Aug 29 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas for Back to School // Seen on WGN News

Check out The Gift Insider’s appearance on WGN Chicago News featuring all cool and hip ideas for kids going back to college.  Full list + promotional codes here

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Aug 23 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas // Back To College

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The school bells is about to ring. It’s time for notebooks, new sneakers, lockers and highlighters. Give your student a little something to kick their school year off right and redefine back to school cool with these gifts for your hipster kid!

Watch The Gift Insider on Fox2News highlighting the below items.

BESPOKE POST // BOX OF AWESOME

Bespoke Post - Box of Awesome

PENCILS WITH ATTITUDE // GET 10% OFF

You're a Gem Pencils

PS YOU’RE INVITED // DIY BOOK

PS You're Invited DIY Book

RIFLE PAPER CO. // TO-DO NOTEPAD

Rifle Paper Co. To-Do List

CHEEKY STORAGE BOXES // GET 15% OFF

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ACOUSTIC iPHONE SPEAKER // ONE-OF-A-KIND

Acoustic iPhone Speaker

STEAMPUNK iPHONE HANDSET // GET FREE SHIPPING

Steam Punk iPhone Handset

 

RETRO POLAROID CAMERA // GET 2 PACKS OF FILM FREE

Retro Polaroid Camera

 

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Aug 7 2013

Gifting Advice // Wedding Gift Etiquette Questions Answered

Wedding Gift Etiquette Questions

Q. Can you really send a gift up to a year later?

A. This is one of those completely old school rules that we think is totally ridiculous.  If you are a question mark on their gift list for an entire year it just comes across as rude.  Try to send something within a month or so after the wedding.

Q. What’s the difference between a shower gift and a wedding gift?

A. Shower gifts are when we really recommend stepping it up with something personalized and unique.  Typically the bride opens all her gifts in front of the guests, so it’s a fun time to give something people will ooh and ahh over. This can be a less expensive gift than the wedding gift.  Check out Creative Shower Gifts here.

Q. Should I bring the gift to the wedding or send it?

A. If it’s a destination wedding or a wedding where the couple lives in another state, we definitely recommend sending it before or after. If you bring it to the wedding, make sure to hand it to the parents or the wedding planner, not the actual bride and groom.

Q. How much should I give?

A. It depends on your relationship to the couple, cultural norms and your financial ability.  But we get asked this all the time, and to not beat around the bush, we typically recommend $50 – $75 per person invited. So if you are invited with a date, $150 – $200 is a nice amount.  And whoever is invited, pays for both.  If you are strapped for cash, give a creative or a personalized gift, if it’s something special the dollar amount won’t be what matters.

Q. Is it okay to go off the registry?

A. Yes!  If you are close to the couple and they are the type to appreciate something personal or sentimental.  Some creative ideas are a fashion sketch of the bride, personalized mugs or prints with their wedding song lyrics or give an activity gift that the couple can do together, cooking classes, wine tasting, etc.

Any questions you all have?  Ask away… 

photo credit: Jeffrey Simms Photography via photopin cc

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Aug 7 2013

DIY Gifts Ideas // What to Bring to the Party

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

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Hangover Mimosa Kit: After all the cooking, cleaning, decorating – what hostess wouldn’t want to wake up the next morning with the ingredients for a mimosa?

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Latern Filled with Hostess Gifts: Fill a latern with gifts any hostess would love.

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Lime tree and Coronas: A simple DIY house warming gift for the perfect hostess.

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S’mores on a Stick: Delicious gift for a weekend barbecue or party – presents so well party go-ers will think you spent hours on them!

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Alcoholic Ice Pops: Holy adulthood! Alcoholic ice pops, perfect for a day on the beach/boat… or any day you’re too lazy to lift your glass.

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Aug 2 2013

What Women Want // The Gift Every Girl Will Love

In true Carrie Bradshaw/Mr. Big fashion, build your woman the closet she’s always dreamed of. Transform a spare room, den, or office easily into a walk-in closet for your lovely lady.

Here’s a sneak peak inside The Gift Insider’s new happy place!

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Walk in Closet Guest Bedroom

Spare Room Turned into Walk In Closet

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Spare Room turned to Walk In Closet

We browsed tons of Pinterest board looking for inspiration, we’d love to see all of your favorite closet inspirations?!

We used California Closets and are really happy with it, but they have a lot of less expensive out-of-the box options at Loewes and Home Depot.

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