Friday’s Featured Artisan: Victoria’s Lavenders

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Victoria’s Lavenders

Lavender is certainly in bloom here in the Pacific Northwest, and Friday’s Featured Artisan, Victoria’s Lavenders, has mastered  the art of growing and harvesting this flowering herb of a thousand benefits. Victoria’s Lavender has its roots in Oregon wine country, growing out of a dream to use the property that Marilyn Thompson and her husband Troy had purchased to build their home on and use for his landscaping business. But shortly after, Troy was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable and fatal illness. After a courageous 4-year battle with ALS, Troy passed away at the age of 36. During his illness, Marilyn devoted herself to keeping him comfortable using natural alternatives,since traditional medicine did very little to weaken the vicious symptoms of the disease. She soon discovered the many health benefits to lavender, including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, migraine and stress relief and so much more. As a widow with a young child and fueled by the former dream she and Troy had shared for the property, Marilyn began growing lavender and eventually started her own company, naming it after their daughter, Victoria. Today, Victoria’s Lavenders prides themselves in crafting high quality, small batch artisanal products using lavender from the farm and locally-sourced or fair trade organic ingredients in their formulations. From bath and body care to candles, aromatherapy essentials and even lavender to use in cooking, Marilyn Thompson strives for loveliness in her products, both inside and out. One of GiftTree’s most popular gifts is our Spa Booties with Lavender Aromatherapy gift from Victoria’s Lavenders. We love popping these ultra-soft booties in the microwave for 30 seconds and slipping them on for a...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Lollia by Margot Elena

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Lollia by Margot Elena

Friday’s Featured Artisan, Margot Elena, is an entrepreneur from Colorado with a love of all-things-beautiful. She began her career out of college, opening a tiny boutique that sold handmade soaps with custom package designs of her own creation. Her knack for scent and style took off, and today, she’s an internationally recognized perfumer and designer. The Margot Elena brand consists of four product lines referred to as “libraries”, all meticulously crafted and perfectly balanced in design, fragrance, and formulation. Constantly mindful that her products add both beauty and purpose, Margot personally orchestrates her scent families and designs each package down to the last enticing detail, charming customers with these perfect treasures to fall in love with. One of Margot Elena’s elegant libraries is known as Lollia, a series of fragrance stories whose chapters overflow with whimsically scented and designed bath and body luxuries. Here at GiftTree, we love the perfectly placed details, fresh scents and effortless allure of Lollia’s carefully designed treasures. Two of our favorite spa gifts proudly feature Lollia bath products, and if you ever get a chance to give these a sniff and whirl in the bathtub, we know you’re going to be absolutely amazed – they’re just as pleasing on the nose as they are on the eyes. This celebration calls for a little bubbly – a bubble bath from the Luxe Bubbling Bath Crate, that is! The light floral perfume of rice flower is perfectly paired with southern magnolias and demure mimosa in this fragranced bubble bath. Blended with moisture-rich avocado oils and vitamin E, this perfumed bubble bath arrives in a distinctively modern glass bottle with white petal lace, a signature cork and a kiss of gold...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Murray’s Cheese

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Murray’s Cheese

If you’ve ever been inside a Kroger, Ralph’s or Fred Meyer supermarket, you’ve probably seen their stand – a blazing red sign stamped with delicious-sounding adjectives like “savory”, “aromatic”, “toasty” and “farmstead”, along with a bold yellow logo that proudly declares Murray’s: We Know Cheese. And boy, is that right. Friday’s Featured Artisan is one of our favorite cheesemongers and one of the very best in the business, Murray’s. A small Greenwich Village shop in 1940, the original owner Murray Greenberg had the simple dream of being a part of the neighborhood’s food scene as a dairy wholesaler. When he retired in the 1970s, he sold the shop to his longtime clerk, Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant. In those days it was a butter and eggs shop with a selection of block cheeses, catering to the Italian enclave of Bleecker Street. While standing in line at Murray’s one day in the 1990s, a customer named Rob Kaufelt overheard Louis Tudda say that he was thinking of closing the shop down. Rob made an offer to buy the store and Louis accepted, making him the third (and present) owner of one of New York City’s oldest cheese shops. Soon after buying the storefront, Rob began traveling the globe seeking new cheeses that no American had ever heard of, and bringing them back to the United States. From humble beginnings as a 300-square foot shop, to a flagship store in Grand Central Market, a 50-seat restaurant and wine bar, their own network of state-of-the-art caves where cheeses are aged to perfection on Long Island, and 140-cheese stands at Kroger markets throughout the country, Murray’s sells a whopping 800,000 pounds of cheese...
Friday’s Featured Artisan: Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the contents of your next great gift. What if you could capture a precious place – one that’s full of fond memories – and keep it with you always? Friday’s Featured Artisan, Dune Jewelry, does just that. Using the unique colors and grains of the world’s sands as her palette, Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen created a line of keepsake jewelry using sand to honor those favorite memories. Originally from Cape Cod, Holly traveled to beaches all around the world and realized that nearly everyone has a precious memory or exciting adventure that took place on a strip of sand. This unforgettable jewelry is specifically made for those who wish to hold on to those places forever – whether it was a childhood trip, where he proposed, where you spent your honeymoon or a summer abroad. Serving more as keepsakes than decorations, Dune Jewelry’s custom designs are the perfect gift to hold a special beach in your heart. Here’s how it works: select a sand from your favorite beach, ballpark, golf course or trail from Dune Jewelry’s extensive sand bank to be hand crafted by Sand Artists into a one-of-a-kind piece. Every piece of jewelry is custom made to order, and GiftTree has collaborated with Holly and Dune Jewelry to offer three exceptional pieces – a set of fine cuff links, a hammered shimmering gold cuff bracelet, and...