Master Cheese and Meat Pairing

Master Cheese and Meat Pairing

Summer is in full swing which means it’s time for memorable get-togethers and gatherings! Spending time with loved ones and friends enjoying appetizers and cold drinks is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. One of the biggest challenges of entertaining is finding the perfect appetizer to please everyone. Pairing a perfectly mastered cheese and meat platter is a great way to have a fun, crowd-pleaser that is sure to be a hit! When putting together your meat and cheese platter, picking out the right combination of meats and determining that perfect cheese pairing can seem overwhelming. There are so many options! Luckily, Gift Tree has done the hard part and we’re here to help you put together the perfect cheese and meat platter that will leave everyone coming back for more. When determining that special cheese to compliment the cured meat on your platter, it is important to keep in mind that opposites are what lead to the perfect combination. For firmer, thicker cut meat use a softer cheese and for that paper-thin slice of meat make sure you are picking out a firmer, denser cheese. Below we’ve listed a few pairings that are sure to be crowd pleasers: Goat and Sheep Cheese and Encased Meats Encased meats are cured in a casting and are usually aged in a more humid environment, in turn creating a softer, flavorful cured meat. The most common of these are sausage and salami. These meats offer a bold and spicy taste with a strong presence of black and red pepper, truffle, and other spices. These meats are best paired with a...
Plan the Perfect Afternoon with Picnic-Ready Gift Baskets

Plan the Perfect Afternoon with Picnic-Ready Gift Baskets

Spring is here, summer’s around the corner and you know what that means – it’s picnic season! Picnics are not only one of our favorite summertime activities, but it’s also such a great gift idea – to send some friends, family members or loved ones on a picnic is a totally unique and memorable gift! Did you realize that many of GiftTree’s picnic-ready gift baskets are absolutely perfect to take as a whole to any park, beach or to the backyard for a picnic? Here are a few of our favorite picnic gift baskets! Select Charcuterie and Gourmet Gift Hamper – A superior collection of premium cured meats, award winning artisan cheeses and gourmet pairings are presented in this picnic hamper, complete with a leather handle and an interior zipper insulation system, perfect for transporting hot or cold foods and beverages. Artisan Fruit and Cheese Hamper – Enjoy a picnic of orchard-fresh apples and pears, well-aged artisan cheeses such as Beemster Vlaskaas and a wedge of Sartori Asiago, fresh nuts and so much more, presented in an elegant hamper. It’s a perfectly delicious gift to celebrate National Picnic Day! Picnic with Personalized Blanket – A picnic on the grass or sand is a lovely gesture of well wishing! The topside of the blanket is made of soft polyester fleece and the underside is water-resistant to protect the blanket from getting dampened or soiled. The Blanket Tote unfolds easily and refolds into a convenient carry tote featuring a closing flap complete with a zippered pocket, and an adjustable shoulder strap. The gift is made all the better when it arrives with a filled picnic...
Before and After – The Evolution of GiftTree Gift Baskets

Before and After – The Evolution of GiftTree Gift Baskets

This June marks 20 years since GiftTree first opened its virtual doors for business, offering beautiful gift baskets filled to the brim with gourmet goodies like luxury chocolate, fine wine and champagne, imported meats and artisan cheeses from around the world. Our company has evolved a lot since those early days, but one of the most amazing transformations has taken place in the aesthetic and contents of our gift baskets themselves! When our gourmands and designers create gift baskets to add to the collection, we try to find the perfect balance between staying current and on-trend, while still achieving and maintaining a classic, timeless presence. As you read on, one big thing you’ll probably notice is how much our bows have changed. Gone are the days of big, poofy prom-style bows, replaced by elegant satin ribbons, always hand-tied around all the gift baskets and virtually every gift on our website. Take a look at some of the examples of the evolution of GiftTree’s gift baskets and see for yourself!     The Metropolitan Gourmet Gift Basket, one of our bestselling gift baskets, has undergone a lot of changes since its introduction to the collection in 2003. The wicker basket has been replaced with a luxe black serving tray with dual handles and contrasting stitching, and we added lots of gourmet chocolate from Ghirardelli, Lake Champlain and Godiva. Another one of our most popular gift baskets, the 5th Avenue Wine Gift Basket has stayed in its beautiful leather container since its inception in 2007, but we’ve changed the aesthetic quite a bit and added Cress, an old vine zinfandel with a full...
Celebrate Best Friends Day

Celebrate Best Friends Day

Who is that one person that will always be there for you? Who do you call when you need a shoulder to cry on, advice or just a good laugh? Your best friend of course! Today is National Best Friends Day, and although it’s an unofficial holiday, it’s still an important one. We should all let our besties know how much they mean to us on a regular basis, but Best Friends Day is a good excuse to do something extra special. Whether it’s going out and doing something fun, sending a memorable gift or just picking up the phone and giving your long distance BFF a call, let them know how much you care. Here at GiftTree, we have some great Best Friends Day gifts! Check out a few of our favorites below.     There is no better way to say thank you to your best friend than the Deluxe Thank You Selection. This gift basket comes packed full of tasty treats that will let your bestie know how important your friendship is. The Deluxe Thank You Selection includes yummy goodies such as Almond Roca, California Crisps natural mandarin oranges, lemon tea cookies, white cheddar gourmet popcorn and more. Each gourmet item is carefully assembled in a signature GiftTree keepsake container and accentuated with a hand-tied satin ribbon with optional personalization. Complimentary scissors are included so your recipient can easily open their gift.     Let your BFF know that you’ll never forget them and the importance of their friendship with forget-me-nots. These sentimental sky-blue flowers with tiny yellow centers form a mound of fuzzy foliage that...
101 Ways to Repurpose GiftTree Baskets

101 Ways to Repurpose GiftTree Baskets

Here at GiftTree, one of our favorite things about our bountiful, beautiful gift baskets is the enduring containers they arrive in. Our keepsake baskets are made from sturdy materials and each one is inspected by hand before it becomes one of our renowned GiftTree gift baskets. The containers are intended to be repurposed long after the contents of the gourmet gift have been enjoyed, leaving a lasting memory as your recipient puts the basket to work in the home or office. And how would one repurpose a GiftTree basket, you ask? We can think of 101 ways… 1. Coloring books, crayons, markers, colored pencils 2. Knitting supplies 3. Kid’s toy box 4. Pet’s toy box 5. Diapers & wipes 6. Cleaning supplies under the sink 7. Extra spices in the pantry 8. Sewing kit 9. Manicure / pedicure supplies 10. Makeup overflow storage 11. Hair tools storage 12. Scrapbooking materials 13. Vinyl records 14. Stationery & letter-mailing supplies 15. Art supplies 16. Souvenirs & mementos 17. Important documents 18. Crafting supplies 19. Games & puzzles 20. Emergency kit for the car  21. First aid kit 22. Extra toilet paper 23. Wash cloth & hand towel storage 24. Travel toiletries & bottles 25. Power outage kit (candles, batteries, matches etc) 26. Dog walking supplies (leash, harness, baggies, sweaters) 27. Gardening gloves, seeds and hand tools 28. Winter hats, gloves and mittens 29. School supplies 30. Socks and undergarments 31. Throw blankets in the living room 32. Magazine storage in the living room (or bathroom!) 33. Extra cooking utensils 34. Summer sandals and beach shoes 35. Road trip activity kit for kids in...
Send Festive Holiday Gifts to Canada

Send Festive Holiday Gifts to Canada

Did you know GiftTree has a gorgeous line of gifts that are available to ship to friends, family and loved ones who live in Canada? From wine and champagne to cheese, chocolate and caviar, the only tough decision you’ll have to make is which one to send! If there’s a home chef, a foodie or culinary connoisseur in Canada that you know and love, trust GiftTree to send festive holiday gifts to Canada without a hitch. Take a look at some of our bestselling Canadian gifts!   Perfect Pairings Gourmet Crate Indulge in an Italian tasting experience with the perfect pairing of Nero D’Avola, a Sicilian red wine, and fresh olives grown on a grove in Italy and marinated to perfection. These same heavenly olives are pressed to produce a rich olive oil that’s included in this gift, alongside dry cured salami, fine aged cheese, and artisan fig crackers.           Spanish Gourmet Collection It’s a classic tale of wine pairing, enticing flavors, and pleasant aromas.  The idyllic Spanish-inspired tasting is all here, with Grenache wine, brie cheese, polenta cookies and so much more. Arranged beautifully on a gourmet serving block, it’s a gift that’s sure to have any recipient raving.           Rustic Wine Tasting Collection A stylish grey-washed crate is filled with an abundance of Italian red wine and perfect pairings. Imagine the recipient’s surprise when they receive this generous crate, overflowing with Sicilian red wine, brie cheese, crackers, snacks and more. It’s the perfect gift for any foodie’s special day.           Taste of Italy Serving Board  Italian...