Introducing the 2019 Holiday Collection

Introducing the 2019 Holiday Collection

It’s here, it’s here! The GiftTree elves have been working long and hard on this year’s holiday collection! (In fact, the elf writing this blog has been writing about this year’s holiday gift baskets since around June.) We think you’re going to absolutely love the festive gifts for family and friends, the gorgeous gourmet baskets, and the wonderful wine gifts, too. So without further ado, GiftTree proudly presents….   ☃️ 🦌 🎄 THE 2019 HOLIDAY COLLECTION  ☃️ 🦌 🎄   Wine Gift Baskets   New Gourmet Gift Baskets   New Holiday Towers   Personalized & Festive Gift Ideas   THESE GIFTS SELL FAST – PLACE YOUR ORDERS TODAY! ORDER NOW & WE’LL SHIP YOUR GIFT WHENEVER YOU CHOOSE Need help finding the perfect gift? Call us @ 800.379.4065 Want to Order Multiple Gifts? Large Order & Bulk Discounts Are Available!  ...
How to Conquer Holiday Stress

How to Conquer Holiday Stress

Here we are on the threshold of the holiday season. Little by little, the parties are being added to the schedule, the decorations are going up, and the gift list is growing. Not to mention, doesn’t it seem like the traffic and the crowds get 10x worse, too? And then there’s the time spent with family and in-laws. The work parties. And to top it all off, the absolute DIET-BUSTING cookies, desserts and tempting treats EV. RY. WHERE. So how dow we keep from getting overwhelmed? When things start to get frantic, there are many ways to conquer holiday stress and keep things in perspective. Here are a few ways to get a handle on the holidays, from the holiday giving experts themselves at GiftTree.   8 Ways To Curb Holiday Stress   1. Set Boundaries. We cannot stress this enough! Throughout the season, remind yourself that you do not have to say “yes” to every potluck, every Secret Santa, every White Elephant and every party. Think about it: when you add that last-minute party to your calendar, you’re adding more than just the event. You’ll be shopping for ingredients, cooking or baking, buying and wrapping another gift, finding a new outfit… the to-do list will get HUGE before you know it. Saying “no” to just one or two things will free up a lot of space to breathe.   2. Don’t Skip Your Exercise Routines. It will soon start to feel like you don’t have time to fit it all in, so one of the first things to go during the holidays will be the time you take for...
Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Between our careers, keeping up with the household, the kids’ school and the upcoming holidays, this time of year is just BIZ-EE. It can be hard to get a nourishing and healthy meal on the table with the limited amount of time we have. That’s why we’re so grateful for things like Instant Pots and Slow Cookers! It’s as simple as “dump & go”, “set it and forget it”…. you know what we mean. Here are a few slow cooker recipes that are perfect for weeknights! These recipes are brought to you by GiftTree‘s own Corporate Team! We also thought we’d ask our Sommelier for wine pairings, too, because why not? It’s been a long week.     Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes All Photos Courtesy Shutterstock   Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili By Christine, Content Manager 1 lb. ground turkey 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 cans S&W® Chili Beans, undrained 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained 1 can S&W® black beans, drained & rinsed 1 small can diced green chiles, your chosen degree of heat Big dollop of tomato paste chili powder, cumin, bay leaf salt & pepper to taste Christine says…. “In a skillet, dice and sauté the onion until tender. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When the turkey is almost cooked through, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until turkey is completely browned. In your slow cooker, combine the turkey-onion mixture, all the cans, tomato paste, spices and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to your liking and cover. Cook for at least 8...
Cook-Off Winning Chili Recipes

Cook-Off Winning Chili Recipes

Even though Spring is approaching in just three short weeks, it certainly still feels like we’re in the dead of winter in most parts of the country. When the temperature dips below freezing, the one thing everyone really wants is something warm and comforting for dinner. Soups and stews are high on the list, along with cheesy casseroles and lots of starches like pasta and potatoes. And speaking of a warm bowl of comfort, today happens to be National Chili Day! Somewhere between a soup and a stew, chili holds a special place in the heart of virtually all Americans. The word “chili” is simply short for “chili con carne”, which is Spanish for chili peppers with meat. Most people would agree that chili consists of chili peppers, meat, tomatoes, onions and garlic. But here’s where it gets complicated! Texans (and those in Cincinnati) mainly agree that true chili doesn’t have any beans it in at all, while the rest of the nation pretty much disagrees, using everything from kidney to pinto to black beans and beyond. Then there are all the vegetarian versions. In fact, it might not even be red! White variations of chili have become popular in recent decades. Long story short, when you look at how many different types there are, it’s safe to say that people’s definition of what “chili” actually is – that’s up for debate. Chili Cook-Offs The concept of chili-cooking competitions began in the 1950s in Texas, and soon began cropping up all over the United States. ICS, the International Chili Society, is head of most of the nation’s official cook-offs, with the...
White Wines are for Winter, Too

White Wines are for Winter, Too

White wines are often thought of as cool, crisp summer drinks, but white wines are for winter, too. As temperatures drop, here’s why you should pop a bottle of white in your fridge. To begin, white wines aren’t intended to be served ice-cold. In fact, the optimal drinking temperature for most white wines is between 49-55°F. That means pulling your bottle out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes before drinking to get it to the optimal temperature. The cool – not cold – temperature will be less brisk when the thermometer outside reads in the single digits, and will feel refreshing when huddled against the warm fire. The Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris in our Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Basket is a perfect white wine apertif for the occasion. When temperatures drop, we tend to warm ourselves with richer and fattier foods, which often call for a wine with acidity for balance. The St. Clement Napa Valley Chardonnay in our California White Wine Trio offers a wonderful underlying acidity that leads to a crisp, snappy finish. So while your pots are simmering in the kitchen, consider a white wine to enjoy your meal with. After months of hibernation, we may get a little stir-crazy. A great white wine is an invitation to explore the world through various white wines. Picture yourself overlooking a Napa Valley vineyard while savoring in the aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter in our Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay, featured in our Napa Estates Chardonnay Luxury Gift Basket.           To get your started, here are a few of our favorite white wine gifts...
Winter Warmers: Our Favorite Cold Weather Recipes

Winter Warmers: Our Favorite Cold Weather Recipes

When the mercury goes down, it’s time to crank up the heat in the kitchen and get to making warming, soothing dishes. Here are a few of our favorite cold weather recipes to keep you warm this winter. Easy Beef Goulash Ingredients 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. ground beef kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp. tomato paste 1 1/4 cup low sodium beef broth 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 tsp. paprika 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 1 cup shredded cheddar Chopped parsley for garnish Directions Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Drain fat and return to pan. Add tomato paste and stir to coat, then pour in broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Season with Italian seasoning and paprika, and stir in macaroni. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cheese and remove from heat. Garnish with parsley. Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1 3/4 cups chicken broth 2/3 cup milk 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 1 (14.5 oz.) can peas and carrots 1/2 (15 oz.) can whole new potatoes, drained 1 (15 oz.) package prepared double-crust pie pastry Directions Preheat...