Aug 25 2016

2016 Back to College Gift Guide + Sweepstakes


1. Tracey Tanner Backpack ($495, GiftInsider10 for 10% off)  2. Confetti Post Care Packages ($54) 3. Thimblepress Notepads ($18, thimblelove for 10% off) 4. Kiko Leather Cord Wrap ($27, TGI15 for 15% off) 5. Owen and Fred Pen ($7), 6. Owen and Fred Hey Handmade Dopp Kit ($68), 7. Tracey Tanner Pouch ($99, GiftInsider10 for 10% off), 8. Owen and Fred Duffle ($115) 9. Kiko Leather Macbook Case ($65, TGI15 for 15% off )


– GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off Tracey Tanner

– THIMBLELOVE for 10% OFF Thimblepress

– TGI15 for 15% off Kiko Leather

Be sure to enter our Sweepstakes below to win one of each products for the brands listed above!

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on ABC Detroit below!


Oct 20 2015

#TGIDreamGiveaway: Tell Us Your Dream Gift!

This desk set by our friends at Rachel George is an absolute #dreamgift.

We wanna hear what your dream gift is! Like this photo on Insta or Facebook and comment or post about your ultimate #dreamgift plus hashtag #TGIDreamGiveaway to be entered to win!

BeFunky Design

*InsiderTip: oh-so-subtly tag that lucky person who you are hoping might be buying you that special #dreamgift this year!

Contest will go from Monday, October 20th to Friday, November 6th. Will will announce winner within 3 days.


Aug 21 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Unique Back to College Gift Picks


It’s time to head back-to-school, back to the dorms or those teeny-tiny apartments.  Stand out and arm yourself or your favorite co-ed w/ some #instaworthy college necessities.

1. Eco-Chic Handcrafted Wood Amplifiers by Woodberry 


Handmade and a perfect dorm room talking piece, these Woodberry Company amplifiers are one-of-a-kind. Sign In For Free Shipping on TGI

2. A Purse That Charges Your Phone Purse That Charges Your Phone

Never be left out of juice while at school w/ a purse that also charges your phone from Chic Buds.
Sign In for 10% Off Coupon Code

4. Try the World Monthly Box 



Let your college student experience cultures of the world right from their dorm room or apartment w/ a monthly curated box from Try The World w/ the finest local finds from countries around the world.
Sign In For $10 Off First Box

4. The Ultimate Chic Office Set by Rachel George 



A super chic, all-in-one office set for the college lady with style, from Rachel George’s adorable site.
Sign In For 10% Off Coupon Code on TGI

5. Marble Inspired Tech Cases 

White Marbe UniqFind MacBook Case

We are loving the entire marble inspired tech case line from UniqFind, we are literally obsessed with all of it.

6. Plant-0-Gram 


Warm that dorm room or apartment up with a live, green PlantoGram.  Can be grown in cold climates and small spaces.  Sign In For Free Fruit Tree W/ Order

*All product picks are hand-picked by The Gift Insider, the site and all sponsors are highly curated.  We don’t recommend anything we don’t like think others would love to give or receive as a super unique gift.


Sep 5 2014

Time to Organize: Glam Office Accessories for Ultra Chic Desks

Make sure to follow us on Instagram for similar shots, but we couldn’t help but share on the blog our glam new office supplies!  The kids are going back to school, why not chic up your own office space too?

Glam Office Styling

Binder by RussleandHazel, Polka Dot File Folders by Kate Spade, Acrylic and Gold Desk Accessories by Kate Spade from See Jane Work, Custom Pencils by Rabbit Foot Fern Design, Gold Notebook by Poppin and To Do Notepad by Studio Sarah London


Aug 13 2014

Gift Guide // Back To School Gift Picks



Make sure to check out The Gift Insider chattin’ about these Back to School Gift Picks on NY1 New York News at the bottom of the gift guide!



Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag – $68


sign your name phone case

Custom Mugs, iPhone Cases & More With Retro Name Signs – starting at $60 // GET 15% Off Code



Kate Spade Gold Acrylic Stapler – $28 from


DIY chalkboard lunchbox

DIY Chalkboard Healthy Lunchbox – Check out how to make this here.


tattly temporary tatoos

paint strokes planner

Tattly Temporary Tattoos in Gold Floral & Paint Strokes Planning Sheets – $5 for a set of 2, $12 for notepad


Aug 29 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas for Back to School // Seen on WGN News

Check out The Gift Insider’s appearance on WGN Chicago News featuring all cool and hip ideas for kids going back to college.  Full list + promotional codes here


Aug 23 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas // Back To College


The school bells is about to ring. It’s time for notebooks, new sneakers, lockers and highlighters. Give your student a little something to kick their school year off right and redefine back to school cool with these gifts for your hipster kid!

Watch The Gift Insider on Fox2News highlighting the below items.


Bespoke Post - Box of Awesome


You're a Gem Pencils


PS You're Invited DIY Book


Rifle Paper Co. To-Do List


More Crap Box


Acoustic iPhone Speaker


Steam Punk iPhone Handset



Retro Polaroid Camera



Aug 16 2012

Back to College Gift Ideas

Well folks, it’s almost time for class to be in session once again, and we’ve got the hippest and hottest ‘too cool for back-to-school’ must-haves. Don’t send your favorite college student off to school without ’em!

ALEX Water Bottle

The ALEX water bottle is perhaps the best water bottle on the market. Not only is it dishwasher safe and made of 100% PBA-free stainless steel, the bottle unscrews at the top AND in the middle for easy cleaning- a germaphobe’s dream come true!

Frykat Grill


This mini grill is ideal for a small cook out or tailgate BBQ. It is compact, portable, and comes in a variety of colors. Hot brats anyone?


With little space and plugs in college dorm rooms and houses, it is hard to charge multiple tech items at once. But have no fear, the PowerMat is here! The Powermat, one of the coolest gadgets for this school year, only requires one plug to simultaneously and wirelessly charge your iphone, ipod, blackerry, camera, etc.

Stone Cloth Backpacks

These cloth backpacks are just too cool for school. Each knapsack is made in the United States and each purchase supports a child’s education in Tanzania. Buy a backpack, Carry an Education. Available in 5 different colors.


The Cap-Sac is a College Game Day partier’s dream come true! Free your hands with the Cap-Sac by tucking away your money, student ID card, and football ticket safely in the front zipper pocket.

The best part is that the Cap-Sac comes in all of your favorite team’s colors!

Pepper Spray Gun


Always stay safe and stylish on your college campus with this mace pepper spray gun. Choose from navy, sky blue, silver, or pink.

Beats By Dr. Dre


These extremely comfortable Hi-Def Noise-Cancelling headphones are the latest and greatest tech items on the market and college campuses. Beats by Dr. Dre come in multiple different colors, including special edition RED. With each purchase of RED headphones, Beats donates a percentage of the proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

“Experience the music the way the artists want you to.”



A bottle opener and a sleek iPhone case have come together as one unit in order to serve mankind like never before. We introduce you to- the iBottlerOpener. This product is extremely cool, protective, and convenient. Be prepared when thirst hits.


Aug 23 2011

Back to School Ideas That Will Keep Kids Head of Class

Back to School Cool-Gifts to Keep You Head of the Class
We compiled the best back to school ideas to keep kids stylin’ this Fall.  We featured many of these products on TV too!  Below is a clip from our spot on August 24th on Fox 2 Detroit.   We’ll be featuring some ideas on ABC Madison (WKOW) as well on August 26th.
There are discount codes for any of the products below. Happy Fall!!! We wanna hear what your favorite back to school items are this year?!

PaperandPolka Dots –
Back to school? Back to work? Let’s do it greener with this collapsible, practical eco lunch box that is leak-proof and BPA-free. Perfect size for those lunch bags or boxes. It’s even microwaveable & dishwasher-proof. There’s more, it comes with it’s own built-in “spork”. Affordable, practical, small or large and comes in 4 colors. This family owned Texas company is wonderful to work with. Small lunch box $10.50

10% off on The Gift Insider

Take Your Pix Board Albums –

Ever wish your photo albums were sturdy enough to not fall apart?  This idea is not just for baby books. This photo album invention was created by a Mom who needed a sturdy photo album to facilitate learning for her daughter. Thus, the Take Your Pix® Board Book Album was born. Board Book Albums,LLC brings us an adorable chunky board book album that can be used by adults & small children too. The album has sturdy cardboard pages, where you can slide the photo in from the top. Notches have been added to make page turning easy on small fingers. 7″ x 7″, 10 pages and holds 20 photos. Comes in many colors and styles. Great for scrap booking, kids crafts, weddings and baby showers too. I love it as a new Mom gift or to make a memory book for any special occasion. Add stickers, lettering… So personal, so easy.

20% off code on The Gift Insider

Lap Desk Lady

I don’t know about you but I hate it when my laptop starts heating up on my lap & then I’m piling pillows to make it the right height & then it topples over … Safari Lap Desks to the rescue! Perfect height, indented at waist, handle to carry it… they thought of everything. I like that it’s not business-boring colors. Love the purple & leopard combo with the decorative rope. My teacher-friend uses it for grading their papers. Stable, cool & comfy. Done. 20″x14″ scotch-guarded desk surface. The Lap Desk Lady is very talented & offers lots of other patterns & different sizes too. This medium purple & leopard goes for $39.95

Coupon code for 10% off till 9/30/11 on The Gift Insider

Zom B Monster Cases

Back to school & back to work can be a little more fun with these vinyl fun-loving Monster Pouches for pens, calculators or for money & change. Take out a pen and smile. Enough of those boring office store generic pouches. All Monster Pouches are one-of-a-kind, choose your colors of the zipper & the vinyl, have some fun. Love this artist’s stuff, it’s all about bold colors, random fun  and unique things. $16

10% off till 2/31/12 code on The Gift Insider

Aubella Couture Backpack and Lunchbox

Remember when Back to School was so exciting? You got everything new & couldn’t wait to get to school. It hasn’t changed & this artist has made it so very special for some lucky kids. She makes personalized backpacks, lunch boxes & even napmats all personalized with child’s name. They even come in preschooler size or elementary school size. So sweet. Washable, lined & monogramming is included in price. Backpack & Lunch Box Set $59.99

15% off code on The Gift Insider

Teacher Planners from Honizukle Press

If you know a teacher, you have to give this to her as a gift. It’s beautiful! The artist created this for her sister who is a teacher & tailor-made it for all the teacher’s planning needs. It is completely hand-made,  lovingly assembled & personalized on front & back of planner. These really are a labor of love, so plan ahead & get your teacher-friend something really thoughtful. Pretty, stylish and personalized. Love it. $38

20% OFF CODE on The Gift Insider

Look Sugar Chalkboard Calendar

Perfect for back to school, or dorm or just getting organized. It’s not paper, it’s chalkboard paper. So clever. Why not decorate a wall with something you can actually use & re-use? This is high-quality chalk-board vinyl, which can be removed without leaving any marks. Use regular chalk or chalk-ink pens. Get arty, rearrange the squares. Organized chaos! It’s got that cool “architectural loft” style. Good gift for one of your right-brain friends who would enjoy organizing more, if it was a little more fun. This’ll make it fun. $68

15% off code on The Gift Insider

Now you tell us … what was your favorite back to school products you were excited showing to show off.




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