Beautiful Baubles

My granddaughter loves all things that sparkle, glitter, glow or shine, and if you ever met her you would say that her personality is quite similar to the things she’s attracted to. Well, her birthday is coming up in July, and tell me if the Engraved Diamond Keepsake isn’t totally what every glitter-queen should have! It’s the perfect accessory on so many levels, and who doesn’t love to get a gift that is just beautiful to look at no matter where it sits?  Here are some of the fabulous uses I’ve figured she can get from this beautiful bauble: 1. Use it for keeping her dramatic memos in their place. 2. Holding the pages of her diary open. 3. Place it in her windowsill for a sparkly rainbow effect all over the room. 4. Put it on her desktop next to her faux-leopard file caddy (tres chic!) 5. Use it to keep the door to the “salon” open. Whatever she chooses to use it for, she will love this jewel of a...

In Defense of Blended Wines

Many wine purists insist that single variety or varietal wines are preferable to blended wines, but limiting yourself to varietal wines for wine gifts and personal consumption often means you are missing out on some delicious and skillfully combined blends. Sure, it’s important to be familiar with varietal wines and to know, for instance, that you love a good Zinfandel, but some of the best wines on the market today are blended wines. Many wines with which you are already familiar with are actually blends. Chianti, Bordeaux, and Meritage are all blended wines. Many wines labeled as varietal wines may also contain other grapes, depending on the laws of the country of origin. For instance, American wines are only required to have 75% of a single grape variety to be considered a varietal wine, meaning that the Cabernet Sauvignon you are drinking most likely contains a dash of Cabernet Franc or Merlot. At their most basic, blended wines are simply wines made by professional vintners who blend different grapes varieties in order to create a wine with more complexity, texture, and flavor than a varietal wine. The final goal of blending wine is to balance out flavor characteristics of the different grapes. The process makes sense if you think about it:  if you have two, three, four, or more grape varieties to work with, then you can blend them in such a way that you enhance their appealing characteristics and cloak their less appealing characteristics. The ability to blend grape varieties can also come in especially handy during a poor growing season if a certain vineyard’s crop proves to...

You be the Judge

Even though it seems like this gift would only be good as a gift for judges, you would be surprised at how useful these little things are! If you were to order the Gavel with Engrave Stand you could really gift it to many people. Let me give you some examples… This would be a great gift for your favorite Lodge Member! A lot of lodges today still participate in ceremonies where the Master or highest ranking lodge member conduct meetings. See, perfect gift!  How about any fraternity or sorority members? Gavels are widely used in these types of clubs as well. They are used in the same fashion as the lodges. Very symbolic. Most clubs of any kind use mallets or Gavels to lead meetings and to conduct traditional ceremonies. There is very little out there on the subject of the Gavel, all of the information I have found began in the early 1700’s. Again, mostly used by lodges and clubs. Some of the earlier forms of this tool were actually standing upright in a base (interesting tidbit). Anyhow, I really like this little guy! This is just one of many items we have in our Personalized Gifts category here at GiftTree. Thanks to the engravers here for doing such a great...

Get Well With GiftTree

GiftTree has customers all over the world ordering their get well gifts. GiftTree is simply the best at giving gifts and get well gifts are no exception. Here is my list of top 7 GiftTree get well gifts: 1. Get Well Medicine Cabinet $59.95 This is one of my favorite GiftTree gifts overall. It is a medicine cabinet full of Dr. Hathaway’s Prescribed Jelly Beans, Chewy Sprees, Lemon Drops, Chocolate covered Sunflower seeds, a Smiley Face Ice Bag from GalPal, Johnson & Johnson Mini First Aid Kit, Ahmad Strawberry Tea, Fuji Bottled Water, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, and Gumi-Aid. 2. Premium Fruit & Snacks Sampler $34.95 This fruit box comes with three Imperial Comice pears, three Fuji apples, three California Navel oranges, seasoned almonds, and chocolate covered fruit. I am not quite sure if this one is listed under the get well section on GiftTree’s Web site but I think a box full of delicious fruit would help me get well if I were feeling sick. I can’t believe this get well gift is only $34.95. 3. Chicken Soup for the Soul Get Well Gift Basket $59.95 This basket contains the Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Peppermint Chamomile Tea and an included mug, Brown & Haley Almond Roca, Macadams’ Croccante Cookies, Aaron Bell Roasted Almonds, Rosemary Garlic Crackers, and delicious Huckleberry Jam. 4. Road to Recovery Spa Gift Basket $99.95 This basket is filled with spa products designed to help restore and revive. It has organic Shea Butter & Jojoba cream, Hop Tea soap, all natural bamboo linens, Earth Gems’ ginger leaf, palmetto bath...

Get Well Gifts To Love

This is the time of the year very few of us are able to escape without catching a cold. GiftTree has a unique line of get well gifts that will make those with a cold think they are the lucky ones. One of my favorite get well gifts is the Get Well Medicine Cabinet. It made number one in my top 7 get well gift list. It is a medicine cabinet full of Dr. Hathaway’s Prescribed Jelly Beans, Lemon Drops, Sprees, Chocolate covered Sunflower seeds, a Smiley Face Ice Bag, Mini First Aid Kit, Ahmad Strawberry Tea, Fuji Bottled Water, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, and Gumi-Aid. My favorite part of the gift is the medicine cabinet it comes in. Another one of my favorite get well gifts is the Memories of Paradise. Four colorful birds of paradise are arranged in a simple wok style bowl. This would definitely bring a smile to anyone trying to get well. To me, there is nothing like a good book, chicken noodle soup, and crackers when I am feeling a little under the weather. The Chicken Soup for the Soul Get Well Basket has all of those things and more. It contains Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Peppermint Chamomile Tea and an included mug, Brown & Haley Almond Roca, Macadams’ Croccante Cookies, Aaron Bell Roasted Almonds, Rosemary Garlic Crackers, and delicious Huckleberry Jam. The book included with the basket made the #1 New York Times bestselling list. I really like Burt’s Bees products. This basket is really a great deal. Inside there are essentials like a body brush, complexion pad, natural sponge, hair brush,...

5 Favorite Birthday Gifts

Finding perfect birthday gifts can be a daunting task. Trying to discover that perfect something that will enhance that special someone’s life, or let him or her know just how much they mean to you. On the other hand, you may not even know the person too well but want to show your appreciation for them. Well, let GiftTree help you. We have all kinds of birthday gift ideas to ensure that the person you are sending it to will know exactly how special they are! Here are a few of my favorites. West Coast Wine Quartet, imagine your recipients surprise when they open the box to find this beautiful gift basket displayed skillfully in a stylish suede tray with leather trim. Filled with a generous assortment of gourmet food that includes, Macadams’ Lemon Tea Cookies,  Aaron Bell Seasoned Crackers, Petit Soleil Bonbons au Chocolat, Saraivanov Smoked Salmon, Aaron Bell Roasted Almonds, Sugared Peach Slices, Hathaway’s Fruit Candy, Tortuga Rum Cake, Cassil & Klein Colombian Coffee, Perugina White Chocolate, Oogie’s Gourmet Seasoned Popcorn, Brown & Haley Almond Roca, and many other such delicacies.  There are also four luxurious wines including, Conn Creek Limited Release- A Cabernet with top ratings, Stags’ Leap Chardonnay a world-class white with depth and complexity, Willamette Valley Estate Pinot that is well-rounded and highly rated, and Blackstone Napa Valley Merlot with a dark berry and spice that has a lingering finish. To give this gift that certain something, complete it with a personalized hangtag engraved with the recipients monogram, birth date or little saying. The Birthday Collection arrives in a modern black wicker basket perfect...