Why We Gift Wednesday (Cousins Edition)

This Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re focusing in on the family members the truly blur the lines between family and friends. Not the ones that we feel obligated to spend time with because we’re related, but the ones that we totally choose to hang out with, because we’re so much more like friends. Here’s to the cousins who we grew up shooting Nerf guns with in the backyard and now depend on to swap stories about our children’s achievements, and ask for advice on our challenges. Raise a glass and toast that cousin who somewhere along the line transformed from just another member of the family tree to a lifelong friend and confidant.   Comment Below:  Do you have a cousin who doubles as a wonderful friend? Tell us about...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Plum Island Soap Company

Friday’s Featured Artisan Plum Island Soap Company was born out of its founder Michele Diodati’s passion for creating all-natural soaps and lotions for her own friends and family that were free of any chemicals or harmful ingredients. She mixed up recipes in her kitchen to cure her baby’s diaper rash and experimented with natural ingredients to relieve her own growing anxiety when reading labels on products in her cabinets. When Michele first started out, she sold her soaps at Farmers Markets in and around Boston as well as craft fairs throughout New England. She was sure to collect email addresses and contact info of the customers she met along the way, and kept in touch with them as the business grew. As it turned out, there were a lot of people out there who shared her concerns, and were also looking for natural spa and bath products. It’s these customers’ continued loyalty that have helped Plum Island Soap Company stay true to their path of purity. What started in the kitchen took over the living room, and shortly thereafter demanded the whole house and now, Plum Island Soap Company operates out of a little cottage on Plum Island, Massachusetts. This is the magical place where all the soapy, buttery goodness takes place. They make their products daily out of a little tiny shop, mixing and packaging their all-natural line. In some ways, they operate like a bakery, using similar equipment and making everything in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. From the very beginning, the mission was to create bath products using the purest, simplest ingredients, without using dyes, perfumes...

How to Write the Perfect Birthday Card Message

Celebrating a dear friend or family member turning another year older (and wiser) is such a fun part of life. It’s their day to shine, and be shown just how much they’re loved while being showered with gifts, and indulging in decadently sweet desserts. But, sometimes expressing your excitement for someone’s special day is easier said than done and when you sit down to write that perfect birthday card message, writer’s block strikes! Don’t worry, here at GiftTree we have your birthday card covered! With our selection of ideas below, you’re sure to find something that sums up the message you have in your head that you need to get down on paper. Read on for our guide on how to write the perfect birthday card message:   For family and dear old friends: Happy Birthday! May your day be filled with scrumptious cake, amazing gifts, decadent cake, smiling faces, and did I mention cake? You deserve it!     P.S. Cake! As you blow out the candles this year, just think – it’s another wonderful year you’ve had the chance to enjoy me as your (daughter/friend/niece/etc.)! Here’s to next year and all the great times we’ll have together. Today we celebrate all the wonderful years you’ve been in our lives. We look back and total up many, many years we’ve counted on you, and your warm, funny, personality. Don’t think about exactly how many years, just hurry up and blow out all those candles so we can get started on that cake! Happy Birthday! You take care of everyone else, so today’s your day to put up your feet and let...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Hiking Partner Edition!)

Here in the Pacific Northwest, where GiftTree headquarters are located, we’re hiking fanatics! Ask just about anyone what their favorite hobby is, and you’re likely to hear hiking somewhere in the list, and more often than not, right at the top! Speaking of the top, reaching a summit with someone just seems to instantly bring you closer – the mix of endorphins and elation at having reached a goal together all seem to culminate and make for an even closer friendship. Not to mention the deep conversations that just seem to flow and echo through the empty, serene forest as you take each step. This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating those in our lives who are our partners on the trail, who stick by our side as we overcome obstacles, cross bridges, and ultimately work towards reaching those peaks that bring about so much joy and a huge sense of accomplishment. And when we return to the car sweaty and covered in dirt, are right there with us scarfing down Chex mix, and maybe cracking open a celebratory beer in the parking lot. Comment Below: Do you have a hiking partner who’s just the best person to hit the trails with? Maybe they’re with you metaphorically as you make your way along the ups and downs of life? We’d love to hear your story – it could be featured on the next...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – The Magnolia Company

In Central Florida, warm sun and gentle rain showers cover over 250-acres of thriving Southern Magnolia trees, whose lush leaves are used to create gorgeous wreaths and home decor by Friday’s Featured Artisan, The Magnolia Company. In the 1800’s, Jeremiah Underhill arrived in America as a farmer with a passion for growing and gardening premium foliage. His son Joseph was awarded a land grant for military service, and that land became the homestead for The Magnolia Company farm and estate, which to this day, is still owned and operated by the Underhill family. “We at The Magnolia Company desire to continually expand upon our rich heritage of producing very high quality products through creativity, ingenuity and old-fashioned hard work. Being firmly rooted in these principles, we look forward to serving you in this tradition.”  Here at GiftTree, we’re honored to partner with The Magnolia Company in three of their outstanding designs that are truly living works of art. We especially love the All Natural Lavender and Magnolia Wreath! Fragrant and naturally beautiful, this spectacular wreath combines fresh-cut magnolia leaves with dried lavender and floral accents. The handmade wreath features a thick base of green magnolia leaves embellished with dried lavender sprigs, hydrangea, globe thistle, and pepperberries. The finishing touch of a lavender ribbon completes this stunning creation that will be appreciated for many seasons. This large wreath can last up to five years and is a simply gorgeous addition to any home.     Comment Below:  Indoor plants, wreaths, garland… what kinds of leaves and foliage do you gravitate...

Ten Ways to Cure the Kids’ Summer Boredom

Here we are in the long, warm, lazy dog days of summer. The independence day decorations are packed up and most of us have returned from our much-anticipated summer vacations, and that means there’s pretty much an entire month remaining of the kids just kind of “hanging out at home” before school starts. So when we hear the two dreaded inevitable words: “I’m bored!” Not to fear, GiftTree has a come up with this list of ten fun summer boredom-busters for kids of all ages. Onward!   1. Backyard Campout! Help the kids set up their own backyard campout! It’s fun for kids of all ages and teaches them to be resourceful. Check out this helpful resource and complete guide to backyard camping with kids. 2. Cook together! Plan out lunch and dinner menus and get cooking! Kids love to feel involved in their parents’ busy lives, so why not let them help you plan out August’s dinner menu, gather recipes together, and even cook together? If you have a picky eater or need a little help browsing recipes, Real Simple has a great list of 50 Family-Friendly Dinners that kids are sure to love to cook and eat! 3. Get their Room Ready for a New School Year! Everyone loves to enter into a new year feeling organized and tidy,  but cleaning, sorting and re-organizing your kid’s room might feel like a chore when you put it like that. Present it to them in a way that they can see it as a room-makeover! They get to choose new decorations, re-arrange the furniture, and make sure they have a great spot to study...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Nature’s Magic Edition)

This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re giving a shout out to the adults in our lives who sparked our imagination as kids, who kindled our spirits, and who made us more aware of the magic all around us. As we think about the people in our lives that made a difference to us throughout the years, sometimes those small learning moments are the ones that had the most impact. Is there someone in your life who took the time to show you a cool bug, a beautiful waterfall, or marveled along with you at a stunning sunset? Comment Below: We’d love to hear about the people in your life you remember showing you something magical in nature that you’ll never forget. Or, maybe you’re the one passing on your knowledge to the next generation. Share your story! It could be featured in the next...

Sunny Spa Gifts For a Summer Day

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in a spa day! If you’re looking for the perfect spa gift for women or men on your list, a gift recipient in your life, now is the time. With shorts, tank tops and sandals, more skin than ever is showing and in need of pampering, exfoliation and hydration to keep it looking its best. Plus, the weather is great to sit outside and host a D.I.Y. spa day right in your own back yard or deck on a breezy summer’s afternoon complete with a glass of crisp rose wine, and a selection of refreshing nibbles. Our selection of spa gifts a great place to start towards a day of ultimate relaxation, and a refreshing retreat! Tip: Wet some towels, ring out most of the water, roll up and place on a platter in the fridge. They’re great to grab at the end of a summer spa pampering session to cool down. Pair with some ice cold cucumber and lemon infused water and your at-home experience will rival a high-end spa in no time.   Bath and Body Invigoration Our Bath and Body Invigoration is a great choice for a spa gift for women that offers the ease of a spa pampering session all in one place, while also being easy on any gift giver’s budget. With it’s bright, bee-friendly and natural products, and a selection of spa tools all wrapped up in an adorable wooden spa bucket, this kit is destined to wash away the day’s stresses and pamper the body from head to toe.     The Man Can Men need...

Friday’s Featured Artisan – Sasanian Caviar

Friday’s Featured Artisan, Sasanian Caviar, is the undisputed recognized source for the finest caviar in the world. Hailed as “the Ambassador to Luxury”, Sasanian offers a collection of the highest quality Imported and American caviar, always sustainably sourced. If you’re not familiar with caviar but you’re just not sure where to start, there’s a lot to be learned! Caviar has been a part of culinary culture for centuries, with roots tracing back to Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire, exploding in popularity when it expanded to Russia and the European monarchies. Caviar can come from many types of fish including several species of sturgeon, paddlefish, salmon, trout or whitefish. The eggs, referred to as “roe” or “pearls”, can range from teeny-tiny granules, like Flying Fish (Tobiko) roe, to very large pearls like Salmon roe, that burst with the flavor of a fresh fish in the ocean with a subtle hint of sea salt. It’s usually spooned on to a blini or white bread with crème fraîche or sour cream. It’s highly recommended to use a spoon made from Mother-of-Pearl or one that is not metallic, as the metal can interfere with the delicate flavor of the roe. GiftTree is proud to partner with Sasanian to offer three beautiful gift sets of caviar, and we’re sure you’re going to absolutely adore the fresh flavor and luxury experience.     Exclusive to GiftTree, Sasanian offers up this selection of fine Siberian Baerii Sturgeon caviar, creamy medium-sized pearls from pristine fresh water, and wild Alaskan Salmon Roe, large pearls bursting with the flavor of fresh ocean breezes. These fine caviars are served on savory Russian blinis with Mother of Pearl serving spoons....

Arranging The Perfect Charcuterie Platter

Charcuterie platters have the potential to be the food focus of any great cocktail party, and are the perfect no-fuss appetizer to set out and get any dinner party started. You’ll be able to prep everything in advance so you can be right there sipping and savoring alongside your guests instead of fussing over a needy canapé. With our easy guide, any novice can put together a wow-worthy, balanced and aesthetically pleasing charcuterie platter centerpiece with a little something for all tastes to nibble on. Plan for about 1-2 ounces of meat per person, as well as about 1-2 ounces of cheese, and double that if you won’t be serving dinner, or if the rest of the spread is light. Read on to learn all about the ins and outs of assembling the perfect charcuterie platter:   Add height for interest A flat, boring platter will taste fine, sure, but a platter with a balance of different heights will add interest and practically attract people to it like a magnet. A champagne flute and a thin tall vase filled with thin breadsticks known as grissini, pickled green beans or asparagus spears, or long carrot sticks will fit the bill nicely.   Use cool containers you already have Rather than a flat board with meat just sitting on it, why not add a plate set atop an upside down highball glass to make a mini stand to hold that brie? Add a cute teacup in one corner stacked high with buttery club crackers. Grab a mini colander and fill it with an array of grapes, dried apricots, and quartered figs. The possibilities are endless if you take a look...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Best Friend Chat Edition!)

This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re sitting back and reflecting on the people in our lives we can turn to when times are tough and we need to just call someone over for a nice long chat, a walk, and come out of it with a new perspective and a new attitude on a situation. Our best friends are the people in our lives that we can always depend on to come to our side and be the one who offers great advice, a sounding board, or just a change of mood with a totally off the wall, funny story or comment. So today, celebrate and give a shout out to your BFF and share this post with them!   Comment Below: Who can you always count on to turn your day around with a simple chat? We’d love to hear about...

D.I.Y. Gift Scavenger Hunt!

Make the gift-giving process more fun by making the recipient put on their detective hat and solve clues to find it! We’ve created a do-it-yourself scavenger hunt that you can modify to fit your unique home, or any location you choose! Just write or print up our clues on notes and leave them throughout the house, with the final gift in a hard to find location. This scavenger hunt works well for kids and adults alike (but we’d be a little less obvious with the hiding places if an adult were searching – try on the bottom of a shampoo bottle, inside a shoe, or the underside of a table or chair. To make the scavenger hunt extra challenging for adults (or super savvy youngsters), take a photo of the final hiding place, then cut into 8 pieces and hide one piece with each clue. Then, the seeker will have to assemble all the pieces at the end to finally reach their gift. Now set up your clues, and send your gift recipient off on a fun scavenger hunt that will turn an ordinary gift giving moment into a fun, sure to be remembered adventure! Introduction card: A gift awaits you if you’re a great detective. Just solve all the clues, you can’t be selective. I’ll lead you to them, one by one. Let’s get started and have some fun! Clue #1 Finding your next clue will be so neat! It’s way under the covers, down by your feet. (Hide under end of mattress , or under sheet)   Clue #2 Clue number two is sure to fool you. Go check in the...

Cool Down With Summer Drink Recipes

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better way is there to cool down after a long hard day of work (or play), than with a tasty summer drink? There’s not too many I can think of that are as simple or cheap as a summer beverage made from one of these summer drink recipes. At GiftTree’s headquarters in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, this summer has been much nicer and cooler than last year so far, but after a long day of providing people with awesome gifts, or cleaning out the garage, a tasty summer beverage is still much appreciated. We’re here to help you cool down with summer drink recipes. Check out some of our favorites of both the virgin and adult variety. This is one of my favorite non-alcoholic summer cool down beverages! I first tried it at a Mediterranean restaurant down the street from my house and have been hooked since. It is a simple twist on a classic, super refreshing on a hot day and goes great with a falafel wrap. Check out this recipe from Salt & Wind.     Another one of my favorite summer time cool down beverages is Thai Tea. Not only does it combat the heat of a spicy Thai curry, but it can also cool you down on a hot summer day. It’s also surprisingly easy to make! Check out a couple of options for making Thai Tea from the dynamic duo of White on Rice Couple. There are so many ways to make this that you may need to experiment to match the flavor at...

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Victoria’s Lavenders

Lavender is certainly in bloom here in the Pacific Northwest, and Friday’s Featured Artisan, Victoria’s Lavenders, has mastered  the art of growing and harvesting this flowering herb of a thousand benefits. Victoria’s Lavender has its roots in Oregon wine country, growing out of a dream to use the property that Marilyn Thompson and her husband Troy had purchased to build their home on and use for his landscaping business. But shortly after, Troy was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable and fatal illness. After a courageous 4-year battle with ALS, Troy passed away at the age of 36. During his illness, Marilyn devoted herself to keeping him comfortable using natural alternatives,since traditional medicine did very little to weaken the vicious symptoms of the disease. She soon discovered the many health benefits to lavender, including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, migraine and stress relief and so much more. As a widow with a young child and fueled by the former dream she and Troy had shared for the property, Marilyn began growing lavender and eventually started her own company, naming it after their daughter, Victoria. Today, Victoria’s Lavenders prides themselves in crafting high quality, small batch artisanal products using lavender from the farm and locally-sourced or fair trade organic ingredients in their formulations. From bath and body care to candles, aromatherapy essentials and even lavender to use in cooking, Marilyn Thompson strives for loveliness in her products, both inside and out. One of GiftTree’s most popular gifts is our Spa Booties with Lavender Aromatherapy gift from Victoria’s Lavenders. We love popping these ultra-soft booties in the microwave for 30 seconds and slipping them on for a...

Bring Summer Sun Indoors with Bright Bouquets

Ahhh, summer…. if you live in a part of the country where there’s a pretty spectacular difference in the weather from winter to summer, you know all about taking advantage of the summertime sun, because come October, you might not see that big yellow ball again until April. From gardening to barbecuing, to beach days and the county fair, we’re all about getting outdoors and milking those long sunny days for all their worth. But of course, there are days where we must be inside, and when that happens, bringing the summer sun indoors with bright bouquets keeps us cheerful and ready for the day ahead. We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite summer bouquets below – if there’s a special occasion coming up this summer, or someone you know is stuck indoors with a summer cold, a bright bouquet is the perfect gift. Onward!     Playfully Pink is a fun, unique bouquet that is anything but standard, this dramatic arrangement beautifully stands out from the crowd. Enchanting and perfectly gorgeous, the most vivid summer blooms in pink and orange hues are artfully arranged in a collectible matching mod vase. The Shining On Bouquet is such an elegant, monochromatic arrangement of snowy white blossoms sprinkled with bright green sprigs – we’re sure this bouquet will cool even the hottest of summer days. Summer Samba is a fiery blend of summertime blossoms such as chrysanthemum, lilies and dahlias that perfectly capture the spirit of summer. Brighten up anyone’s day with Summer with Style. Vivacious dahlias, roses, lilies and more are artfully arranged in a gleaming orange glass cube. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Eating Outside Edition!)

Isn’t there something about eating a freshly cooked meal outside in the summer that makes it just taste better? It could be as simple as a grilled hotdog and potato chips, or something as extravagant as lobster dipped in drawn butter with luxurious champagne, but something about the open air or a warm breeze blowing past, and sounds of nature that makes a meal come alive. This #WhyWeGiftWednesday, raise a toast to the people in your life that you love to see gathered around the outdoor table or picnic blanket for a delicious outdoor meal.   Comment Below: What’s your favorite meal to eat outside? And where? We’re partial to a simple home cooked barbecue of burgers or brats, potato salad and microbrews enjoyed on a back patio in the waning golden sunlight of warm summer’s...

Charming Personalized Gifts For The Kitchen

Do you know someone who is a die-hard foodie, novice chef or have an impending wedding or an upcoming housewarming party?  At GiftTree we have some pretty unique and top-notch gifts to fit all of your gift giving needs.  Our personalized gifts will be the perfect addition to any kitchen. Check out our fabulous array of tools and accessories for kitchens that are thoughtful and certain to please. Engraved Chopsticks for Two One of our most popular and endearing gifts, these upscale chopsticks are fun, stylish and won’t be soon forgotten! Our one of a kind chopsticks will make a great housewarming, wedding, or anniversary gift. Bonus feature: GiftTree offers personal engraving with a special message for Free. Personalized Pint Glass Set Thoughtful and thoroughly impressive, these personalized brewing company pint glasses are the perfect way to enjoy a refreshing craft brew. Any beer drinker will be overjoyed by this sentimental and long-lasting gift. Personalized Brewing Company pint glasses make the perfect gift for the craft beer lover in your life. So, whether your special beer connoisseur is into ales, pilsners, stouts or IPAs their beer drinking experience will be quite special in these amazing glasses. Engraved Ice Cream Bucket with Scoop I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! Everyone loves ice cream…until it starts to melt. Now you can savor each frosty bite without feeling rushed. Simply place a pint or carton of ice cream into this metal alloy container for a long-lasting chilled treat. Engrave a name, date, or special message for the perfect gift-giving experience. This show-stopping gift comes with a classic ice...

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Lollia by Margot Elena

Friday’s Featured Artisan, Margot Elena, is an entrepreneur from Colorado with a love of all-things-beautiful. She began her career out of college, opening a tiny boutique that sold handmade soaps with custom package designs of her own creation. Her knack for scent and style took off, and today, she’s an internationally recognized perfumer and designer. The Margot Elena brand consists of four product lines referred to as “libraries”, all meticulously crafted and perfectly balanced in design, fragrance, and formulation. Constantly mindful that her products add both beauty and purpose, Margot personally orchestrates her scent families and designs each package down to the last enticing detail, charming customers with these perfect treasures to fall in love with. One of Margot Elena’s elegant libraries is known as Lollia, a series of fragrance stories whose chapters overflow with whimsically scented and designed bath and body luxuries. Here at GiftTree, we love the perfectly placed details, fresh scents and effortless allure of Lollia’s carefully designed treasures. Two of our favorite spa gifts proudly feature Lollia bath products, and if you ever get a chance to give these a sniff and whirl in the bathtub, we know you’re going to be absolutely amazed – they’re just as pleasing on the nose as they are on the eyes. This celebration calls for a little bubbly – a bubble bath from the Luxe Bubbling Bath Crate, that is! The light floral perfume of rice flower is perfectly paired with southern magnolias and demure mimosa in this fragranced bubble bath. Blended with moisture-rich avocado oils and vitamin E, this perfumed bubble bath arrives in a distinctively modern glass bottle with white petal lace, a signature cork and a kiss of gold...
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