GiftTree’s 20th Anniversary Perfect Gift Giveaway!

Enter our 20th Anniversary contest – The GiftTree Perfect Gift Giveaway! Win a $20 Gift Card for you and the GiftTree gift of your choice for someone special in your life! To celebrate our 20 years of making memorable gift-giving moments, GiftTree is hosting a HUGE giveaway on our Facebook page! Here’s how you can enter: Head over to GiftTree.com and pick out the perfect gift for someone special in your life! Then on our Facebook post, leave a comment telling us which gift you chose, and for whom! Don’t forget to TAG that special person and explain why they deserve that perfect gift! Five winners will be selected every Thursday for four weeks, and that perfect gift will be sent to the person they tagged! Each winner will also receive a $20.00 electronic gift card code, good toward the purchase of anything on GiftTree.com. Enter between Thursday, June 15th through Thursday, July 13th on the GiftTree Facebook Page. Winners will be contacted via Facebook Direct Message on Thursday 6/22, Thursday 6/29, Thursday 7/06 and Thursday 7/13! Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Thursday, June 15th through 12:00 pm PST Thursday, July 13th 2017. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. How to Enter: Starting June 15th, participants can enter by browsing GiftTree.com and finding a perfect gift for someone they know that deserves something special, then leaving a comment on the Facebook contest thread. In that comment, tag that special person, mention the gift they would give them, and explain why they deserve that perfect gift. Five winners will be selected...

Corporate Gifting: The Ground Rules

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. The first blog in our series focuses on what so many business owners, professionals and executives need to know: the ground rules of corporate gifting. Are you looking for ways to celebrate a company milestone, strengthen client relationships or thank customers who contribute to your company’s success? A corporate gift is the perfect way to honor your employees or let your clients and customers know how much you appreciate their business, but it’s important to know the following guidelines – eight ground rules for corporate gifting, inspired by this helpful article from Return Customer: 1. First and foremost, Confirm Your Company’s Gift-Giving Policies. Though it may not be common knowledge, there are actual laws pertaining to corporate gifting, as well as many policies put in place by companies to ensure that they’re in compliance with laws and practice policies. Before you give any gift, check with Human Resources for your company’s policies on gift-giving. There may be monetary limits or other restrictions that knowing beforehand could save some embarrassment or hassle down the line. 2. Timing is Everything. When do you plan to...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Duke Cannon Supply 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. This Friday’s Featured Artisan is Duke Cannon Supply Co., a Chicago-based men’s skincare, bath and body company that specializes in soaps and skincare essentials that are no-frills, no-flowers and no nonsense. During the Korean War, GIs were issued a heavy brick of soap in their toiletry supply kits, and in keeping with that same tradition, Duke Cannon crafts clean-scented, grime-busting bricks of soap in the very same Memphis factory where the original soap was made. Duke Cannon Supply company is serious about its commitments to giving back to the men and women serving the country, too. With their expansive collection of soaps and grooming goods, portions of Duke Cannon’s proceeds go toward benefitting veterans’ causes such as the Honor Flight Network, K9s for Warriors and The Military Working Dog Team Support Association. In a gift that’s perfect for Father’s Day, GiftTree and Duke Cannon teamed up to curate the Artillery Grooming Gift. Watertight and reusable, an authentic military field box holds American-made men’s skincare essentials: five varieties of heavy duty hand and body soaps including their original Big A** Brick of Soap, a superior grade shave cream and a handy Stanley...

Get Ready For National Cheese Day

Sundays are the perfect day relaxing with comfort food. Which is why it makes perfect sense that National Cheese Day is this Sunday! Cheese is the cornerstone of many of our favorite comfort foods: grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, fondue, pizza, the list goes on and on. In honor of National Cheese Day we recommend making sure your fridge is fully stocked with cheesy deliciousness. Looking for the perfect cheese to round out your selection? Get ready for National Cheese Day with these cheese gifts! Deluxe Cured Meats and Imported Cheese Slate Carefully-aged Cantalet Dore, Sottocenere and Petit basque cheeses complement the heritage flavors of two cured Iberico meats. Cantalet Dore is sometimes described as the French cousin of English Farmhouse Cheddar. A semi-hard cow’s milk cheese, it complements a vast variety of red wines. Petit Basque is a succulent and creamy sheep’s milk cheese with notes of roasted nuts and stone fruit. Sottocenere is from the Northern Italian region of Veneto. This irresistible semi-soft cheese is laced with delicate flecks of truffle. The rind is rubbed in truffle oil and aged in a coating of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, licorice, cloves, and fennel. A thin layer of ash covers the spiced rind as the cheese ages, which is where this creamy cheese gets its name – Sottocenere essentially means “under ash”. This impressive combination of cheese and charcuterie is sure to delight your palate! Gourmet Cheese Dome Give the ultimate cheese party with this selection of five gourmet cheeses presented on an acacia wood board and a stately glass dome. Whether it’s the elderflower-flecked La Cigogne from Alsace or...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Congrats to the Grad 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 congratulating the graduate! This season is the time of year when lots of graduation ceremonies are taking place at schools, colleges and universities all across the country. Whether it’s young ones in elementary, middle or high school, or older students in college or beyond, it’s important to recognize the hard work that students put in to push their knowledge forward. Do you have a graduation ceremony to attend this month, or a graduate to send your congratulations to? Reward them for all their hard work with a graduation gift from GiftTree! From decadent gourmet fare to lush flowers and even personalized gifts, GiftTree has something that every graduate is going to absolutely love. You Did It! Oreos — Congratulate the grad on a job well done with this decadent spin on the Oreo cookie! 13 classic Oreo cookies are plunged in smooth milk and dark Belgian chocolate. Nine of the cookies are decorated with white Belgian chocolate letters, spelling out “You Did It!”, while four more are decorated with vibrant sprinkles and Graduation cap candies.               Beautiful in Blue Bouquet — Pristine white roses and lilies contrast with a striking cobalt blue vase and pure...

Write Inspiring Graduation Card Messages

It’s that time of year – graduation ceremonies are taking place at colleges and universities all over the country. Are you attending a graduation ceremony this year, or will you be sending along your congratulations in a card? It’s pretty easy to pop in to any store and find a graduation card that fits the bill, but when it comes to writing something personal on the inside, writing an inspiring graduation card message can be a little more difficult. This is a pinnacle moment in a graduate’s life – they’ve put in the long, exhausting work and now it’s time to embark on their career or the daunting task of job seeking. So when you sign that graduation card, simply putting down “Congrats! Great job!” maybe doesn’t quite cut the mustard. The goal is to write something personal, sentimental and inspiring coming off as phony or corny. Secondary education is no picnic, and to let the graduate know that you recognize their great achievement is important. Here are some examples of graduation card messages that really drive the sentiment home – the graduate should be proud of a job well done! –  –  –  – “We are so proud of you and this wonderful accomplishment! As you embark on your career and enter the working world, just remember – ‘All of your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.’ – Walt Disney. Congratulations!” “Robert Kiyosaki says, ‘Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow,’ and we are so proud of what you’ve achieved today! Congratulations, grad – you’ve already accomplished so much, we know you’re...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Charlito’s Cocina

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 Charlito’s Cocina, a New York based salumeria run by Charles “Charlito” Wekselbaum, who was raised in New York City in a Cuban-American household. After working under two mentor chefs who produced their own charcuterie, Charlito attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where he studied under a master charcutier. Soon after, he traveled to Spain to study the Spanish tradition of curing meats and preserving food with his family in Salamanca, who had been curing meats, canning olives and making their own wine. Returning to New York City, Charlito founded Charlito’s Cocina in 2011, where the charcutier makes everything from scratch, slowly and steadily, with simple products and the cleanest, best ingredients that can be found. With their dry-cured meats, they explore and honor the rich gastronomic tradition of  preserving food and curing meat in the days before refrigerators and freezers. On every single item made and sold by Charlito’s Cocina, you will find a handwritten number on the package, indicating its position in the batch. GiftTree teamed up with Charlito’s to curate a trio of their delectable dry cured meats with our personalized tasting board, just in time for summer and for Father’s Day! Three varieties of artisanal salame are joined by stone ground mustard, organic Greek olives...

It’s National Wine Day

It’s National Wine Day! That’s right, today is the day that we honor a beverage that has been a part of human culture and history for thousands of years. Whether red, white, or rosé today is the perfect excuse to uncork a bottle. To enhance your experience, we’d like to share a few of our favorite wine tips and tricks with you! Finding the Right Glass It can seem like there is a never-ending assortment of wine glasses on the market, but these guidelines can help you narrow down the perfect glass. For Red Wine: Look for a glass with a wider bowl. This will allow for the wine to “breathe” and come into contact with air. This contact with the air is important because it releases the wine’s aroma. A tapered or flared style of wine glass can be very beneficial helping you swirl your wine and expose it to oxidation, while holding the wine’s aroma in the glass for you. For White Wine: Look for a U shaped, upright glass. Lighter, fruitier wines will do well in smaller glasses. A smaller glass will also keep the wine cooler than if it was served in a larger glass. Keeping Your Glasses Clean Taking care of wine glasses can be an art form. You don’t want anything to affect your wine, and that includes particles on the glass. To clean your glass hold it by the bottom of bowl, instead of the fragile glass stem. Rinse glasses in warm water, don’t use extremely hot water because this can cause the glass to crack. Use a long-handled sponge to clean...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Brother 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, May 24 is National Brother Day, so this Why We Gift Wednesday goes out to all our brothers, big or little! If you were lucky enough to grow up with a brother in your set of siblings, then you got to experience that special bond that only happens when a brother (younger or older) is thrown into the mix. Of course, they’ve been known to put gum in your hair, over-salt your food when you weren’t looking, or break your favorite dolls.  They may have been too cool for you once, too.  But having a brother meant that you could always count on them to be there for you, too – whether it was to protect you against bullies or unwanted attention, give you advice and provide encouragement that you carry with you through the rest of your life. Brothers come in many shapes and sizes, and so do their relationships.  Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.  Even if for those who don’t have brothers, someone in their life is usually like a brother to them.  Brothers from other mothers are found in a best friend, a brother-in-law or a cousin.  Whoever your “brother” is to you, take the time...

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

It’s that time of year again, the time of year when you have to make the most difficult gift buying decision. Valentine’s Day, Grandma’s Birthday, even Black Friday shopping is simple compared to Father’s Day… What kind of Father’s Day gift do you get for the man who already has everything? No need to worry, the gifting experts here at GiftTree have you covered! They’ve searched high and low to find the coolest, most unique gifts for all the amazing dads out there. From gifts to keep him fresh and clean, to gifts for golfers and fly fishermen and many more, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few excellent Father’s Day gifts we’ve just added to our collection.     Do you know any dads who enjoy a refreshing, frosty beverage every now and again? The IPA Home Brew Box will make the perfect Father’s Day gift. It comes with everything needed to brew up a gallon of vibrant, zesty and tropical Citra IPA. Included with this gift are detailed instructions, grains, hops, yeast, priming sugar, taster glass flight, gallon brewing jug and more. This gift is securely wrapped for safe shipping and arrives presentation-ready in a wooden gift crate.     In his free time, can the dad your shopping for be found on the river with fly rod in hand? The Father’s Day Embossed Book of Flies will certainly become his go to fly fishing accessory. The genuine top grain leather Book of Flies, holds up to 20 hand-tied flies and comes with complimentary personalized leather embossing on the cover. A felt lined interior will keep...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Hand in Hand

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 Hand in Hand, a bath and beauty company crafting artisan soaps, scrubs, lotions and more, from sustainable materials and natural fragrances derived from plants and flowers. But it doesn’t end there – for every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in need. Founders Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple started Hand in Hand in 2005 after learning that every year, nearly 5 million children lose their lives to water-related illness – illness that could be prevented with simple hand-washing. But without access to clean water, this isn’t a possibility. Working with the worldwide child advocacy group My Neighbor’s Children, Hand in Hand works to build wells and provide soap to children in Haiti, a country that has been ravaged by natural disaster, disease and poverty. In 2012 Hand in Hand took their first donation to Haiti, and to date, they have donated 437,000 bars of soap and built or repaired 4 wells that provide thousands of people with clean water.   GiftTree is honored to carry Hand in Hand’s Sea Salt Sugar Scrub, a fresh and invigorating blend of ten varieties of mint, including water mint, peppermint, and freshly cut eucalyptus, in our Opulent Spa Basket, a collection of...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Picnic in the Park 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. Is the weather finally warm enough to have a picnic in your part of the country? We don’t know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the times where we can get outside and enjoy warm, sunny weather are unfortunately somewhat few and far between. The Pacific Northwest is not for the feint of heart, especially this year, when us Oregonians saw rain and cold temperatures every day for three months in a row. So now that it’s May and the trees are green again, the flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer every day, it’s time to break out the picnic basket and enjoy some food and wine on a blanket in the sun. Are you looking for some perfect picnic supplies or gourmet goodies to spread out at your next picnic? From masterful menus and spreads of savory sophistication, GiftTree has some complete picnics and perfect coolers that are ready-packed with gourmet fare for your next splendor in the grass. Premium Cheese Tasting Experience – bring this spread on your next picnic! It’s a cheese tasting experience unlike any other. Four artisan cheeses are included in this gift. One of our favorites is Comte Extra, a sweet cow’s milk cheese made...

Meet the Designer – Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

After working in the Boston real estate market for many years, this self-taught jewelry designer decided it was time to bring her dreams to reality by becoming an entrepreneur and launching Dune Jewelry in 2010. Originally from Cape Cod, the beach always held special meaning for Holly. In 2007, she began making beach sand jewelry for friends and family. The response was so great it became apparent that nearly everyone had a special memory or exciting adventure that took place on a coast somewhere in the world and the concept took off. Sourcing sand from all seven continents, and thousands of beaches all over the world, Dune Jewelry features stylish rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charms and men’s accessories set in sterling silver and all handmade in the USA. Additionally, Dune Jewelry customers can also provide their own sand if Dune Jewelry’s huge, 3000+ Sandbank™ does not offer exactly what the customer wants. Holly has led Dune Jewelry to grow quickly and become the innovative maker of experiential fine jewelry, where every piece is handmade to order and captures special travel memories while sparking wanderlust in all who wear it.   Tell me a little about you and Dune Jewelry?   Dune Jewelry, the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Company® creates unique, experiential jewelry with sand, earth and elements from thousands of locations around the world. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in our Boston studio using sand or elements from your favorite beach, ball park, golf course, mountain top, hiking trail and more!   We love to spark wanderlust with our jewelry by awakening your inner wanderer and by capturing our...

The Gift That Keeps On Living – Potted Plants From The Magnolia Company

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift that will last then consider the gift that keeps on living – potted plants from our partner The Magnolia Company. An eco-friendly alternative to cut flowers, plants bring warmth into the home and provide lasting beauty. From fruit trees, to flowering plants we have an abundant assortment to choose from, sure to please any gardener or nature lover on your list! Blossoming Pink Azalea Make their day with this gorgeous blooming plant! Soft blushing pink blossoms stand out against glossy green foliage to make a memorable impression. It’s no wonder that this plant is known in the Southern US as a must have! Fragrant Gardenia Fill their house or garden with the intoxicating scent of gardenia! This plant arrives ready to bloom beautiful white flowers. Symbolic of love and sincerity this is the perfect gift to celebrate a wedding or to express love for anyone in your life. Olive Tree A renowned symbol of peace, friendship, and abundance, an olive tree is a gift that keeps on giving. They’ll enjoy nurturing the plant into prolific fruit tree, and then harvesting the fruits of their labor. Need a housewarming gift? This may be the perfect option for those with a green thumb. Lush Lavender Hydrangea This gorgeous hydrangea arrives with stunning splashes of blue and lavender blooms paired with hearty dark green foliage. Presented in a stylish sky blue ceramic container this plant is ready to delight! Southern Magnolia Tree An elegant gift for any occasion, the magnolia tree is known for its deep green leaves and large, fragrant flowers. Beautifully packaged...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Mother’s 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. This Why We Gift Wednesday is the Mother’s Day edition, of course! With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday May 14th, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make that special leading lady in your life feel loved and appreciated. There’s still time to order something beautiful to be delivered to Mom by Mother’s Day! Check out our gorgeous collection of Mother’s Day gifts, including flowers, spa gifts and lovely gift baskets filled with delicious gourmet fare, both savory and sweet.     “All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my Mother.” ~ Abraham...

Perfect Mother’s Day Bouquets

Flowers are just the quintessential Mother’s Day gift for all the right reasons. Fresh flowers are absolutely perfect this time of year, and there isn’t much that a mom loves more than opening the door to a lush bouquet of beautiful blossoms and greenery. So whether you’ve been racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or the occasion kind of snuck up on you quickly (We’re not judging! It happens!), GiftTree is here to save the day – it’s not too late to order and schedule flower delivery for Mother’s Day! Feast your eyes on these perfect Mother’s Day bouquets. Spring Waltz Bouquet Voluptuous roses, tulips, graceful Asiatic lilies, asters and more are perfectly arranged with spring’s freshest greenery and delivered in a lovely clear glass vase. Send this bouquet to waltz right in to Mom’s good graces!             Light of My Life Send her a little freshness and brighten her day – show her she really is the light of your life! Lush blossoms in vibrant colors are perfectly arranged in a clear glass bubble bowl to send your sweetest Mother’s Day sentiments across the miles.             Exquisite Beauty No other name could possible describe this beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet. Brilliant blossoms are gorgeously arranged and delivered in an exclusive lavender vase. Let them know how special they are to you by sending this fabulous gift.               Lavished in Lilies Lush and lovely, this is sure to lavish her in love! Pure white lilies shine amidst a marvelous mix of...

Queen For A Day: Pampering Spa Gifts For Mom

Mothers are some of the most hard-working people around. They are constantly in motion, and usually a big part of their busy schedule is taking care of the people around them. While this continual selflessness is to be admired, it also means that sometimes they need an extra reminder to take a break and recharge. Mother’s Day is the perfect reason to make that special woman in your life feel like a queen for the day. To really give her the royal treatment, we suggest you spoil her with these pampering spa gifts for mom. She is sure to find rest and relaxation in no time! Bathing Sea Salts Collection One of the most relaxing things in the world is a soothing hot bath. This collection of scented bath salts from Mersea & Co. is sure to enhance the bathing experience. Each one of these mineral-rich single-use salt soaks is contained in a charming corked glass tube, with six different fragrances total. The entire collection arrives presentation-ready in a limited edition gift crate. Savannah Bee Royal Treatment Set Make her feel like the Queen Bee with this elegant travel set from the Savannah Bee Company. Two types of Royal Jelly Body Butter are included in this gift, plus Beeswax Salve. The Original Royal Jelly Body Butter glides on with fragrance of wild berries and vanilla and delivers multi-vitamins and antioxidants to nourish skin. The Tupelo Honey Royal Jelly Body Butter has soft hints of vanilla and lemon fragrance added to their signature super rich formula. Beeswax Salve is included to help penetrate dry cuticles and rough spots. All of...

Tasting Notes – 00 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

From Jim Barret at Chateau Montelena, to Jess Jackson of Kendall Jackson, to the inimitable Robert Parker, lawyers seem to gravitate to fine wine. Recently, the most prominent beverage lawyer in Oregon has caught this tasty bug as well. Chris Hermann, who has helped hundreds of vintners and brewers navigate the complexity of wine law, recently launched his own labor of love. It is called “00” and GiftTree is proud to be one of the first to offer this pure expression of the fruit of the Willamette Valley. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to many distinguished and celebrated vineyards, but perhaps no other has been so sought-after, none whose fruit is more in demand than the Pinot Noir grapes from Shea Vineyard, Dick Shea’s storied 89-acre vineyard in Yamhill County. Planting in this vineyard began in 1989, and for a few years, Dick and his team were battling the elements, ripping out and re-planting blocks. Then came a turning point – in 1993, a rising star winemaker saw the vineyard’s promise and bought grapes for his own label, Panther Creek Cellars. Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) awarded that Panther Creek Pinot 94 points — the highest scoring wine in Oregon that year — and Shea Vineyard suddenly found their fruit in high demand, inundated with requests. 00 is the only Single Vineyard Shea Pinot Noir and made by renowned winemaker Mike Etzel, Jr. of Chapter 24 fame. The 00 name refers the winemaker’s philosophy: to create zero distance in time and zero distance in space from the fruit in the vineyard to your glass. Only 25 cases of the 2014 00 single vineyard Shea...
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