Mar 25 2012

Give Color! (& find it all locally around Chicago)

We LOVE spring and summer because that means it’s time to put away our drab gray & black & embrace COLOR! If you’re looking for some cool gift ideas or some fun gift ideas for girlfriends, we’ve got just the thing to brighten up anyone’s day!

POP! Necklace

We love Amrita Singh’s bright bib necklace, she has a huge celeb following and we are lucky enough to get you a huge discount.  I love the edgy mix of Indian style with modern trend. It comes in 4 pops of color: turquoise, coral, fuschia and black.  Use Code INSIDER for $75 OFF. Find locally at Handle with Care in Old Town.

Accessories @ Haberdash 

Haberdash for men, hits the nail on the head with its cool classic style blended with old-school philosophy.  We love their pops of color iPad cases by The Herschel Supply Co & completely indestructible Dosh wallets. Visit them at 607 North State Street, Chicago

MINE Luggage Tags by Graphic Image

Never lose your luggage again with this handmade goatskin luggage tag with attitude by Graphic Image.  The words “MINE” clearly sends the message whose bag it is. $26 Use Code INSIDER for 20% OFF until 4/30/2012. Available locally at Elizabeth Grace on N. Clark 

Sticky Bellies for The Little Ones

This so crazy cute! Sticky Bellies Milestone Stickers-Peel, Stick & Snap! These adorable stickers are removable & look like they are part of the shirt & allow parents to capture their child’s growth from pregnancy to the toddler years with style & convenience. 12 stickers for baby’s first year $14.99. GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off till 4/31/12. Available Locally at Preggers 

Purse Accessories by Shop Lucys

Shop Lucy´s offers Girlfriend, Glam and Trendy gifts and accessories that are fun and quirky, but with a purpose.  Sayings can be perfectly picked out for each of your best friends, as long as they have a sense of humor.  Use code for your free gift upon purchase of an item. FSG0312 for free gift.  Available locally at Rudys Round Up in Bucktown 

 Neon Jewelry by Anne Taylor

The Neon Marquis Stretch Bracelet from Ann Taylor has that glamourous vintage vibe combined with modern bold color. This bracelet is so hot, that it keeps selling out. Hidden elastic, 1″ wide. $68. Visit locally at 600 North Michigan 

Jewelry from Comfort Me Boutique

Comfort Me Boutique is filled with exactly what you’d expect, all things comfy for the mind and body!  The boutique sells everything from statement jewelry to bath products and has tons of fun cozy, layering pieces.  The boutique is unique & eclectic, perfect to find some bright pops of color jewelry or scarves to spice up your Spring wardrobe. Visit locally at 651 West Armitage Chicago

Urban Ears Headphones

These Urbanears Headphones are high fashion in a very hipster kind of way, but also coupled with impressive high performance. Excellent sound. Hinge construction makes it easy to fold into a backpack or purse. The Swedes know how to combine function with performance and unique design and who love living in color. $67.99 Love the canary yellow, comes in other fun colors too. Available locally at Urban Outfitters. 

Stephanie Johnson Travel Bags 

We’re pretty much obsessed with Stephanie Johnson’s designs, they have really cute sets of travel bags but the adorable part is their patterns, our current favorite is the Fiji Pink collection. Love it.


Mar 18 2012

And the winners are…


Jill Salama

Sharon Straw


Shannon Zarsang

Alma Boric

Congratulations to our Jet Set to Aruba Contest winners!*

They will be on their way to warm & sunny Aruba at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino with one lucky guest! Thank you to everyone that entered in the contest and all who voted.


Happy Jetting!



*Winners were chosen based on votes


Mar 13 2012

And the Top 10 Finalists are…

CONGRATS to our Top 10 Entrants:

(vote for 4 winners here! )

1. Shannon Z. – Happy Valentine’s…

2. Shad W. – Really, Thanks I Guess

3. LindaFilling in The Blanks

4. Sharon S. – Chubby Hearts, Really

5. Amanda W. – Blow me up Scotty

6. Wanda A. – What Ring?

7. Rachel M. – Worst Gift Ever 

8. Jill S.The Worst Valentine’s Day Gift of 2002

9. Chelsea M. – DJ Stalker 

10. Alma B. – My Wonderful Husband

VOTE for your favorite Worst Valentine’s Day Gift Story here & help send 4 lucky contestants to warm & sunny Aruba!

         – 2 Grand Prize Winners win a 4 night/5 day stay at The Aruba Marriott Resort and Casino + airfare for 2

         -2 Runners Up win a 4 night/5 day stay at The Aruba Marriott Resort and Casino (airfare not included)

You can vote once per day for each entry.  You must be a Facebook Fan of The Gift Insider to vote.

*Voting starts March 13th and ends on March 18th. Winners will be announced March 18th at the end of the day here, on our blog!

Check out additional details & rules here.

Good luck to our Jet Set to Aruba finalists, get your friends voting!




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