Oct 29 2013

Win It!! Something You’d Never Buy for Yourself Contest // Acoustic iPhone Speaker ($642.00 Value)

Be the trendiest party host or the coolest guy on the block with this one-of-a-kind Acoustic iPhone Speaker.  This is one of those gifts you’d never buy for yourself but totally something you’d love to have in your home.

Gramophone iPhone

So in order to get this gift in the hands of our most devoted Gift Insider user, we’ve partnered up with ReAcoustic.com and are giving away a Curved Neck Magnavox Acoustic iPhone Speaker Dock to one lucky winner!  The speakers require no batteries or cords, and are completely acoustic. Values at $642.00 and is sure to make for an amazing party!

Vintage metal Magnavox gramophone horn with copper bell & brass curved neck, mounted to a Walnut base. Handmade, only 1 available. 

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Sign up on top of homepage to become a member of The Gift Insider – Sign-in/Sign-up (Required)

2. Like us on –  Facebook (Required)

3. Comment on this post the first song that you would play on your NEW Acoustic iPhone Speaker! (Required)

ADDITIONAL ENTRY OPPORTUNITY:

  • Tweet about the contest & include a picture of your current speakers (or lack of speakers!) and why you deserve the Acoustic iPhone Speaker!
  • Post this link to any form of social media (Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Facebook) with a brief explanation why you deserve the speaker and tag #thegiftinsider

(make sure to include in your comment below so we know to give you extra pts!)

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Sweepstakes will go from today, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 9:00 AM EST to Friday November 29th at 9:00 AM EST
  • We will pick one winner at random within 72 hours of the close date and contact you via email
  • Winner will win a Acoustic iPhone Speaker ($642 value).
  • Again, BIG thanks to ReAcoustic.com for providing this awesome handmade, one-of-a-kind prize!

GOOD LUCK, THANKS FOR ENTERING! – Lindsay & The Gift Insider Team

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Oct 18 2010

Creative Gift Ideas for Friends’ Birthdays in Chicago

Traditional gifts don’t always cut it for the girls who have been most important in your life.

TAKER HER OUT FOR A GIRLS NIGHT ON THE TOWN

  • Before you hit the clubs, take her to one of the new trends in the salon industry – they specialize in Blow Dry’s only.  If you are in Chicago – try Blo Dri. They’ll make it super special and add in champagne, cocktails or cake.
  • If she has a sense of humor, take her to a burlesque or tranny show, if you are in Chicago check out The Baton Club
  • Throw her a surprise party or a surprise dinner – add in some fun extras like these funny/inappropriate Happy Fing Birthday Hats ir.gif
  • Or this way-chicer-than-average pinata.

MAKE HER SOMETHING

My personal favorite idea for making your friend feel as special as she is – make her something that she will cherish forever.  While I have been a fan of this idea since long before digital camera’s – now, your macbook can make it easier than ever.

  • Make here a comic book w/ comiclife on yourmacbook with quotes from all the girls.
  • Make her a photo flip book she can carry on her keychain
  • Make her a Photo Book from Picabooshow.gif
  • Make her a customized Jenga set – on each cube write something that you and your girlfriends must do when you pull out the block – chug a beer, text your ex, etc.
  • Make her a book filled with reasons you love her (make it even more special and have the number of reasons be the age she is turning).

HIT THE BEAUTY BAR

A few of my girlfriends surprised me for my birthday this year by taking me to The Beauty Bar.  It’s a trendy and fun place to take any girl who loves her martinis and mani’s – both of which are included in the price of one delish (but strong) Beauty Bar Martini.  The sparkly teal walls, the dance floor in the back and the completely beauty inspired hipster scene make it a perfect spot for a girls night out.

Beauty Bars are currently in Chicago, New York, San Fran, LA, Texas, Vegas and Denver.

http://www.thebeautybar.com

TAKE HER BY SURPRISE

If your bestie is someone who loves surprises, give her what she wants on her birthday and don’t give her the slightest clue of what you are doing. Kidnap her, blind fold her and then take her to do something she wouldn’t normally do.

  • Beer/wine making class
  • Tarrot card reader/hypnotist
  • Mani’s and Pedis at a BYOB nail salon
  • Cooking Class
  • Surprise brunch (mimosas and bloody’s included)
  • Talk to some of your out of town friends and family, arrange for them to come in town for her big day
  • Take her to a comedy show – try Second City in Chi.

The key to this one is knowing what she likes. Make sure to pay attention a few weeks before her birthday – is there anything she’s been dying to do? A place she’s been dying to try? It’ll be even more special if she knows you’ve been thinking of her.

LAST MINUTE?

Send her a birthday cake overnight – Gourmet Birthday Cakes from Bake Me A Wish!show.gif
Give Her a Gift Certificate From Experience Days and Let Her Pick – Shop-XD-Memorable
Everyone loves flowers – ProFlowers – Send ProFlowers starting at $19.99

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Sep 21 2010

Chicago Pillow from a Chicago Shop

This Chicago themed pillow will definitely liven up anyone’s average old couch.

You can find this hand embroidered gift at a shop in Northbrook Court Mall called Royal Appointments.

They are pretty much a one stop shop for gifts of all sorts – great place to head if you’re stuck last minute without a gift.  If you have a little more time, they have lots of great items you can personalize as well.

Royal Appointments

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Sep 20 2010

Give The Coolest Monogrammed Goods Out There

IOMOI has the cutest, coolest and chicest monogrammed goods around.

Perfect for housewarming gifts, wedding gifts or gifts for your bridal party.

My personal favs are the lucite trays, the ice buckets and the coasters.

IOMOI

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Jul 6 2010

Carry Goods Like A True European

These bags by a German company, reisenthel, are perfect for grocery shopping, picnicking and carrying just about anything.

They come in lots of fun designs and colors and when you are done using it you can just fold it down flat and store.

You can purchase at Touch Of Europe

Touch Of Europe

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Jun 30 2010

Orchid and Candle Combo

If you ever read my blog, you know I am obsessed with Orchids.

That’s why I was so excited when I discovered this Etsy artist, La Bella Candela, who combines orchids (among other flowers) and candles.

Great housewarming gift!

$18-$25.00

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Jun 30 2010

Custom Wedding Tile with Couple’s Initials

Dawn Dalto does some great personalized ceramic work.

I especially love this tile.  If you look closely you can see a heart with a couples initials on the tree trunk.

This is way more thoughtful and meaningful of a gift than anything you are to find on their registry!

Perfect for a super special couple in your life.

Reasonably priced at $55.00

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Jun 9 2010

You Will Never Find A Cuter Paperweight

This is by far the cutest paperweight I’ve ever seen.

If you’re more into stripes, or blues, or argyle RedStamp has those too.  And they’ll personalize it to say whatever you want!

It’s great for a graduate going into the working world or as an end of the year gift for your favorite teacher.

RedStamp has tons of cute and modern stationary and office supplies.

$35.00

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May 20 2010

Keep Your All Your Bags Organized

Everyone is carrying around huge bags these days.

They are cute – but definitely make things a little harder to find what you are looking for.  Also great if you love to transer purses all the time.

Keep your purse organized with these fun cases from KangaRoom

$19.00

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May 20 2010

Lap Top Portable e-Pad

Brookstone’s e-Pad Portable Laptop Desk is a perfect gift for a graduate.

Comes in lots of different colors, can be stored away and folded and even can cushion your laptop while you’re not using it.

http://www.brookstone.com/epad-portable-laptop-desk-cushioned

$40 from Brookstone

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