GiftTree’s Inspiring Moms Mother’s Day Contest

Enter our Mother’s Day contest – The GiftTree Inspiring Moms Contest! Win a $100 Gift Card for you and our Serenity Spa Basket for the one you’re most inspired by! GiftTree is all about generosity and giving, so we’re hosting a Mother’s Day contest on our Facebook page!  Who are you the most inspired by? In the comments section, tell us who you’re most inspired by, and make sure to TAG that special someone!! It doesn’t have to be your mom, it can be any person who’s had a big impact on your life. We’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, May 9th and send out a $100 GiftTree Gift Card to the commenter, plus a Serenity Spa Gift Basket to the person they tagged. Enter Tuesday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 9 on the GiftTree Facebook Page. Winner will be contacted via Facebook Direct Message on Tuesday, May 9th at 12:00 PM PST. Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 through 12:00 pm PST Tuesday, May 9th 2017. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. How to Enter: Contestants must comment on the contest post and within their comment, tag someone and tell us who they’re most thankful for. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on Tuesday, May 9th at 12:00 pm PST and notified via Facebook Direct Message. Failure to respond to the initial verification contact within three (3) days of notification will result in disqualification. Prizes will be one Electronic GiftTree Gift Card valued at one hundred US dollars ($100.00) to be spent on any...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tocca

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 Tocca – a luxury fashion and fragrance house based in New York City. The idea for Tocca (which translates from Italian for “touch”) came about when a group of friends were on vacation in St. Lucia. In the brand’s beginnings, Tocca’s vision was to create luxurious garments with intricate embroideries, invoking the inspiration of old-world Europe and infusing a modern fresh edge. Today, Tocca has evolved from its fashion heritage into a celebrated fragrance house, with a collection of twelve distinctive and exquisite scents, each named for a beautiful and inspiring woman. GiftTree is delighted to offer two Tocca gifts for Mother’s Day. Luxury Candle Set – Tocca’s three bestselling fragrance oil scents are captured in a trio of white glass votive candles, presented in an exquisite gift box with a demure motif. Cleopatra, A Grapefruit, Cucumber, Vanilla Musk Scent. Stella, A Blood Orange, Freesia, Sandalwood Scent. Giulietta, A Vanilla Orchid, Pink Tulip and Green Apple Scent.             Tocca Diffuser Set – One of Tocca’s best selling fragrances, Cleopatra is the fresh scent of grapefruit and cucumber, its namesake inspired by the Mediterranean seductress. Captivate the senses and delicately infuse your surroundings with this artful reed diffuser in a luxe gift box.                ...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Administrative Professional 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 week is Administrative Professional’s week – it’s a few days out of the year that we take to appreciate the men and women who keep us organized and on track, every single day. “What time was that meeting?” “Did we pull all the records for that client?” “Would you please email them and tell him we’re all set?” From our schedules to book keeping to errands to correspondence, there’s virtually no way a business can be successful without a meticulous individual at our sides, dedicating their day-to-day on the fine details.  Is there an administrative professional in your day-to-day, taking care of all those important details? Show them how much you appreciate them with a gift from our collection of perfect gifts to reward your favorite admin for all their hard...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Urban Agriculture 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. With Earth Day approaching, this Friday’s Featured Artisan is Urban Agriculture Co., a company whose offerings inspire us to get our hands dirty and grow something green and beautiful, any time of the year. Based in Los Angeles, Urban Agriculture Co.’s founder Chad Corzine got the idea when he was inspired to grow his own organic herbs and vegetables on his tiny apartment balcony in LA. What seemed like an attainable project at first turned into a quite an ordeal as he realized that he had trouble finding all the right ingredients and equipment to complete his vision. That’s when he founded Urban Agriculture – simplifying and combining everything needed for a perfect growing experience, plus direct sun and proper watering- we had designed what I had been looking for all along. “Our grow kits are designed to simplify the process of city gardening by providing you with everything needed for a fun and easy growing experience. All of our grow kits come with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to grow the plant in. Our containers are made from 100% recycled tea bags allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil, not to mention a very cool urban look. We offer a variety of flowers,...

Great Gifts For Admin’s Day

Do you have one of those rare office MVPs? You know, the ones that hold the schedule together, keep everything organized, and know just how you like certain things? If you work with one of these amazing professionals than be sure to take a moment to recognize them on Administrative Professionals Day (which is happening on April 26th this year.) Not sure how to thank them for all they do? Don’t worry – we have some great gifts for Admin’s Day! To help ease their stress at work… Consider the Full Leaf Tea Tasting Crate. The combination of a porcelain teapot and teacup will easily fit on their desk and is both functional and charming. Featuring full leaf teas and an herbal infusion variety pack, they can choose something caffeinated to help wake them up, or something herbal to soothe their nerves. Carefully packed in a signature gift crate with apple blossom honey and shortbread cookies, this gift is sure to give them many peaceful moments. To help ease their stress after work… Our Classic Wine Duet will certainly do the trick. Your selection of two California wines, one red and one white, will be paired with gourmet savory snacks. When they uncork the bottle and take their first sip you can rest assured that the stresses of the work week will quickly fade away. To brighten their desk… Garden-fresh blossoms always add a beautiful pop of color. We have a diverse collection of bouquets to select from, including one of our most popular: the Blooming Splendor. Composed of pastel roses, carnations, and other lush blooms in a lavender...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Earth 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. Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, so this Why We Gift Wednesday is the Earth Day Edition, of course! When was the last time you got outside and really took in some of the amazing natural beauty that the Earth has to offer? No matter what part of this beautiful country you live in, we promise that somewhere close to you is a place where you can slow down, take a good look around and reflect on just how beautiful this planet is. And if you haven’t made any plans for Earth Day, why not make a plan to get outside and appreciate nature with your friends or family? Or better yet, Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to serve your community by participating in a local cleanup or educational event. Bring the kids along and let’s instill in our children to care for the Earth, too – after all, it’s the only one we’ve got. Check out EarthDay.org to find an event near you! GiftTree has some generous green offerings available too, and if you order today, it’ll be here just in time to make this Saturday a very special Earth Day.     Comment Below:  What are your plans for Earth...

Introducing the Mother’s Day Collection

They say that wherever you go, a mother is with you in spirit and in love. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s the perfect time to celebrate that special woman in your life. To make your life a little bit easier we are introducing the Mother’s Day Collection. Here you can find crafted, curated and collectible gifts. Whether you are shopping for your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, sister, wife, best friend, or neighbor – you’ll find a gift that is destined to delight! Spa Collection Mom’s work hard each and every day. Pamper her with a rejuvenating gift from our Spa Collection. We have an impressive selection of spa baskets, bubble bath, luxurious hand creams, bath salts and more. One of our most popular gifts is the Opulent Spa Basket. Soothing scrubs, fragrant soaps and lotions, spa tools and so much more overflow from this keepsake basket. Nourish her hands with our Mother’s Day Lollia Hand Crème Collection. The fresh botanical extracts in this six-piece hand crème collection will leave her skin feeling soft, silky and radiant. Champagne Gifts Raise a toast to the best Mom ever with a sparkling glass of champagne! Bubbly refreshment is sure to make her feel celebrated and special. Our Mother’s Day Moscato and Macaron Pairing brings together the peachy sweet flavors of moscato with French macaron cookies and creamy chocolate truffles. Arriving in our signature gift crate with a hand-tied satin ribbon, it’s a gift that is sure to delight. Make her feel like a queen with our Royal Champagne Gift Basket. An elegant leather keepsake container filled with gourmet savory treats and...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dardimans California Crisps

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 the amazing Dardimans California Crisps. With an abundance of perfect fruits and citrus available within arms’ reach (in their own backyard, in fact), the founders of Dardimans began thinly slicing and drying fruit to a crunchy perfection right in their home kitchen in California. With the exception of the pineapple sourced from Hawaii, each seasonal California fruit – oranges, peaches, pears, apples, strawberries and more – are hand-selected from local farmers. Their unique dehydration process allows the fruit to retain all of its natural beautiful color and wealth of vitamins, unlike the freeze-drying or sun drying processes, which leeches nutrients from the fruit. Instead, dehydrating results in a deliciously tempting, healthful snack with a satisfying crunch and all the flavor of the fresh fruit itself. GiftTree is absolutely ecstatic to team up with Dardimans to offer the exclusive Dried Fruit Collection – a generous box of twelve different dried fruit crisps! It’s is a healthy, natural gift that’s still decadent and indulgent. Strawberries, oranges, pears, peaches, persimmons and more are dried to a crisp perfection and presented in a snowy white gift box. This generous bounty of beautiful, all-natural California fruit slices is simply delightful. It makes a lovely gift for any occasion, and will be savored by adults and kids of all ages.  ...

Our Favorite Earth Day Gifts

Earth Day is coming up soon and it is quite possibly one of the most important, yet underappreciated and least celebrated holidays out there. The earth is our home, the basis for life and should be celebrated and respected much more than it is. One great way to celebrate and spread awareness is to send some Earth Day gifts. Here are a few gifts that celebrate the Earth and all of it’s diversity.     How better to celebrate Earth Day than by sending a special tree that can be planted and enjoyed for years to come? The Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be is truly a gift that keeps on giving. The Dawn Redwood is a rare species that was thought to be extinct for centuries, that is now making a large comeback in the gardening world. Under ideal conditions, the seedlings can grow up to two feet per year and will mature into a tree with attractive, lacy foliage. This gift has been produced in the USA from eco-friendly, hydrocarbon free materials. Packaged in a presentation ready gift box, this complete growing kit is a wonderful way to commemorate Earth Day.     The Glass Globe Terrarium Kit is a great way to commemorate and spread awareness about Earth Day. As a microcosm of a larger ecosystem and with it’s round shape, similar to the earth, it is a great reminder of the importance of a healthy planet. It is almost effortless to care for and fun to customize. Along with easy-to-grow hens and chickens succulent seeds, the kit also includes orchid mix, potting soil, charcoal, moss, gravel, and stones...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Egg Hunt 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 Easter Sunday approaching quickly, this Why We Gift Wednesday is the Egg Hunt Edition! It can certainly seem like a stressful affair when you’re hosting family and friends, menu planning and shopping, organizing an egg hunt and volunteering at church, but when the day arrives and the kids’ faces are lit up with pure joy as they find little plastic eggs filled with candies all over the yard, all the hustle and bustle from the week becomes totally worth it. If you’re looking for a little help and inspiration, we’ve put together a few guides for Easter Entertaining, as well as a guide to designing the perfect Easter Table. And if you order now, you’ll have guaranteed delivery on all of our Easter flowers.   Comment Below:  What are your plans for Easter...

Easter Entertaining Part 2: Dinner and Desserts

Welcome to Easter Entertaining Part 2: Dinner and Desserts! Now that appetizers and champagne pairings are all planned out, it’s time to start looking at what’s for dinner and dessert on Easter Sunday. Bringing that springtime feeling to the Easter table while still making sure your guests leave full and happy can be achieved! Onward! What’s for Dinner? Main Course Idea #1: Salmon and Beets (with yogurt sauce over watercress) This springy and refreshing recipe from Country Living is good for you and tastes unbelievably delicious! Fresh dill and a little lemon juice and zest make this a satisfying meal that’s still light and perfect for an Easter sunday afternoon lunch or evening meal. We bet even the kids will give it a try (and like it!).             Main Course Idea #2: Roasted Stuffed Pork Loin Succulent pork tenderloin is stuffed to perfection with a blend of savory herbs and toasty pecans (that can be omitted if your family doesn’t like nuts or has an allergy). Another idea is to add dried cranberries. Lighten up this rich roasted pork loin with a side of sweet corn salad à la Barefoot Contessa, and you’ve made a decadent meal for Easter dinner.   Main Course Idea #3: Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna This wonderful meatless dish boasts five pounds of spinach and three pounds of mushrooms, making it big and hearty enough for a large crowd! Madiera wine and fresh parsley add depth and richness to the creamy sauce.             What’s for Dessert?   Dessert Idea #1: Speckled Malted Coconut Cake We just...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Tumbador Chocolate

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 Tumbador Chocolate, a private label small batch chocolatier based in Brooklyn, New York. Twice-listed among Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America, Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet opened Tumbador Chocolate in 2005. The company’s signature confections blend exotic fruits, spices and herbs with all-American ingredients including peanuts, crispy rice and graham crackers. For Jean-Francois, Tumbador Chocolate is a labor of creativity and passion. His enthusiasm for blending classic American confections with French sensibilities is reflected in each distinctive recipe he creates. GiftTree is delighted to team up with Tumbador to curate three special gifts for our Spring collection, including decadent Truffle Pearls for Mother’s Day, Chocolate Dipped Glacé Oranges and Marshmallow Chocolate Easter Bunnies, inspired by and designed to mimic the iconic Marshmallow Peep Bunny.  ...

Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers and Champagne Pairings

Are you hosting a gathering on Easter Sunday? With so many options for delicious dishes and refreshing spring drinks and desserts, menu planning can be a little overwhelming this time of year! Easter is springing up quickly, and to help you get ready for the day’s festivities, we thought we’d come up with a two-part series on Easter entertaining, starting with appetizers and moving on to main course and desserts in Part 2. Beginning with appetizers and champagne pairings, GiftTree has a lot of yummy ideas to help make your Easter get-together one that will be sipped and savored with smiles all around. Easter Entertaining Part 1: Appetizers & Champagne Pairings Easter Appetizer #1: Smoked Salmon Mousse, courtesy of the food blog A Beautiful Mess. This mousse is creamy, salty, herby and oh-so-delicious. Pipe it over cold cucumber slices ortoast points and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill. If you don’t have a food processor, another delicious option is to mix the softened cream cheese with the fresh dill, spread it over a big sheet of lavash or some type of flatbread, top with salmon, roll it up and slice into pretty pinwheels. Either way you pipe it, the smoked salmon-fresh dill-cream cheese combination is absolutely ideal for sunny spring gatherings. Perfect Champagne Pairing: Moët & Chandon Imperial. This iconic Champagne boasts soft white-fruit aromas of peaches and pears and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy mid-palate segues to a clean, crisp finish ideal for sipping on a warm spring day.       Easter Appetizer #2: Creamy Deviled Eggs. No Easter celebration is complete without this springtime soiree standard, so why not look to the matriarch...

Why We Gift Wednesday – New Baby 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 April being one of the most common birthday months, on this Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating new babies and all the celebrating that goes on when welcoming a new little one into the world. When it comes to sending a gift that really makes the milestone matter, a thoughtful baby gift that gets the whole family off to a great start is one of the reasons that we truly love giving. GiftTree offers a few beautiful baby gifts for the bouncing bundle of joy! From sweet personalized gifts that can be treasured forever, to inspired keepsakes and even sweet treats for mom and dad, our collection of gifts for the new baby has something for every family.     Comment Below:  What was the greatest gift you received as a new...

Get Ready for National Beer Day

On April 7th, 1933 President Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into effect. Beer drinkers everywhere rejoiced, and were able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years! Many years later, we now mark this momentous occasion each year by celebrating National Beer Day. Do you have everything you need on hand to join the fun? If not, we have some ideas to help you get ready for National Beer Day. While many people drink their beer straight from the bottle, we find that drinking from a glass can be equally delightful. If you can’t decide between the two, then our unique Hopside Down Beer Glass may be the perfect choice! This innovative glass combines the simplicity of a longneck bottle with the elegance of a high-quality pint glass. By utilizing dual-wall technology the beer will stay icy cold, while the outside of the glass remains room temperature and condensation free. Complimentary monogramming of your chosen initial ensures everyone knows who this glass belongs to. Take your favorite six-pack of beer with you in this stylish Wooden Six-Pack Holder. Whether you are headed to a friend’s house, or out to your backyard, this carrier will protect your precious cargo. Handmade in San Francisco from reclaimed redwood beams, and featuring a steel handle, it’s sure to last for years to come. Beer aficionados will tell you that drinking a beer from a glass that was designed for that style of beer will enhance the beer’s flavor. This Personalized Beer Glass Set was specifically crafted to hold your beer perfectly. Featuring...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Torn Ranch

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 Torn Ranch, an artisan of gourmet snacks and delights based in beautiful, iconic Napa Valley California. The wine country setting creates the inspiration for Torn Ranch’s collection of culinary delights, as well as the gorgeous, rustic packaging in which they’re presented. For over 40 years, Torn Ranch has sought out ethically produced and organic, sustainably harvested ingredients from only local farmers, combined with eco-friendly packaging that’s both an elegant presentation – it’s tasteful and tasty, as they like to say! From gourmet cookies and chocolates to dried fruits and fresh nuts, Torn Ranch offers a wide variety of healthy treats and indulgences, like chocolate covered cherries, handcrafted truffles, juicy pome frais and colossal jumbo cashews, hand-harvested at the peak of perfection.   This year GiftTree teamed up with Torn Ranch to create our very own exclusive gift, the Indulgent Harvest Gift Crate. A rustic gift crate offers an open-window glimpse into healthy indulgence – fresh jumbo cashews, dried stone fruits, cherries and blueberries, almonds, walnuts and dried apricots double-dipped in chocolate for a decadent treat. It’s perfect for your foodie friends and...

Meet The Team: Jessica Rechkemmer

At GiftTree we strive to make each interaction that you have with us distinctive and memorable. From our website, to our social media conversations, and our special email offers, we want each touch point that you have with us to be streamlined and effortless. One of the key people who helps keep our communication and messaging on point and cohesive, is our Director of Marketing, Jessica Rechkemmer. We sat down with Jessica to talk inspiration, creativity, and a little bit of life too. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up.  I grew up in the small town of Clear Lake, Iowa. My parents bought an abandoned farm with 10 acres in the country and we made it our home! We had a bunch of furry critters around the farm including dogs, cats, and horses. My mom is also an avid gardener, so she spent a lot of time cultivating organic fruits and vegetables for our family meals. She also lobbied against the farmers in our area to stop spraying pesticides. Even though Clear Lake is a small town, it does have a claim to fame – Richie Valens (La Bamba), Buddy Holly, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, all performed at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake (and then tragically died in a plane crash.) Growing up with the historic Surf Ballroom nearby allowed my love of live music to grow at a young age. Where do your greatest passions lie? Spending time with my family and friends. Gardening, enjoying music, decorating, drinking wine, and eating delicious food. Where would we most likely find you on the weekends? Portland has a...

Why We Gift Wednesday – The In-Laws 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, we’re feeling especially grateful for our in-laws!  If you’re lucky to have a great mother and father-in-law, it’s almost like having an extra set of parents who truly value you as an extension of the family. After all, you’re the daughter or son they’ve always wanted, and to see you making their son or daughter happy is what makes them happy. And did we mention that virtually every holiday is double the fun? And if you don’t currently have the best relationship with your in-laws, it’s never too late to start over. The Happy Wives Club blog recently ran a reader poll asking for tips on building (or re-building) a good relationship with your inlaws. One of our favorite tips there is this: “Include them in all aspects of your lives, call them several times a week and including them on your family vacations with the kids. Your children should have amazing memories of their grandparents. One day, you will be the grandparents and would love the same respect.” If you’re feeling especially grateful for your in-laws, or you need to extend an “olive branch” so to speak, why not take a look through GiftTree’s Thinking of You gifts? Designed to inspire a smile...
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