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...
Get Ready for Grandparent’s Day!

Get Ready for Grandparent’s Day!

Grandparents are awesome. They shower you with unconditional love, they’re patient listeners, and they give the best advice, since they’ve been around to see it all. Next Sunday, September 8th is Grandparent’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to still have your grandparents in your life, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with them. And if not, your children can take time to honor their grandparents! No matter if they’re your grandparents or your child’s, celebrating Grandma and Grandpa is important. But they may live a fair distance away, so giving them a call, sending them a card or a gift is the next best thing! Here are some fun gift and flower ideas for Grandparent’s Day.   Grandparents Day Gift Ideas Personalize the lid with Grandma & Grandpa’s last name for free! As Rudy Giuliani puts it, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”     Your Grandparents will burst into cheerful smiles when they receive this gorgeous and vibrant bouquet. Big yellow lilies are arranged with pale yellow and blushy pink roses, surrounded by sunny alstroemeria. It’s delivered in this ceramic keepsake vase they’ll adore.     With over 400 five-star reviews, this glowing keepsake candle is one of our bestsellers. The inspirational message around the candleholder’s sphere reads: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.”     Two great bottles of wine from California and savory snacks to pair? It’s...
Warding Off Stress: Helpful Tips & Tricks

Warding Off Stress: Helpful Tips & Tricks

April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress – in one way or another, everyone on this little blue planet deals with it. Whether it’s in the workplace or the home, in our bodies or our minds, with family or among friendships, stress is a real factor that has a huge impact on our lives. It’s an every day battle, and unfortunately for some, it can be a lifelong war. The good news we can fight back! In this day and age, there is an arsenal of weapons to combat everyday stress. Relieve stress with some of these tips.   Three Healthful, Stress-Fighting Tips 1. Get Enough Sleep. It’s crucial to human function that we all get enough sleep. Sleep allows our bodies to rest and our brains to recharge. Studies show that not getting enough – or getting low quality – sleep can have a dramatic effect on mood, judgement, memory and more. Most people between the ages of 18-49 need around six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, especially due to worry, develop a routine that helps you get relaxed and ready for bed. Some gentle yoga, a warm bath with epsom salts, aromatherapy or chamomile tea can all help. And avoid screens! The blue light from TVs, laptops, tablets or smart phones have a directly negative effect on sleep quality. 2. Eat Well. We all want to eat comfort foods when we’re stressed out, and it makes sense: your body is actually craving carbohydrates. Carbs produce serotonin, giving you those nice, happy feelings. But if you’re eating unhealthy carbs in the form of...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Grandparents Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Grandparents 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. This Sunday September 9 is Grandparents Day! It’s a special day where we honor those who have contributed to the shape of our character and to show our gratitude to these role models for their immeasurable acts of love, care, and understanding. One happy GiftTree customer Cynthia had this to say about her experience with GiftTree. She sent a gift to her mom, a grandma of 8: “This wonderful basket was for my Mother’s 78th birthday. With all of her 6 kids, 8 grand kids, 8 great grands kids living in various states; we knew she would be feeling lonely. The basket was filled with a variety of her favorite snacks and she loved everything. Thank you GiftTree for putting such thought and love into your gift choices.“ Why not check out our collection of Grandparents Day gifts for yourself? You never know – you might find the perfect gift.   Comment Below What memory do you treasure the most about YOUR...
The Ultimate Camping Checklist

The Ultimate Camping Checklist

Ahh, how we love the summer camping trip! Honestly, can you think of anything more delightful than sleeping under the stars? What’s better than days filled with swimming holes and hiking trails? It’s probably the most fun to help the kids toast marshmallows and roast hot dogs over an open fire? And even more enjoyable, imagine being in a place where you wake up and sip coffee on a cool morning in the middle of nowhere. If you love camping like we do here in the Pacific Northwest, you know that a successful camping trip takes a whole heap of planning and prep work. Therefore, we decided to write the ultimate camping checklist – a helpful guide to enable you to camp smarter, not harder. Above all, a successful camping trip is a well-planned camping trip. Feel free to print this out and tailor it to your own family’s needs. Onward!   Information and Safety are the key to camping success! Let’s start with the most important ESSENTIALS. Printed Campground Reservations and Phone Numbers Paper Maps of the Area Field Guides, Guidebooks to the Area Fishing Licenses Emergency Phone Numbers Written Down Emergency Roadside / Outdoor  Survival Kit First Aid Kit Magnetic Compass Sunblock & SPF Lip Balm Insect Repellent   Shelter is the first and foremost order of business, so let’s go over the CAMPING GEAR. Tent Tent Poles & Stakes Tarp (for Ground Cover) +1 Extra Tarp Mallet or Hammer (for Driving the Stakes) Sleeping Bag for Every Camper Sleeping Pad or Air Mattress for Every Camper Patch Kit & Air Pump for Mattress Pillows Extra Blankets...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Stars & Stripes Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Stars & Stripes Edition)

Oh say, can you see? It’s another 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. This Why We Gift Wednesday deserves an extra special salute – Happy Independence Day, everyone! What are you doing to honor our great nation and the stars & stripes today? Whether you’re headed out to the beach to play in the surf all day followed by a bonfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores), or you’re hosting a backyard barbecue complete with a slip n slide, sparklers and hot dogs, today is the day to relax, spend time with the people who matter the most and celebrate our freedom. Are you getting together with neighbors today, or hosting a party at your own house? Maybe there’s someone in your neighborhood – a new family that’s moved in, or an elderly couple who don’t have community connections! Why not ask them to join your party? Everyone deserves to feel accepted, loved, connected and welcome. Think about how special you’d make someone feel if you just invited them over to join in your celebration of America the Beautiful!     The Fourth of July is also great excuse to give a delightful gift. Whether you’re sending a gift across the miles to your favorite patriot or thanking the hostess for her outstanding party planning skills, GiftTree’s Independence Day...