Apr 9 2014

Free Bridal Shower Printable – Eat, Drink and Be Married

Need a thoughtful and/or last-minute bridal shower gift idea?  Have three bottles of wine? Download our free Eat, Drink and Be Married Printable wine labels, print on sticky paper and wrap around any bottle of wine for a sweet DIY bridal shower gift.  Don’t have sticky paper?  Try regular paper with spray glue.

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In need of a sweet DIY Engagement Gift? Check out our DIY Engagement File.

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Apr 8 2014

7 Bachelorette Party Ideas We Love From Pinterest!

Bachelorette Party IdeasGet ready for the best part of wedding season, Bachelorette Parties! If your BFF is tying the knot soon make her send off perfect by looking to The Gift Insider for creative gift ideas and party recommendations. If  “7 Bachelorette Party Ideas We Love From Pinterest!” isn’t enough, check out TGI’s For The Bachelorette Party Pinterest page.

1. Ultimate Bachelorette Champagne Bottle

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2. Bachelorette Party Cups DIY Tumblers

 

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3. Lips from all the Girls at the Bachelorette/Bridal Party

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4. Bachelorette Bucket List (Printable Game)

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5. Mimosa Bar

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6. Bachelorette Party Favors

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7. Bachelorette Scavenger Hun

Bachelorette Game Ideas

 

Need help finding a gift for the wedding? Check out wedding gift Q & A or our wedding gift section on the site.

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Apr 7 2014

How to Make Easy DIY Fringe Garlands

We threw a “Pick Your Decade Party” theme party a few weeks ago and wanted to create some festive but cheap decor for the basement ’90’s decor. We decided to try our hand at the DIY Fringe Garland we’ve been seeing all over.  Ended up being totally easy, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own.

You’ll need:  Tissue paper, string, scissors, washi tape (optional)

Step 1: Fold tissue paper in half, then half again.  Cut 1/2 inch slits from bottom up, leaving about 1 inch at top where it is folded

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Step 2:  Unfold the sheet completely. Beginning at one side start to roll tightly so there is so so the 1 inch fold is in the middle and cut strips on each side.

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Step 3: Fold in half and twist together at the top.  We wrapped a strip of washi tape around it to help it stay and add a little polish, but they stay just fine without it.

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Step 4:  Per garland, we recommend making 7-10 fringes.  String together through the loop you created on the top of each.  Play around with different colors and combinations. We cut up a cheap silver hanging door curtain to make silver accents and also used some mini slinkies since he had a ’90s theme.

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Have any of your made this?  Comment below with links to your designs!

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Oct 3 2013

DIY Gift Ideas // 52 Reasons We Love You

We’re not going to lie, this isn’t a quick an easy DIY, but it’s one that is going to mean the world to someone.  We can guarantee it.

What to do:  

1. Cut and place sticky notes on each card

2. Write 52 “Reasons I/We Love You” on each card (if your handwriting isn’t best, print them off and glue)

3. Hole punch entire deck of cards all in the same corner and use binder ring (staples) to keep together

4. Design and print label for cover or write with sharpie

DIY 52 Reasons We Love You

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Sep 25 2013

Gift Wrapping Ideas // Pinterest

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The simplest of gifts can go from ordinary to chic and unique through creative gift-wrapping. Dress up your gifts with some Pinterest gift-wrapping ideas! For more ideas follow our Gift Wrapping Pinterest Board!

 

LOVE NOTE WRAPPING PAPER // DIY

Love Letter Wrapping Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIFT WRAP WITH CHALKBOARD // PERSONALIZED

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PHOTO WRAPPING PAPER

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RUBBER BANDS AS GIFT BOWS // NEW USES FOR OLD THINGS

Rubber Bands as Gift Bows

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May 9 2013

DIY Silhouette Prints // Mother’s Day Gifts

DIY gifts are a really thoughtful and meaningful way to go for a creative Mother’s Day gift. A lot of DIY ideas really aren’t as difficult as they look. We tried our first stab at silhouette art and it was pretty simple!

If you don’t have any photoshop skills, try just printing out a profile shot of the family or pet on sticky paper. Print a few and a few sizes so you have some back-up. Then cut out carefully and stick to any paintable surface, pick a bright “pop-able” acrylic paint color, paint away and when dry just peel off the sticker and you are left with a lovely profile of your loved one! We used canvas and cork for coasters.

If you have a little bit of photoshoping skills, you can try a more original look by printing a black silhoutte, cutting out and framing with some pretty wrapping paper as the background.

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May 7 2013

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

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Flowers for Mother’s Day is so cliche. “Spice up” her special day (literally) by making her these adorable personalized chalkboard paint planters! Basil, chives, and mint oh my!

 

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An easy and fun craft that involves kids of all ages. This is a gift that is truly full of memories and will be kept forever!

 

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Dig out Mom’s beautiful vintage tea cups and turn them into candles. Turn old into new… BUT, make sure to ask to use them before you start melting that wax!

 

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Make mom a shadow box cork board to put all of her jewelry right on the wall. Personalize the cork board with with her initials or make it unique with vintage doorknobs! Extra points if you also give her some jewelry to add to her collection.

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Turn that plain classic-piece pitcher into a truly unique and wonderful item.

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Apr 16 2013

Wedding Out of Town Gift Bags // Ideas We Love From Pinterest

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 Items to Include:

  • Thank you letter from bride and groom
  • Wedding itinerary
  • Local map with restaurant and activity recommendations
  • Water bottles (personalize them with a custom made sticker!)
  • Local Goodies (ie. Garrett Popcorn for Chicago weddings)
  • Snacks, candy, fruit
  • Chapstick
  • Tums and Advil
  • Mouthwash, lotion, mints, gum, kleenex, Shout wipes

 

 

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Mar 20 2013

4 DIY Bridal Shower Gifts We Heart from Pinterest

Corn-hole Wedding Set: The perfect gift to give to a bride right before an outdoor wedding celebration!

 

Confetti Balloon: Okay, so giving money isn’t always ideal. But for the girl on the go this may be your only option. Give cash in a fun and innovative way by filling a giant balloon with helium, confetti, and cash. Have the bride pop it open and she’ll be “showered” with confetti!

 

 

Bridal Spoons: Why not personalize a boring set of wooden cooking spoons by decorating them with a bride and a groom? Perfect for an artsy person ready to take on a DIY challenge!

 

 

Dinner For Two: Did your bride register for a colander? Why not pair it with a few smaller gifts with a similar theme. Try an italian colander bundle! Include a bottle of wine, extra virgin olive oil, handmade pasta, and some delicious sauce to top off the meal!

 

 

Check out more great DIY ideas from Pinterest on the TGI “For the Wedding” board!

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Mar 18 2013

Gift-Giving Expert Tips // Office Gifting

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Forget the booze- Alcohol can be a touchy subject. Avoid giving officemates booze unless you know for a fact that they drink alcohol! Wouldn’t you rater be safe than sorry?

Don’t be afraid to give DIY gifts- Why not make the gift yourself? Pinterest, one of our favorite sites, is full of personal DIY gift ideas on both ends of the price spectrum. DIY gifts express that you put both thought and effort into creating a unique gift for a special person!

Include a gift receipt if possible- Okay, so not every gift is a perfect match, but that’s nothing to be offended by! Why not eliminate the fuss of difficult exchanges for your gift receiver and get a gift receipt along with the gift? Tape it to the side of the box so it can be seen, but isn’t too obvious.

Don’t wait until the last minute- Try to avoid last minute purchases. People can tell if you just threw something together right before work. We believe a gift is something that should make someone feel special, so plan ahead and don’t take the easy way out.

Be aware of food allergies- Are you infamous for your chocolate chunk cookies? Baked goods are a great gift to give, especially during the holiday season, but make sure to be mindful of food allergies. You never want to give a gift someone can’t enjoy! Gluten free chocolate chunk cookies anyone?

*Check out our favorite delicious goodies that will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and tickle any foodies’ heart.

Wrap your gifts with pizzazz- Make your gift even more exciting to open by wrapping it in an innovative and fabulous way. Check out our Pinterest board with TONS of packaging suggestions or our time saving gift-wrapping tips!

The person who has everything- Why not give back while giving? Consider giving a donation in someone’s name to a charity. A “feel-good” gift to give.

Don’t go too overboard- So, you love gifting like we do? Unfortunately sometimes in an office setting you must be aware of how your gifting techniques reflect on your personality. You don’t want to be viewed as the “brown-noser” of the office!

Hey TGI readers- Can you think of a time when you found yourself in an interesting office-gifting situation? Let us know!

 

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