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...
Meaningful, Appropriate Sympathy Cards and Gifts

Meaningful, Appropriate Sympathy Cards and Gifts

Writing a sympathy card or sending your condolences after a loss is never an easy of enjoyable thing to do, but it’s important to remember that you are serving those you care about. It’s an opportunity to give encouragement, be a source of comfort and let them know that you’re thinking about them in this sad time. Figuring out what to write in a sympathy card can be difficult. Here are a few messages that are meaningful and appropriate to write in sympathy cards, as well as some of GiftTree’s thoughtful sympathy gifts.   These messages are perfect from a group, couple or family, but you can substitute I, me, or my, as well:  “We are so sorry for your loss. We’re all thinking of you, keeping you in our prayers, and honoring the memory of your ____” “Our hearts go out to you and your family. We are with you in thought and we wish you comfort and peace as you remember (insert name here)” “As we remember your _____, our hearts are filled with love. We are all thinking of you and sending you peace in this challenging time.” “Words fall short at expressing our sorrow for your loss. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.”   Short, poetic and inspirational messages: “May the memories of your ____ bring you comfort and peace in this challenging time.” “May you treasure the wonderful memories, find peace and comfort and know that I am with you in thought and prayer.” “Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort through the pain of this...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Kiss the Chef Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Kiss the Chef 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 Why We Gift Wednesday is all about the home chefs who go above and beyond to cook delicious meals at home. They say that the best meals are the ones cooked with love, but did you know that’s actually been scientifically proven? The University of Maryland conducted a study that proved that as children and adolescents, we attached the emotions of feeling safe, nurtured and cared for with the taste of home cooked meals. It’s basically why everyone thinks their mom is the best cook in the neighborhood! Is there a chef in your family who dedicates time to making delicious, nutritious and nourishing meals for the ones they love? Thank them today for all their prepping, planning and care with a little something for the kitchen!       Comment Below Who does the lion’s share of the cooking in your...
Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Aren’t teachers the best? They go out of their way to dedicate time and attention to the success of others. National Teacher Appreciation Day is a week from today, taking place on Tuesday, May 8th. Is there a teacher in your life or your child’s life who has made a difference and had a positive impact? Surprise them with a gift that shows them just how much their dedication has meant to you and your family! From personalized treasures to gourmet gifts for every palate, here are some of our favorite gifts to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day. Each of us has or has had that special teacher in our lives who inspires us, makes us smile, and always seems to know the right thing to say. Thank them for being an important part of your life with this memorable inspirational mug with the quote, “To the World You May Be One Person, But To One Person You May Be the World.” Here at GiftTree we absolutely adore the teas from Steven Smith Teamaker, based right here in Portland Oregon. This wonderful tea tasting crate holds a variety pack of Steven Smith tea, including different varieties of green, black and herbal blends, ranging from bright and floral to smooth and creamy. It’s all arranged with a porcelain teapot and teacup set for one, along with apple blossom honey and shortbread cookies in our exclusive gift crate. What teacher wouldn’t love a little taste of the sweet life? Our exclusive five box tower arrives all dressed up with hand-tied satin ribbon. In every box, your favorite teacher will be surprised by delicious...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Sisters Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Sisters 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. Yesterday (April 10) was National Sibling Day, so this Why We Gift Wednesday is a shout out to sisters everywhere. Whether she’s older than you, younger than you or your identical twin, today is dedicated to sisters who come through for us time and again, with encouragement, support, advice and a listening ear. And no matter how different you may be from your own sister, a trustworthy, loyal, attentive and true-blue sister is a true gift in this crazy world. You know the old adage, “to have a friend, you must first be one”? Here at GiftTree we think this applies today, too – to have a great sibling, you must be a great sibling. ♥ “A loyal sister is worth a thousand friends”  ♥  Is your sister someone you’re incredibly grateful for, someone who lights up your life with just her presence? Let her know how important she is to you! It can be as simple as a phone call or a little text that says “I’m thinking of you today, and I just wanted to let you know how special you are to me.” If you’re looking to send your sister (or sibling!) a little something just because, why check out the gift baskets from...