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...
NEW! Two Starbucks® Gifts They’ll Love

NEW! Two Starbucks® Gifts They’ll Love

It’s really starting to feel like Fall here in the Pacific Northwest. The summer temperatures have dropped and the rainy days have rolled in. These cloudy, drizzly days make us want to curl up with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and a great book! So with that in mind, we thought we’d team up with our Seattle friends at Starbucks® and create a few new coffee gifts! Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary or even a business gift, we’re loving the warm fuzzy feels of these gifts. Read on to explore these two new Starbucks gifts! New Starbucks Gifts! Gift #1 – Starbucks® Coffee Lover’s Bounty The Starbucks® Coffee Lover’s Bounty is chock-full of rich coffee, cookies and even a ceramic Siren mug. It’s impressive, it’s generous, and it’s definitely memorable. BONUS: You can engrave on the lid of this gift crate! Below the phrase “It’s Always a Good Time for Coffee” and the Starbucks® logo, your personal message can be engraved. Simply complete the personalization option during checkout!      Gift #2 – Starbucks® Coffee & Cookies Delight Pike Place®, Breakfast Blend and an earthy, full-bodied French Roast coffee are all curated in the Starbucks® Coffee & Cookies Delight Gift. This cute gift box is also arranged with French madeleines, caramel stroopwafel and much more. With a Siren mug included, this iconic gift is sure to leave a lasting impression.                         PSSST… Check back this Fall – we’ll be debuting even more Starbucks® Coffee Gifts for the Holidays! ☕️     Disclaimer: Pike Place® is a registered trademark...
Seven Sensational Coffee and Tea Gifts

Seven Sensational Coffee and Tea Gifts

Here at GiftTree we consider ourselves quite the wine connoisseurs (unless you’re in IT, in which case, it’s beer). But one thing we can all agree on? We love our morning coffee and tea. Amy, our catalog producer, loves combining a bag of chai tea and a bag of green tea to sip on her morning commute. Jory in Purchasing takes his coffee as dark roasted and black as the night, and I myself enjoy a blonde roast with a little bit of hazelnut and a few tablespoons of half & half. So while we have our preferences, we can all agree that coffee and tea are well loved around here. That’s why we think they make totally fantastic business gifts! Here are seven sensational coffee and tea gifts for clients, colleagues and employees alike. Onward! Seven Sensational Coffee & Tea Gifts  We’re kicking off the list with something a little off the beaten path – Kopper’s Chocolate Espresso Bean Collection. Every coffee lover is going to adore this gift! The single bite-sized chocolate covered espresso beans in this gift are little tiny works of art. A collection of Kopper’s chocolate covered espresso beans arrives in a partitioned gift box, ready to delight on any special day.   The Full Leaf Tea Tasting Crate is perfect for every tea drinker. Full leaf teas and herbal infusions from the world’s best tea makers, Steven Smith and Harney, are arranged with a porcelain teapot and teacup set for one. It’s all gathered alongside apple blossom honey and shortbread cookies in our exclusive gift crate.   Lavazza is one of the best grind-at-home...
It’s Always Tea Time

It’s Always Tea Time

Recently a few of our Gift Designers got together and headed over to Steven Smith Teamaker, a luxury tea artisan here in Portland, Oregon. Perched on stools up to a bar inside a room that looked a little like a kitchen and a little like a science lab, the Designers were treated to a demonstration and tasting of fine tea. We watched as the teamaster demonstrated how to brew the perfect cup (according to the Steven Smith Way) – steep five minutes in two fingers of hot water, remove the sachet, fill the rest of the cup. Every tea had its own personality, palate and profile, and the flavors and aromas of each variety were simply divine. Being shown this little bit of the tea world was just the tip of the iceberg – drinking tea is a custom that is complex to say the least, spreading across all the continents and spanning thousands of years. There are literally hundreds of methods to teamaking and actual wars have been fought over the stuff. Here at GiftTree it’s safe to say that some of us are quickly becoming tea-obsessed sippers and connoisseurs. Thankfully, we have more than a few perfect tea gifts in our collection! If you know someone who loves tea as much as we do, surprise them with a tea (or coffee) gift they’ll treasure (and use, too!). The Guide to Tea Gift Containing tasting notes, historical, agricultural and culture information, The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea is a beautiful hardcover book (signed by the author!) that every serious tea drinker will love to have in their collection. Arranged with...
Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts – It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride

Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts – It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride

I remember going on sleigh rides as a kid growing up in rural Wisconsin. The fuzzy Clydesdale horses had bells that jingled as they trotted along the dark and snowy path, and the farmers who were hosting the ride had put up twinkling lights throughout the fields and woods on the route. My toes were numb, but we were happily sipping hot chocolate, singing Christmas carols and feeling the magic of the holiday season. Nowadays it seems like it’s a little harder to find places that will load you up onto a horse-drawn carriage, hay wagon or sleigh, but if you do a quick google search, there are actually many counties across the United States still offering the age-old Christmastime custom! Now that you’ve got the sleigh ride scheduled, you’ll need to take along something hot (or “festive”, if the organization allows it) to sip during the ride. That’s where GiftTree comes in! From a beautiful wool blanket and a bottle of wine to a basket filled with luscious coffee or tea and insulated mugs, this Friday’s Featured Holiday Gifts are all about the perfect accessory for your new family Christmastime tradition. And better yet, we think sending friends or family on a sleigh ride makes a terrific Christmas gift. It’s a little bit of time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the holly jolly feelings of the holiday season.       Comment Below:  Have you ever been on a sleigh ride? What do you remember...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Stay Warm Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Stay Warm Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. With the exception of some of us in California and Florida, this week as been pretty chilly, and with the holiday season upon us, it makes us want to snuggle up with our loved ones in front of a crackling fireplace. That’s why this Why We Gift Wednesday is the stay warm edition! If you find yourself this season going out into this chilly weather, cozy sweaters, fuzzy mittens, big parkas and insulated boots are little things that you’ll suddenly feel pretty thankful for. And even if you’re lucky enough to stay indoors, it’s the addition of throw blankets, soft socks and a hot cup of tea that are perfect for keeping warm on these cold December days. So go ahead and layer up, post up with a great movie or book, and cozy up to a loved one! And while you’re at it, why not add a cup of something hot, or better yet, a glass of something noteworthy into the mix? GiftTree has so many great options for tea collections, coffee gifts and lots of distinctive bottles of wine to add a little more joy to the occasion.     Comment Below Maybe it’s a good book by the fireplace with a glass of...