Friday’s Featured Artisan – Perrier Jouët

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. As Champagne lovers, this Friday’s Featured Artisan is someone we at GiftTree hold near and dear to our hearts – the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët. Perrier-Jouët was founded in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët in 1811. One of the most prestigious houses in Champagne, the firm was shipping wine to Great Britain by 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Perrier-Jouët owns 266 acres of vineyards in Champagne, with an average rating of 95%, and is known worldwide for its consistency of style. Their most famous vintage is Belle Epoque, or Fleur Belle Epoque, known for its iconic brilliant green bottle with hand-painted Japanese Anemone flowers – a motif destined to become iconic over the years. All the lightness of white flowers combine with hints of honeyed apple, white peach and lemon zest in this fresh, stylish and iconic champagne. Silky and elegant, this well-structured champagne has a base of mineral notes from the best chardonnay. On the palate, floral and fruit gives way to subtly spicy hints for a pleasant finish. “Belle Epoque 2007 is a crystalline vintage whose subtlety and generosity highlight the precision of the Perrier-Jouët style. It is an epicurean wine.” ~ Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master GiftTree is delighted to offer Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque in a number of beautiful...

Great Gifts for the In-Laws

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 some people who might not always seem like the easiest people to shop for: the in-laws. The first step to finding a great gift for your in-laws (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 in-laws are interested in, and where they find joy! This should help you begin to narrow down your gift giving ideas. Buying great gifts for the in-laws can definitely be a precarious business – you want to find a gift that says “thank you for welcoming me into your family”, but not in an overly-aggressive way. If your gift is too small, you could look unappreciative, and if your gift is too large, you could give off the impression that you’re trying to buy their favor. But have no fear! GiftTree is here with a few ideas of perfect gifts for in-laws – gifts that aren’t over-the-top, that don’t let the occasion go understated, and gifts that basically say “thank you for raising my awesome significant...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Keep It Simple 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 (July 12th) is National Simplicity Day! That means this Why We Gift Wednesday goes out to the age-old adage, “keep it simple!” Author, naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817. (Happy 200th birthday, Henry!) As an advocate for living a life of simplicity, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, a reflection on his time spent on Walden Pond in Massachusetts, where he built his own log cabin and lived simply, in the natural surroundings, for two years, two months and two days. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve...

Master Cheese and Meat Pairing

Summer is in full swing which means it’s time for memorable get-togethers and gatherings! Spending time with loved ones and friends enjoying appetizers and cold drinks is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. One of the biggest challenges of entertaining is finding the perfect appetizer to please everyone. Pairing a perfectly mastered cheese and meat platter is a great way to have a fun, crowd-pleaser that is sure to be a hit! When putting together your meat and cheese platter, picking out the right combination of meats and determining that perfect cheese pairing can seem overwhelming. There are so many options! Luckily, Gift Tree has done the hard part and we’re here to help you put together the perfect cheese and meat platter that will leave everyone coming back for more. When determining that special cheese to compliment the cured meat on your platter, it is important to keep in mind that opposites are what lead to the perfect combination. For firmer, thicker cut meat use a softer cheese and for that paper-thin slice of meat make sure you are picking out a firmer, denser cheese. Below we’ve listed a few pairings that are sure to be crowd pleasers: Goat and Sheep Cheese and Encased Meats Encased meats are cured in a casting and are usually aged in a more humid environment, in turn creating a softer, flavorful cured meat. The most common of these are sausage and salami. These meats offer a bold and spicy taste with a strong presence of black and red pepper, truffle, and other spices. These meats are best paired with a...

International Corporate 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 turning our attention to the business side of gifting and the sometimes precarious act of sending an international corporate gift. When the time comes to send a gift across the waters or over borders, organizing the transaction, shipment and delivery of a corporate gift can be problematic, often resulting in missed delivery times, the wrong gifts sent or damage to the packaging. And though perhaps the recipient knows that these were more than likely beyond your control as the gift-giver,  all of these mishaps result in a not-so-great impression left upon the recipient. GiftTree’s international corporate gifting program goes to great lengths to ensure that your business gift sent internationally goes off without a hitch – so much so, that we have developed great relationships with European and Canadian artisans who craft our beautiful gifts themselves, minimizing the time your gift spends in transport.  When the time comes to send an international business gift, look no further than GiftTree! Check out a few of our favorite Canadian and European corporate gifts – Gifts to Canada Perfect Pairings Gourmet Crate Indulge in an...

More than Balloons or Cards: Birthday Gifts that Truly Celebrate

When the birthday of a family member, close friend or colleague rolls around, it’s the perfect time to strengthen your bond and let them know how much they really mean to you. Sure, a nice card with a meaningful message is a great gesture, but by offering a gift that goes above and beyond, you’ll be sending a message that says, “I’m thinking about you on your birthday, I honor or relationship and I appreciate you”. Don’t let a birthday pass by without making a statement! More than balloons or cards, here are some of GiftTree’s fan-favorite birthday gifts, each one sure to leave a lasting impression. Click on the image to read more about each gift on GiftTree.com!     For the Wine Lover Make it an extra special birthday with this one-of-a-kind wine gift. Your chosen words are elegantly inscribed on a sturdy wooden “Happy Birthday” wine crate, with your choice of a premium wine. For the Stylish Business Professional  It’s a party at your desk with this cute gift! Our signature gift box is filled to the brim with everything to make a birthday celebration pop! Three luscious vanilla frosted sprinkle cookies are joined by party horns, push pop confetti and a gorgeous gold foil happy birthday mug, designed to be used and cherished on this birthday and many more to come. For the Relaxation-Seeker A nourishing and complete spa experience awaits the body, mind and soul with this abundant and expertly curated basket of wholesome, all-natural, organic, dye-free bath and body essentials. They’ll achieve harmony and well-being on their birthday.   For the Foodie Send along the...

Send Get Well Soon Gifts They’ll Love

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. Has a friend, family member, co-worker or someone dear to you ever fallen ill, had a surgery or spent some time “laid up” from an injury? It’s the perfect time to send them an offering that lets them know you’re thinking of them and wishing them well during their recovery! If you really want to elevate the way you give gifts and the sentiment you portray when sending someone a get well gift, look to GiftTree! Explore our collection of get well gifts, and send a true blue gift that will have them on the road to recovery with lifted spirits along the way. For Those Who Are Ill  Send the Get Well Medicine Cabinet! A real medicine cabinet with a glass door and stainless steel lock (don’t worry – we pack it securely to ship safely!) arrives filled to the brim with Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, soothing Get Well Tea, a retro ice pack for fevers plus lots of little candies in cute labeled “medicine jars” for their time spent resting. For Those Recovering from an Injury The Healthy Choices Fruit Gift is perfect...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Beach Day 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 Bikini Day! That means this Why We Gift Wednesday is a shout out to the beach day, of course! We’re pretty sure there’s nothing better than kicking back on the sand with your favorite friends and family, playing in the surf and soaking up that summer sun and sweet ocean breezes. Our embroidered picnic blanket makes the perfect beach day addition. The topside of this durable picnic blanket is soft polyester fleece, while the underside is water-resistant vinyl, protecting it from getting wet or dirty. Unfolds easily and refolds into a convenient carry tote, featuring a closing flap complete with a zippered pocket, and an adjustable shoulder strap! Add a personal touch by embroidering a name, date or personal message on to the zippered pocket, and create a gift that’s sure to be enjoyed and remembered.   Everyone has a travel beach memory, whether it was a childhood trip, where he proposed, where you spent your honeymoon or a summer abroad. Dune Jewelry captures those memories from where you’ve been, where you love and where you’re going. Select a sand from your favorite beach, ballpark, golf course or trail from Dune Jewelry’s extensive sand bank to be hand crafted by Sand Artists into a...

Strengthen Business Relationships Through Corporate 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. To strengthen relationships through corporate gifting is truly the goal of the business gift, generally speaking. Whether you’re sending a closing gift on a deal made, rewarding excellence or something even greater, the perfect business gift can solidify the bond between any partnership, creating a firm foundation for a successful future. It is crucial to know the Ground Rules of Corporate Gifting, but once you have those guidelines in hand, your gift is sure to be a success. GiftTree’s corporate gifting program is highly recognized as one of the best in the business. Our extensive experience in filling the gifting needs of corporations, combined with our impressive gifts for every budget make GiftTree a winning combination for our corporate customers. Our vast selection of business gifts mean our corporate customers always have the right gift for their occasion. See for yourself – explore our collection of Corporate Gifts. Whether you choose gourmet food or wine with your company’s logo imprinted on the hand-tied satin ribbon, or a personalized gift to commemorate the momentous occasion, each gift in our corporate collection is sure to strengthen your...

Bundles of Joy: Baby Gifts for Friends and Co-Workers

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. It’s such a joyous, momentous occasion when a new baby is welcomed into this world! Why not send a gift that marks the milestone with a generous offering to welcome the bundle of joy? When it comes time to send a baby gift, flowers and balloons may be customary and nice, but they’re not particularly unique, and since balloons deflate and flowers wilt, these offerings are quickly forgotten about in all the festivities and hubbub that a new baby brings. Elevate your gift giving with a gift that gets the whole family off to a great start, and will be remembered forever! Here are some of our favorite offerings:   Mommy and Baby – Cute as can Bee Gift – A plush bee holds a collection of all-natural body care products from Burt’s Bees to soothe and nourish mommy and baby’s sensitive skin. Presented in a keepsake wicker basket, everyone will “bee” happy with this adorable gift. New Arrival Baby Tower – Perfect for the nursery, four exclusively designed animal gift boxes are stacked in a neat tower and filled to the brim with a teddy...

Plan the Perfect Afternoon with Picnic-Ready Gift Baskets

Spring is here, summer’s around the corner and you know what that means – it’s picnic season! Picnics are not only one of our favorite summertime activities, but it’s also such a great gift idea – to send some friends, family members or loved ones on a picnic is a totally unique and memorable gift! Did you realize that many of GiftTree’s picnic-ready gift baskets are absolutely perfect to take as a whole to any park, beach or to the backyard for a picnic? Here are a few of our favorite picnic gift baskets! Select Charcuterie and Gourmet Gift Hamper – A superior collection of premium cured meats, award winning artisan cheeses and gourmet pairings are presented in this picnic hamper, complete with a leather handle and an interior zipper insulation system, perfect for transporting hot or cold foods and beverages. Artisan Fruit and Cheese Hamper – Enjoy a picnic of orchard-fresh apples and pears, well-aged artisan cheeses such as Beemster Vlaskaas and a wedge of Sartori Asiago, fresh nuts and so much more, presented in an elegant hamper. It’s a perfectly delicious gift to celebrate National Picnic Day! Picnic with Personalized Blanket – A picnic on the grass or sand is a lovely gesture of well wishing! The topside of the blanket is made of soft polyester fleece and the underside is water-resistant to protect the blanket from getting dampened or soiled. The Blanket Tote unfolds easily and refolds into a convenient carry tote featuring a closing flap complete with a zippered pocket, and an adjustable shoulder strap. The gift is made all the better when it arrives with a filled picnic...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Falling Star 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 that summer feeling of laying the blankets out on the lawn, cozying up with your family and viewing one of the best parts of summer itself – the beautiful summer night sky, especially meteor showers! Scientists and meteorologists say that the best time to see falling stars and meteor showers is from Mid-July to Late August. This includes the Southern Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower (the peak is July 29!) and the Perseid Meteor Shower, with its peak dates falling on August 12th and 13th this year. EarthSky.org has a complete meteor shower guide for 2017, so get your planner out and mark the dates for the upcoming meteor showers, and make a plan to spend time with your sweetie, your kids or grandkids and see these amazing events! We promise it’ll be an amazing event they’ll never forget. Comment Below:  Do you remember seeing shooting stars when you were a...

Before and After – The Evolution of GiftTree Gift Baskets

This June marks 20 years since GiftTree first opened its virtual doors for business, offering beautiful gift baskets filled to the brim with gourmet goodies like luxury chocolate, fine wine and champagne, imported meats and artisan cheeses from around the world. Our company has evolved a lot since those early days, but one of the most amazing transformations has taken place in the aesthetic and contents of our gift baskets themselves! When our gourmands and designers create gift baskets to add to the collection, we try to find the perfect balance between staying current and on-trend, while still achieving and maintaining a classic, timeless presence. As you read on, one big thing you’ll probably notice is how much our bows have changed. Gone are the days of big, poofy prom-style bows, replaced by elegant satin ribbons, always hand-tied around all the gift baskets and virtually every gift on our website. Take a look at some of the examples of the evolution of GiftTree’s gift baskets and see for yourself!     The Metropolitan Gourmet Gift Basket, one of our bestselling gift baskets, has undergone a lot of changes since its introduction to the collection in 2003. The wicker basket has been replaced with a luxe black serving tray with dual handles and contrasting stitching, and we added lots of gourmet chocolate from Ghirardelli, Lake Champlain and Godiva. Another one of our most popular gift baskets, the 5th Avenue Wine Gift Basket has stayed in its beautiful leather container since its inception in 2007, but we’ve changed the aesthetic quite a bit and added Cress, an old vine zinfandel with a full...

Business Gifts that Drive Success

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 putting our focus today on internal corporate gifting, and the business gifts that drive success. When it comes to giving gifts to employees and colleagues, it’s important that your offering not only rewards your employees on a job well done, but the gift should also motivate them to keep striving for success. Strengthening the relationships within the business infrastructure is crucial to the performance of the team, from the administration to the executive board. So why not give business gifts that drive the success of the whole company? From personalized offerings that express your true appreciation for your team, to bountiful gourmet gift baskets the whole office can enjoy, GiftTree’s selection of business and corporate gifts are inspiring and motivating!    ...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Kistler Vineyards

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. With summer here and the temperature rising, it’s the perfect time to sip chilled white wine on the deck in the backyard, isn’t it? That’s why we chose Kistler Vineyards as this Friday’s Featured Artisan – their world class chardonnays have been winning awards (and wine lover’s hearts) since their first vintage, a small production of 3,500 cases in 1979. Kistler was founded by Steve Kistler and his family in beautiful Sonoma County, California, a county north of San Francisco famed for its wine-growing terrior, much like its neighbor, Napa County. Each of Kistler’s ten chardonnays are grown in their own single vineyard, all from the same heritage chardonnay clone that the family has been raising for thirty years. During the harvest season, each acre yields close to two and a half tons of chardonnay grapes. All ten bottlings undergo the same winemaking process, with the difference in personality of the wine being solely based on the vineyard in which the grapes are grown. Kistler wines are incredibly sought-after – so much so, that the winery has an extensive waiting list for wine lovers just to get their hands on a bottle. But if you’re anxious to try it now, you’re in luck! A superfan of Kistler chardonnays ourselves, we at GiftTree are delighted to offer three distinct chardonnays...

Welcome Home! Perfect Housewarming 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. Our blog series continues today with a topic that is often the reason for gift-giving, but rarely talked about as far as inspiration or appropriation – housewarming gifts. How many times ave you and your family relocated in the last five, ten or twenty years? When you add it up, it may seem like a lot! The average person in the United States will move 11.4 times in their lifetime, for many different reasons such as a job relocation, newlyweds getting their first home, downsizing for financial reasons or when the kids move out, or in many cases, the homes of first-time homeowners feel smaller and smaller as new family members are added, and a larger living space is needed. There may not be a housewarming party on the schedule, per se, but it’s still a nice gesture to send a housewarming gift to send a welcome to a new home or neighborhood. Whether it’s a new neighbor on your block, family friends or members of your own extended family, check out our collection of perfect housewarming gifts – we’re sure you’ll find something that will make them...

Why We Gift Wednesday – First Day of Summer 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. While summer may have officially started yesterday, today is the first full day, so this Why We Gift Wednesday is dedicated to the first day of summer! It’s such a great time of year, when the days get longer and the kids are out of school and ready to have some fun. During the school year, we seem to lose track of the idea of “recreation” or “relaxation” in general, don’t we? The kids have a million activities – there are doctor’s appointments and dance lessons, tutors and team photos. And parents are running around like crazy too, with careers and childcare, errands and all-around frenzy. The great thing about summer is that the season seems to bring all that madness to a screeching halt – everything slooooows down, including the sunsets. As the days get longer and the kids are out of school, we can take time to enjoy planning everything from long road trips, to campouts, to a simple visits to the park or pool. Summertime gives you that feeling that this season really is all about spending time with family. So bring on beach trips, backyard barbecues, bonfires and bellyflops – it’s SUMMER! Welcome the summer season and make a splash with a festive bouquet or...

Rewarding Excellence: Recognize Your Employees’ 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. Today we focus our attention on a specific type of business gifting – rewarding your employees for a job well done. When an employee has made a remarkable or noteworthy achievement, it’s important to recognize their value to your company’s success! Give them a gift that show them that without them, your company wouldn’t be where it is today. Inspire your staff to keep reaching for their highest potential with these motivating gifts to recognize their milestones and achievements, and congratulate them on a job well done!   Upscale fare is always a great gift idea, and the Indulgent Harvest Crate hits the nail on the head. Dried fruits and plump nuts are fresh from the orchard in this enduring crate. Four sections are filled to the brim with healthy snacks and a little indulgence, perfect for every employee’s great taste.   You can’t go wrong with the ever-popular gift of coffee, especially when it’s a full pound of Lavazza, presented with a sturdy, enduring luxe copper lidded stainless steel travel mug, vacuum insulated to enjoy Italy’s favorite coffee on the go. The Italian Roast Coffee Chest is the...
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