Oct 27 2010

Brownie Pops for Client Gifts

Want to send some seasonal treats to your client?  Want to send something more unique and original than the box of cupcakes you’ve send 25 times before.

Send Brownie Pops.  These Halloween ones are super cute, they also have fall and thanksgiving themed pops if you are looking for something a little more subtle.


Oct 27 2010

Guys to Give Guys – Sports Trash Talk

We get it, we get it.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the most manly of activities to research, purchase, wrap and deliver a special gift for your buddies…
That’s why this manly, trash talking service is the perfect “gift” for sports loving, high-fiving, beer guzzling men.  
Rivalgrams.com will have a real person call your bud and talk trash about any team, any sport.  You can customize calls or make it anonymous.  They’ll brag about your sick quarterback, play your teams fight song, or celebrate a big touchdown and really get under the skin of your rival buddies favorite team. 

Prices range from $1.25 – $2.25 and for $10 you can have them call your buddy every day for 20 days leading up to the big game. 
This is a fabulous idea I found on Netted by the Webbies 

Oct 26 2010

Welcome our new intern – Alexx!

We’d like to introduce everyone to our new and fabulous intern, Alexx Miles! 
Alexx is from Barrington, IL and currently lives in Chicago.  She attends Depaul University and is majoring in Advertising and PR. 
Alexx will be helping us a ton with the launch of our site and finding new, creative gift ideas for the holiday season. 
Feel free to contact Alex at TheGiftInsiderPR@gmail.com.  She’ll be tweeting, facebooking, writing articles and maybe even doing some on-camera work! 
Alexx, we’re so excited to have you! 

Oct 25 2010

Oct 21 2010

Creative Personalized Gift Ideas for Weddings

For couples that are really close to your heart, go the extra mile and step away from the registry. Here are The Gift Insider


Oct 18 2010

Oct 18 2010

Creative Gift Ideas for Friends’ Birthdays in Chicago

Traditional gifts don’t always cut it for the girls who have been most important in your life.


  • Before you hit the clubs, take her to one of the new trends in the salon industry – they specialize in Blow Dry’s only.  If you are in Chicago – try Blo Dri. They’ll make it super special and add in champagne, cocktails or cake.
  • If she has a sense of humor, take her to a burlesque or tranny show, if you are in Chicago check out The Baton Club
  • Throw her a surprise party or a surprise dinner – add in some fun extras like these funny/inappropriate Happy Fing Birthday Hats ir.gif
  • Or this way-chicer-than-average pinata.


My personal favorite idea for making your friend feel as special as she is – make her something that she will cherish forever.  While I have been a fan of this idea since long before digital camera’s – now, your macbook can make it easier than ever.

  • Make here a comic book w/ comiclife on yourmacbook with quotes from all the girls.
  • Make her a photo flip book she can carry on her keychain
  • Make her a Photo Book from Picabooshow.gif
  • Make her a customized Jenga set – on each cube write something that you and your girlfriends must do when you pull out the block – chug a beer, text your ex, etc.
  • Make her a book filled with reasons you love her (make it even more special and have the number of reasons be the age she is turning).


A few of my girlfriends surprised me for my birthday this year by taking me to The Beauty Bar.  It’s a trendy and fun place to take any girl who loves her martinis and mani’s – both of which are included in the price of one delish (but strong) Beauty Bar Martini.  The sparkly teal walls, the dance floor in the back and the completely beauty inspired hipster scene make it a perfect spot for a girls night out.

Beauty Bars are currently in Chicago, New York, San Fran, LA, Texas, Vegas and Denver.



If your bestie is someone who loves surprises, give her what she wants on her birthday and don’t give her the slightest clue of what you are doing. Kidnap her, blind fold her and then take her to do something she wouldn’t normally do.

  • Beer/wine making class
  • Tarrot card reader/hypnotist
  • Mani’s and Pedis at a BYOB nail salon
  • Cooking Class
  • Surprise brunch (mimosas and bloody’s included)
  • Talk to some of your out of town friends and family, arrange for them to come in town for her big day
  • Take her to a comedy show – try Second City in Chi.

The key to this one is knowing what she likes. Make sure to pay attention a few weeks before her birthday – is there anything she’s been dying to do? A place she’s been dying to try? It’ll be even more special if she knows you’ve been thinking of her.


Send her a birthday cake overnight – Gourmet Birthday Cakes from Bake Me A Wish!show.gif
Give Her a Gift Certificate From Experience Days and Let Her Pick – Shop-XD-Memorable
Everyone loves flowers – ProFlowers – Send ProFlowers starting at $19.99


Oct 11 2010

Win An Ultimate Tailgating Cooler – $249 Value

The Gift Insider is giving away the most brilliant tailgating accessories around – THE ULTIMATE TAILGATING COOLER FROM EPICNICBASKET.COM – $249.00 Value.

It comes with full grilling utensils, a removable waterproof cooler and … a fully portable grill.  Can’t get much cooler than that.

Watch the cooler live on our news appearances on WGN and Fox News – www.youtube.com/lindsayeroberts

A huge thank you to www.epicnicbasket.com for providing this product.

Ways to Enter:
You can do just one or all of the below – each can be done once daily

– Follow me and Tweet about the contest – include @thegiftinsider and #contests (1 additional entry)

– Post a link to this site or contest on your site or blog (3 Entries!

Sweeps will go from Friday October 10th, 2010 11:00 AM EST until November 30th 2010 11:00 AM EST.

We will pick one winner at random within 72 hours of the close date and contact you via email
Winner will Ultimate Tailgating Cooler – $249.00 Value
By Entering the Sweepstakes you are also signing up to receive The Gift Insider


Oct 11 2010

First Appearance Out West – CBS Denver!

The Gift Insider will be traveling to Denver in two weeks for our first shopping segment out West!

We’ll be on CBS Denver at 6:50 AM on October 24th featuring top gifts for tailgates.

While we’re there we’ll also be checking out some top “romantic stays” throughout Colorado!

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones were you can just relax and getaway…


Oct 11 2010

Greater Than Coconut Water

Coconut Water has been all the rage with health nuts lately.
Two Chi Town brothers found a way to make the stuff actually taste good.
I got a chance to sample their new drink and check out their new van a few weeks back and I’ve been a fan of the stuff ever since.  Perfect post workout or perfect post long night out.
Low cal, all natural and has tons of electrolytes.  



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