Nov 28 2015

TGI TIPS: Ways to Conquer Cyber Week

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Social Media – Don’t forget to follow your favorite companies on twitter, facebook and isntagram for exclusive deals

Search – CyberMonday.com or #cybermonday

Site-wide Deals – Cyber Monday is time when a lot of retailers have site-wide deals vs. product specific deals so take advantage of those

Pre-shop – find what you want from stores before the holiday so you can focus on those discounts.  

Promo Codes – To find them, go to RetailMeNot.com, TheKrazyCouponLady or Google the name of the shopping site with the words ‘coupon code’ or ‘promo code.

Set price alerts – Use search engines like Shopstyle and Pricegrabber to compare prices for all over

Bottom Up – Make to shop from bottom up on sale sites

Autofill – Be sure to set up autofill for your credit card or sign up for accounts on your favorite sites 

What to Focus On/Avoid:

Buy: big ticket items, clothes, travel deals, beauty sets, gadgets and holiday decor

Avoid: Resist the urge to shop for yourself and hold off on winter accessories – gloves, coats, etc often go on sale even further after CyberMonday

 Any tips you have for conquering the day?! 

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Nov 23 2015

WyshMe Wishlists Simplifies Your Holiday {Dedicated Post}

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Yes, it’s tough keepin’ track of everything on your Holiday to-do lists and gift lists. Enter a site WyshMe that can help you:

– Discover amazing products, and collect your favorites on your personal WyshList

– Connect with friends, and share suggestions, requests, and conversations about the products you love.

– Organize lists of gift ideas for any event, with friends and family.

Check out a few our favorite Gifts For Her Pinterest Picks from Wyshme.

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This year, be sure to simplify your holiday and make a Holiday Wish List to share with friends and family. Easy peasy.

 

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Jun 18 2015

DIY End of the Year Teacher Gifts

The end of the year is the best time to thank teachers for all of their hard work! Get creative with these DIY gifts, and they will be totally impressed!

Apple Jar

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Such a yummy and creative gift for the chocolate loving teacher!

Via The 36th Avenue

 

Crayon Monogram

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This is personalized, totally cool and as colorful as it gets!

Via A Mom With a Lesson Plan

 

Bucket of Sunshine

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Summer is all about sunshine! Love this is happy and cute gift!

Via Thirty Handmade Days

 

Pencil Vase

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A super pretty gift that puts pencils to good use!

Via Cincy Shopper

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & a Custom Tag

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YUM! A sentimental note with these strawberries makes a great personalized treat!

Via Craftibilities

Happy Gifting!

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Happy gifting!

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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!

Via POPSUGAR

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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Apr 9 2015

Round Up: Photo Books We Love

Photo books are great personalized gifts that will last forever! Whether it be for family, friends, newly weds, or soon-to-be moms, photo books will be a hit!

Artifact Uprising

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Artifact Uprising rocks with its Instagram Friendly Books! This is such an awesome idea and is great for anyone who loves artsy photos or just for fun times with friends that you don’t want them to forget!

Shutterfly

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Shutterfly is perfect for the family photo shoot, pictures of the kids, and so many special memories! This is a great gift for parents and grandparents who adore pictures of the people they love the most! The quality of the books are amazing, and the pictures are always vibrant!

Blurb

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Photo books from Blurb are unique and always awesome! We love how you can get totally creative and do anything from family photos to cook books! Any chef will be totally impressed!

Mosaic

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This is so cool and is perfect for photo books on the go! You can make them from your phone or tablet! Quick and easy! Nothing better than a personalized last-minute gift!

Milk Books

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The Milk photo books are gorgeous and totally classy! The matte art paper and hard cover look great around the house! Awesome wedding and housewarming gifts! A personal touch to a new home or new chapter of life is always so special!

Happy Gifting!

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Mar 19 2015

DIY Ideas: What To Do When You Screw Up – Men’s Edition

Unfortunately, it isn’t always the guy who is begging for forgiveness.  We make mistakes too! If you think this screw-up needs a little more than “I’m sorry,” we want to help! We’ve picked some of our “For Him” favorites that will end this fight for good!

DIY BBQ Rub

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We have a griller on our hands! If your man loves to barbecue, this is a totally creative way to apologize! He definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to throw a steak on the grill for a date-night dinner for two!

Via Make Something Mondays

DIY Sausage Heart Recipe

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Yum! Who says no to fresh breakfast in bed?! Get cooking, and say “sorry” with a delicious and cute way to start his day!

Via Ezzly

365 Reasons Why I Love You

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Let him know how lucky you feel to have him every single day! Super sweet way to apologize and make it clear the reasons you love him are endless!

Via Small Town Sister

Sticky Note Hearts 

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Nothing beats early morning smiles! Say “I’m sorry” with a mirror full of sweet messages written on sticky notes! Post them in the shape of a heart, and you have the perfect apology to start his day right!

Via Live Lives Here

Whisky Praline Pecans

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This is a totally creative and tasty apology! He will love that you took the time to make him AND his taste buds happy! What part of a yummy treat doesn’t say “oops, my bad..you’re right” ?!

Via Cooking Cowgirl

DIY Alcohol and Cigar Bouquet

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The tables are turned! Switch out the flowers for an awesome not-so-typical alcohol and cigar bouquet! This apology says “so sorry, today is all about you!”

Via Domestic Ingenuity

May the gifts be with you! Happy apologies!

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Mar 17 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Hostess Gift Ideas

Today’s the day! St. Patrick’s Day parties are starting tonight and we found some awesome green hostess gifts! These say a big, green “thanks for having me!”

Green Jello Shots

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These jello shots are a such a fun hostess gift that everyone can enjoy! The green twist for the occasion will be a total crowd-pleaser!

Via Open Source Food

Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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Hostess gift and snacks for all! Chocolate pretzel bites are the perfect balance of salty and sweet and the green looks great!

Via lovefromtheoven

DIY Irish Cream

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This homemade Irish cream is so creative! We love the mason jar and decorations – perfect for the Irish hostess!

Via Style Me Pretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yum! These mint chocolate chip cookies look totally delicious! What hostess wouldn’t love some green cookies?!

Via The Food Charlatan

Ombre Veggie Tray

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Have a healthy hostess on your hands! In honor of our healthy gifting theme, this green veggie tray is such a fun gift! Add some dips on the side to make it extra yummy!

Via Honest to Nod

Happy green gifting!

 

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Mar 5 2015

Step-by-step Guide for Writing the Perfect “Thank You” Note

Before anything else, the number one rule when writing a proper “Thank You” note is it must always be handwritten.  The shows personalized and effort at first glance.  Once you have this down, you are ready to get started!

Dear [insert name],

1. Thank you so much for the [specific name of gift], it was extremely… generous, kind of you, thoughtful, etc. – make them feel good!
2. It is perfect because……I love jewelry; it is my favorite color – tell them why it was a great gift for you!
3. Get a little more specific…Why is it a great gift? How are you going to use it?…It looks awesome with my other bracelets; it is going to look perfect in my bedroom!
4. Add a little something extra…If they came for an event, say how much you appreciate their attendance. If they sent the gift in the mail, tell them how kind it is of them to put in the extra effort!
5. Always end with some type of appreciation…“You are an amazing friend” “I’m so happy we got to spend some time together” “Miss you and hope to see you soon!”

Best,
[Your name]

Check out some of our favorite Thank You Notes to stock up on.

*TGI Extra Tip: If you are receiving a number of gifts for a special occasion, ALWAYS keep a list when unwrapping! It is never fun to guess who a gift came from. Happy writing!

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Nov 24 2014

TGI Advice: Shopping Tips for Black Friday

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Holiday season is officially upon us! With celebrating, comes gift-giving and TGI is here to help. Thanksgiving dinner may be the main event this week, but we’re most excited for Black Friday. To make sure you get the most of your shopping, we’ve created a guide on how to navigate this crazy day. (Insider Tip: It’s all in the planning!) Happy Shopping!

Get a good night’s sleep. Deals start as early as 12 AM and you MUST be well rested to make it through this crazy day. Let the turkey do it’s job and hit the hay earlier.

Do your research. Got a favorite store? Get to Googling! Check and see if your favorite shops are offering any good deals to determine if they deserve your precious time (and money!!) on Black Friday.

Make a list and check it twice. Black Friday is not a day where you can just “wing it”. Know the stores you want to hit and the gifts you’re hoping to purchase.

Don’t give in to impulse buys.  Think before you buy.. a great price does not necessarily make a great gift!

Avoid products that only have minor discounts. Don’t be fooled. Some of your go-to Black Friday purchases are not as steal-worthy as you think and Black Friday is about scoring the BEST possible deals! We’ve done some research and determined some key items you should steer clear of…

  • Airfare & Vacation packages (January is a better month to plan your vacations)
  • Chocolates & Flowers (Purchase perishable gifts closer to the holidays)
  • Exercise Equipment (December is a better time for calorie-counters to purchase new equipment!)
  • Designer Clothing (Hit the outlets instead!)
  • Winter Gear (Winter is still in full swing, silly! Winter clothing is in stock everywhere and you’ll be able to find better deals later)
  • High End Laptops (You’ll score a better price on a fancy laptop during the “Back to School” sales)

Understand the store return policy. Beware! Stores often implement “Final Sale” policies on Black Friday. Make sure you can return items that you are unsure of. If you’re buying a product as a gift, make sure the recipient can return the item if it’s not something they’re crazy about.

Products that we ALWAYS go for on Black Friday. As we’ve already stated, Black Friday is what we’re REALLY excited to celebrate. We’ve listed some items that we always hunt for on our shopping days!

  • Beauty Items (Stores like Sephora and Ulta always have some fun steals! The perfect time to buy the product you’re dying to try)
  • Apple Products (They’ve always got something new we want…)
  • Luxury Items at an even Cheaper Price (We’re headed to Neiman Marcus Last Call and Off 5th!)

Don’t stress if you don’t find ALL of your gifts this Friday.. there is always Cyber Monday, right?!

 

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