Feb 6 2014

DIY Valentine’s Day Pinterest Ideas // For Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

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We know it’s tough to come up with new, thoughtful and romantic gifts each and every Valentine’s Day. And it becomes even harder when you are on a budget.  This Valentine’s Day The Gift Insider scoured Pinterest boards to give you inexpensive, DIY gift ideas for your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Album in a box // Courtesy of MBV Photography

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Kiss Jar // Courtesy of Pure Joy Home Blog

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Simple Valentine’s Day Card // Courtesy of The Eye’s Queen Blog

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XO Candle // Courtesy of topDreamer

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Love you to Pieces // All for the Memories

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Nov 11 2013

Movember // Mustache Gift Guide

mustache, movember, gift guideIn honor of Movember and our support for the moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises awareness and funds for men’s health, TGI has created a mustache gift-giving guide of our favorite mustache gifts. Give your Mo Bros the most fitting mustache inspired gift this month!

Personalized Mustache Pillowcases

Personalized Mustache & Lips Set, Fun gift for a bridal shower. $24.99

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Mustache Flask 

Aviator mustache “burlap” flask. Fun gift for the bridal party. Durable & waterproof. $18

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Mustachioed Straws

Now you can drink & look like somebody’s daddy all at the same time. Six reusable clear bendy straws & 6 snap-on mustaches. $9.99.

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Bike Stache

BikeStache: Every bike can use some facial hair.  This manly bike accessory attaches with easy to use velcro straps (included). $8.99.

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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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Jun 14 2012

TGI Tips: 5 Dad Gifts You Can Give Last Minute

While we don’t recommend waiting until the day-of to find a gift for Dad, for the years it inevitably happens, here are some thoughtful ideas you can send, print or give last minute. And we mean literally, five minutes before brunch.

Trunk Club Last Minute Gift

1.  A New Wardrobe in a Trunk –  Leave picking out clothes for Dad to the professionals. Give him a printable gift certificate to TrunkClub, a company that does his shopping for him and delivers in a trunk right to his door (he can conveniently send back anything he doesn’t like.)

2. iPhone/iPod Apps – Does Dad have all the gadgets but no clue what to do with them.  Help him out and download some apps from iTunes for him that fit his interests. iTunes.com

3. Box of Awesome – Give dad a subscription to Bespoke Post and they will send a “Box of Awesome” handpicked with cool and curated products to Dad each month. Give 1, 3 or 6 months. Their Junes box is s a collaboration with DETAILS Magazine and full of summer essentials like foldable sunglasses.

4. Personalized Magazine Cover – Pick Dad’s favorite hobby (Golf, Fishing, Hunting, etc) upload a photo a photo of him to YourCover.com and choose funny headlines to make him the star of his own magazine.  Print out on you computer and find an inexpensive frame at your local drugstore. $12.95 + frame.

 5. Of-the-Month Clubs – Whiskey of the Month Club, BBQ of the Month Club, Sock of the Month Club. These subscriptions keep on giving, look thoughtful but really can be ordered a couple hours before it’s time to head out the door.

We all know EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU have waited until the last minute to find a gift at some point … tell us what you have scrounged up before you needed to head your annual Father’s Day gathering?  Comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

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Jun 4 2012

Mancrates: Filled with Cool Stuff for Guys

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Mancrates, Crates for Guys

It’s a requirement to open this ManCrate with a crowbar. Each gift full of of manliness comes with one and opening the box is half the fun.   This cool-dude company has about 15 different crates for every kind of guy. This one is their Survival Kit. Awesome Graduation or Father’s Day Gift ideas. $79.99

DEAL: Enter GIFTINSIDER for 10% off through 10/12

—–>Watch it live on our TV segment on NBC Chicago 

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Feb 6 2012

6 Cool Gifts Ideas for HIM: Seen on NY1 News

We know men are tough to shop for on Valentine’s Day. How to find a romantic or creative gift idea will you can give him that he’ll actually like???  We have our top picks that we featured on NY1 news and are listed below.  Discounts for all on our site!

1. Amanda.RendiStyle Frames 

Custom photo frames, wall decor & home decor. So easy to customize, comes gift wrapped within 48 hours via www.Amanda.RendiStyle.com but the special can only be purchased through thegiftinsider party code 835.

[$19.95 – $39.95]

2. River Valley Custom Guitar Pick

For the man that’s into rock or loves to play the guitar, this is a sweet way to say “I Pick You Baby!” Customize your message and you can choose between a key chain or necklace.

[$23 brass/$33 sterling silver]

3. USB Cassette Tape 

New spin on a class V-day gift. Put your playlists on a classic Mix Taped looking USB.

[$25.00]

4. Gift a Destination Gift or WIN IT!

Giving a trip for Valentine’s Day is a fun way (and on the pricier side) to celebrate your relationship. But may we suggest…trying to win it? We’re giving away 4 trips for 2 to warm & sunny ARUBA!! There are 2 grand prizes and 2 runner-up prizes! LIKE us on Facebook &  tell us the story of your WORST VALENTINE’S GIFT YOU EVER RECEIVED & have your friends vote for your entry everyday! ENTER THE CONTEST & learn more here!

5. At Home Wine Tasting by Percept & Knock Knock

What to do for a new relationship?! Give an experience gift, we recommend wine tasting at home with these easily labeled Originals Wine. discount code: free shipping & 25% off on site

6.  3 GUN TABLE VASE

This super edgy & Bonnie&Clyde inspired  ceramic vase comes with real roses and is probably the most manly way to give your guy flowers!

[$50]

 

XOXO,

The Gift Insider

 

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Dec 14 2010

Cool Gift Ideas for Guys

Everybody knows one, the guy who is literally impossible to shop for. Fear no more, here’s a list of things he is bound to love.

1. We all know guys love gadgets, but they’re always losing the cords! Fear no more, the power mat is an all-in-one charger pad for all his favorite electronics. BUY HERE: Powermat

2. The balloon speaker: small, handy and perfect for the music-loving type. BUY HERE: Amazon

3. One of the best gifts EVER! Beer of the month club is exactly what it sounds like. Sign him up and every month for a year he will receive a twelve pack of the coolest beer out there. Truly perfect for the guy who has everything – beer! BUY HERE: Beer of the Month

4. This Chicago based clothing company is rooted around “style detached from the masses” says owners Danny Loiacono and Zachary Sutter, who started Departure Lifestyle in the Summer of 2010. While they are currently designing their Winter lines for guys and girls, you can find some of the coolest and most unique threads online at www.departurelifestyle.com. Customized shirts for individuals or groups can be designed by contacting danny@departurelifestyle.com.

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Oct 27 2010

Guys to Give Guys – Sports Trash Talk

We get it, we get it.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the most manly of activities to research, purchase, wrap and deliver a special gift for your buddies…
That’s why this manly, trash talking service is the perfect “gift” for sports loving, high-fiving, beer guzzling men.  
Rivalgrams.com will have a real person call your bud and talk trash about any team, any sport.  You can customize calls or make it anonymous.  They’ll brag about your sick quarterback, play your teams fight song, or celebrate a big touchdown and really get under the skin of your rival buddies favorite team. 

Prices range from $1.25 – $2.25 and for $10 you can have them call your buddy every day for 20 days leading up to the big game. 
This is a fabulous idea I found on Netted by the Webbies 
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Oct 11 2010

Greater Than Coconut Water

Coconut Water has been all the rage with health nuts lately.
Two Chi Town brothers found a way to make the stuff actually taste good.
I got a chance to sample their new drink and check out their new van a few weeks back and I’ve been a fan of the stuff ever since.  Perfect post workout or perfect post long night out.
Low cal, all natural and has tons of electrolytes.  
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Oct 10 2010

Coolest Boat Toys Ever

These water toys really make lake livin’ all the more perfect.

The Fiesta Island fits 8 and has a mesh bottom so you can either sit comfortably in the water and use the tube as a back rest or sit on the tube itself.

The inflatable cooler is awesome too.

There’s no better party than a party on the lake…

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