All About Sweetest Day

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...
Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas

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....
The Best Plant Gifts for Desks and Offices

The Best Plant Gifts for Desks and Offices

There are some things that Mother Natures knows how to say best with beautiful blossoms and lush green leaves. Here at GiftTree, we have a wide selection of gorgeous plant gifts to choose from, many of which are the perfect size to fit on a desk or accent an office. Whether you want to send a thank you to a colleague, condolences, or your significant other has an office that could use some livening up; we have you covered. Here is a small selection of some of favorite and best selling plant gifts.     The Southern Magnolia Tree is a unique and elegant gift for any special occasion. Known for its deep green leaves and large fragrant flowers, the magnolia tree is beautiful behold and easy to care for. At approximately 18” to 24” tall, each seedling comes covered in 100% natural jute, with a set of care instructions, small watering tool and gift card. The magnolia tree is a truly special gift with lasting meaning and value and each is grown with great care by one of the country’s most prominent magnolia nurseries.     If you’re looking for a gift that is appropriate for every occasion and shows how much you care, the From the Garden plant gift is the perfect choice. An assortment of plants, that may include varieties such as ivy, Kalanchoe, or Azalea (variety is dependent upon location and availability), is tucked inside a wicker basket and delivered straight to their store.     The Peace Lily plant gift is easy-to-care for and the perfect complement to any office. This elegant gift represents...
Tomorrow is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Tomorrow is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Do you love cheese or know a cheese lover? Well get ready, because tomorrow is National Cheese Lover’s Day! I know what you’re thinking… “Not another holiday! We just finished up with all the big ones.” No need to worry, National Cheese Lover’s Day is an easy one, just eat some good cheese, share some with a friend, or send your favorite cheese lover a tasty cheese gift. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional boxed mac and cheese dinner, but since this is a national holiday, don’t be afraid to get a little fancy. There’s no need to dive in and get the smelliest cheese you can find, unless of course that is your thing, but trying new cheeses can be a lot of fun! I recently picked up a smoked aged cheddar and some smoked gouda which were both delicious!   Here at GiftTree, we’re very lucky to live in close proximity to some awesome cheese makers and cheesemongers. Tillamook Dairy is a scenic 90 minute drive from GiftTree HQ on the lovely Oregon coast. They even offer tours of their cheese factory! Just a few hours north in Seattle, located in the historic Pike Place Market, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese has a location featuring a cheese counter, café and glass-walled cheese making kitchens. Last but not least, we’re also very lucky to have Murray’s cheese as a partner! Murray’s curated three gifts of amazing cheese, that reflect the unique character of some of the most respected cheese making regions in Europe.   Here is a selection of some of our new and best selling...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Murray’s Cheese

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Murray’s Cheese

If you’ve ever been inside a Kroger, Ralph’s or Fred Meyer supermarket, you’ve probably seen their stand – a blazing red sign stamped with delicious-sounding adjectives like “savory”, “aromatic”, “toasty” and “farmstead”, along with a bold yellow logo that proudly declares Murray’s: We Know Cheese. And boy, is that right. Friday’s Featured Artisan is one of our favorite cheesemongers and one of the very best in the business, Murray’s. A small Greenwich Village shop in 1940, the original owner Murray Greenberg had the simple dream of being a part of the neighborhood’s food scene as a dairy wholesaler. When he retired in the 1970s, he sold the shop to his longtime clerk, Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant. In those days it was a butter and eggs shop with a selection of block cheeses, catering to the Italian enclave of Bleecker Street. While standing in line at Murray’s one day in the 1990s, a customer named Rob Kaufelt overheard Louis Tudda say that he was thinking of closing the shop down. Rob made an offer to buy the store and Louis accepted, making him the third (and present) owner of one of New York City’s oldest cheese shops. Soon after buying the storefront, Rob began traveling the globe seeking new cheeses that no American had ever heard of, and bringing them back to the United States. From humble beginnings as a 300-square foot shop, to a flagship store in Grand Central Market, a 50-seat restaurant and wine bar, their own network of state-of-the-art caves where cheeses are aged to perfection on Long Island, and 140-cheese stands at Kroger markets throughout the country, Murray’s sells a whopping 800,000 pounds of cheese...
Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

What can I say about dads that has not already been said? They’re awesome, wise, awkward, hilarious and so much more. It is also incredibly tough to find the perfect gift for dad. Here at GiftTree, we are gifting experts and have some great gifts that every dad is sure to love. Our amazing design team has looked high and low to find some great Father’s Day gifts and we have compiled a few into the handy Father’s Day Gift Guide.   The Man Can For the manly man that likes to stay smooth and smelling good, The Man Can is the perfect Father’s Day gift. Featuring Licorice Fisherman’s Scrub Soap, Spicy Shave gel, Bay Rum Oil Aftershave and more. All of the fabulous products come packed in a macho paint can and a complimentary card is included with your personal message or greeting.     Father’s Day Personalized Tap House Glasses For all the dads out there who fancy a pint after a long day of work (or just because), we have the Father’s Day Personalized Tap House Glasses. This gift features four tavern-style pint glasses featuring personalization, so he can enjoy his favorite beverage in his own personal glass. This gift comes securely packaged in a signature GiftTree gift box, so delivery will be safe and stylish. A free card with your personal message is included with this gift.   Father’s Day Luxury Spa Tote If your dad likes to stay refreshed, dapper and distinguished, the Father’s Day Luxury Spa Tote is an excellent gift. Featuring all natural, soothing and fragrant body essentials, from Caswell-Massey, U.S. Apothecary and more...