What Dad Really Wants for Father's Day: The Food Edition

Bourbon, Bacon, BBQ and Brunch.  It's what Dad really wants.  

Looking for a great gift idea for Father's Day?  Take our advice and send Dad one of these great gifts, or treat him to brunch at one of the best spots in Nashville.  Check out our top recommendations below and let us know what you're getting for your Dad this Father's Day.   

Bourbon

Now Dad can have the smooth taste of Bourbon in a unique way through Apple Bourbon Jam spread over fluffy buttermilk biscuits, Bourbon BBQ seasoning that adds a bold flavor to the grill, Bourbon Pecan granola for the perfect snack, and an award winning Bourbon Brittle to satisfy any man's sweet tooth.  

Bacon

Our Artisan Snack Box includes five great tastes from Nashville including Wildflower Honey Shortbread cookies, Prohibition Popcorn, stone ground chocolate, teriyaki beef jerky, and Bacon Brittle.....yes, BACON brittle!  If your Dad likes Bacon, he's going to love this perfect blend of sweet, smokey, and savory.  

BBQ

Barbecues are a Summers staple for Dads everywhere.  A grill, some good sauce, and the perfect seasoning blend will turn burgers, chicken, pork, and more into a mouth watering backyard BBQ experience. 

Brunch

Most Father's don't ask for much in return for all the sacrifices they make along the way, but don't they deserve a little pampering of their own sometimes?  Spending time with Dad over brunch seems like the perfect gift to us and Nashville has some of the best brunch options around.  You might even be able to squeeze in a little Bourbon, Bacon & BBQ into your brunch for the ultimate Father's Day gift food experience.  Here are a few of our top recommendations for places to take Dad this year: 

1. Tavern - This Midtown bar and restaurant has been one of the top spots for weekend brunch for years and there's a reason it's still a popular spot.  The food is good, there's a full bar, a patio, and TVs everywhere so you can catch the game while you're catching up over brunch.  Try the Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with chorizo gravy, the Nooner, or the Tavern Burger. 

2. Chauhan Ale and Masala House - This unexpected brunch spot is one of the best brunch menus in town for true foodies.  Inspired by Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan’s Indian roots, and her love for Southern cuisine, this is a unique brunch selection, but you won't regret anything on the menu.  Try the "What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?", Elvis' Favorite waffles, Bacon Chicken Deviled Eggs, and don't leave without the Stop Monkeying Around bread that tastes like dessert for brunch. 

3. Etc. -   One of the few really great places to eat in Green Hills, this new spot from Chef Deb Paquette is intimate and casual and still a bit upscale.  Dad will love the classic Bistro Steak and Eggs with fried potato salad and don't miss out on the sour cream coffee cake. 

4. Saint Anejo - If Mexican food is more his speed, the perfect blend of brunch items and Mexican inspired food flavors coupled with a fantastic atmosphere can be found at Saint Anejo each weekend.  You can't go wrong with a single item on the menu, they've got a fantastic bar, and they have a great patio for when the weather is perfect for outdoor seating. 

Of course Nashville is filled with great brunch spots and if you're ambitious, maybe you want to even try your own hand at making Dad a Father's Day brunch at home so he never even has to put on real pants! Because isn't that the dream? 

Whatever you decide to do this Father's Day, know that if you're lucky enough to have a great Dad, you should celebrate him, say "thank you", and embrace the gift of time well spent with him whenever possible. 

To Father's everywhere, Happy Father's Day from Nashville, Tennessee! 

100% Local Gifts For Him & Her

Looking for a unique gift to send to friends or family across the country this year?  Send a little bit of Nashville near or far with one of our ready-made handpicked local gifts.  We've got great gift ideas for him and for her.  

Local Gift Ideas for Her

The women in your life deserve the best and we've got some fun and unique gift ideas for her. Every item has been made locally in Nashville, Tennessee, so you know it's been poured, stirred, packed, or stitched together with love by local artisans pursuing what they love. 

Local Gift Ideas for Him

He's probably the hardest person on your list to shop for this Season, so we've pulled together a few of our favorite gifts for the men in your life here.  Every purchase supports several small businesses and you're guaranteed to get the very best gifts for the foodie, the grill master, the bourbon connoisseur, the clean shaven, or the well kept bearded man in your life.    

See something you want combined, substituted, or customized?  Need help deciding?  Contact us at gifts@highnotegifts.com and a gift concierge will help make sure it's just right!  

Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco De Mayo is a date that commemorates an unlikely Mexican army victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  America celebrated with Mexico as a defeat of French troops meant those same troops wouldn't be making their way to US territory during our own Civil War.

American's love to celebrate the victory of an underdog and that's just what we'll get to do on Cinco De Mayo.  However, most of us know that it's also a holiday that has become all about eating tacos, drinking margaritas, and another reason to host festive get togethers.  We've rounded up some of our favorite party ideas for Cinco De Mayo here. 

Create a "Make Your Own" Taco Bar 

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Serve Summertime Margaritas

Whip up Homemade Guacamole with a Twist

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Don't Forget Dessert

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Make a Piñata

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Send Them Home with Party Favors

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Feliz Cinco De Mayo, Amigos! 

15 Seconds of Fame on The Today Show

They say everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame.  Well, we didn't have 15 minutes, but we did get about 15 seconds on national television and it was so much fun!

Just a few days prior to Thanksgiving 2015, we were contacted by a correspondent for The Today Show on NBC.  She was reaching out to see if we would be willing to send a couple of our signature Bourbon Bundle gift baskets to Rockefeller Center so we could be featured in a gift segment on NBC the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Our answer? Uh, yeesss! 

So we frantically packaged up gifts, tied each ribbon to perfection, and sent them off to New York City just in time for our very first television debut.  

Then we set our alarms to get up early on a Saturday morning.  You never know what will happen on live television, so we were still holding our breathe that this was really going to happen.  With a large cup of coffee in hand, we anxiously waited to see if we made the cut. 

And then it happened!  Before we even got to see it air, we were getting flooded with orders into our inbox.  Nashville is one hour behind the east coast, so it aired before we could see it.  And people must have liked what they saw!  In the first 20 minutes after it aired Eastern Standard Time, we had already exceeded our expectations for orders.  Then it aired in Central time, Mountain time, and Pacific time.  Everyone in the country that was up on a Saturday morning tuned into NBC saw us and so many of you came to our website to get a Bourbon Bundle for yourself or someone special. 

So, we had our work cut out for us and so did our local artisan suppliers!  Just weeks before Christmas, we got to work filling orders as fast as we could get them out the door. It turns out that Americans love their Bourbon and they know something good when they see it.  

It was a fun experience and we're not sure what can top that, but we're ready for our next television spotlight! 


- HNG -  



BUSINESS GIFTS: What to Send, When to Send it, and How to Make an Impression!

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Business gifts don’t have to be boring.  They don’t have to be something that you put in the office break room for everyone else to take home because, let’s face it, you didn’t really want to eat those cookies that taste like cardboard! 

That’s where we come in.  Your clients will drool over locally crafted, small-batch bourbon caramels.  They’ll rave about all natural strawberry jams.  And you might just get personal phone calls about how much they love GooGoo Clusters. 

What Business Gifts Make the Most Impact?

Be creative in how you’ll let your clients, prospects, and partners know that you appreciate them.  Stand out with a thoughtful, well-timed, and personalized gift that you know they’ll enjoy.

Sending something local always makes a big impression.  It’s thoughtful, unique, and shows your support for other local small businesses.  Our gifts always allow you to send quality, local goods that are beautifully packaged and are sure to be enjoyed by all.  Consumable gifts are especially appropriate and can be shared with coworkers, friends, and family.  

Customizing a gift with a hand written note, your company logo or corporate colors ads a special, personal touch that is sure to impress.

Essentially every aspect of gift giving can be customized.  At High Note Gifts, we work with businesses to create an exclusive gift order that is tailored to a specific budget, need, and experience.  Whatever the occasion, we would be delighted to work with you to create the perfect gift!

When is the Best Time to Send a Business Gift?

Many companies send gifts at Christmas time to show expressions of warmth and friendship during the Holidays, but it’s also important to be sensitive to individual religious beliefs.  Why not send something for Thanksgiving to let them know how thankful you are to have the opportunity to work with them?  Or, consider sending a New Year’s gift that says cheers to another great year!  Plus, when sending gifts outside the typical Holiday season, your gift stands out from the crowd of gifts your client may be receiving at Christmas. 

There are countless other reasons to send a gift all year long whether you’re sending holiday wishes, celebrating another big sale, welcoming clients to an event, or showing your ongoing appreciation for the administrative assistant you know you couldn’t actually live without. 

When to Send a Business Gift

  • When you want to say thank you
  • When you want to show a little extra customer appreciation
  • When you want to acknowledge your rock-star employee
  • When congratulations are in order
  • When you want to welcome a client into town
  • When you need to tell them you’re sorry they didn’t have a better experience
  • When you want to say thanks for the referrals
  • When you want to stay at the top of their mind
  • When you’re sending Holiday wishes  
  • When it’s Administrative Professionals' Day
  • When it’s Boss's Day
  • When you put together a gift with purchase program
  • When you’re hoping they’ll get well soon
  • When you’re celebrating life together such as birthdays, weddings, retirements, etc.

Let us help customize the perfect gift, or the perfect 1,000 gifts for you.  And don’t be surprised if you start getting subtle "hints" about what they want next year!

- HNG-

Nashville Made: Nola Granola

Have you tried Nola Granola yet? If not, you're missing out on something scrumptious. 

Local snack foods maker, Nola Snacks produces uniquely flavored artisan granola from all natural ingredients right here in Nashville, TN.  Choose from Chocolate Almond, Bourbon Pecan, or our personal favorite, Salted Caramel.  In fact, it's so good that you'll find it now in our Large Nashville Gift Crate and soon to appear in our upcoming Southern Breakfast Collection.  Nothing but the very best will do for our gift options. 

Since we first discovered this sweet and flavorful snack, we've been dreaming up new ways to sneak it into our breakfast, snack time, and desserts.   Here's a few of our favorites:

  • Straight out of the bag by the handful
  • With milk for a sweet cereal breakfast
  • As a topping to frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • Sprinkled on peanut butter spread over apple slices
  • Sprinkled over a banana dipped in honey
  • Over yogurt with fresh fruit

Comment below to tell us if you've tried Nola Granola and how you enjoy your favorite flavor. 

Bon Appetit!

- HNG -

12 Uniquely Nashville Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's day is coming up fast!  Don't let us catch you at Walgreens on February 13th hoping you'll find a card and some chocolates before they're completely sold out.  You can do better than that!

With a little help from us, you'll find a gift that's unique, local, and thoughtful.  We put together a list of our top 12 Uniquely Nashville gift ideas for your Valentine this year! 

Don't see something they'll love? Tell us about who you're shopping for and we'll send you a customized list of ideas just for your special someone. 

Photo by Amaranthus Paper & Flora

Photo by Amaranthus Paper & Flora

1. Handmade paper flowers and a heartfelt love letter

Get her flowers that will actually last!  These beautiful flowers are made by Amaranthus Paper & Flora, a mother/daughter team based out of Nashville and Atlanta. Need a little help writing an old fashion love letter to pair with your Valentine’s flowers?  Hallmark breaks it down for you here. 

 

Photos by Project 615 and HattieB's

Photos by Project 615 and HattieB's

2.  Project 615 Nashville T-shirt “Hot Chicken Capital of the World” and a gift card to Hattie B’s

If he loves hot chicken, he’ll love this Valentine’s day gift idea!  Pick up a gift card to Hattie B’s and pair it with a T-shirt from Project 615.  As a bonus, you’ll feel great knowing that 100% of the profits from Project 615 t-shirts go to world changing organizations, including those that specifically help the homeless community of Nashville.

 

Photo by Beardition

Photo by Beardition

3. Beardition gift set

Is he a clean shaven kind of guy or a bearded fella?  Either way, keep him looking his best with one of Nashville’s own Beardition’s ultimate Valentine’s Day product gift sets. 

 

Photos by Bongo Java and Brittany Fuson

Photos by Bongo Java and Brittany Fuson

4. Brittany Fuson stationary and a Bongo Java gift card

The talented Nashville based Brittany Fuson designs fashionable stationary that is perfect for the coffee addicted!  Pair a notepad with a Bongo Java gift card she can use it to feed her addiction at Fido, Bongo Belmont, Hot & Cold, or Bongo East Café!

 

Photos by Scout-Baby and Colt's Chocolates

Photos by Scout-Baby and Colt's Chocolates

5. A plush animal for play time and chocolate covered animal crackers for snack time

Pick out a handmade bear, pig, alligator, or fox from Nashville owned Scout Baby for your little one this Valentine’s day.  Pair it with a bag of Colt’s chocolate covered animal crackers for the perfect kid's valentine gift.   

 

Photo by Fin&Lil and See Spot Eat

Photo by Fin&Lil and See Spot Eat

6. Doggie bow tie and a Valentine’s day treat

Sometimes man’s best friend is the best Valentine in your life!  Doggies like gifts too!  Fin and Lil  has a bow tie that will make him look dashing and See Spot Eat will keep him happy with a special treat just for him!

 

Photo by Southern Firefly

Photo by Southern Firefly

7. Nashville scented candle

What does Nashville smell like?  Leather and whiskey of course!  Guys will particularly love this manly scented candle from Southern Firefly.  Each candle is hand poured and made to remind you of being on Broadway in Nashville, TN.

 

Photo by Nashville Ballet

Photo by Nashville Ballet

8. Tickets to the ballet

Guys, trust us – you’ll score major brownie points if you take her to a ballet! Nashville Ballet’s Attitude will be performed February 13-15 and combines dance, music, and art to inspire her creative side this Valentine’s weekend.

 

Photo by ChocolateFx

Photo by ChocolateFx

9. Box of Chocolates

Skip the line at Wal-Mart this year and pick up a unique box of handmade chocolates from Nashville’s Chocolate F/X.  Choose from a small or large assortment of Valentine’s day chocolates with a fun Rock n Roll attitude!

 

Photo by Thistle Farms

Photo by Thistle Farms

10. Thistle Farms candle

Love heals! Thistle Farms lavender candles not only provide the gift of relaxation, but sales of Thistle Farms products help the Magdalene non-profit, a residential program in Nashville for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. 

 

Photos by Olive&Sinclair

Photos by Olive&Sinclair

11. A chocolate factory tour and a cinnamon chili chocolate heart

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory might not be real, but Olive & Sinclair is and it’s right here in Nashville.  Having won numerous awards and accolades for their stone ground chocolate, you can’t go wrong by picking up some chocolates for your Valentine and booking a tour for a sweet date idea. 

 

12. Nashville gift basket

Send them a taste of Nashville! A gift crate from us at High Note Gifts is the perfect way to share all the things you love from Nashville with the ones you love! Tell your clients, friends, or students away from home how much you love and appreciate them this Valentine’s Day with a gift crate that’s sure to please! 


What are you planning on giving to your Valentine this year?  Is there anything you're hoping to get?  Valentine's day is not just for couples.  Make someone's day with a thoughtful gift that let's them know how much you love them and appreciate them being a part of your life. 

- HNG -

Making a List. Checking it Twice.

High Note Christmas Tree

You did it!

You pulled off Thanksgiving!  Maybe you hosted this year for the first time ever, or maybe you've been hosting for many years now.  Or perhaps you're a champion at eating and napping and you know to leave the hosting to the experts in the kitchen.  However you spent Thanksgiving, you made it through and now it's the official start to the Christmas season! 

If you're superhuman, you've already finished your Christmas shopping.  But if you're a normal human being, you are just getting started.  The month of December is sure to fly by with Holiday parties, decorating the house, seeing family and friends, and making the most of this wonderful time of the year!  So, we're helping you get organized now to be sure you tackle your gift list this year in style.  Our 2014 Nashville Gift Guide is coming soon!  In the meantime, we created this free downloadable Holiday Gift List just for you! Just click on the image below to download the PDF, print, and start making your list and checking it twice. Enjoy! 

- HNG - 

Nashville Made: Soberdough Brew Bread

Nashville Made Soberdough

If you ever wanted to be Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker, but you don’t actually know how to cook, or if you’re a bachelor trying to impress the ladies, Soberdough is going to make all of your dreams come true!  Okay….maybe not all of them, but you’re going to love how easy and fun they’ve made homemade bread. 

In our search for great Nashville made gifts, we recently came across Soberdough bread mixes and knew we just had to try it for ourselves.  After all, we wouldn’t want you to get or give a gift that has sub-par products.  We’re committed to bringing you only the very best!  Seriously.  No “filler” products.  Just genuinely awesome stuff.

Soberdough carries a host of different flavors like Roasted Garlic, Cinnful Raisin, and Buffalovin Wing, but we were dying to try the Green Chile Cheddar mix.  So we procured a bag, checked the fridge for beer, and got started right away!           

Nashville Made Soberdough In The Making

Step 1:  Procure Soberdough bread mix and pour into a large bowl.

Step 2: Pull out a bottle of beer (or carbonated water) from your refrigerator & pour it into the same large bowl.

Step 3: Pour 1 cup of cheddar cheese into your bowl and mix everything together! 

Step 4: Bake in a 9x5 bread pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

Step 5: Let cool, slice & enjoy! 

Nashville Made Soberdough

It’s really that simple and it turned out to be delicious!  Moist, flavorful, and downright yummy!  We paired ours with a bowl of hot chili while watching some SEC football.  Fall just doesn’t get much better than this!  

Soberdough is not just easy and delicious, but it’s made right here in Nashville with all natural ingredients.  Created by a mother-son team, Soberdough is everything we love about the creative community in Nashville.  Find out more about their story here. 

If you’ve tried Soberdough too, tell us which flavor is your favorite. 

As for us, we’ll be keeping a bag or two in our own pantry and keeping the shelves of High Note filled with Soberdough so we can bring it to you via our Nashville gift collection!

- HNG -