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...
Expanded Wine Shipping to 41 States

Expanded Wine Shipping to 41 States

Doesn’t wine make the perfect holiday gift? Sending a great bottle of wine across the miles is the perfect gesture of warm wishes. However, many states set restrictions on shipping alcohol. Therefore, wine shipping around the United States is tricky business. That’s where we come in! GiftTree is especially delighted to offer many wine baskets and wine gifts that are available to ship to all the eligible states that allow wine shipping. Our expanded wine shipping to 41 states allows you to find the perfect gift for the wine lovers in your life – casual sippers and connoisseurs alike!...
GiftTree Guest Blog: Group Gifting Made Simple with GiftStarter

GiftTree Guest Blog: Group Gifting Made Simple with GiftStarter

My name is Melissa, and I work with a really great company called GiftStarter. We’re hanging out on GiftTree’s blog today to tell their readers… …that we’re in love! That’s right. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re totally in love with GiftTree’s amazing selection of gorgeous, high-quality, personable, and creative gifts. Of course, you’re probably in love with them, too. And sometimes, love hurts… For example: maybe you know exactly who would adore this beautiful handmade wooden wine vase with Opus One 2012, or this perfectly curated royal champagne gift basket—but you know that a gift like that just isn’t in your budget? Well, if love hurts, then consider GiftStarter the Love Doctor!   That’s because we’re making it possible for you, the impassioned Giver, to be able to afford to give the very best gifts that GiftTree has to offer.   GiftStarter is a versatile, online application that allows families and friends to come together and afford better, more memorable gifts for the people they love. (Read on—we have a promo code just for GiftTree customers!)   With GiftStarter, you can give any gift you dream of by inviting friends and family of the gift recipient to pitch in on the cost. Here’s how: Just hop on over to GiftStarter.com and create a customized gifting experience by contacting our Gift Concierge. Within 24 hours, we’ll set you up with the perfect Gift Campaign—this includes any item on GiftTree. (Just send us a link to the GiftTree gift you want to give!) From there, the Gift Concierge will create a Gift Campaign for you, the Giver,...
4 Cheap Road Trip Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

4 Cheap Road Trip Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

It’s summer time, and to me, summer means it’s time to go on road trips. Windows rolled down, radio turned up, and the destination planned out. The whole point of a road trip? The journey of getting there should be as fun as the destination! But what happens if you’re on a budget? Are cheap road trips even possible!? Fear not, fellow road trip fan! I have four great ways to go on a road trip without having to empty your bank account… 1. Drive Towards a National or State Park Clicking the above image will take you to the United States National Park Service website park finder, giving you an opportunity to find national parks around you. A great way to find state parks is by going to Google Maps and simply searching “state park.” Voila! I consider myself pretty well-versed when it comes to nature attractions and places to check out near me, but there are quite a few spots that pop up that sound amazing and that I’ve never heard of before! Pick a place a couple hours or more away and boom, awesome road trip. Plus, you don’t tend to spend a lot of money at state parks. You may need to purchase a pass or pay for parking, but the wonder of nature is absolutely worth the price. 2. Find a Legendary Food Spot I’m a sucker for really good granola. And I’ve heard great things about Marge Granola. So, I took a look on their website about their locations to purchase their granola and stumbled across a fun sounding place called Darvill’s Bookstore...

Fun Runs!

Spring has officially sprung! It may not seem like it in some areas, I personally saw an amazing amount of snow on a road trip recently, but it is actually time for the seasons to change. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the flowers are blooming, the trees are beginning to bud, and the grass is turning green. People are beginning to come out of hibernation and venture outside for activities. For those of us who enjoy running, this is the time that we wait for all year. The temperatures are getting warmer, but not unbearably warm, just comfortable enough once the body is warm and active. I see many people out on the road and trails running, after being trapped inside a gym on a treadmill for most of the winter. This is the season when organized racing begins in most parts of the country. These races range from distances of 5 kilometers (approx. 3 1/2 miles) all the way to marathons, which are 26.2 miles. (There are ultra-marathons that range all the way to 100 miles, but they seem to be held in very limited areas). I have not been a runner for long, and actually participated in my first 5k as a walker. Which brings me to the purpose of this blog: spreading the word that one does not have to be a seasoned runner, or even very athletic at all to participate in one of these events. Most of the “fun run”s out there have a walking division, as do the longer events (which are recorded, but only to a certain time limit). Basically, a running...