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    Start Shopping Early

    Blog by Linda Wallace

    Every year. EVERY YEAR. I find myself in the middle of December, thinking about all the Christmas shopping I have left to do, dreading the stores, dreading the expense, dreading the stress!

    We all know the way to avoid this, so why don’t we make an effort to try to get our holiday shopping done early? I know, I know, life just gets in the way….
    This year, I have resolved to do things differently. In October, I started keeping my eye out, and started making decisions on what to get for whom. I can already feel the stress of the season decreasing!
    What I like about GiftTree (amongst many other things), is that I can start placing my orders now for shipping over the holidays. Imagine waking up on December 1st and realizing that everything is taken care of for Christmas! It makes me smile just to envision it. The other thing that I can do with GiftTree is place an order once every two weeks or so, spreading out the cost of the season. I think you know how stressful it is in December, with so much left to do, and it seems like there is no money left to do it!

    Taking the time to start placing orders early also has the advantage of letting you pick out just the right gift, instead of the “anything will do at this point” mentality that sometimes comes calling when you are doing last minute shopping. Here are some wonderful gifts that you can order now for holiday delivery, that are sure to delight the recipient, and make your holiday shopping easy!

    A fantastic gift for friends or family, at around $50 is the Gourmet Favorites Gift Chest. This comes in a very stylish chest that your recipient will use and appreciate for years to come. Add an engraved plaque to the chest to triple the impact! The chest comes with both sweet and savory treats, and will be enjoyed by anyone on your list.

    For the beer lover in your life, at around $70 is the Craft Beer and Snacks Basket. This large hamper never fails to bring a smile to any beer fan! This gift has the option of wonderful international beers, or some amazing American Microbrews. Lots of savory gourmet goodies come along with it, and we hear so much positive feedback from recipients of this gift!

    For the sophisticate on your list, at around $80 is the Corporate Clincher.  Don’t let the name of this item fool you. Although designed to impress a corporate climate, the fact is, this impresses everyone who sees it! It comes in an antique replica leather chest with a built in tray. This will be something they will use for years to come, as it is very durable. It is also personalizable, with your message on a wide satin ribbon. It really blows people away. Included are a great bottle of wine, along with lots of gourmet treats that are sure to please any palate.

    Have someone on your list with refined taste, and an affection for great cheeses? The Artisan Cheese Hamper at around $90, is a wonderful solution. Amazing hand crafted cheeses, along with treats that compliment the cheeses, in a beautiful picnic hamper is sure to make someone smile! Don’t forget to personalize it with your message on a satin ribbon for maximum “ Wow Factor”!

    The perfect gift for the tea lover is the Traditional Teatime Basket. At around $50, it gives you a lot of bank for your buck. I absolutely love the teapot and teacup set that comes with this basket. The basket itself is such a lovely presentation, and it comes with tea from some of the most amazing teas around. Round this out with delicate treats to go with the teas, and this one is sure to please.

    I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.
    ~Flash Rosenberg

    As a coffee fanatic myself, I can really appreciate how well the For the Love of Coffee gift is received! At around $55, this gift is both affordable and packs a punch! The basket itself is elegant, attractive and durable. A personalized satin ribbon will display your warm message for your recipients. Filled with gourmet coffee and amazing treats designed to compliment the coffee, this one is a sure winner.

    Obviously, there are a lot more gifts to choose from on the site, but I hope that this got you inspired to start shopping NOW, rather than waiting for the Christmas rush. Consider that a gift to yourself!


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