Feb 25 2016

What The Gift Insider Registered For: Macy’s Registry Series

As a newlywed and professional gift expert, I thought I’d offer a little guidance and insight into how we tackled the registry process and what we learned along the way. We partnered up with the folks at Macy’s and we’ll be sharing a series of posts focused on: gifts we chose, gifts we wish we had chosen, the latest registry trends and some essential registry must-haves.

First up — a peak at what the hubby and I registered for.

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We took a more casual approach to our registry and focused on mixing and matching patterns, textures, metallics and finding pieces that we loved that we could use for both entertaining and everyday. We made sure to add in some quirky and personalized items, a few pops of color and some keep-forever items that we knew we’d never splurge on for ourselves (e.g. a pistachio KitchenAid & crystal candlesticks.)

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1. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Ice Bucket ($79):

We loved this entire line of vintage-inspired barware. Bar cart essentials were some of the first things to fly off our registry and the under $100 price point will be appreciated by your guests.

2. Mirrored Tray (similar version $200):

You can never have enough trays. A mirrored style can instantly glam up a dull coffee table or cluttered counter. We have trays in every room of our home to keep everything neat, tidy and organized.

3. Simply Designz Bowls ($43):

The different textures combined with the unique metallic shade of these bowls will add a spark of interest to any neutral palate. The trio is perfect for nuts, dips and sauces or even outside the kitchen to keep trinkets or knick knacks organized.

4. Marchesa Caviar Gold Hostess Set ($105):

I loved the idea of having all gold flatware for our table settings, but since the hubby wasn’t sold on the trend, we comprised and went with classic Juliska silverware combined with a few sets of gold serving pieces.

5. Villeroy & Bosh Sushi Set ($170):

We are big fans of sushi carry out and having a set of washable chop sticks, soy sauce dishes and perfectly-sized plates makes sushi nights in much less of a mess.

6. Michael Aram Melamine Plates ($13):

They don’t look it, but these Michael Aram designed plates are melamine (plastic!) They are perfect for outdoor entertaining when you want to step it up from paper plates, but don’t want to have to worry about using anything breakable.

7. Pistachio KitchenAid ($499):

There is nothing like the beautiful rainbow of KitchenAid mixers to help you find your dream kitchen accent color AND help turn you into the Pinterest-perfect baker you always knew you could be. This is the prettiest thing in our kitchen.

8. Michael Aram Bowl ($179):

The brushed texture of the Michael Aram Frost Collection mixes perfectly with golds, coppers and silvers, so we chose a few different pieces from this line and use for both serving and decor.

9. Matching Storage Baskets ($229):

A set of coordinating storage baskets is something most couples forget to add to their registry. Choose a style that goes well with your home decor (we stuck with gray tones) and be grateful you have a solution to store those extra wedding gifts.

10. Lighting By Design Candlesticks ($58):

Some items are just a special treat, saved for a special occasion. These crystal candlesticks are just so, so pretty and one of those things that if we didn’t register for, we would never have bought for ourselves.

If you are looking for more registry inspiration check out our Pinterest Board with some more of what we registered for and some of this season’s must-haves.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

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Feb 15 2016

Welcome to The Team Sydney!

We are super excited to welcome our new intern, Sydney. She’s a student at UW-Madison (go Badgers!) and we are so excited to have her helping us out with The Gift Insider. We asked her about her favorite gifts she’s ever given or received. Welcome to the team, Sydney!

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What The Best Present I’ve Ever Received?
I am the type of person that believes heavily in horoscopes and astrological signs and messages. A couple of years ago, my mom gave me a huge Astrology Birthday Book that gives each day of the year a full synopsis of the type of person who was born on that day (it also tells you a little bit about what to expect for the future). I am still absolutely obsessed with it and keep it sitting right on my desk.

 

What’s The Best Present I’ve Ever Given?

My best friend has an affinity for anything with an evil eye on it (mainly because they look nice, but also because of their supposed ability to ward off bad energy and spirits). When we graduated high school, I bought her a dainty bracelet with an evil eye on it and she still has not taken it off to this day. It is the best feeling in the world when you give someone a gift that genuinely brings a smile to their face!
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Feb 13 2016

Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is here, but you have no boo…

Single and content? Here’s a competition for YOU.

Let’s face it, nobody in this world is there for you like your BFF. Here at TGI, we believe in spoiling your gals just as much as you would your significant other. We decided to team up with Bow & Drape for a fun GIVEAWAY that’ll be the perfect post-Galentine’s day gift to show your BFF just how much you love her. Their “You Had Me At Merlot” Sweatshirt can be yours with two simple steps…

Enter in TGI’s Sweepstakes to win the ultimate present for your favorite friend!

The competition rules are simple:
1.) Follow TheGiftInsider on Instagram
2.) Tag a BFF in the comments and write one word that describes her

We will announce the winner on Monday, February 29th.

Good Luck and Happy Gifting!

XOXO,

The TGI Team

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Feb 4 2016

Valentine’s Day Gifts That Go Better Together // For Him

The easiest way to go when gifting to the special man in your life, is to give something he needs, something practical.

For a way to pair practical with personal, try pairing a leather wallet with a personalized wallet insert. It’s thoughtful, yet something he’ll actually use.

– For the wallets, we have a 50% off code for this new line of leather Blackwood Wallets, they start at $55. Use code Blackwoodevent for 50% off that!

– For the wallet insert, we obviously headed straight to Etsy and found not just personalized, but can be personalized with a photo and your very own handwriting from Vintage Branding Co ($20).

And there you have a perfectly personalized + practical gift for him right around $50!

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The post is in collaboration with Blackwood Wallets.

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Feb 4 2016

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Each Stage of a Relationship

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It can be tough to navigate the waters of what to give at different stages of a relationship.  We’ve rounded up some ideas to give at different stages to help avoid any uncomfortable gifting exchanges.

1. First Starting to Date – Lovepop Pop Up Greetings ($8-$13)

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You may have seen these beautiful handcrafted works of art on a recent shark tank! LovePops are not your typical greeting card, they are intricate 3D sculptures that lay flat and pop open to display incredibly designed teddy bears, flowers bouquets, tree scenes with a couple swinging underneath. It’s the perfect step above your average greeting card, perfect for when you are just starting out in a relationship.

2. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Him – GiftCrates ($25 – $145)

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The solution for new relationship gifts is to think of their interests or hobbies and go from there. For him, choose a themed crate from GiftCrates from the bacon lover to a Chicago Bears fan and give him a whole crate full of snacks, gadgets and manly gear related to his favorite things. *note price in video is incorrect, bacon crate is $59.99

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off.

3. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Her – Emoji Pillow ($15)

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This emoji pillow is a cute and flirty take on giving your lady a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. It’s a little cheeky, a little romantic and just spot on for a just starting on Valentine’s Day. Add some unique and equally cheeky Valentine’s Day sweets like these “Hey Sugar Lips” gummies or “bear hug” gummy bears all available at Papersource.

 

4. You’re Committed!  For Him: Blackwood Wallets (50% off!) + Wallet Inserts
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The easiest way to go for a first big gift is give something he needs, something practical. This brand new company Blackwood Wallets has genuine leather wallets that start at $55 AND we have a 50% off code for everything. Use code Blackwoodevent for 50% off! 
If you are looking to make it more personal, compliment with these personalized wallet inserts using your own handwriting from Etsy artist Vintage Branding Co.

5. You’re committed! For Her – Real Flowers that Last Blooms by Heinau ($10 – $449)

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These game changing flowers are the perfect way to step it up from the usual bouquets and show you wanna make this last. These arrangements from BloomsbeHeinau are real flowers last 6 months or longer. 100% fresh-cut blooms are cut at their peak & the water & sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/ 50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water. 

6. You’ve Celebrated A Few Key Milestones – GetWickd Candles Made From Your Own Bottle

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These custom candles made from your own saved bottles are the perfect gift as you are starting to celebrate some happy milestones together: 1st Valentine’s Day, 1 year, engagements, anniversaries. Get Wickd from NYC, repurposes your special occasion bottles of wine/champagne/alcohol & turns them into luxe eco-friendly engravable candles. Save & mail your bottle, email your message & they engrave & fill your bottle with a natural soy candle & you choose the scent. (Start at $59)

TGI DEAL // GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% OFF

7. You’re a Lifelong Pair – For Him: Customized Undone Watches

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We love anything you can personalize, which is why we’re very into Undone Watches. There 1 million unique combinations of customization, you can build your entire watch online from the color of the case & bezel to the hour and minute hands.We love that you can also upload a favorite photo or personalize the back of the glass caseback with a special message. Love that you can make this watch as individual as you are. ~$430 &

8. When You’ve Been Together Forever –  Heart Black Tie Decanter

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This elegant Riedel decanter has a special and perfect for Valentine’s Day twist.  The heart cut out shines through when used (especially with dark reds) which makes this it a beautiful, elegant and keep forever piece. Pair with your favorite bottle of red and it will be a perfectly romantic gift no matter how many years it’s been. $225

Check us out chatting on ABC Detroit on 2/6 about some of these picks.

Also, watch us chat w/ on Good Day Chicago about all these gifts. (with a little surprise appearance at the end from my new hubby!)

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