6 Saint Patrick’s Day Gifts For People Who Are Hard To Buy For

Whether the recipient is Irish or just wishes they were, it’s no easy task finding the right gift for Saint Patrick’s Day. Never fear, GiftTree isn’t about to leave you hanging. We’ve assembled a lineup of some of the most delicious, ready-to-party gifts for you that we can muster. 1. For the Cookie Lover: Saint Patrick’s Cookie Pail These are no ordinary shamrock cookies. Their recipe is derived from an ancestral shortbread recipe from Scotland, and is packed with incredible buttery flavor. Each one is handmade in a Portland, Oregon bakery to exacting standards. Normally reserved for restaurants and gourmet stores, we’ve packed a dozen of them into a green pail for top-notch presentation. They come dipped in chocolate, green confection, and sprinkled with sugar crystals. 2. For the Sugar Addict: As Good as Gold Pots of Leprechaun gold are in short supply these days, so we’ve cooked up a replacement to fortify adventurers on their quests. Caramel Truffle Bars by Lake Champlain, Macadams’ Lemon Tea Cookies, Marich Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, and Jumbo Toffee Peanuts are just the beginning. It’s not bottomless, but it’s close. 3. For the Tea Snob: Traditional Teatime Basket White Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, we’ve got it all covered. Stuffed with some of the best varieties we could find, this basket contains everything needed for a complete teatime. Teas include Tea Forte’s famous Ginger Tea pyramids, three varieties of Teatulia and Te Peppermint Chamomile Jazz Tea. Complementing these are mint and chai shortbread by Biscottea, Orange Blossom Honey, Lemon Tea Cookies, wafers, and a complete ceramic teapot and cup. 4. For the Beer...

51 Days Until Christmas…

This week, as I flipped my calendar open to November, a familiar sense of panic stole over me. Before I had children, I used to put a great deal of thought into all my holiday gifts; hand-made pillows tied with elaborate bows one year, fused glass one-of-a-kind coasters the next. I didn’t realize at the time that I was setting an unreasonable standard for future years. Who has time for home made truffles?? Now that I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old, as well as a full time job I certainly don’t. I used the “I’m a brand new mom and you were lucky to get the Starbucks gift card!!” excuse, but I think that ship has sailed since both my children are now walking and talking. Darn. So when November reared its ugly head this year, I frantically started making lists of friends and loved ones that have been unfairly ignored and promised “a really great gift NEXT year”…. and in the midst of my hysteria my super calm husband turned to me. “Don’t you work for a GIFT company?” I hate it when he makes sense. And of course he is completely right. Not only do I work for a gift company, but my amazing employers are ahead of the rest on personalized and unique gifts, so never again will I have to drive to the mall, park, wade through the masses, pay too much for a dumb sweater, box the darn thing and ship it myself just barely making it in time…. from now on I can order for everyone on one...

Trick or Treat!

As a child one of my favorite things to do was play dress up. Lets be honest – It is still one of my favorite things. I love a good costume party like a little blue monster loves cookies. Growing up in the Northwest our costumes for Trick or Treating had to be rain proof. I hardly remember a Halloween that a ski coat/ Rain jacket/ het and sometimes gloves were not needed. In fact one year my sisters, cousins and I dressed up in out ski gear, goggles and everything, and this lady had the nerve to tell us that wasn’t a good enough costume! Although I no longer Trick or Treat I do love passing out candy to the kids as they come to the door in their costumes. From Princesses to Ninja’s, Lions to Robots, I love it all. There is, however, one thing I would change. How about those cute trick or treaters bring treats to me?! How awesome would that be? All night long people ring YOUR door bell and bring you all of your favorite treats (All you teachers and dentists feel free to leave the pencils & toothbrushes at home- NO ONE really likes those except maybe the parents). No more fussing with the weather report, or trying to find a long sleeve shirt that looks good under the ballerina leotard. No sir. This year I will be in an adorable costume, patiently waiting for my Happy Halloween Gift Basket or the Halloween Boo Berries  at my front door! And if the delivery man is lucky- I might even share with...

It’s Almost Halloween!

Guest Blogger: Sam Wick I’ve always had a certain appreciation of the Halloween holiday. With a combination of trickery, treats, parties, and fantastic costumes there is a lot to enjoy as a short respite to the increasing chill, and at least around here increased rainfall. Halloween is an odd holiday as it takes a strange variety of traditions form all over the world and mashes them together. Trick or treating, or as it used to be called “souling” is dated back to the middle ages where it was done as a trade of prayers for the dead in return for food. Trick or treating as we know it now didn’t show up until the 1920’s, and costumes didn’t show up until the 1930’s. Pumpkin carving was originally part of souling, but instead of carving pumpkins was they used turnips. Pumpkins only started being used once Europeans started settling in America and found the large size of the pumpkin to be a convenient alternative. Speaking of pumpkins how about some tips for fantastic pumpkin carving! 1. Choose a pumpkin that is unbruised, has a flat bottom, and large enough to comfortably carve. 2. Make sure you have a solid selection of tools, some items can be jury rigged, but a mini hand saw is very important. 3. Be sure to work safe, nothing ruins a pumpkin carving faster then someone getting hurt, use common sense, especially when handling sharp tools or fire. 4. When tracing the pattern you want be sure to hold it in place firmly with tape or some sort of pin. Also make sure the area is...

Tea Time!

When I was little I loved spending time with my grandma. I would go to her house and spend the day shopping and having girl time. Those were the best times. After a long day I would get ready for bed in one of my grandpa’s t-shirts that was 6 times to big for me. My grandma would always make me a cup of peppermint tea with a splash of honey and a cookie of my choice! During holidays and birthdays it is so hard to find something for my grandma that she will enjoy. This lady has almost everything! GiftTree.com is always coming out with new gifts that are amazing! New to the website is this awesome basket called Traditional Teatime Basket. This beautiful basket is great for any tea lover, it has so much to chose from! It comes with several different flavors of tea, honey and shortbread cookies complete with a teapot and cup. All you need is the water! This is such a perfect gift for her and I know as soon as she opens it she will know that I cherish those days when I was little. Making her smile is the best feeling...

My Favorite Gift – Toast of California

I have some sisters who are hard to buy for.  I like buy them something that they would not normally buy for themselves, but I don’t really know what that would be. The Toast of California was a big hit with the sister who received it for Christmas last year.  She lives in California and She loved that I sent her California Wine and she said the gourmet snacks in the basket were the perfect amount to put out for sharing. The added bonus is the great basket that she has re-purposed in the guest bath. Anyone looking for an affordable gift that makes a big hit should consider this gift...