Meet The GiftTree Team: Adam, Our PPC Marketing Analyst

When GiftTree works its online marketing magic, Adam Bullock is the man behind the curtain. His expertise in PPC Marketing Analysis is essential to the way our beautiful gifts reach our great customers. We caught up with Adam last week to gain a little insight on his inspirations, aspirations, and what brought him to the world of online marketing.   Tell us a little about your family! I’m fortunate to have my immediate family all within a 10-mile radius, which is what I’ve always dreamed of! My wife and I live with our old English bulldog Winston and two cats, Rufio and Cleo. I have an older brother and an identical twin brother (and yes, we played tricks on people when we were younger). We’re rule-followers (to a fault), so nothing too scandalous ever happened…   What would you say you’re most passionate about? I love the feeling of people pulling for you, so whether it’s my home life, family life, or work life, I’m passionate about being a dependable companion, family member, and teammate. My other passion is working with children. I’m a mentor through 4Results Mentoring, a local organization in Vancouver, Washington, that provides services to vulnerable youth. It’s been an incredible experience, and I would encourage anyone who wanted to give back to his or her community to look into becoming a mentor (they’ll even train you!).   What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? My weekends are my time to be active. I’ve been training for my first marathon, so lately the weekends have been full of running! And one night every weekend...

Hot Summer Birthday Party Ideas

If you’re someone (or know someone) with a June, July or August Birthday, you know that sometimes summer birthdays get the short end of the stick. You never got to bring cupcakes to school as a kid, you never got the fun of passing out party invitations at school , and all your friends were in summer camp or on family vacations the day of your party. Well, we say, summer birthdays can be some of the best around, if you put some key ideas to work! The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and a whole new world of party possibilities unfolds. Read on for 5 hot summer birthday party ideas: 1. Outdoor Carnival With Games A summer carnival birthday party theme doesn’t need to be expensive to be fun! Party guests can enjoy easy to put together outdoor games where they can win prizes or collect tickets and choose their own prizes at the end. Games such as corn hole, a ping pong ball toss, and even a DIY dunk tank are fun choices! Pinterest is packed with ideas for outdoor games you can make and set up yourself like Giant Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe Frisbee, and Outdoor Bowling. Pick a few, set them up, and have an adult at each game to supervise kids and pass out prizes or tickets to winners. A DIY face painting station, temporary tattoo station, and photo booth along with a concessions stand including popcorn, hot dogs, soft pretzels, caramel apples, and store-bought cotton candy would be great additions to round out the party theme.     2. Outdoor Movie Night with Popcorn Snack Bar An outdoor movie night is such a...

Why We Gift Wednesday (Dad Joke Edition)

Father’s day is less than two weeks away, can you believe it? So, this week on Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re celebrating dads and all that they do – especially the cheesy jokes that only dads can deliver properly to produce the necessary groans and eye rolls from the kids. The very same kids who will likely be telling those same old dad jokes to their own kids years later.   My dad used this one a lot – Me: I’m thirsty. Dad: I’m Friday! (Dad would chuckle to himself while I gave a massive eye roll)   Do you have a favorite joke your dad used to tell? Share it below! *Please, clean jokes...

Father’s Day Contest 2015!

To celebrate Dads and all that they do, we’re giving away this super cool Gourmet Grill BBQ Set For Dad – worth over $99 and shipped out in time for Father’s Day (Celebrate on June 21st!). Imagine the smile on Dad’s face as he steps out at your next BBQ get together sporting his own personalized chef hat and an arsenal of grilling tools, sauces, spices and more! Dads hold a special place in our hearts- they’re the ones you go to when you need help fixing things, and when you need a nugget of advice on life. Did Dad always tell you to measure twice, cut once? Did he teach you what it meant to not sweat the small stuff? Let us know the BEST piece of advice Dad has shared with you, whether funny, silly or inspirational and you could be chosen as our WINNER and we’ll ship this basket out to you in time for Father’s Day! Father’s Day Contest 2015 Enter to WIN June 10th – 16th! Here’s how:  1) Share this post (on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Google+ via the buttons on the left) and 2) Submit your comment below filling in the blank: The Best Advice Dad Ever Gave Me Was _______.   (For additional entries, share our posts on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and submit your answer there as well!)     Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 12:00 am PST Wednesday June 10th, 2015 through 11:59 pm PST Tuesday June 16th, 2015. One entry per person each on Blog, Facebook and Google+ Comments and Twitter Replies. Contestants must be 18 years...

How To Choose a Good Father’s Day Gift

As mentioned in my previous post, Your Guide to Awesome Personalized Father’s Day Gifts, Father’s Day can be one of the toughest holidays to shop for. Finding the right gift for the Dad who has everything can be truly challenging. Don’t fret! You’ve come to the right place to find help. Being one of the foremost leaders in the gifting industry, we’ve got the inside line on what makes a good Father’s Day gift. One way to get started is to think about what your Dad likes and what his hobbies are. Or perhaps consider the things he can’t leave the house without forgetting or doing. Here is a guide, find the word that best describes your dad and have a look at those gifts.   • Dapper If he is the kind of guy who can’t leave the house without dressing sharp and smelling good, consider these three gifts.     • Cocktail Connoisseur If the Dad in your life enjoys a nice cocktail, check out these gifts that will help him enjoy his favorite cocktails in style.     • Gourmet Do you catch Dad watching the Food Network in the middle of the night and does he daydream about Crème fraîche? If so, he will love these gourmet gifts!     • DIY If your dad likes to fix and make things with his hands, he may be interested in these two gifts.     • Active Does your dad like to stay active and fit? Give him the gift of healthy and delicious fruit to keep him fueled up for the next adventure.     •...

Cheesy Gifts To Celebrate National Cheese Day

Cheese, cheese and more glorious cheese! There are many ways to enjoy the ooey gooey goodness of cheese such as mac and cheese, chili cheese dogs, quesadillas, grilled cheese, fondue and cheese curds on french fries just to name a few. What takes these cheesy delights to extraordinary status is the type of fromage aka cheese used in these dishes. Add liberal amounts of gouda with cheddar for an over the top grilled cheese. Have you ever had a dry mac and cheese? The perfect remedy is using a variety of different cheeses with the perfect counter of milk or cream and a dash of prosciutto and basil, Voila, grownup mac and cheese! So amp up your cheese selections and wow your family and friends at your next get together. To celebrate National Cheese Day today, below we have listed an assortment of cheesy gifts that will tickle the fancy of any cheese lover.   The Tradesman’s Selection Cheese   Delice de Bourgogne, a buttery French cheese from the region of Lyon, meets the perfect balance of the sharp and slightly nutty flavor of a cloth-bound English cheddar in this expertly selected gift. Paired with crisp oatcakes and wild strawberry jam, this impeccable gift is one of seamless harmony. Each artisanal cheese is cut-to-order by world-renowned Murray’s cheese makers, gently wrapped in specialty paper and shipped with ice packs to preserve its perfectly cool condition. Presented in a rustic wooden crate, it’s a thoughtful offering for the cheese lover in your life.   Fromage Kit   For the cheese lover that loves Crafting their own cheese than this is the...

Why We Gift Wednesday

Happy Why We Gift Wednesday! Do you know (or are you lucky enough to be a part of) a couple that’s been together for years and still acts like their relationship is fresh and new? We love hearing stories of duos that take the time to do the small things for each other on a daily basis to show that the love is still alive and kicking! Share your story of the couple you know like this (it could be you!) in the comments below. You could be featured on our next #WhyWeGiftWednesday, the day we celebrate the many fun, touching and inspiring reasons we have to celebrate and give gifts to one...

7 Fun Bridal Shower Ideas That Rock!

1. Pick a fun theme and stick to it (and don’t use the wedding’s theme or colors!). The bridal shower should be it’s own wonderful event with details matching a color or overall theme. Some fun ideas are a stock the kitchen theme where guests bring kitchen utensils, décor and gadgets, Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a brunch theme featuring décor in that classic tiffany blue, a sweet floral garden party held outside plenty of fresh flowers and fresh finger foods, a mad hatter’s tea party featuring décor of tea cups, books and little cakes that say “eat me” and drinks that say “drink me”, or simply go all out with a color scheme such as gold or silver with lots of glitter and shine. For over 50 theme ideas, try this post from Pop Sugar.   2. Plan games and activities throughout the party to keep guests entertained. An always fun and often hilarious game is to ask the groom a list of questions about his bride, their relationship and the wedding. Reward the bride with a $5 gift card for each answer she matches with her groom, and make her wear or do something silly for each answer she gets wrong. A fun take on this game along with a list of questions can be found here. A series of “minute to win it” games is a great icebreaker among guests that don’t know each other – these rowdy games will get everyone into the celebratory spirit! Split the group into two teams and go head to head with silly challenges that only last a minute each and award...

Your Guide to Awesome Personalized Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day can be one of the toughest holidays to shop for, what can you possibly get for the man who has everything? Luckily, the awesome Design team here at GiftTree has created a collection of wonderful personalized gifts for Father’s Day that are sure to impress the men who have it all. Does the Dad in your life fancy a nice cold pint after a hard day at work? We have an awesome collection of personalized pint glasses. Is he the kind of guy who won’t ask for directions? Check out the Historic Compass Replica, personalized with a monogram, he’ll never have to worry about asking for directions again. Here is a short list featuring some of our best gifts for Dad. Personalized Father’s Day Pint Glass Sets Whether your Dad likes to buy six packs of light American lager from the corner store, or likes to home brew his own double IPA, he will love to drink them out of his very own personalized beer glasses in one of three custom designs. The three designs are the Tavern Pint Glass Set, the Royal Pint Glass Set and the Brewing Company Pint Glass Set (see images below), each with their own fun and individual style. The glasses are high quality US Made, by Libbey and arrived hand wrapped in a handsome box with your free card message. Historic Compass Replica Perfect for history buffs and the kind of Dad who will not ask for directions alike, this compass is a replica of the compass used by Lewis and Clark in their Corps of Discovery expedition across what is now...

Why We Gift Wednesday

Anniversaries don’t always have to celebrate the day you got married – there are lots of little anniversaries to be celebrated throughout the year with the one you love. This week’s Why We Gift Wednesday centers around that moment. The one when you just knew that person was right for you, when you knew that they were the one that you wanted to spend the rest of your days with. What moments do you celebrate with your special someone? Comment...

Meet The GiftTree Team: President Martin McClanan

MEET THE PRESIDENT: MARTIN McCLANAN With professional experience in marketing and an insatiable passion for food and fine wine, Martin McClanan recently joined GiftTree as our new President. We sat down with Martin to gain some insight on his outlook for GiftTree, what gives him inspiration, and his expertise on the art of giving the perfect gift. What brought you to GiftTree? Tell us a little about your journey into the professional world of food & wine gifts.   I was lucky enough to work at an early pioneer restaurant in college called The Trellis in Williamsburg, VA.  There I learned about the importance of top-quality ingredients, and started to learn about wine from a very passionate group of people. I was so inspired by them that I decided to chart my career course into the wine business. I’ll always be grateful to Tom Powers, Marcel Desaulnier and John Curtis for teaching me about the joys and importance of real food and good wine. From there, I’ve had the good fortune of living and working in some great food towns including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and now Portland, OR, which continues to inspire me. My big project right now outside of work is as a board member of the James Beard Public Market in Portland. We are working to design, fund and build a permanent 7-day a week market in Portland as the epicenter of the Oregon/Washington food system.   What drives and inspires you most about GiftTree?   Gift giving is the most fun part of e-commerce.  If you can make it possible for someone to...

Memorial Day BBQ Recipe Ideas

Memorial Day is a special day to honor all of the Courageous women and men who have put their lives on the line for our Great Country. A great way to celebrate this day with friends and family is having them over for a BBQ with a perfectly planned meal. The perfect Memorial Day BBQ recipe is one of our favorite meals to make grilled salmon. Not only is it healthy, but when cooked properly, it will literally melt in your mouth. Below is a Memorial Day recipe to some of the best grilled salmon I have ever sampled. My personal preference is to serve it with wild rice and grilled asparagus, but any vegetable pairing will work.  Our featured wine- Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir is the ideal pairing with salmon. Since salmon is an oily fish, the acidity of a pinot noir helps to cut and balance the oiliness. The richness of Belle Glos combined with a delicious buttery salmon will leave your guests feeling awestruck. Author: adapted from the original recipe on allrecipes.com Recipe type: Entree Ingredients 1-3 salmon fillets, depending on size ¼ cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsp salt ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup olive oil ⅛ cup water 2-3 cloves minced garlic Instructions Purchase your salmon as fresh as you can. I prefer the taste of farm-raised to wild caught because I think it tastes less fishy. But don’t buy the frozen fillets if you can avoid it. Put the fish in a plastic bag with all the other ingredients and seal it with as much air pushed out as possible. Marinate...

Why We Gift Wednesday

Happy Why We Gift Wednesday! Today, we’re celebrating our best friends and all the reasons we love them! Do you have a friend who’s always there for you – through the good memories and the bad? Share your BEST Best Friend story below!

Meet The GiftTree Team: Design Team Manager Heidi Reichert

Heidi Reichert is GiftTree’s talented, dynamic new Design Team Manager. She spearheads new gift designs, develops our line of luxury wines, sets the aesthetic tone for GiftTree, and keeps the Design Department organized and on schedule, which, when you’re working with a band of creative types, can be quite a task. We sat down with Heidi this week to gain some perspective on her background, her interests, and what inspires her the most. Tell us a little bit about your background in the design field. I studied Graphic Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, did some freelancing along the way and found my niche in stationery at Tiny Prints, where I worked for 7 years. Now I’m excited to be involved in the world of gifts! Who wouldn’t want to work with wine and chocolate on a daily basis?   Where do you draw your creative inspiration, and what inspires your artistic side? I draw a lot of my inspiration from fashion, architecture, fonts, and hand lettering.   Can you describe your personal style in a few words? I would describe my personal style as simple, organized, and clean.   Tell us a little bit about your family! My husband and I met and got married in San Francisco. Now we have two wonderful little ones, our daughter is 3 years old and our son is 6 months old.   What’s the one personal belonging you couldn’t live without? My Ray-Bans! And at this point in my life, the Baby Ergo (boring but true).   What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Every weekend I can be found...

Introducing Summer Chocolate Gifts

We’re Shipping Chocolate in the Summer!  You may have noticed that during the summer, chocolate doesn’t do so well in the hot sun. In years past, GiftTree wasn’t able to fulfill orders for shipping chocolate in summer months for that very reason. All that’s changing now, because this year the GiftTree team found a solution and we’re excited to announce that we will finally be able to start shipping chocolate in the summer! Our expert designers discovered new innovative food-safe gel ice packs that safeguard the chocolate during the shipping process. These ice packs are built to survive a hot shipping journey without melting or getting anything wet inside the gift. Long story short, we’re making sure this chocolate melts in your mouth, not in the mail. To go along with this exciting new capability, the team created a new line of summer chocolate gifts (and a re-vamped bestseller) that we’re sure you’re going to love. Check out these cool (pun-intended) new chocolate gifts!   The Godiva Chocolatier Collection One of GiftTree’s all-time bestselling gifts, and for great reason! A beautiful leather keepsake container holds a rich collection of award-winning chocolate confections from the world-renowned chocolatier Godiva.   The Premier Chocolate Collection Gift A striking gift box accentuated with elegant white and chocolate stripes is overflowing with an expertly curated selection of delicious gourmet chocolates from Ghirardelli, Lindt, Seattle Truffle Company and more. Grand Chocolate Keepsake Chest The stunning presentation of this handsome Old World map-themed keepsake chest is made even better by its contents – lush chocolates from Godiva and Lindt, Cary’s Chocolate Almond English Toffee, and so...

Why We Gift Wednesday

Happy Why We gift Wednesday! This week we’re celebrating all of the grads out there – past, current and future. Is there someone in your life that’s graduating this year? Let us know in the comments below – how do you plan on celebrating them? What about their achievements are you most proud of? Share your story behind why you’ve given a gift in the comments below and it could end up featured in our next...

7 Secrets to a Great Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

A great Mother’s Day breakfast in bed doesn’t just happen, it’s the culmination of planning that ultimately looks effortless, simply because mom didn’t see all that happened behind the scenes to make her day special! Here are 7 secrets filled with ideas to make sure you go the extra mile this year for a breakfast in bed that can’t be beat (until next year, that is!): 1. Prep Ahead of Time Make-ahead recipe ideas like a breakfast casserole or strata are a great idea to make it feasible to get breakfast done in a reasonable amount of time with the kids. If you’re looking for a selection of good Mother’s Day breakfast ideas, check out our Mother’s Day brunch board on Pinterest for recipe inspiration such as an overnight blueberry stuffed French toast, or a tasty sausage strata. Get the kids in the kitchen to help prepare and assemble the night before, then the morning of, just pop it in the oven and serve with fruit or a yogurt parfait and a tasty drink – easy like Sunday morning! 2. Shower Her with Fresh Flowers Why not have a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers delivered early to Mom’s work or home (it’s still not too late to order and get them delivered today!). There’s something luxurious about accepting a delivery of an expertly arranged bouquet to your door with a heart-felt note. Another option is to get the flowers delivered the day before, hide them, and then sneak them into mom’s room to be found when she wakes. Opening her eyes to the lovely smell of freshly picked blooms on...

Why We Gift Wednesday

Why We gift Wednesday is here! Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! Are you ready? We’re continuing on with our celebration of all that Moms do for us. What’s one thing your mom did as an example for you that you follow to this day? Let us know in the comments below! Pass it on on social media using the hashtag #WhyWeGiftWednesday – and we might use your story in the next WWGW! To see all of our past WWGW posts, visit our archive...
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