Why We Gift Wednesday (Yardwork Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Yardwork 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. Winter is coming. This time of year it’s safe to say that many of us are spending at least a little time gearing up for the snow and ice, so this Why We Gift Wednesday is all about yardwork! A lot of preparing for the winter months involves raking up the three hundred billion leaves that have fallen off the trees. If left on the ground, these leaves can suffocate the grass underneath once the snow starts piling up. The good news is that raking leaves is often a task we can delegate to the kids in the family to teach them a lesson or two about the importance of contributing to the household chores. Studies show that assigning household chores to our kids has many benefits—academically, emotionally and even professionally. And when the back-breaking task of cleaning up the yard for the long cold winter ahead is done, why not thank them with something sweet? GiftTree offers lots of cozy gift ideas to reward the family for all their hard work.     Comment Below What were the household chores assigned to you when you were a...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Halloween Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Halloween 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. With Halloween approaching next Tuesday, we thought we’d give a shout-out to all the teachers working hard to make it exciting for the kids. Children look forward to Halloween all year, and going to school that day is as much fun as the trick-or-treating itself, thanks to teachers! After a day of arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contests and games, it’s time to go trick-or-treating, show off their costumes and collect candy from the neighbors. Ghosts, goblins, witches and monsters don’t seem so scary after such a terrific day.   If you’re a teacher and you’re looking for some fun classroom Halloween activities, TeacherVision has some great ideas! One of our favorites is this adorable set of Halloween patterns including jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and bats for the kiddos to cut out, color and decorate. They can hang their creations up around the classroom to make the room extra spooky for the whole week!   If you’re a parent who’d like to thank your child’s teachers for all their hard work, why not send a delicious Halloween treat or bouquet? GiftTree’s collection of Halloween treats and flowers are sure to light up the lounge with joy.   Comment Below Do you remember any fun activities your teachers planned...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Walk to School Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Walk to School 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. We don’t know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors. That’s why this Why We Gift Wednesday is the Walk to School Edition! Walking your kids (or grandkids! or nieces! or nephews!) is a wonderful way to connect with the kids who are near and dear to your heart. On a good walk, you can talk about absolutely anything that’s on their mind, and help them to feel like you’re listening to them and you’re there for them. Listening to your child’s perspective will teach you a lot, and studies show that letting your children speak their mind and talk things out boosts their own introspection, leading to more effective communication and better relationships in their adult life. Plus, taking in the Autumn atmosphere is simply rejuvenating, too. So while the air is turning crisp and cool and the leaves are starting to get that tinge of gold and red, get an early start and walk your child to school sometime this month! Want to bring a touch of that Autumn vibe to the indoors? Send an Autumn bouquet to someone special (or maybe even yourself!)       Comment Below:  Did you walk to school as a kid? What do...
Why We Gift Wednesday – Healthy Habits Edition

Why We Gift Wednesday – Healthy Habits 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 Wine Wednesday, we’re celebrating healthy habits. Setting the standard by which your children will live can set them up for a lifetime of success – especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. From sitting down to a meal of fresh, nutritious ingredients, to taking a family hike, to going to the grocery store and planning out the week’s meals – these are the things that kids will remember and likely emulate as they grow up. Looking for healthy recipes that the whole family will love? Remember the foolproof trifecta for making a meal that’s nutritious and healthy: fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean protein! Dinner – A Love Story is one of our favorite blogs to find delicious recipes, help with fussy eaters, meal planning and an all around love of food and family. There are also some great resources online to help you plan out the week’s breakfasts, lunches, dinners and grocery shopping, like these printable templates from Daily Burn! The team at GiftTree is all about healthy eating (with a few indulgences, of course) and healthy gifting, too! Check out our fruit gifts for some delicious ideas to give sweet and nourishing gifts.   Comment Below:  What are some of your favorite go-to healthy meals to...
Pack a Lunchbox Your Kids Will Love

Pack a Lunchbox Your Kids Will Love

Now that school is getting back into session, it’s time to start getting back into the groove of packing that lunchbox every night (or morning). For us grown-ups, it can really seem like quite a mundane task that’s too time-consuming, or just plain old not worth the extra effort when there’s laundry, dinner, bills, soccer practice, chores and shopping to do. And when that happens, kids often come home with their lunchbox full of uneaten fruit, vegetables and sandwiches. So how do we pack a lunchbox that we can be sure our kids will not only gobble up, but enjoy, too? Here are five tips to pack a lunchbox your kids will love! 1. Give them the Power! Invite your kids to be involved in packing tomorrow’s lunch with you! Ask them what they’d like – carrots or cucumbers? Apples or orange slices? What flavor of jelly would they like with their peanut butter? The more you involve your child in the decision-making, the more they might feel that you care about their opinions, and you’re giving them a sense of empowerment, too.   2. Use those leftovers! Did dinner last night go off like gangbusters, with the kids cleaning their plates or asking for seconds? Send those leftovers along with them to school for lunch the next day! You heat up the leftovers in the morning and use a thermos to keep them warm until lunchtime.   3. Get a bento / divided lunchbox! There are so many benefits to using these lunch boxes with dividers! First, they pretty much eliminate the need for plastic baggies, foil and other unsustainable waste. Second, bento boxes just make the...
Ten Ways to Cure the Kids’ Summer Boredom

Ten Ways to Cure the Kids’ Summer Boredom

Here we are in the long, warm, lazy dog days of summer. The independence day decorations are packed up and most of us have returned from our much-anticipated summer vacations, and that means there’s pretty much an entire month remaining of the kids just kind of “hanging out at home” before school starts. So when we hear the two dreaded inevitable words: “I’m bored!” Not to fear, GiftTree has a come up with this list of ten fun summer boredom-busters for kids of all ages. Onward!   1. Backyard Campout! Help the kids set up their own backyard campout! It’s fun for kids of all ages and teaches them to be resourceful. Check out this helpful resource and complete guide to backyard camping with kids. 2. Cook together! Plan out lunch and dinner menus and get cooking! Kids love to feel involved in their parents’ busy lives, so why not let them help you plan out August’s dinner menu, gather recipes together, and even cook together? If you have a picky eater or need a little help browsing recipes, Real Simple has a great list of 50 Family-Friendly Dinners that kids are sure to love to cook and eat! 3. Get their Room Ready for a New School Year! Everyone loves to enter into a new year feeling organized and tidy,  but cleaning, sorting and re-organizing your kid’s room might feel like a chore when you put it like that. Present it to them in a way that they can see it as a room-makeover! They get to choose new decorations, re-arrange the furniture, and make sure they have a great spot to study...