Apr 24 2017

2017 Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

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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

TGI Deal // Free Shipping & Use Code GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% off on 1 book & GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off 2 or more

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 28 2015

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

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1. Photo Wallpaper by WeMontage 

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This is one of the most awesomely creative ideas.  WeMontage let’s you turn your photos into large scale, removable wallpaper.  You can have all your favorite photos up with no nails in the wall, no stressful attempts at perfectly lining up frames for a gallery wall.  Create a collage for Mom or Grandma with special moments from your lives.  She’ll be able to enjoy it every single day. Starts at $59.99

Use code giftinsider15 for 10% off

2. Flowers that Last 6 Months by Blooms by Heinau 

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These REAL, 100% natural fresch-cut blooms actually last 6 months or longer! These Blooms by Heinau  are cut at their peak, then the water and sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. Amazing. They have 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water.
$9.95 – $459

3. Customized Chocolate Gifts from Totally Chocolate 

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Here’s an sweet way to personalize a sweet treat for mom this year. Totally Chocolate offers this huge chocolate bar, 2 lbs, larger than a license plate, with customized lids – upload a sweet photo, pick a Happy Mother’s Day message and make it personalized just for her. You can also choose from different Mother’s Day messages to to be etched right into the chocolate.
$29.95 for each bar,
Use code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

4. Cosmetic Cases + Travel Goodies from Burlington 

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When gifting to parents, many don’t love when you over-spend on gifts for them, especially luxe items they don’t always need.  If your mom is more of a practical gift lover, we found these adorable cosmetic cases at Burlington for under 5 bucks and filled them with fun travel and beauty necessities for a sweet and thoughtful way to give something they might really use, without spending too much. They’ll be so proud!

5. Made to Order Clutches from Merci New York 

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These clutches from Merci New York let you pick and choose exactly how you want them.  Choose from exotic python, embossed python or faux leather and then choose the vintage inspired brooch style you like, the color, etc. Beautifully made: flap top w/magnetic & zip closure, Interior zip pocket & beige ultra suede lining. Gold plated chain and findings.
Starts at $135

6. JARS by Dani 

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Live far from mom and want to send her something totally unique?  Send these totally adorable JARS, layers of her favorite desserts: sprinkles, cake, marshmallows, chocolate – you name it, all packed in an adorably cute jar.  The lids can be customized with a logo or photo or text of your choice.  Great spot to add a Mother’s Day message. 8oz Jars for $10/8 jar minimum or mini 4oz Jars for $6.25

Watch our Gift Picks on-air as we chat with Fox Chicago!

What our gift picks on-air as we chat with ABC Detroit!

*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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Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

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DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

Happy Gifting!

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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.

Supplies:

– 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.

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Step #2:

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

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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.

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Step #4:

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

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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Step #8:

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

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

 

 

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Jan 25 2014

All The Reasons I Love You // DIY Gift Idea

Want a creative way to show someone all of the reasons you love them?

Write your top ten reasons and tie them to a helium balloons for a wonderfully romantic suprise.  We printed each reason on sticker paper and stuck to different styled scrapbooking paper, but it’s just as sweet (and easier!) to handwrite each reason as well.

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May 9 2013

DIY Silhouette Prints // Mother’s Day Gifts

DIY gifts are a really thoughtful and meaningful way to go for a creative Mother’s Day gift. A lot of DIY ideas really aren’t as difficult as they look. We tried our first stab at silhouette art and it was pretty simple!

If you don’t have any photoshop skills, try just printing out a profile shot of the family or pet on sticky paper. Print a few and a few sizes so you have some back-up. Then cut out carefully and stick to any paintable surface, pick a bright “pop-able” acrylic paint color, paint away and when dry just peel off the sticker and you are left with a lovely profile of your loved one! We used canvas and cork for coasters.

If you have a little bit of photoshoping skills, you can try a more original look by printing a black silhoutte, cutting out and framing with some pretty wrapping paper as the background.

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May 7 2013

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

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Flowers for Mother’s Day is so cliche. “Spice up” her special day (literally) by making her these adorable personalized chalkboard paint planters! Basil, chives, and mint oh my!

 

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An easy and fun craft that involves kids of all ages. This is a gift that is truly full of memories and will be kept forever!

 

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Dig out Mom’s beautiful vintage tea cups and turn them into candles. Turn old into new… BUT, make sure to ask to use them before you start melting that wax!

 

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Make mom a shadow box cork board to put all of her jewelry right on the wall. Personalize the cork board with with her initials or make it unique with vintage doorknobs! Extra points if you also give her some jewelry to add to her collection.

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Turn that plain classic-piece pitcher into a truly unique and wonderful item.

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