Personalized Gifts are More Meaningful to Give and Receive

Guest Blogger: Amy H. I have always been a big fan of personalized gifts. Being able to add your own message directly onto a gift that you’ve chosen especially for someone, makes what could otherwise be an ordinary object, into something memorable and sentimental. Now that we’re adding many new ways to personalize our gifts here at GiftTree, I am overflowing with ideas of what to give the many important people in life for birthdays, important occasions, the holidays and just because moments. Many of my friends and family are having an eventful year. Engraving special dates or notes onto wine bottles, or the silver hang tags that suspend elegantly from the bottles neck are a great way to celebrate their pregnancy, new homes or engagements. Adding brass plates engraved with words of love or initials to one of our gourmet gift baskets allows my family or loved ones to proudly reuse or display the container after they’ve enjoyed its savory contents. Embossing ribbon to be hand-tied around most of our gift baskets makes it easier to decide on which one to send, because I can make it more personal no matter what I...

Take Your Diet on a Mediterranean Cruise.

As reported in The Oregonian, September 17, 2008. The Mediterranean diet is famous for lowering your risk of heart disease. Recent studies have shown that it also provides a protection from cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The Mediterranean diet is one rich in veggies, fruits, olive oil and fish. The British Medical Journal has come to the conclusion that those who follow a strict Mediterranean diet are: 9% less likely to die from heart attack, stoke or heart failure; 6% less likely to develop cancer 13% less likely to develop Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. GiftTree’s Mediterranean Gift Basket is a good start to staying healthy. The gift contains fish, olive oil, organic chocolate, and pistachios–all items that are known to provide health benefits. So if you are looking for a healthier gift basket and thought you needed to stick just to fruit, you’re in luck! Why not get started on the path to better health with something a little...

Baby’s First Bathrobe?

In my living room I have a picture of my oldest granddaughter holding my youngest granddaughter the day she was born. Periodically I gaze at the picture with a big nostalgic looking smile on my face. I can’t help it… babies have that effect on me! And who doesn’t know a parent or grandparent that doesn’t have a buzillion pictures of these little creatures, ready to be talked about without even the slightest provocation? One of the most perfect gifts we have here at GiftTree, is the My Sweet Luv Baby Basket. As far as baby gift baskets go, this one is full of things the new parents, baby and grandparents can use. The teeny weeny baby bathrobe (with a hood and belt) and itty bitty slippers is soooo cute! Do you know any baby with such a cool ensemble? A picture frame (for grandma?) and there’s even a classical music CD to help your little angel develop his or her musical genius. An absolutely darling...

Birthday Gift for the Technically Challenged

Everyone knows someone who’s a little behind the times as far as technology goes. Well, in my house that would be my husband. He’s spent most of his life in the military, and technology just kind of passed right by him. Last year he finally broke down and got a pre-paid cell phone, so I wouldn’t worry so much about him when he went on long motorcycle rides. With my 9 year old granddaughter helping him out, he learned how to answer a call, place a call, lock the keypad and store numbers. He even got himself one of those fancy cell phone holders you strap to your belt, you know the kind. Ok, so last week we decide to get some different phones and he tells our son that he’s getting one of those “flap-top” phones. We both look at him and go huh? He repeats it again only this time I’ve started laughing and his voice is a little louder. “I’m getting a flap-top phone that flaps up you know? And it takes cellular photographs too.” Now I’m going to pee my pants I’m laughing so hard. I LOVE my technically challenged man! And since it’s his birthday this month, I think I’ll keep it simple for him and throw him a barbeque. If you have someone on your birthday list who’s a little behind the times, you can’t go wrong with something like our 22 oz. Microbrew Beer Trio & Grilling Gift Set. Some of the best birthday gift baskets we have here at GiftTree are the simplest and yummiest of all. He’ll love the fact...

Along with Morning Sickness!?

So I was talking to a close friend and her husband recently about her new pregnancy and the first thing he blurted out was- “My wife has been abducted by aliens!” I thought it was funny, she didn’t… The problem, I guess is the side effects that she has experienced by getting pregnant. So many women want to have a baby, then they get pregnant and wonder what the heck they got themselves into. Others seem to bask in it. You would not believe how many side effect there can be to pregnancy! I’m sure you know the obvious ones, weight gain, morning sickness, cravings. Well, here are a few I bet you never thought of- Congestion, bloody noses skin disorders headaches trouble sleeping bleeding gums carpal tunnel shortness of breath hair loss anemia moles infection Can you believe how may things can happen during such a precious time in your life? Luckily most people only get a few of these types of symptoms during pregnancies. I am sure there are many more as well. So my friend,  has unfortunately ended up with a skin disorder she never had before, commonly known as a rash 🙂 I decided to try and help and got her the Mommy and Baby Cute as Can Bee. I killed two birds with one stone on this one. (I apologize for using the word kill in my baby blog) Anyhow, my reasoning for this is that this gift has a bunch of Burt’s Bees Products included like the Garden Carrot Complexions soap and Almond Milk Hand Creme. This gift was also for selfish reasons,...

Soak Up the Sun Before it’s Gone!

Here we are with the last days of summer upon us. This is always a somewhat sad time of year for me, knowing that (at least here in the North West) we will only sporadically see the sun in the next 8-9 months. Like a lot of others, I’m determined to absorb as much Vitamin D in the next few weeks as possible. With the help of GiftTree I’msure we can accomplish that. For all you dog lovers out there summer is truly complete with the Cesar’s Way Gift Basket. A barbeque or picnic is instantly an event with the two selections of Dog Tail Vineyards wines; one red and one white, tennis balls, and gourmet treats for you and pooch. If that sounds good, and you have a picnic in mind then another great idea would be to invest in our Picnic Stix wine holders, which are a genius way to eliminate the problem of spilled drinks while picnicking at the park, beach or in your own back yard. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and if you are looking for any other last chance summer gifts, check out our Summer Gift...