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Why We Gift Wednesday – Thank the Cook Edition

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. We don’t know about you, but we’re really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We just love getting together with our favorite people, gathering around a big table and feeling the warmth of gratitude for family, friends, health and all the blessings that surround us. But it’s important to remember that while we enjoy each other’s company and indulge in what’s perhaps the greatest meal of the year (it’s in tight competition with the grilled delights of the Fourth of July), someone went through a great deal of planning and effort to put that amazing Thanksgiving meal together. So on this Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re thanking the cooks! If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving yourself, or you’ve done the majority of the cooking for the gathering, you know that Thanksgiving dinner takes tons of prep work. In the days (and sometimes weeks, if you’re a planner like me) before Thanksgiving, home chefs and cooks spend hours and hours meal planning and coordinating. “Do we have eggs and butter on the grocery list?” “What temperature do the yams need to bake at?” “Can we bake the green bean casserole at the same time?” “And how long does the turkey need to rest before we can carve it?” All...

Giving Thanks: Gifting From Afar

Thanksgiving is almost here. For most people, this is a day much anticipated all year round and a day typically spent with family and friends. Despite wanting to see everyone you love gathered around the table, sometimes it just isn’t possible to accept every invitation. Whatever the reason, not being able to spend Thanksgiving with all of your loved ones can be stressful and cause major anxiety. Nobody wants to disappoint, or to be disappointed. Although it’s not possible to be seated around more than one Thanksgiving table at at a time, there many ways that you can be “present” without actually taking up a seat. One of our favorite ways is by gifting from afar! We love surprising those we can’t be with with a lovely gift basket that can be enjoyed by all who have gathered to celebrate. Below are a few crowd pleasers that are sure to send your best wishes across the miles.   The Fit For Royalty Gourmet Gift Basket is something to be thankful for! This luxurious gift basket comes with a little something for every stage of the feast: from Pacific Wile Smoked Salmon and Brie, to bavarian chocolates and Pomegranate Cream Truffles. Mouthwatering, classic and elegantly presented.                 Looking for the perfect pumpkin pie accompaniment? Send some love their way with our Classic Distinction Chocolate Tower. Premium chocolates, savory popcorn and roasted almonds are what’s inside! This beautifully packaged gift will deliver box after box of smiles. You will be thanked, I promise 🙂                 Perhaps it’s the meat and cheese that they love? Send them something truly unique, our Select Charcuterie...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Veterans 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 Veterans Day approaching this Friday, November 11, this Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating our nation’s heroes. The brave men and women in the branches of our military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – cast their fears aside and firmly fought to serve and protect the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy. Is there a Veteran in your life that you would like to thank for their service? GiftTree is full of wonderful gift ideas to send your sincere gratitude to your favorite Veteran.     Comment Below:  Who is your favorite United States Veteran, and what would you say to thank...

Personalized Wine Crates for All Occasions

What do you give when you want to send a thoughtful thank you, heartfelt congratulations or best wishes? Wine, of course! A bottle of noteworthy wine makes a great gift for so many different occasions, and here at GiftTree, we thought we’d take it to the next level by arranging the wine in beautiful crates that proudly bear your personalized greeting! Here’s how it works – our personalization department has artfully designed and engraved a line of wine crates. You choose the name or names, date or inscription to be inscribed underneath it! Check out our new four personalized wine crates in thank you, congratulations, birthday and anniversary occasions!   Our Congratulations Crate is perfect for celebrating an engagement, promotion, a new home, new job or any crowning achievement. Underneath the “Congratulations” text, up to 12 characters of your choosing are laser engraved. Add the newly-engaged couple’s names, write a heartfelt message, simply mark the special date on the crate, or get creative! After all, it’s a monumental day in history!                 Make it an extra special birthday with this one-of-a-kind wine gift. On our Happy Birthday Wine Crate, the age of the recipient and your chosen words are elegantly inscribed underneath the “Happy Birthday” wishes, with your choice of a name, date or personal message.                 Whether the occasion is personal or professional, send the perfect message of appreciation the impressive Thank You Wine Crate. A memorable “Thank You for Everything” engraving is followed by your chosen inscription, creating a gift that promises to never let your gratitude...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Blackberry Farm

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. One of the world’s most celebrated culinary destinations isn’t an austere restaurant in New York City or Paris. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Friday’s Featured Artisan Blackberry Farm is a full immersion into the world of fresh, artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine. In its mastery of southern hospitality, Blackberry Farm navigates the line between rugged and refined in a perfect harmony of haute cuisine and foods indigenous to the Smoky Mountains. Owned and operated by a dedicated staff of farmers, gardeners, chefs and artisans, the self-supporting 4,200-acre gastronomic mecca is complete with heirloom gardens, orchards, a farmstead, apiary, dairy and creamery, salumeria, brewery, a legendary wine cellar, two award-winning gourmet restaurants, a wellness spa, and intimate luxury lodgings. Teaming up with the artisans and culinary masters of Blackberry Farm, GiftTree is thrilled to unveil three exclusively curated gifts from the farm’s world-renowned larders.   Blackberry Farm Jam Collection A collection of Blackberry Farm’s most prominent fruit jams – grown, picked and preserved from the farm’s own orchards and gardens. 12 oz. jars of Blackberry, Blueberry, Peach and Strawberry Rhubarb jams are gently arranged in a rustic Blackberry Farm signature birch box. Available only through GiftTree, this silky, tangy jams are perfect for anyone who loves the added touch of something...

GiftTree’s Season of Thanks and Giving Contest!

Enter our Season of Thanks and Giving Contest! Win a $100 Gift Card for you and our Deluxe Thank You Gift Basket for the one you’re most thankful for! GiftTree is all about gratitude and giving, so we’re hosting a Thanksgiving contest on our Facebook page!  Who are you thankful for? In the comments section, tell us who you’re most thankful for and why, and make sure to TAG that special someone!! We’ll choose a winner on Thursday, November 17th and send out a $100 GiftTree Gift Card to the commenter, plus a Deluxe Thank You Gift Basket to the person they tagged. Enter Monday, November 7th through Thursday, November 17th on the GiftTree Facebook Page. Winner will be contacted via Facebook Direct Message on Thursday, November 17th at 12:00 PM PST. Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Monday November 7, 2016 through 12:00 pm PST Thursday November 17, 2016. 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 Thursday November 17 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 gift available on GiftTree.com, with gift card code sent via Facebook Message or e-mail...

Holiday Gifting Guide 2016

Welcome to GiftTree’s Holiday Gifting Guide 2016! Now that Halloween has come and gone and everyone is recuperating from sugar overload, it’s time to start shopping for the Holidays. Lucky for you, you’ve come to the gifting experts at GiftTree for a jump on your Holiday shopping this year. Check out our entire 2016 Holiday Collection.     The Yuletide Treats Cookie Tower features five festive and exclusively designed boxes, filled to the brim with delicious cookies. The towers contain two dozen cookies including Chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peppermint crush cookies and more. Featuring GiftTree’s very own exclusive tower design and accentuated with a hand-tied satin ribbon, this gift is sure to leave a lasting impression. Complimentary scissors are included so your recipient can easily open their gift, as well as a free card with your personal message or greeting.     Do you, or someone you know, yearn for Christmases of old? The Chocolate Christmas Nostalgia Tin is the perfect way to evoke fond memories of Christmases past. Contained in the vintage Christmas keepsake tin are four divine Heidel German Milk Chocolate Bars with Christmas Designs. Help re-kindle those fond memories and create another Christmas to remember.     Is there a sweet tooth on your Christmas shopping list? Send sweet holiday wishes with this holly jolly candy collection that is sure to satiate any sweet tooth. Two festive, colorful boxes open to reveal a treasure trove of sweets including Candy Shoppe Cherry Sours, Milk Chocolate Malt Balls, Yogurt Covered Pretzels and more. The Jolly Sweets Candy Duo is sure to please any sugar lovers on your list!  ...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Parents 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 celebrating our parents and the essential guidance they give us, even after we’re all grown up. If you’ve been blessed with a wonderful mom or dad, hardly a day goes by where we don’t stop and think, “I wonder what my parents would do in this situation?” When we get married, we look to our parents for the example they set as a married couple. When we buy our house, we keep them involved throughout the whole process. When we raise our children, we ask our moms and dads if they think we’re doing it right. So even after we’ve become adults making all the big decisions, no matter how tall we get, we’ll always look up to mom and dad. Want to thank your folks for all their treasured advice? Send them a little something to show your appreciation, like a fresh bouquet or something sweet. GiftTree has many beautiful gifts that all promise to let your gratitude shine.       Comment Below: What was the best piece of advice your parents ever gave...

Introducing the GiftTree Epicurean Line

Is there a foodie in your family or friends, someone you know and love who is obsessed with everything in and around the culinary world? They’re so much fun to talk about food with, and it’s even better when they cook for you, but occasion after occasion, year after year, they receive another novelty apron as a gift. It’s time to say goodbye to “Kiss the Cook” aprons and measuring cups that look like whales and give them something that they’ll not only love and remember, but they’ll actually use and enjoy. Enter: GiftTree! We’re delighted to introduce our much-anticipated, highly curated Epicurean Line – a collection of gorgeous gifts including artisan sea salts, oils, vinegars and so much more. Onward!   Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Balsamic Vinegar and Terraced Dipping Dish With a delicate fruity aroma, silky texture and light lemon taste, this 100% extra virgin olive oil is crafted in Liguria Italy, and is essential to fine dishes as its delicate aromas raise flavors to new heights while not obscuring their essences. Accompanying the olive oil is a bottle of premium balsamic vinegar, perfect for bread, salad, pasta, salmon, and chicken. Serve the olive oil in this ceramic terraced dish whose shape is inspired by the tiered hills of Umbria, Italy, designed by an artist who spends her summers in a converted olive oil mill. The terracing of the dish displays the gradation of the rich olive oil hues and are a marriage of form and function – a feast for the eyes and tastebuds.         Engraved Olive Wood Salt Cellar and Artisan Salts Your favorite home cook can keep artisanal...

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Bee Local

Honey – it’s perfect drizzled over oatmeal, melted into tea, marinated on chicken, or added to a salad dressing. It’s one of the most versatile foods in the world, but despite what that cute little plastic honey bear at the big grocery store wants to tell you, not all honey is created equal. After discovering the different flavor profiles, colors and textures of honey from hives placed around Portland, Oregon, Bee Local founder Damian Magista made it his mission to produce and source honey that is always raw, gently filtered and never blended. His line of honey is sourced from only the most sustainable, healthy and unique hives in Oregon. Even the most savvy culinary connoisseur may not know that the world of bees, beekeeping and honey production is in crisis. Practices like predatory purchasing and harsh commercial beekeeping are not only contributing to colony collapse, but they are pushing family beekeepers out of business and creating honey monopolies, resulting in inferior, flavorless, and unhealthy honey on grocery store shelves across the United States. That’s where Bee Local comes in. Their goal is to become the most trusted, transparent and delicious honey company in America. “It’s a watershed moment in the world of honey. But retailers, chefs, food processors, and consumers have the chance to make a difference,” Damian says.  GiftTree has teamed up with Bee Local to create the Oregon Blossom Honey Gift – an absolutely succulent gift featuring two local Pacific Northwest honeys: one a single origin Willamette Valley honey, and the other a single origin honey gathered from hives placed around the lush farmland near Mt. Hood. Both jars are presented with a smooth and...

Favorite Wine to Sip in Autumn

The rich and breathtaking panorama of Autumn Landscapes serve to create not only a feast for the eyes, but also, a bevy of fall favorites in relations to wine, flowers, and food.  Summer’s crisp and dry white or rose’ wines that we craved during the summer are quickly replaced with the richness and depth of incredible reds or spicier whites. While our palates are different from person to person, it seems to hold true that fall ushers in wine and food that work to compliment colder weather and a heartier fare. We, at GiftTree have hand selected a few of our favorite wines to help usher in Autumn, the right way. Read, sample and enjoy for Fall has fallen gloriously! Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 This elegant case decked out with a rich sampling of wine tools and one of our best wines is sure to be a conversation starter at any party or special occasion. Simple and elegant, this clever caddy holds everything the recipient will need to open and enjoy a bottle of the world’s finest wine. The Caymus wines are abundant in textural tannins, yet they also possess a velvety side. The various berries and spices such as blackberry tart, ripe blueberry, cassis, milk chocolate, licorice and sweet, smoky cedar flavors flood the mouth creating the most intense and pleasurable drinking experience. Paired with a savory cheese, fresh baguette and balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil, you will be transported to a wonderful state of zen. Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Want to give the ultimate gift, try sending our Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon...

Why We Gift Wednesday – Halloween Edition

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. On this chilly Autumn Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re celebrating Halloween, of course!! It’s that time of year – costume planning and shopping, party planning, menu planning and shopping, which parent is going to stay home and pass out candy while the other takes the kids trick-or-treating and which kids was going as the witch again? Phew – it can seem like a pretty chaotic time of year, but on that spooky Halloween eve, the sheer elation, the ecstatic joy on every child’s face makes the whole night worth it. So get into the spirit of the season! Carve that pumpkin, mull that cider, bob for that apple and tell the next-door-neighbor kid that he’s the scariest ghost on the block! To make Halloween feel a little less hectic, GiftTree has some scary-delicious treats like a big tote tilled with creamy Lindt chocolate vanilla truffles, a scary batch of  luscious cake pops, and even a complete kit to make your very own caramel apples! If you know someone who is Halloween-obsessed (don’t we all?) or someone who could use a little cheering up this Fall, send them a little Halloween love! If you order now, there’s still time to make sure it gets to their door...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Silver Oak Winery

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. We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to having a glass of red wine tonight to cap off the long week, and Friday’s Featured Artisan Silver Oak Winery is one of our very favorite California cabernets. Silver Oak’s production began over a handshake between two friends – Raymond Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur who invested in California vineyards, and a winemaker named Justin Meyer. The duo had a bold vision: to focus only on the cabernet sauvignon varietal, age it exclusively in American oak barrels, and make it cellar-worthy for decades to come. They converted an old dairy barn into a winery in Napa Valley and produced their first vintage of only 1,100 cases in 1972. Over the next three decades, Silver Oak’s popularity skyrocketed as it consistently collected rave reviews. Their Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets sold as quickly as they were released from the winery and became quite a hot commodity on restaurant wine lists across the US. Eventually, Justin Meyer retired and sold his stake in the winery to the Duncan family, who owns and operates Silver Oak to this day. In 2006, a sweeping fire destroyed the historic winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. It was an emotional, difficult time for the entire Silver Oak family, but they were determined to...

Why We Gift Wednesday – After School Tutor 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 giving a shout-out tutors – to those wonderful individuals who devote their time and energy to helping our kids achieve their maximum potential. Day after day, after-school tutors sit down with our children to play a key role in their lives and their learning – filling the gaps that are left behind at the end of a school day, while adapting to each child’s individual needs and building a lasting relationship with them. Whether it’s math, science, reading or simply connecting, after-school tutors play a vital role as they construct those crucial bridges between life and learning, building a stronger future for our kids, one at a time. Is there an after-school tutor who works with your children to make them smarter, stronger and more confident? Send them a thank you gift to let them know how much you appreciate the work that they do and the time they devote!   If your tutor is over the age of 21, how about a lovely bottle of wine? Select DeepRoot Reserve Red, Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, or a vibrant California chardonnay. The best part? The presentation, of course! The wine arrives in a personalized wine crate bearing the message “Thank you for...

Halloween Party Recipes

Fall is finally here! What does that mean? Time to start planning for Halloween of course! Costumes, decorations and everything that goes with it is crucial at a ghoulish gala, but don’t forget to start planning your Halloween party recipes early, too. Having spooky, delicious treats is just as important as the perfect costume and frightful frills and flourishes. Here at GiftTree, we know a thing or two about throwing a fearsome feast — here are some of our favorite Halloween party recipes.     Sometimes it seems that Halloween party treats are all about the appearance and not so much about flavor or anything else (hot dogs sliced up to look like worms… Seriously?). To top it off, when a recipe is more focused on looking fancy, it also becomes more complicated and time-consuming. This Spiderweb Cake, found on Delish, not only looks great, but is easy and tasty to boot! Besides, it’s chocolate! You really can’t go wrong with chocolate.     Being that Halloween is heavily sweet-centric, I felt like it was best to lead off with some confectionery goodness. However you gotta have an appetizer before you dig into that Spiderweb Cake, so to stick (like a fly in a web, hahahaha) with the spiderweb theme, here is some Spiderweb Nacho Spread, also from the culinary geniuses at Delish. As someone who grew up in the southwest, I have an affinity for any and all types of Mexican food and an obsession with avocados and guacamole. After moving to Vancouver, WA (home of GiftTree HQ), I’ve found it tough to find a good avocado. Because of this,...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Dragonfly Cakes

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. Have you ever had petits fours? They’re bite-sized cakes that originated in France in the 1700s, made in the smaller oven next to the main oven in traditional French kitchens. The baker’s main reason for making petits fours was simply to take advantage of the stored heat and lower temperature during the cooling process of the coal-fired brick ovens. Petits fours come in three types – sec (dry), like a meringue or macaron, salé (salted), savory bite-sized appetizers, or its most popular form, glacé (glazed), tiny iced and decorated cakes with layers of sponge cake and jam or chocolate ganache, covered in fondant and finished with tiny decorations. Friday’s Featured Artisan Dragonfly Cakes is one of the most well-known makers of glacé petits fours, and its owner, Brooks Nguyen, is credited for her part in elevating the petits fours’ modern popularity  in the United States. Brooks started baking sweets and treats as a kid growing up in the Bay Area, but she didn’t make a career out of it until she was out of college. She had already delved into the business world and had a few corporate positions behind her when she reached a crossroads and decided to enroll in the Baking and Pastry Program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. There, Brooks quickly discovered her passion...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Lazy 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, we’re giving a shout-out to those lazy days – maybe it’s one of those rainy Sunday afternoons spent in bed reading books together, or a Saturday evening watching movies and snuggling on the couch with a big bowl of warm, buttery popcorn. Life is hard! It’s busy and it’s stressful, and it seems like it only gets more and more hectic as plans are made and obligations pile up. So when a day without any plans comes along, it’s the perfect opportunity to slow down, take it easy, and spend time doing what you love the most with the people that you love the most. After all – between work, the house, the kids and everything in between, you’ve earned this glorious day of doing absolutely nothing! Do you know someone who is in desperate need of a well-deserved day of rest and rejuvenation? Treat them to the gifts that are meant to spoil and pamper them from head to toe, like one of our exclusive spa baskets. Or treat them to a cheerful bottle of champagne, or maybe a delicious basket filled with gourmet sweets and treats to indulge the senses. You’ll be encouraging them to slow down, relax and find some peace...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Moonstruck Chocolate 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. If you’re either A) a Pacific Northwesterner, or B) a chocolate fanatic, you’re probably already aware of this Friday’s Featured Artisan – Oregon’s own Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Established in Portland, Oregon in 1993, the founders of Moonstruck Chocolate Co. set out on a mission to handcraft superior chocolates that are not only made from the finest ingredients in the world, but also look sensational and have remarkable textures as well, creating a chocolate experience for all the senses. Specializing in truffles, tablets, bars and drinking chocolate in seemingly infinite flavor combinations, Moonstruck pairs their decadent chocolate with fresh flavors found in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, hand-decorating each piece with the utmost attention to detail. Regarded as one of the most skilled chocolatiers in North America, Moonstruck’s Master Chocolatier Julian Rose is a classically trained pastry chef and confectioner who has made a name for himself as an authority on chocolate. He first began mastering his trade in his parent’s well-regarded pastry shop in Montreal called Patisserie Rose, and went on to train in the culinary arts in France. Julian then went to work for the world-famous European chocolate company Callebaut, serving as Director of Callebaut’s Chocolate Academy in Canada, where he taught and demonstrated the mastery of fine chocolate to the best pastry chefs and confectioners throughout the Western Hemisphere. At Moonstruck, Chef...
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