Dec 24 2012

TGI Tips: Timesaving Gift-Wrap Tips

·Brown Bag It – Use cheap brown paper or even brown recyclable bags to wrap gifts this year.  Spice it up with neon note stickers, gold sparkly tape or twine and a pretty flower.  Super on-trend check out Pinterest board for tons of ideas.


·Don’t Force It Wrap oddly shaped gifts like toys in tulle and tie with a pretty bow

· Order Custom StickersLabels- Dress up any gift, bottle of wine or handmade treat with personalized gift stickers. We stick our “Enjoy! The Gift Insider” labels by Erin Condren on everything.

· Tag, Tie and Go- Order custom gift tags at the beginning of the season and then always have on-hand to quickly tie up with a pretty ribbon on any last-minute gift. Tinyprints has some reasonably priced and cute options.

· Go Monochromatic- A modern & easy way to make sure all your wrapping materials don’t clash (without having to drag around color swatches), pick one color and buy wrapping paper, boxes, tissue and gift bags in different shades of that same color.

· Initial It- Head to your local craft store and stock up on all different sized glittery alphabet stickers. Label gifts with their first, last or all three initials (no cards necessary!)


Dec 23 2012

TGI TIPS: How To Give Thoughtfully While Saving Time

· Give Experiences for The Hard to Shop For  – For those who seem to have it all, head to an experience gifting website like Cloud9Living to send a certificate for a unique experience, like kayak excursions or tours of a local brewery.

· Gift of The Month Clubs – Not only does a Gift Of the Month Club keep on giving, but it’s a thoughtful last-minute gift you can order online, print off and give the same day. Our top picks are Aromapersona, a fragrance of the month club, BBQ of the Month Club, or Birchbox- a new subscription service for the beauty obsessed.

· Donate to a Charity in the Recipients Name – Make sure it’s an organization close to their heart and the sentiment won’t be forgotten.

· Suggest a Holiday Gift Exchange – To take a few names off your to-buy list, suggest a Holiday Yankee Swap or gift exchange for large groups of friends.



Dec 23 2012

Guest Feature: Unique Gift Ideas For Your Co-Workers – Under $20

So you just got the office holiday party invite and now you’re on the lookout unique gifts for your co-workers that won’t break the bank. If you’re anything like me you’ve got a healthy competition to go with your holiday cheer and that means finding the best gifts, the ones that’ll knock your co-workers socks off! With a $20 limit and making sure your gift is office appropriate you may feel like you’ve got a challenge on your hands. But not to worry, I’ve got 10 of the most unique gifts under $20 for co-workers that will have everyone wondering how in the world you thought of that!


Record Coasters

Record Coasters


This gift is sure to be a hit! Made from real vinyl records, these record coasters from Uncommon Goods will have your recipient singing with joy! Each set comes with six original LP record labels and has a price tag just under $20, making it a budget friendly one of a kind gift.

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Dec 20 2012

Gift Giving Traditions from Around the World

Gift Giving Traditions Around The WorldThis interactive gift giving map, brought to you by Cloud 9 Living, is meant for world travelers, study abroad students, those living in or visiting a foreign country; and anyone with curiosity about cultures, traditions and etiquette standards around the world.

The map specifically covers gift giving traditions in China, India, Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Italy, Sweden, Bolivia, Tibet, Morocco, Russia, Samoa, Israel and the English Commonwealth. With holidays ranging from Diwali to Christmas, and traditions from gifting yogurt to pulling on earlobes; everyone will learn something new.


Dec 20 2012

TGI Review: Fete Holiday Night Pop-Up Market!

Fete Chicago

We were super excited to check out the new Chicago Market, Fete, last Thursday. It was put on by 3 former Dose curators in the lofty and very cool space,  Room 1520.  We respect the hell out of a highly curated mix of vendors and products, it’s tough to do (as evident by amount 97% of holiday markets out there) but Fete did it flawlessly.  It was a great mix of food + gifts, minimal but chic decor and a very hip and  in-the-know crowd.

Our favorites 5 favorite vendors:

    1. PoshCorn
    2. Nourishing Notes
    3. DinnerPartyShop
    4. Veruca Chocolates
    5. Brewcamp

Can’t wait until the next one! Nice job on a fabulous event ladies.


Dec 14 2012

Hip Holiday Gift Guide << As Seen On NY1 >>

hip holiday gift guide

We’ve been spreading our holiday cheer from Chicago to Detroit to New York to give you some of our best holidays picks! Check out our appearance on NY1 and see some of our gift ideas we cover in our segment below.



treatful by opentable

This easy-to-use app by OpenTable makes getting restaurant gift cards a breeze! Choose a city, a restaurant and an amount, and your gift card will be emailed to your lucky recipient. Cards available from $25-$500.

DIY Glamour Cupcake Kit

glamour fondant cupcake kit from Brys & Edgewood

Just add eggs, oil and water to this cute Detroit start-up Brys + Edgewood’s DIY Fondant Glamour Cupcake Kit! With fun illustrated instructions included, it’s easier to follow along and stay inspired while creating your delicious masterpieces. It’s the perfect gift for the cooking fanatic or DIY queen. Cupcake kits make 18 and start at $35. Gift Insider members GET 15% OFF with this code.

Portable iPhone Charger

Portable iPhone chargers from Buyeratlarge

This a must-have for most! How many times have you freaked because your phone was about to die? Just carry around one of these handy and stylish portable iPhone chargers and you can juice up your device in no time! GET 25% OFF with The Gift Insider discount code here.


Project Treasure

project treasure

Collaborate with loved ones to create special messages online, that will be sent in this beautiful chest, for a gift anyone will truly treasure.  Send reasons “You Love Grandma” or “I Remember Whens” for a gift that will be passed down for generations. $49.99 or GET 10% OFF code here.


Retro Handset

retro phone handset

Plug in some nostalgia! This super awesome retro handset (that comes in a bunch of colors) is the hippest way to make phone calls from your iPhone. Hey, the 90s called and they want their headset back! Use code: giftinsider at check out to GET 50% OFF.


Dec 12 2012

8 Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

If you ask us, the best stocking stuffers are edible. We scoured every site, store, and city to find the most delicious goodies that will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and tickle any foodies’ heart.

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Dec 12 2012

Under $100 (most under $25!) Holiday Gift Guide << As Seen on Good Day Chicago >>


Bottled Brooklyn

Bottled Brooklyn DIY Kit

Bottle a memory with this DIY kit that’s from the hip capital of the U.S. Enclosed is a blank canvas, a message card & a marble to throw in the bottle for good luck. Regular price $10. Get 20% OFF with The Gift Insider discount code here.


BirdAve City Prints

Spice up your nest with these hip city-reppin’ posters from BirdAve City Prints. Pick your color and pick your city! With over 700 cities and colleges to choose from, there’s a print for everyone. Prices range from $20 – $47. See our coupon code to get 25% OFF.


Red Koozie Cups

The iconic red party cup — so classic, but also not the best way to keep your beverage of choice cool. That’s why we love these Red Koozie Cups! A simple red cup design with an added bonus – a koozie to keep your drinks cold! Regular price $20. Get 15% OFF until 1/31/13 with The Gift Insider discount here.


House Wine

You can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine! Named in Wine Spectator’s Daily Picks for quality and value – House Wine is always a good choice for a hostess gift or for the person who’s hard to shop for. Priced from $11 – $17. Get 30% OFF with a coupon code from us!


Double Wine Tote

A great addition to giving wine is giving it with a cool bag or tote and we’re really diggin’ this Double Wine Tote. A hip design on a simple canvas bag with 2 wine compartments is the perfect accessory for any wine lover. Priced at $22.


Embroidery On Demand

Embroider whatever you want — from koozies and blankets to t-shirts and stuffed animals. Great baby gifts and personalized gifts for everyone on your list. Prices range. Get 15% OFF with our special coupon code.


Kohler Rare Facet Chocolates

Dark chocolate in the form of gems really ups the ante for all of the chocolate gifts this season. It’s for the chocolate lover who’s into the finer things in life. Priced at $16.75.



Get beauty delivered to you monthly from Birchbox. For the beauty junkie who loves to try new things, this is the perfect gift! Membership is $10/month.


Dec 11 2012

TGI Review: Limited Edition – Birchbox Home


I’ve always loved the “idea” of Birchbox and subscription boxes but truthfully never thought it was something I actually needed. I have an obscene amount of shampoo samples from every city I’ve ever been too, and spend way too much on I didn’t really “get it” until TODAY. I had quite the Aha moment while opening up a few boxes of samples that Birchbox sent over.

IT IS SO FREAKIN’ EXCITING OPENING UP A BOX OF STUFF when you have no clue what’s in it, but that you know is going to be good.  That’s the key, and in our case always the key, curation.

3 Top Reason Why I Loved It:

– PS I Made This DIY Napkin Kit

– Tips, Inspiration and Recipe cards (like an edited mix of your fav entertaining advice from your fav mags, party playlists and all)

-Truffle and Sicilian Sea Salt from Rome and Dean and Delucca Rosmary, things I’d never normally splurge on my own but love to have

Here are 3 cool boxes for the men in your life:

  • Bespoke Post
  • 12 Society
  • TheFancy

Dec 10 2012

TGI Tips: Easy Decor Ideas from our Gift Insider Annual Swag Swap

Friends, Food, Drinks and Gifts!  We invited some of our favorites over last night for a little festive Sunday Funday.

Our stress-less holiday tip: make your holiday party super easy and cute by using a decor theme gift set. Our was from Minted and came with stickers, banners, confetti, the whole bit.

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