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Why We Gift Wednesday (Wish Them Luck 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, it’s time to wish them luck! As our kids, grandkids and others head off to college to pursue their career goals and aspirations, they need all the encouragement they can get. It’s the little things like a small token of love, a message of well-wishing or just a simple hug that make going off to college or transitioning into a new school easier.   How about something personalized? It’s a thoughtful way to give them something they’ll really use, and they’ll think of you every time they reach for it! Send them off to college with an encouraging gift from GiftTree, and wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors! Comment Below:  What was your first year of college...

Friday’s Featured Winery: Far Niente Estate

This Friday’s Featured Winery, Far Niente Estate is one of Napa Valley’s most renowned wineries, producing award-winning chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons since the 1980s. Nestled in the rolling hillsides southwest of Oakville, the historic three-level winery was built in 1885 by California gold-rush forty-niner John Benson, the uncle of the famous American impressionist Winslow Homer. Built on the hillsides of western Oakville, Far Niente originally functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. The winery prospered until 1919 when Prohibition began, and there it was abandoned and eventually fell into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and its adjacent vineyard, embarking on a three-year restoration of the property and placement on the National Register of Historic Places. During the restoration, a stone was found in front of the building with the Italian phrase “Far Niente” (do nothing) engraved on it. This gave birth to the winery’s name and the same stone lays in that same spot to this day. Far Niente’s past rose to the surface again in 1998, when a bottle of Far Niente Sweet Muscat from 1886 was discovered in a private cellar in Marin County, California. The bottle exhibits the original label, cork and capsule, and is believed to be the oldest intact bottle of California wine in existence today. Amazingly, the label is believed to be designed by one Winslow Homer! Today, the labels at Far Niente bear a distinct art-nouveau-style parchment label designed by artist Tom Rodrigues, who also designed the labels for Far Niente Estate’s sister wineries, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, and EnRoute,...

Better Late Than Never: Perfect Belated Gifts

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. Maybe you’ve been traveling, or maybe the occasion simply slipped your mind – you missed a special occasion! We get it, life is hectic and we all make mistakes. You might feel slightly embarrassed, and that’s understandable. The good news is that even if a gift is belated, friends and family members will still appreciate being remembered and thought of, even if the acknowledgement comes a little later than expected. The truth is, there is no perfect belated gift – unless it’s specifically catered to that particular day, you can still give them the exact same thing  you would have given them on time! Really, it’s so much more about the message that you send. Here are some great “sorry I’m late” messages to write in a belated gift’s card. We used the “birthday”, but these types of messages can work for virtually any special occasion! I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date – and that would be your birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day.   How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Book Lover’s 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. Today is National Book Lover’s Day, and tomorrow is National Lazy Day, so we thought this Why We Gift Wednesday would be the perfect opportunity to give a shout-out to those of us who love to lounge around with a great book. Taking a few hours out of our hectic lives to relax with a book is something everyone should take the time to do  – a 2009 study from the University of Sussex concluded that reading can reduce stress by up to 68 percent! By lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles, reading works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea.   We absolutely love reading here at GiftTree, so we made sure to have a special gift in our collection that’s especially for book lovers! Comment Below:  Which book have you read that had a profound effect on you and...

Memorable Wedding Gifts for the Newlyweds

Everyone loves the fun and excitement of a wedding – but picking the perfect gift for the newlyweds can be a challenge! Gift registries are very popular, but can take away the personal touch from the gifting experience. Many couples are so busy planning their special day that the gift registry can be the last thing on their list and may not contain an adequate selection of thoughtful gifts. If your goal is to give a meaningful gift that will be cherished for years to come we have a carefully curated collection of memorable wedding gifts that the newlyweds are sure to love! Help the newlyweds relax after the stresses of planning a wedding with our Bath and Body Invigoration gift basket. They can wash away the stress with a variety of natural soaps, cleansers, lotions, and more from Burt’s Bees.  Also, with the option to personalize the ribbon, you can send them a personal and meaningful gift that they are sure to love and appreciate. A great gift idea for the foodie couple is our Personalized Slate with Artisan Cheese. This gift will leave a lasting impression as they continue to use the slate and are warmly reminded of their wedding with every use. With a carefully curated selection of artisan cheeses paired with Bellentani Tuscan herb salami and stone ground mustard, it’ll be perfect for their first date as a newlywed couple. Help the newlyweds celebrate with this Champagne and Flutes Set! With a variety of high end champagnes to choose from, this gift is the is the perfect way to say “Congratulations!” while giving them something they’ll...

Successful Small Business Gifting

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. Today we’re focusing our attention on successful small business gifting – finding out the right kind of gifts that send the right message, whether it be “thank you, customer, for your loyalty,” “thank you, employee, for all your hard work,” or “colleague, I honor and value our partnership.” Sending a gift that rewards your employees for all their hard work, strengthens the relationship with your partners, or inspires more patronage and loyalty from your customers is something every small business should do at least once a year, and here at GiftTree, our business gifts strike the perfect tone. Gifts for Employees and Customers     Gifts for Partners and Colleagues   There are many ways to let your customers, clients, partners and employees know that you value your relationship, and there are so many reasons to celebrate! Head over to GiftTree.com and check out our perfect collection of Business Gifts.  ...

Appropriate Gifts to Give to the Boss

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. Today we’re focusing our attention on giving gifts to the boss! This can be kind of tricky situation – a gift that’s really over-the-top can make it look like you’re trying to win favor, and a gift that understates the special occasion might come across that you haven’t taken the time to get to know the person that your boss really is. (And guess what, surprise! Your boss is a person, just like you!) The first step to finding a great gift for your boss (or anyone, really) is considering who they really are. Remember this solid rule: the best gift is one that is tailored to the recipient. So think about what your boss is interested in, and where they find joy! This should help you begin to narrow down your gift giving ideas. Here are some appropriate gifts to give to the boss on a special occasion.  ...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Teamwork 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 all about teamwork! Louisa May Alcott once said, “it takes two flints to make a fire.” What does that mean? It means that more often than not, the spark of inspiration ignited to get something done often needs a second teammate. Many of us have it in our nature to believe that we are completely capable of handling any project or task on our own, and we don’t need anyone’s help. But simply put, that’s not true. It takes some humility to ask for help when you need it, but we could all use a little dose of that now and again! Whether it’s you and your spouse, you and a co-worker or you and a close friend or family member, a great team that can cooperate and put their creative, solution-oriented minds together can accomplish almost anything. Want to thank your favorite teammate for all they do? Show them how much you appreciate them – surprise them with a bouquet!     Comment Below:  Who is your favorite...

Business Gifts for Minor Holidays

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. We’re focusing our attention today on business gifts for minor holidays! Giving a little something on a minor holiday is a great way to boost morale, send best wishes and let your clients, colleagues and employees know that you think of them fondly and often. Here are three ideas for small offerings that have a big impact!     A little appreciation and celebration goes a long way! We all know when Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Independence Day are, but what exactly is a minor holiday, you ask? To help you keep track of the little holidays that come and go, here’s a quick list of minor holidays and business-related holidays for your easy access:   President’s Day – Third Monday in February National Employee Appreciation Day – First Friday in March International Women’s Day – March 8 St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 National Doctor’s Day – March 30 National Administrative Professional’s Day – Wednesday of the Last Full Week in April National Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday of the First Full Week in May Memorial Day  – Last Monday in May Labor...

The Best Plant Gifts for Desks and Offices

There are some things that Mother Natures knows how to say best with beautiful blossoms and lush green leaves. Here at GiftTree, we have a wide selection of gorgeous plant gifts to choose from, many of which are the perfect size to fit on a desk or accent an office. Whether you want to send a thank you to a colleague, condolences, or your significant other has an office that could use some livening up; we have you covered. Here is a small selection of some of favorite and best selling plant gifts.     The Southern Magnolia Tree is a unique and elegant gift for any special occasion. Known for its deep green leaves and large fragrant flowers, the magnolia tree is beautiful behold and easy to care for. At approximately 18” to 24” tall, each seedling comes covered in 100% natural jute, with a set of care instructions, small watering tool and gift card. The magnolia tree is a truly special gift with lasting meaning and value and each is grown with great care by one of the country’s most prominent magnolia nurseries.     If you’re looking for a gift that is appropriate for every occasion and shows how much you care, the From the Garden plant gift is the perfect choice. An assortment of plants, that may include varieties such as ivy, Kalanchoe, or Azalea (variety is dependent upon location and availability), is tucked inside a wicker basket and delivered straight to their store.     The Peace Lily plant gift is easy-to-care for and the perfect complement to any office. This elegant gift represents...

Gifts to Reward a Job Well Done

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. Today we’re focusing our attention on the type of gifts to given when its time to congratulate someone special on a job well done. Whether they’re graduating from school, they’ve gotten a promotion at work or some other type of achievement, congratulations are in order! Send a gift that isn’t over the top, but at the same time, doesn’t let the achievement go without its deserved attention. Here are some of our favorite gifts to reward a job well done! Cheers to You Champagne Basket – Premium champagne is paired with gourmet confections, making an ideal gift to send your congratulations and best wishes. Served up in a fleur-de-lis keepsake container, it’s an elegant gift that is sure to surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression. Personalized Congratulations Wine Crate – Send a one-of-a-kind gift that’s perfect for the occasion. Your choice of a premium wine is presented in a sturdy Congratulations wine crate, featuring your chosen name, date or inscription. Choose from a velvety red blend, a lively chardonnay or an iconic cabernet sauvignon. Sweet Celebration Fruit Basket – When congratulations are in order, this...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Welcome Home 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. Isn’t it fun to get to know the people who live in your neighborhood? When a moving truck pulls onto the street, the first thing to do is go over and introduce yourself. Get a feel for the new neighbors – the family, who they are, what they like and where they come from! When you get a feel for what they might like, head over to GiftTree.com and explore our collection – we deliver gift baskets unlike any other, and have something for every taste, savory and sweet. You can even attach a notecard to the basket that says something like, “Welcome to our neighborhood! We’re glad you’re here. From Your Neighbors”. You can put your name down if you want, but sending it from “the whole neighborhood” is a nice way to make the new family really feel welcome. Here are some of our favorite gift baskets to welcome new neighbors to the community! ...

Great Closing Gifts for Real Estate Agents

When a new home is bought or a home is sold on the market, it’s traditional for realtors and real estate agents to end the transaction with a closing gift. Whether the gift is going to a buyer or a seller, closing gifts not only serve as a kind gesture, but are also important to keep reminding the recipient of the great service and support they received, in the hope that they will either recommend the agency to their friends and family, or use the agent again in the future. To leave a truly lasting impression, creativity is key! From gift baskets with a little bit of everything, to unique personalized treasures, GiftTree is delighted to show you some of our favorite closing gifts for real estate agents. Onward!   Fine Fare For the Whole Family to Enjoy   For the Kitchen, Foodies and Home Chefs   For the Front Yard or Backyard   Whatever your gifting needs may be, check out all of the offerings on GiftTree.com – we’re sure you’ll find the perfect offering for sellers and buyers...

Business Gifts to Celebrate Company Milestones

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. We’re talking about the precarious art of business and corporate gifting today! Taking a moment to recognize your employees’ accomplishments and celebrate the company’s advancement is very important in the infrastructure of any successful business. Celebrating the company milestones motivates everyone in the company to strive for even greater success, and also recognizes the hours of hard work that have been put in so far. And here’s food for thought: expanding the gift-giving beyond the boundaries of your employees and out into the community is a great way to promote your business, too. Here are some of our favorite business gifts to celebrate company milestones! Want to specially and personally thank your employees? Our Personalized Thank You Wine Crate is a sophisticated way to thank each employee for their hard work and reward each employee’s individual excellence. To top it off, the crate is filled with your choice of wine – Deeproot Red, a lusicous palate of black fruits, chocolate and notes of clove and espresso, a lively and silky California Chardonnay or Simi Landslide, a great California cabernet sauvignon with lush black...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Sanders Candy Company

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. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Sanders Candy Company, a delicious candymaker with a rich history. On June 17 1875, Fred Sanders opened his first chocolate shop in Detroit, Michigan with a passion for confections and a borrowed barrel of sugar. By the 1940s, Sanders stores and sweets were household names in the homes and lives of Michigan families. Sanders had become the lead purveyor of sweets in the region, and started selling directly to national supermarket chains and retailers in the area. Eventually, there were more than 57 locations in the Great Lakes Region offering candy, ice cream toppings and baked goods bearing the Sanders name. These early shops were also known for providing light lunches and an assortment of soda fountain-counter specialties, including ice cream soda, hot fudge sundaes and the iconic Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs. Today, Fred Sanders’ simple aim to provide delicious sweets at a fair price is still the company’s mission. They use the finest ingredients to make all their products, and never sacrifice quality to save on costs. Confections should just taste great, they should be made great! Here at GiftTree, we absolutely love Sanders Pecan Nougat Caramels – so much so, that we put them in many of our gourmet gift baskets! You have to taste these creamy confections that...

Thank the Professionals: Gifts for Teachers, Doctors and More

Welcome to GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Blog Series: 20 Ways to Elevate Your Gift Giving. At GiftTree, we delight in taking ordinary gifting moments and transforming them into extraordinary ones. When a special occasion arises, giving a gift that doesn’t understate the sentiment is the cornerstone of gift-giving. Whether the gift-giving be professional or personal, throughout this series, we intend to focus in on what makes a good gifting moment great, as well as how you can learn to select the perfect gift for any milestone or cause for celebration. Today’s elevating-your-gift-giving blog is all about thanking those professionals who help you get through each busy and hectic year. We all benefit from and utilize professionals every single day – teachers, doctors, dentists, realtors, chiropractors, lawyers, accountants and many more – all of these people go above and beyond to help make the lives of everyone around them easier. Once in awhile, even if it’s not their birthday or some other milestone, it’s important to let all of these professionals know that you appreciate the hard work they put in to helping those around them. Sending a professional an offering of food, flowers, wine or a personalized gifts sends a message that says “Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed by me or my family – thank you for all you do!” Here are some unique gift ideas to thank the professionals in your life. Sweet Offerings Serene Spa Gifts Fancy Fare for the Foodies   Check out GiftTree.com – from fresh flowers to beautiful personalized gifts, there are so many ways to thank the professionals in your...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Block Party 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. Get your grills blazing and set the mustard bottles out – today is National Hot Dog Day, and this Why We Gift Wednesday is all about the Block Party! Summer time is the perfect time to get the whole neighborhood together and block off the street for games, food and fun. Taste of Home has a great article with tips for throwing the best block party, and GiftTree’s got you covered with some perfect goodies and gifts to sweeten the deal, like our embroidered personalized picnic blanket, or beautiful summery bouquets to set out on the tables. From all of us at GiftTree, we hope you’re having the best summer ever!  ...

History of Housewarming Gifts

If you have ever moved, you know how stressful and tiring it can be. Getting everything unpacked and put together just right is a tedious job! But when everything does come together, a popular tradition is to have family, friends, and new neighbors over for a housewarming party to show off the new home. If you’ve ever been to a housewarming or apartment warming party, you know it’s customary to bring a gift for the home owner to help them settle in. But how did all this begin, and what is an appropriate gift to bring? GiftTree is here to explain the history of housewarming gifts and how it originated into what it has become today. We’ll also share insight to make sure that when you attend a housewarming party you come bearing a gift that leaves the home owner feeling appreciated and comfortable in their new home. Housewarming parties are thought to have originated in France. The gathering was a thank you dinner for those who helped build the house. People who attended would bring firewood to warm the house and create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, which is how the name “Housewarming” came to be. Bringing firewood transformed over the years into giving gifts that would help warm and bless the house. Some of the more traditional gifts given throughout history included: bluebirds, pineapple, and gift baskets. Bluebirds were thought to bless the house with happiness and good luck and similarly, pineapples where a symbol of openness and hospitality. Gift baskets had a variety of meanings depending on what was inside them. A popular combination was bread,...
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