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...

One Gift, Three Sizes: Why Tiered Gifting is the Easiest Way to Shop

Have you kicked off your holiday shopping yet? Have you made your list and checked it twice? The season of giving is upon us and it’s never too early to start gifting and showing your appreciation. Whether you are shopping for friends, family members, or clients, GiftTree recently introduced Tiered Gifting for ease of shopping. If you are a business like us, your clients and relationships are what matter most; without them your business would simply not be the same. No one client is the same, as each relationship is unique in its own way. Our tiered gifting collection delights in giving impressive gifts in three sizes and price points. Therefore providing a solution that flexes your budget and sends the right message to every recipient whether you chose Classic, Grand, or Supreme. Here are a few options that come in three sizes:   Tiered Gifting Made Easy   The 5th Avenue Extravagance: Three fantastic bottles of wine are joined by savory and sweet gourmet pairings, hand-selected for quality and taste.   As Good As Gold Excellence: Personal and professional relationships alike will adore the delicious items inside this woven keepsake basket. It’s the perfect way to show your appreciation and gratitude, send best wishes and more.   Warm Winter Greetings Tower: Your personal friends and family or your close business relationships will unpack the delicious treats inside this five-box tower and enjoy a snowy evening indoors, brimming with chocolate cheer.     Merry & Bright Chocolate Duo: Days and nights will be merry and bright when this festive duo arrives! Perfect for thanking, sending best wishes and so much more.     Five...

Introducing the 2019 Holiday Collection

It’s here, it’s here! The GiftTree elves have been working long and hard on this year’s holiday collection! (In fact, the elf writing this blog has been writing about this year’s holiday gift baskets since around June.) We think you’re going to absolutely love the festive gifts for family and friends, the gorgeous gourmet baskets, and the wonderful wine gifts, too. So without further ado, GiftTree proudly presents….   ☃️ 🦌 🎄 THE 2019 HOLIDAY COLLECTION  ☃️ 🦌 🎄   Wine Gift Baskets   New Gourmet Gift Baskets   New Holiday Towers   Personalized & Festive Gift Ideas   THESE GIFTS SELL FAST – PLACE YOUR ORDERS TODAY! ORDER NOW & WE’LL SHIP YOUR GIFT WHENEVER YOU CHOOSE Need help finding the perfect gift? Call us @ 800.379.4065 Want to Order Multiple Gifts? Large Order & Bulk Discounts Are Available!  ...

How to Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2019

Next week we recognize, World Kindness Day on Wednesday, November 13th. Although the world can be a harsh and ugly place at times, we can all help and make these little steps to show kindness to one another and ourselves. Remember the movie, Pay It Forward with Hailey Joel Osment? Remember crying your eyes out? Imagine if you paid it forward for just a day, maybe to start, and then practice that concept once a month; imagine the effect you could have on someone. It feels good to do good, so let’s start with some of these ideas to brighten someone’s day, especially on World Kindness Day! Here are a few of our favorites: 12 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day Send kind words in a letter, e-card, or Facebook post. Say thank you Volunteer – Consider planning a monthly (or weekly) volunteer shift. You might be surprised how much it can lift your spirits to help out with a cause that resonates with you. Check out some options at Volunteer Match. Foster or adopt a pet Donate Start an online fundraiser – If you’re short on cash for donating, you might want to start a fundraiser on social media. Remind your friends that its World Kindness Day to inspire them to give. Paste a sticky note – Write uplifting messages on sticky notes and leave them in various places. For example leave them on restroom or dressing room mirrors, lockers, someone’s computer screen or car window; or even the door to your office or apartment building. Send flowers Spread compliments Shop Amazon Smile – You pay the same prices...

How to Conquer Holiday Stress

Here we are on the threshold of the holiday season. Little by little, the parties are being added to the schedule, the decorations are going up, and the gift list is growing. Not to mention, doesn’t it seem like the traffic and the crowds get 10x worse, too? And then there’s the time spent with family and in-laws. The work parties. And to top it all off, the absolute DIET-BUSTING cookies, desserts and tempting treats EV. RY. WHERE. So how dow we keep from getting overwhelmed? When things start to get frantic, there are many ways to conquer holiday stress and keep things in perspective. Here are a few ways to get a handle on the holidays, from the holiday giving experts themselves at GiftTree.   8 Ways To Curb Holiday Stress   1. Set Boundaries. We cannot stress this enough! Throughout the season, remind yourself that you do not have to say “yes” to every potluck, every Secret Santa, every White Elephant and every party. Think about it: when you add that last-minute party to your calendar, you’re adding more than just the event. You’ll be shopping for ingredients, cooking or baking, buying and wrapping another gift, finding a new outfit… the to-do list will get HUGE before you know it. Saying “no” to just one or two things will free up a lot of space to breathe.   2. Don’t Skip Your Exercise Routines. It will soon start to feel like you don’t have time to fit it all in, so one of the first things to go during the holidays will be the time you take for...

Friday Wine Down: Peregrine Ridge One Fell Swoop Cabernet Sauvignon

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts. So when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to an opulent Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!   This Week’s Friday Wine Down Peregrine Ridge – One Fell Swoop Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Sonoma County   About This Wine Peregrine falcons guard the hilltop vineyard in this remote corner of Sonoma, the origin of our opulent Cabernet Sauvignon made in partnership with Delectus Winery. Perched above the fog line, the warm and dry climate of Knights Valley creates a terroir that is ideal for producing Cabernets of epic distinction.   Tasting Notes With a dark red-violet hue, One Fell Swoop opens with aromas of cherries and earth, light oak and vanilla. Powerful flavors of juicy black fruits expand across the palate, finishing with notes of cedar, graphite and tobacco. Balanced and beautifully structured, this is a bold expression of Knights Valley Cabernet.   Decanting & Cellaring It is recommended that this Cabernet is decanted for an hour before enjoying. One Fell Swoop has an aging potential of 30+ years.   Pairing Suggestions This juicy Cab makes the perfect partner for rich entrées such as veal in a demi-glace, roasted vegetables with garlicky butter and aged cow’s milk...

10 Wines We’re Loving For Fall

The temperatures are dropping, we’re stoking the fireplaces and putting on those fuzzy socks – it’s time for a glass of wine! Lately here at GiftTree, we’ve been thinking about the types of red and white wines that have that perfectly autumnal feel. With that in mind, here are our top 10 fall wines!   10 Wines We’re Loving This Fall   Elk Cove Pinot Gris Giving off sweet and light aromas of citrus blossom and grapefruit, this creamy and lush wine offers lovely apple and pear flavors, while showing crispness on the palette. This white wine is medium-bodied and balanced. So it is perfect as an aperitif, or served with salmon, main-course salads, or Thai and Asian influenced dishes.   Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner Grüner is perhaps lesser known in the United States than it is in Europe. But don’t let the unfamiliar words deter you – an Austrian wine, Grüner Veltliner is fruity, flinty and perfect for sipping in your favorite sweater. If you’re looking for a little taste of familiarized Chenin Blanc, try Pine Ridge, a wonderful California white. GiftTree’s Sommelier serves it with her Thanksgiving turkey.   Decoy Zinfandel From its lovely dark violet color to its luscious fruit aromas, this wine captures the alluring essence of Sonoma County Zinfandel. On the palate, layers of wild blueberry, blackberry and cassis are underscored by an elegant structure that includes supple, refined tannins, balanced acidity and just a hint of juicy sweetness and toasty oak.   Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice...

Introducing Tiered Gift Baskets

Gift giving is never one-size-fits all. Especially in the world of business gifting, we know that our customers regularly want to send multiple versions of the same gift baskets, but in different sizes. With the new Fall & Holiday collection, GiftTree delivers! Four of GiftTree’s best selling baskets & towers now come in THREE SIZES! Introducing Tiered Gifting  CLASSIC Size • GRAND Size • SUPREME Size The Fifth Avenue Classic, Grand, Supreme Sizes   Golden Gourmet Classic, Grand, Supreme Sizes   As Good As Gold Classic, Grand, Supreme Sizes   Five Star Fruit Classic, Grand, Supreme Sizes   Now you can gift different-sized, different-priced versions of the same great baskets to everyone on your gift list. Call our Business Gift Account Executives at 800-379-4064 to get started on your holiday order today! E-Mail Us Anytime: BusinessGifts@GiftTree.com...

Wine Baskets with Easy Countrywide Shipping

Have you ever found the perfect wine gift, but had trouble delivering it to the state that your recipient is in? No more! GiftTree is proud to present a whole new line of wine gift baskets! They’re filled with excellent wines that ship to every state that allows it (there are 42!). NEW! Wine Gift Baskets with Easy Countrywide Shipping     New to our collection, send a little taste of success with this simple yet sumptuous basket. New to our collection, this is a perfect basket of sparkling North Coast Brut and gourmet pairings.   Two bottles of fine wine: a Russian River Chardonnay and a Napa Valley Red Blend, meet a North Coast Brut with notes of warm white cherries. With plenty of sweet and savory accompaniments, this is a gift to remember.   Put on the ritz with this impressive wine basket. Three bottles of fantastic wine – a Russian River Chardonnay and two Napa Valley Cabs – are joined by plenty of sweets, snacks and gourmet delights the whole team is sure to enjoy.   The Winner’s Circle basket has everything for the wine lover! California Rosé, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and a Brut Cuvée are the featured wines of this winning basket, ready to reinforce your reputation as a thoughtful gift-giver.     Smoked walnut and black cherries on the nose lead to ripe plum and a satin vanilla mouthfeel with a long and subtle finish in this cabernet. Presented alongside cheese, meat and crackers, olives, chocolate and more, happy hour is about to get even happier.   It’s said that Monaco itself is just another word for...

Meet the Team: Ashley Beebe, Director of Call Center Operations

At GiftTree we strive to make each interaction with our customers a positive, friendly experience. One of the key people who helps make that happen is Ashley Beebe, our Director of Call Center Operations. We sat down with Ashley recently to gain some insight into what moves her to be such a valuable leader within the GiftTree Business Team and in the company as a whole. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up.   I was born in the heart of the PNW- Portland, OR! My parents had always dreamed of relocating to the country and owning a large piece of property, so that’s what we did. By the age of 6, I was living in the small town of Washougal, WA with 16 horses, 2 dogs and 4 cats. I spent most of my afternoons picking apples off our tree and feeding them to the horses and exploring the creek that ran through the back of our property. It was quite the shock when I moved to Portland to attend college in an urban setting. I never realized how many street lights there are on city streets!   Where do your greatest passions lie? I have always felt a deep emotional connection with animals, and not just domestic pets. I loved watching Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures on TV and learning all the facts I could. Did you know the Tasmanian Wombat can run up to 25 mph? In high school, I turned the love of animals into a working passion by volunteering locally with animal rescue groups and working with the Boys and Girls club to educate kids...

Spook-Tacular Halloween Decor & Gifts

Trick or treat! Halloween is just two short weeks away. If there’s someone you know who loves Halloween even more than Christmas? Why not send them a frightfully fun little Halloween treat or bouquet? From yummy goodies to haunting flower arrangements, GiftTree’s Halloween Collection is practically magic. Here are some of our favorite frightfully fun Halloween gifts! Perfectly Pumpkin Bouquet – Red roses, yellow sunflowers, rusty chrysanthemum, oak leaves. Whimsical Halloween delight fills this festive ceramic pumpkin. A stylishly spooky way to decorate for halloween!                     Halloween Cake Pops Perfect as a Halloween party favor or to send your Happy Halloween wishes, this spooky batch of moist, tender cake pops are every bit as bewitching on the eyes as they are on the palette!                     Spooky Spider Bouquet A not-so-itsy-bitsy  spider tops this fun and festive arrangement of Autumn hues. So it’s perfect for sending your happiest Halloween wishes! Bring spooky and fun Halloween cheer to any home or office!                       Halloween Cookie Bouquet Perfect as a spooky party favor or to send best wishes for Halloween, this cookie bouquet is the best way to celebrate. Seven BIG shortbread cookies are decorated as pumpkins, bats, Frankenstein himself and a cute “Boo to You!” cookie, too. Spook-tacular!                   All Hallow’s Moon Bouquet Black bats dance around the full moon while Autumn blossoms and creepy willow tendrils complete this perfectly spooky arrangement for Halloween. Send some delightfully creative...

Make A Dog’s Day Fall Photo Contest

Enter GiftTree’s “Make a Dog’s Day” Fall Photo Contest on Facebook & We Could Make YOUR Day! Enter October 16th – October 22nd, 2019 on the GiftTree Facebook Page STEP ONE: Take a photo of your adorable dog. STEP TWO: “LIKE” the GiftTree page, find the contest post and comment with your photo! One photo comment entry per household. STEP THREE: Tell your friends to vote for you by “liking” your photo comment – the top three photos with the most “Likes” will each get gift cards! Most “Liked” Photos 1st Place $75 Gift Card  ♦  2nd Place $50 Gift Card  ♦  3rd Place $25 Gift Card We’ll contact the winners and send their Gift Card codes to spend on great gifts at GiftTree.com. Winners will be contacted via Facebook message on Tuesday, October 22nd after 2:00 pm PST Good Luck!   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   🐾   Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 4:00 pm PST Wednesday, October 16th through 2:00 pm PST Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. This Contest is open to all US Residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. How to Enter: Contestants must “like” the GiftTree page and comment on the contest post with an original photo of their dog. GiftTree representatives reserve the right to utilize reverse image searching to prove photo authenticity when determining the winners of this contest. GiftTree reserves the right to disqualify contestants. The two photos with the most “likes” will be notified notified via Facebook Message by 2:00 PM PST on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. Failure to...

All About Sweetest Day

This Saturday, October 19th is Sweetest Day! “What is Sweetest Day?,” you ask, “Isn’t it just like Valentine’s Day?” Well, not a lot of people know about this lovely Midwest tradition, but here at GiftTree, we’re all about Sweetest Day! It’s actually not a romantic holiday for couples at all – think of it more as a “Gesture of Kindness Day”. Since the early 1920s, Sweetest Day has been a Midwest tradition, taking place every third Saturday in October. Originally, a candy maker in Ohio named Herbert Birch Kingston created the holiday not because he wanted to sell candy, but because he wanted to give it away as a gesture of kindness to the poor, the needy and the orphaned children in the city of Cleveland. Sweetest Day’s original name was “The Sweetest Day of the Year”, because its intention was to offer everyone an opportunity to remember those less fortunate than oneself and do something sweet. Today, people give each other Sweetest Day gifts in the form of candy, flowers, or greeting cards to those who may sometimes feel forgotten about, to show that they’re in fact thought about often, appreciated, cared for and loved. GiftTree has a great collection of Sweetest Day gifts – here are some of our personal favorites, guaranteed to make everyone feel special! If you order before 2pm on Wednesday 10.12.16, your gift will make it to its destination in time for Saturday’s Sweetest Day.   Blooming Splendor A study in loveliness, this pretty pastel bouquet is made with classic flowers for a look that is fresh from the garden. A stylish, sparkling lavender glass cube vase holds a fresh bouquet...

Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Between our careers, keeping up with the household, the kids’ school and the upcoming holidays, this time of year is just BIZ-EE. It can be hard to get a nourishing and healthy meal on the table with the limited amount of time we have. That’s why we’re so grateful for things like Instant Pots and Slow Cookers! It’s as simple as “dump & go”, “set it and forget it”…. you know what we mean. Here are a few slow cooker recipes that are perfect for weeknights! These recipes are brought to you by GiftTree‘s own Corporate Team! We also thought we’d ask our Sommelier for wine pairings, too, because why not? It’s been a long week.     Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes All Photos Courtesy Shutterstock   Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili By Christine, Content Manager 1 lb. ground turkey 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 cans S&W® Chili Beans, undrained 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained 1 can S&W® black beans, drained & rinsed 1 small can diced green chiles, your chosen degree of heat Big dollop of tomato paste chili powder, cumin, bay leaf salt & pepper to taste Christine says…. “In a skillet, dice and sauté the onion until tender. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When the turkey is almost cooked through, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until turkey is completely browned. In your slow cooker, combine the turkey-onion mixture, all the cans, tomato paste, spices and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to your liking and cover. Cook for at least 8...

How To Write A Sincere Thank You Note

Have you ever felt like your “thank you” has gone understated? It’s as if you couldn’t quite find the right words to express your gratitude. It’s a difficult balance to write a thank you card that really gets through to the recipient. Many people find that their thank you notes swing too far to the left for right on the spectrum – too far in one direction, and they’ve sounded sentimental and disingenuous. On the other hand, too far in the other direction, the thank you note sounds disconnected, as if it’s an afterthought. So how do you write sincere thank you notes? Here are some tips and examples of what to write in a thank you card. How to Write a Sincere Thank You Note   TIP # 1: Consider Your Audience. The card that went to Grandma isn’t the same note that would go to your boss. Before you begin writing, considering your audience will help you consider your tone. Is the card going to a family member or loved one? That calls for sentimentality. Is the card going to a colleague, thanking them for a referral? Keep it polished and professional. Example 1: Personal Thank You “Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you so much for the card and the check. It means so much to me that you’re looking out for me and want the best for me! Thanks for thinking of me – I love and miss you so much!”   Example 2: Professional Thank You “We are sincerely grateful for your investment into our company. Thank you for your time...

Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas

Whether you work for yourself or have a boss, this Wednesday October 16th is the day for celebration and appreciation; National Boss’s Day. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to shop for a boss and find an appropriate gift, especially one they will love. First, have no fear, GiftTree has specific flowers, gift baskets, and personalized gifts for Boss’s Day. These Boss’s Day gift ideas aim to please every personality, whether your boss is a wine aficionado, coffee lover, scribe and list maker, or in need of relaxation. Check out this curated gift guide to help you find the gift that will make a hit! Below are our top picks: Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas California Classic Wine Basket: This gift is the perfect choice to impress any wine aficionado and snacking sophisticate. Select a rich red or a bright, lovely Chardonnay, and create the perfect combination of California wine and gourmet snacks, served in a keepsake basket with rolled leather handles.   Taste of Paradise: This gift will show your sweet side with juicy oranges and pears, accompanied by delicious luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli, Marich and more.   The 5th Avenue Wine Gift Basket: First, a berry-rich Cabernet along with a bold, old-vine Zinfandel plus epicurean fare. Above all, this gift will create a celebration at any address, including 5th Avenue.   Engraved Bettoni Pen: This fine rollerball pen offered by Bettoni Peruzzi, one of the world’s finest writing instrument makers; combines smooth rollerball style with distinctive, ergonomic comfort. Enhanced by your chosen name or message engraved on the pen, it’s a thoughtful gift for congratulating, rewarding, thanking, or just because....

Great Gifts for the Healthcare Industry

This October marks the 34th year of Breast Cancer Awareness month. October has many other dates that honor and recognize our healthcare professionals. At some point in our lives everyone needs the attention of a nurse, doctor, dentist, acupuncturist, or naturopath. Because of them they help us in desperate times of need, provide support to families, and are the experts we often turn to. These professionals continuously dedicate their lives to helping others and never expect anything in return. Oftentimes they’re on their feet all day, working extended hours, and rarely take breaks. Therefore, October is the perfect time to show them appreciation.   Gifts by Industry – Medical & Healthcare: Here at GiftTree we offer an extensive collection of personalized, branded gifts, gifts by industry and business gifts for any special occasion. Above all, we are the perfect place to find all your gifting needs. First, here are a few of our favorites to show appreciation for all medical professionals:   Personalized Copper Lidded Tumbler: Ideal for professionals, travelers and anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. This travel mug makes a great gift, especially with complimentary engraving of a chosen initial on the copper lid. Tranquility Spa Collection: It’s the perfect gift to offer someone who deserves a little pampering in their life. This gift includes lavender bathing salts, honey and coconut hand and body moisturizers, and a rustic citrus basil candle.   Beach Spa Crate: Pamper and soothe the body with a day at the beach, right from the comfort of home. This exclusive GiftTree spa crate is overflowing with bath and body essentials that are inspired and derived from...

Fall Grilling at its Finest

Although I am sad at how quickly my favorite season has passed us by, Summer has come and gone; Fall is officially upon us as the equinox began on September 23rd. Even though the temps are cooling down, it does not mean grilling season has to come to an end! Allow us to introduce our take on Fall Grilling. We’d like to shine a spotlight on our partners and friends at Chicago Steak Company, a featured artisan of GiftTree‘s since 2017. Did you know that we sell these gourmet, tender, succulent, mouthwatering steaks in our Epicurean section? Allow us to help you think outside the box and treat a special business partner, employee, friend or steak and beef enthusiast with these four unique gifts. We’ve also got the scoop from Food Network on these 50 Grilled Steak recipes that will be a crowd pleaser! First, start with the steak: Epicurean Food & Drink Gifts   Gourmet Grilling Gift: Completely trimmed and tender filet mignon, succulent sirloin steaks, marinated lemon herb chicken breasts and luscious steak burgers create a specially-curated selection of grilling delights. Therefore, making the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues and even yourself.       Premium Angus Steak Selection: Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor; this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company.       Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift: These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...
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