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Going Green with Dagoba

My brothers both work in the environmental field and are hyperaware of all of the ecologically sound products on the market. A few years ago I had the unique joy of one-upping them: I gave them a box of Dagoba chocolate bars. At first they shrugged the gift off, but I was quick to correct them that these were ecologically-sound, organic, sustainably grown, non-GMO, and non-irradiated chocolates. Oh the look on their faces. Now they not only feast on Dagoba, but they give Dagoba gifts to their bosses. This last holiday season The Mediterranean was the gift of choice since it features a Dagoba chocolate bar front and center, plus it fits the bill in a green themed basket. About Dagoba: started by an enterprising 30 year old with a taste for chai and chocolate, the Oregon-based company is now the premier ecologically-sound, organic chocolate producer in the States. They strongly focus on equity, ecology and community. Their products range from classic chocolate bars to blends and infused creations, chocolate nibs, and drinking...

A World of Thanks

A friend of mine just called looking for a gift to send a colleague of hers. She basically wanted to thank her attorney for all she does for her and her new business. I made a few suggestions of my favorites. My friend decided to order “A World of Thanks” because not only is the trunk it comes in a great keepsake, but some of the items in the trunk actually say Thank You, which was the message she wanted to get across. This gift can really say thank you for a number of different reasons. It can be between a company and a client, a company and employees, or between friends. It’s impressive enough to be corporate, but fun enough to be...

Soggy Dog

All of us that live in the Pacific Northwest know one thing for sure; it’s wet here!! If you own a dog then you’re no stranger to the wet meanderings of your pooch through sodden backyards and mud puddles. My dog literally seeks out the biggest puddles he can find just to run and splash through them! Since it rains here for about eight months out of the year, as a dog owner, you don’t want to be caught without a towel. I keep one in my car, at my backdoor, front door and since I have the luxury of bringing my dog to work with me, I keep one in my office too. GiftTree recently started carrying the most fabulous product for my towel dilemma. The Soggy Dog -The Ultimate Drying Towel makes drying off my pooch a breeze. The pockets on each end fit my hands perfectly and allow me to really get in there and get my dog dried off quickly and easily. I no longer have to wrestle trying to get the towel not to slide around as my oaf of a dog wiggles about. I just make him sit and start drying. This towel also makes cleaning and drying your dogs paws super easy since the corners of the towel essentially glove your hands in soft terry cloth. It’s a great discovery for dog owners...

The Hardest Part of Writing a Wedding Invitation

Since family dynamics have long since changed from 1950’s and there are more extended families due to divorces and multiple marriages, the first and most difficult step of writing any wedding invitation is deciding who will be doing the inviting. Traditionally the brides’ parents pay for the wedding so the invitation reads something along the lines of, “Mr. And Mrs. John Smith request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Shannon Elizabeth to Steven Michael Collins son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Collins.” These days’ invitations are bit more challenging and many couples have opted for a more casual tone. Some of the more casual invitations may say, “Shannon and Steven would like to ask you to join them in celebration as they join hands in matrimony.” This alleviates any offense that may arise when you only mention your current stepmother and not your first or second stepmother! For more ideas you can go to www.ehow.com and search for “how to write a wedding...

Wendi – My Favorite Gifts

Wendi Estrada, Operations Manager I’ve worked at GiftTree for over 5 years now and I would have to say my “favorite” gift has changed throughout the years. I do believe our current line of gifts is high end and very unique. I have a few different favorites. One new area we are delving into here at GiftTree is personalized gifts. I think our Engraved Chopsticks are a wonderful gift. It is a set of two very stylish chopsticks that are engraved upon. Great for weddings, birthdays and “just because gifts.” I recently bought a set for my sister and she thought they were a great gift. In the baby gift baskets category, I have a couple of different faves. First one being the Twilight Turtle (we have one of these at my house). It’s just a fun nightlight, great gift for younger kids. Both my 2 year old and my 5 year old like the Twilight Turtle. And who could resist the Little Froggy Bath Tote? Cute! Frogs go well for either boy or girl and the red leather tote is great for storage later. If you need a gift for your mom or someone who enjoys tea, the Duet Tea Set by Tea Forte is a gorgeous gift. The teas are wonderful and the cups and tea bag holders are very stylish. I do have one more gift that I really enjoy and I think it would be very impressive for the recipient and that is the Vintage Wine Barrel. This gift is very unique in the gift basket market and unlike many baskets I think it is...

Can You Bee-lieve This?

Burt’s Bees has long been one of my favorite products, and the Mommy and Baby– Cute as Can Bee basket is simply fantastic. You not only get a ton of Burt’s Bees stuff for new mom and baby, but NOW there is the option to personalize the ribbon on the basket. You can add the newborn’s name or date of birth, or anything you want. How neat is that? The ribbon is quality enough that you can save it in your baby’s scrap book as a memento. A great gift basket just got...

Tea for Two

Guest Blogger: Doug When was the last time you invited a friend over for tea? Have you ever? I myself did this recently, and we really had a lot of fun. Rituals can be so rewarding and sharing them with a friend even more so. I really wish I’d had our Duet Tea Set by Tea Forte for my afternoon with my friend. I’m the kind of person who’d want to try a different one than my companion, and take a sip of theirs, but I have a feeling Lisa would want us both to try the same kind each time we meet, so we can compare notes and share the same experience. What’s cool about the Duet Tea Set by Forte is that it has tried and true teas like Earl Grey and Mint, but also mysterious flavors like Black Currant and Oasis. I want to try that one based on its name alone. Speaking again of ritual, the preparing of tea is kind of a fun one. First, I start with cold, filtered water and the best teapot I can afford. Preferably one made of a ceramic. Plastics and cheap metals make the water taste odd (in my opinion at least). Then, I boil the water and add honey to the bottom of the cup if desired. I have no exact science to back this up, but I swear this helps the honey sweetness get more distributed and that’s good enough for me! I would have loved to have had the cup covers that come with this set. I usually steep my tea with a saucer over...

MarieBelle Chocolates

Even though she has only been in business since 2000, Maribel Lieberman has re-invented the art of gourmet chocolate. Her signature line of chocolates combines the finest ingredients and artisanal techniques, and her products are immediately recognizable by their brown and blue packaging. With an endorsement from Oprah, MarieBelle chocolates are rapidly becoming a household name. We are excited to offer a selection of chocolates and cocoas in our MarieBelle Signature Collection. With chocolate bars like Mocha Hot Chocolate and Aztec Hot, these fine confections will quickly become a staple in your “chocoholic’s”...

Wine-a-Rita!

With the summer months quickly approaching, you can practically hear the bottles of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris as they clatter in ice buckets or clang against the refrigerator door in homes everywhere. Hot summer months mean chilled whites, right? Think again. In our Napa Experience Wine Gift Basket, we offer a delightful product called Wine Glace that turns your wine into a Wine-a-rita. Made in the same fashion as your standard margarita, Wine Glace is added to water, wine, and ice, and then mixed in your blender. The result is a colorful and delicious concoction that will surprise your friends and dinner guests. Mix with Merlot for a full bodied wine-a-rita, Zinfandel for a lighter taste, or a fruit wine for an even sweeter...

A Gift Worth Giving

These days there are gift registries for everything, baby showers, graduations, wedding showers, weddings, etc. By the time you actually go print out the registry and locate the item you can’t believe the how humdrum your gift is going to be. I mean after all nothing says Congratulations, all the best in your marriage like a waffle iron! Sending the The Dom Perignon Experience is a sophisticated gift that you don’t even have to leave your home to order. Not to mention a wonderfully aged quality product that is synonymous with the word Champagne. It also comes with two elegantly shaped keepsake champagne flutes, perfect for orange juice or mimosas to go with those...

Fine Sciabica Olive Oils

The Mediterranean is host to two bottles of gourmet olive oil by a family-owned California company called Sciabica’s. Not only has the Sciabica family been making olive oil since 1936, but they pride themselves on producing 100% extra virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined, and 100% California grown and pressed olive oils. What truly differentiates these olive oils from other brands is the fact that they pressed separately by variety of olive (very much like wine) and are released according to season. For detailed facts about how olives look and taste at the end of spring, winter, and fall, be sure to check out their informative website. Sciabica’s also offers a forum in which you can write in a question and have it answered by an expert (most likely a Sciabica family member). From general questions to recipes, you can find some great ideas for this gourmet...

Aromatherapy – Tried and True Reasons to Spoil YOURSELF

Guest Blogger: Doug I myself am a huge fan of any and all spa and aromatherapy experiences. From those at the tony spas found in most metropolitan areas, to a new bar of French milled soap, I love it all. Sometimes it really is the small experiences that can change your mood and uplift your spirits. Aromatherapy for some people (including myself), is of the highest importance. Pampering yourself in a green way is also very possible. Any high end grocery or home store will have scented candles that are made from soy, and use only essential oils. You’re going to find that these types of candles are about 25% more typically, but it’s really worth the peace of mind knowing you’re not breathing in chemicals in the midst of your aromatherapy. When looking for this type of candle or scent, trust your first instincts. One of my best clues is shopping with a friend (someone who knows you really well). If you make a face when smelling a scent, they’re likely going to notice. You’re also likely to say something very affirmative or very negative. Look for patterns in your choices. Do you tend to like citrus? Warm (such as cinnamon or nutmeg)? Floral? Find something natural, and enjoy filling your home with things that compel you to breathe deep and relax. The bathroom is the best place to get your aromatherapy time in. The steam mixes with natural scents to calm and soothe. This is why we were all given baths before bedtime as kids! Relaxing is a natural byproduct of the aromatherapy experience. For myself, scents...

Do You Hear Bagpipes?

My job at GiftTree takes me around the world looking for new products for our customers. One of the best venues are trade shows. The International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago takes place during St. Paddy’s Day festivities and I am scheduled to attend. Lucky me! Chicago is a city that embraces the Irish culture with widespread celebrations during St. Patrick’s Day. While most people settle for green food dye in their beer, the Windy City dyes its river green and hosts fabulous parades. A crowd of 300,000 Irish and Irish-wanabees are expected to line the streets (make that 300,001) for the downtown parade alone. Most revelers will be seeking out true Irish fare after the parade. Although shepherd’s pie is tempting, I don’t get to Chicago on a regular basis. I think I just might break tradition and seek out some of the city’s more famous deep dish pizza and give a nod to the Italian in...

For Newlyweds – Who Love to Eat but Can’t Cook!

I wish I had been given the Engraved Chopsticks For Two as a wedding present because when I first got married I knew how to make a few dishes, but not many and my husband was so helpless in the kitchen he burned toast. We have since honed our cooking skills and discovered our love for sushi, which is great because there is no cooking involved! I would recommend the Engraved Chopsticks For Two for any couple, but especially the young who have yet to develop their culinary...

A New Home – No Unpacking Required

The Grande Gourmet Fruit Basket is a great gift for people who are moving into a new home. It is filled with all sorts of fresh produce, crackers, gourmet chocolate, tea, and even a tea pot (no unpacking required). After all, one can only live off of pizza and take out Chinese for so long when there’s no time for grocery shopping. I know I would have loved to receive this gift when I recently...

Bottled Pleasures: Giving the Gift of Wine

A friend of mine recently told me that, now she that is in her mid-30’s, she only drinks wine because beer and spirits make her tired while wine has a “happy” uplifting effect on her. Maybe it was because we were drinking great Pinot Noir while dining on award-winning Peruvian food, but what she said resonated deeply. Wine, in relative moderation, does make a person feel good, and this makes it such an easy gift to give with a variety of potential applications. Lovebirds can share a bottle over candlelight and truffles, gourmands appreciate how wine enhances foods, and, well, some of us just need a glass or two after a hard day’s work. In any case, wine does often uplift the spirit and soothe the soul, and has done so for centuries. The tricky part to giving wine is choosing what kind of wine to give. Red varieties are numerous and range from Syrahs to Zinfandels to Merlots. Each variety is classified according to the grapes they are produced from, and have dramatically different tastes. White varietiels are just as numerous, not to mention rosé or sparkling wines. If you do not know your recipient’s preferred variety, a good idea is to overshoot the mark by sending a collection of wine. A great example for accomplishing this is our Wine and Gourmet Gift Basket. Featuring three kinds of wine from three different vineyards, there is sure to be a wine to please even the most finicky palette. If you do know the recipient’s preference, be assured that they will know which vintages are of high quality. Focus on...

Peace Lily and Quiet

Have you ever received a plant as a gift and within a week it was starting to look puny? By the time you call the gift giver to thank them the plant has been mulching in the compost for a few days already. As a person with not much of a green thumb I constantly look for plants I can’t kill and the Peace Lily is a perfect choice. The Peace Lily is a plant whose stem and leaves will die at the end of each season but will come back for two or more years. It has white blooms and large glossy deep green leaves. It is easy to care for, as it does not require much light or water to survive which is perfect for those of us with brown thumbs! Not only is it beautiful, it has the ability to filter the air better than most plants. So even a novice gardener can breathe easy when they receive a Peace...

Was I Always a Gift Giver?

A friend of mine asked me if I send gifts to people more often now than in the past, being that I work for a gift company. The truth is, I do. I’ve always been the type of person that likes to send friends and family gifts to congratulate them on a new job or house, say happy birthday, or just make them feel special for no reason. But now that I see how the internet gifting business works and am right in the middle of it, I have to admit I do find more reasons to send out gifts than I did before working here. Whenever we have a new tea product out, my Mom gets it. Whenever I want to say hello to my grandparents, they get a gourmet basket (followed up with a phone call). Whenever one of my sisters needs to send a gift to someone, they call me and I set it all up for them. Yeah, working here does make sending gifts easier and I do admit I send things more often. But I do stand behind the product, and every gift I send still has the sincerity my gifts had before working...
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