Apr 23 2013

PRESS // Sentimental and Thoughtful Wedding Gift Ideas on Fox Chicago

We shared some gift-giving expert advice with Chicago this morning, highlighting our top 7 unique wedding gift ideas on Fox’s Good Day Chicago.

We’re all about helping you find thoughtful, creative and sentimental wedding gift ideas.  Go the more special route and stay off their registry.

15-35% off discount codes for all products linked in our Gift Guide. 


Apr 23 2013

7 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas // As Seen on FOX Chicago

Wedding Gift Ideas on FOX Chicago

1. Wine for a Wedding // $79  2. Thumbprint Wedding Poster // INSIDER DISCOUNT: 15% OFF  3.  Personalized Bobble Heads // INSIDER DISCOUNT: 35% OFF  4. Personalized Wooden Swing // $99.95  5. Custom Wedding Song Print // INSIDER DISCOUNT: 20% OFF  6. Personalized Beach Towels & Blankets // INSIDER DISCOUNT: 20% OFF  7. DIY Romantic Terrarium Kit // $65

–> Check out the clip of The Gift Insider featuring her top picks for Unique Wedding Gift ideas on Fox’s Good Day Chicago on 4/23/2013.

*Be sure to sign into your Gift Insider account or sign-up to be a member here, to get the discount codes. Code only valid for few days surround segment.


Apr 19 2013

Bridal Shower Gift Idea // Custom Tote Bags

The Charm Studio's Custom Tote Bag

The Charm Studio


Today our expert gift-giving advice comes from Catherine Fitzpatrick of The Charm Studio. She’s privy to wedding trends and has a good idea for those of you who want to go off the registry a bit. 

A great way add a personal touch to a bridal shower gift that is straight off the registry is to include a Charm Studio custom tote bag with the couple’s monogram and date in their wedding colors. It is the perfect gift for brides to organize their notes, color swatches and more for all of their wedding planning appointments. The tote is also a cute way to gift wrap your registry gift for the bridal shower — just add a bow and tissue paper!

Contact designer Catherine Fitzpatrick at The Charm Studio to create the custom design for your tote bag: catherine@thecharmstudio.com (Custom Tote Bags are $50)

The Charm Studio offers custom design for weddings and events. Specializing in charming invitations, paper goods and over-all event branding. Check out their Look Books for weddings and events.

Catherine Fitzpatrick, The Charm StudioCatherine Fitzpatrick is the owner, designer and illustrator behind The Charm Studio. A custom design studio that creates unique pieces for weddings, events and so much more. Before starting her own business, Catherine worked as a designer for a major publishing company and a large advertising agency in Chicago. 


Apr 17 2013

Cash Gifts on a Wedding Registry? The Growing Trend of Asking For What You ACTUALLY Want!

Unique Registries

Guest Post By Nancy Lee, President of MyRegistry.com

So… you’ve lived with your boyfriend for more years than you can count. Naturally, you’ve accumulated “stuff”, lots of “stuff” for your home, for your pets, and for everything else that you do together. But now, with a wedding on the way and everyone asking you about your registry, you find yourself in a dilemma because you really do not want any more “stuff”. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of things that you would like to have, they just aren’t the typical items found at a department store and easily placed on a gift registry. Or are they?

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Apr 16 2013

Wedding Out of Town Gift Bags // Ideas We Love From Pinterest

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 Items to Include:

  • Thank you letter from bride and groom
  • Wedding itinerary
  • Local map with restaurant and activity recommendations
  • Water bottles (personalize them with a custom made sticker!)
  • Local Goodies (ie. Garrett Popcorn for Chicago weddings)
  • Snacks, candy, fruit
  • Chapstick
  • Tums and Advil
  • Mouthwash, lotion, mints, gum, kleenex, Shout wipes




Apr 2 2013

Girlfriend Gift Ideas // What to Give When You First Start Dating

So you are in a new relationship and you want to hold onto this one.  Here are 3 key tips for girlfriend gift ideas when you first start dating.

1. Don’t set the bar too high (or scare her off) – no matter how much you really like a girl, we recommend starting off with sweet little gestures rather than anything over the top.  Play it cool here buddy, we obviously love diamonds, designer handbags and puppies, but when you first start dating, this is not the time to shower her with that level of gift. Hopefully, with the help of our advice, you will have at least a good 6 months to shower her with everything she deserves, pace yourself.

BakedByMelissa Girlfriend Gift Ideas

—> EXAMPLES:  little souvenirs from business travels, edible treats delivered from her favorite past local spots: Zingermans – Ann Arbor, Garrets Popcorn – Chicago,  Baked By Melissa Cupcakes  – New York, or something small and relevant to an inside joke

2. Flowers are a good way to start – every girl loves flowers, especially at the beginning of a relationship.  I’d start with sending to her house or apartment over the office just yet, it’s still early (but further in, office flowers are a great way to go).  Be sure to not go too romantic just yet, save the big bouquet of red roses for later on.

Gift for Girlfriend Orchid

—> EXAMPLES: Try an orchid, a modern bouquet, or a succulent. (for all of you ballers on a budget, try the $20 orchids from Trader Joes)

3. Make sure you buy something you are positive she wants for your first big purchase –  And I mean positive, AKA she has literally talked about it, ripped it out of a magazine or saved it to The Gift Insider wishlist 🙂  The last thing you want is your first big purchase to be a total bomb, especially if it’s something like jewelry or a purse that she’s supposed to wear every day.  We all respond to disliking a gift differently, some will return it, some will begrudgingly wear it, both awkward situations that you want to avoid.  After you kill it with your first big gift, then you can start to play around with picking her out what you think she might like (or using The Gift Insider’s Girlfriend Gift Ideas recommendations.)

Pinterest Girlfriend Gift Ideas

—> TIPS: Google her name + Pinterest to see her ultimate Wish List, take her to the mall and PAY ATTENTION to what she likes, talk to her friends, just make sure to be sure about this first one.

Still need help? We are starting our gift concierge service – feel free to call or email us and we can help you find that perfect gift for your lady.

Ladies, have any tips for the men?  What has scared you off, freaked you out or made your stick around?

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