Gifts Under The Tree
Placing gift items under the tree is your choice. Most people to put an assortment of gifts under the tree since it increases its auction value—even if they are just for show! For example, if you are decorating a children-themed tree, consider placing some toys or colorfully wrapped boxes underneath to attract attention. If there is nothing in boxes, however, we need to let the buyer know. An “easel board” or something in a frame listing all the items that go with your tree can help to clarify what goes with the tree and increase its value.
Many Tree Decorator teams use a combination of purchased gifts, handmade items, and donated items that enhance both their tree’s value and its eye appeal. Examples of gifts under the tree might include:
-New toys and games - Art work
-Cases of wine or beer - Golf packages
-Gift certificates - Dance/cooking/yoga lessons
-Salon or spa products and services - Gift baskets
-Jewelry - Handmade quilts and comforters
-Furniture and wine racks - Trips/accommodations at hotels, beach
- Candy and holiday treats houses, time-shares and Bed & Breakfasts
- Bicycles and sleds - Canoes, kayaks or paddle boards
The list is endless!
We have found it best not to put gift certificates in decorated boxes under the tree. They can be easily overlooked by the tree buyer. If gift certificates or jewelry are included with your tree, we suggest using a “placeholder” of some kind, i.e. a festive envelope or a photograph, on the tree. The original gift certificate or piece of jewelry should be placed in an envelope marked with the tree name and number, and given to the Payment Room. The gift certificate or jewelry will be given to the tree buyer when they pay for their tree. We have found that this methods helps make sure these items are not misplaced during the Festival or during the delivery of the tree.