Why We Gift Wednesday (Meteor Shower Edition!)

Sharing a special moment with someone you care about is one of the best things that life brings us. One such moment is a quiet, peaceful night looking up at the brightly lit sky full of stars and hoping to catch a glimpse of the magic that is a meteor shower. This Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re celebrating that special someone who shares an interesting hobby and is always willing to head out on adventure together. With several reliable meteor showers coming up in late July and early August, there are plenty of opportunities this summer to get outside and away from the city lights, set up a blanket or a reclining chair, and cozy up with someone special under the stars. Here’s a great guide from EarthSky all about when and where to catch the best meteor sightings, what to bring with you, and all about how meteors actually work, along with some great photography. Happy viewing!       Looking for a great gift made for a meteor shower lover? Check out our Name a Star Gift Set on GiftTree.com. This exciting kit includes everything needed to name a star in the recipient’s name. When the enclosed registration materials are sent in, the recipient will receive a Star “Deed”, and instructions to locate their star in the night sky.   Comment Below: Have you ever had the chance to spend time looking at a meteor shower? When and where? Let us know about your experience!...

Get Grillin’ BBQ Recipes

The warm summer sun and longer days combine to create the perfect mix needed to pull out the grill and your favorite BBQ recipes. So, invite friends and family over to enjoy some summertime festivities and new twists on classic BBQ recipes. The ultimate BBQ soirée begins with the two most important ingredients, patience and creativity. Perfect BBQ requires that you be willing to nurture the meal and allow the grill to do all of the work. When BBQ is done right there is nothing more satisfying to the chef than seeing everyone rushing back to the table to get seconds and thirds. Below we have compiled several of the top BBQ recipes destined to make the perfect summertime meal more memorable.   BBQ Volcano Potatoes This dish is simple to make and explodes with savory flavors.  All you need is a few potatoes, foil and any assortment of your choosing like cheese, sour cream, and any meat of your choosing to fill the insides. Whats’ perfect about this dish it that there are endless combinations of fillings you can add and create.   Beer Can Chicken If you desire to taste the juiciest chicken on this planet, then this is the dish for you! What makes this dish so amazing is that it’s super simple and all you need is a can of beer that’s half full and a whole roasting chicken. Season the chicken with either a traditional BBQ rub or any seasonings you want and boom it’s done. Voila, It’s that simple!   Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Keeping with the theme of an easy and mouth watering BBQ side Prosciutto wrapped asparagus fits...

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Murray’s Cheese

If you’ve ever been inside a Kroger, Ralph’s or Fred Meyer supermarket, you’ve probably seen their stand – a blazing red sign stamped with delicious-sounding adjectives like “savory”, “aromatic”, “toasty” and “farmstead”, along with a bold yellow logo that proudly declares Murray’s: We Know Cheese. And boy, is that right. Friday’s Featured Artisan is one of our favorite cheesemongers and one of the very best in the business, Murray’s. A small Greenwich Village shop in 1940, the original owner Murray Greenberg had the simple dream of being a part of the neighborhood’s food scene as a dairy wholesaler. When he retired in the 1970s, he sold the shop to his longtime clerk, Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant. In those days it was a butter and eggs shop with a selection of block cheeses, catering to the Italian enclave of Bleecker Street. While standing in line at Murray’s one day in the 1990s, a customer named Rob Kaufelt overheard Louis Tudda say that he was thinking of closing the shop down. Rob made an offer to buy the store and Louis accepted, making him the third (and present) owner of one of New York City’s oldest cheese shops. Soon after buying the storefront, Rob began traveling the globe seeking new cheeses that no American had ever heard of, and bringing them back to the United States. From humble beginnings as a 300-square foot shop, to a flagship store in Grand Central Market, a 50-seat restaurant and wine bar, their own network of state-of-the-art caves where cheeses are aged to perfection on Long Island, and 140-cheese stands at Kroger markets throughout the country, Murray’s sells a whopping 800,000 pounds of cheese...

How to Host a Backyard Movie Night

Happy Summer, everyone! Nothing comes close to the feeling of a balmy Summer night. Hanging out in the backyard on a warm summer night is a great idea, but how about taking it to the next level and hosting an outdoor movie night? It’s much easier than you’d think – with a little creativity, a few setup essentials, some loved ones to snuggle up with and a lot of fresh popcorn, a backyard movie is the perfect summer night.   Here are seven simple steps to create the perfect backyard summer movie night:   1. A laptop, projector and speakers. With a few extension cords, you can prop up your equipment on a table or lawn chair, easy peasy! Just make sure that you test out your set up – that way you can ensure there won’t be any technical difficulties on the night of the big premiere. 2. A large white flat sheet. A big white flat sheet makes the perfect movie screen. You can use nails or thumbtacks to fix the sheet up against any wall, fence or flat surface. Giving it an iron before hanging to work out any wrinkles is a great idea, too! 3. Plenty of ultra-comfy seating. Spread out beach blankets, quilts, bean bag chairs, cushions and pillows to make sure that every guest has a super-comfortable area to lounge. Check the weather before the movie night too, and warn your guests that they might want to bring a light jacket or another blanket if the temperature dips. 4. Lots of snacks and drinks! Offer plenty of popcorn, candy, soft drinks and other beverages, just like the movie theater! Setting up a little refreshment stand is a fun...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Grandmother’s Love Edition!)

Why We Gift Wednesday is the day we celebrate all the myriad people, occasions, and reasons to spread generosity. From bus drivers to best friends, so many people in our lives show their heartfelt care, commit countless selfless acts, or achieve milestones or goals that they’ve been working towards for ages. That’s why we love the stories behind the gifts we sell – they’re not just products, they’re memorable gifting moments waiting to be delivered. This week we’re giving a shoutout to all the Grandmas out there who put time, energy, and lots of love into baking treats and goodies for friends and family. Nothing quite beats walking in the door at Grandma’s house to the enticing smells of a famous cookie recipe getting ooey-gooey in the oven, or a fresh loaf of bread just waiting to be slathered with butter and devoured.     Comment Below: Do you have a family favorite recipe that someone cooks for you, or that was handed down to you? We won’t ask you to reveal the secret ingredients, but we’d love to hear the story behind how it came to...

Gifts for Your Fave Green Thumb

It’s officially summer!! Do you have a well-honed green thumb or are you a novice trying your hand at growing plants? Avid gardeners often speak about the bliss of having one’s hands deep in the soil. Planting a seed and nurturing it until it is in full bloom is an incredible experience. Gardening outside or caring for houseplants requires dedication and nurturing, but the finished product is priceless and sure to bring warm smiles to those close to you who take great pleasure and satisfaction in this endeavor.  Taking the time to put your hands in the dirt, while lovingly pouring the seed into the fresh soil can be both a relaxing and a rewarding at the same time. Below, peruse our perfect gifts for the established gardener or the enthusiastic novice! Happy Summer Solstice Planting!!! Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be The Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be is beloved for their attractive, lacy foliage and rapid growth. This tree is a magnificent piece of history that is easy to grow and care for. Preferring moist, healthy soil, Dawn Redwoods can reach heights of 50-60 feet in ideal conditions over 30 years! This complete growing kit makes a refreshing, commemorative gift for any occasion. Seeds of Life Oak Tree Kit What better and more memorable way to honor the life of a loved one than by gifting that special person with The Seeds of Life Oak Tree Kit.  Whether it is to welcome a newborn, celebrate the purchase of a home, or to honor someone’s life, the planting of a tree is a touching gesture and great for the environment. This handy kit comes...

Happy Father’s Day 2016

We would like to wish the fathers at GiftTree, and fathers everywhere, a very happy Father’s Day 2016! We asked dads that work here to send in a photo of themselves with their families, here are a few of the dads that help make GiftTree such a great place to...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Father’s Day Edition!)

It’s Dad’s time to shine! Father’s Day is right around the corner – THIS SUNDAY! It’s not to late to order a GiftTree Gift, we offer shipping to most locations in just 1-2 days, but time is definitely running out. This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating all that Dads do – from offering a shoulder to cry on, to a helping hand, to a listening ear, to the perfect one-liner dad joke that makes us roll our eyes (but secretly laugh inside)! Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! Click the image below to save up to 20% on Dad’s...

Melt-Proof Mail: Introducing our Summer Chocolate Line

The Summer weather is getting underway, and as we all know, chocolate might not do so well sitting on a hot porch in Arizona all day. So what do we do when we need to send a gift to a chocolate-lover in Texas in July? We look to GiftTree, of course! With an innovative new way of packaging chocolate during summer, GiftTree has a viable solution to keep chocolate cool during the heat: proper insulation and ice packs. GiftTree’s summer chocolate gifts are insulated with a sustainable, recyclable and temperature-sensitive packing solution. Biodegradable and compostable, this insulation layer is wrapped in a half-inch thick white poly film built to withstand sunlight and heat. In addition to keeping out the sun and heat, GiftTree packs the box holding your sweet sweet chocolate gifts with icy arctic coolness. Sweat-resistant gel packs that are completely non-toxic (and reusable, too!) are included in each gift. These durable ice packs create a “freezer effect” for the gift! Check out our summer chocolate line: it’s a decadent, mouthwatering collection of chocolate gifts that will deliver to any hot destination in the USA, intact and ready to be devoured! The Luxury Chocolate Collection Gift Lindt chocolate truffles, Ghirardelli squares, and an intense orange dark chocolate tablet are just a few of the luscious chocolates filling this stylish leather basket. Paired with snack mixes, roasted almonds and sweet candies, our expert gourmands have created this rich menu to be savored and remembered. Chevaliers French Chocolate Tin French master chocolatiers Chevaliers D’Argouges present a 12 piece collection of milk, white, and dark chocolates made from the world’s finest cacao beans, filled with an assortment of ganaches and fillings like praline...

Quiz – What’s The Pa-fect Father’s Day Gift?

[qzzr quiz=”232251″ width=”100%” height=”auto” redirect=”true” offset=”0″] Father’s Day is coming up next Sunday, June 19th! If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift to match your dad’s personality, this quiz is for you! Just answer five questions about dear old Dad, and we’ll lead you to the gift that’s destined for him. We’re proud of our unique, curated collection of gifts Dad is sure to love – no ties or socks to be found here! Comment Below: Share your results! How did our quiz do in matching a gift to your dad’s unique likes, taste and interests? We’d love to hear your...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Family Reunion Edition!)

This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating gathering up the whole family tree to catch up, eat great food, and re-connect. Whether your family is big and spread out, or small and close-knit, the time spent together to catch up on what’s going on in one another’s lives – from trying times to accomplishments, is priceless. Family reunions are another great reason to spread generosity and goodwill to those you’re related to whether by blood, marriage, or just close connection. While we’re at it, here are a few tips to hosting a great Family Reunion: Make sure to capture the moment. For many families, having everyone together in one place is a rare occurrence – so be sure to document it! Set up a tripod and take a few great self-timed shots of the whole gang, or even set up a do-it-yourself photo booth and share the photos on a Facebook event set up for the reunion. Send out digital files of group shots to everyone via email, or go the extra mile and have them printed and sent out via an online service like Shutterfly, it’s sure to be appreciated. Don’t forget to print one for yourself, so you can see how everyone changes (and how the family has grown) throughout the years. Plan a few games. If the weather allows, some outdoor games bring on a sense of healthy competition – whether it’s family groups going against each other, men versus women, or divided up buy generation. Have prizes at the ready like a bottle of wine or gift basket so the competition can really heat up. Keep it simple –...

Tell Him He’s Loved: Writing a Meaningful Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day is almost here! Have you picked out a card yet? While it’s always fun to get Dad a funny Father’s Day card to make him laugh, we think it’s important not to let Father’s Day go by without letting Dad know just how much you appreciate him and how loved he is, too. Writing a meaningful message inside Dad’s Father’s Day card isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do – sometimes it’s hard to come up with the right words to say! With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few examples of thoughtful messages for Dad. Write one of these down inside Dad’s card and we promise that your love and appreciation for Dad (or Uncle, or Grandpa, a husband, or any father figure) won’t go understated this Father’s Day! Here are some thoughtful messages to write in Dad’s card this year:  1. Any man can be a father, but it takes someone extraordinary to be a Dad. Thanks for everything! 2. Dad, no matter how tall I grow, I’ll always look up to you. Happy Father’s Day. 3. Dad, you gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give – you believed in me. Thank you for everything. 4. Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. Happy Father’s Day!  5. Behind every great kid is an even greater Dad. Thank you, Dad, for everything you do! 6. Dad, everything I know about being great, I learned from you. Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad in the world!  7. Dad, thank you for the million ways you show...

Enter Our Funniest Father Facebook Contest!

WIN a $100 Gift Card for you, and our delicious Father’s Day Cheese and Nuts Tower for Dad! Every father thinks they’re the funniest! Tell us your best funny Dad story by commenting with 1-2 sentences on Our Facebook Post. Our panel of judges will pick the story that made us laugh the hardest to receive a $100 GiftTree Gift Card, and our Father’s Day Savory Cheese and Nuts Tower for Dad! So get to thinkin’ about the funniest thing your dad has ever said or done and head over to Our Facebook Page to Enter. Enter to WIN June 3rd – 10th!   Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 8:00 am PST Friday, June 3rd, 2016 through 9am PST Friday, June 10th, 2016. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. All entrants must live within the United States, and recipient of Father’s Day Savory Cheese and Nuts Tower prize must live within the continental United States (we will not be able to ship gift to Hawaii or Alaska). How to Enter: Contestants must like the contest post on GiftTree’s Facebook page, and tell us their funniest father story in 1-2 sentences within the comments on our contest post. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on Friday June 10th by 9:00 am PST and notified via Facebook message or email. One entry per person will be considered by judges, multiple entries will not increase odds of winning. Prize will be one electronic GiftTree Gift Card valued at $100.00 to be spent on any gift available on GiftTree.com, sent via...

Father’s Day Gift Guide

What can I say about dads that has not already been said? They’re awesome, wise, awkward, hilarious and so much more. It is also incredibly tough to find the perfect gift for dad. Here at GiftTree, we are gifting experts and have some great gifts that every dad is sure to love. Our amazing design team has looked high and low to find some great Father’s Day gifts and we have compiled a few into the handy Father’s Day Gift Guide.   The Man Can For the manly man that likes to stay smooth and smelling good, The Man Can is the perfect Father’s Day gift. Featuring Licorice Fisherman’s Scrub Soap, Spicy Shave gel, Bay Rum Oil Aftershave and more. All of the fabulous products come packed in a macho paint can and a complimentary card is included with your personal message or greeting.     Father’s Day Personalized Tap House Glasses For all the dads out there who fancy a pint after a long day of work (or just because), we have the Father’s Day Personalized Tap House Glasses. This gift features four tavern-style pint glasses featuring personalization, so he can enjoy his favorite beverage in his own personal glass. This gift comes securely packaged in a signature GiftTree gift box, so delivery will be safe and stylish. A free card with your personal message is included with this gift.   Father’s Day Luxury Spa Tote If your dad likes to stay refreshed, dapper and distinguished, the Father’s Day Luxury Spa Tote is an excellent gift. Featuring all natural, soothing and fragrant body essentials, from Caswell-Massey, U.S. Apothecary and more...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Graduation Edition!)

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! THEY DID IT! Graduation is here and it’s time to congratulate the Class of 2016 for all the hard work they put in to make it to their graduation day. They’ve run a gauntlet of countless tests, group assignments, papers, presentations, read thousands of pages, and are finally able to say that they’ve accomplished a major goal. So, this Why We Gift Wednesday, our caps go off to those who’ve made it to the finish line. They deserve a pat on the back, a hug, maybe a rather large glass of wine (if of age!), and a great graduation gift to celebrate their achievement.   Comment Below: Did someone in your life recently graduate? Or do you know someone who was the first in their family to graduate from high school or college? Share your story and it could be featured on teh next Why We Gift Wednesday. Share Your Story...

Congratulate the Grad with the Perfect Gift

Graduation is a major accomplishment regardless of whether your degree hails from an academic degree, course of training or high school. A majority of students spend countless hours stressing about exams, finals, endless writing assignments and labs to name a few worries. For one to reach this higher milestone is no small feat, according to the US State Department 91% of the U.S. population have a high school diploma, 34% have a college degree and only 8% obtain a masters or higher. These numbers reflect the sheer determination one must have in order to motivate themselves daily to complete this type of goal. Take this time to congratulate the grad and surprise them with the most thoughtful gifts from GiftTree.   California Classic Wine Basket Each gourmet item is carefully assembled with your selection of noteworthy California wines and a rich variety of gourmet foods. A free card with your personal message is included, as well as complimentary scissors so your recipient can easily open their gift. This beautifully crafted basket also comes accompanied by yummy Northwoods Wisconsin Cheese, Fresh nuts and Savory Popcorn. Embossed Fine Leather journal Sourced and crafted from soft, supple leather complete with 192 pages of high quality paper, this leather journal will the perfect gift for a graduate. This beautifully distressed leather journal makes a wonderful accompaniment for all of the writers, note-takers, dreamers and doodlers in your life who adore the feel of hand written notes and the like. Classic Confections Gourmet Gift Tower With this elegant gift, what’s not to love with this luxuriously appointed tower of 6 gift boxes? Your special...

Top Ten Tips for Throwing the Perfect Memorial Day Party

Monday is Memorial Day, and if you’re throwing a backyard party, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you make this Memorial Day go off without a hitch. Onward! 10. Slather on the sunscreen! Chances are, the weather will be nice in your part of the country, so make sure that you and your family are prepared to spend a couple hours in the sun. And while you’re at it, keep it handy and offer it to your guests, too. 9. Cue the Music! Every party needs a soundtrack! Any iPod docking station or laptop with speakers will work just fine; you don’t have to get fancy or hire a DJ. Choose your music with your guests’ taste in mind, and throw in some songs that add a little something interesting to your party’s theme. 8. Citronella Candles! Waking up the next morning with a bunch of mosquito bites is no way to start the week. Keep those citronella candles going and those pesky mosquitoes won’t come anywhere near your Memorial Day celebration. 7. Decorate! A little red white and blue can go a long way, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick up balloons, streamers and tinsel centerpieces at the Dollar Store, and add a little patriotic pizzazz to your backyard. 6. Prevent parched guests! Offer lots of water, sodas or beer to your guests. A signature themed cocktail (or mocktail) is always a great idea and a fun conversation starter, too! Here are a few patriotic cocktail ideas, and a layered gatorade mocktail would be perfect for the kids. 5. Too much is always better than not enough! When it comes...

Celebrate National Wine Day with Noteworthy Wine Gifts

While it remains debatable that every day should indeed be “wine day”, Wednesday May 25th is officially National Wine Day! That’s right, today is the perfect opportunity to not only pop open a bottle of your favorite wine, but it’s also a great reason to spoil a special wine-lover in your life. So go ahead, celebrate National Wine Day and raise a toast to your favorite connoisseur or casual sipper with these noteworthy wine gifts!   Pacific Valley Wine Duet with Fine Tools From the deeply-rooted families that produce a few of our favorite wines, Caymus and Silver Oak, come two California labels that are packed and ready for an unforgettable tasting: Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc – a unique expression of soft body, firm acidity and the fresh, clean aromas of honeysuckle and tangerine, and Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir, an expansion of the vineyards and cellars of the 75-year-old Silver Oak winery, rich in red berries and creamy spices. These two wines are nestled in our signature leather carrying tote with a complete set of stainless steel tools, creating a generous gift with a character that won’t soon be forgotten. Around the World Wine Chest Italy’s Tormaresca, an expert blend with rich flavors of black cherry and sage, is paired with France’s Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Gamay, a full-bodied and intense French Burgundy with notes of strawberry and spice. These otherworldly wines are accompanied by gourmet fare from around the world, presenting an international tour of tastes and textures in one keepsake trunk. California White Wine Trio Is there a white wine lover in your life? They’re sure to adore our California White Wine Trio, featuring...
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