Dec 2 2015

Gift Guide: 7 Totally Unique Holiday Gift Ideas


Tis the season for holiday shopping & gifting!  There are so many gifts to choose from, we wanted to bring you some totally unique picks for the season for all those people in your life who have it all. Tune into WGN Chicago to see these picks live in action. Happy Shopping!


1. Metal + Wood Photo Prints from Inkdot ($25 – $270) – Inkdot is a Chicago-based company that takes those photos that are stuck on your phone or camera & prints them onto wood or metal.

Deal // 20% off when you sign up for their newsletter


2. Emojified Custom Portrait ($75) – For the teen or tech-lover in your life, here is a way to spice up their walls and their texting game with a custom Emoji portrait. You receive a print AND digital file based on the customization elements you provide the artist and delivery within 1 week after customization details.


3. Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Mug ($28) – For your holiday hosts and hostesses, we love the idea of a bringing a “ Drink Kit.” Pair a nice bottle of booze with all the fixings you need to make a special cocktail.  For a tropical vibe, pair the popular Tiki Mugs from 3 Dots and a Dash with their funky seahorse swizzle sticks and a nice bottle of rum.

Mancave DB GI

4. Personalized Dart Board from Darts & Decor ($50) – Get him something personalized for his Mancave.  This customized 18” regulation size Dart Board is made of quality cork & finished with a metal frame, wire numbering & inner grid.  Full color is printed directly on the Dart Board.  Comes with two sets of darts and is the perfect gift for Him.

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER20 for 20%


5. Custom Candles Made from Your Own Bottle ($59) Coolest way to savor sentimental memories. Get Wickd from NYC, repurposes your special occasion bottles of wine/champagne/alcohol & turns them into luxe eco-friendly engravable candles. Save & mail your bottle, email your message & they engrave & fill your bottle with a natural soy candle & you choose the scent.

TGI Deal // Use code GIFTINSIDER for 15% OFF


6. Sound Amplifying Cell Phone Cases ($29) – This new brooklyn-based line of tech cases, Goze, can amplify your phone 2.5x without needing additional batteries or plugging anything in. They are also bright, fun colors AND they are also antimicrobial so helps handle the issue of how many grimmy germs are on all of our cell phone cases.

TGI Code // GIFTINSIDER40 for 40% off 


 7. Customized Gift Robe Set from Luxor Linens – A personalized robe for 40% off – the perfect gift for the spa or pamper lover in your life.  You can monogram these robes or personalize with their name and include the comfy slippers for the ultimate relaxing gift.

TGI Deal // Deal Price is $59.95 after you use GIFTINSIDER40

We’ve teamed up with some of these cool companies to bring you exclusive discounts and awesome ideas.  We fully recommend the picks we’ve suggested!




Dec 4 2013

6 Trending Gifts We Heart For The Holidays // Seen on NY1


1. Paris Box from Try The World Gift Boxes // On SALE for $49.95, regular price $59.95  + Free shipping with our exclusive Coupon Code

Try The World - Paris Box









2. Maple Wood iPhone Dock from Bushakan //  Regular price $155,  15% off  with our exclusive Coupon Code 

Bushakan Maple iPhone Dock











3. Personalized Men’s Silver Gifts from Charitable Creations // $19.95 for 2 collar stays + 10% OFF with exclusive Coupon Code

Charitable Creations - Men's Silver Personalized Gifts











4. Personal Tea Ceremony Set from Gift A Feast // $175 + 25% OFF with our Coupon Code

Personal Tea Ceremony from Gift A Feast











5. Leather Bound Personalized Books from Top Notch Gift Shop // $85 – $150

personalized leather bound books











6. Photo Sticky Cube from Exposures Online // Regular price $24.95

Photo Sticky Cube













Watch The Gift Insider chatting about all these Gift Ideas below on NY1 New York News!


Dec 4 2013

Gift Advice // 2013 Top Ten Gift Trends

The Gift Insider spends our days scouring boutiques, the web and magazines to find the hottest and most on-trend gifts out there.   We’ve rounded up some of the latest holiday gift trends we are seeing this year.


1. State Pride Gifts – Totes, necklaces, soaps and prints in the shape of your state or with your neighborhood map have been huge.  Try a state shaped cutting boards.

2. Alphabet and Letter Decor – Vintage Marquee Lights, metal and fabric intial letters are a great customized gift that gives a customized flare to giftees homes.

3. Glitz and Glam is Everywhere – Sparkles, gems and glitter are big with the ladies this season. Try  Soap Baubles, soap in the shape of gems or glam nail polish from AKay Style are a great pic for any glam girl.

4. Monthly Subscription Services –  It’s the new version of “of-the-month” clubs. Blacksocks is a subscription service that sends 3 pairs of black socks to your home 3 times a year for $89.00. Try The World sends you gift boxes from different parts of the world, first stop Paris and Blockful sends you delish artisan edibles from different cities like Chicago and Seattle.

5. Insta-worthy Gifts – New moms are loving, Belly Banter milestone monthly stickers are huge for the little ones to take photos of their growth each month and the XShot that let’s you extend your camera so everything and everyone can get in the shot.

6. Go Wireless – Wireless speakers like the Sonos that play your internet radio and playlists directly through your home speakers, solar iPhone charging systems, bluetooth BBQ thermometers.  No wants to deal with the cords anymore.

7. Put Their Name On It –  For the men, try these leather bound “hobby” books that can be personalized with their name for caffeine addicts try customized coffee grinds labels or gift your kids a photo of their name on an actual street sign.

8. Terrariums and Succulents – These are a huge trend in plants and floral.  They last longer than flowers and give an urban flare to any home. Faerie Nest even has “naughty” miniatures to add to it.

9. Vintage + Retro  – It’s all back. Use a vintage family photo and gift a one-of-a kind pillow to Grams or give a refubrished gramophone speaker to your favorite hipster.

10. DIY Everything – DIY or Do it Yourself gifts are all the rage with the crafty types, check out our Pinterest Board for Inspiration.


Jul 9 2013

“Top Picks in Gift” at AmericasMart July Gift Market

We were definitely getting a kick out of being on the elevators all over the AmericasMart the past two days!  Feel free to check out our presentation below with our top ten gift picks and the showrooms where you can purchase them.

DOWNLOAD our Top Picks in Gift presentation here.

Gift Expert at AmericasMart The Gift Insider


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