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Why We Gift Wednesday (Yardwork Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. Winter is coming. This time of year it’s safe to say that many of us are spending at least a little time gearing up for the snow and ice, so this Why We Gift Wednesday is all about yardwork! A lot of preparing for the winter months involves raking up the three hundred billion leaves that have fallen off the trees. If left on the ground, these leaves can suffocate the grass underneath once the snow starts piling up. The good news is that raking leaves is often a task we can delegate to the kids in the family to teach them a lesson or two about the importance of contributing to the household chores. Studies show that assigning household chores to our kids has many benefits—academically, emotionally and even professionally. And when the back-breaking task of cleaning up the yard for the long cold winter ahead is done, why not thank them with something sweet? GiftTree offers lots of cozy gift ideas to reward the family for all their hard work.     Comment Below What were the household chores assigned to you when you were a...

Perfect Presents Under $50

The sentiment of a gift lies not in its monetary value, but in the emotion it brings to both the recipient and the giver. More than just a great object, truly memorable gifts leave behind lasting impressions of what the gift represented. To show you that truly memorable gifts don’t have to cost a lot, here are some tips for choosing perfect presents under $50 (or at any price!) Make it Thoughtful It’s easy to pick out an item, wrap it, and call it a present. But the thought and intention behind a present is what makes it truly a gift. It is this attention to detail that gives a gift recipient warm feelings knowing that someone truly cares. Carefully selected gifts to reflect the occasion, the person’s interests or style can go a long way in saying “this was chosen just for you.” It expresses the time and consideration put into choosing the perfect gift for the occasion.     Make it Personal There’s nothing like a one-of-a-kind gift. There is excitement and prestige in receiving a gift that no one else has. Weather to commemorate a special occasion such as a wedding or to add a little something extra with an engraved pen or business card holder, personalization is an easy way to turn a gift into a keepsake. It is a simple touch that lets the recipient know that great care was taken in choosing a gift that will stand the test of time. GiftTree is proud to offer personalization options on many of our most popular items.   Make It Inspiring Spark seeds of creativity with...

Great Gifts the Office Can Share

What’s better than sending a gift? Why, sending an even bigger gift to a whole bunch of people, of course! Maybe you’re sending a generous gift to your clients’ office, or you’re delivering a something special to your own staff, rewarding them for all the great work they do. When it comes time to send a shareable gift for a whole team of people, one of the most important factors is to make sure there’s something for palate and personality out there. That’s where GiftTree comes in! From sweet to savory, chocolate to cheese, GiftTree’s bountiful gift baskets and towers make great gifts the office can share. And with our impeccable presentation, you can rest assured that your gift will leave a lasting impression with the whole group. Here are some of our favorite shareable gifts for the whole office. Onward!   Reward the Team with Bountiful Baskets (Click here to see even more gift baskets!)   The applause-worthy Encore Gourmet Gift Basket won’t last long in the break room! Gourmet chocolates and premium confections are paired with savory fare, neatly arranged in this elegant keepsake woven basket. The premium chocolates including Ghirardelli bourbon caramel squares, Lindt dark chocolate truffles and a Weinrich 1895 lait milk chocolate tablet  promise to leave everyone with an impression that’s sure to demand an encore. From creamy and sweet to spicy and savory, the Grand Indulgence Gourmet Gift Basket presents an abundant menu that everyone is sure to love. A large vintage-style woven hamper opens to reveal imported Iberian ham, Camembert cheese, luxury artisan chocolates from Dick Taylor and TCHO. Arranged alongside a bottle of French lemonade to sip, it’s a gift...

Introducing the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning your shopping! Why not get it done early this year and leave more time for merriment? We’re here to help you make it simple this year – when you shop online or out of GiftTree’s catalog, you can shop as early as you want and choose your own delivery date using our simple checkout process. Shopping for Christmas gifts is one of the most stressful times of year – wouldn’t it be wonderful to have it all done long before the holidays even hit? The earlier you shop, the better – not only do you secure your purchase on a gift that will most likely sell out before the holidays, but you’re also clearing up your schedule to enjoy more time with friends and family during the holiday season, and less time at the mall.  And with GiftTree’s impeccable presentation of hand-tied satin ribbons, custom notecards, gift boxes and more, you can skip the wrapping paper this year, too! Let GiftTree handle your holiday shopping list so that you can celebrate the holidays like they were meant to be – full of friends, family and joy. And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for – GiftTree’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!   First Up – Towering Treasures (Click here to see the entire collection of Holiday Gift Towers) Chocolate Cheer Gift Tower Overflowing with chocolate creations to please every chocolate lover, this five box tower arrives tied up with a satin ribbon, ready to delight. Inside, the recipient will enjoy gourmet chocolate confections like Lindt truffles, Ghirardelli Squares,...

Our Favorite Cold Weather Soup Recipes

Few things warm the body and soul like a nice steaming bowl of soup. So as the temperatures drop, it’s time to bring out those stockpots and get simmering. To kick off soup season, here are a couple of our favorite cold weather soup recipes. Amy’s Favorite: Butternut Squash + Apple Soup Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves3 cloves garlic, minced1 large yellow onion, chopped2 medium apples, cored and chopped1 tsp salt¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper2 tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour (or regular all purpose flour)2 tsp dried thyme1/8 tsp red pepper flakes4 cups vegetable or chicken broth3 – 3 ½ lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes1 cup milk or cream2 tbsp honey½ teaspoon nutmeg Directions: Heat olive oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sage leaves, garlic, onion, apples, salt and pepper. Cook for about 7-8 minutes, or until onions are tender and translucent. Add flour, thyme and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 1 more minute. (Add about ¼ cup of stock if the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pot.) Pour in broth and add the squash. Bring to a boil and cook until squash is tender (about 25 minutes). Add milk, honey and nutmeg and let simmer on low for another 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, allow soup to cool for a bit and then transfer to a regular blender to puree. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Add additional broth if you want a thinner soup. Transfer to bowls for serving. Garnish with...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Bitterman Salt Co.

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Artisan! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect products are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a master chocolatier, a gourmet cheesemonger or a talented artist – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. James Beard award-winning author, speaker and highly-influential chef Mark Bitterman is the world’s first and only selmelier. Much like a sommelier is to wine, Mark is an expert in salt, providing his knowledge and mastery to support restaurants and chefs achieve the best possible results from their food. For 25 years, Mark has traveled the globe seeking the best, most flavorful salts. We think Bitterman Salt Co. says it best – “At Bitterman Salt Co., we believe that salt is the single most effective flavor enhancer and the quickest, most potent, even most cost-effective way to make the most of every meal. Just a few dashes unites flavors and brings depth and complexity to your cocktail or drink without overwhelming it. We are an international distributor of craft salt and Himalayan salt blocks. We carry the highest quality products, made by skilled tradesmen around the world. Craft salts are profoundly rooted in the diverse culinary traditions of the food you serve – the ultimate quality, local ingredient. Most are utterly unrefined, ranging from 3% to 33% trace minerals. They come from beautiful places and beautiful people. Kosher is an artificially refined chemical with mechanically processed crystals. Industrial sea salt is no better, refined to 99.8% pure sodium chloride and standardized for global chemical markets. Cheap salt...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Halloween Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. With Halloween approaching next Tuesday, we thought we’d give a shout-out to all the teachers working hard to make it exciting for the kids. Children look forward to Halloween all year, and going to school that day is as much fun as the trick-or-treating itself, thanks to teachers! After a day of arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contests and games, it’s time to go trick-or-treating, show off their costumes and collect candy from the neighbors. Ghosts, goblins, witches and monsters don’t seem so scary after such a terrific day.   If you’re a teacher and you’re looking for some fun classroom Halloween activities, TeacherVision has some great ideas! One of our favorites is this adorable set of Halloween patterns including jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and bats for the kiddos to cut out, color and decorate. They can hang their creations up around the classroom to make the room extra spooky for the whole week!   If you’re a parent who’d like to thank your child’s teachers for all their hard work, why not send a delicious Halloween treat or bouquet? GiftTree’s collection of Halloween treats and flowers are sure to light up the lounge with joy.   Comment Below Do you remember any fun activities your teachers planned...

Create Your Own Halloween Party Platters

Halloween is the season for frightfully good treats and ghoulishly good decorations. So when it comes to creating your own Halloween party platters, don’t skimp on the creativity! We have a few ideas to turn your Halloween party into a monster mash. Mummy Hotdogs Ghosts and goblins of all sizes will love this super fast (and adorable!) snack. Begin by preheating oven to 375°F. Unroll a tube of dinner roll dough and divide into four rectangles. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into thin strips. Wrap several strips of dough around each hotdog to look like bandages. Bake until dough is lightly golden brown and hotdogs are hot. Add eyes by cutting out two tiny circles of provolone or other white cheese. Please next to each other near one end, and top with a small black olive bit on each. Optional: Add a half slice of American cheese before wrapping hotdog with dough.   Creepy Pizza Bagel Bites As a quick appetizer, turn pizza bagel bites into a spooky, savory treat. Kids will love help making mummified bagel bites, and can begin by slathering your favorite bitesized bagels with your favorite pizza sauce. Layer thin strips of mozzarella to look like mummy wrapping. Add olive eyes and bake until cheese is melted and the sauce is hot. For those who prefer a few more olives on their pizza, a creepy crawly spider design is as easy as 1-2-3. Begin by layering mozzarella on top of sauced bagel bites. Cut several olives in half lengthwise, and slice several more olives into rings. Cut the rings into half again creating half circles. Place a couple of half olives on the bagel cut side down, and add four ring halves on each side...

Heartwarming Engagement Party Gifts

Here at the GiftTree headquarters there are 5 (yes, FIVE) team members who got engaged to their significant others over the summer! That meant there were a few engagement parties to attend, and we didn’t want to show up to the party empty-handed! Lucky for us, there was no shortage of heartwarming engagement party gift ideas at GiftTree.com. Here are some of our favorite gifts for the newly engaged couple!   Presented with a bottle of champagne that’s specially selected by you, The Champagne and Flutes Gift Set is perfect for congratulating the happy couple on their engagement. You can even elevate the sentiment by having their initials engraved on each glass! Bonus, they’ll remember your kindness every time they toast another year of wedded bliss. Constructed from solid pine, the Engraved Cheese Board with Tools smoothly glides open to reveal four stainless steel cheese tools with wood handles, perfect for serving up artisan cheeses. Hand-engraved with the happy couple’s initials, this is a totally unique and striking gift for the newly engaged, and sure to be a perfect addition to the kitchen! With all the hustle and bustle that goes along with wedding planning, they’re going to need a little down time. The Luxe Bubbling Bath Crate is perfect for pampering! The light floral perfume of rice flower is perfectly paired with southern magnolias and demure mimosa in this 250ml bottle of Lollia bubble bath. Blended with moisture-rich avocado oils and vitamin E, this perfumed bubble bath arrives in a glass bottle with white petal lace, a signature cork and a kiss of gold leaf. Presented in a wooden crate that is aptly engraved...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Great Boss Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. Monday October 16th was National Boss’s Day, and this whole week is Boss Appreciation Week, so naturally this Why We Gift Wednesday is a shout out to great bosses everywhere. Anyone can be a “boss”, but it takes a special person to be a great leader. Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, once said “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” If you have a boss that goes above and beyond to make sure that the team feels listened to, encouraged and motivated to do their very best, take a little time to let them know how much you appreciate them this week! It could be something as simple as a note or an email just to say, “Your support doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for being a great boss!”, or if you’re looking to pamper them a little bit, check out GiftTree’s selection of wonderful gifts for awesome bosses....

Spooktacular Halloween Treats for the Office

Three or 93, everyone loves a good Halloween treat. And with so much creativity surrounding the season, there’s no reason why your goodies shouldn’t be gruesomely, ghoul-ishly good. So here are a few tricks to great Halloween treats for your office party! Build-Your-Own Caramel Apple Bar Caramel apples are a staple of the season, and with a build-your-own caramel apple bar, co-workers can create their own perfect treat! Begin by slicing a variety of apples into wedges (the smaller pieces will allow everyone to make a few different creations). Then, place caramel, melted chocolate and other sauces in crockpots or over tea light warmers to keep them gooey throughout the day. Arrange toppings such as crushed peanuts, sprinkles, mini candies and crushed cookies into muffin tins to keep them organized. Co-workers can pair their favorite combination of apples, sauces and toppings. Be sure to have plenty of skewers available because these easy, delicious treats definitely won’t last! Easy-Peasy Monster Cookies Short on time? Whip up a quick batch of your favorite cookie dough (or purchase some at the store – we won’t tell!) Roll out the dough and get to work with Halloween cookie cutters. Schmear a nice goopy layer of frosting on top and voila! As an added bonus, if you’re even shorter on time, grab extra frosting, sprinkles and other cookie decorations while at the store and let your co-workers decorate their own treat! Spooky Punch Add a creepy punch to your punch with a floating ice hand. Begin by whipping up a batch of your favorite punch. Thoroughly wash a rubber glove, turn inside out, and...

Celebrating Work Anniversaries

Maybe it was 20 years ago today that the doors opened for business, or ten years to the day that the Chief Financial Officer sat down at his desk for the first day on the job. Whatever the reason may be, celebrating work anniversaries is an important juncture. Acknowledging a milestone reached is something that not only makes your employees feel special, but it’s also an opportunity to thank your clients, customers and colleagues for their years of support, as well. But how do we celebrate work anniversaries, you ask? Here at GiftTree, we think a party is a lot of fun, but a gift says so much more. From a bottle of great wine to a gift basket or a keepsake, a gift given on a work anniversary makes a statement that says “As we celebrate this anniversary, we recognize the fact that we wouldn’t be where we are without you.” There are so many ways to make your gift really meaningful, too. With our many personalization capabilities, our Business Gifts are the perfect offering to celebrate a professional anniversary – you can engrave their name and a personal message on so many different surfaces, or even imprint your company’s logo on a satin-ribbon, hand-tied around virtually any of our exclusive gift baskets and keepsakes. Here are some of our favorite Business Anniversary Gift ideas!   Executive Choice Gourmet Gift Basket Celebrate that business milestone with this metropolitan collection of gourmet provisions, premium fare and sweets. From creamy caramels to chocolates and fresh nuts, there’s something for everyone on the whole team. It’s a gift of classically good taste that delivers...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Lunch Date Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. This Why We Gift Wednesday is sweet and simple – it’s the lunch date edition! Meeting up for lunch is all about taking time out of a stressful week to sit down, get caught up on each other’s lives and enjoy the company of close friends, co-workers or your significant other. There isn’t always enough time to slow down and really pay attention to the people around is, but when we do, it has a big impact on our relationships that can otherwise feel a bit neglected. When we take the time to listen to each other and confide in people we trust, we’re showing our friends that we value the connection we share. If there’s someone you wish you could meet up with but just can’t make it happen due to distance or schedules that can’t align, you can still let them know you’re thinking of them! Pick up the phone and shoot them a text or call, write them an email, stick a good old fashioned letter in the mail or maybe even send them a gift! With everything that’s going on in the world and in our country these days, make it a priority to tell your friends, family and colleagues that they mean something...

Perfect Gifts for Boss’s Day

Monday, October 16th is National Boss’s Day! Do you have a great boss who deserves to know how much the whole office appreciates everything they do? That’s exactly what Boss’s Day is all about – recognizing their excellent leadership, and thanking the boss for going above and beyond to support everyone on the team. At GiftTree, we make it easy to give your boss a memorable gift that will not only leave a lasting impression, but also make them feel truly appreciated. Here are some perfect gifts for Boss’s Day!   If your boss is a coffee lover, they’ll adore this Personalized Copper Lidded Tumbler. With double-walled insulation to keep coffee hot for up to six hours, this stainless steel matte tumbler is sturdy enough for the boss to use it every single day. And they’ll think of you every time they reach for it!     Maybe they’re more of a tea drinker – in which case, the Personalized Tea Glass with Infuser is an equally memorable and enduring, functional gift. This 15 ounce glass tea mug holds a stainless steel deep infuser, perfect for loose leaf tea. Simply place the loose tea inside the diffuser, pour hot water and let it steep. The end result is a soothing mug of hot tea made just for your boss!   If things have been a bit crazy around the office this year, your boss might appreciate some well-deserved pampering. The Relaxing Retreat Spa Gift is specifically curated to reduce stress, promote relaxation and provide time alone to unwind and rejuvenate. Mineral aromatherapy bath salts from the Dead Sea feature anxiety-reducing essential oils of sage...

Friday’s Featured Winery – Louis Roederer, Makers of Cristal

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Winery! Each week, we focus on one of the many talented individuals and companies whose perfect wines are proudly featured in GiftTree gifts. It may be a famous Pinot-producer or an iconic Champagne House – GiftTree is here to connect their meaningful stories to the discovery of your next great gifting moment. This Friday we’re delighted to feature a Champagne House: none other than Louis Roederer. The House Roederer was founded in 1776 and has been family-owned for 8 generations. When Louis Roederer inherited the dynasty in 1833, he took a visionary’s approach and set out to perfect every stage of the Champagne’s production. Blending the Champagne’s character, style and flavor, he resisted the usual practices of buying grapes, and bought some of Champagne’s Grand Cru vineyards. It was there that he nurtured each one of his vines, familiarizing himself with the characteristics of each and every parcel, all the while building his empire, acquiring the best terrior in Champagne. Louis Roederer knew that all great wine depends on quality of the soil, the condition of the vines and a passionate vision for the future. Today, this strategy remains the cornerstone of The House Roederer’s continuing production. House Roederer owns 240 hectares located exclusively in the Grands and Premiers Crus of Marne, where their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are nurtured. (Much like a state, Marne is a department of Northeastern France, home to subprefectures Épernay and Reims. This is the sole source of Champagne vineyards, producing all the world’s famous French sparkling wines.) This brings us to Louis Roederer’s most famous Champagne, Brut Cristal. It was created in 1876 to satisfy the...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Walk to School Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. We don’t know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors. That’s why this Why We Gift Wednesday is the Walk to School Edition! Walking your kids (or grandkids! or nieces! or nephews!) is a wonderful way to connect with the kids who are near and dear to your heart. On a good walk, you can talk about absolutely anything that’s on their mind, and help them to feel like you’re listening to them and you’re there for them. Listening to your child’s perspective will teach you a lot, and studies show that letting your children speak their mind and talk things out boosts their own introspection, leading to more effective communication and better relationships in their adult life. Plus, taking in the Autumn atmosphere is simply rejuvenating, too. So while the air is turning crisp and cool and the leaves are starting to get that tinge of gold and red, get an early start and walk your child to school sometime this month! Want to bring a touch of that Autumn vibe to the indoors? Send an Autumn bouquet to someone special (or maybe even yourself!)       Comment Below:  Did you walk to school as a kid? What do...

How to Welcome Out of Town Guests

Whether they’ve come for weddings, family reunions or a weekend together with family or friends, almost everyone has been host to out of town guests. And when hosting loved ones, it’s all about making sure everyone feels comfortable. Regardless if guests are staying at your home or a nearby hotel, little gestures can go a long way in making sure everyone feels just at home. Here are a few houseguest gifts that will make for a one-of-a-kind stay that they’ll be sure to remember as much as you will. What better way to say “welcome” than to create luxurious bed and breakfast-like experience for guests in your own home! Beautifully wrapped gift baskets of treats left on the guest bed are a great surprise for guests as they settle in. Certainly the fridge is open to them, but the convenience of treats right in their room can’t be beat. Our Golden Gourmet offers a little something for everyone, with Auberge Camembert Cheese, Habanero Pepper Jelly, California Crisps Natural Mandarin Oranges and more. Freshly laundered plush terrycloth robes left in the guest bathroom will have guests feeling right at home, especially after a nice warm bath with a Luxe Bubbling Bath Crate which they can keep. Hotels can be abundant in amenities but can’t always match the comfort of home. Surprise your own of town guests with a basket of snacks at their hotel. With a Wine Trio Travel Tote, guests will comfortably have almost everything they need to enjoy three bottles of wine. Your friends and family will appreciate not having to run out when they get a little...

Explore the Beekman 1802 Farmstead

There’s a 60-acre farm nestled in rural New York that is as quaint as quaint can be. A stark white mansion built in 1802 is the focal point; the blazing red barn a close second. Heirloom vegetables dot the garden with drops of color while an endless sky perfectly encapsulates it all. Seeking a weekend retreat away from the city, that Manhattanites Josh Kilmer-Purcell, a former advertising executive and Brent Ridge, a physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia decided to buy the farm in 2007.(If the names Kilmer-Purcel and Ridge sound familiar, you may have watched them win The Amazing Race in 2012). When both men lost their jobs during the 2008 recession and faced foreclosure on the property, they made the decision that, to save the farm, they would need to make it profitable. After hearing of a neighboring farmer who was also in dire straits, they offered to take him and his heard of dairy goats in, and, together, began producing soaps and cheeses and laid the foundation for what is now the Beekman 1802 farmstead. The ensuing hilarity of the pair’s new life with Farmer John and the goats was documented on the show The Fabulous Beekman Boys and in Kilmer-Purcell’s best-selling book The Bucolic Plague. The team’s hard work paid off, though, as the Beekman 1802 brand has skyrocketed into one of the fasted growing lifestyle brands in the country. Beekman 1802 features a variety of home goods, foods, cookbooks and more, all of which are exclusively theirs. The brand reflects a passion for fine foods, beautiful products and, most importantly, community. Kilmer-Purcell...
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