Happy 4th of July From GiftTree!

Happy 4th of July From GiftTree!

Today, the U.S.A. celebrates its 240th birthday! We hope that wherever you are, and whatever plans you have that you have a safe and very happy day celebrating the 4th of July! May your barbecue be filled with scrumptious food, and your hearts be filled with glee as you celebrate our nation’s freedom with family and friends alike. Happy 4th of July! Now let the fireworks...
America the Beautiful: Our Favorite Scenic Destinations in the USA

America the Beautiful: Our Favorite Scenic Destinations in the USA

Here at GiftTree, we’re getting pumped for the 4th of July celebrations like everyone else, but this year’s also got us feeling especially grateful for this beautiful country. From frozen mountaintops, to vast expanses of painted deserts, to towering pines along crystal lakes and sun-drenched beaches of soft sand, the United States has something for everyone. In the spirit of celebrating our upcoming Independence Day, a few of us in the Creative and Marketing Departments got together and compiled a list of our favorite destinations in this breathtaking country. Onward!   California – Old Growth Coast Redwoods If you ever find yourself planning a drive through Northern California, the coast redwoods are not to be missed. These California trees, some close to 2,000 years old, reach heights upwards of 300 feet, higher than a 30-floor skyscraper, and carry a circumference of over 25 feet. Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Richardson Grove State Park, both in Humboldt County along Highway 101, provide breathtaking, up-close and personal views with these silent giants.   Tennessee – Great Smoky Mountains Eastern Tennessee is a verdant land of rugged mountains, lush forest, rolling farmland and deep, wild river gorges. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the main attraction, with an incredible array of plant and animal life, peaceful cascading streams, and misty mountain vistas. It’s the most visited national park in the country for good reason. If you ever find yourself in Tennessee, you’ll to be completely enchanted with this harmonious, rustic backcountry, and feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.   Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park is a 3,500-sq.-mile expanse of wilderness set atop a volcanic hot...
Spring and Summer Pacific Northwest Guide

Spring and Summer Pacific Northwest Guide

Here in Portland, Oregon, we’re huge fans of Spring and Summer. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Pacific Northwest has one of the rainiest winters in the United States (we got close to 26 inches of rain just in December last year!), or maybe it’s the cloud-cover from October to April, but when Spring hits, Pacific Northwesterners are up and at ’em, getting outdoors and soaking in as much sun as we can, whether it’s out and about in the city, hiking through the Columbia gorge or hitting the beach. GiftTree’s Marketing and Design departments got together to create this sunny list of our favorite Spring and Summer activities in Portland and its neighboring towns. If you ever visit the Pacific Northwest, we hope you can hit some of these Spring and Summer attractions. Onward! Parks, Hikes and Outdoorsy Goodness Columbia River Gorge and Mt. St. Helens Hiking Trails – As temperatures rise, rains ebb and the sun begins to peak out from behind the clouds, many people from the Portland area head out into the outdoors and surrounding forests to explore and have fun. Within an hour or two drive from Portland, there are numerous hiking opportunities, two great places to explore are the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens. If you’re looking for gorgeous views of waterfalls, the Gorge is a great place to go. Trailheads can be found on both sides of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, however most waterfalls will be found on the South side of the river in Oregon. The hikes range from easy to strenuous and...
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from GiftTree!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from GiftTree!

May your troubles be less, Your blessings be more,  And nothing but happiness Delivered to your door!   From all of us at GiftTree, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Looking to send a little cheer and good luck for St. Patrick’s Day? Take a peek at some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day...
2015’s Most Popular Posts from the GiftTree Gift Exchange Blog

2015’s Most Popular Posts from the GiftTree Gift Exchange Blog

2015 was a HUGE year for GiftTree! We unveiled a brand new look and logo. (Unwrapping The New Look of GiftTree) We revitalized our blog, focusing on gifting etiquette, giving tips about holidays, and using real stories to showcase the beauty of great gifting. (#WhyWeGiftWednesday) And we even managed to get a picture of our President, Martin McClanan, dressed up like Dom Pierre Perignon on our blog! (Me and The Monk – Celebrating Dom Perignon) We are so proud of our 147 blog posts this year, and wanted to give you the opportunity to check out the 5 most popular blog posts from 2015. Take The Charcuterie Cutie Quiz – Taken over 766 times as of this post, we laid down the gauntlet: do you know your salami from your prosciutto? And IS a hot dog really considered charcuterie…? Test your might with our quiz and prove you are no salumi newbie!   Father’s Day Contest 2015! – Not only do we offer advice straight from the gifting experts, we host many contests on our blog and social media channels. This contest, giving away our Gourmet Grill BBQ Set Basket, struck a chord with our readers. We asked the question, “The best advice Dad ever gave me was _______” and were overwhelmed with the response! The winning entry, from Iris, is beautiful: “Find what you love to do. Learn it, master it, be the very best you can be at it. Then share your talent with all who need it. These rewards are are so abundant the can easily be shared.”   Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas: Appropriate, Unique...
Unwrapping The New Look of GiftTree!

Unwrapping The New Look of GiftTree!

New Look, Same GiftTree. The quality you’ve come to expect is here to stay! We’re delighted to introduce our new vision with a logo that gets to the heart of who we are and that embodies our approach to designing and curating our gifts: the beautifully shaped pomegranate, an ancient and universal symbol of generosity, grace, and goodwill spanning countries and religions across the globe. When much ado matters, creating a gift that leaves a lasting impression is the cornerstone of the GiftTree mission. Our distinctive keepsake baskets are always filled with exceptional goods of uncompromising quality, assembled with our hearts and hands. When you send an exclusive gift from us, you’re sending more than just a basket or box – you’re sending a gift with intention. We hope you will appreciate our new graphics, but more importantly embrace the symbol to express the genuine emotions of gratitude, generosity, and respect to build and renew the relationships you choose to foster with a GiftTree gift. Head over to GiftTree.com to see our updated website, logo and more.         With Warm Regards, Martin McClanan   |   President and CEO     We’re Still Us! Learn more about the GiftTree Difference and Hear Our Story: Read Our Story Learn About The GiftTree Difference   Questions? Reach out to us. We promise a friendly, positive experience for you everytime. Contact us via the comments below or via any of the ways listed on our Contact Us...