Jun 10 2016

2016 Dads and Grads Gift Guide

Summer is here which means it’s time for Dads and Grads gifting season. We have rounded up some great gifts for Dads, some cool options for grads and some ideas that are perfect for either.

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1. Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts (TGI Deal!!)

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This hip + modern photo gift company has perfect options for both Dads and Grads. Try their wood calendar, desk blocks or Instagram friendly photo books. Their styles are great for minimalist design-lovers and the site is easy to use and easy to upload. $24

TGI Deal! Use code SUMMERGIFTS for 10% off

Available at Artifact Uprising

2. Kiko Leather Goods (TGI Deal!!)

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Kiko Leather goods have a range of practical & sleek leather options. We are big fans of the passport holder, cord wrap and leather backpack. Lovin’ the dual texture of wool & leather on the Passport case. Handmade, 2 card slots on front. $35

TGI DEAL! Use Code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off.

Available at kikoleather.com

3. Olio Smart Watch

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This smartwatch is the brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs. It syncs with your smartphones and bluetooth devices to give total command over your digital life. It’s powered by Olio Assist, which is basically a cloud-based personal assistant. We love that while it’s a smartwatch it’s still rugged, useable and easy to read. $445

Available at OlioDevices.com

4. Neon Wall Decor 

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Neon signs have been a huge trend in home decor lately. Gift the grad a “Hustle” wall sign or trending palm tree desk light or have this talented artist design any custom sign you’d like for Dad’s Man Cave. Hustle, $159.99, custom prices range

Available at neonmfg.com

5. Cologne + Travel Bag Sets

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When going the fragrance route for your Dad or Grad, we love the latest gift sets out for men that pair a fragrance with a practical tote or travel kit. Try the bright orange Vince Camuto set that comes with spray, shower gel and a travel kit for $75. Fill the bag with a few extra thoughtful goodies your Dad or Grad might love and you have a perfect under $100 gift for him!

Available at Perfumania

6. Michigan Made Inspirational Keys from Franklin Village Boutique

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For the grad who you want to inspire, try these key necklaces from the charming Franklin Village Boutique. Each vintage key is Michigan-made and embellished with an inspirational word or phrase, “Dream”, “Journey”, “Strength” etc. You’ll find a whole shop full of other equally affordable yet one-of-kind clothing, gifts and chic pieces right in downtown Franklin. ~$35

Available at Franklin Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Rd.

7. Cinema Lightbox Display

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A huge trend in insta-worthy apartments and home offices lately are retro-inspired cinema lightboxes. This medium sized style from MyCinemaLightBox can be used on a desk, dorm, office or nightstand and your new grad can easily switch up their inspirational words or messages anytime they like. $49.99

Available from mycinemalightbox.com

8. Blackwood Leather Wallets (TGI DEAL!!) 

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Cool gift for any man, Dad OR Grad. Blackwood wallets are 100% European leather, known for their quality, cool minimalist designs and handsomely packaged, many choices of styles & materials. $55 – $85

TGI DEAL! 20% off Father’s Day coupon code BWFD2016

Available at blackwoodonlinestore.com

9. Keurig Bright + Compact Colorful Coffee Maker

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Keurig K15 coffee makers are small, come in a huge range of different fun colors and are perfect for a new apartment, dorm, man cave or office. Now the hard part is picking the color! (Insider Tip: for grads, try the color of their alma mater or new university) $99

Available at Keurig

10. Photos Etched in Crystal from 3D Laser Gifts (TGI DEAL!!)

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We’re all about photo gifts and this company is a unique spin on the typical frame + photo. You send in a photo and 3D Laser Gifts will mold your photo into a 3 dimensional design and then laser etch into a piece of crystal and comes with a LED light base that accentuates engraving. Prices range, flat is $110

TGI DEAL! Use Code:GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

Available at 3Dlasergifts.com

11. Montez Renault Grooming Line 
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Men’s grooming line with a healthy-living ideology and perfectly gift-able Body and Skin Kit options. Montez Renault was founded by former football teammates & men’s grooming entrepreneurs Christopher Renault Butler & Karlos Montez Dansby. The Body Kit and Skin Kit includes all parabon-free and sulfate-free essentials he needs to stay fresh! Body Kit, $59
Line available at nordstrom.com

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on Fox Chicago and ABC Detroit below. Browse our Fathers Day or Graduation sections for more inspo.

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Jun 7 2016

Pinterest Picks: Six DIY Graduation Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Warm weather is here, school is out, and everyone is celebrating! It’s finally time to toast off the end of the school year with graduation BBQs and parties. We all know that celebrations and gift giving can get quite pricey, so The Gift Insider rounded up our six favorite DIY Grad Gifts that will not break the bank!

1. A Framed Emergency Fund

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This idea is not only cute, but it is functional! This is a perfect gift for the grads heading to college in the fall. Trust us, they will thank you when it is time for that late night pizza order.

Via: How Does She

2. Suprise Money Confetti Poppers

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A confetti popper always makes things more fun, especially when it always some cash.

Via: studio diy 

3. BFF “Where It All Began” Frame

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Starting a new chapter is beyond exciting, but leaving friends behind is arguably the toughest part. This DIY map idea is the perfect gift that will have your BFF thinking about you every time they look at their wall.

Via: Handmade HQ 

4. DIY Origami Money Graduation Caps

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Another adorable DIY way to give the always needed cash! Origami them into Graduation Caps and add some cute tassels.

Via: SugarandCharm

5. The Ultimate College Survival Kit

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This DIY gift is the ultimate lifesaver. Put together a little package with a bunch of items that will definitely come in handy for the grads’ first year away from home. TGI Tip: Put all of these things into a small wastebasket for their dorm! That way the packaging is as functional as the gift!

Via: Meijer

6. Memory Jar

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While going off to college is beyond exciting, it can be a lonely change at first. Help make that transition easier buy having loved ones & friends of the grad write down a special memory and compile them all in a cute & decorated mason jar!

Via: About

Grads, we want to hear from you! What sort of gifts are you hoping for? Check our Dads and Grads Pinterest board for more inspo!

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Jun 9 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Ideas for Your Favorite Dads and Grads

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We’re totally feeling the summer vibes this June.  Don’t get too relaxed and forget about finding something special for Dad or your favorite Grads this year.  We’ve rounded up 6 gift ideas to make it easy for you to relax and unwind for the rest of summer.

1. PubsOf Art and Glassware 

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Pubs Of  is the perfect way to honor your Dad’s alma mater or your college grads favorite watering holes. Artist Brian McKelvey created a handprinted collection of street scenes from 80 different cities. The originals are pen & ink sketches with a watercolor wash and then he’s used the images on canvases, posters, prints or glassware.
Prices range from $10-500.
20% Off Code for TGI Members

2. Etiequette Ties 

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Etiequette (e-ti-ket) is a line of ties that all have themes (i.e. nature, animals, space, etc.) to reflect favorite activities, hobbies, tastes, etc. Tiny cacti or astronauts or cupids or horses, step & repeat to form a uniform pattern.  A great gift idea for professionals, or new soon-to-be professionals that still lets them subtly express personality.
$58

20% off Coupon Code + free 2 Day Shipping for TGI Members

3. Colorful New Keurig Coffee Maker

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These new brightly colored and perfectly sized Keurig 2.0 K250 coffee makers are the perfect practical but still fun gift for a dorm room, starter apartment or small office.   The new bright colors (think – turquoise, orange zest, sandy pearl) will liven up their daily routine a bit, with still the ease of the game changing, one-touch coffee maker.  You can brew more than 500 different beverages from 70+ brands (not just coffee!)
$119.99

4. Smart Phone FishHunter 

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The way to easy Father’s Day gifting is to choose his favorite hobby and gift accordingly.  For the Dad who lives on the water, try the new FishHunter. It’s small, wireless, completely portable and fits perfectly in his pocket so he can take anywhere he likes to fish. It goes on the surface of the water and measures water depth, surface water temperature and helps you pinpoint fish w/ their corresponding app.
Father’s Day Special, $139

5. Mega Flask, Beer Boot and Man Apron from Burlington

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While we do frequently recommend staying somewhat practical for your Dads and Grads gift-giving, sometimes you just need something that’s totally fun.  We found these Mega Flasks ($13), Massive Beer Boots ($9.99) and Man Aprons ($7.99) at Burlington – cheap and perfectly gifted together or apart.  Little over $30 for all three, normally priced at $86.

6. Dyson Heating/Cooling System

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Back to practical, but cool…this isn’t your typical fan – it’s a chicly and sleekly designed new heating/cooling system by Dyson and will keep those dorm rooms, new apartments or offices hot or cool depending on what you need. It’s quiet (aka won’t annoy your roommates or colleagues,) can fit under a desk or looks sleek left out. We’re especially into the blue + iron color.
$349.99

*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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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 14 2015

Win It! Wellograph Smart Watch Sweepstakes #KeepOneGiveOne

We are always on the hunt for cool, high-tech fitness accessories! Win the healthy living gift that has it all, and it’s even waterproof for up to 50 meters. The Wellograph Watch tracks all activity like fitness, heart-rate, stress, and sleep. If the man in your life is a total health-freak, wants to get in shape, or just reached a personal health goal, this is the perfect “For Him” gift to keep up the motivation.  To stay styling, the face comes in satin, black or white pearl: $299.00 with strap per watch.

Even better, we’re giving away TWO Wellograph Watches, a $599 value! This is awesome for maintaining and reaching healthy living goals together! Enter the sweepstakes in the widget below to have your chance to win this #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes!

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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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Jun 10 2012

GIFT GUIDE: Cool Dads & Grads Gift Ideas (seen on NBC5 Chicago + Fox2Detroit)

With Father’s Day coming up & graduation party invites rolling in, we’ve got some unique ideas for Dads & grads!  Watch The Gift Insider highlight our Top Picks on NBC Chicago on 6.3.2012.

And on Fox2Detroit on 6.10.2012.

<<>>MOVE mobile suitcases <<>>

more than a suitcase, it’s a movement! the sleekest luggage around, perfect for the minimalist man who likes to travel in style. and you know it’s hot because snoop dogg rolls with ’em.

<<>>Design your own charm @ the online GEM BAR by Erin Gallagher <<>>

based in Chicago, this hip jewelry line lets you mix & match chains and stones of all different varieties. It’s a great way to give a grad a one-of-a kind gift.

<<>> Grilled Cheesus <<>>

kitchsy electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of jesus into your sandwich. A Kickstarter invention from a sweet couple in Brooklyn, this holy press is sure to make anyone’s day.  40% OFF with an exclusive GIFT INSIDER CODE

<<>> FreeBeneath Robes <<>>

the perfect chill dorm attire for the grad & great for dads who like to keep it casual around the house.

<<>>Mancrates<<>>

shipped with a Crowbar! So Manly. No ribbons, nothing pink & pretty. Just cool guy stuff shipped in a crate. The unexpected opening experience is pretty fun too. They have about 15 different crates for every kind of guy.

<<>>BBQ Of The Month Club<<>>

literally perfect for that Dad who loves to grill, and we’re so obviously big fans of anything of-the-month.

<<>>Hot Dog Yoga Rollpack<<>>

pack your yoga gear inside, roll your mat inside and throw your water bottle and keys on the outside. brilliant.

<<>>In Dad We Trust Wallet <<>>

daddy warbucks could of used one of these! Funny, yet true…tell your Dad “we appreciate all the things ($$) you do!”

 

 

 

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Jun 10 2012

FreeBeneath: Let Dad Chill This Father’s Day

Free Beneath is what I got Papa Gift Insider last year for Father’s Day. This year he asked for a new one.  The fam has proven this is a spot on gifts for hardworkin’ Dads.

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May 29 2012

Jun 8 2011

Top 10 Hottest Father’s Day Gifts of 2011!

It’s time to break out of your cliché Father’s Day gift-giving rut! We have done the digging for you and compiled a list of unique gift ideas your dads will love – no pens, ties or money clips allowed!

Being the gift giving experts that we are, we are well aware of how many of you are last minute online shoppers. To help curb your shipping costs, we recommend a new, shopping program called ShopRunner. They offer Free, 2-day shipping on millions of items found across more than 40 of their retail partners. Five of the items below marked with an asterisk (*) can all be purchased with Free 2-day shipping from our new fav sponsor (and new justification for compulsive online shopping,) ShopRunner. If you aren’t sure if it’s for you, you can try a free 30-day trial to test it out.

Here’s what you should get Pops this year…
Oh, and as always we have tons more ideas for Dad that you can browse on the left or right here.

Stadium Seat with Cooler
This 2-in-one stadium seat and cooler perfectly combines two favorite things – beer and sports. Comfy, heavily padded seat for those cold football days. Fully insulated cooler holds 16 cans. All folds up nicely into a backpack with adjustable straps. Keep Dad comfortable and well hydrated for every sporting event.
Picnic Plus Stadium Seat with Cooler from Sport Authority, $39.99*

Stadium Seat with Cooler

BBQ of the Month Club
Dads love to grill out. Do him a favor and give him what he wants without any of the hassle. Order him BBQ of the Month, sent right to his home. Depending on your budget, pick the number months you’d like and it’s a perfect summertime gift! Everything is locally grown and homemade with the finest ingredients. Bibs & wet naps included, of course.
BBQ of the Month Club from Pig of the Month ranging from $220.00 (for three months) – $757.00 (for full year membership)

BBQ of the Month Club

Rock-Out Speakers
Perfect for the Dads who love adventure. These rugged & weather-resistant speakers really kick out the sound from your music player. Speakers are protected and there’s a zippered pouch to put your music player. Easily hangs on bikes, backpacks, picnic table, etc. Great sound, great portability, no brainer.
Goal Zero Rock-Out Speakers from Eastern Mountain Sports, $39.95*

Rock Out Speakers

Baseball Bat Opener
Like we said… men tend to love sports and beer. Baseball loving Dads will love this authentic salvaged baseball bat bottle opener. It’s handmade from authentic game bats used in the big leagues. These one of a kind bar accessories come with all the scratches earned in the game. Sold gift boxed with signed certificate of authenticity. Select black or natural. Limited quantity, when they’re gone, they’re gone. $75.
Baseball Bat Opener from UncommonGoods, $75.00

Baseball Bat Opener

SPANX for men
Move over ladies, now Men are wearing Spanx too. Only it’s an undershirt and not tights. Same basic idea for men. Help Dad look toned in this “cotton compression undershirt”. The V-neck is a great layering piece, smoothes out the love handles and is the perfect “I’d never buy it myself, but am happy you bought it for me,” gift for Dad. SPANX: Cotton Compression V-Neck T-Shirt available in black, white and grey from Bare Necessities, $58.00*

Spanx for Men

Archos Internet Tablet
ARCHOS ANDROID, What is it you say? It’s basically a more affordable iPad. Internet, music, video, lots of apps, customizable, comes with a cute adjustable kickstand. Half the price of an Apple or Samsung or Sony… Nice case, light and can turn landscape or portrait. Oh, and it’s on sale!
Archos 101 Internet Tablet from Newegg, $293.00*

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Aviators
Help Pops accessorize. We’re all about aviators on men this season. Lord and Taylor has a fantastic selection of sunglasses to choose from. Lots of attitude, lots of choices, all different price ranges.
Assortment of sunglasses by Kenneth Cole Reaction, Carrera and RAY-BAN from Lord & Taylor, $55.00, $150.00, $129.00*

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Classics on MP3
Dads have a lot of things on their plate. If he loves to read but doesn’t always the time, here’s a perfect solution. 100 greatest books of all time are pre-loaded on an MP3 player, just waiting for you to push play. Listen on the hammock or in the car or in the airplane. The combination of the soothing voices on the audio combined with the classic literature, make this an amazing gift. Includes headphones, A/C adapter, adapter for the car and loaded MP3 player. All for $99, that’s less than a $1 a book!
Classics on MP3 from Enjoy the Classics, $99.00

Enjoy the Classics

Scratch Map
Does Dad love to travel? This is the perfect update on the old stick-a-pin-on-the-map routine. This map you can actually scratch out the places you have visited using a coin. Once you scratch the items off it reveals colorful and geographic details to make the classically cool looking map even more interesting.
Scratch Map from UncommonGoods, $24.00

Scratch Map

Sobo Cards
Power to the children! These personalized cards are totally completed by kids. The child decides what picture goes on outside of 14-page card and then colors in on the already started pages. Each page begins with a sentiment like… “When I’m older I want my Dad to… ” and the child draws or writes something to finish the page in their own way. In this age of everything digitized it’s nice to treasure a gift that is full of crayons and drawings and love.
SoBoCards, starting at $9.95

Sobo Cards

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