Feb 3 2013

8 Gifts For Your Valentine // As Seen on Fox 2 Detroit

These gifts are sure to steal your Valentine’s heart & set the mood. From romantic and sentimental to funny and naughty–we’ve got you covered.



Buy a ring…of a planet for your out-of-this-world love. (Regular price $88; SPECIAL GIFT INSIDER PRICE $66)


Skip the cake & go straight to the (chocolate) wine. Chocolate Shop wine has been called “pure heaven” and was featured in Wine Spectator. (Regular price $15; THE GIFT INSIDER’S “SWEET DEAL” only $10)


Don’t just give chocolates, give chocolate diamonds. It’s such a chic chocolate gift to give your stylish Valentine. (16-piece collection $105; GET 15% OFF WITH THE GIFT INSIDER DISCOUNT CODE)


Spend Valentine’s Day rolling with your love in paint. Create a unique canvas for above your couch or your bed. The kit comes in red or black paint with 54′ x 44′ canvas & other supplies to create your sexy work of art. ($60 from Uncommon Goods)


For your funny & flirty Valentine — a tee he can wear proudly while cuddling you so hard on the couch. (Regular price $28; CLICK HERE TO GET SPECIAL GIFT INSIDER DISCOUNT CODE)


Wine is always a good choice & here’s a way to keep it classy & sentimental at the same time. The “Be Mine” wooden wine box can also be personalized on the inside with a lovey-dovey message from you. (Regular price $39; CLICK HERE TO GET $14 OFF WITH A SPECIAL GIFT INSIDER DISCOUNT)


Make a bouquet filled with manly “flowers” like hot sauce, cigars, whiskey–you name it! Check out the one we created!


Go big or go home alone. These 5-foot roses will woo any lady who loves to live large. We are giving away one bouquet! Sign up on our sweepstakes page. ($260)

XOXO Lindsay

P.S. What are you hoping for this Valentine’s Day?!


Jan 31 2013

For Your Manly Valentine // Expert Guy Gift Picks From The Style Girlfriend

Our featured guest post comes from Megan Collins, The Style Girlfriend–an expert in what men really want. Dudes are hard to shop for & when it comes to Valentine’s Day, trying to sift through the red, pink, glitter & heart-filled lovey dovey-ness–it’s even tougher to pick the right “man-enough” gift. The Style Girlfriend is here to help with some hot picks for the men in your life, so you don’t have to settle on chocolates & teddy bears.


// Glassware Set //



Pair these old fashioned glasses (and add his initials) with a bottle of his favorite booze (in a bow!), and you’ll have him swooning. (West Elm – $48 for 2)





// Silk spot scarf //

Every grown man should have a silk scarf; the polka dots keep it from feeling too stuffy. (Jigsaw – $93.25)








// Flight 001 Dopp Kit //


I love my bright pink makeup bag, but I get it, guys want something a little more…subtle. This dopp kit from Flight 001 does the trick in cool gunmetal grey (with a fun orange lining on the inside). (Flight 001 – $38)



// Penfield Vest //





Baby it’s (still) cold outside. Keep your man warm through the remaining chilly months with this stylish and super warm puffer vest. (Penfield – $200)





// Personalized Tie Bar //

If your guy suits up for work (or play), he’ll love this personalized tie bar. Plus, $1 from every purchase is donated to a different charity each month.  (Charitable Creations – $45)


// Bruce Springsteen Deluxe Box Set //



Sometimes all you need is the Boss. Trust me,  you can never go wrong with these essential tracks. (Saks Fifth Avenue – $120)






Feb 14 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day & Make Your Own Conversation Hearts!

sequin hearts courtesy of ban.do

Wishing you & yours a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Whether you’re celebrating with your boo or your friends, we designed some fill-in-the-blank conversation hearts you can print out, fill out, cut out & have fun with this Valentine’s Day.

(right-click and save to your desktop or drag to your desktop & print out)


P.S. Did you enter in our Jet Set to Aruba Contest yet? Enter here!


Feb 13 2012

Feb 13 2012

Gifts for Guys This Valentine’s Day: Seen on NBC 5 Chicago

We stopped by NBC 5 Chicago bright & early Sunday morning to offer some unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for guys. This is a hard holiday to find something that’s not too mushy but still romantic. Check out our ideas below:

(1.) River Valley Designs Guitar Pick  (2.) Whoopie Pie of the Month Club from Gilt Taste (3.) 36 Hours New York Times from Space519 (4.) Win a trip for 2 to Aruba – enter in our Jet Set to Aruba Contest (5.) Wine Tasting Experience Gift – Percept Wines & Knock Knock (6.) Custom fill-in-the-blank pillow from The Goodie Bag (6.) USB Cassette Mixtape


Feb 10 2012

6 FAB Gift Ideas for HER: Seen on NY1 News

There are definitely a ton of girly gifts out there for Valentine’s Day – but mostly they’re unoriginal. Check out our FAB find that your lady is sure to adore.

Watch The Gift Insider featuring all of our favorite finds on NY1 News below!


fill-in the blank in this kitchsy book with cute stick-figures to illustrate whatever you want to tell your boo. Customize your book and then they print it, bind it & ship it to you. They come in hard or soft cover, starting at $29.99. But check out the code below to get 20% off compliments of The Gift Insider.

Enter GIFTINSIDE20 at check-out to get 20% off (good until 6/14/12)

X’s + O’s Whoopie Pies of the Month – Gilt Taste

We’re LOVING these Cranberry Island Kitchen XO Whoopie Pies. Order one or enjoy them all year long with their Whoopie Pie of the Month Club. They beat out Bobby Flay’s Whoopie Pies on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown – so you know they’re delish!

NYC Jewelry Design

Give a heart, but not just any heart a Natural Amethyst Druzy Stone Heart. What’s cool about these are that all stones are real, untreated & au naturale.



If your girl is celeb-obsessed and can’t put down her US Weekly, YourCover is the perfect gift for her. Upload her best pic and choose the perfect cover template.

Click here to grab your 20% off coupon code from The Gift Insider

Herve Gambs – Orchid Topiary Diffuser

Give something that she can keep longer than a week. These wonderful Herve Gambs diffuser look like flowers & smell like flowers – but they lasts a lot longer!

 [$210, tall – $96, short]

Wooden Postcard

The perfect love note for your nature-lover chick and it’s definitely one that will last.  Scratch or carve your message and send through the mail (postage is just $1).



All of these FAB items were seen on NY1 News – clip coming soon!


Feb 6 2012

6 Cool Gifts Ideas for HIM: Seen on NY1 News

We know men are tough to shop for on Valentine’s Day. How to find a romantic or creative gift idea will you can give him that he’ll actually like???  We have our top picks that we featured on NY1 news and are listed below.  Discounts for all on our site!

1. Amanda.RendiStyle Frames 

Custom photo frames, wall decor & home decor. So easy to customize, comes gift wrapped within 48 hours via www.Amanda.RendiStyle.com but the special can only be purchased through thegiftinsider party code 835.

[$19.95 – $39.95]

2. River Valley Custom Guitar Pick

For the man that’s into rock or loves to play the guitar, this is a sweet way to say “I Pick You Baby!” Customize your message and you can choose between a key chain or necklace.

[$23 brass/$33 sterling silver]

3. USB Cassette Tape 

New spin on a class V-day gift. Put your playlists on a classic Mix Taped looking USB.


4. Gift a Destination Gift or WIN IT!

Giving a trip for Valentine’s Day is a fun way (and on the pricier side) to celebrate your relationship. But may we suggest…trying to win it? We’re giving away 4 trips for 2 to warm & sunny ARUBA!! There are 2 grand prizes and 2 runner-up prizes! LIKE us on Facebook &  tell us the story of your WORST VALENTINE’S GIFT YOU EVER RECEIVED & have your friends vote for your entry everyday! ENTER THE CONTEST & learn more here!

5. At Home Wine Tasting by Percept & Knock Knock

What to do for a new relationship?! Give an experience gift, we recommend wine tasting at home with these easily labeled Originals Wine. discount code: free shipping & 25% off on site


This super edgy & Bonnie&Clyde inspired  ceramic vase comes with real roses and is probably the most manly way to give your guy flowers!




The Gift Insider



Sep 8 2011

2011 Demo Reel – TGI Highlights

Gift Expert, Lindsay Roberts, is the go-to expert in the gift-giving field. Below is a reel of her in 2011 highlights.

Lindsay scours local boutiques, magazines and the web to help users find the best, newest, coolest, most unique, most romantic, most creative gift ideas out there – so that users don’t have to.

Roberts’ influence as a Gift Expert  goes far beyond just thegiftinsider.com, as she has appeared  on ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and FOX networks across the country, was recently a guest on The Carson Daly Radio Show and contributes to several gift guides and online columns.




Mar 1 2011

Our 20-Minute Interview on WGN Radio!

Listen to our first spot on WGN radio: WGN Valentines Day 2011


Such a fun day Sunday night with the wonderful Andrea Darlas and her team.  Here our some pics from my adventure w/ Alexx at the Tribune Tower.  We’ll be back on for Mother’s/Father’s Day!  You can call in and ask us all your gift-giving questions on-air.

At the Tribune Tower - WGN Radio

Alexx in the Green Room!

Interview with the fabulous Andrea Darlas


Feb 14 2011

Do-It-Yourself Romantic Gift Ideas

We all know that finding the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day is hard. Maybe you ‘re on a tight budget this year or you don’t have time to go shopping, The Gift Insider is here to help. Check out these do-it-yourself/homemade gift ideas. Putting the time and effort into making your own gift shows you really care!

Love Note/homemade card: Valentines Day is all about the mushy-gushy I love you stuff. This year put it on paper. Writing a love note or taking the time to make a homemade card shows that you really care. This is something that they will keep forever.

Your best baked-goods: The old saying, “the way to their heart is through their stomach” defiantly has some truth to it, especially this time of year. If you have a specialty, whether it be cupcakes, cookies or muffins, bake some up this Valentine’s Day. Make them extra special by frosting a special message or baking in a heart shape.

Picnik a photo of the two of you: This is a fun, easy and free way to make pictures unique. picnik.com

Tee-shirt quilt: This is a great do-it-yourself gift if you have some sewing knowledge. (Hint: But if not you can get the same homemade look and feel here)

Breakfast in bed: Delivering breakfast in bed to your sweetie this Valentines Day will be a thoughtful and romantic way to start the day.

Make a scrapbook: Compile old photos, ticket subs and other memorable items into a scrapbook that they will always be able to look back on.

Photo gifts such as picture mugs, coasters, or mouse pads: Put a picture of you two on everyday items that you will see more often. Get $10 off photo gifts of $25 or more through February 12 at Walgreens.com

Household aphrodisiacs: Aphrodisiacs are sensual ways to celebrate Valentines Day, but you don’t have to break the bank or even leave your house to get them. Check out these household aphrodisiac suggestions from treesandshurbs.about.com and practicalkitchen.com.

The crafting possibilities for Valentine’s Day are also endless. Check out  allfreecrafts.com for a complete listing of craft ideas with full instruction.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day do-it-yourself traditions or something new you want to try? The Gift Insider wants to know, comment here.




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