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August Review Winner

Here at GiftTree, we don’t like to toot our own horn. What am I saying? Yes, we do. We like it a lot. Toot! Toot! Even better, we love to hear great compliments from our wonderful customers. Congrats to our August winner, Michelle Monroe from Gansevoort, NY! Is this becoming a trend? Our July winner was from NY too. I am fairly new to GiftTree.com (maybe about 6 months) and I must say that at first I figured it would be just another place to order flowers for specified occasions. Well, GiftTree.com has far surpassed my expectations! I have ordered several gifts and flowers for all different occasions and every experience has been fantastic. In fact, I have spoken with many of the recipients of these gifts and flowers and they have said how beautiful the arrangements have been and how much they enjoyed them. I love all of the different items you can order and many of them can be used for just about any occasion! One specific experience that stands out in my mind was when I ordered flowers for someone who had been sick and while I was ordering, somehow the order went through twice. I only had one receipt printed, so I had no idea that the order had been doubled somehow. Not even 2 minutes after submitting my order, I received a call from an employee at GiftTree.com, letting me know that the order had been doubled and they were checking to see if that was done intentionally or if we wanted one of the orders cancelled. I was very impressed with the level...

Gift Ideas for Grandparents Day

I was flipping through the calendar the other day and noticed that some lesser known holidays were listed on it…Grandparents Day being one of them! I think that this day is easily overlooked, but in my opinion it shouldn’t be. Grandparents are awesome and we should celebrate them! My grandparents are unfortunately no longer with us, however my kids’ are excited to celebrate their grandparents for Grandparents Day. They are making homemade cards and we are still deciding on the perfect gift to get them. One item we are considering is the Treasure Chest Gourmet basket. The basket has lot of yummy goodies for them to eat and they know their grandpa will just love the handsome leather trunk that the goodies come in. Another option we are considering is the Party Perfect Gift Tower. It has a good mix of different treats to enjoy and we know that they could re-use the gift boxes for lots of different things. Whatever gift the kids’ finally choose, I’m sure it will be appreciated and unexpected. I encourage everyone to observe this special holiday, even just a phone call can make a grandparent’s day. After all, we wouldn’t be here without...

Grandparents Day

Are Grandparents amazing or what? I know mine are! Although both my grandfathers passed away before I was born, I still have two wonderful grandmothers. This Grandparents Day is going to be even more special because my grandmother that lives out of town is moving in with my parents. It has been a few years since I have seen her and I am very excited to share her later years together. Both of my grandmas are amazing and strong women. They have been through so much in their lives and the stories they tell…oh my! They can make me laugh like no one else. Why don’t you tell your grandparents how much they mean to you this year by sending them a beautiful Hand-Blown Hummingbird Feeder. This ruby red hummingbird feeder is 9″ long and is made from recycled glass for an eco-friendly aspect. The hummingbird feeder is hand-blown which lends individuality to each piece, making it just perfect for a loving grandmother. GiftTree’s Take ‘Em Out to the Ball Game gift would be a perfect gift for all baseball loving grandfathers. According to my grandmothers both of my grandfathers liked baseball so whenever I see this gift I think about them and how excited they would have been to receive this on Grandparents Day. Gift Tree offers many wonderful gift ideas for every grandparent out there! For additional gift ideas be sure and visit our Grandparents Day Gifts...

Corporate Gifts Q & A: Shipping on Demand

In the previous Corporate Gifts Q&A entries, we discussed complex billing and promotional gifts. This next question is from a sales manager at a busy car dealership and brings us to our next topic: shipping on demand. Q: As part of our marketing strategy I am looking to send thank you gifts to customers who have purchased new cars. In the gift basket I would like to include information on our referral program and our service center. I would also like to be able to ship the gift baskets each time a purchase has been made without having to store the gifts at the dealership. Can we set something up? A: Yes. GiftTree’s talented design team is available to work with you to create a custom corporate gift basket specific to your needs that can be branded with your dealership’s name and logo. We can also set up a custom billing structure with multiple accounts to meet your needs. GiftTree also offers a ship-on-demand service for high volume customers. Our 60,000 square foot warehouse can definitely be used to warehouse the inventory for your custom gift baskets so we can ship to the end recipient on demand. You can either order each gift on an as needed basis or you can submit orders weekly, biweekly or monthly using our bulk order form, whichever works best for you. Please call our corporate services team at 800.379.4064 or send an email to corporateservices[at]gifttree.com to discuss your gift needs further. We would be happy to deliver your thank you gifts. Did you miss our other answers in the Corporate Gifts Q&A series?...

Three Back-to-School Moms

As I watch and listen to mothers getting their kids ready for school I realized that they fall into three categories. There are the moms who are sending their kiddos off to school for the very first time. Those moms are a nervous bunch! Then there are the seasoned moms, the moms who have been sending their kids to school for years and they are counting down the days to sending them back-to-school so they can have some peace and quiet. These are the happy bunch! Lastly, we have the moms who are sending their children off to college. For those that will have kids attending school close to home, not much will change. But for the moms whose children will be leaving the house and attending college far away from home, the whole world is changing. These are the sad bunch. Regardless of which you group you find yourself in, GiftTree has a gift that is just perfect for your back-to-school scenario. The Sweet Nostalgia is a great gift for first time students. It is filled with all kinds of sugary goodness and presented in a bright cheery metal lunchbox keepsake container. A perfect gift for the end of their first week to let them know how proud you are of them or, if they got off to a rough start, it would be a nice way to put a smile on their face. For the seasoned mom, I say buy yourself a wine gift basket as a reward for having made it through the summer with everyone running around all day. Might I suggest the Vineyard Select...

Three Ways to Kiss & Make-Up

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson This Wednesday is Kiss & Make-Up Day. Yes I know, it is another one of those ‘Hallmark Holidays’, but it may be the perfect excuse to reach out and begin healing a strained relationship. Life is a delicate balance of interpersonal relationships and, whether we like it or not, those relationship sometimes become unbalanced. Many sleepless nights can ensue and a lot of time wasted when a relationship that we value becomes strained. Bottom line is that we have two choices. We can either dig our heels in, be stubborn, and refuse to take the first step to mend the relationship or we can put ourselves aside and reach out with a kind gesture that says, “I value you, you are important to me and I refuse to let this come between us.” Perhaps there is an interpersonal relationship that you have that needs some mending. You know you can’t go back and start a new beginning with this person, but you value the relationship enough to make a new ending. I promise that you will benefit more by reaching out and mending the relationship than you will by letting it go unresolved. A perfect way to let someone know that you would like to kiss and make-up is to send flowers. GiftTree offers a number of bright, cheery bouquets that would be perfect to send for Kiss & Make-up Day. My favorite three are: Red Gerbera Daisy Bunch – This arrangement features a generous cluster of bright...

Fun Facts About Balloons

Here at GiftTree we have a variety of balloon bouquets to choose from for every occasion. You can send an arrangement to someone for an over-the-hill birthday, to celebrate the birth of a new baby, to say thank you or congratulations, or to tell someone that you love them. Whatever the reason you have to send ballons, GiftTree has you covered. Balloons are a great, economical way to show someone that you are thinking of them. Regardless of the recipient’s age, balloons always bring a smile and they always make the recipient feel special. Sending balloon bouquets to students while they are in school is a great way to say happy birthday to them! Most kids love to be the center of attention and a balloon bouquet will certainly get them noticed in the hallways and leave them feeling special. There are a couple things to keep in mind when sending a balloon bouquet. If you are planning on sending balloons to a student you will need to make sure that they have alternate transportation home from school. Most school districts will not allow students to carry balloons on the bus. The other thing to note is that most hospitals will not accept latex balloons. If you are sending a balloon bouquet to a hospital it is recommended that you choose an ‘all mylar’ arrangement. If you take these two things into consideration when sending a balloon bouquet your delivery should go smoothly. Here are some fun and interesting facts about balloons: When a latex balloon is released outside, as long as it has been well-tied and has no...

Corporate Gifts Q & A: Promotional Gifts

Promotional chip clips, erasers and lanyards have their place, but they aren’t always the right kind of promotional gifts to represent your brand. Many of our corporate customers choose GiftTree as their promotional gift provider because of our wide-selection of unique, high-quality gifts and gift baskets. The next question in our Corporate Gifts Q & A series is from one of our corporate customers who is interested in using GiftTree as their promotional gift provider for an upcoming event. Here’s the question: Q: I am an event coordinator for a large software company. We have an annual conference coming up in a few months that will be attended by some of our largest clients and we would like to present gift baskets to those in attendance. Would it be possible to have these gift baskets decorated with our company logo? A: Yes. Minimums may apply, but yes. With our onsite design team and state of the art facility, we are able to create distinguished gift baskets and gifts for every need – product launches, event gifts, thank you gifts and more. Our custom, personalized business gifts enhance your company’s image and visibility with gift baskets that suit your needs and highlight your company’s logo. There are several ways we could brand the corporate gift baskets with your logo for conference attendees. We could print your company logo and/or message on a satin ribbon attached to the chosen gift basket. We can also personalize some gift baskets and gifts with an engraved plaque or silver hang tag. GiftTree’s talented design team is also available to create a custom gift basket...

Top 5 Gifts for College Students

I can’t believe how quickly the summer is going. With back-to-school shopping in full swing it appears that fall is right around the corner. Since GiftTree has great gourmet baskets and fruit baskets, we have quite a few parents place orders for their son or daughter while they are away in college. I remember when I went away for college, my mom was always worried about me having enough money for food. I would always say I was fine and tell her I know where I can get 10 packages of ramen noodles for a $1. She still worried. Based on my experiences in college, I have compiled a list of the top 5 gifts parents can purchase for their college students (sans alcohol). Sweet Nostalgia $29.95 – This gift contains candy like Pixy Stix, Pez, Sugar Daddy, Cracker Jacks and more in a really cool lunch pail. It isn’t very nutritious but I could see this being a fun gift that would be throughly enjoyed in the dorms. Gourmet Extravagance Gift Basket $149.95 – The Gourmet Extravagance lives up to its name. It contains 1 ½ pounds of Pacific Gold Mixed Nuts, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Crackers, Saraivanov Smoked Salmon, Busseto Dry Salami con Vino, Mt. Vikos Red Pepper & Feta Spread, Hot Pepper Cheese, Moravian Chocolate Cookies and more. You definetly can’t find any of these things in the school cafeteria. The Orchard Fruit Basket $59.95 – This basket contains fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas, nectarines, grapes, tropical pineapple, kiwi, mangoes and pears as available. This might especially be a great gift right around finals or...

A Vestal, NY Winner

Janet Cook from Vestal, NY is our July contest winner. She was running a little late, but relied on our same day delivery. I’ll let Janet tell you how it went: “The occasion was the 60th wedding anniversary for my sister and brother-in-law. They had traveled from Florida to celebrate their special day with their daughter in Lee, Massachusetts. Early in the afternoon of their anniversary I decided to send flowers and searched the internet for a florist in Lee. It was easy to find the GiftTree website and I found a wide selection of arrangements at very affordable prices. I was even more impressed to learn that they could be delivered that same day, despite the lateness of my order. Placing the online order was easy, even for a novice like me! When I called later in the day to offer my congratulations to my sister and her husband I was thrilled to hear that a beautiful bouquet of flowers had arrived that afternoon. I must say that GiftTree delivers!” -Janet Cook Congrats, Janet, and thanks for the nice...

A Stunning Wine Holder

I like all types of art, from theater to dance to music to visual arts. I like to watch plays and independent films. I like sculptures, unusual paintings and well-written books. I’ve been to art museums across the country and have seen many works in person by some of the world’s most famous artists. As an art admirer, I also like GiftTree‘s new Copper Canyon Holder & Wine gift. This gift comes with your choice of wine. The wine options range from the extraordinary Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to Peter Michael Las Pavots Bordeaux Blend to the famous Penfolds Grange 2004. In addition to your choice of wine, this gift also comes with an amazing Copper Canyon Wine Holder designed by Lisa Smith. This unique work of art was inspired by the magnificent canyons of the Southwest as interpreted by Smith during her many trips to the canyons located in Arizona and Utah. The ridges and curves present in this copper piece mirror the ripples in the canyons chiseled by the incessant wind, and sometimes rain, of the Southwest. Each wine chiller is unique and well-crafted. Smith’s work has been featured in many publications, including Time Out Magazine and on the cover of Food and Wine Magazine. She has had exhibits at numerous museums across the nation, including the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York. The Copper Canyon Wine Holder is a perfect example and representation of Smith’s talent. This gift is also the perfect choice for those, like me, who love...

Oh Baby!

I swear, every time a friend of mine gets pregnant, 3 more get pregnant within a month! Seems like it comes in spurts. I love babies, so I’m always on the lookout for something fun to give to new moms and dads. GiftTree recently began offering this adorable gift set which I absolutely love – as it comes with one of the books I read to my kids when they were babies. The “Guess How Much I love You” Gift set comes in a wicker basket with a bib and sock set, a plush bunny similar to the one in the story, natural bath products for the little one including body wash, lotion, oil and powder, and of course, a copy of “Guess How Much I Love You”. A perfect choice for a unique gift that the new parents (and baby!) will absolutely love! I have found that even the new mom enjoys and appreciates some special pampering after bringing the new baby into the world. If you are at all familiar with Burt’s Bees Products then you are well aware of the quality of their products and the fact that they are all natural. This means that they make perfect baby gift baskets gifts for the new baby and the new mom. GiftTree offers a wonderful Burt’s Bees gift basket especially designed with the new mom and new baby in mind. The Mommy and Baby–Cute as Can Bee gift basket will pamper both the new mom and the new baby. With a variety of all natural products that will soothe, cleanse and nourish the new baby, as well...

Top 10 Reasons to Recycle

1. Good for Our Economy – American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products. 2. Creates Jobs – Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide. 3. Reduces Waste – The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it’s compacted and buried. 4. Good for the Environment – Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources and keeps waste from pilling up in landfills. 5. Saves Energy – Recycling offers a significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. (Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.) 6. Preserves Landfill Space – No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space. 7. Prevents Global Warming – In 2,000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air. 8. Reduces Water Pollution – Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials. 9. Protects Wildlife – Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife. 10. Creates New Demand – Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy. Do you recycle your Hershey Kisses wrappers? You know the shiny ones? The Hershey Chocolate Company manufactures 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses EVERY DAY and they use 133 square...

The 10 Day Challenge

I have several bad habits. One of which is keeping loose change in my pockets which eventually spills out of my pockets and ends up in couch cushions, in the laundry basket, occasionally on the floor or in the car. My partner feels entitled to any change found so I often end up without change for pinball machines, the coin-operated Elvis museum or laundry. This is very sad. In response to this bad habit, I am going to challenge myself to stop leaving change everywhere for at least 10 days. Instead of keeping change in my pockets, I am going to deposit it in a GiftTree Coink! Funnel Top Piggy Bank. If I successfully complete my 10 day challenge, it will fund a day just for me where I spend all the change I collect on things like books and pinball machines. Wish me...

Friendship Day

Friendship Day is August 1st this year.  This holiday is dedicated to celebrating friendships. Interestingly enough, Winnie the Pooh was once named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. I am not a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I understand why he may have been chosen, especially considering his popularity. I think SpongeBob SquarePants would be a better choice though. SpongeBob seems like he is a great friend. In celebration of Friendship Day, I plan to treat my best friend to a day trip to the coast. She always wants to go out of town on the weekends and I am sure the weather will be nice. Maybe we can even go camping or to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to see the new Swampland exhibit. It has been a long time since I’ve seen an alligator. I think the last time was when I almost ran a canoe into a crocodile or alligator, not sure which one it was, while canoing on the Swannee River in Florida with my best friend. Going to the Swampland exhibit will really remind us of that canoe trip. GiftTree has two gifts that I feel would be a great way to show my best friend how much I appreciate our friendship. My friend likes to read and so I think GiftTree’s Engraved Bookmark would be a great gift and to commemorate all the times we have enjoyed Japanese takeout together the Engraved Chopsticks for Two would be perfect. I am really glad that Friendship Day exists and it will be fun to spend the day with my best...

Make Someone Smile Week July 18 – 24, 2010

This year Teleflora will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of Make Someone Smile Week and the event is revered as the floral industry’s leading charitable project. The week will run from today, July 18th, through Saturday, July 24th. According to the Teleflora announcement release on June 29th, Teleflora will be donating more than 50,000 of their Be Happy Mugs to their member florists, who in turn will work with local wholesalers and growers to secure donated flowers. The florists will then use these flowers to design cheerful Be Happy Bouquets that will be delivered to those most in need of a smile – such as hospital patients, senior citizens living in nursing homes and assisted living homes, and recipients of Meals-on-Wheels programs. In their announcement Teleflora notes that in 10 years more than 20,000 florists in the U.S. and Canada have donated their time to this program and they have delivered more than 200,000 bouquets to those most in need of a smile. They also acknowledge that none of this would be possible without the dedication of their member florist volunteers who work hard every year to see that the residents in their local communities benefit from this program. To honor their 10th anniversary Teleflora will be awarding 10 lucky member florists a check for $1,000 that they can give to a charity of their choice. Thank you Teleflora for making these smiles...
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