Aug 25 2016

2016 Back to College Gift Guide + Sweepstakes

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1. Tracey Tanner Backpack ($495, GiftInsider10 for 10% off)  2. Confetti Post Care Packages ($54) 3. Thimblepress Notepads ($18, thimblelove for 10% off) 4. Kiko Leather Cord Wrap ($27, TGI15 for 15% off) 5. Owen and Fred Pen ($7), 6. Owen and Fred Hey Handmade Dopp Kit ($68), 7. Tracey Tanner Pouch ($99, GiftInsider10 for 10% off), 8. Owen and Fred Duffle ($115) 9. Kiko Leather Macbook Case ($65, TGI15 for 15% off )

TGI DEALS + COUPON CODES

– GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off Tracey Tanner

– THIMBLELOVE for 10% OFF Thimblepress

– TGI15 for 15% off Kiko Leather

Be sure to enter our Sweepstakes below to win one of each products for the brands listed above!

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on ABC Detroit below!

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Jun 10 2016

2016 Dads and Grads Gift Guide

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.

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1. Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts (TGI Deal!!)

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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

TGI Deal! Use code SUMMERGIFTS for 10% off

Available at Artifact Uprising

2. Kiko Leather Goods (TGI Deal!!)

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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

TGI DEAL! Use Code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off.

Available at kikoleather.com

3. Olio Smart Watch

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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

Available at OlioDevices.com

4. Neon Wall Decor 

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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

Available at neonmfg.com

5. Cologne + Travel Bag Sets

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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!

Available at Perfumania

6. Michigan Made Inspirational Keys from Franklin Village Boutique

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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

Available at Franklin Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Rd.

7. Cinema Lightbox Display

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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

Available from mycinemalightbox.com

8. Blackwood Leather Wallets (TGI DEAL!!) 

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Cool gift for any man, Dad OR Grad. Blackwood wallets are 100% European leather, known for their quality, cool minimalist designs and handsomely packaged, many choices of styles & materials. $55 – $85

TGI DEAL! 20% off Father’s Day coupon code BWFD2016

Available at blackwoodonlinestore.com

9. Keurig Bright + Compact Colorful Coffee Maker

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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

Available at Keurig

10. Photos Etched in Crystal from 3D Laser Gifts (TGI DEAL!!)

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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

TGI DEAL! Use Code:GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

Available at 3Dlasergifts.com

11. Montez Renault Grooming Line 
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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
Line available at nordstrom.com

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on Fox Chicago and ABC Detroit below. Browse our Fathers Day or Graduation sections for more inspo.

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Jun 7 2016

Pinterest Picks: Six DIY Graduation Gifts That Everyone Will Love

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

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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.

Via: How Does She

2. Suprise Money Confetti Poppers

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A confetti popper always makes things more fun, especially when it always some cash.

Via: studio diy 

3. BFF “Where It All Began” Frame

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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.

Via: Handmade HQ 

4. DIY Origami Money Graduation Caps

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Another adorable DIY way to give the always needed cash! Origami them into Graduation Caps and add some cute tassels.

Via: SugarandCharm

5. The Ultimate College Survival Kit

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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!

Via: Meijer

6. Memory Jar

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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!

Via: About

Grads, we want to hear from you! What sort of gifts are you hoping for? Check our Dads and Grads Pinterest board for more inspo!

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Jun 9 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Ideas for Your Favorite Dads and Grads

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We’re totally feeling the summer vibes this June.  Don’t get too relaxed and forget about finding something special for Dad or your favorite Grads this year.  We’ve rounded up 6 gift ideas to make it easy for you to relax and unwind for the rest of summer.

1. PubsOf Art and Glassware 

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Pubs Of  is the perfect way to honor your Dad’s alma mater or your college grads favorite watering holes. Artist Brian McKelvey created a handprinted collection of street scenes from 80 different cities. The originals are pen & ink sketches with a watercolor wash and then he’s used the images on canvases, posters, prints or glassware.
Prices range from $10-500.
20% Off Code for TGI Members

2. Etiequette Ties 

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Etiequette (e-ti-ket) is a line of ties that all have themes (i.e. nature, animals, space, etc.) to reflect favorite activities, hobbies, tastes, etc. Tiny cacti or astronauts or cupids or horses, step & repeat to form a uniform pattern.  A great gift idea for professionals, or new soon-to-be professionals that still lets them subtly express personality.
$58

20% off Coupon Code + free 2 Day Shipping for TGI Members

3. Colorful New Keurig Coffee Maker

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These new brightly colored and perfectly sized Keurig 2.0 K250 coffee makers are the perfect practical but still fun gift for a dorm room, starter apartment or small office.   The new bright colors (think – turquoise, orange zest, sandy pearl) will liven up their daily routine a bit, with still the ease of the game changing, one-touch coffee maker.  You can brew more than 500 different beverages from 70+ brands (not just coffee!)
$119.99

4. Smart Phone FishHunter 

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The way to easy Father’s Day gifting is to choose his favorite hobby and gift accordingly.  For the Dad who lives on the water, try the new FishHunter. It’s small, wireless, completely portable and fits perfectly in his pocket so he can take anywhere he likes to fish. It goes on the surface of the water and measures water depth, surface water temperature and helps you pinpoint fish w/ their corresponding app.
Father’s Day Special, $139

5. Mega Flask, Beer Boot and Man Apron from Burlington

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While we do frequently recommend staying somewhat practical for your Dads and Grads gift-giving, sometimes you just need something that’s totally fun.  We found these Mega Flasks ($13), Massive Beer Boots ($9.99) and Man Aprons ($7.99) at Burlington – cheap and perfectly gifted together or apart.  Little over $30 for all three, normally priced at $86.

6. Dyson Heating/Cooling System

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Back to practical, but cool…this isn’t your typical fan – it’s a chicly and sleekly designed new heating/cooling system by Dyson and will keep those dorm rooms, new apartments or offices hot or cool depending on what you need. It’s quiet (aka won’t annoy your roommates or colleagues,) can fit under a desk or looks sleek left out. We’re especially into the blue + iron color.
$349.99

*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Happy gifting!

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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

 

 

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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.

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Jun 10 2013

What To Get Your Dad or Grad // As Seen On The U Chicago

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June marks the start of summer, graduation parties and celebrating Dads! We’ve put together a pretty awesome list of gifts for Dads and Grads to help you give something they’ll really dig.

 for the PARTIER

CanStand

1. CanStand // 5 pack for $84.99

 

for the HIPSTER

 

Siempre Verde Wood Glasses

2. Siempre Verde Wood Sunglasses // Get 25% OFF (Regular price $160)

 

for the NEAT FREAK

Dyson Animal Vacuum

3. Dyson Animal Can Vacuum // $449.99

 

for the GADGET GUY

Chillsner Beer Cooler

4. Chillsner Beer Chiller from Sur La Table // $29.95

 

for the HEALTH NUT

 

Kor Water Bottle

5. Personalized Kor Water Bottle // $29.99

 

for the MUSIC LOVER

Sonos Speaker

6. Sonos Wireless Music System // $299 (+ free shipping)

 

for the 80’s LOVER

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7. Stereo Fanny Pack // Get 15% Off (retails for $50)

 

for the TRENDSETTER

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8. The Fancy Monthly Box Subscription // $39/month (each box contains up to $80 of stuff)

 

Happy Gifting!

Lindsay

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Jun 19 2012

PRESS: TGI Interviewed by U.S. News – Affordable Father’s Day Gifts

Check out our interviewwith U.S. News …

With Father’s Day this Sunday, you might find yourself still without a gift for dad. But don’t worry: It’s not too late to get him a great present.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 14 2012

TGI Tips: 5 Dad Gifts You Can Give Last Minute

While we don’t recommend waiting until the day-of to find a gift for Dad, for the years it inevitably happens, here are some thoughtful ideas you can send, print or give last minute. And we mean literally, five minutes before brunch.

Trunk Club Last Minute Gift

1.  A New Wardrobe in a Trunk –  Leave picking out clothes for Dad to the professionals. Give him a printable gift certificate to TrunkClub, a company that does his shopping for him and delivers in a trunk right to his door (he can conveniently send back anything he doesn’t like.)

2. iPhone/iPod Apps – Does Dad have all the gadgets but no clue what to do with them.  Help him out and download some apps from iTunes for him that fit his interests. iTunes.com

3. Box of Awesome – Give dad a subscription to Bespoke Post and they will send a “Box of Awesome” handpicked with cool and curated products to Dad each month. Give 1, 3 or 6 months. Their Junes box is s a collaboration with DETAILS Magazine and full of summer essentials like foldable sunglasses.

4. Personalized Magazine Cover – Pick Dad’s favorite hobby (Golf, Fishing, Hunting, etc) upload a photo a photo of him to YourCover.com and choose funny headlines to make him the star of his own magazine.  Print out on you computer and find an inexpensive frame at your local drugstore. $12.95 + frame.

 5. Of-the-Month Clubs – Whiskey of the Month Club, BBQ of the Month Club, Sock of the Month Club. These subscriptions keep on giving, look thoughtful but really can be ordered a couple hours before it’s time to head out the door.

We all know EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU have waited until the last minute to find a gift at some point … tell us what you have scrounged up before you needed to head your annual Father’s Day gathering?  Comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

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Jun 10 2012

GIFT GUIDE: Cool Dads & Grads Gift Ideas (seen on NBC5 Chicago + Fox2Detroit)

With Father’s Day coming up & graduation party invites rolling in, we’ve got some unique ideas for Dads & grads!  Watch The Gift Insider highlight our Top Picks on NBC Chicago on 6.3.2012.

And on Fox2Detroit on 6.10.2012.

<<>>MOVE mobile suitcases <<>>

more than a suitcase, it’s a movement! the sleekest luggage around, perfect for the minimalist man who likes to travel in style. and you know it’s hot because snoop dogg rolls with ’em.

<<>>Design your own charm @ the online GEM BAR by Erin Gallagher <<>>

based in Chicago, this hip jewelry line lets you mix & match chains and stones of all different varieties. It’s a great way to give a grad a one-of-a kind gift.

<<>> Grilled Cheesus <<>>

kitchsy electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of jesus into your sandwich. A Kickstarter invention from a sweet couple in Brooklyn, this holy press is sure to make anyone’s day.  40% OFF with an exclusive GIFT INSIDER CODE

<<>> FreeBeneath Robes <<>>

the perfect chill dorm attire for the grad & great for dads who like to keep it casual around the house.

<<>>Mancrates<<>>

shipped with a Crowbar! So Manly. No ribbons, nothing pink & pretty. Just cool guy stuff shipped in a crate. The unexpected opening experience is pretty fun too. They have about 15 different crates for every kind of guy.

<<>>BBQ Of The Month Club<<>>

literally perfect for that Dad who loves to grill, and we’re so obviously big fans of anything of-the-month.

<<>>Hot Dog Yoga Rollpack<<>>

pack your yoga gear inside, roll your mat inside and throw your water bottle and keys on the outside. brilliant.

<<>>In Dad We Trust Wallet <<>>

daddy warbucks could of used one of these! Funny, yet true…tell your Dad “we appreciate all the things ($$) you do!”

 

 

 

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