Merry Christmas to the Man in Your Life

Let’s face it, men have it pretty easy in the Christmas shopping department. Women love flowers, spa products or jewelry almost without exception. Women also have to decide every year what on earth to buy for the men in their lives. Men aren’t quite as simple to shop for; it isn’t always golf weather or baseball season! When it comes to shopping for the man in your life, here are some great GiftTree ideas to make him smile this holiday season:  Craft Beer and Snacks Basket This is the ultimate gift for any man. Imagine his delight when he finds you did not get him underwear again this year, but instead a basket of flavorful craft beer. You’ll have the choice of international beer, American India Pale Ales, or 22 American micro-brews to tickle his taste buds. Leather-Bound Golf Log While it may not be golf weather, you’ll have him dying to get out on the green again with this handsomely-bound leather golf log. The genuine, top-grain leather is as soft as butter and comes in a masculine brown. Further, you can have his name engraved on the front cover to ensure a gift he’ll thank you for every time he golfs. The book is small enough to fit inside a golf bag, but large enough for him to easily see his scores. This gift is a score for you, ladies! The Entertainer This gift is a sure point in the win column for anyone. It features a leather tote, two dice cups, dominoes, cards, and a notepad for keeping score, along with your choice of Castello di Querceto...

Traveling Made Easy

Blog by Kirian McClure As much as the winter holidays make us want to hunker down and outlast the harsh weather with all the seasons usual tasty (and fattening) trappings, for some they can also trigger an almost obsessive need to travel to the brighter, warmer parts of the world.  Usually my family goes the traditional route, flying relatives in from out of town and spending days and days preparing decorations, food, and presents.  Not to mention taking them out on regular forays to keep them entertained. Tired by the very thought of this massive investment of time and energy, one year me and my father decided to try something different. We figured we’d get as far away from the obligations and the cold as possible and fly down to Mexico for the holidays.  The second our plane hit the tarmac we looked back at each other and instantly knew we’d made the right decision.  We traveled all around the west coast of Mexico, stopping at national parks and monuments along the way, while being sure not to neglect the usually delicious local eateries scattered along the way.  One cannot express just how sublime it felt to be stretched out on a beach with the coastal sun beating down on us while back home everyone else was huddled around heaters and stoves, rubbing their hands together in a vain attempt to get the slightest amount of warmth. I highly recommend breaking out of the standard holiday formula and trying something different this year. I know when I’ve got the resources again, taking a trip is going to be at...

Grandparents Day

I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t been good about celebrating Grandparent’s Day in the past. I talk to my one surviving grandparent every week, but when it comes to actually acknowledging her on this holiday I always forget. But as time goes by and my Nana gets older, I realize even more how important it is for me to take every opportunity I can to let her know how special she is to me. This Grandparent’s Day, September 9, my Nana will not only be getting a call from me, she will be getting one of GiftTree’s personalized gifts. GiftTree has some amazing gifts that any grandparent is sure to enjoy. If your Nana or Grandma is anything like mine, they love tea and would be overjoyed to receive one of our many tea gifts, such as our Traditional Teatime Basket or Rose Tea Set. If they have a sweet tooth our Sweet Surprise Cookie Trio, full of fresh baked favorites, makes for a tasty treat, or if they have to stay away from sweets send them our Sugar Free Gift Basket.  We also have many wonderful balloon, flower, and personalized gift options, like our Engravable Wind Chimes. For a full list of gift suggestions, specifically chosen for Grandparent’s Day, visit our website and click on Grandparent’s Day Gifts under...

Make Your Wedding Gift Memorable

The big question when going to a wedding (aside from what to wear) is what sort of gift to buy the couple. We’ve all heard horror stories about the three identical toaster ovens. We want our gifts to our friends to be special, something they will actually use, and something that stands out so they will remember it came from you. These are a few things that would make great wedding gifts They say the one of the keys to a happy relationship is to never stop going on dates. Treat the couple to a series of dates with season tickets to the theater or their favorite sports team, or membership to a museum. A high-end bottle of wine or scotch to share on their first anniversary. You can even get the bottle engraved with their names and wedding date. Subscription to a quality wine of the month or coffee of the month club Forget the wedding – get them something o share on their honeymoon instead, like a gourmet gift basket or spa kit. Something customized to their interests. Do they love sushi or Thai? Why not a set of Engraved Chopsticks for Two? Most wedding gifts are domestic: kitchenware, linens, etc. A lot of younger couples are active and would love an excuse to get out of the house, so get them some camping/outdoor equipment or a set of luggage for the adventures they will have together. While money may seem impersonal, it really is one of the most appreciated wedding gifts. Many young couples are trying to save up for something; a house, a car, furniture,...

Top-Five Wedding Gifts

I have never been married myself, but I’ve had the pleasure of going to a lot of my friends’ weddings.  I’ve found through experience that giving the right present is difficult in this day-and-age when most couples getting married already live together and have everything they need for their home. The best thing you can do is give them something unique and thoughtful that they would never buy for themselves, and at GiftTree we have a lot of options that fit that description. Here are my “Top Five Favorite GiftTree Wedding Gifts”:  Engraved Chopsticks for Two: Talk about unique! I love these wooden chopsticks with free engraving. Get the couple’s names engraved on them for something really personal, or wish them good luck, fortune, success, etc. Engraved Toasting Flutes: A more obvious choice, but a good one. The flutes are silver-plated and engraved with the couple’s initials so they can remember their special day forever. Wedding Blessings Box: For the more eco-friendly couple, give them a gift that is truly from the heart. The Wedding Blessings Box is made from beautiful bamboo, comes with 20 recycled linen “blessed” notecards to write personal messages on, a bamboo pen, and other trinkets that express your blessings for the happy couple. Riedel Black Tie Decanter: If they are wine drinkers, they will love and truly appreciate this Riedel Black Tie Decanter. Made from the highest quality of crystal, and absolutely stunning to witness, this is a gift that will blow all others away. For a personalized touch, you can even add a message or their names on a satin ribbon. Champagne &...

Congratulations, Graduates!

Me graduating High School was nothing short of a miracle. It took a small army of people (Krystal, Mr. Hollands, my mom bribing me with Senior pictures (my sisters think I’m a tad vain)), and many hours of talking my Spanish teacher into giving me a passing grade. School just wasn’t my thing, but somehow I graduated and with a decent GPA, got killer senior portraits done and managed to never go to a full day of class my senior year. If I could tell my 18 year old self a few things this is what I would say: – Pay attention in Spanish, you will grow to regret it later! – Don’t invite that boy to prom, that is not going anywhere for you. – Spend as much time with your friends as possible, next year you will all be spread out, these moments are precious. – Don’t worry so much, everything turns out just fine! Encourage your graduate to live up (responsibly) the last few months in town before they dive into adulthood. Check out our Graduation Gifts to help them start celebrating the right...