Introducing Hand-Tied Rose Bouquets

Introducing Hand-Tied Rose Bouquets

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here’s something new! Introducing hand-tied rose bouquets for our “What’s New?” feature. Did you know that the best time to cut roses is after 3 PM in the afternoon when they are highest in food reserves? For instance, here at GiftTree, we have plenty of tips and tricks on how to trim and arrange your florals, especially roses. We also found some great resources on how to choose the perfect vase and more for your flowers. Whether you are a green thumb or prefer to pick your florals up at the local market, knowing how to treat roses can be tricky. Below are some useful tips we’ve found to help your blooms last even longer:   When choosing from your garden or market, pick rose buds that have visibly begun to open but that are no more than one-third to one-half fully open. For example, the best cut roses will have just begun to unfurl. Always use clean, sharp pruners to prevent damaging the rose canes and spreading disease. This won’t affect your cut flowers but you don’t want to harm the plant in the process of cutting. Leave at least 3 leaves on the stem to feed the plant. Get the roses into water as soon as possible. If pruning from your yard, bring a bucket of water with you when you cut. If you do cut the roses outside without water, make sure to re-cut the stems indoors either underwater or immersed. Use either the floral preservative they come with or you can add...
How to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day

How to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day

Mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, gouda, swiss, camembert, havarti, asiago, brie; the list goes on and on. Today is the day, a day to celebrate arguably one of the most beloved foods in the world: Cheese. Whether you enjoy it as is on a cheese board, atop a big bowl of pasta, or paired with wine; cheese should be celebrated in all it’s glory. Most importantly, one of our favorite categories here at GiftTree is our Cheese & Charcuterie gifts. For example, not only are they unique and creative gifts but they are paired with cured meats and other gourmet foods. What will you do to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day? Here are some fun facts and creative ways to spread some cheese and cheer! Host a wine and cheese pairing Create your own cheeseboard Perfect your grilled cheese sandwich Host a cheese taste test contest at work   Allow us to help you celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day with some of our exclusive Cheese & Charcuterie Gifts:     Premium Cheese Tasting Experience Above all, a cheese tasting experience unlike any other: Cantalet Dore, Petit Basque, Sottocenere, and Comte Extra are paired with quince paste, orange blossom honey, and more, presented in a trim picnic basket.   Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheeses 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.   Charcuterie and Personalized Tasting Board Gift   Firstly, three varieties of artisanal salami are joined by stone ground mustard, organic Greek olives and more in this savory, shareable...
Easy Ways to Add More Movement to Your Workday

Easy Ways to Add More Movement to Your Workday

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to a new decade! 2020 is officially under way and you know what that means? Resolutions are in full swing! Whether your focus is on healthy living, reading more, or trying something new, the new year is always exciting to start fresh! For example, one of the many things we like to do here at GiftTree is take group walks to a local park. It is essential to get away for a few minutes, grab some fresh air, and when the sun is out, get some much needed Vitamin D. Here are some creative and easy ways to add more movement to your workday!   11 Creative Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Workday   Take the stairs – Throughout the day you should try and find as many ways to move, get up from your desk, and/or take the stairs if you can; even if you work on the first floor! Go for a walk outside – Take 10 to 15 minutes to walk outside, breathe some fresh air every day (weather permitting) and get re-energized for the rest of your day. Take advantage of an onsite or local gym during your lunch break – Many offices and campuses now offer onsite gyms that are either free or discounted. If you do not have access to one, check out the area to see if there are any studios or gyms for a quick sweat session! Sit on an exercise ball – Good posture while you work is a form of exercise. It can increase blood flow, improve your balance, and strengthen your core. Walk around...
How to Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2019

How to Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2019

Next week we recognize, World Kindness Day on Wednesday, November 13th. Although the world can be a harsh and ugly place at times, we can all help and make these little steps to show kindness to one another and ourselves. Remember the movie, Pay It Forward with Hailey Joel Osment? Remember crying your eyes out? Imagine if you paid it forward for just a day, maybe to start, and then practice that concept once a month; imagine the effect you could have on someone. It feels good to do good, so let’s start with some of these ideas to brighten someone’s day, especially on World Kindness Day! Here are a few of our favorites: 12 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day Send kind words in a letter, e-card, or Facebook post. Say thank you Volunteer – Consider planning a monthly (or weekly) volunteer shift. You might be surprised how much it can lift your spirits to help out with a cause that resonates with you. Check out some options at Volunteer Match. Foster or adopt a pet Donate Start an online fundraiser – If you’re short on cash for donating, you might want to start a fundraiser on social media. Remind your friends that its World Kindness Day to inspire them to give. Paste a sticky note – Write uplifting messages on sticky notes and leave them in various places. For example leave them on restroom or dressing room mirrors, lockers, someone’s computer screen or car window; or even the door to your office or apartment building. Send flowers Spread compliments Shop Amazon Smile – You pay the same prices...
Fall Grilling at its Finest

Fall Grilling at its Finest

Although I am sad at how quickly my favorite season has passed us by, Summer has come and gone; Fall is officially upon us as the equinox began on September 23rd. Even though the temps are cooling down, it does not mean grilling season has to come to an end! Allow us to introduce our take on Fall Grilling. We’d like to shine a spotlight on our partners and friends at Chicago Steak Company, a featured artisan of GiftTree‘s since 2017. Did you know that we sell these gourmet, tender, succulent, mouthwatering steaks in our Epicurean section? Allow us to help you think outside the box and treat a special business partner, employee, friend or steak and beef enthusiast with these four unique gifts. We’ve also got the scoop from Food Network on these 50 Grilled Steak recipes that will be a crowd pleaser! First, start with the steak: Epicurean Food & Drink Gifts   Gourmet Grilling Gift: Completely trimmed and tender filet mignon, succulent sirloin steaks, marinated lemon herb chicken breasts and luscious steak burgers create a specially-curated selection of grilling delights. Therefore, making the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues and even yourself.       Premium Angus Steak Selection: Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor; this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company.       Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift: These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...
Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Breakfast, brunch, first meal, brekky, b-fast, whatever term you prefer it is a great way to start your day! Most of us know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it is worth the effort to eat a healthy one and meal prep, sometimes it is the hardest thing to make time for. Whether you are an early riser or a 4x snoozer we have found some simple (from Real Simple) recipes and tricks that will be sure to help you kick start your day!   What is a Balanced Breakfast? There are hundreds of resources about balanced breakfasts and how to make the most out of your meals. Whether you are a creature of habit or like to try new options, a good rule of thumb is to start your day with a little bit of everything to get and stay energized! Whole grains, protein, fruit, veggies, and fiber are all elements to help rev up your day. When you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix, here are some easy tips to remember: Whole Grains (complex carbs) – Oatmeal, sprouted bread, & whole grain English Muffins Protein – Eggs, nut butters, bacon, turkey sausage and hard cheeses Fruit/Veggies – Try to get at least one fruit and one veggie; coconut, kale, spinach, apples, berries, or bananas Fiber – Whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds and flax meal, potatoes Healthy Fats – Avocado, olive oil, nuts and nut butters   Gift Ideas to Brighten your Clients and Employees Mornings Have a brunch lover, health nut, foodie, or go-getter in your life? GiftTree caters to...