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 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 10 2013

What To Get Your Dad or Grad // As Seen On The U Chicago

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June marks the start of summer, graduation parties and celebrating Dads! We’ve put together a pretty awesome list of gifts for Dads and Grads to help you give something they’ll really dig.

 for the PARTIER

CanStand

1. CanStand // 5 pack for $84.99

 

for the HIPSTER

 

Siempre Verde Wood Glasses

2. Siempre Verde Wood Sunglasses // Get 25% OFF (Regular price $160)

 

for the NEAT FREAK

Dyson Animal Vacuum

3. Dyson Animal Can Vacuum // $449.99

 

for the GADGET GUY

Chillsner Beer Cooler

4. Chillsner Beer Chiller from Sur La Table // $29.95

 

for the HEALTH NUT

 

Kor Water Bottle

5. Personalized Kor Water Bottle // $29.99

 

for the MUSIC LOVER

Sonos Speaker

6. Sonos Wireless Music System // $299 (+ free shipping)

 

for the 80’s LOVER

stereo fanny pack

7. Stereo Fanny Pack // Get 15% Off (retails for $50)

 

for the TRENDSETTER

the fancy monthly box

8. The Fancy Monthly Box Subscription // $39/month (each box contains up to $80 of stuff)

 

Happy Gifting!

Lindsay

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Oct 11 2010

Alumni T Shirt Quilt

Finally a way to get all your old favorite tees out from under your bed. 
Everyone has tons of old t-shirts that hold special meaning, yet don’t really have anything to do with them.
That’s why these t-shirt quilts by Memoryquilts4u.com are a perfect solution to keeping your memories but not taking over your closet. 
It’s perfect gift to celebrate someone’s alma mater, right in time for tailgate season! 
 
 
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Sep 21 2010

4 Seasons Chicago Print

This 4 Seasons in Chicago print caught my eye at the Renegrade Craft Fair in Wicker Park a few weeks ago.

I love everything about it.  It is four separate prints so you can frame them separately or all together.

Even better, it’s a local chicago artist, Ryan Kapp.

It’s the perfect gift for someone moving into a new chicago home!

$140 for all four
Ryan Kapp

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Sep 21 2010

i heart illinois necklace

If you love Chicago … flaunt it.

These custom state necklaces are from a local Chicago Etsy designer.

She can personalize it for any state you’d like with a heart on the city that you love.

Have a few places close to heart?  Try the layered look with your home town, new town, college town, etc.

$50.00

Truche

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Sep 10 2010

Etch-It Party Cups

A pretty brilliant idea…

Plastic cups with a label that you can use your finger to etch in your name.

Totally eliminates everyone at the party loosing their drinks every 15 minutes.

$8.00 for a pack of 32

www.etch-it.com

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Aug 27 2010

Relax. Do Good.

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to the guys from Yellow Leaf Hammocks and they seem about as wonderful as their business plan.

They started the company when they took a trip to Thailand, fell in love with these hammocks and decided to find a way to bring them back to the States. All while supporting the Miabri people who make them.

They have the most vibrant, fun colors and a variety of hammock styles.  Makes me wish I lived somewhere with a yard to put one in.

  Check them out for yourself.

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Aug 25 2010

Disposable Flasks

I can’t believe I didn’t know about these in college….

We had a little high school reunion this past weekend in Chicago and these disposable flasks were pretty much the biggest hit of the weekend.

They come in fab designs and colors and are are the perfect size to throw in your purse or even your pocket or coat.

Never be stuck at a party, tailgate or pregame without your favorite drink of choice again.

Disposable Flasks

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Aug 19 2010

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