Meet the Team: Ashley Beebe, Director of Call Center Operations

Meet the Team: Ashley Beebe, Director of Call Center Operations

At GiftTree we strive to make each interaction with our customers a positive, friendly experience. One of the key people who helps make that happen is Ashley Beebe, our Director of Call Center Operations. We sat down with Ashley recently to gain some insight into what moves her to be such a valuable leader within the GiftTree Business Team and in the company as a whole. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up.   I was born in the heart of the PNW- Portland, OR! My parents had always dreamed of relocating to the country and owning a large piece of property, so that’s what we did. By the age of 6, I was living in the small town of Washougal, WA with 16 horses, 2 dogs and 4 cats. I spent most of my afternoons picking apples off our tree and feeding them to the horses and exploring the creek that ran through the back of our property. It was quite the shock when I moved to Portland to attend college in an urban setting. I never realized how many street lights there are on city streets!   Where do your greatest passions lie? I have always felt a deep emotional connection with animals, and not just domestic pets. I loved watching Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures on TV and learning all the facts I could. Did you know the Tasmanian Wombat can run up to 25 mph? In high school, I turned the love of animals into a working passion by volunteering locally with animal rescue groups and working with the Boys and Girls club to educate kids...
Meet the Team: Dana Deronjic, Business Account Executive Lead

Meet the Team: Dana Deronjic, Business Account Executive Lead

At GiftTree we strive to make each interaction with our Corporate customers efficient and easy. From our ordering process to the delivery, every touch point that businesses have needs to be streamlined and effortless. One of the key people who helps make that happen is Dana Deronjic, our Lead Business Account Executive. We sat down with Dana recently to gain some insight into what moves her to be such a valuable leader within the GiftTree Business Team and in the company as a whole. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up. I’m originally from Bosnia but emigrated to the states when I was 8. We moved to the great state of Washington and I grew up in the small town of Battle Ground! Being a city girl in a country town was rough. 🙂 Where do your greatest passions lie? My greatest passion is makeup! I love creating new looks. Also I love great food, which helps a lot to work at GiftTree because I get to talk about all of our delicious gourmet gifts! Exploring restaurants and trying new foods from different cultures is a huge passion of mine as well. Where would we most likely find you on the weekends? At the movies! I go to the movies almost every weekend. It’s such a great place to relax and get sucked in to other worlds and stories unfolding. What brought you to the Business Account Executive Team at GiftTree? Tell us about your professional adventures.  I come from a sales background – even as a kid, I was selling lemonade or my parents’ stuff out...
Meet the Founders of GiftTree

Meet the Founders of GiftTree

Meet the Founders of GiftTree and enjoy this insightful interview.  Justin Bayless the President & CEO of Bayless Healthcare, is the host of a YouTube Channel and Podcast called Relentless Mentality. What is the meaning of Relentless Mentality? Justin Bayless explains: “Relentless is commonly defined as oppressively constant, determined, showing no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace. I believe that relentless is an ethos. You’re not stopping until you get what you want. You’re not taking no for an answer. No obstacle will deter you from your goal. Relentless Mentality is where we get to tap into the mindset of change agents, leaders, and icons. My hope is that their stories inspire and motivate others to transform their mentality in their profession, their personal life, and ultimately their communities.”  On his YouTube channel and podcast, Justin recently sat down with GiftTree’s founders, Craig and Esther Bowen, to talk about the company’s storied beginnings, the successes and struggles of working together as a couple, and building GiftTree into a global brand.   Relentless Mentality: An Interview with the Founders of GiftTree   When much ado matters, leaving a lasting impression is the cornerstone of the GiftTree mission. When you send an exclusive gift from GiftTree, you’re sending so much more than simply a basket or a box – you’re sending a gift with...
Unbox Unique with GiftTree

Unbox Unique with GiftTree

A big part of what drives us here at GiftTree is that extraordinary moment when a gift is first opened by the recipient – the presentation. As our founder Craig Bowen puts it, “It’s that first experience when you’re opening up the box. We really want to deliver that wow. When they open up the gift, they should really feel something like, ‘somebody went to a very special effort to make sure that we received something very memorable.‘” Presentation matters. From the satin ribbons that we hand-tie to virtually every gift, to the note card with your personal message,  to the exclusively designed gift boxes, to the complimentary scissors to help open your gift – these are the considered details that truly make a GiftTree gift basket really memorable. If you’ve never received a GiftTree gift basket or you’re sending one and wondering what that grand reveal will be like, take a look at our new unboxing video – Unbox Unique with GiftTree!  Unboxing Your GiftTree Gift Basket   Explore our collection of gourmet gift baskets, fine wine, personalized offerings and so much more at GiftTree.com. We’re certain that you’ll find a gift that celebrates the special occasion in style, and leaves a truly lasting...
GiftTree Staff Picks, Volume II – Our Favorite Gift Baskets

GiftTree Staff Picks, Volume II – Our Favorite Gift Baskets

GiftTree’s curated selection of gift baskets and wine gift baskets are some of the very best in the gift basket world. There are so many things that set us apart from the rest – from the keepsake container to the gourmet fare and fine wine, to the high quality card stock envelope with your gift message, fastened right onto the gift (and never on the packing slip). We could go on and on about how great our gift baskets are (and believe me, we do – you should sit in one of our meetings!) but we thought we’d show you with a little post featuring staff picks from GiftTree’s team – these are the gift baskets that we love to give! Keep reading to see our favorite gift baskets – onward! “I think all our Champagne gift baskets are beautiful, but the one that takes the cake for me is the Champagne Wishes Gift Basket. Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne is just such a smooth and lovely glass of bubbles to sip, and paired with all that luxury chocolate… it’s divine. I love the fleur de lis basket it arrives in, too!” – Robynn, Analyst Premium champagne is paired with gourmet confections, making an ideal gift to send your very best. Served up in a fleur-de-lis keepsake container, it’s an elegant gift that is sure to surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression. “My favorite basket right now is the Beach Spa Crate. The bubble bath and salt soak are a great way to relax at the end of a long day or week and the beach theme is perfect for any...
GiftTree Staff Picks: Our Favorite Gift Baskets

GiftTree Staff Picks: Our Favorite Gift Baskets

GiftTree’s curated selection of gift baskets and wine gift baskets are some of the very best in the gift basket world. There are so many things that set us apart from the rest – from the keepsake container to the gourmet fare and fine wine, to the high quality card stock envelope with your gift message, fastened right onto the gift (and never on the packing slip). We could go on and on about how great our gift baskets are (and believe me, we do – you should sit in one of our meetings!) but we thought we’d show you with a little post featuring staff picks from GiftTree’s team – these are the gift baskets that we love to give! Keep reading to see our favorite gift baskets – onward!   “My favorite gift basket is the Select Charcuterie and Gourmet Cheese Hamper. It’s great for sharing with your friends and family, and it has everything I love – delightful cheeses, delicious cured meats and other snacks that complement the cheese and meat components.” – Ryan, Data Management Ryan’s right when he says this gift has everything. Inside this gift basket are four artisanal cheese wedges including Asiago, Gouda and a sweet, creamy cow’s milk cheese from Beemster called Vlaskaas – an old Dutch recipe that makes for the creamiest cheese ever. With a few different cured meats, Maille cornichons and dijon mustard, olives, nuts, crackers and even some chocolate,  this gift basket is more like a picnic basket, and it’s one they’ll remember forever. “Being from the Pacific Northwest myself, I absolutely LOVE the Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Basket....