy and how it brightened my day. It made me want to do the same for those people that I care about so I decided to send a little something this year to someone and pass on the tradition of gift giving on Halloween. This year I am sending the Halloween Tower of Treats  to someone special to remind them that whether or not you view yourself as too old to trick or treat, you’re never too old for treats on All Hallow’s Eve.

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    Bosses Day

    October 16th, 2013 admin

    Guest Blogger: Chris Zolotko

    Boss’s Day which falls on October 16th this year, is an observance is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States. If it falls on a weekend, then it is celebrated on the working day closest to it.  The concept of it began when Patricia Haroski, an employee with State Farm Insurance, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce with the hope to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors and show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner gave support for Haroski’s registration and proclaimed officially the day Boss’s Day.

    We should help celebrate our supervisor or manager by giving a spectacular gift.  It will show our appreciation for teaching us and/or dealing with our mishaps, and simply signing our paychecks. It’s good to show them that you actually do care about them, because they aren’t just your boss they are a person as well!  Building a friendly relationship with your boss can do wonders in the work place! So go buy a Bossbot from our website or a nice bouquet! Remind them your not just a subordinate but a friendly co-worker!

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    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 4th, 2013 Konnie Kitt

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This special month dedicated to those who have been affected by breast cancer was first celebrated in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and the company now known as AstraZeneca. It was established to remind everyone that mammograms are the most effective weapons in the fight against this disease.

    We are all affected by breast cancer, or will be at some point in our lives. Whether you have struggled with a family member or a friend who is dealing with the disease, have dealt with it yourself, or whether it is something you will deal with in your future, we all will be touched somehow or another. In the United States, this year, approximately 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 39,000 women will die from breast cancer. With the current detection methods and advancing treatments, the death rates have been decreasing since 2002. Such good news!

    Recently, my 90 year-old grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery, and is currently more active than she has been in years. I recently had a childhood friend who passed away from breast cancer. I, myself, had a mammogram come back abnormal about 2 months ago. I had to have a biopsy, which came back clear, but it sure made me think. I did a lot of reading, a lot of soul-searching, and a lot of praying while I waited for results. It also made me a lot more dedicated to the fact that I will be tested every year, without fail!

    This is a month to pay tribute to those who have lost the battle with breast cancer and to celebrate those who have and are waging the war against this powerful disease. Whether you want to give a gift, a card, a phone call, or a hug, that special woman (or man, as they can be diagnosed as well) will appreciate the thought and the gesture. And wear that pink this October!

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    Back to School

    September 5th, 2013 Konnie Kitt

    My children would absolutely hate me for wanting to blog about this subject, but, like death and taxes, it must be done. Parents and retailers everywhere are already thinking about this upcoming event. I am not speaking of Labor Day or Grandparents Day. Nope, the day that makes children everywhere quake and parents do a little happy dance??? BACK TO SCHOOL! (Screaming, rioting, gnashing of teeth).

    When my children were little, money was extremely tight so I would spend most of the previous school year and the summer searching ads, trying to find the best deals on clothing and school supplies. I would just keep a spot where I would put all the pencils, crayons, paper, etc to pull out when the backpack was ready to be loaded. One of my biggest problems is that I hide things too well and often can not find all the things I put away, at least until all of the kids have graduated from high school!! I seriously think that I will be able to donate all those “well-hidden” items and supply an entire school! But, oh, I loved the challenge of the 1 cent sales at the office supply chains or scoring a brand new box of crayons for a quarter!

    Now, when it came to back-to-school clothing, we would accumulate the requisite socks, underwear, and shoes, along with new shirts, pants, and skirts all throughout the summer as the sales presented themselves. The clothing was then put away at the top of the closet of the child, not to be touched (under penalty of Mom’s stink-eye) until school reconvened in the fall.

    As we near that bittersweet time this year, are you a hoarder like me, or do you simply go out in one fell swoop and purchase everything at once? Are your kids getting older so the list from the schools nearly requires a second mortgage on your home? Do any of you, like myself, have a first timer in college? Wow, that is an eye-opening experience! I am just dreading the fact that one book may cost more than I have actually spent on supplies in the last 13 years!

    Here’s to you parents! When they head out the door that first morning, take a few minutes to sit and just enjoy the peace and silence. Just think, you have about 9 hours until the homework and projects begin!

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    Celebrate August

    August 10th, 2013 admin

    For those of you lucky enough to have been born in August, you are in good company. August is a month with a fascinating history. Next time you are asked about your August birthday, impress your audience with your knowledge of the month:

    -August is Panini Month. Yeah…. you need to know, because those things are delicious.

     -The middle of August is normally when the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower appears for viewing

     -August is Goat Cheese Month. You should have goat cheese on your paninis. Happy birthday!

     -August is also Happiness Happens month. Do goat cheese and paninis make you happy?

    -August is named after Augustus Caesar, Roman leader who experienced a number of military triumphs in this month of the year. Also named after him is Caesar dressing – you can put some on your panini. You’re welcome.

    -August’s birth flower is the gladiola.

     -The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held the first week of August each year. Hey, paninis with goat cheese make good travel food.

     Now your brains are a little fuller with some August facts. Happiness happens – enjoy this lovely end of summer month! With panini!

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