Get Organized for the School Year

Get Organized for the School Year

It’s about that time – much to their own dismay, the summer is ending, and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Will it be a busy year for your family? Homework assignments, projects, study groups and after school activities can get pretty chaotic, pretty fast, especially if you have middle or high-schoolers in your home. Never fear! Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep the agendas on track. Here are a few easy tips to help you get organized for the school year (and stay that way). Five Great Tips for School Organization 📆 Get a Calendar Going. It’s easy to forget important dates. When is that science project due? When is Billy’s first soccer game, or Suzy’s dentist appointment? Whether it’s a family planner or a giant dry-erase board by the front door, write it down. You will be glad you did! 🎒 Clean Out that Backpack – Every Single Day. Often times, kids just stuff their… stuff… into their backpacks and never think about it again. If you take 5 minutes in the evening to clean out their backpack with them, you may just jog their memory about homework that’s due, or a permission slip you need to sign. 🥗 Make Sure Meals Are Planned In Advance! From breakfast to dinner, including packed lunch and the after-school snack, make sure there’s a plan. Serve meals and snacks with nutritious food that powers them up for the day! A meal plan will help you feel a lot more prepared for the day, as well, and it’ll make grocery store trips much more efficient! đź““ Block Out...
How to Throw the Best Office Baby Shower

How to Throw the Best Office Baby Shower

It starts with a co-worker letting you know that she’s expecting, or a colleague telling the team about his wife’s pregnancy. What should we do? The word starts to get around about throwing an office baby shower, but how exactly is that done? Here is a step-by-step guide to throwing an office baby shower that will be remembered and enjoyed by everyone. Your Guide to Office Baby Showers: Q & A   Is it ok to throw a shower at all? First thing’s first – before jumping in, make sure that you’ve cleared it with both the expecting person and your HR department. If the expecting mom or dad would feel uncomfortable with a shower being thrown for them, respect their wishes. And at some companies, HR may way to take the lead on all celebrations, so make sure you’re good there, too. And even though surprises are fun, it’s probably wisest not to risk it unless you’re absolutely sure they would love it.   Who should be in charge, and who should be enlisted to help? If you’re their closest work-friend, manager or direct report, congratulations – you’re the one who should be in charge. If you need assistance in putting the shower together, ask their department co-workers or those you know are friendly with the expectant person to help. Most importantly, it is best to keep the guest of honor involved in the whole process, so that they feel good about all of it.   When should an office baby shower take place? Most people would prefer for an office party to be short and sweet, not taking...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Care Package Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Care Package Edition)

Welcome to another edition Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. It’s almost September and that means one thing – back to school (or in this case, off to college). Is there a member of your family who’s off to college within the next few weeks? We think one of the most thoughtful gifts you can send is a care package! One of our happy customers, Donna, sent us this message: “My first grand daughter started college. She was worried about getting fresh fruit to eat. I sent a basket of fruit to arrive on her first day. She was so excited and posted eating a handful of red grapes on social media. She said it was “perfect”!” That really got us thinking. The beginning of the year is often stressful for college students, especially in those early years where everything is new. Sending along a care package to help ease the hardship of the first quarter is a great idea! But what goes into the perfect care package, you ask? Here’s a short list of thoughtful items and ideas to include in your care package – these ideas were collected with the idea of promoting health and wellness in those early college years! Back-To-School Care Package Ideas Sleeping mask & ear plugs to ensure a...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Best Parents Ever Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Best Parents Ever Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. This Sunday, July 22 is National Parents’ Day. Now that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have come and gone, it’s time to celebrate the team. This date in July is all about bringing both together and showing appreciation for being the best parents ever!  On National Parents’ Day, we honor all that parents do every day to raise their children in a world that is full of changes and challenges. Send Mom & Dad (or any loved one who has been a parent-figure to you!) something special to celebration National Parent’s Day! From gift baskets to lush bouquets of fresh flowers, GiftTree has the perfect offering.     Comment Below How have your parents been there for you?...
Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Aren’t teachers the best? They go out of their way to dedicate time and attention to the success of others. National Teacher Appreciation Day is a week from today, taking place on Tuesday, May 8th. Is there a teacher in your life or your child’s life who has made a difference and had a positive impact? Surprise them with a gift that shows them just how much their dedication has meant to you and your family! From personalized treasures to gourmet gifts for every palate, here are some of our favorite gifts to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day. Each of us has or has had that special teacher in our lives who inspires us, makes us smile, and always seems to know the right thing to say. Thank them for being an important part of your life with this memorable inspirational mug with the quote, “To the World You May Be One Person, But To One Person You May Be the World.” Here at GiftTree we absolutely adore the teas from Steven Smith Teamaker, based right here in Portland Oregon. This wonderful tea tasting crate holds a variety pack of Steven Smith tea, including different varieties of green, black and herbal blends, ranging from bright and floral to smooth and creamy. It’s all arranged with a porcelain teapot and teacup set for one, along with apple blossom honey and shortbread cookies in our exclusive gift crate. What teacher wouldn’t love a little taste of the sweet life? Our exclusive five box tower arrives all dressed up with hand-tied satin ribbon. In every box, your favorite teacher will be surprised by delicious...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Christmas Break Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Christmas Break Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. Since today is December 27 and we’re right in the thick of Christmas vacation, this Why We Gift Wednesday goes out to the moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers everywhere who go above and beyond to make Christmas vacation special for the kids. Whether it’s a full day of skating, skiing or sledding or an afternoon spent in the kitchen mixing and baking up something delicious, adults everywhere know that Christmas is only one day – it’s up to them to keep their kids from getting too bored over the rest of the break, and  they need to plan some fun activities. Looking for some ideas for entertaining the kids over the Christmas break? Some of our favorite activity ideas include: 1. Bundle up and get outside for some fresh air and winter sporting fun! 2. Get in the kitchen and get baking! The parents at GiftTree all say that one of their kid-favorite recipes is this Funfetti Dump Cake. 3. If you have kids over the age of 10, sit down and make some great New Year’s resolutions! It can be as simple as a book-reading goal. 4. Go through the old toys and donate them! Now that they’re happily playing with a whole new set of toys,...