Feb 14 2011

Do-It-Yourself Romantic Gift Ideas

We all know that finding the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day is hard. Maybe you ‘re on a tight budget this year or you don’t have time to go shopping, The Gift Insider is here to help. Check out these do-it-yourself/homemade gift ideas. Putting the time and effort into making your own gift shows you really care!

Love Note/homemade card: Valentines Day is all about the mushy-gushy I love you stuff. This year put it on paper. Writing a love note or taking the time to make a homemade card shows that you really care. This is something that they will keep forever.

Your best baked-goods: The old saying, “the way to their heart is through their stomach” defiantly has some truth to it, especially this time of year. If you have a specialty, whether it be cupcakes, cookies or muffins, bake some up this Valentine’s Day. Make them extra special by frosting a special message or baking in a heart shape.

Picnik a photo of the two of you: This is a fun, easy and free way to make pictures unique. picnik.com

Tee-shirt quilt: This is a great do-it-yourself gift if you have some sewing knowledge. (Hint: But if not you can get the same homemade look and feel here)

Breakfast in bed: Delivering breakfast in bed to your sweetie this Valentines Day will be a thoughtful and romantic way to start the day.

Make a scrapbook: Compile old photos, ticket subs and other memorable items into a scrapbook that they will always be able to look back on.

Photo gifts such as picture mugs, coasters, or mouse pads: Put a picture of you two on everyday items that you will see more often. Get $10 off photo gifts of $25 or more through February 12 at Walgreens.com

Household aphrodisiacs: Aphrodisiacs are sensual ways to celebrate Valentines Day, but you don’t have to break the bank or even leave your house to get them. Check out these household aphrodisiac suggestions from treesandshurbs.about.com and practicalkitchen.com.

The crafting possibilities for Valentine’s Day are also endless. Check out  allfreecrafts.com for a complete listing of craft ideas with full instruction.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day do-it-yourself traditions or something new you want to try? The Gift Insider wants to know, comment here.

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Feb 8 2011

Win Flowers and Limo Service for Valentine’s Day! ($438.00 Value!)

Details of the GET LUCKY LAST MINUTE Sweeps:

It’s so easy to enter this sweeps!

What You Need to Do:

Like our Facebook Page, and comment on one of our Facebook GET LUCKY LAST MINUTE posts and you are entered to win!

What you win:

Flower delivery from Jayson Home and Garden in Chicago ($70 Value) and a Limo for the Night from Limos.com ($368 Value)

The Sweeps will go from 5:00 PM on Tuesday February 8th, 2011 until Sunday February 13th, 2011 at 10:00 AM.  We will contact the winner via Facebook.  Flowers and Limo is for city of Chicago only.

Thank you to Limos.com and JaysonHomeandGarden.com for providing these ways to make your Valentine’s Day special.

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Feb 8 2011

Cool Gift Ideas for Guys on Valentine’s Day

The Gift Insider’s local Chicago gift girl, Alexx Miles, helps you shop for your man this Valentine’s Day.


Though we often forget, it’s not all about us, girls! This Valentine’s Day we’ve found the Perfect Gift Ideas for the man in your life to show him just how much you care..

The Sports-Fanatic Boy: Salvaged Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

The Athletic Boy: Nike Heart Rate Monitoring Strap

The Party Boy: At Home Wine Tasting Kits

The Game Boy: Personalize Monopoly Set

The Hungry Boy: Aphrodisiac Cook Book

The Geeky Boy: Name a Star

The Kinky Boy: Chocolate Body Fondue

The Workaholic Boy: Spa For Two Kit

The Pretty Boy: “Man Can” Styling Kit

The Classy Boy: Premium French Champagnes

The Gadget Addict Boy: They’ll love watching movies with you even more when they can pause, play and rewind internet television with the Roku Video Player. Roku


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Feb 7 2011

Enter to Win 2 Cevia Frames – Keep One, Give One!

The Gift Insider is giving away two easy-to-use  Cevia Frames to a lucky reader! The Cevia is not your average digital frame. It allows you to upload photos traditionally, but you can also allow friends and family to connect and upload pictures from the internet, Facebook, cell phones, or e-mailed directly to your frame. Forget the hassle of uploading and updating your digital pictures and let others do it for you! The Cevia frame is valued at $119.95

Thanks to Cevia for providing this product.

How to enter:

Register for “The Insider” newsletter – Required

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Post a link to this site or contest on your site or blog

Sweeps will go from Thursday February 3rd, 2011 11:00 AM EST until March 3rd, 2011 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 win Ceiva Frame  – Value $119.95

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Feb 7 2011

Alexx’s Valentine’s Day Link Round-Up

Everybody loves love! With Valentine’s Day! quickly approaching, here are some of the best articles I’ve ran in to this week..

If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day , here’s a easy to make dessert : Baker’s Royale

Interesting facts about guys + flowers: Centre Daily

Get creative this Valentine’s Day! Here are some great Do-It-Yourself craft ideas : Thread Banger

Single? Top ten most romantic movies to watch this Valentine’s Day : A Peek At Karen’s World

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive, here are some cost-friendly great ways to celebrate: Savings.com

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Feb 2 2011

Feb 1 2011

Best Sites for Deals – Link Round Up

If you are like me the one thing you like more than shopping is deals. Here are some the best shopping and deal sites around.

1. For a free, online personal shopper check out Shop it to Me. You tell them what you like and they search for the best prices. Shopittome.com

2. For the best prices on trendy, online fashion go to asos.com. Free shipping with no minimum spending necessary.

3. Wolesale-dress.net is exactly what is sounds like but with way more then just dresses!

4. ShopBop is a more high-end option. It offers brand name apparel like the looks you might see in fashion magazines. Free worldwide delivery. Shopbop.com

5. One of the best-kept online shopping secrets comes from one of my favorite stores, JCrew. They open their discounted outlet store online on the weekends for some great deals. Jcrew.com

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