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...
White Wines are for Winter, Too

White Wines are for Winter, Too

White wines are often thought of as cool, crisp summer drinks, but white wines are for winter, too. As temperatures drop, here’s why you should pop a bottle of white wine in your fridge. The Case for White Wine in the Winter!   Reason 1: White wine doesn’t need to be icy-cold! To begin, white wines aren’t intended to be served ice-cold. In fact, the optimal drinking temperature for most white wines is between 49-55°F. That means that while you do store your white wines in the fridge, do take your bottle out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes before serving to get it to the optimal temperature. The cool – not cold – temperature will be less brisk when the thermometer outside reads in the single digits, and will feel refreshing when huddled against the warm fire. The Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris in our Gold Standard Wine Gift Basket is a perfect white wine by the fireplace during a cold winter night. Reason 2: White wines balance out winter comfort food! When temperatures drop, we tend to warm ourselves with richer, fattier foods. Therefore, a wine with acidity is needed to balance out the richness of comfort foods! Martin Craig’s Luminist Chardonnay in The Monterey wine gift basket offers a wonderful underlying acidity that leads to a crisp, snappy finish. So while your pots are simmering in the kitchen, consider a white wine to enjoy your meal with.   Explore the world of white wines! We don’t know about you, but after months of icy weather, shoveling, running from the car to the house, and basically human-hibernation, we get a little stir-crazy. A great...
Self Care Gift Baskets

Self Care Gift Baskets

The hustle and bustle that is life often leaves us feeling drained and tired. There are endless errands to run and places to be. And while we are busy taking care of life, we often forget to take care of ourselves – to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. To encourage you to set aside time to a relaxing spa experience, especially during the gloomy months of winter, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite self care gift baskets. Incorporating aromatic elements into your relaxation regiment is a great way to deepen those calming vibes. Take a quiet soak in the tub and feel your stress wash away with soothing fragrances. Our Bathing Sea Salts Collection comes with six salt tubes, each individually-scented with fragrances including jasmine, citrus, rose and more. After your soak, nourish your feet while replenishing the soul with the soothing scent of lavender in our Spa Booties with Lavender Aromatherapy. The microwaveable spa booties warm toes and the lavender aromatherapy inserts ease stress. Men can treat themselves to a barbershop-like experience at home with our Men’s Luxury Spa Tote, complete with moisturizing shave cream and hair groom and beard balm. The stress of a long day can be scrubbed away with our Hydro® Luxury Spa Experience, featuring a large loofah sponge, pumice stone and massage tools. Self care baskets make for wonderful gifts for someone who deserves a moment to pamper themselves, too! No matter how you prefer to unwind, we have a self care spa gift basket to help you have your perfect zen moment.   What is your favorite way to pamper...
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...