Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

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52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

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“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

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Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

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All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

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With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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Feb 19 2015

Pinterest Finds: DIY Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Health Nut

It seems like everyone is on a health kick these days! It can be tough finding a gift for someone that might not be thrilled with a box of cupcakes.  We have a solution! The person that says “no thanks” to cake and cookies would love a healthy gift with a personal touch! We’ve picked out some DIY gifts that are all about a healthy body and mind – Think fit, relaxed and YUM!

Women’s Fitness Basket

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This Women’s Fitness basket is so cute! Perfect for the friend that’s all about the work-out life or someone trying to stick to a healthy living New Year’s resolution!

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Protein Basket

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Know a body builder that loves his protein? This is the perfect Macho-Man gift for any guy looking to get in shape or is already well on his way!

Via Woahsammay

Luxurious Body Butter

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This DIY 3-ingredient body butter is an awesome gift for any woman! No chemical products are perfect for healthy living and super soft skin!

Via Hens and Honey

Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola

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This Homemade Fruit and Honey Granola sounds totally delicious! Great healthy gift for any occasion!

Via Simplify, Live, Love

Homemade Low Calorie Chai Spiced Granola

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Love the homemade granola idea but have a friend who isn’t a honey-lover or is trying to keep it low-cal? This Chai Spiced Low Calorie Granola will totally hit the spot!

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OR….if this person loves all granola at any place and anytime, make both recipes in mason jars and put them in a cute basket with some ribbon.  Now, you have double the yummy-crunch!

Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

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This is an awesome gift for the fitness-junkie in your life! It is totally easy to make and will make this person very grateful after a long day in the weight-room!

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Lavender Soak

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Mmmm who doesn’t love lavender? This DIY Lavender Soak is the key to a yogi’s happiness – nothing better than relaxation and aromas that will put you right to sleep!

Via Savy Naturalista

For more healthy living gift ideas, check out our Healthy Gifting board on Pinterest!

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Feb 3 2015

Jourdan’s Picks: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him & Her

Who’s your 2015 Valentine? With the most romantic day of the year around the corner, it’s just about time to start thinking about how to show your love.  We want to help out!  Here is a list of awesome gifts that will make this Valentine’s Day especially memorable.  These gifts are playful, creative and will be a total hit! Be sure to check out our “For Valentine’s Day” board on Pinterest for more ideas.

For Him:

DIY bouquet gift – “you comfort me”

Get creative and make a gift bouquet that tells your man what you love about him.  We think this is fun and easy and will show your love!

Via Woohome

Stud Muffin Box

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If you love to bake, and your guy loves to eat, the “stud muffin box” is the end of your gift search! It’s easy, fun, and maybe he’ll even share!

Via Cricut

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

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This gadget is the key to your man’s happiness on Valentine’s Day morning, and who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? The Breakfast Sandwich Maker puts all of the ingredients together and you’re ready to go…breakfast is served!

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For Her:     

Personalized Wine Bottle

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This personalized wine bottle will be perfect for your romantic date night! What’s better than wine AND having it made just for you?!

Via Personal Wine

DIY sharpie mugs

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Start off her morning right with coffee in bed! We think these DIY sharpie mugs are super cute and love the funny phrases on them!

Via Living Your Creative

Initial Bar Necklace

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The initial bar necklace is so in right now, it’s a total fashion staple. She’ll love the look and will love that it’s personalized with her name or initials even more!

Via Amazon

Tells us! What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given?

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Nov 11 2014

TGIOnTV: Our Early Holiday Gift Guide Featured on ABC Detroit

Check out our Ridiculously Early Holiday Gift Guide for details and deals on all of the items featured on this morning’s ABC Detroit spot, 10-35% deals for the products listed and be sure to enter to #WINITALL.  Yup, literally to win the Entire Gift Guide!

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Oct 20 2014

DIY Ideas: Sparkly and Edgy Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Happy Halloweeeeen! We’re so excited to share some DIY Ideas for glaming up your pumpkins this spooky season.  We took our shot at glitter pumpkins, gold spray painted pumpkins, black chalkboard spraypainted pumpkins and painted pumpkins with a few jewels tacked on.

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Glitter Pumpkins

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Step 1:  Use spray all over pumpkin, pour glitter all over spray glue until covered

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Tip: martha stewart glitter is our favorite

 

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Finished Product:  Last Years Halloween Party

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Luxe Gold Pumpkins 

1.  Get gold spray paint and spray with two coats, make sure you get the bottom! Let dry overnight.

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Finished Product:  Gold Spray Painted + Black Pumpkin with Mixed Metal Adhesives

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Need more Halloween ideas?  Make sure to check out our DIY Classy Halloween Guide on KCAL Los Angeles or some DIY Gift Ideas to Help You Embrace Fall.

Tell us! How are YOU making your parties more Festive for Halloween?  Post photos or links below!

 

 

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Oct 9 2014

Best DIY Gifts to Help You Embrace Fall Weather

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Bring out the pumpkins and take out your flannel.. Fall is definitely here! We’ve come up with some great gifts and DIY projects that will help you embrace the cooler temperatures ahead!

 

Custom Wood Slice
 
Custom Wood Slice

Turn a slice of wood into a homey welcome sign. Find it now on thegiftinsider.com via Scoutmob.

 

Cinnamon Candle Votives
 
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Spice up a room (literally!!) with these candle votives covered in cinnamon sticks. All it takes is a little hot gluing! Yummy! // julieannart.com

 

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

 

Pumpkin Etching

Be the envy of your block this Halloween with ornate pumpkin designs. Such a fun activity for the fam to do together! //clipzine.me

 

Apple Cider Kit
 
Apple Cider Kit

Mmm.. it’s not fall without apple cider, right? This is perfect for a hostess gift or even a little something to bring to your neighbors! //williams-sonoma.com

 

Pumpkin Crudité Platter
 
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It’s all about the presentation! Instantly make a veggie platter festive by putting the dip in a hollowed mini pumpkin, so creative!

 

Fall Leaves Bowl

 

Leaf Bowl

Perfect home decor for Fall! Make this all purpose bowl yourself and leave it out for all of your friends to see! // blovelyevents.com

 

What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Let us know in the comments!!

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Sep 18 2014

The Best Birthday DIY Gift Ideas We Found on Pinterest

Finding a creative Birthday gift can be hard! We understand how much pressure there can be to give a friend or loved one the perfect gift on their special day. But fret no more! The Gift Insider scoured Pinterest to find some of the best Birthday DIY’s out there! We promise your gift will be one of the most memorable.

Birthday Cake in a Jar 

Birthday Cake in a Jar

YUM! Perfect for the birthday girl with the ultimate sweet tooth! Plus, the mason jar is SO cute! // longislandprep.tumblr.com

 

Balloon Box Surprise

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Give a friend a box full of happy on their special day. Can you imagine opening a box like this at work?! // StudioDIY.com

 

Birthday Photo Collage Decor

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Create a collage of photos of the guest of honor in the shape of the year they’re are turning. Such a perfect party decoration! // Discountdame.com

 

A Beer a Year

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What’s better than 1 beer? 30 of course! Attach little love notes to each beer to show your guy how much you really care. Cue the warm and fuzzies! // carrotsncake.com

 

Balloon Avalanche 
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Begin a birthday the right way, shower the birthday boy/girl in balloons! // babble.com

 

A Gift A Year Celebration 

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Give a small gift commemorating each year of someone’s life! Perfect for one of those bigger birthdays.. // snapcreativity.com

 

Piñata 

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Who says we’re too old for pinatas? Follow this tutorial on how to make them yourself and choose your own favors! // ohhappyday.com

 

What is the most unique birthday gift you’ve ever received? Tell us it in the comments!!

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Apr 29 2014

6 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas We Love From Pinterest

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Sunday, May 11th marks Mother’s Day! This year go the extra mile (like your mom always has) and do-it-yourself with The Gift Insider’s DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. We scoured the internet for doable and adorable DIY gifts to show your mom how much you mean to her on her special day.

 

Photos In Jars

A nice, simple way to showcase the memories of your Mom via Everyday Celebrating!

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Super Fun Mother’s Day Card

From the Eighteen25 Blog comes a super fun, super easy Mother’s Day Card // It will blow her away!

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DIY Eco-Friendly Shopping Bag

For the Eco-Friendly mom (who loves to shop!) make her a vintage pillow case shopping bag // From the Sew In Love blog!

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DIY Chalkboard Ceramic Containers

From the “Oh So Pretty Blog” comes homemade chalkboard ceramic containers // Perfect for your mother’s baking adventures and to fill with sugar, brown sugar and flour!

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Chocolate-Dipped Brownies

Something sweet for the woman who has always been the sweetest.

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Apr 7 2014

How to Make Easy DIY Fringe Garlands

We threw a “Pick Your Decade Party” theme party a few weeks ago and wanted to create some festive but cheap decor for the basement ’90’s decor. We decided to try our hand at the DIY Fringe Garland we’ve been seeing all over.  Ended up being totally easy, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own.

You’ll need:  Tissue paper, string, scissors, washi tape (optional)

Step 1: Fold tissue paper in half, then half again.  Cut 1/2 inch slits from bottom up, leaving about 1 inch at top where it is folded

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Step 2:  Unfold the sheet completely. Beginning at one side start to roll tightly so there is so so the 1 inch fold is in the middle and cut strips on each side.

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Step 3: Fold in half and twist together at the top.  We wrapped a strip of washi tape around it to help it stay and add a little polish, but they stay just fine without it.

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Step 4:  Per garland, we recommend making 7-10 fringes.  String together through the loop you created on the top of each.  Play around with different colors and combinations. We cut up a cheap silver hanging door curtain to make silver accents and also used some mini slinkies since he had a ’90s theme.

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Have any of your made this?  Comment below with links to your designs!

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Mar 26 2014

DIY Ideas // Super Easy DIY Sharpie Mugs

I decided to test out all of the DIY Sharpie Mugs I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately for one of our lovely Gift Insider colleagues.  I’m always a little hesitant to try out handwritten crafts, because I’ve never been very fond of my penmenship and was worried it might turn out like a middle school art project…

But, with a little out of the box thinking I figured out a way… I used stickers as stencils to make amost perfect letters.

How to Make a DIY Sharpie Mug (w/ stickers)

1. Place the letter stickers on clean mug and trace around with a sharpie (I used silver since i loved the look with the Spring Starbucks cups)

2. Place mug in the oven (do not pre-heart) and heat up to 350 for 30 minutes

3. Take out of oven, let cool, take off stickers and you’ll have perfect letters and a totally customized mug

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