Dec 7 2010


Gift Expert, The Gift Insider, shares some Cool Gift Ideas Under $50. TheGiftInsider.Com is the just launched, ultra-hip website that reviews, recommends and categorizes the most under-the-radar and creative gift ideas. The site helps users find edgy and cool gift ideas for every type of person, personality and occasion and is especially helpful for you men out there to find thoughtful gifts for your girlfriend.o find thoughtful gifts for your girlfriend.

Stay tuned on Sat, December 11th to watch The Gift Insider on ABC 7 News to see all of these items discussed on air! Or watch the clip here: GIFT INSIDER ON TV

Rouge and Co

Monogrammed Koozies

Rouge and Co is a new shop full of adorable and unique customized goods. My two favs on the site – the monogrammed koozies and the monogrammed luggage tags! Perfect, personalized under $20 gifts.

BUY HERE: Rouge and Co

Denise Ilitch Designs

Denise Ilitch Designs has a fabulous new showroom in Birmingham chock full of Denise’s one-of-a-kind gifts.  Denise has her own line of really whimsical, unique jewelry that she designs.  When I visited her showroom I fell in love with this line of mercury glass.  Each item is Under $50 and the perfect gift for the Woman Who Has Everything.

BUY HERE: Denise Ilitch Designs

Natural Clothing Company

You can find all sorts of organic goods and clothing at Natural Clothing Company.  I fell in love with the idea of these Tree-Free Paper Plates. The truth is, there are just some times that you don’t have the time or energy to clean every plate for all of your guests; these plates are the perfect green solution for those nights. They are single-use and fully biodegradable and compostable, made of 100% tree-free renewable materials: sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp.

BUY HERE: Natural Clothing Company

Vazu Vase

Vazu Vases are expandable flower vases that look just like the real thing once you fill them with water. More fabulous ingenuity from Israel. The vases come in different shapes and lots of patterns. They are reusable, so once your bouquet stops bloomin’ you can fold ’em up and put them in the drawer for next time. Great website with a video.

BUY HERE: Vazu Vase

Yvonne Miller

Yvonne Miller is a local Detroiter who has been in the jewelry business since she was a kid.  She makes very reasonably priced jewelry that is all about spirituality, power, strength and luck.  The pieces are meant to be layered, piled on and played with. Delicate, symbolic and edgy.

BUY HERE: YM Collection


Dec 6 2010

Newest Member of The Gift Insider Team – Erika Odioso!

Meet Erika – an Advertising and PR major from Loyola University and the latest member of The Gift Insider team.

Erika is an amazing writer, gift finder and one the sweetest girls you’ll meet.

We’re so excited to have you on board!!


Nov 17 2010

The Gift Giving Advisory Board Gift Guide is here!!

Allow us to introduce you to our brand new organization, The Gift Giving Advisory Board. We have a very serious mission. That is, to educate citizens of all gender, size, age, wallet size and rank to become better gift givers; to ban the practice of re-gifting as all gifts hereupon received will be appreciated and cherished; to make the Bad Gift Emporium devoid of all relevance and usefulness. Yes!

Our expert advisory board members include the women of, and KNOW gifts. We live and breathe gifts every day. And so, in this sponsored gift guide, we have pooled our know-how to bring you this very selective guide of some of the most beautiful, meaningful gift ideas around. The businesses that were invited to join have in common the unique vision and passion of their founders, designers and creators. Just that is cause for celebration!>

Good Little Piggy

Give your little one something that teaches them a valuable lesson. Piggy is a savings bank meant to teach the importance of setting aside something extra for others. The big piggy is for personal savings and the little piggy is for charitable giving. Buy here

Honey Rose and K Modage Baubles

Love vintage? Then hit Honey Rose & K Modage Baubles where vintage pieces are crafted into modern-day jewelry. Find pieces that will make you or your recipient stand out at any holiday party. Sign up for their newsletter & receive a 10% off & free shipping through the end of December.

Shop Memento

How could your little girl not adore this personalized apron and chef hat. Embroidered with cupcake appliquÈ and a monogram and the hat is embroidered with her name. Also available in a Mommy & Me gift set. Check out ShopMemento monogrammed gifts for kids, teens, and anyone on your list!

Dani L Designs

If you are looking for an easy go-to gift for any young women on your list, start stocking up on these beaded charm bracelets by DaniL Designs. She just launched her ultra-chic site that makes it simple to shop by style, price range ($45 – $200) or color.

The Fair Trader

The Fair Trader Chicago is a women-run and locally owned store that carries handmade gifts from Fair Trade Artisans from around the globe. These reasonably priced Confetti Candle Holders are a perfect way to add sparkle to your holiday. $12.00 each. Shop at 1623 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL.

Bamboo Decorative Air Fresheners

The Fresh Energyô – Decorate & purify your home or office with eco-friendly, renewable bamboo charcoal from Korea. Beautiful packaging enhances any dÈcor while the bamboo charcoal eliminates odors and impurities. Holiday Special: 10% off with code AJ8FDLJB. Shop here.

Ila Personal Security Alarms

Ila Security is a new brand of stylish personal alarms. They are easy to carry and easy to use. Great gift idea for women of any age, from the student on campus to the woman in the city. The Ila line is available at these great retailers: HandPickedGiftStore & DailyGrommet.

Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes

We’ve all heard of the 12 Days of Christmas, but did you know that they were once the heart of the Christmas season? Start a fun tradition & and make the joy of Christmas last longer with a gorgeous 12 Days Gift Box Set. Enter code GGAB2010 for 10% your order. Shop here.

When youíre cold, it warms you up…

When youíre warm, it cools you down. But, whatever the temperature outside, the Tilley selection of winter hats makes great gifts for everyone in your family this holiday season. Shop at Tilley Endurables today!

Looking for a unique and elegant gift for the holidays? Take advantage of the Personal Wine Charles de Fere Sparkling Wine with FREE organza wine bag, FREE shipping AND your own personalized label! Make this holiday season one to remember. Shop here.

Cambria Cove

Cambria Cove is a carefully curated collection of unique gifts from around the world. Find amazing gifts for him, for her, for those fabulous hostesses, and even gifts under $50. And as our gift to you, save 10% on your order. Simply use the Promo Code HGG10 at checkout.

Bidwell Botanicals

Bidwell Botanicals blends the best of science & nature to create a unique product line. When only the finest will do. Affordably priced & beautifully presented, your recipients will think you are the most clever person in the world. Use code wicked20 to receive 20% off orders over $30.

Nico and Zoe Modern Toys

Skip the big-box toy stores this holiday season and shop at Nico & Zoe where indie-minded mamas love to browse. Their collection includes handmade toys from both the U.S. & abroad. Enjoy flat rate $5.99 shipping or use code freeship10 to receive free shipping on orders over $50.

Sexy Slang’s Bedroom Challenges:

69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life! Playful, humorous & unintimidating, this best-selling new book from author-couple Christi & Ted Scofield makes a great gift. Dr. Pepper Schwartz calls it ìa clever book Ö a lot of fun Ö an introduction to new erotic possibilities.î Buy it here.

Rose of Sharon Jewelry

Looking for jewelry from a variety of artisans? You donít need to go any further than Rose of Sharon Jewelry. Handmade jewelry for any occasion & if you canít make up your mind, go for a gift certificate. Receive 10% off any purchase by using code CHIC through 3/1/11.

Alley 97, NOW (Los Angeles, CA, 1:30am)

Xavier Nuezís striking and gritty contemporary photography has been featured in numerous museums and galleries across the country and is collected worldwide. Gift certificates available. Free Shipping special. Email for pricing and to place orders. View gallery.

Alice Roche Jewelry

Distinctive sterling silver jewelry handmade in San Francisco by Alice Roche Contemporary Design. Compelling simplicity. Free shipping on all online orders until Jan 1, 2011. Use coupon code GGAB. Shop here.

Samara Botane

Samara Botane is an aromatic apothecary that will have you wanting to buy treats for yourself and your loved ones. Taking care of ourselves is critical & no one realizes this more than the folks at Samara Botane. They bring the spa into any home. Shop here.

Urban Junket

The perfect gift for her this holiday season…. Eco-chic, eco-functional Laptop & Convertible totes by Urban Junket. Choose from two sizes and 10 eye-catching colors. Click and enter the code “succulent” to receive 20% off your first purchase!

Brinca Dada

We design toys that are both beautiful AND fun. Our first dollhouse, Emerson House, was inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert house and opens up to allow up to 4 children to play together. It also uses a real solar panel to power 23 recessed LED lights. Find out more

Po Campo Handlebar Clutch

A unique gift for the biking lady in your life. Perfect for a day ride or night out, the Clutch easily attaches/detaches to her bike for fashion on the fly. All Po Campo products are lovingly made in Chicago of waterproof fabrics, steel hardware and genuine leather. Get the Clutch!

Purely Juicers- Samson 9001

Know someone who loves juice or cooking at home? The Samson 9001 is a high quality juicer at an incredible price. Handles leafy greens in seconds. Only 3 clean. Perfect for people with busy schedules who still want the most nutrition from their juice! Holiday Special $229.

Film Festival in a Box – $14.99

The New York Times featured this new eco-friendly game that’s a fun stocking stuffer or hostess gift. A DVD of 4 short movies lets players host a film festival at home and announce winners online to the filmmaker. Made in USA, supports the arts, recycled and recyclable. Buy here.

Custom Made for Kids

Top-ranked custom storybook in WSJ review, The First Adventures of Incredible Youallows you to include details about a child, his/her family, friends, favorite places and family traditions into the award-winning, hardcover book’s charming, rhyming verse. Order here.

Laine Artisan Fine Jewelry

LAINE is a collection of artisan fine jewelry featuring antique lockets, charms and findings. Our new Love Token necklaces are crafted with sterling silver, 18k gold, sapphire & an antique 1880s love token. Save 15% off your holiday order by using coupon code GGAB15! Shop here.

Sapna Mehra Jewelry

Discover the Asmi necklace, handcrafted using 400 year-old techniques, personalized with birthstones set in 24k gold. Asmi means I Am in Sanskrit & the necklace is a personal talisman inspired by numerology. Wear it as a reminder to celebrate your purpose! Shop here.

Oct 27 2010

Brownie Pops for Client Gifts

Want to send some seasonal treats to your client?  Want to send something more unique and original than the box of cupcakes you’ve send 25 times before.

Send Brownie Pops.  These Halloween ones are super cute, they also have fall and thanksgiving themed pops if you are looking for something a little more subtle.


Oct 27 2010

Guys to Give Guys – Sports Trash Talk

We get it, we get it.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the most manly of activities to research, purchase, wrap and deliver a special gift for your buddies…
That’s why this manly, trash talking service is the perfect “gift” for sports loving, high-fiving, beer guzzling men. will have a real person call your bud and talk trash about any team, any sport.  You can customize calls or make it anonymous.  They’ll brag about your sick quarterback, play your teams fight song, or celebrate a big touchdown and really get under the skin of your rival buddies favorite team. 

Prices range from $1.25 – $2.25 and for $10 you can have them call your buddy every day for 20 days leading up to the big game. 
This is a fabulous idea I found on Netted by the Webbies 

Oct 26 2010

Welcome our new intern – Alexx!

We’d like to introduce everyone to our new and fabulous intern, Alexx Miles! 
Alexx is from Barrington, IL and currently lives in Chicago.  She attends Depaul University and is majoring in Advertising and PR. 
Alexx will be helping us a ton with the launch of our site and finding new, creative gift ideas for the holiday season. 
Feel free to contact Alex at  She’ll be tweeting, facebooking, writing articles and maybe even doing some on-camera work! 
Alexx, we’re so excited to have you! 

Oct 25 2010

Oct 21 2010

Creative Personalized Gift Ideas for Weddings

For couples that are really close to your heart, go the extra mile and step away from the registry. Here are The Gift Insider


Oct 18 2010

Oct 18 2010

Creative Gift Ideas for Friends’ Birthdays in Chicago

Traditional gifts don’t always cut it for the girls who have been most important in your life.


  • Before you hit the clubs, take her to one of the new trends in the salon industry – they specialize in Blow Dry’s only.  If you are in Chicago – try Blo Dri. They’ll make it super special and add in champagne, cocktails or cake.
  • If she has a sense of humor, take her to a burlesque or tranny show, if you are in Chicago check out The Baton Club
  • Throw her a surprise party or a surprise dinner – add in some fun extras like these funny/inappropriate Happy Fing Birthday Hats ir.gif
  • Or this way-chicer-than-average pinata.


My personal favorite idea for making your friend feel as special as she is – make her something that she will cherish forever.  While I have been a fan of this idea since long before digital camera’s – now, your macbook can make it easier than ever.

  • Make here a comic book w/ comiclife on yourmacbook with quotes from all the girls.
  • Make her a photo flip book she can carry on her keychain
  • Make her a Photo Book from Picabooshow.gif
  • Make her a customized Jenga set – on each cube write something that you and your girlfriends must do when you pull out the block – chug a beer, text your ex, etc.
  • Make her a book filled with reasons you love her (make it even more special and have the number of reasons be the age she is turning).


A few of my girlfriends surprised me for my birthday this year by taking me to The Beauty Bar.  It’s a trendy and fun place to take any girl who loves her martinis and mani’s – both of which are included in the price of one delish (but strong) Beauty Bar Martini.  The sparkly teal walls, the dance floor in the back and the completely beauty inspired hipster scene make it a perfect spot for a girls night out.

Beauty Bars are currently in Chicago, New York, San Fran, LA, Texas, Vegas and Denver.


If your bestie is someone who loves surprises, give her what she wants on her birthday and don’t give her the slightest clue of what you are doing. Kidnap her, blind fold her and then take her to do something she wouldn’t normally do.

  • Beer/wine making class
  • Tarrot card reader/hypnotist
  • Mani’s and Pedis at a BYOB nail salon
  • Cooking Class
  • Surprise brunch (mimosas and bloody’s included)
  • Talk to some of your out of town friends and family, arrange for them to come in town for her big day
  • Take her to a comedy show – try Second City in Chi.

The key to this one is knowing what she likes. Make sure to pay attention a few weeks before her birthday – is there anything she’s been dying to do? A place she’s been dying to try? It’ll be even more special if she knows you’ve been thinking of her.


Send her a birthday cake overnight – Gourmet Birthday Cakes from Bake Me A Wish!show.gif
Give Her a Gift Certificate From Experience Days and Let Her Pick – Shop-XD-Memorable
Everyone loves flowers – ProFlowers – Send ProFlowers starting at $19.99




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