Apr 25 2016

2016 Gift Guide: Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Your mamma gave you life. Give her something good. We’ve rounded up some unique picks for the person who deserved nothing but the best.

1. Fleurings Vase Jewerly

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Fleurings vase jewelry is a collection of earrings, necklaces and hairpieces designed to hold water and keep flowers fresh. Designed by Samantha Lockwood, actress and Bikram Yoga teacher who loves wearing flowers. Simply add water & any favorite flowers to match any outfit.  $65-$95. Available at Fleurings.com

2. Pass Down Journal

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Cherish Mom or Grandma’s past and help pass on their stories and memories for the future with this hardcover Pass Down Journal. It’s full of 100 life interview questions that guides the writer in capturing their life story so they can pass on for future generations. $29

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Available at passdownjournal.com

3. Bloom Rose Box That Lasts

 

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One of our absolute favorite discoveries this year, we are love everything about these Blooms by Heinau real flower arrangements that are guaranteed to last 6 months or longer. Their new luxury rose box is perfect for moms office, powder room or nightstand.  $148. Available at bloomsbyheinau.com

4. Monogram Photo Notebook by Minted

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Get Mom organized with a customizable notebook planner. Minted lets you choose your cover design with a name and any of your own photos. It’s the perfect gift for moms or grandma’s who want as many photos of their kiddies as possible.  All designed by Independent Artists. $16. Available at Minted.com

5. Temperature Regulating Sheets

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This Detroit based, Reverie, company is all about helping you have a great nights sleep. Their luxe performance bed sheets are temperature regulating, breathable and moisture wicking. They are made with RevTek™ cool knit for luxurious performance. Available at Reverie.com

6. Kiss Instawave Automatic Curling Iron 

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Genius! We need it. Mom needs it. The Kiss Instawave is an automatic curler that curls hair without you having to twist, fumble or do much at all. You place hair on wand, push button and automatically catches and curls hair. Quick, easy and perfect for Mom who likes a little curl but isn’t a pro at a styling. $45. Available at Amazon

7. Hydration Tracking Mug

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For the mom who is always up on the latest health and fitness gadgets, the Pryme Vessyl is the new, genius gift she’ll love. It’s a brand new smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time, so makes sure you are drinking enough water all day long. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated even when mom’s too busy to think about herself. $99. Available at MyVessyl and select apple stores

8. Circuit DIY Cutting Machine

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This is the perfect gift for the DIY, pinterest loving, crafty mom. Mom can use to make cards, invitations, decor, favors, etc. You design a project, pick your material, then cut and assemble. So many amazing DIY ideas we can think of to use this for!
Machines start at $179. Available at Cricut

Watch The Gift Insider on WXYZ Detroit and Fox Chicago sharing our picks. Tune into Fox Chicago on May 4th to see more ideas.

Browse our other favorite gifts for mom in our Mother’s Day and For Mom pages on TGI.

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Apr 18 2016

Gifts For The Man In Your Life That He’ll Actually Use

Everyone knows that buying a gift for him is no simple task. Finding a present that combines the perfect amount of “manliness” without being corny is a tough job. Whether it’s for his birthday, your anniversary or anything in between, The Gift Insider rounded up six of our favorite things for him to make your life a little bit easier.

1. PickPokit Guitar Pick Wallet 

For the creative guy, these guitar pick wallets are unique and convenient. Surprise him with something that shows that you took the time to truly appreciate his art.

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2. Burly Candles 

These rugged candles from Burly.co are a must have accessory for every mancave & bachelor pad. Men want candles too and these outdoorsy scents are the perfect answer.

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3. Gift Crates

These crates are the answer for everyone in the dating phase. Gift Crates fills up wooden crates with tasty snacks, cool gadgets, and high quality gear.

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4. Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag

A shaving kit bag is necessary for the man that is always on the go. These Hey Handsome bags combine the perfect mix of practicality and cute with a little message on the bottom that will have him thinking about you more than he already does.

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5. Floating Beer Pong

For the one the never wants to grow up! These floating pong sets are the perfect gift for the guy that likes to spend his weekends at the beach house with friends.

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6. Blackwood Wallets

High-quality wallets, low price! These sleek blackwood wallets are are known for their workmanship and are the perfect gift for the businessman.

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We want to hear from you!

Ladies: What is the best present you have ever bought for him?

Men: What is the best present you have ever received?

 

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Apr 12 2016

Perfect Wedding Presents for the Bride & Groom

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Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better time to up your gifting game than with a heartfelt gift for the couple-to-be. We’ve rounded up a few unique picks for your favorite 2016 couples. Tune into ABC’s TV20 Detroit on 4/13 to see us chat about this gift guide live.

1. Vows as an Art Print 

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Turn the happy couple’s vows into a piece of art they can hang right on the wall. Minted will turn the couple’s vows (or any other text) into a piece of art that’s personal and beautiful. The print is available in letterpress or foil-pressed options as well and you can handpick the font. Starts at $36

Available at Minted.com 

2. Gold Initial Tray 

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An initial or monogram tray is the perfect personalized gift. This option from West Elm is perfect for serving drinks, organizing odds and ends or making breakfast in bed. $34 + monogramming

Available at westelm.com

3. Romantic Picnic Basket

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For the couple who loves romance and adventure, gift a picnic basket filled with outdoor dining essentials. This option comes with break-proof glasses, plates, napkins and enough room for a few bottles of rose and some delish sammies.

Available at Macys

4. Hydration Tracking Mugs

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For the fitness-focused couple or lover of the latest gadgets, gift the new Pryme Vessyl. It’s a genius smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated and at your best throughout the day. Perfect to use on the day of the wedding as well! $99

Available at prymevessyl.com and select apple stores

5. Bright + Compact Keurig 2.0 

 

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The brightly colored Keurig 2.0 is perfectly compact and practical for the newlyweds. Pair with a set of Mr and Mrs mugs and some K-Cups to help start them off on a peppy foot. Try K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. 7 refreshingly fun colors, we love the Turquoise, Orange or Violet.

Availabe at Keurig.com or other major retailers

6. Monthly Plonk Wine Club

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Gift a curated monthly Wine Club to the newlyweds. Plonk Wine Club sends recipe pairings & tasting notes to the newlyweds and specializes in artisanal, small batch & sustainably grown boutique wines from around the globe. 2, 4, or 12 bottles a month & choose your Club; Mixed, White, Cabernet, Pinot, Sauvignon. Starting at $49.99

Available at plonkwineclub.com

7. Create a Custom Love Song

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Our Song Online let’s customers create an original and totally unique singer-songwriter style song recorded on acoustic guitar and cello, all personalized to the specific recipient. The lead writer at oursong has been writing love songs for over 14 years to his high school sweetheart-now-wife-of-ten-years and is now using his experience to create gift songs for fellow romantics and creative gift givers. Prices vary from $206 to $318.

Available at OursongOnline.com

 

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Apr 7 2016

Registry Must-Haves for Entertaining: Macy’s Registry Series

In our final post in our Wedding Registry Series partnership with Macy’s, we rounded up our favorite picks for entertaining. Whether the newlyweds are more of the laid-back bbq type or the formal sit down dinner types, you can’t go wrong gifting something to help them host family and friends. If you are looking for other wedding gift inspiration, browse our Wedding Registry Trends piece.

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1. Vera Wang Wedgwood Dinner Set ($139) 2. Vera Wang Toasting Flutes ($85) 3. Villeroy & Boch 3-Tiered Server ($190) 4. Lenox Rose Desert Servers ($84) 5. Kate Spade Melamine Tray ($40) 6. Home Design Studio Diffuser ($50) 7. Marble Square Paddle Cheeseboard ($58), 8. Cellar Gold Stemless Wine Glasses ($43) 9. Waterford Rebel Blush Decanter ($195)

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Apr 6 2016

Wedding Series: What I Gave My Bridesmaids

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For our latest post in our Wedding Series, I’m talking about what I gave my bridesmaids. I couldn’t choose one gift so I chose a few and stacked them up in true Gift Insider fashion. In case you missed the start to our Bridesmaid gifting journey, be sure to check out our past post on How We Asked Our Bridesmaids. A special thank you to the wonderful 8 ladies who helped make our day so perfect.

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I stacked three different sized white boxes from Michaels and tied together with velvet blush ribbon from Minted and stuck on “Worlds Best Bridesmaid” ribbons from Anthropologie (no longer available.) I had a calligrapher from Etsy handwrite gift tags in gold.

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I wrote a little note inside each box that explained why I chose each gift. Gift #1 was a wrap that I found in Paris at my favorite boutique Merci. I chose different style floral for each wrap and it had a little tag that said merci (thank you!). I found them right after we got engaged and thought it was the perfect little token to show them how much I appreciated them.

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I know a lot of people gift jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding, but I wanted to give something they could wear beyond the wedding, so I gifted these thick script initial necklaces from Etsy. Another great line is HL Collection from Tel Aviv. (use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off)

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For the final gift, I went with the popular Sugar Plum robe. I loved that they matched the liner of our invitation and the blush vibe of the wedding. I also gave a sleeping mask in the same floral pattern.

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It isn’t always easy finding the perfect gift for your most inner squad. If you can’t find the perfect thing, gift a few smaller items. Feel free to browse our packed Pinterest Board or our Wedding Party gift section of the site for more inspo. We’d love to hear about what you gave or got as a Bridesmaid gift below.

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