How to Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2019

How to Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2019

Next week we recognize, World Kindness Day on Wednesday, November 13th. Although the world can be a harsh and ugly place at times, we can all help and make these little steps to show kindness to one another and ourselves. Remember the movie, Pay It Forward with Hailey Joel Osment? Remember crying your eyes out? Imagine if you paid it forward for just a day, maybe to start, and then practice that concept once a month; imagine the effect you could have on someone. It feels good to do good, so let’s start with some of these ideas to brighten someone’s day, especially on World Kindness Day! Here are a few of our favorites: 12 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day Send kind words in a letter, e-card, or Facebook post. Say thank you Volunteer – Consider planning a monthly (or weekly) volunteer shift. You might be surprised how much it can lift your spirits to help out with a cause that resonates with you. Check out some options at Volunteer Match. Foster or adopt a pet Donate Start an online fundraiser – If you’re short on cash for donating, you might want to start a fundraiser on social media. Remind your friends that its World Kindness Day to inspire them to give. Paste a sticky note – Write uplifting messages on sticky notes and leave them in various places. For example leave them on restroom or dressing room mirrors, lockers, someone’s computer screen or car window; or even the door to your office or apartment building. Send flowers Spread compliments Shop Amazon Smile – You pay the same prices...
Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Breakfast, brunch, first meal, brekky, b-fast, whatever term you prefer it is a great way to start your day! Most of us know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it is worth the effort to eat a healthy one and meal prep, sometimes it is the hardest thing to make time for. Whether you are an early riser or a 4x snoozer we have found some simple (from Real Simple) recipes and tricks that will be sure to help you kick start your day!   What is a Balanced Breakfast? There are hundreds of resources about balanced breakfasts and how to make the most out of your meals. Whether you are a creature of habit or like to try new options, a good rule of thumb is to start your day with a little bit of everything to get and stay energized! Whole grains, protein, fruit, veggies, and fiber are all elements to help rev up your day. When you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix, here are some easy tips to remember: Whole Grains (complex carbs) – Oatmeal, sprouted bread, & whole grain English Muffins Protein – Eggs, nut butters, bacon, turkey sausage and hard cheeses Fruit/Veggies – Try to get at least one fruit and one veggie; coconut, kale, spinach, apples, berries, or bananas Fiber – Whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds and flax meal, potatoes Healthy Fats – Avocado, olive oil, nuts and nut butters   Gift Ideas to Brighten your Clients and Employees Mornings Have a brunch lover, health nut, foodie, or go-getter in your life? GiftTree caters to...
Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy National Red Wine Day

Happy Wine Wednesday and #nationalredwineday. This might be one of our favorite days to celebrate here at GiftTree as we feature an extensive selection of delicious Fine Wine as well as Wine Gift Baskets. Below are a few of our beloved Cabernet Sauvignons, we simply can’t get enough of! Five Cabernets You’ll Love   Belmont Cliffs Portico Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon The 40-acre Tenma Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mt. St. Helena, Napa Valley. This is where our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in partnership with renowned winemaker Robin Akhurst of Clos Pegase. Because this wine is bold and unctuous, it boasts opulent flavors of jammy black fruit and a touch of creamy vanilla.   Broadstone Sonoma Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Hints of leather and walnut round out the nose, while the well-balanced palate boasts flavors of black pepper, cherry and dark chocolate. This Cabernet is made in partnership with Sonoma’s iconic Delectus Vineyard and Winery.   Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 This vintage opens with aromas of mixed berry fruit, boysenberry, and layered with hints of graphite and toasted oak. On the palate, a smooth entry is followed by intense, ripe berry notes.   Tesca California Cabernet Sauvignon This classic full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and smooth. Broadstone has a sophisticated blend of cool mineral elegance. Therefore, it’s an ideal for pairing with American fare such as grilled chicken or a rack of barbecued short ribs.   Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the essence of the most remarkable wine growing region in the Napa Valley. The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows...
Write Newsletters Your Employees Will Read

Write Newsletters Your Employees Will Read

Let’s face it, we are all guilty of not reading our company’s newsletters. Whether it is too long, not interesting, old news or not worth your busy time, there are many examples of how easy it is to hit ‘DELETE’ when that newsletter hits your inbox. So how do you write a standout newsletter that will grab your fellow coworker’s attention?   Whether you are looking to be creative, funny, entertaining, or short and to the point with some lightheartedness, here are some of our favorite tips on writing the perfect newsletter.     Write Newsletters Your Employees Will Read   Provide content worth reading – This might seem like a no brainer but seriously, make it interesting. Make sure to provide tips, advice, or industry news that subscribers will be interested in. Perhaps even provide an incentive within the newsletter such as a raffle or give-away. Create a catchy headline/subject – Your newsletter literally needs to scream “READ ME FIRST”. Establish trust – Consistency is key but feel free to add variety. Always make sure that your employees can trust what you say and feel that your headlines/subjects are cohesive with the content. Write for your audience – Although this may be a company-wide newsletter, always make sure to break it down for everyone, avoid acronyms and abbreviations when possible. Keep it short and simple – Allow your employees to get the important information they need. Keep them regular – Between once a week and once a month is usually considered about right. Add visuals to enhance your content – Did you know the average employee only spends...
Celebrating Sweetest Day

Celebrating Sweetest Day

Saturday, October 20th is Sweetest Day! “What is Sweetest Day?,” you ask, “Is it like Valentine’s Day?”  Contrary to common belief, Sweetest Day is not a romantic holiday for couples at all. Think of it more as a “Gesture of Kindness Day”. While only a small portion of the United States knows about this Midwest tradition, we’re all about celebrating Sweetest Day here at GiftTree. The History of Sweetest Day Since the 1920s, Sweetest Day has been an Ohio tradition every third Saturday in October. A candy maker in Ohio named Herbert Kingston created the holiday because he wanted to give candy away (rather than boost sales) as a gesture of kindness to the poor and needy in Cleveland. Sweetest Day’s original name was “The Sweetest Day of the Year”, because it’s an opportunity to remember those less fortunate and do something sweet. What Sweetest Day Looks Like Today Today, people give each other Sweetest Day gifts in the form of candy, flowers, or greeting cards to those who may sometimes feel forgotten about. They want to show them that they’re thought about often, cared for and loved. With that, GiftTree has a great collection of Sweetest Day gifts – here’s some of our personal favorites, guaranteed to make everyone feel special. And if you order before 2pm on Wednesday 10.17.18, you can have your sweet gift delivered in time. French Macaron Collection Pastry masters Bo & Bon present a collection of macarons. Handcrafted using only the finest ingredients, these French confections are sweet, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Presented in a gift box, it’s a sophisticated gesture for Sweetest Day! 29 Kosher Macarons...
Define Generosity with GiftTree – Our Story

Define Generosity with GiftTree – Our Story

When much ado matters, leaving a lasting impression is the cornerstone of the GiftTree mission. When you send an exclusive gift from us, you’re sending more than a basket or a box – you’re sending a gift with intention. We hope you appreciate our easy-to-navigate website at GiftTree.com, our exclusive branded packaging and streamlined aesthetic, our food and wine of uncompromising quality, and our enduring, beautiful containers, designed to be repurposed after the contents of the gift have been enjoyed and devoured. But above all, we hope you embrace celebration, renew relationships and define generosity with GiftTree. Check out this video below to see our story – enjoy!  ...