How to Conquer Holiday Stress

How to Conquer Holiday Stress

Here we are on the threshold of the holiday season. Little by little, the parties are being added to the schedule, the decorations are going up, and the gift list is growing. Not to mention, doesn’t it seem like the traffic and the crowds get 10x worse, too? And then there’s the time spent with family and in-laws. The work parties. And to top it all off, the absolute DIET-BUSTING cookies, desserts and tempting treats EV. RY. WHERE. So how dow we keep from getting overwhelmed? When things start to get frantic, there are many ways to conquer holiday stress and keep things in perspective. Here are a few ways to get a handle on the holidays, from the holiday giving experts themselves at GiftTree.   8 Ways To Curb Holiday Stress   1. Set Boundaries. We cannot stress this enough! Throughout the season, remind yourself that you do not have to say “yes” to every potluck, every Secret Santa, every White Elephant and every party. Think about it: when you add that last-minute party to your calendar, you’re adding more than just the event. You’ll be shopping for ingredients, cooking or baking, buying and wrapping another gift, finding a new outfit… the to-do list will get HUGE before you know it. Saying “no” to just one or two things will free up a lot of space to breathe.   2. Don’t Skip Your Exercise Routines. It will soon start to feel like you don’t have time to fit it all in, so one of the first things to go during the holidays will be the time you take for...
2019 Holiday Collection Sneak Peek

2019 Holiday Collection Sneak Peek

As we near the Fall season, it’s time for most businesses to start thinking about their holiday business gifts. Have you and your company made your plan yet? It can feel overwhelming – trying to remember so many important clients to thank, employees and vendors. If you haven’t gotten your list together yet, here are some tips to develop your holiday gifting game plan. How To Develop Your Holiday Gifting Strategy   STEP ONE: Make Your List Consider your most important clients, customers and business partners first. Then move onto your employees, followed by your list of vendors. You can decide how deep you want to go into gift-giving this year! STEP TWO: Segment the List into Tiers To make sure that the gift you send to a recipient also sends the right message, it’s important to consider the value of the relationship you have with them. For example, the top client who has given your company a lot of business this year and the vendor who delivers bottled water every week (while that is valuable – stay hydrated!) would not get the same gift. STEP THREE: Determine Your Gifting Budget For Each Tier Based on your holiday business gifting budget that’s been set for the year, you will want to determine how much you’re going to spend on each individual gift in that tier. There is no wrong or right answer here! Based on your company’s yearly gifting plan, decide the price point parameters you’re going to adhere to for each tier. Now that you’ve got your plan in place, here’s a helpful article about three more strategies that...
Writing Thank You Cards for Holiday Gifts

Writing Thank You Cards for Holiday Gifts

It’s January – the chaotic (but totally worth it, of course) holiday season has finally come to a close. January is also National Thank You Month. That means it’s time to get going on writing thank you cards for holiday gifts you received. Often, people ask if sending a thank you card for holiday gifts is really necessary. The answer is a resounding yes – especially if you didn’t see the gift-giver over the holidays and your gift came in the mail.  But what should you write? Here are some helpful tips to remember when writing your thank you notes! 1. Handwritten notes are best. When you put pen to paper, you’re showing someone that they’re worth the extra effort, beyond an email or a text message. Plus, scientific studies have shown that handwriting is more memorable than talking, texting or typing. So when you write, you’re planting that gratitude in your mind, and when they receive the card, your writing will be better remembered, too. 2. Kids should send thank you cards for every gift they received.  Even if the gift-giver was present when the gift was opened, children should write thank you cards for every gift they received. You’re teaching them the importance of etiquette and gratitude – two virtues that will benefit them greatly in the future. Especially for those parents whose children are young – get out the crayons and markers and make a fun activity out of it! 3. Write about what you received.  The gift-giver really wants to know that you appreciate their gift, so go into specific detail! It shows that their...
Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

There are FIVE days to Christmas Eve! Have you forgotten someone? Has the hustle and bustle of the holidays caused chaos, delays and all the madness? Don’t worry – GiftTree’s got you! You still have time to get a great gift under the tree. Here are some of our favorite last minute holiday gifts – act fast and order today! These gifts are going out the door faster than Santa’s sleigh.   For Delivery By Christmas, Order By Noon EST on Saturday, December 22nd   Nuts & Chocolate Wishes Tower Chocolate bourbon caramels, English toffee, praline pecans and more arrive in a festive and welcoming five-box tower, all dressed up with gold satin ribbon.   Holiday Chocolate Decadence  Indulge the chocolate lover this holiday season! This is our best-selling assortment of world famous chocolates and gourmet confections. Paired with sweet companions, this gift creates a celebration that is truly decadent.   Champagne & Chocolates For Two Arranged in a lovely hamper, two splits of sparkling Chandon brut, with accents of citrus spice and hints of brioche, are made all the better with luscious chocolates.   Champagne and Chocolate Gift Basket Segura Viudas is Spain’s most famous Cava, and the second most popular sparkling wine served in restaurants. This festive basket combines a bottle of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva and an assortment of award-winning chocolates to celebrate the holidays.   Segura Viudas Cava and Godiva Chocolate Toast the holidays with this pewter-accented bottle of highly-rated Reserva Heredad Cava. It shines beautifully alongside a golden box of Godiva’s finest chocolates.   Holiday Chocolate Pretzels Tin Big Bavarian-style hard pretzels are dunked...
Little Delights for the Desk

Little Delights for the Desk

Imagine your employees arriving to work during the busy Christmas season. They sit down ready for another hectic day. Then they see it – a surprise gift waiting for them, right on their desk! GiftTree has tons of employee gifts and little delights for the desk. Here are some favorites. Unique & Delicious Treats   Chocolate Cheer   Personalized Gifts Shopping for a big list of employees, coworkers and colleagues is easy at GiftTree. Just enter the total quantity and add to cart! Checkout is fast and simple. For bulk ordering, call our team of knowledgeable Gift Advisors! They’ll take care of all the multiple recipients and everything. From accurate, efficient ordering to perfect presentation, we’ve got you covered. Call Us Today: 800.379.4064 Email Us: BusinessGifting@GiftTree.com    ...
Perfect Gift Ideas for the Holiday Party Host

Perfect Gift Ideas for the Holiday Party Host

Have you ever thrown a Christmas party, a New Year’s Eve soiree or any kind of holiday get-together? If so, you probably know how much work it requires just to have a little fun. It’s certainly not as simple as putting out some cheese and crackers. Days (and sometimes months!) in advance, party planners decide on the invite list, the menu, the drinks, the decorations, the activities and so much more. We have more than a few helpful blog posts about entertaining, of course, but what about being one of the guests? It’s important to let the host know how much you appreciate all the thought and planning that went into this great gathering. That’s why you’re probably familiar with the old adage, “don’t show up to a party empty-handed!“. Show your gratitude by bringing something special! Here are a few perfect gift ideas for the holiday party host. Memorable Wine Gifts Classically timeless and rarely regarded as a misstep, bottles of wine are a standard gift to present to the host. GiftTree’s selection of wine gifts is chock full of great bottles of wine – some can even be engraved with your very own personal gift message!   Festive Bouquets to Deck the Halls Bringing a floral arrangement is a wonderful idea for the party host. They can place it wherever they like (don’t pick the place for them) and be reminded of your nice gesture all evening long.   Generous Offerings for the Home Bringing something for the hosts’ home is a wonderful gesture. GiftTree’s personalized gifts make no exception! They’re always great conversation starters, and serve...