Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tumbador Chocolate

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tumbador Chocolate

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Tumbador Chocolate, a private label small batch chocolatier based in Brooklyn, New York. Twice-listed among Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America, Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet opened Tumbador Chocolate in 2005. The company’s signature confections blend exotic fruits, spices and herbs with all-American ingredients including peanuts, crispy rice and graham crackers. For Jean-Francois, Tumbador Chocolate is a labor of creativity and passion. His enthusiasm for blending classic American confections with French sensibilities is reflected in each distinctive recipe he creates. GiftTree is delighted to team up with Tumbador to curate three special gifts for our Spring collection, including decadent Truffle Pearls for Mother’s Day, Chocolate Dipped Glacé Oranges and Marshmallow Chocolate Easter Bunnies, inspired by and designed to mimic the iconic Marshmallow Peep Bunny.  ...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

The holiday rush is over and now it’s time to slow down, reflect, rejuvenate and start 2015 on the right foot. Many people turn to New Year’s Resolutions to achieve these goals. The most common resolutions all have to do with self-improvement, whether it be physical, mental, social, or in some other realm, GiftTree may well just have something to help you, or a friend stick to those goals. Here are just a few of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Health Losing weight, getting fit, being healthier… No matter how you say it, there is no denying the fact that a balanced diet, filled with healthy foods is a cornerstone to achieving these goals (along with plenty of exercise). To accomplish this kind of objective, many people will go on very strict diets that cut out all sweets and treats, however the idea of moderation is becoming more popular. Many diets now encourage rewarding a goal by having a special treat, or having a “cheat day,” on which some of the delicious, less healthy foods are allowed, in moderation of course! Stress Another common resolution is to reduce or relieve stress. With so many different causes and cures, reducing stress is definitely not as black and white as loosing weight and eating healthier. One stressor may affect one person drastically and another not at all, while a remedy that works wonders for some may have the opposite effect on others. Find what works for you and take a bit of time to relax. Travel Many people also make resolutions to travel to new places and also to spend...

Top 12 Common New Years Resolutions

1. Lose weight. 2. Quit smoking. 3. Learn something new. 4. Get out of debt. 5. Save money. 6. Spend more time with Family. 7. Travel more often, or to new places. 8. Live with less stress. 9. Volunteer and give back to the community more. 10. Improve work ethic, and career goals. 11. Improve relationships with those in our lives. 12. Less procrastinating. MORE...

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

During this time of year, we all look forward to the festive decorations at the Holiday table. The red and golden hues of the season are brought indoors, and although it’s cold outside, the colorful decorations, seasonal feast and gathering of family bring feelings of warmth and comfort. But, have you ever wondered where we get the idea of using fruits and vegetables as decoration instead of part of the meal? Most of us know that the “First” Thanksgiving was a banquet between the pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 as a celebration of a bountiful harvest, and you may know that President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. What you may not know is that the cornucopias, or “horns of plenty,” that we still adorn our tables with today, date back to the 5th century B.C. Many cultures around the globe used these decorations as symbols of abundance, plentiful harvest, and fertility during autumn feasts. Fall flowers are another great way to bring the spirit of the season inside to the dinner table. Orange, red, and yellow represent the colorful foliage outside that can only be seen this time of year. GiftTree’s Classic Cornucopia and Harvest Home Cornucopia are perfect examples of these festive colors.     Most of us have fond memories of previous holidays with family and friends, and we want to honor the timeless traditions that helped create those memories. Fortunately, This doesn’t mean you can’t put your own unique spin on things and create new traditions in your own home. Try surrounding your floral cornucopia with small white pumpkins and gourds (the white will...

Halloween 2014 Costume Contest

Halloween 2014 Costume Contest With the Christmas and New Years rush coming up quickly, at GiftTree we like to squeeze in as much Halloween fun as we can in one day! Specifically we host an annual costume contest with prizes for both the best individual costume and also the best department/group costumes. We have had all sorts of entries over the years ranging from the truly terrifying to hilariously funny and our dogs join in too! We also end up with an enormous variety of tasty treats both of the homemade and store bought, and plenty of sugar rush to go around.   Happy Halloween From GiftTree!...
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