Martin’s Musings: The Lucky Number 8

Martin’s Musings: The Lucky Number 8

My wonderful sister-in-law Julia is of Chinese descent and is gaga about the number 8. She lives on the 8th floor, likes 8 in her phone numbers and was more than a little disappointed that her baby was not born on the 8th…but would never say it. Her passion sparked my curiosity. So, what is the deal with 8? “Eight” in Chinese sounds like to “generate wealth”, so it is easy to say why commercially-minded people would quickly associate this number with good fortune. Japan also celebrates the lucky number 8 with similar passion and revere. Some fun ways the number eight has been celebrated are at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They started the games on 8/8/08 at 8:08 local time. The tallest building in Malaysia is 88 stories. All the airlines compete to pepper their flight numbers to China 8’s (i.e. AC88, KL888, UA888). Hopefully, these travelers have had better luck with their on-time arrival on United than I have. The number four, contrastingly, is a Chinese pariah. Building owners in Chinese communities are famous for skipping floors with 4s and expanding the number of floors with 8 to increase commercial appeal. So, what’s a gift merchant to do with all this research? The answer was clear: let’s create an over-the-top gift to celebrate the number 8, of course! We are delighted to have just launched our “Lucky 8 Sommelier’s Fine Wine Crate” selling for $1,288.88 . It is 2 four-bottle crates, each emblazoned with the Chinese character for 8 and the words, “Eight Bottles for Good Luck and Prosperity”. You can add your own personal message to the...
Happy 4th of July From GiftTree!

Happy 4th of July From GiftTree!

Today, the U.S.A. celebrates its 240th birthday! We hope that wherever you are, and whatever plans you have that you have a safe and very happy day celebrating the 4th of July! May your barbecue be filled with scrumptious food, and your hearts be filled with glee as you celebrate our nation’s freedom with family and friends alike. Happy 4th of July! Now let the fireworks...
Enter Our Funniest Father Facebook Contest!

Enter Our Funniest Father Facebook Contest!

WIN a $100 Gift Card for you, and our delicious Father’s Day Cheese and Nuts Tower for Dad! Every father thinks they’re the funniest! Tell us your best funny Dad story by commenting with 1-2 sentences on Our Facebook Post. Our panel of judges will pick the story that made us laugh the hardest to receive a $100 GiftTree Gift Card, and our Father’s Day Savory Cheese and Nuts Tower for Dad! So get to thinkin’ about the funniest thing your dad has ever said or done and head over to Our Facebook Page to Enter. Enter to WIN June 3rd – 10th!   Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 8:00 am PST Friday, June 3rd, 2016 through 9am PST Friday, June 10th, 2016. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. All entrants must live within the United States, and recipient of Father’s Day Savory Cheese and Nuts Tower prize must live within the continental United States (we will not be able to ship gift to Hawaii or Alaska). How to Enter: Contestants must like the contest post on GiftTree’s Facebook page, and tell us their funniest father story in 1-2 sentences within the comments on our contest post. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on Friday June 10th by 9:00 am PST and notified via Facebook message or email. One entry per person will be considered by judges, multiple entries will not increase odds of winning. Prize will be one electronic GiftTree Gift Card valued at $100.00 to be spent on any gift available on GiftTree.com, sent via...
MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST: Who’s Your #MOMspiration?

MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST: Who’s Your #MOMspiration?

Tell us why a mom in your life inspires you! You’ll be entered to win a $100 GiftTree Gift Card for you, and a sweet Mother’s Day gift to send to them: our new Mother’s Day Sweet Boutique Tower! Enter to WIN April 25 – May 2nd  Here’s How to Enter: 1. Head over to our Facebook post, like the post, tag a mom and tell us why she inspires you using the hashtag #MOMspiration. 2. Read through the other comments and get that warm, fuzzy feeling. 3. Come back to our Facebook page to see who’s won on Tuesday, May 3rd!   Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Monday April 25th, 2016 through 11:59 pm PST Monday, May 2nd. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. All entrants and recipient of Sweet Boutique Gift Tower prize must live within the continental United States. How to Enter: Contestants must like the contest post on GiftTree’s Facebook page, tag a mom in their life, and tell us why that mom inspires them in the comments on that post. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on Tuesday, May 3rd by 9:00 am PST and notified via Facebook message or email. One entry per person will be considered by judges, multiple entries will not increase odds of winning. Prize will be one electronic GiftTree Gift Card valued at $100.00 to be spent on any gift available on GiftTree.com, sent via email or Facebook message to winner, as well as one Sweet Boutique Gift Tower (Gift #21622), sent via ground shipping to address...
Thanksgiving By The Numbers

Thanksgiving By The Numbers

Having provided great gifts to millions of customers for over 18 years, GiftTree knows a thing or two about celebrating Thanksgiving! This year, we decided to dig deeper. We hit the books (or the Internet), broke out our calculators and crunched the numbers to give you some staggering facts and numbers about this most thankful of Holidays. Now, gather ’round for some fun turkey day facts in this Thanksgiving infographic by GiftTree’s Graphic Designer Doug Anderson:     If you’re looking to add a little spice with a festive gift sent to give thanks to someone near or far, view the entire festive collection of Thanksgiving Gifts available on GiftTree.com.   Comment Below:  Weigh in on the great pie debate! What’s your favorite to serve: Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, or something entirely...