Sep 25 2012

5 DIY Housewarming Gifts We Found on Pinterest

The Gift Insider is always looking at Pinterest for fun and unique gift ideas. Here are some of our favorite DIY housewarming gifts- Enjoy + be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

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Chalkboard Serving Platter  A great go-to dish when serving cheese, cookies, or any other goodies you might need to label.

Personalized Coasters:  These cork coasters are inexpensive and easy to decorate! Stack, tie with a ribbon, and give to the host with a nice bottle of wine!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread in a Jar:  This quick to make gift is perfect for any time of the year! Fill an empty jar with layered dry ingredients for your favorite baked good- share the wealth!

String State Art:  Show your state pride with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins!


Braided Rag Rug:  A perfectly crafty craft for the non-sewer. This rug calls for materials in cotton and polyester, such as bed sheets or fabric. Add a wonderful splash of color to a new home!


Sep 17 2012

Gift Guide: Book Lovers + The Writers


It’s almost holiday season ladies and gents, and The Gift Insider wants to tell you about some awesome gifts for writers that they’ve rounded up!

Vintage alert! The Personal Library Kit is an old-fashion alternative to keeping track of your borrowed books by memory. The perfect gift for a generous book owner.

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Sep 10 2012

Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair: Give Indie, Give Handmade

Marisa and I had the best time at Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair this afternoon.  It’s 100’s of curated booths packed with all handmade or indie products.  Basically, The Gift Insider Girls perfect Sunday afternoon.

Top TGI Picks for Party Peeps:

Lifesize Jenga, Hot Mess Necklace, and Hidden Book Flasks.


Below are our other top picks from the fair! 

  • Glass Cathedrals – Customizable “diorama” like boxes (check out their site to really see how cool they are)
  • With Roots Jewerly – cute little necklaces with actual plants inside + you don’t need to water
  • Lily Dawson Neon Jewelry – Most unique and on-trend pieces I saw all day (I wanted them ALL)
  • Turtle Hill Terraniums – Indoor plants with custom little people
  • I Am Home – Trophies You Deserve, Funky trophies with plakes like “You Should Have Won” and “I Love You Anyways”

 Did any of you go?  What were some of your favorite booths?! Comment below!


Sep 5 2012

Custom Rap Songs to Give Your Bestie (check out the Gift Insider’s Rap!)

Totally bored of giving your best friends gift cards or jewelry every year for their birthdays?  Need something stand-out for a bitzvah, or have a big anniversary coming up where you wanna poke a little fun at the couple?

Make them a custom rap song and video from


While we thought the idea was cool when they first pitched us, it’s all about the execution with something like this, and drum roll please…we think they killed it!   The rap at least, normally it would be photos of the couple/the birthday girl etc.

What do you guys think?  Who would you give this to?

Send in photos, lyrical inspiration, and they make they rap totally based on the person you are gifting it to. 




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