Remembering Birthdays

When I was younger, my grandparents used to send me a card every year for my birthday. It was usually a homemade card and $20 or so to spend on something for myself.  I am not sure how she, or anyone for that matter, remembers birthdays without help. I have never been able to successfully manage a personal planner or keep track of occasions using a wall calendar. I have high hopes when I purchase a planner or calendar but I always forget to check it regularly and end up missing birthdays. If you haven’t discovered GiftTree’s Occasion Reminder service yet, I bet you have forgotten a few birthdays too. When you visit GiftTree’s website you have the ability to establish a free account. Once you establish an account you have access to a multitude of Account Member Benefits, including our occasion reminder service. With the occasion reminder service you will be able to set reminders for upcoming events in your life and then 10 days prior to the submitted date GiftTree will send you an email reminder. With an account you will also be able to keep track of which gift you sent, who received it and the date it was sent. You can also track your monthly gift giving expenses. While logged in, you might also want to subscribe to our special offers email so you can receive money saving offers throughout the year. With this reminder service I won’t be forgetting a birthday any time soon. In fact, I just got a reminder today and I need to order the Birthday Wishes...

Trees for Arbor Day

Last year GiftTree challenged each employee to set a goal for the month of April in recognition of Earth Day, April 22nd, and Arbor Day which is coming up on April 30th. We were encouraged to find a way to use less energy, start a garden or conserve water. I walked more and drove less for the challenge. This year my goal is to plant a tree for my own personal Earth Day/Arbor Day challenge. According to one government site, one tree can generate enough oxygen daily for 18 people, remove $60,000 worth of air pollution and recycle $35,000 worth of water. They can also reduce noise pollution, increase property value and reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent. If you would like to join me and plant a tree this year, or give a tree as a gift, I recommend our Ginkgo Tree-to-Be. The kit contains everything you need to start and grow your own Ginkgo. It even includes an aluminum tag that can be personalized. It would make a great gift for yourself or any tree...

Nominate a Mom to Win Mother’s Day Flowers

I can’t believe how many women I know who have either recently had a baby or are currently expecting. Really, I think it’s some sort of epidemic. There are babies coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. Ladies, you’re in for the ride of your lives! As a mother myself, I can attest that being a mom really is like being on a roller coaster. From the novelty of soft “blankies” and smelly diapers to vegetables and learner’s permits, there is so much more to this motherhood thing than meets the eye. – Teaching our kids to share, play dates, ballet and soccer, report cards, stitches from a bike ride gone bad, chores, loud music, family dinners – Most of the time we’re just hoping our best was “good enough” by the time graduation rolls around. (Way too fast, I might add.) This year, GiftTree wants to send gorgeous Mother’s Day Flowers to one deserving mom and we need your help! Please nominate a mom who you think is a one in a million. She can be your mom, or your sister, friend, neighbor, running buddy, co-worker, whatever. We just want to know why you think she’s the cream of the crop. Leave a post here telling us about your nominee. We want names, people, but first names are plenty for posts. If you win, we’ll email you for the dets. And lucky for you, the person who nominates the winning mom will receive a $50 GiftTree gift card too. Want extra entries? Here’s how: 1. Join GiftTree on Facebook and leave a post on our wall telling...

Administrative Professional’s Day

If you haven’t been watching your calendar, you may not realize Admin’s Day is today! Administrative Professionals Day always falls on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. If you are not familiar with the holiday (and you have been trying to figure out what your admin has been hinting at), Admin’s Day is an unofficial U.S. holiday created by the International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1952 to honor administrative professionals nationwide. The holiday used to be known as Secretaries Day but the name was changed to its current name in 2000 in order to include all administrative professionals. It is often customary for employers to give gift baskets or flowers to admins on this day (this might be what the hints were about). Admin’s Day is one of the largest work related holidays in the United States. According to the United States Bureau of Labor, there are currently about 4.3 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States. It is one of the largest occupations in the U.S. If you aren’t prepared yet for Admin’s Day, don’t worry, we have quite a few gift options available to help you out. If you are a last minute shopper, many of our gifts can usually be delivered on the same day you order if you place your order early in the day. We even have a whole section of our website dedicated to our favorite Admin’s Day gifts. So, check out our website. And if you have any stories about why you appreciate your admin, please leave a comment. I would love to hear...

My First Mother’s Day

I’m coming up on my first Mother’s Day and I’m not sure what to expect. Will it be like my birthday? I mean the first few are really fun and exciting and then it just becomes another day? Or will it be something else? It’s weird to think that someone will now be appreciating me in this way. It makes me think of all the mom’s in my life that I have appreciated over the years. Yes I said moms, you know you have them too. There’s your mom, you mother-in-law and your best friends mom, who used to scold you when your own mom wasn’t around. I know I have quite a few “moms” these days and I want to appreciate them all. So I started thinking about how I want to be appreciated on this day. Although I work for a gifting company, I don’t think getting something in a box is really what I am looking for (unless it’s diamonds). I think what I really want is to do something fun with my new baby. At this stage in life it’s not hard to get her undivided attention and I think that would really do the trick for me and maybe a thank you from my husband for 9 months of discomfort and irrational behavior. This Mother’s Day remember to appreciate your own mom but also give that pseudo mom a call and tell her how much you appreciate her too. I promise, she will not forget it. If you are trying to find a unique gift for that very special mom check out GiftTree’s selection...

Administrative Professional’s Day!

Do you have someone who works for you who goes above and beyond? Does she or he make your daily life that much easier? Don’t forget to show your appreciation for them on Administrative Professionals Day Apirl 21st! We have a GREAT selection of Admin’s Day Gifts available this year that would be perfect! One of my favorites is the Desktop Organizer with Engraved Plaque for $29.95. It has a pen and pencil holder, two letter slots, small tray, and drawer. Not only that, but you get FREE engraving and we also include five Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Squares AND Twenty Seattle Chocolate Truffles! Now if that isn’t a sweet deal, I don’t know what is! Another fantastic gift is the Sincere Appreciation Gift Basket for $39.95. This woven basket contains delicious Milk Chocolate Stars, a Thank You Chocolate Bar, Almond Roca, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Toffee Peanuts, Seasame Stix, Italian Roasted Coffee and more! A great gift to share or to stash on the desk for those afternoon...