It’s time to plan ahead and start getting your gift list in order. Below are some deals and ideas to get you going on the right foot this holiday. Tune in to ABC Detroit on 11/13 and Fox Chicago on 11/17 to see some of our picks live.
1. Blue Sky Personalized Notebooks (30% off!)
The best part about planning ahead for the Holidays is you can get so many things personalized. Creating something just for them makes it even more special and thoughtful. The popular line of Blue Sky personalized planners and notebooks just launched the ability to completely customize their notebooks with initials, names and really cute pattern options. Perfect to give teachers, friends, coworkers, etc. Create a design unique to them!
Use Code GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off
2. AVALON Virtual Reality Headset (20% off!)
AVALON is a brand new affordable virtual reality headset. VR or Virtual Reality is super popular but, most current VR options aren’t accessible to the masses and require an expensive computer or specific game console. What’s great about AVALON is that it’s universal for all smartphones & has loads of user friendly comfort. Perfect for your favorite gamer! $59
Use code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off
3.Ghoftdrone 2.0 (10% off)
No experience needed to fly the coolest Drone on the market, GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. $899. $200 off 11/20 – 12/31
Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off
4. Tile Tracker (20% off!)
Tile is the perfect gift for the person who tends to forget all their latest gadgets and gizmos. (guilty!) Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items like your phone, keys, purse, glasses in seconds. Easily attach it to the things you need most. perfect stocking stuffer! The Tile combo 4 pack includes 2 Tile Slims and 2 Tile Mates. Normally $110, now $90
20% off for holidays
5. Gift Crates (30% off!)
Perfectly giftable Gift Crates arrive at your door in a wooden crate & are to be opened with enclosed crowbar. They come in all different themes for all types of recipients. This is their Old School Gift Crate, the gift of favorite memories! Includes Old School toys … Slinky, Rubick’s Cube, Yomega Yo Yo, Pez Dispenser & of course Old School Cand. Tons of cool stuff from your past! $74.99
Use GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off till 11/26/2016
7. Fin Fun Mermaid Tales
These gorgeous Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are a magical gift whether it’s for swimming or a costume. Swimmable & fun, they also have a flipper/monofin to go under tail. $99 for kids & $109 for adults, which includes a removable Fin Fun monofin, so that you can really swim like a mermaid. Fantasy accomplished.
8. David’s Teas
Cozy and beautifully packaged David’s Tea gift sets are perfect for anyone on your list, clients, coworkers, secret saints. Start a new tradition with their book-inspired tea collections, gift a color changing tea mug, or their warm and cozy tea set. $28
Help them stay true to their eco values, even with their Christmas tree. Habitree is a new kind of holiday tree created for people whose values such as sustainability are as important as the joy they take in decorating for the holidays. Made from premium, sustainably farmed wood. Love these for apartment dwellers & businesses too. Made of Kebony Wood, available in Clear & Character wood types. 37″, 50″ or 70″ tall. $315 to $581.
Check out our clip on Fox Chicago News chatting about a few of these unique gifts.
We also chatted about this picks on ABC Detroit!
We’d love to hear what you are gifting for the Holidays. Check out our Hanukkah/Christmas gift section for more inspo.
There is so something special about the feeling you get when you give or get a custom or handmade present. Whether it’s the story behind the maker, how you found it or how it was made completely just for them, it’s our favorite way to gift. We rounded up some TGI faves to get you thinking about great custom or handmade gift ideas. ‘Tis always the season to be gifting!
1. The Crafted Cup Company: Stout Tankard
We love these pewter tankards made by hand in England. Not only are these mugs completely safe to drink from (thanks to the lead-free pewter used), they will not tarnish. Safe to drink from, cool looking, and long lasting? Um, yes please!
These comic portraits are giving us all the feels! Perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or just a plain surprise, these portraits will brighten up any home. Send in any photo to All Pop Art and they will turn it into a cool Lichtenstein-style Pop Art Photo.
Surprise someone with a custom fishing lure to make sure they’re the coolest one on the water. TGI especially loves this custom lure that acted as a new dad present! These hit the trifecta- sentimental, practical and custom made.
We cannot get enough of these handmade art print placemats painted in soothing colors. They are perfect to make any home or outdoor space truly unique. These are perfect for housewarming, wedding, or birthday gifts.
Summer is here which means it’s time for Dads and Grads gifting season. We have rounded up some great gifts for Dads, some cool options for grads and some ideas that are perfect for either.
1. Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts (TGI Deal!!)
This hip + modern photo gift company has perfect options for both Dads and Grads. Try their wood calendar, desk blocks or Instagram friendly photo books. Their styles are great for minimalist design-lovers and the site is easy to use and easy to upload. $24
Kiko Leather goods have a range of practical & sleek leather options. We are big fans of the passport holder, cord wrap and leather backpack. Lovin’ the dual texture of wool & leather on the Passport case. Handmade, 2 card slots on front. $35
This smartwatch is the brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs. It syncs with your smartphones and bluetooth devices to give total command over your digital life. It’s powered by Olio Assist, which is basically a cloud-based personal assistant. We love that while it’s a smartwatch it’s still rugged, useable and easy to read. $445
Neon signs have been a huge trend in home decor lately. Gift the grad a “Hustle” wall sign or trending palm tree desk light or have this talented artist design any custom sign you’d like for Dad’s Man Cave. Hustle, $159.99, custom prices range
When going the fragrance route for your Dad or Grad, we love the latest gift sets out for men that pair a fragrance with a practical tote or travel kit. Try the bright orange Vince Camuto set that comes with spray, shower gel and a travel kit for $75. Fill the bag with a few extra thoughtful goodies your Dad or Grad might love and you have a perfect under $100 gift for him!
6. Michigan Made Inspirational Keys from Franklin Village Boutique
For the grad who you want to inspire, try these key necklaces from the charming Franklin Village Boutique. Each vintage key is Michigan-made and embellished with an inspirational word or phrase, “Dream”, “Journey”, “Strength” etc. You’ll find a whole shop full of other equally affordable yet one-of-kind clothing, gifts and chic pieces right in downtown Franklin. ~$35
A huge trend in insta-worthy apartments and home offices lately are retro-inspired cinema lightboxes. This medium sized style from MyCinemaLightBox can be used on a desk, dorm, office or nightstand and your new grad can easily switch up their inspirational words or messages anytime they like. $49.99
Keurig K15 coffee makers are small, come in a huge range of different fun colors and are perfect for a new apartment, dorm, man cave or office. Now the hard part is picking the color! (Insider Tip: for grads, try the color of their alma mater or new university) $99
10. Photos Etched in Crystal from 3D Laser Gifts (TGI DEAL!!)
We’re all about photo gifts and this company is a unique spin on the typical frame + photo. You send in a photo and 3D Laser Gifts will mold your photo into a 3 dimensional design and then laser etch into a piece of crystal and comes with a LED light base that accentuates engraving. Prices range, flat is $110
Men’s grooming line with a healthy-living ideology and perfectly gift-able Body and Skin Kit options. Montez Renault was founded by former football teammates & men’s grooming entrepreneurs Christopher Renault Butler & Karlos Montez Dansby. The Body Kit and Skin Kit includes all parabon-free and sulfate-free essentials he needs to stay fresh! Body Kit, $59
Warm weather is here, school is out, and everyone is celebrating! It’s finally time to toast off the end of the school year with graduation BBQs and parties. We all know that celebrations and gift giving can get quite pricey, so The Gift Insider rounded up our six favorite DIY Grad Gifts that will not break the bank!
1. A Framed Emergency Fund
This idea is not only cute, but it is functional! This is a perfect gift for the grads heading to college in the fall. Trust us, they will thank you when it is time for that late night pizza order.
Starting a new chapter is beyond exciting, but leaving friends behind is arguably the toughest part. This DIY map idea is the perfect gift that will have your BFF thinking about you every time they look at their wall.
This DIY gift is the ultimate lifesaver. Put together a little package with a bunch of items that will definitely come in handy for the grads’ first year away from home. TGI Tip: Put all of these things into a small wastebasket for their dorm! That way the packaging is as functional as the gift!
While going off to college is beyond exciting, it can be a lonely change at first. Help make that transition easier buy having loved ones & friends of the grad write down a special memory and compile them all in a cute & decorated mason jar!
It’s almost the end of the school year, and we all want to show our children’s teachers (or our own) how much we appreciate them! While giving the typical gift card is perfectly appropriate, sometimes we want to do a little bit more to show our love for the teachers. The Gift Insider is bringing you the perfect gifts to show teacher appreciation!
1. For the “young-at-heart” teacher
Adult coloring books are ALL the rage this year and this one is a personal TGI favorite. Stunning patterns made by ColorIt, free your creativity and relax the mind. Perfect for the youthful teacher that wants to de-stress from the year in a unique way.
3. For the “active” teacher
S’well water bottles are everywhere right now and trust us; where there’s smoke, there’s fire. These water bottles keep hot liquids hot for up to twelve hours and cold liquids ice cold for up to twenty-four. Bonus- we’ve heard that the 24oz. ones can hold a full bottle of wine (let the teachers thank you later).
These personalized Mark and Graham journals are the perfect gift for the teachers that love to write. Set with a cherry wood veneer and stuffed with thick Italian paper, these are not your typical drugstore notebooks. Say thank you by (stylishly) giving them the tools to express their thoughts.
5. For the “luxury-loving” teacher
Every teacher could use a luxurious tool to help them relax and unwind from their crazy days. Bath bombs are perfect at the end of the day, and nice shaving kits are the best way to start your day off on a good note. These are two options for the male and female teachers that we love.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.