Feb 13 2016

Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is here, but you have no boo…

Single and content? Here’s a competition for YOU.

Let’s face it, nobody in this world is there for you like your BFF. Here at TGI, we believe in spoiling your gals just as much as you would your significant other. We decided to team up with Bow & Drape for a fun GIVEAWAY that’ll be the perfect post-Galentine’s day gift to show your BFF just how much you love her. Their “You Had Me At Merlot” Sweatshirt can be yours with two simple steps…

Enter in TGI’s Sweepstakes to win the ultimate present for your favorite friend!

The competition rules are simple:
1.) Follow TheGiftInsider on Instagram
2.) Tag a BFF in the comments and write one word that describes her

We will announce the winner on Monday, February 29th.

Good Luck and Happy Gifting!

XOXO,

The TGI Team

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Feb 4 2016

Valentine’s Day Gifts That Go Better Together // For Him

The easiest way to go when gifting to the special man in your life, is to give something he needs, something practical.

For a way to pair practical with personal, try pairing a leather wallet with a personalized wallet insert. It’s thoughtful, yet something he’ll actually use.

– For the wallets, we have a 50% off code for this new line of leather Blackwood Wallets, they start at $55. Use code Blackwoodevent for 50% off that!

– For the wallet insert, we obviously headed straight to Etsy and found not just personalized, but can be personalized with a photo and your very own handwriting from Vintage Branding Co ($20).

And there you have a perfectly personalized + practical gift for him right around $50!

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The post is in collaboration with Blackwood Wallets.

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Feb 4 2016

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Each Stage of a Relationship

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It can be tough to navigate the waters of what to give at different stages of a relationship.  We’ve rounded up some ideas to give at different stages to help avoid any uncomfortable gifting exchanges.

1. First Starting to Date – Lovepop Pop Up Greetings ($8-$13)

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You may have seen these beautiful handcrafted works of art on a recent shark tank! LovePops are not your typical greeting card, they are intricate 3D sculptures that lay flat and pop open to display incredibly designed teddy bears, flowers bouquets, tree scenes with a couple swinging underneath. It’s the perfect step above your average greeting card, perfect for when you are just starting out in a relationship.

2. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Him – GiftCrates ($25 – $145)

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The solution for new relationship gifts is to think of their interests or hobbies and go from there. For him, choose a themed crate from GiftCrates from the bacon lover to a Chicago Bears fan and give him a whole crate full of snacks, gadgets and manly gear related to his favorite things. *note price in video is incorrect, bacon crate is $59.99

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off.

3. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Her – Emoji Pillow ($15)

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This emoji pillow is a cute and flirty take on giving your lady a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. It’s a little cheeky, a little romantic and just spot on for a just starting on Valentine’s Day. Add some unique and equally cheeky Valentine’s Day sweets like these “Hey Sugar Lips” gummies or “bear hug” gummy bears all available at Papersource.

 

4. You’re Committed!  For Him: Blackwood Wallets (50% off!) + Wallet Inserts
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The easiest way to go for a first big gift is give something he needs, something practical. This brand new company Blackwood Wallets has genuine leather wallets that start at $55 AND we have a 50% off code for everything. Use code Blackwoodevent for 50% off! 
If you are looking to make it more personal, compliment with these personalized wallet inserts using your own handwriting from Etsy artist Vintage Branding Co.

5. You’re committed! For Her – Real Flowers that Last Blooms by Heinau ($10 – $449)

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These game changing flowers are the perfect way to step it up from the usual bouquets and show you wanna make this last. These arrangements from BloomsbeHeinau are real flowers last 6 months or longer. 100% fresh-cut blooms are cut at their peak & the water & sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/ 50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water. 

6. You’ve Celebrated A Few Key Milestones – GetWickd Candles Made From Your Own Bottle

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These custom candles made from your own saved bottles are the perfect gift as you are starting to celebrate some happy milestones together: 1st Valentine’s Day, 1 year, engagements, anniversaries. Get Wickd from NYC, repurposes your special occasion bottles of wine/champagne/alcohol & turns them into luxe eco-friendly engravable candles. Save & mail your bottle, email your message & they engrave & fill your bottle with a natural soy candle & you choose the scent. (Start at $59)

TGI DEAL // GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% OFF

7. You’re a Lifelong Pair – For Him: Customized Undone Watches

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We love anything you can personalize, which is why we’re very into Undone Watches. There 1 million unique combinations of customization, you can build your entire watch online from the color of the case & bezel to the hour and minute hands.We love that you can also upload a favorite photo or personalize the back of the glass caseback with a special message. Love that you can make this watch as individual as you are. ~$430 &

8. When You’ve Been Together Forever –  Heart Black Tie Decanter

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This elegant Riedel decanter has a special and perfect for Valentine’s Day twist.  The heart cut out shines through when used (especially with dark reds) which makes this it a beautiful, elegant and keep forever piece. Pair with your favorite bottle of red and it will be a perfectly romantic gift no matter how many years it’s been. $225

Check us out chatting on ABC Detroit on 2/6 about some of these picks.

Also, watch us chat w/ on Good Day Chicago about all these gifts. (with a little surprise appearance at the end from my new hubby!)

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Feb 11 2015

Try These Reusable Oil Candles for Valentine’s Day Romance

We’re big fans of giving candles as gifts, it’s a luxe treat everyone loves to have around the house, but people don’t always buy for themselves.  The only thing we aren’t fans of is when those fancy, beautiful and fabulously scented candles run out.  Enter, a great alternative, Firefly reusable oil candles.

We played around in the office for Valentine’s Day and love the chic look, especially with some Valentine’s Day flare.

Tips for Valentine’s Day:

–  Surprise your sweetie with a room full of tea lights in the shape of a heart

–  Fill their Hurricane Votive with conversation hearts, rose petals or their V-day treat of choice

Insider Deal: 20% Off Coupon Code on the site for the next few days

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Feb 9 2015

DIY Ideas to Try: Make a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, need a sweetie DIY Gift Idea to give your sweetie? Try a DIY Cuddle Kit for 2.

What you need:

– Basket

– Cozy Blanket

– Chocolate Shop Wine (30% Off on TGI)

– Romantic Comedy

– Cuddly stuffed animal

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– Popcorn or movie night snacks

– A romantic playlist, video, or something sentimental

– Red bow

– Gift Tag

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Feb 8 2015

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Detroit Lovers

It’s almost the day that is dedicated solely to you and your main squeeze.  Luckily, February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so you have a whole weekend to fill with romance.  To help all of you Detroiters who are a little lost in the world of romantic gifting, we partnered up with our friends at Daily Detroit to round up some detroit-centric Valentine’s Day ideas. We have ideas for romantic Detroit date nights, local events to attend and some out-of-the box Detroit made products that we are sure will make your sweeties swoon.

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1. Sign you and your Valentine up for the hilarious, memorable and charitable Cupid Undie Run on February 14th.  What’s more romantic than running half naked through the streets of Detroit?

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2. Not interested in toughing it out for the Undie Run?  Pick out some lingerie at Detroit’s new Busted Bra Shop.

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3. Give a more meaningful piece of jewelry this year and give a one-of-kind piece by Rebel Nell, all made from repurposed Detroit graffiti and crafted by local Detroit women.

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4. Plan a Detroit game night crawl.  Head to Fowling Warehouse (think bowling mixed with football, mixed with horseshoe) then end the night at Punch Bowl Social for some Ping Pong, old-school arcades and maybe even a little karaoke.

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5. Tap into your artsy side and enroll you and your partner in a pottery class at Pewabic.  Try one of their BYOB Friday Night Out classes (there’s still openings for February 13th!).

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6. Don’t just surprise them with a new Shinola watch, surprise them with a trip to the Midtown Shinola Store and let them pick one out for themselves.

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7. Take them to the Detroit Zoo Gone Wild, it includes a strolling dinner, drinks and a revealing look into the mating rituals of your favorite zoo animals.

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8. Head to the VLNTNSDYMRKT to pick up some Pot & Box flowers, Petes Chocolates or cards from The Detroit Card Co.

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9.  There’s nothing more romantic than old school Detroit and some live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s. Enjoy the art-deco atmosphere with some smooth music, a bite to eat, and a cocktail.

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10. Valentine Vodka is an apt name for a vodka for this season! It’s high quality, too, and has a unique and tasty peppery finish. You can either grab a bottle as a gift, or maybe plan a night out at their fabulous tasting room in downtown Ferndale.

Don’t forget to check out Daily Detroit for some great pieces on what’s going on downtown!

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Feb 4 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We have some thoughtful and sweet ideas for your Valentines this year.

1. Make Your Own Romantic Tees from SunFrog Shirts

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This little t-shirt site started out as a couple college kids designing shirts for tourist companies & now there are over 36 million designs on SunFrogShirts.com. The beauty is that anyone can upload a tee shirt design & if your design sells, you make a commission. Here’s one of their big Valentine favorites & a sure way to score some major brownie points. “I love my wife” t-shirt, $24.99 or Hoodie, $39.99
15% off Coupon Code on TGI

2. Monthly Artisan Food Club by Mantry 

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Perfect for the man in your life.  Mantry is a food of the month club that helps you discover american artisan made food and what to do with it.  All american made, comes in a cool american made crate and the perfect gift for your foodie Valentine.
On TGI 

3. Firefly Eco-Friendly Oil Candles 

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These Eco-Friendly Oil Candles last much longer than wax candles & are a green alternative to wax. For a romantic Valentine’s Day idea fill their Hurricane Votive with rose petals or arrange a grouping of tea lights for a romantic surprise.  Available in Tea light, votive, pillars & custom designs.
20% off Coupon Code on TGI 

4. Godiva Chocolate Cigars For Him, Keepsake Heart Box For Her
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If you’re going to give chocolate, give Godiva.  Try these unique chocolate covered cigars For Him or their new limited edition heart-shaped chocolate keepsake box For Her.  The boxes are beautiful to use as save boxes after you finish off all that chocolate.
On TGI

5. Monogramed Rose Colored Handbags by Gigi New York

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Gigi New York is one of our favorite leather companies as all of their pieces can be personalized.  It makes the substance and practicality of giving a nice leather bag much more meaningful. We’re loving their new spring Rose Color for Valentine’s Day.  Try their everyday clutch or tote.
On TGI

6. A DIY Cuddle Kit w/ Chocolate Shop Wine 

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A DIY Cuddle Kit is a sweet way to give an “experience” but also a physical gift.  Purchase a nice basket, a cozy blanket, wine (we love Chocolate Shop Wine for Valentine’s Day), a DVD, romantic playlist or a few games and you have a sweet gift and romantic date night coupled into one.
30% Off Coupon Code for Chocolate Shop Wine on TGI

Watch our picks live on TV20 Detroit!

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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!

Via Amazon   

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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Jan 31 2014

7 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts // Seen On Fox Detroit & Chicago

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See all gifts live on Fox2 Detroit below.

1. Quote Pillows by Casa And Co. // Regular Price $45 – $60, INSIDER DISCOUNT 15% OFF

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2. Nobleman Pocket Squares // Regular Price $55, INSIDER DISCOUNT 10% OFF

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3.  Scratch Off Valentine’s Day Card // Regular Price $4.50 – $6.00, INSIDER DISCOUNT 10% OFF

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4. Lovestars Astrology Report for Couples // Regular Price $79 – $89, INSIDER DISCOUNT 20% OFF

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5.  Tie Subscription from Friday Tieday // Priced between $32 – $39/month

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6. Lush Bath Bombs // Starting at $3.95

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7. Custom Bath Caddy from Red Envelope // $50

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Fox 2 Detroit Top Valnetine Picks Below

Good Day Chicago Top Valentine Picks Below

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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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