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Introducing Hand-Tied Rose Bouquets

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here’s something new! Introducing hand-tied rose bouquets for our “What’s New?” feature. Did you know that the best time to cut roses is after 3 PM in the afternoon when they are highest in food reserves? For instance, here at GiftTree, we have plenty of tips and tricks on how to trim and arrange your florals, especially roses. We also found some great resources on how to choose the perfect vase and more for your flowers. Whether you are a green thumb or prefer to pick your florals up at the local market, knowing how to treat roses can be tricky. Below are some useful tips we’ve found to help your blooms last even longer:   When choosing from your garden or market, pick rose buds that have visibly begun to open but that are no more than one-third to one-half fully open. For example, the best cut roses will have just begun to unfurl. Always use clean, sharp pruners to prevent damaging the rose canes and spreading disease. This won’t affect your cut flowers but you don’t want to harm the plant in the process of cutting. Leave at least 3 leaves on the stem to feed the plant. Get the roses into water as soon as possible. If pruning from your yard, bring a bucket of water with you when you cut. If you do cut the roses outside without water, make sure to re-cut the stems indoors either underwater or immersed. Use either the floral preservative they come with or you can add...

The 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

This year is just racing by, isn’t it? Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. (By the way, don’t you LOVE that it’s on a Friday this year? We do!) If you’re still looking to get something for your sweetheart that isn’t flowers – and don’t get us wrong, we LOVE FLOWERS – GiftTree is here with a Valentine’s Day collection that knocks it out of the park. Sweep her off her feet, make is heart smile, or just send a little sweetness and love with a gift from our Valentine’s Day collection! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite love-filled gifts – here it is, your 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide   Gift Baskets Overflowing with Sweetness     Boxes Bursting with Love     Keepsakes They’ll Treasure Forever     Make It A Chocolate-Covered Valentine’s Day     Pamper Your Love with a Spa Gift   Check out the rest of the Valentine’s Day collection and we’re sure you’ll find something that your Valentine will truly love. Don’t wait! These gifts are selling fast and may of them will sell out. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at GiftTree!     Comment Below What’s the BEST Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever...

The 2020 Valentine’s Day Flower Collection

Valentine’s Day is such a particularly perfect opportunity to send your love to someone special. So when you want to show your better half how much you appreciate them, a lavish bouquet sends the perfect message! After all, what is a bouquet for your Valentine but the perfect gift? It’s opulent, it’s beautiful, and it showers them with affection. So keep scrolling to check out GiftTree’s selection of Valentine’s Day flowers! In fact, you can set up your order today and we’ll deliver it on Valentine’s Day, just as promised. Easy as that! Let’s take a look at some of the newest bouquets in GiftTree’s Valentine’s Day Flower Collection.    ❤️ The 2020 Valentine’s Day Flowers Collection ❤️     Wow your Valentine with the Say I Love You Bouquet: a dozen (or more!) roses in a magnificent hand-blown art-glass vase etched with an exquisite rosebud design. Check out even more roses HERE.      Blushing Gemstone Bouquet is inspired by the ever-amazing rose quartz, the gemstone that symbolizes love. This iridescent art glass vase and luxurious pink rose bouquet blushes with romance.      Kissed by Tulips is an elegant bouquet of red tulips arranged in a striking red glass vase, featuring petal-like detailing. In fact, we’re pretty sure this one will sell fast so place your orders today!      Falling For You Bouquet: Gorgeous shades of bright pink, purple and red are poised with lush greenery. Truly, this creates a striking contrast for Valentine’s Day, especially with the art deco vase.     Delivered in a ruby glass vase that your Valentine will treasure forever! Plus, every shade...

A Few of Our Favorite Fruit Recipes

During these cold and dreary months of mid-winter, it’s a good time to consume as much fruit as possible. And with the new year as well, a lot of people are looking to get healthy. That’s why fruit baskets make a perfect gift for these mid-winter milestones, from birthdays to anniversaries and more. GiftTree’s gift baskets of fruit are filled with premium gift-grade pears, juicy California oranges and of course, our home state, Washington-grown crisp and perfect apples. Every piece of fruit in our gift baskets is hand-selected, inspected and arranged perfectly, so your recipient gets the best fruit basket they’ve ever seen.   With fruit on the mind, we decided to put together a few of our favorite fruit recipes, too! Keep reading to get some fresh ideas for delicious fruit gifts. 🍎 🍊 🍐 A Few Of Our Favorite Fruit Recipes 🍎 🍊 🍐     Our Favorite Pear Salad For the Roasted Pear Vinaigrette:  1 large ripe pear, peeled, cored, and cut in half  1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice  2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar  1 clove garlic, minced  1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot  2 to 3 teaspoons honey  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste   For the Salad:  1 head Red Leaf or Romaine Lettuce, washed and roughly-chopped  2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced  1 cup candied walnuts  1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese  ¼ red onion, thinly sliced  1/3 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)   PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the pear halves on...

How to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day

Mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, gouda, swiss, camembert, havarti, asiago, brie; the list goes on and on. Today is the day, a day to celebrate arguably one of the most beloved foods in the world: Cheese. Whether you enjoy it as is on a cheese board, atop a big bowl of pasta, or paired with wine; cheese should be celebrated in all it’s glory. Most importantly, one of our favorite categories here at GiftTree is our Cheese & Charcuterie gifts. For example, not only are they unique and creative gifts but they are paired with cured meats and other gourmet foods. What will you do to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day? Here are some fun facts and creative ways to spread some cheese and cheer! Host a wine and cheese pairing Create your own cheeseboard Perfect your grilled cheese sandwich Host a cheese taste test contest at work   Allow us to help you celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day with some of our exclusive Cheese & Charcuterie Gifts:     Premium Cheese Tasting Experience Above all, a cheese tasting experience unlike any other: Cantalet Dore, Petit Basque, Sottocenere, and Comte Extra are paired with quince paste, orange blossom honey, and more, presented in a trim picnic basket.   Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheeses This monogrammed slate cheese board makes a sophisticated gift all by itself, but we take it to the next level with an offering of premium artisan cheeses and gourmet pairings.   Charcuterie and Personalized Tasting Board Gift   Firstly, three varieties of artisanal salami are joined by stone ground mustard, organic Greek olives and more in this savory, shareable...

What Wine Goes with Dinner Tonight?

Knowing how to pair your wine with the food that you’re eating may seem like a confusing and daunting task, but there are just a few tricks you need to learn, and pretty soon you will be pairing like a pro. If you are wondering what wine goes with dinner tonight, follow these simple steps! This blog, entitled Six Rules for Perfect Pairing, goes into much more details, but it really can boil down to six very easy to remember rules. Whether you’re enjoying a few steaks or chicken off the grill on a balmy summer evening, you’re serving up a hot stew that’s been roasting in the slow cooker all winter’s day, or you’re just ordering pizza from the neighborhood parlor, the simple and easy to follow wine rules below will help you know which wine is going to bring out the flavors of your food best, and which foods are going to complement your wine in turn. First Thing’s First: Learn Basic Wine Pairing!   Read More in Depth Here >> The Six Rules of Perfect Wine Pairing   Rule 1: Match the richness of the food to the body of the wine. Rule 2: Match the acidity. Rule 3: Don’t let the food overpower the wine, or the wine overpower the food. Rule 4: Offset heat (spicy) with sweet. Rule 5: Serve your wine at the right temperature. Rule 6: Match the regional cuisine to the regional wine.   You’re Ready To Pair! Here’s a helpful list of recommendations and suggestions to get you started. Here at GiftTree, we got together with our in-house Sommelier to get...

Easy Ways to Add More Movement to Your Workday

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to a new decade! 2020 is officially under way and you know what that means? Resolutions are in full swing! Whether your focus is on healthy living, reading more, or trying something new, the new year is always exciting to start fresh! For example, one of the many things we like to do here at GiftTree is take group walks to a local park. It is essential to get away for a few minutes, grab some fresh air, and when the sun is out, get some much needed Vitamin D. Here are some creative and easy ways to add more movement to your workday!   11 Creative Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Workday   Take the stairs – Throughout the day you should try and find as many ways to move, get up from your desk, and/or take the stairs if you can; even if you work on the first floor! Go for a walk outside – Take 10 to 15 minutes to walk outside, breathe some fresh air every day (weather permitting) and get re-energized for the rest of your day. Take advantage of an onsite or local gym during your lunch break – Many offices and campuses now offer onsite gyms that are either free or discounted. If you do not have access to one, check out the area to see if there are any studios or gyms for a quick sweat session! Sit on an exercise ball – Good posture while you work is a form of exercise. It can increase blood flow, improve your balance, and strengthen your core. Walk around...

It’s National Thank You Month!

Ah, the holidays have come and gone. Sure, we may be a bit sad that the festivity has come to an end. But at the same time, aren’t you a little excited about getting back into your routines, too? A fresh outlook on life comes with this new decade. What are some of your resolutions for the New Year? If you are anything like us here at GiftTree, one of the things that we aim to do is to show more gratitude. And just like that, January happens to be National Thank You month, as well!   January: National Thank You Month It makes sense that January is National Thank You month! Perhaps you got an amazing gift from a loved one. Maybe you were shown some really lovely hospitality over the holiday break. Or maybe you were invited to a fabulous holiday bash! Learning how to integrate more thankfulness into your life can be done by making just a few simple tweaks. Here are some ideas to add just a little more gratitude into your life this year.   Idea # 1: Write More Thank You Notes We listed some examples of why you would say thanks after the holidays above, but there are tons of other reasons to say a simple thank you. Want to know how to write the perfect thank you note – one that really sounds like you mean it? Click here for a helpful guide on Writing Sincere Thank You Notes.   Idea # 2: Show Your Gratitude Don’t just say thank you – show your thanks. Here are a couple ideas on...

The Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve

Good or bad, the time has come to shake off the memories and events of 2019. We can feel it: 2020 is going to be a year of good health, prosperity and joy for us all! So how do we ring in a new year? With a Champagne toast, of course! Bringing a bottle of great Champagne to a New Year’s Eve party is a longstanding tradition – Champagne makers have been marketing the wine as an essential part of the New Year’s celebration since the early 1800s. It’s said that as the cork pops and the Champagne overflows from the bottle, it symbolically represents the abundance of hope and joy in the new year. But what is the best Champagne for New Year’s Eve? The Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve When it comes to choosing the most delicious and exciting brands of Champagne for New Year’s Eve, the labels, terms and price points can seem a little daunting at first. But fear not! First, check out this absolutely awesome guide to bubbly – a great crash course on the confusing (and very broad) world of Champagne and other sparkling wines. Next, keep reading to explore some of our favorite Champagne recommendations to toast on New Year’s Eve. Chateau Montmore North Coast Brut Bearing the namesake of the Montmorency cherry, the light straw color of this soft-bodied Brut Cuvée boasts delicate aromas of cherry blossom, honey and buttered brioche. On the palate, flavors of sweet peach, apple and white cherries complement the flinty finish. G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne Exuberant bubbles and a brilliant, golden color testify to the vibrancy of this Champagne. Lush aromas...

The Best Office Potluck Recipes

Chances are, right now you’re in the time of year where there’s an office potluck on the horizon. I have a love-hate relationship with office potlucks. On one hand, I love to get together with coworkers and enjoy the food that they’ve made. Other the other hand, I never feel like I have enough time to make dishes that are really special, something my coworkers deserve. (Seriously, Erica, how do you have time to make that fancy 18-layer dip?!!!) And so I end up racing to the grocery store to buy something that’s pre-made and totally mediocre, unworthy of my amazing colleagues. Well, no more! Recently, I took the time to gather up the best office potluck recipes. Onward!   The Best Office Potluck Dishes   Pulled Chicken Sliders A slow cooker is your friend for this recipe, brought to you by Natasha’s Kitchen. Just a couple tweaks make this an even more lightning-fast recipe! Just bake the chicken breasts the night before (or get a rotisserie chicken and shred) and bring everything into the office kitchen the next morning. Right away when you get into the office, plug in that slow cooker, add the chicken and the rest of the ingredients, and turn it on to HIGH til lunchtime (4 hours). Add Hawaiian slider rolls, cole slaw and BAM – lunch to please a crowd. Don’t forget tongs!   Tarragon Chicken Salad  You’re going to absolutely love the combination of fresh, herby tarragon, savory chicken and creamy mayonnaise in this recipe, courtesy of Feasting at Home. Bring along a package of croissants from the grocery store bakery and watch...

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Christmas is in 8 days!! Are you freaking out? Not done with all of your holiday shopping? Have no fear, we have plenty of last minute gift ideas that will still make it in time for Christmas! Whether you are in need of stocking stuffers, gifts for him, gifts for her, GiftTree has options for every family member, friend, or coworker. In order to ease your shopping experience, we’ve detailed out the timeline below to help with any shipping questions on your last minute holiday gifts.   Last Minute Holiday Gifts:   Christmas on 5th Avenue This berry-rich Cabernet along with bold, old-vine zinfandel are the pillars of character that set the standard for this basket. They’re paired with gourmet savories and sweets to create a festive holiday celebration at any address, including 5th Avenue.   Peppermint Bark Holiday Tin Luscious white and rich dark chocolate is layered and sprinkled with a snowfall of crushed candy cane pieces. It’s a unique and festive treat that’s great for business contacts or friends and family across the miles.   Starbucks® Home for the Holidays A delivery of rich coffee and hot cocoa from Starbucks® along with all the trimmings is like sending a cup of holiday cheer itself.   Four Seasons Gourmet Collection This generous ensemble of confections and savory fare is designed to show your good taste and send your best wishes. Therefore, it’s a gift that’s dressed to impress, no matter the season. Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheeses This monogrammed slate cheese board makes a sophisticated gift all by itself, but we take it to the next level with...

Pour on the Cheer! Unique Gifts for Wine Lovers

Hello, faithful GiftTree blog subscribers! Thanks for joining us as we take another look into what makes a good gift great. Here in the holiday season and as a wine lover, one of my favorite gifts to receive is wine. (I feel pretty safe in saying that’s the favorite gift of most of the team here at GiftTree!) While it’s my favorite type of gift to receive, it’s not always the easiest to give. From baskets to wooden wine crates, beautiful totes and more, here are some unique gifts for wine lovers!   Click Here for Another Helpful Blog: Three Tips to Give the Perfect Wine Gift   There are many different types of wine gifts to give, and first thing’s first, it helps to know what kind of wine your recipient will really love. One you’ve got their favorite wine factored in, it’s time to decide how you’re going to present that bottle of wine! Luckily, there are literally dozens of ways to give a bottle of wine as a gift. Unique Gifts for Wine Lovers California Classic Wine Basket Don’t know if they like red or white wine? Send both! Two noteworthy California wines and a rich variety of gourmet foods collected in a keepsake leather container, this gift is the perfect choice to impress any wine aficionado and snacking sophisticate.     Embossed Leather Wine Log with Red Wine This wine journal is crafted from top grain saddle leather and polished to perfection. With enough pages to record the tasting of over 40 wines, this convenient journal will quickly become a constant companion. The first wine recorded in the...

Personalized Keepsakes They’ll Treasure Forever

As we grow older, finding the perfect gift for our loved ones can be challenging. For example, most people often resort to gift card purchases for ease and like-ability. Why not surprise them with a keepsake they can cherish forever? GiftTree offers personalized gifts which create that extra special touch and uniqueness. For instance during the holidays or any other time of year, personalized gifts express your thoughtfulness and create a personal touch. Plus, there’s no fear of duplication! Therefore, personalized keepsakes will allow that personal connection with your recipient to shine through. Lastly, they will always be reminded how much you care and value them every time they use or see the gift. Here are some lovely options they’ll treasure forever:   Personalized Keepsakes   Personalized Leather Bound Golf Log: Help your favorite golfer beat his personal best! Small enough to fit in a golf bag, yet big enough to clearly record and keep track of scores. Above all, this sophisticated gift is a must-have for golfers of all ages.                 Personalize Your Own Chocolate Box: Send a chocolate collection that’s sure to be savored, shared and remembered. Especially, when it arrives in this exclusive engraved gift box.                 Engraved GH Mumm Champagne Celebration: Elevate your gift to an even greater celebration by adding your own personal message engraved onto the surface of the wine bottle. Most importantly, it’s a thoughtful and grand gesture to congratulate newlyweds, or celebrate any occasion that deserves a monumental gift.           Engraved Cheese Board with Tools: Constructed from...

Deck Those Halls: 2019 Holiday Flower Collection

It may not be a gift we commonly think about sending during the holiday season, but flowers are a very welcome and festive surprise! Snowy white and crimson blossoms are set against sprigs of pine and cedar, and in most cases, talented florists are even able to arrange ornaments and much more. Holiday flowers are perfect for parties, set on the table with all the appetizers. They’re excellent centerpieces, set among the Christmas roast and all the trimmings. And holiday flowers look amazing when they’re set on the entryway console! Talk about setting the mood from the moment they walk in the door. Also, they are great for sending to offices, to sit on the reception desk. Let’s take a look at GiftTree’s holiday flower collection.   🌲🌹❄️ 2019 Holiday Flower Collection  🌲🌹❄️   Perfect for the Reception Desk Sending a little holiday spirit to the office is always a fun and festive way to make merry! From Real Estate offices, to reception desks in the medical industry, and everything in between, a holiday bouquet blossoming with merriment is a fun and easy way to “spruce” up the office. (See what I did there? 😉)     Amazing Centerpieces for Christmas Dinner A centerpiece placed on the table for the holiday dinner just completes the look and sets the mood for the evening, wouldn’t you say? There’s also something so completely magical and symbiotic about candles and Christmas. That warm glow, the pine boughs and red flowers are just meant to be there.     Festive Bouquets for the Entry Way Nothing sets a festive mood quite like an entryway...

Little Keepsakes for the Desk

‘Tis the season for giving! It is officially December which means if you haven’t started your Holiday shopping, now is the time. Above all, at GiftTree we truly value all of our customers, their needs, and creating a seamless shopping experience. Our business gifting team of advisors can offer you and your team assistance with our many options: large volume orders, custom ordering, and branded gifts with your company logo. In addition to personalization and branded gifts, we have a large assortment of engraved gifts. Therefore, we are featuring keepsake gifts for the desk, office, and home office. Most importantly, these lovely gifts will wow your friends, family members, or business clients for years to come.   Little Keepsake Gifts for the Desk Engraved Bettoni Pen This fine rollerball pen offered by Bettoni Peruzzi is one of the world’s finest writing instrument makers. You can enhance with your chosen name or message engraved on the pen. Therefore making a thoughtful gift for congratulating, rewarding, thanking, or just because.   Slate Coaster Set These solid slate, smooth coasters are perfect for wine glasses, mason jars or coffee mugs. For example, the velvet backing prevents any scratches to surfaces, while engraving elevates this gift to even greater prestige.   Comfort Candle This charming candle holds a tea light and features a hammered copper lid. With its warm glow and natural finish, this candle is perfect for bringing love and joy into any home.   Desktop Artisan Compass Inspired by the age of exploration, this beautifully crafted wooden compass is an exact replica of the compass used by Lewis and Clark. For example, it contains a...

Gifts to Thank the Holiday Party Host

Christmas gatherings and holiday parties play a huge role in December’s celebrations. In fact, 70% of those who responded to this recent survey said they plan on attending at least one or more holiday parties this year! Most of the time, these parties take place in private residences. What does that mean? Think about it – food, decor, drinks, invitations! Well, it means that there are hosts who have worked really hard to make that holiday party special. So how do you thank the holiday party hosts? We here at GiftTree think a great thank you gift sends the perfect message of gratitude. Here are some unique gifts to thank the holiday party host!    🎄UNIQUE THANK YOU GIFTS FOR HOLIDAY HOSTS 🎄 A Little Something Sweet. Our Chocolate Peppermint Bark is perfect. Luscious white and rich dark chocolate is layered and sprinkled with a snowfall of crushed candy cane pieces. It’s a unique and festive treat that’s great to bring with you to the holiday get-together.   A Little Something Savory. This monogrammed slate cheese board makes a sophisticated gift all by itself, but we take it to the next level with an offering of premium artisan cheeses and gourmet pairings.   A Toast to Togetherness. Bringing the Black Tie Duo to a black tie event or sending it after the party is a grand gesture that will surely be appreciated. Two bottles of wine and perfect pairings – we recommend upgrading to the conversation-starting premium version. It includes Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir and Polmanter Napa Cabernet with wine cards included. You can even engrave your “thank you” message on the...

Top 10 Holiday Gift Baskets

GiftTree is here to save the day for your Holiday gift ideas! For example, our Top 10 Holiday gift baskets are suitable for all ages and will satisfy all personalities.  Need a gift for the chocolate lover, gourmet foodie, coffee and tea enthusiast, and the indulger? Therefore, GiftTree has something special for everyone. Find something unique and better than your normal go-to gift cards that will be sure to surprise and delight this holiday season. With Black Friday around the corner, GiftTree will be featuring exclusive offers you can’t miss! Stay tuned and check out our top picks:   Top 10 Best Holiday Gift Baskets The Crowd Pleaser From savory delights to luxury chocolate, they’ll remember your generous gesture as there’s plenty for everyone.   Grand Indulgence Gourmet Whether the occasion is personal or professional, a grand indulgence such as this promises to leave a grand impression. Some foods featured are Manzanilla Olives, Lindt Sea Salt chocolate (Extra Dark), Sea Salt Caramels, Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, and Everything Bagel Cashews Fit for Royalty Gourmet A curated collection of our favorite confections and gourmet fare comes together in this stately herringbone and leather-trimmed serving tray. This unique basket presents a generous gift that’s perfect for any occasion. Starbucks® Season’s Greetings Holiday wishes make a big entrance in this abundant crate, filled with goodies for every coffee, cocoa and chocolate lover. As Good As Gold Set the gold standard in generosity with this classic woven gift basket filled with impressive gourmet fare, creating a perfect holiday gift for the gourmand in your life. Fruit and Gourmet Treasure Presented in a keepsake trunk,...

What to Give to Your Best Clients

Gift-giving at the end of the year for your professional connections can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. With so many gifts out there vying for your attention, we can lose focus on what you should give. Let’s simplify! First, let’s start be defining your goals. What do you want this business gift to accomplish, and what message do you want to send? What’s the relationship like that you share with this personal connection? How about your budget? By answering all of these questions, you will be well on your way to knowing what to give to your best clients. What do you want this gift to accomplish? The odds are,  this is going to be a gift that thanks your client for their support of your business over the last year. When it comes to end-of-year holiday business gifting, that is most typically the goal. But there are more motivations: you could want to show off your own good taste! Maybe you really want to impress this top client. Or maybe you just want to strengthen the bond of partnership that you share with them. These are just a few suggestions as you think about this first question. Next, what is the business relationship like? Is this client someone you have day-to-day contact with, or someone you work with only a few times a year and otherwise have minimal communication? If this client is someone who has become a close confidant, a trusted advisor or the like, that can help determine what kind of gift to send, too. How much do you want to spend on this gift? Determining...
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