Jun 30 2014

DIY Gift Ideas – Will You Be My Bridesmaid Boxes

We had such a fun time making our DIY Bridesmaid Boxes to ask our most cherished friends to be a part of our wedding next summer.

Here’s what we did and what we used!

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– “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Paper Dolls by FirstSnowfall 

– Washi tape & velvet ribbon

Glitter Alphabet Stickers

– Pink Boxes from Target

– Notepads from Target

– French Macaroons

– DIY Glittler Chamgagne (Mini Champagne Bottles, Glitter, Spray Glue)

– Nail Polish & Matching Nail Files

DIY Bridesmaid Gift Boxes

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DIY Bridesmaid Gift Boxes

Tell us! How did you guys ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your special day?  For day-of gifts and to help your groom out with gifts for his Groomsmen feel free to browse our Wedding Party Gifts section.



Jun 26 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Personalized Canvas Totes for Mother’s Day, Bridesmaids, Your BFFS

This Mother’s Day we decided to go the DIY route and make personalized tote bags for our Mom, Grandmas and future Mother-in-law.  It was a pretty easy process so we thought we’d give you a step-by-step for any group personalized gifting needs you want something cheap, personalized and thoughtful.


– Transfer Paper (Michaels, Amazon, any craft store),
– Canvas Totes (any craft store)
– Design or Download a unique design and font
– Iron
– Towel
– Goodies to Fill Tote

Step #1:

Create a design and look for your totes.  We liked the simplicity of the name and vintage inspired floral border, but there are a lot of ideas on Creative Market if you aren’t graphically design inclinded.

DIY Custom Canvas Tote Bags Mothers Day

Step #2:

Print your design on transfer paper, cut out the design (making sure to cut as close around the design as possible)

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #3:  

Place towel underneath tote to not ruin you table or carpet, remove backing, and lightly press each area of the print for 20 seconds.  Make sure to lift up and press verse moving iron like you would clothing.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #4:

Let cool and peel off the backing. If it isn’t coming off easily, iron a little longer. 

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #5:

If you want to do both the front and back of the tote be very careful not to iron where you ironed on the front, as it will melt the front design.  We did a little “Happy Mother’s Day 2014” on the bottom back. (Doing both sides was definitly the hardest part of the process for us, so be carefull!)

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #6:

Repeat for as many totes as you need.  We got a few extra canvas bags just in case any didn’t turn out.  We ended up using both of our extras, we recommend doing the same.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #7:

Fill totes with fresh flowers, edible treats or any goodies each person might like.  We gave each of our giftees slightly different gifts on the inside so the gift seemed a little more personalized to each person. Tie with a pretty ribbon and use colorful tissue paper.

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Step #8:

Let them ooh-and-ahh over their unique and personalized totes!

DIY Personalized Canvas Tote Bags

Check out our tutorial on DIY Personalized Mugs,  a DIY Man Bouquet or 100’s of Gift Ideas for Moms on the site.




Jun 25 2014

Gigi New York Sweepstakes – And the winner is…

Amanda P. from Lemont, Illionois!

Thank you for all your entries in the The Gift Insider’s Gigi New York  Monogrammed Bag Giveaway. We wish we had one for all of you!

Gigi New York Giveaway

For those of you who follow us already, we have a lot more free swag coming up!  For those new to the site,we are so excited to get to know all of you and help you with all your gifting needs. Feel free to always ask us any gifting q’s you may have.

A huge thanks to Gigi New York for providing the prize. We are slightly obsessed with literally their entire line of colorful and personalizable leather goods, so it’s always fun to partner with them and hook you guys up with an awesome prize.  

Stay tuned for our next sweeps to win & give or win & #giftyourself.


Jun 11 2014

We’re Excited to Welcome Our New Intern Tessa!

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our newest intern, Tessa Cohen to our team.  She is an extremely talented UW-Madison AXO (gotta keep it in the family, right?!) who is majoring in retail and minoring in digital studies.  She spends most of her free time catching up with friends, online shopping, and binge-watching TV.  She even has a knack for card making — so all of the gifts she gives have a handmade card! She’s a perfect fit for The Gift Insider and we are lucky to have her.


Q.  Favorite Gift She’s Ever Received – 

A. A relative once gave me a wallet filled with gift cards to a few of my favorite stores. The gift had a personal touch but gave me room to get the things I wanted as well!

Q. Favorite Gift on The Gift Insider – 

A. It’s hard to pick just one.. there is so much to love! I’m a fan of anything delicate and unique. I absolutely love the Mark and Graham Brass Bar Necklace. The brass has this rustic look — such a cool piece.

Stay tuned for blog updates, social media takeovers and gift recommendations from Tessa!



Jun 10 2014

7 Last Minute Gifts for Dad You Can Order Through Amazon Prime

It’s crunch time, folks.  June 15th is just a few days away and a lot of you have asked for last-minute gift ideas for your Dads this Father’s Day.

Enter, Amazon Prime, our saving grace for anything last-minute.  A one-time $99.00 membership gets you free 2-day shipping on a lot of great gift items.  Here are 7 Gift Ideas for Dads that you can quickly order on Amazon Prime to arrive for your Father’s Day celebrations.

Beer Making Kit



Jambox Wireless Speakers




Chilsner For Dad



Breakfast Sandwich Maker


Pebble Watch



Pebble White For Dad


Make sure to check out our other Last Minute Gift Idea tips and recommendations and our whole section dedicated to Cool Gift Ideas for Dad.


Jun 4 2014

VANGO // A Virtual Art Curator for Affordable + Unique Art


It’s daunting and intimidating finding those first few special pieces of art for your real, adult home. Terrified at the thought (and price) of even walking into a shmancy gallery? But too old for your ratty framed concert posters?  Enter a new app we’re loving, VANGO.  Perfect for a unique Wedding gift idea or an alternative Graduation Gift.

The VANGO app let’s you take a picture of your empty space, gives you recommendations based on the colors of your room and can even recommend local artists based on where you are. It then lets you virtually see what different pieces look like “hanging” on your wall.  It’s  filled with one-of-kind work  by up and coming artists – so totally original pieces that will have your place pulled together in no time (and not a ton of $$.)

Prices start at $100 Enter code “BEOriginal” for 10% off.


Jun 4 2014

6 Sentimental Gifts Ideas For Bridal Showers and Weddings // Seen On Fox

It’s wedding season! We get asked about wedding gifts all the time, and we know that sometimes you are looking for a more special gift for an important couple than what they have asked for on their registries. We chatted with Fox 2 Detroit and Fox Chicago about 7 Creative Gift Ideas You Can Give Couples for Wedding Showers and Wedding Gifts.

Fox’s Good Day Chicago

Fox 2 Detroit

Deals + Links

1. Monogrammed Gifts by JC Jewelry Design (20% coupon code)  2. VANGO – Virtual Art Curator (10% coupon code) 3. Customized Hankies by Cre8tive Emrbroidery (10% coupon code) 4. Wedit – Videography Concept (40% Coupon Code) 5. Bridal Illustrations by Brooke Hagel 6.  Hand Stamped Vintage Cake Forks by Dazzling Dezignz

Make sure to check out our Wedding Gift Etiquette and Advice post or our Wedding Gift Section on the site for more ideas.




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