Spook-Tacular Halloween Decor & Gifts

Spook-Tacular Halloween Decor & Gifts

Trick or treat! Halloween is just two short weeks away. If there’s someone you know who loves Halloween even more than Christmas? Why not send them a frightfully fun little Halloween treat or bouquet? From yummy goodies to haunting flower arrangements, GiftTree’s Halloween Collection is practically magic. Here are some of our favorite frightfully fun Halloween gifts! Perfectly Pumpkin Bouquet – Red roses, yellow sunflowers, rusty chrysanthemum, oak leaves. Whimsical Halloween delight fills this festive ceramic pumpkin. A stylishly spooky way to decorate for halloween!                     Halloween Cake Pops Perfect as a Halloween party favor or to send your Happy Halloween wishes, this spooky batch of moist, tender cake pops are every bit as bewitching on the eyes as they are on the palette!                     Spooky Spider Bouquet A not-so-itsy-bitsy  spider tops this fun and festive arrangement of Autumn hues. So it’s perfect for sending your happiest Halloween wishes! Bring spooky and fun Halloween cheer to any home or office!                       Halloween Cookie Bouquet Perfect as a spooky party favor or to send best wishes for Halloween, this cookie bouquet is the best way to celebrate. Seven BIG shortbread cookies are decorated as pumpkins, bats, Frankenstein himself and a cute “Boo to You!” cookie, too. Spook-tacular!                   All Hallow’s Moon Bouquet Black bats dance around the full moon while Autumn blossoms and creepy willow tendrils complete this perfectly spooky arrangement for Halloween. Send some delightfully creative...
Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Between our careers, keeping up with the household, the kids’ school and the upcoming holidays, this time of year is just BIZ-EE. It can be hard to get a nourishing and healthy meal on the table with the limited amount of time we have. That’s why we’re so grateful for things like Instant Pots and Slow Cookers! It’s as simple as “dump & go”, “set it and forget it”…. you know what we mean. Here are a few slow cooker recipes that are perfect for weeknights! These recipes are brought to you by GiftTree‘s own Corporate Team! We also thought we’d ask our Sommelier for wine pairings, too, because why not? It’s been a long week.     Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes All Photos Courtesy Shutterstock   Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili By Christine, Content Manager 1 lb. ground turkey 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 cans S&W® Chili Beans, undrained 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained 1 can S&W® black beans, drained & rinsed 1 small can diced green chiles, your chosen degree of heat Big dollop of tomato paste chili powder, cumin, bay leaf salt & pepper to taste Christine says…. “In a skillet, dice and sauté the onion until tender. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When the turkey is almost cooked through, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until turkey is completely browned. In your slow cooker, combine the turkey-onion mixture, all the cans, tomato paste, spices and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to your liking and cover. Cook for at least 8...
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...
Gorgeous Harvest Time Flowers

Gorgeous Harvest Time Flowers

Yay, that crisp Fall air! Doesn’t it just make you want to open all your windows and decorate everything in crimson and gold? Well, that’s the ideal. But here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve already picked up three inches of rain and the temps plummeted from 70 to 40 in just a few days. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a lovely break from the heat! So what’s the best way to welcome Autumn and bring a touch of that gorgeous Fall color to the indoors? An autumn bouquet, of course! Here are our favorite bouquets to welcome Fall. Gorgeous Harvest Time Flowers for the Home & Office Fall Blush Bouquet Gorgeous duo tone roses and lilies are sure to brighten any Autumn day, while the magnificent mercury glass hurricane vase is a sparkling gift they’ll always cherish.   Autumn Gemstones Fronds of feathery millet and puffy, rooster-red coxcomb bring a touch of harvest color to a lovely mix of orange roses, burgundy dahlias and more, arranged in a graceful clear glass vase.   Fall Radiance Celebrate the season in style with these radiant Fall hues! The vibrant yellows and oranges in this warm and cheerful arrangement perfectly capture the rich beauty of Autumn.   Fall Grandeur In a symphony of Autumnal color, this arrangement is overflowing with blossoms to make Fall truly unforgettable for any occasion, or just because.   Family Gathering Centerpiece The brilliant palette of Autumn is perfectly reflected in this abundant centerpiece accentuated by two tapered candles. Perfect for any gathering of the harvest season, this centerpiece is sure to leave warm memories.       Comment...
Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Here it is – 2:00 PM. Whether you’re sitting in a lecture at college, at the office or just trying to keep up with little kids, the afternoon sure does have a way of bringing on that… sludgy feeling. It’s difficult to concentrate. Motivation and productivity take a nose-dive. We may look to snacks to get us through the final hours of the day, but often times, we reach for the wrong things, like chips or a Diet Coke, and it seems to help, at first. But before long we’re right back to that heavy, drowsy feeling, only worse. Do you have a hard time getting through the afternoon slump? If so, you’re not alone. And fortunately, there are tons of great snacks that are healthy, energy-boosting and good for your cognitive function. Here are some brain-power snacks for the desk and backpack that you can bring to work or school and get that boost of mental and physical energy!   Healthy, Energy-Boosting Snacks for Brain Power   Berries Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries have all shown to have a positive effect on brain function. Loaded with antioxidants, berries improve the communication between brain cells. Keep a baggie of these in your lunch box and you’ll be firing on all cylinders.   Nuts & Seeds Nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) are packed with Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients have linked to better brain function and improved cognition!    Dark Chocolate Chocolate’s main ingredient, cacao, is good for your mental health! According to this study, cacao flavonoids encourage neuron growth and blood vessel function (which increases blood...
Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans for the holiday – are you heading to someone else’s home to gather with friends and family, or are you hosting a Thanksgiving gathering yourself? Have you been blessed with the task of hosting this year? Create a fun, fancy and festive table! It’s easy and inexpensive with these inspiring tips and Thanksgiving table setting ideas. Tablecloth and Linens You may feel the urge to splurge on expensive, name-brand linens so they last, but here’s a money-saving tip: don’t buy a Thanksgiving-themed set! Instead, opt for simple designs or solid colors that reflect a palette that works for many occasions that you can use all year. Burgundy, cream, gold or dark green are great choices that cover a lot of holidays. And remember – placemats or table runners are great options, too. I love my simple burlap runner and use it for a million different occasions. Dinnerware The same goes here – a Thanksgiving-themed set of dishes means you can only use it once a year. Go for china, glassware and silverware that sets the table for a plethora of special occasions. The charger underneath a dinner plate, colored cloth napkins, festive napkin rings and other decor can be counted on to bring the table to its intended theme. Little Touches of Autumn It doesn’t seem all that important, but these little bits and bobs are a chance to make the table really Autumnal-looking. Thanksgiving accents for the table are easy to come by, too. Check your local grocery store for things like: Mini Pumpkins Chestnuts Walnuts Gourds Apples Flint Corn And if you’re...