The Best Champagne for New Year’s Eve

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

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...
Pour on the Cheer! Unique Gifts for Wine Lovers

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...
Deck Those Halls: 2019 Holiday Flower Collection

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...
Gifts to Thank the Holiday Party Host

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...