Feb 19 2013



Tis the season of hearts and chocolate! It’s time to starting thinking of what to give that special someone for Valentines Day. Here are 5 MORE of TGI’s favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that we found on Pinterest! Forget the flowers and candy hearts. Release the inner crafter in you.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for other great ideas!

Heart of String: Show your unconditional love with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins to add a bit of zing to your creation!

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Man Bouquets: Create a “man” bouquet filled with “flowers” of your guy’s favorite things. Add cigars, mini packs of beef jerky, mini bottles of whiskey, a pack of cards- you name it! Put it all together, tie a bow around it, and vuala! Check out the one we made.

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Sharpie Mug: All you need is a sharpie, mug, and an oven. Simple and easy, yet thoughtful and cute.

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Send-able Heart Attack: Shower your Valentine with love by sending them a “heart-attack”! (A box filled with tons of paper hearts. Write customize messages on the hearts for an extra special touch!)

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Rose Heart Shadow Box: Turn your old sentimental dried flowers into something even more beautiful and special!

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Feb 6 2013


Tis the season of love! It’s time to starting thinking of what to give that special someone for Valentines Day. Here are 5 of TGI’s favorite DIY Valentines Day gifts! Forget the flowers and candy hearts- give a gift made with love. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest!


Strawberry Scrub: When it comes to skincare, store-bought products can really break the bank. Give your sweetie a homemade, all-natural beauty set that guarantees gorgeous skin and smells delicious.


Custom Candle Holders: Create a custom set of candle votives with your favorite pictures or quotes. Quick, inexpensive, and super cute!



Customized Beer Bottles:  Treat that special someone to a couple of custom decorated cold ones.


 Personal Message Frame:  Tell them why you love ’em! Simply erase when you want to write you next sentiment!

“52 Things I Love About You” Deck: If you are ready to put in the time, we adore this “why I love you” book made on a deck of cards. Simple yet special.



Sep 25 2012

5 DIY Housewarming Gifts We Found on Pinterest

The Gift Insider is always looking at Pinterest for fun and unique gift ideas. Here are some of our favorite DIY housewarming gifts- Enjoy + be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

The Gift Insider on Pinterest

Chalkboard Serving Platter  A great go-to dish when serving cheese, cookies, or any other goodies you might need to label.

Personalized Coasters:  These cork coasters are inexpensive and easy to decorate! Stack, tie with a ribbon, and give to the host with a nice bottle of wine!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread in a Jar:  This quick to make gift is perfect for any time of the year! Fill an empty jar with layered dry ingredients for your favorite baked good- share the wealth!

String State Art:  Show your state pride with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins!


Braided Rag Rug:  A perfectly crafty craft for the non-sewer. This rug calls for materials in cotton and polyester, such as bed sheets or fabric. Add a wonderful splash of color to a new home!


May 16 2012

PRESS: Down and Dirty Radio Show – DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

We had such a great time at Craftsman Studio on the DOWN AND DIRTY Radio Show w/ Frank Fontana for Mother’s Day.  They are all about DIY gift ideas so we offered some fun tips and advice on what these down and dirttty men should get their mommaassss.

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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!


Dec 20 2011

Gifts We Love: DIY Way to Spice Up Your Hostess Gift

So we’re pretty obsessed w/ this way to make your hostess gifts adorable.  It’s a DIY Kit that let’s you put some extra thoughtfulness in your “grab a bottle of booze from the corner store” routine.  One of our fav DIY bloggers teamed up with C. Wonder to create this and we absolutely love it. Purchase here.

Grab some Baileys, some candy canes to use as stirrers and your hostess will thank you! Don’t forget we’re the Holiday Gift Expert for Baileys, be sure to head to their Facebook page and ask us any of your gifting questions.

DIY Hostess Gift The Gift Insider


Nov 6 2011

Say hello to Marisa, the newest addition to The Gift Insider team!!

My name is Marisa and I’m thrilled to be the newest member of The Gift Insider team! Even though I’m a copywriter by trade, I’ve always fashioned myself as a pretty awesome gift giver. I enjoy the hunt for the perfect gift but most importantly, I live for the sneak attack—giving the gift they never thought they asked for (because listening to the little things everyday in turn, creates my giftspiration). Who doesn’t love hearing…”but how did you know?”

Some of my favs:

Here are the Gifts I Love on The Gift Insider:

1. State necklace by Maya Brenner – I LOVE to represent my home state, the Midwest’s high-five, the mitten state, Michigan and whenever I wear this necklace, I always get compliments. It’s the perfect gift for your “transplant” friend who loves showing off her hometown pride.

2. Bocce in a Bag – I actually grew up playing bocce ball. It’s an Italian pastime that the men in my family always played in the summer at gatherings and I always tagged along as a kid in hopes that my dad would let me throw a few times. It’s an awesome lawn game and a fun gift for the men in your life or a sporty friend.

3. Mad Canvases – I’ll all about putting up original and unexpected art work in your space (whether it be at work or at home) and that’s what I love about Mad Canvases. It takes your standard black and white city print and adds a pop of color to brighten up your space and inspire creativity.

I hope to offer you hours of giftspiration, humor and hip DIY gifts, for that extra personal touch. Look for my DIY post every Friday.

Happy Gifting!





Apr 15 2010

Design Your Own Candy Bars

Chocri is a candy company that lets you completely customize your Chocolate Bar.

You can pick up to six toppings, your fav type of chocolate and even personalize the box.

Great graduation present.  It’s always tough to find gifts for a huge group of friends, this way you can get them all Chocri bars and pick the ingredients you think they’d like best!

Inexpensive, thoughtful, customized


Jan 7 2010

Beer or Wine Making Classes In Chicago

Finding an activity that you and your Valentine can do together is a fun and thoughtful option for someone who is hard to shop for.

If you happen to live in the Great Chi City, BevArt has lots of options for Beer or Wine Making classes that would make a perfect V-Day Gift. 

This pic is from their “Valentines Day Wine Making Class.”  To clarify, they are not dancing but stomping on grapes.

Gift Certificates include class fees for up to two people, ingredients and equipment, fermenting space, bottles, corks, and capsules and will yield approximately two cases (25 to 30 bottles for wine or 50 to 60 for beer). Make your own labels or purchase custom labels.



Dec 9 2009

Ray Bans – Wayfarer Sunglasses Colorize Kit

Design your Ray Bans anyway you want with this limited edition new “Colorize” Kit.
The Kit includes paint markers, stencils and a pair of white Ray Ban wayfarers.
No more boring black Ray Ban’s for you!

Found this idea on a friend’s new blog – 
http://www.theundistinguishedeye.com. Check it out, lots of cool gift ideas for guys.




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