Meet the Designer – Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

Meet the Designer – Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

After working in the Boston real estate market for many years, this self-taught jewelry designer decided it was time to bring her dreams to reality by becoming an entrepreneur and launching Dune Jewelry in 2010. Originally from Cape Cod, the beach always held special meaning for Holly. In 2007, she began making beach sand jewelry for friends and family. The response was so great it became apparent that nearly everyone had a special memory or exciting adventure that took place on a coast somewhere in the world and the concept took off. Sourcing sand from all seven continents, and thousands of beaches all over the world, Dune Jewelry features stylish rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charms and men’s accessories set in sterling silver and all handmade in the USA. Additionally, Dune Jewelry customers can also provide their own sand if Dune Jewelry’s huge, 3000+ Sandbank™ does not offer exactly what the customer wants. Holly has led Dune Jewelry to grow quickly and become the innovative maker of experiential fine jewelry, where every piece is handmade to order and captures special travel memories while sparking wanderlust in all who wear it.   Tell me a little about you and Dune Jewelry?   Dune Jewelry, the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company® creates unique, experiential jewelry with sand, earth and elements from thousands of locations around the world. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in our Boston studio using sand or elements from your favorite beach, ball park, golf course, mountain top, hiking trail and more!   We love to spark wanderlust with our jewelry by awakening your inner wanderer and by capturing our...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tocca

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tocca

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 discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Tocca – a luxury fashion and fragrance house based in New York City. The idea for Tocca (which translates from Italian for “touch”) came about when a group of friends were on vacation in St. Lucia. In the brand’s beginnings, Tocca’s vision was to create luxurious garments with intricate embroideries, invoking the inspiration of old-world Europe and infusing a modern fresh edge. Today, Tocca has evolved from its fashion heritage into a celebrated fragrance house, with a collection of twelve distinctive and exquisite scents, each named for a beautiful and inspiring woman. GiftTree is delighted to offer two Tocca gifts for Mother’s Day. Luxury Candle Set – Tocca’s three bestselling fragrance oil scents are captured in a trio of white glass votive candles, presented in an exquisite gift box with a demure motif. Cleopatra, A Grapefruit, Cucumber, Vanilla Musk Scent. Stella, A Blood Orange, Freesia, Sandalwood Scent. Giulietta, A Vanilla Orchid, Pink Tulip and Green Apple Scent.             Tocca Diffuser Set – One of Tocca’s best selling fragrances, Cleopatra is the fresh scent of grapefruit and cucumber, its namesake inspired by the Mediterranean seductress. Captivate the senses and delicately infuse your surroundings with this artful reed diffuser in a luxe gift box.                ...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Urban Agriculture Co.

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Urban Agriculture Co.

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 discovery of your next great gifting moment. With Earth Day approaching, this Friday’s Featured Artisan is Urban Agriculture Co., a company whose offerings inspire us to get our hands dirty and grow something green and beautiful, any time of the year. Based in Los Angeles, Urban Agriculture Co.’s founder Chad Corzine got the idea when he was inspired to grow his own organic herbs and vegetables on his tiny apartment balcony in LA. What seemed like an attainable project at first turned into a quite an ordeal as he realized that he had trouble finding all the right ingredients and equipment to complete his vision. That’s when he founded Urban Agriculture – simplifying and combining everything needed for a perfect growing experience, plus direct sun and proper watering- we had designed what I had been looking for all along. “Our grow kits are designed to simplify the process of city gardening by providing you with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. All of our grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. Our containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, not to mention a very cool urban look. We offer a variety of flowers,...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dardimans California Crisps

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dardimans California Crisps

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 discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is the amazing Dardimans California Crisps. With an abundance of perfect fruits and citrus available within arms’ reach (in their own backyard, in fact), the founders of Dardimans began thinly slicing and drying fruit to a crunchy perfection right in their home kitchen in California. With the exception of the pineapple sourced from Hawaii, each seasonal California fruit – oranges, peaches, pears, apples, strawberries and more – are hand-selected from local farmers. Their unique dehydration process allows the fruit to retain all of its natural beautiful color and wealth of vitamins, unlike the freeze-drying or sun drying processes, which leeches nutrients from the fruit. Instead, dehydrating results in a deliciously tempting, healthful snack with a satisfying crunch and all the flavor of the fresh fruit itself. GiftTree is absolutely ecstatic to team up with Dardimans to offer the exclusive Dried Fruit Collection – a generous box of twelve different dried fruit crisps! It’s is a healthy, natural gift that’s still decadent and indulgent. Strawberries, oranges, pears, peaches, persimmons and more are dried to a crisp perfection and presented in a snowy white gift box. This generous bounty of beautiful, all-natural California fruit slices is simply delightful. It makes a lovely gift for any occasion, and will be savored by adults and kids of all ages.  ...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tumbador Chocolate

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tumbador Chocolate

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 discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Tumbador Chocolate, a private label small batch chocolatier based in Brooklyn, New York. Twice-listed among Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America, Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet opened Tumbador Chocolate in 2005. The company’s signature confections blend exotic fruits, spices and herbs with all-American ingredients including peanuts, crispy rice and graham crackers. For Jean-Francois, Tumbador Chocolate is a labor of creativity and passion. His enthusiasm for blending classic American confections with French sensibilities is reflected in each distinctive recipe he creates. GiftTree is delighted to team up with Tumbador to curate three special gifts for our Spring collection, including decadent Truffle Pearls for Mother’s Day, Chocolate Dipped Glacé Oranges and Marshmallow Chocolate Easter Bunnies, inspired by and designed to mimic the iconic Marshmallow Peep Bunny.  ...
Friday’s Featured Artisan – Torn Ranch

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Torn Ranch

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 discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Torn Ranch, an artisan of gourmet snacks and delights based in beautiful, iconic Napa Valley California. The wine country setting creates the inspiration for Torn Ranch’s collection of culinary delights, as well as the gorgeous, rustic packaging in which they’re presented. For over 40 years, Torn Ranch has sought out ethically produced and organic, sustainably harvested ingredients from only local farmers, combined with eco-friendly packaging that’s both an elegant presentation – it’s tasteful and tasty, as they like to say! From gourmet cookies and chocolates to dried fruits and fresh nuts, Torn Ranch offers a wide variety of healthy treats and indulgences, like chocolate covered cherries, handcrafted truffles, juicy pome frais and colossal jumbo cashews, hand-harvested at the peak of perfection.   This year GiftTree teamed up with Torn Ranch to create our very own exclusive gift, the Indulgent Harvest Gift Crate. A rustic gift crate offers an open-window glimpse into healthy indulgence – fresh jumbo cashews, dried stone fruits, cherries and blueberries, almonds, walnuts and dried apricots double-dipped in chocolate for a decadent treat. It’s perfect for your foodie friends and...