Dec 22 2011

TICK TOCK! TICK TOCK! Last-minute gift ideas

Hey last-minute Lucy, we’re here to help! It’s ok if last-minute is your style, because we’ve got ways to help you make it look like it wasn’t last-minute. Here’s a list of unconventional last-minute gifts for all of you down-to-the-last-millisecond-shoppers:

Whisk Them Away

A trip is always a great gift for a significant other, because everyone could use a vacay! Go the extra mile and actually plan the entire trip in advance (if you can plan in advance, book it and tell them when to pack their bags) – reserve the hotel, buy ticket vouchers, book excursions for when you’re there. One of my favorite kinds of “trip gifts” are themed ones like: A Trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, Surf Lessons in Costa Rica or Tour the Pubs in Ireland. Get creative! Check out these sites for excursion ideas: Travel Zoo, Apple Vacations + Kayak.

How to wrap this: gather small items that are related to the trip (i.e. sun tan lotion, pink drink umbrella, sea shell) and put them in a gift bag.


Give an Experience

Xperience Days makes it easy to find a gift for anyone whether they crave adventure, thrills or creativity. From race car driving and sky diving to cooking classes and food tours, you can give a gift that will leave a lasting impression.

Fast + easy: Simply print out the voucher and wrap it up!


A Year’s Worth of Gifts

Gift-of-the-month clubs are the gifts that literally keep on giving. Some of them are on the pricey side, so you could opt for just a 3-month subscription. Some of our favs are J.Crew’s Jewelry of the Month Club, Vosges Lunar Chocolate of the Month Club and a flower subscription to H.Bloom. When you sign them up for a subscription to H.Bloom (check out their special and find out how you could get your first bouquet free) they’ll receive fresh flowers every month on the date they choose for delivery. If you have any one-time event floral needs or any questions, contact floral expert Ashley via email or by phone 312.344.1240.

Wrap it up with a hint: Print out a voucher of their “of-the-month” club or subscription and place in some accessories that might help them enjoy that gift each month (i.e. a vase for a flower subscription, a jewelry tray for a jewelry of the month club).


Happy Gifting!


Dec 21 2011

Creative Gifts for Girlfriends on NBC Baltimore

The Gift Insider is back in Baltimore to share her favorite pics on creative gifts for the women in your life.


Dec 21 2011

Creative Last-Minute Gift Ideas on NBC Baltimore

The Gift Insider on Baltimore TV, sharing her favorite last-minute gift ideas for the Holidays.



Dec 20 2011

Gifts We Love: DIY Way to Spice Up Your Hostess Gift

So we’re pretty obsessed w/ this way to make your hostess gifts adorable.  It’s a DIY Kit that let’s you put some extra thoughtfulness in your “grab a bottle of booze from the corner store” routine.  One of our fav DIY bloggers teamed up with C. Wonder to create this and we absolutely love it. Purchase here.

Grab some Baileys, some candy canes to use as stirrers and your hostess will thank you! Don’t forget we’re the Holiday Gift Expert for Baileys, be sure to head to their Facebook page and ask us any of your gifting questions.

DIY Hostess Gift The Gift Insider


Dec 11 2011

Great Gift Ideas for Girlfriend or any Special Ladies in Your Life: NBC Chicago

We know it’s tough, we’re here to help! We’ve found the most creative gifts for girlfriends or any ladies who deserve some special attention this Holiday. We’ve found you some great discounts on them as well.  Watch us on NBC Chicago this past Sunday, December 11th.


Dec 10 2011

Go-To Holiday Gifts: For the Ladies

You never know who you are going to forget on that huge list, we’ve put together some ideas for “Go-To Gifts Ideas for the Ladies” that you can give the hostess, teachers, hairstylists, or any aquantances you forgot to plan for.  Be sure to check them out live in our NBC 5 Chicago Clip below.

Watch us chat about these gifts ideas on our “Go – To Gift ideas for People You Forgot to Plan for” on NBC 5 Chicago  on 12.11.  Here is a link to our other segment later that day w/ more “Gift Ideas for the Special Women in Your Life.”

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Dec 7 2011

Gift Picks for the Tastemaker in Your Life

This guest post comes from our friend Elizabeth Kott from CLOSET RICH – a stylish premiere online shop with amazing vintage + pre-loved goodies! Here are her picks for the trend-setter in your life:

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s career trajectory is on the radar of any knowing style-maven. Thus, anything from herrecently launched clothing and accessories line is a a good call – I am partial to this twisted brass ring.
Coffee table books have a beautiful way of setting a tone for a space but are not things one generally buys for themselves, which is why I like giving them as gifts. This one for little monsters and fashion fans alike, is my pick for the season, claws up.
I live for a fancy candle and love giving (and getting) them as gifts, but picking scents for people can be tricky. This scent is fail proof -created years ago exclusively for NYC’s Gramercy Park Hotel- it’s very understated and the perfect choice for any guy or girl who craves a bit of luxury.
Why is it that a good ipad case is so difficult to track down? This DVF option wins my vote for best style/function combo. Muy importante.
Pressed Juicery is a seriously yummy organic juice spot in Los Angeles, and luckily their fresh juice kits can be delivered anywhere in the country- this gift is equal parts unique, healthy and delicious.






Elizabeth Kott, is the founder of, a fabulously curated online destination for pre-loved and vintage clothing finds. Quickly becoming one of the best kept secret’s on the Los Angeles fashion scene- Closet Rich’s inventory hails directly from closets of the city’s most fashionable inhabitants. A former member of Rachel Zoe’s team, Kott certainly knows a thing or two about finding the most unique gifts for that fab trendsetter in your life. 






Dec 7 2011

Friends of Baileys: The Gift Insider is the 2011 Holiday Gift Expert!

A few months ago, we were approached by Baileys Liquor to be a part of their “Friends of Baileys” program and help out their fans as a Holiday Gift Expert. We are so excited about the opportunity (by far our biggest partnership yet!) and even more pumped to finally tell you all the details.


“Friends of Baileys” will last all December on Baileys Facebook page and we will be answering all your gifting, cooking, baking and entertaining questions all season long.  I’m obviously your gift girl, so ask me anything on their fb tab: what to give who, how much to spend, how to wrap it, when you should give it and  I’ll answer you right on Facebook with tips, advice, and even some video recommendations!

The three other well-known bloggers can answer any Cooking, Baking or Entertaining questions.   I’m so honored to be working with such a great brand and such a great mix of experts. Check ’em out.

Jessie the Baking Expert

Amanda the Cooking Expert 

Cyd the Entertaining Expert 

Now go to the Bailey’s Facebook page and ask me some questions (info on their homepage too!) 


Dec 6 2011

The Gift Insider is Co-Hosting #sleepnumber Sleep Better Chat: Gift Giving Tips for the Holidays this Thursday

We’re really looking forward to hosting the Sleep Number Twitter Chat on Thursday! You all know we are all about recommending the best of the best and only recommending products we really believer are as fab as they claim to be. Since we had never experience a Sleep Number bed before, they were awesome enough to send us over our very own P5 King Bed last month so we could make sure it was really as amazing as it claims to be.

And oh it is….

So comfy, so easy, so fun playing around with my # (I’m typically about a 45). I love it. And so will any couple who has differing opinions on if a soft or hard bed is the way to go. Or if you have a crappy back.

During the #SleepNumber chat I’ll help you out with gift-giving tips to make your holiday easy and less stressful! I will share some of her very best tips for getting the best deals and finding the absolute perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. @sleepgeekpete and @sleepnumbersara will be on hand to share their insights and expertise as well and help with any Sleep Number questions you might have.

You know we love swag… Sleep Number will be giving away 5 Sleep Number® AirFit™ Adjustable Pillows. (Each Pillow Ranges from $189.00 – $229.00) We haven’t had a chance to check the pillows out, but if they are as awesome as the bed it’s totally worth signing up!

Join the festivities on Dec. 8 from 7-8 PM Central Time

1.) Visit the Sleep Number Facebook page and click on the “Sleep Better Chat” link on the upper left corner to log-in and participate on Thursday evening. Log-in with a username and include #sleepnumber in all your comments.


2.) Follow @SleepNumberSara and @thegiftinsider on Twitter. Remember to include the #sleepnumber hashtag in all your tweets. This will allow us to see your feedback during the discussion.

See you all there!


Dec 2 2011

May we indie-duce you

…to some handmade treasures from indie artists straight outta NY. If you’re still looking for gift ideas for the holidays (our site + blog are chock full!) then may be suggest going indie…

It’ll definitely be a unique gift plus you’ll be supporting small businesses and artists in the mean time! Here are some of our finds:

1.Modern + Edgy Silhouette Portraits by Kinderling [$29.95]

They took the traditional silhouette portrait and added a dose of funk to them. Send them a photo, choose from custom patterns, water-color styles and modern vintage looks and in 2 weeks time you’ll have your custom silhouette portrait.


2.Luxe iPhone Cases by Elegantly Untamed [$350]

Let glitz devour your iPhone with this uber luxe case from Elegantly Untamed.  You’ll be blinging out of control in this chic handmade accessory. It’s a must for a glam girl.


3.Personalized Postcard Mug by Bailey Doesn’t Bark [$24]

If you’re too old for the BFF necklace, why not send your faraway best friend a personalized postcard mug? Every time they sip their java, they’ll think of you. Awwww.


4.Custom Twitter Jewelry by Survival of the Hippest [$49.95] 

These custom necklaces from Survival of the Hippest are the perfect gift for the Twitter fiend who’s alter ego is their Twitter name. Customize the necklace with your @name or a #hashtag. Wearing this 24/7 will probably attract more followers.


5.Custom Photo Nesting Dolls by Shag Brooklyn

Multiply yourself for your loved ones with these custom photo nesting dolls from Shag Brooklyn. Artist Hally McGehean will create these adorable round versions of you using a decoupage treatment, based on the picture you send her.






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