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...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Summer Grilling Edition!)

As summer days heat up, so do our grills! And along with grills come barbecues where friendships and family bond over the smells and taste of flame-grilled perfection. This Why We Gift Wednesday we’re celebrating those golden nights where the air goes from searing to soothing, where the smell of charcoal and meat hitting hot flames wafts through the air. We’re celebrating the refreshing feeling of grabbing a cold one and relaxing on the back deck to shoot the breeze with an old pal.   Comment below: What’s your favorite summer BBQ...

Perfect Picnic Pairings | Picnic-Worthy Wines & Gourmet Gifts

It’s picnic season! Food and drinks just somehow seem to taste better while looking out at nature with the sun warming your skin and a light summery breeze blowing by.  So, dust off your checkered blankets, take advantage of the warm weather and head out on an outdoor eating adventure. Looking for the perfect summery gift for a wedding, birthday, or just because? Here’s a round-up of our most picnic-worthy wines and gourmet gifts to kick off this momentous season right! Bookmark this post just in case you have an impromptu event to attend, because with GiftTree’s fast shipping, most gifts arrive within just 1-2 days. P.S. Scroll to the bottom for one of my favorite picnic recipes!     Wine Trio Travel Tote An accessory that offers years of future use, this three-bottle wine tote is one of the most unique and beautiful ways to give the gift of wine. Tote arrives with your choice of premium wine trio, and features a detachable shoulder strap, inner partition to ensure safe transport, and a collection of sturdy wine tools. Whoever shows up with this wine tote is sure to be the most popular guest at the picnic!   Country Estate An elegant keepsake woven bamboo hamper with hand-stitched leather trim arrives packed to the brim with a full-bodied red blend and a golden chardonnay, paired with gourmet sweets and savory snacks, creating an idyllic countryside picnic! All that’s needed is a large blanket, and a couple of people to share this basket with.   As Good As Gold A cute woven basket contain luscious Almond Roca, cream caramels and perfectly crisp almond...

Friday’s Featured Artisan: Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

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 contents of your next great gift. What if you could capture a precious place – one that’s full of fond memories – and keep it with you always? Friday’s Featured Artisan, Dune Jewelry, does just that. Using the unique colors and grains of the world’s sands as her palette, Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen created a line of keepsake jewelry using sand to honor those favorite memories. Originally from Cape Cod, Holly traveled to beaches all around the world and realized that nearly everyone has a precious memory or exciting adventure that took place on a strip of sand. This unforgettable jewelry is specifically made for those who wish to hold on to those places forever – whether it was a childhood trip, where he proposed, where you spent your honeymoon or a summer abroad. Serving more as keepsakes than decorations, Dune Jewelry’s custom designs are the perfect gift to hold a special beach in your heart. Here’s how it works: select a sand from your favorite beach, ballpark, golf course or trail from Dune Jewelry’s extensive sand bank to be hand crafted by Sand Artists into a one-of-a-kind piece. Every piece of jewelry is custom made to order, and GiftTree has collaborated with Holly and Dune Jewelry to offer three exceptional pieces – a set of fine cuff links, a hammered shimmering gold cuff bracelet, and...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Summer Break Edition!)

With most school in the U.S. ending in late May or early June, summer break is right around the corner! Those long, bright days of soaking in the sun, riding bikes, water fights, summer camp and splashing in the pool are so close we can taste them. So, this Why We Gift Wednesday we’re taking the chance to celebrate that always anticipated transition from school books to summer shades! Comment Below:  What was your favorite thing about summer break as a kid (besides not having to go to...

Writing the Perfect Wedding Card Message

April, May and June are prime time for weddings, and while finding a beautiful wedding card for the soon-to-be newlyweds is pretty easy, figuring out what to write in it can be difficult. Writing the perfect wedding card message isn’t as simple of a task as you’d think – you want to sound heartfelt without being corny, sincere without sounding flippant. How well do you know the couple? Is the wedding a formal event, or a casual one? Are the bride and groom religious? All of these factors and more play in to writing a great wedding card message that’s a little bit sentimental, a little bit sweet, and totally tailored to the couple. Here are some examples of great wedding card messages for the newlyweds: Formal Wedding Wishes: “Wishing you joy, love and happiness on your wedding day and as you begin your new life together.” “May the happiness and love you feel on your wedding day shine through the years.” “May the love you feel today last a lifetime. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage.” “Thank you for inviting me/us to share in this joyful day. I/We wish you all the best as you embark on this wonderful union.” “Best wishes on this wonderful journey as you begin your new lives together.” “May the love you share today grow stronger each and every day, forever.” Casual Wedding Wishes: “Best wishes for a future together that’s filled with love, happiness and fun.” “So happy to celebrate this special day with you both! Congratulations.” “Thanks for letting me / us share in your celebration! Lots of love and hugs.” “Best wishes to a...

Guaranteed to Impress – Our Best Sellers

At GiftTree we are experts in delivering the wow. If you’re looking for a gift that is guaranteed to impress, look no further than our list of best sellers. We have everything from spa gifts, fruit baskets, wine baskets, gourmet gifts and more. Here is a short list of some of our best.   Bath and Body Invigoration Do you know someone who needs to be pampered? Look no further than the Bath and Body Invigoration spa gift, featuring Burt’s Bees natural skin care essentials, it is guaranteed to impress. Along with the wonderful products from Burt’s Bees, this gift comes with everything needed for a spa day in the privacy of one’s own home, including a pumice stone, loofah, massage tools and more. All of this comes in a wooden spa bucket that the recipient can use and enjoy for a long time to come.         Healthy Choices Fruit Gift Our Healthy Choices Fruit Gift is the perfect choice for those who like healthy snacks, along with delicious cookies, this gift is the perfect balance of health and indulgence. Containing gift-grade pears, crisp apples and juicy oranges, along with gourmet cookies and Northwoods Wisconsin cheddar cheese, this gift is sure to delight the recipient. It all comes packed in our signature gift box, with each gourmet item individually wrapped for freshness.             Toast of California Wine Basket Our best selling Toast of California Wine Basket will take the recipient on a tour of California Wine country with a luscious red and white wine that have been expertly paired with sweets...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Maid of Honor Edition!)

Wedding season is officially upon us! That means plenty of reasons to celebrate, congratulate and thank so many people in our lives. From wishing the happy couple a life of wedded bliss, to celebrating a milestone anniversary, to thanking those in your inner circle for being your pillars of support as you prepared and enjoyed your big, beautiful, (stressful!) day. To the bridesmaids and maids of honor who were with the bride every step of the way from initial proposal, to being behind the scene miracle workers helping make big decisions and put out potential fires, we salute you! Comment Below: Did you have a crew of key people who were paramount to helping make sure your big day was a success? Or were you one of those miracle workers? Comment below or head to GiftTree.com/why-we-gift-wednesday to submit your story. It could be featured on our next #WhyWeGiftWednesday...

Spring and Summer Pacific Northwest Guide

Here in Portland, Oregon, we’re huge fans of Spring and Summer. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Pacific Northwest has one of the rainiest winters in the United States (we got close to 26 inches of rain just in December last year!), or maybe it’s the cloud-cover from October to April, but when Spring hits, Pacific Northwesterners are up and at ’em, getting outdoors and soaking in as much sun as we can, whether it’s out and about in the city, hiking through the Columbia gorge or hitting the beach. GiftTree’s Marketing and Design departments got together to create this sunny list of our favorite Spring and Summer activities in Portland and its neighboring towns. If you ever visit the Pacific Northwest, we hope you can hit some of these Spring and Summer attractions. Onward! Parks, Hikes and Outdoorsy Goodness Columbia River Gorge and Mt. St. Helens Hiking Trails – As temperatures rise, rains ebb and the sun begins to peak out from behind the clouds, many people from the Portland area head out into the outdoors and surrounding forests to explore and have fun. Within an hour or two drive from Portland, there are numerous hiking opportunities, two great places to explore are the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens. If you’re looking for gorgeous views of waterfalls, the Gorge is a great place to go. Trailheads can be found on both sides of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, however most waterfalls will be found on the South side of the river in Oregon. The hikes range from easy to strenuous and...

Happy Mother’s Day 2016

This year, we asked GiftTree employees to share their #MOMspiration: who or who inspires them to be a great mom. Here’s what a few of them had to say:   Carrie S. – “Hmmmm, what inspires me to be a great Mom…to keep it short, my Mom inspires me.  She had hardships while bringing up my sisters and I, but she managed to always provide for us and put us before her own needs.  I appreciate what she did more now as an adult than I did as a child, and aspire to do the same with my son.”  Kate T. – “My MOM-spiration is hands down my own mom! My mom still guides me when I am not sure what to do and is the biggest support to me. If I could be half as good of a Mom as her that would be amazing!”   Tammi H. – “My Mom-Aspiration is watching my children grow to be the most amazing persons I have ever had the privilege or interacting with. Its an everyday adventure with them and the benefits is the unconditionally love and the happiness I get when I find that embarrassing photo that I can bribe them with.”   Martin M. – “My MOMspiration is my mother. She came from dirt poor roots, a daughter of a coal miner and somehow she became the first one in her family to go to college. My mom managed to get a master’s degree and visit more than 60 countries. Because of her determination and strong convictions it became clear to me that you can achieve whatever you want in this life.”...

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

Mother’s day is this Sunday, May 8th and is the day to celebrate all things Mom! Whether she’s a busy working mom, a stay at home hands-on homeschooler, or something in-between, moms do their best and give so much of themselves to make sure everyone around them is safe, healthy and happy. They’re often the first ones we love and love back unconditionally. This Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re sending out appreciation for all that the moms of the world do. They deserve it! Show your mom how much you appreciate all that she’s done for you with fresh flowers, or a unique gift this Sunday, May 8th. It’s not too late to deliver a gift from the GiftTree Mother’s Day Collection. Shop Now...

Top 10 Mother’s Day Card Messages

Welcome to May! This month gives us a great opportunity to recognize the most special person in our lives, Mom. Mothers are generally the first teachers we encounter. She gives love, nurtures, scolds and guides our life with compassion, unconditional love, and the warmth of Mommy spirit. Mother’s day is an incredible opportunity to acknowledge the contributions our Moms play in the shaping of our lives. Below, find inspiration to wow your Mom with our Top 10 Mother’s Day messages.   -“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” -Sophia Loren   Mom I’m so blessed to have you in my life. Through the years you’ve given me so much and received so little in return. I thank my lucky stars for a Mom like you. Happy Mother’s Day! Mother, first you gave me the gift of life. Then you gave me the kind of love only a mother can give. I’m so very grateful for both. Only a mother can communicate love without saying a word. For the many unspoken ways that you share your love in our family, I hope you know that you are loved and appreciated beyond measure. Right from the start, you were the one who nurtured me, prayed over me, worried about me, guided me and supported me in every pursuit. Thank you for being there every day with just the love I needed. To my mother, who never sends me out into the cold world without first wrapping me up in the...

May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Day!

Next Tuesday, May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Day – is there a teacher in your child’s life that went above and beyond this year, dedicating their time and energy to helping them succeed? Maybe it’s a professor who spent extra time helping you maximize your potential in your classes, or a tutor who spent their free hours giving you the extra attention that has really come in handy. Well, next Tuesday is the day to say “thanks for everything!”, and GiftTree has a few great gift ideas to express your sincere gratitude.     One Fine Day Bouquet A contemporary leaf-lined vase holds vibrant  roses,  tulips and carnations, button chrysanthemums, and royal blue matsumoto asters. Rich in color and sweetly fragrant, this unique arrangement is a lovely expression of your appreciation for a great teacher in your life. A Relaxing Retreat After a tough year, every teacher deserves a little pampering. Reward your favorite teacher’s efforts with this award-winning spa kit containing bath and body essentials from Burt’s Bees and an array of spa tools to wash away stress and pamper the body from head to toe. Engraved Bettoni Italian Pen This fine rollerball pen offered by Bettoni Peruzzi, one of the world’s finest writing instrument makers, combines smooth rollerball style with distinctive, ergonomic comfort. Enhanced by your chosen name or a message of thanks engraved on the pen, it’s a thoughtful gift for rewarding them for a teacher on a job well done. Chevaliers French Chocolate Tin Every teacher deserves a little sweetness! French master chocolatiers Chevaliers D’Argouges present a 12 piece collection of milk, white, and dark chocolates made from the world’s...

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

We’ve all had at least one teacher in our lives that has changed us for the better and helped open doors in our futures. Whether it was something big, like teaching us to read, or something small like giving us a compliment that had us holding our heads a little higher, teachers have made a difference in everyone’s lives at one point or another. That’s why we’ve dedicated this week’s Why We Gift Wednesday to teachers and all they do! Don’t forget – Tuesday, May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Day!  If you’re in need of ideas, browse our selection of gifts to show your appreciation on GiftTree.com...

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas: Appropriate, Unique & Timeless

Do you have a rock star Admin in your life that makes your day easier by always knowing what’s happening, where you need to be, and where everything is when you can’t find it? Show them how much you appreciate their hard work, mastery of your messy network of sticky notes, and ability to multitask better than a nerdy octopus after 3 cups of coffee with a gift appropriate for their unique tastes. Here are some great Administrative Professionals Day gift ideas for the Admin in your life:     A Relaxing Retreat For the stressed-out. A refreshing spa kit is the right choice for an assistant who is stressed to the max and needs to be pampered and refreshed. Choose this kit full of award-winning Burt’s Bees spa products and spa tools in a keepsake wooden sauna bucket and pair with a gift card for a massage – you’ll be forgiven for all the insane tasks you’ve asked your admin to tackle lately.       The Grateful Gourmet Gift Basket For the gourmand. Is your admin constantly snapping pics of their lunch for Instagram, and talking about the best eats in the city? Surprise your office’s foodie with this uptown collection of gourmet chocolates and premium sweets. This gorgeous leather tote arrives overflowing with Ghirardelli and Godiva chocolates, Hathaway’s toffee peanuts, lemon tea cookies and more.     Garden Lily Rose Bouquet For the stylish nature lover. Surprise the admin who loves to garden, or just loves to look at beautiful, fresh florals! This stunning and stylish bouquet is composed of white lilies, delicate pink roses, purple hydrangea and more in a...

MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST: Who’s Your #MOMspiration?

Tell us why a mom in your life inspires you! You’ll be entered to win a $100 GiftTree Gift Card for you, and a sweet Mother’s Day gift to send to them: our new Mother’s Day Sweet Boutique Tower! Enter to WIN April 25 – May 2nd  Here’s How to Enter: 1. Head over to our Facebook post, like the post, tag a mom and tell us why she inspires you using the hashtag #MOMspiration. 2. Read through the other comments and get that warm, fuzzy feeling. 3. Come back to our Facebook page to see who’s won on Tuesday, May 3rd!   Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Monday April 25th, 2016 through 11:59 pm PST Monday, May 2nd. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. All entrants and recipient of Sweet Boutique Gift Tower prize must live within the continental United States. How to Enter: Contestants must like the contest post on GiftTree’s Facebook page, tag a mom in their life, and tell us why that mom inspires them in the comments on that post. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on Tuesday, May 3rd 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 email or Facebook message to winner, as well as one Sweet Boutique Gift Tower (Gift #21622), sent via ground shipping to address...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Admin’s Week Edition!)

Administrative assistants really do make the world go ’round! This Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re celebrating all administrative assistants do to keep business running like a well-oiled machine. If you have an admin in your life, don’t forget that next week is Administrative Assistant’s week! April 25-29 is the time to reach out and show your appreciation for all they do to keep things scheduled, stocked, ordered and organized. Here at GiftTree, we’ve curated a collection of gifts destined to delight any administrative assistant, whether they’re known for having the most perfectly organized desk in the office, having the best taste when it comes to chocolate and coffee, or having the biggest sweet tooth! Explore GiftTree’s expansive range of fun, elegant and beautiful gifts to show your Admin that they mean the world to you. Shop Now...
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