Nov 20 2017

Soundwave Art Video Blog

Today we’re chatting about the latest innovations from our friends at Soundwave Art. We’re pretty into it. Having a baby’s cooing or wedding vows or a special someone’s message carved on wood & then hearing it on an app is technology done right. Soundwaves produce a pattern & that pattern is turned into art by Soundwaveart, a super creative company. You can add media with their new easy app. Record online, upload your own audio or video file. Unique, sentimental. Pictured is cut out of Birch Wood, then framed in Italian Wood Molding with Glass front. $319.99 (lower priced options as well.)

Watch below or check them out at SoundwaveArt.com. 

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Dec 5 2015

Gift Guide: Lettuce Entertain You Holiday Gift Picks

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We partnered up with Lettuce Entertain You this holiday season to curate some of our favorite LEYE-related gift ideas.  We’re huge fans of the group — as a former Chicago gal, I so miss Mon Ami Gabi, RPM, Paris Club and nights with the girls up at StudioParis.  Lettuce Entertain You, you do it right! And I am honored to be curating a guide for you.

For The Hostess

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. Or pair the host’s drink of choice with drink related touches like slate coasters, metal straws or festive cocktail napkins – it’s thoughtful but perfect for any type of host.

For Your Client

Foodease, in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, is the perfect spot to build your own artisan holiday gift basket. You can customize each basket to fit each of your clients tastes by mixing and matching different types of chocolate, wine, candy or specialty goodies. Feel free to splurge on something for yourself in their heavenly “chocolate closet.” If you need something quick and easy, go for their impressive assortment of chef created baskets. All the gift basket goods are local and small batch products, so it’s perfect for your most discerning business associates. Call Foodease at 312.335.3663 or head in and get creative!

For Him

For the grill master of the family that already has every grilling gadget, steak rub and cookbook – try gifting him something he can literally put on the grill this year. No matter what part of the country he lives in, you can send him a meal (or 2) worth of filets from Wildfire through Lou Malnati’s Tastes of Chicago.

For Anyone on Your List

The Lettuce Entertain You Gift Card. If you spend $100 on Lettuce Gift Cards, you get a $25 holiday bonus to spend on another gift…or yourself. So stock up. Let the way you present your gift card be just as much a part of the gift. Wrap your gift certificate in a chic pouch, a leather wallet or a monogrammed business card holder. Just make sure they know there is something inside too! Giving a gift card to a younger one? Make them work for it and hide it in a balloon. Before you blow it up, insert your gift card, add some fun confetti and then require the recipient to pop it before they can get their gift.

Insider Tip: Pick a theme (or a country!) and get creative. Give a Lettuce certificate themed around a “Girls Night Out.” Suggest Studio Paris and gift with a sparkly clutch, bright red lipstick or get super crafty and create a DIY Hangover Kit for the next morning. Or play off the country – go Italian and suggest RPM and gift with a set of italian spices, a cheese board, an Italian Cookbook and package it all in a cute wire basket.

This post is a collaboration with Lettuce Entertain You.
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Nov 21 2015

7 Plan Ahead-Worthy Gift Ideas for The Holidays

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It’s almost December, so time to get those minds thinkin’ about your holiday shopping lists. We’ve rounded up a few gift ideas and some fab holiday deals to get you started.  As always, browse the site for 100’s of ideas, but below are a few picks we thought were worthy enough to get going on early.

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1. Flowers that Last 6 Months by Blooms by Heinau ($9 – $459) These are a game changer. They are real flowers last 6 months or longer. For the holidays, we love the idea of giving them to clients, co-workers or bosses – they will last way longer than a batch of sugar cookies.

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2. DIY Drink Kit from Brit + Co ($32): DIY is all the rage, but sometimes it’s hard to get all the supplies together for a night of crafting.  Enter Brit+Co — a site that is made for the modern creatives of the world.  This DIY Cocktail Party Kit comes with everything you need to make a set of personalized rock glasses and coasters for your next cocktail party, perfect gift for your next hostess.

 

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3. Custom Luxury Candles by GetWickd ($59): This new NYC-based company repurposes your special occasion bottles of champs and turns them into a keep-forever candle that you can include your own custom message on.

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER for 15% OFF

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4. The Bracelet That Holds Your Hair Tie ($45): This gold, silver or rose gold bracelet has been all over the blogosphere this holiday.  It’s such a simple but perfect gift for any lady in your life.  The bracelet looks chic on it’s own but also acts as a disguise for those ugly hair ties that we all need easily accessible.  You can custom engrave as well.

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5. Monthly Gift Box by Peaches and Petals ($14.99/month): Monthly box of pretty and fun, hand-curated jewelry and accessories.  Totally different items come each month. Think – scarves, earrings, beauty goodies.

TGI Deal // GiftInsider for half-off 1st month

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6. Luxor Linens Customized Robe & Slipper Set ($59.95) There’s nothing more perfect than a luxe personalized they-would-never-buy themselves holiday gift. Especially when we have 40% off a coupon code for ya! 

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER40 for 40% off 

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!

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Dec 24 2014

Insider Tips: Give A Subscription Gift As A Last Minute Gifts

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We’re big fans of subscription gifts in general, but they are also the perfect solution to the last-minute dilemma of what to give someone when you are totally stuck. Order oline, print of a certificate, roll up and tie with a bow.  Perfect, easy and doesn’t even look like you forgot about them until Christmas Eve.

FOR THE GUYS:

1. Trunk Club

Trunk club is a men’s clothing service, based in Chicago that sends a trunk of high-end clothes right to their member’s doors.  They have personal stylists who handpick the clothing and free shipping that lets you easily send back anything you don’t love. This is a great gift for busy and successful businessmen who want to look sharp but don’t have the time to spend their days shopping.

2. ManPacks

ManPacks is a monthly subscription service that delivers monthly necessities to you each month.  They will send men’s underwear, socks, razors, or even condoms. Perfect for the guys who hate having to head to Target or new graduates who still need a little help getting into their handle on monthly routines.

3. BeSpoke Post

BeSpoke Post is totally man-focused but varies widely on category each month.  Boxes range from coffee presses to travel accessories, but all focus on helping guys class up their lives.  Starts at $45/month. https://www.bespokepost.com/

FOR THE LADIES: 

1. CakeStyle

CakeStyle takes a women’s fit and wardrobe information and matches them with their own CakeStylist.  Their Cakestylist picks of clothes they think they’d like, sends them  options with a video on each piece and you can easily send back anything you don’t like.

2. POPSUGAR MustHave

The editors at the oh-so-popular, POPSUGAR website recently launched their “MustHave” monthly subscription service filled with celebrity favorite products, POPSUGAR Editors favorite products and items they hope you will discover and love. It’s a range of Fashion, Beauty, Fitness and Home Decor items, like their site.  Starts at $35/month.

3. Birchbox

Birchbox started it all and they do it well.  They send monthly beauty samples to your door for ladies to try out the latest products.  If you love something they make it simple for you to order more right on their site.  It’s an impressive company founded by a few young lady entrepreneurs, who really disrupted an industry. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty junky.

FOR THE KIDS: 

1. KiwiCrate

KiwiCrates is a fun and easy way to spark creativity in kids.  They offer monthly hands-on activities delivered to your door with all the necessary materials included.  Perfect for children at 3-7. A past popular crate was their Fossil Fun crate where you can create your own fossils using special clay, sticks and dinosaurs.

2. Whittlebee

is a kids clothing club. They help stock you with basics like tees, onesies, socks and you can customize by geographic location, color preferences, etc.  Perfect way to avoid the mall. They also have an online community where you can make friends and swap clothes. $39.99/month and you can pause or cancel at anytime.

3. Citrus Lane (New Moms)

Cirtus Lane is a monthly subscription box for new moms that tailor each box to different stages and ages of their children.  This way Moms  can continue to get relevant and highly recommended products depending on the age of their child.  They refer to their service as “monthly care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journey. They offer free shipping and all their products are highly recommended by their advisory team.

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Nov 19 2014

9 Festive Gifts Ideas to Bring All Your Holiday Hosts

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Dec 17 2013

Gifts for the Person Who Has It All // Seen on NBC Chicago

We’ve rounded up some of our top gift ideas for the person who has everything on your list, watch below to see products on NBC Chicago.  Details on where to purchase below and more ideas in our Gift Guide.   Just make sure to sign in to your Gift Insider account for the coupon codes.

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Dec 13 2013

Holiday Gift Guides // As Seen On FOX Chicago + NBC Chicago

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1. Gold Chambord Coffee Press//$70   2. Crystal Head Vodka Rolling Stone Gift Set//$89.95   3. Sockscription//Starting at $30   4. Winter In Venice In Vegas Trip//Luxury Suites Starting at $149/night   5. Birchbox Sparkle & Shine Holiday Cracker Gift Set//4 pack for $58   6. Tresor Lolita Pendant//From $59 + 15% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT CODE   7. Paris Try The World Gift Box//Regular price $59.95 but $49.95 with INSIDER DISCOUNT   8. Carnivore Club//$50/month + get $10 OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT   9. Mermaid Tails//Regular price $60 but get 10% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT   10. Gold Initial Mugs//$10 

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1. Concannon Irish Whiskey//$24.99   2. Glitz & Glam Gift Set from Sephora//Only $45 ($159 value)  3. Personalized Collar Stays//$19.95 for 2 and get 10% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT  4. Gift A Feast//$49.95 and get 20% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT  5. Birchbox Sparkle & Shine Holiday Crackers//$58 for a 4-pack   6. SS Print Shop//$35    7. Sphere Ice Mold//Set of 2 for $10.95   8. Mason Jar Shot Glasses//4-pack for $15   9. Holdaplate Cocktail Plates//Starting at $6.99 but 40% OFF in December   10. Carnivore Club//$50/month + $10 OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT

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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.

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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.

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Nov 13 2013

Ridiculously Early Holiday Gift Guide + Discounts {Seen on WGN Chicago}

It’s never too early to start snagging some of the best gifts for the holidays. We’ve got some great picks that will be sure to wow everyone on your list. Video clip below.

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1. Custom Photo Vase // GET 50% OFF CODE

2. Personalized Leather Bound Books // GET 10% OFF CODE

3. Custom Gifts For Men from Charitable Creations // GET 25% OFF CODE

4. Pocket Camera Extender from XShot // GET 15% OFF CODE

5. Vintage Charm, Stationary and Gift Wrap // GET 20% OFF CODE

6. Belly Banter Watch Me Grow // GET 50% OFF CODE

7. Street Sign Name Print  // GET 10% OFF CODE

8. State Cutting Board // GET 10% OFF CODE

 

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Nov 30 2012

Haute Holiday Gift Guide + Deals << As Seen on Good Day Chicago >>

1. For the HAUTE HOSTESS 

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Personalized party decor for the hostess that’s always trying to out-do herself. Choose from an array of trendy designs for banners, place cards, party signs and so much more. They also have Decor Packages if you want the whole she-bang.

Party Decor Packages $69-$128

2. For the GADGET ADDICT

RETRO PHONE HANDSET

The larger the handset, the better the reception…or something like that! These retro hip phone accessories are the coolest way to turn your phone back into the phone you use to use in the 90s. With so many colors to choose from an exclusive TGI discount, you can rock a different color everyday!

Use code: giftinsider at check out to GET 50% OFF

3. For the QUEEN BEE

KOHLER JEWEL TONE CHOCOLATES

Give a much hauter chocolate this year with this Rare Facet 6-piece box from Kohler handmade in Wisconsin. Dark chocolate flavors include: pomegranate, blueberry, pineapple, sour cherry, mandarin ginger & cranberry-raspberry.

$16.75/box

4. For the WHISKY LOVER

 SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY

Membership to this exclusive society 4 bottles of the Society’s single cask, single malt scotch from 4 different regions in Scotland, a leather-bound handbook, a notebook for tasting notes and a members-only quarterly magazine. Plus, check out exclusive member events in 13 cities.

$229/membership; $60 yearly renewal fee.

5. For the SENTIMENTAL TYPE

PERSONALIZED MIRROR ENGRAVING

Choose from an array of mirrors to personalize and they’ll create a lasting memory using their unique laser process to customize your mirror with pictures, texts or logos.

Mirrors start at $37.50 but GET 30% OFF with The Gift Insider coupon code here

6. For the ALL THE LAST-MINUTERS

 DELIGHTFULLYWRAP YOUR ONLINE GIFTS

So you’re not a fan of wrapping and you want to add a more personal touch to the gifts you bought online…but have no clue what to do? Delightfully will take your personal photos and wrap your online gifts. It’s sure to help with some of your last-minute woes and plus, they’ll think you spent so much time wrapping.

 $3/gift but use coupon code from The Gift Insider here & it’s FREE until 12/3/12 only

7. For THOSE FAR AWAY

Project Treasure

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Collaborate with loved ones to create special messages online, that will be sent in this beautiful chest, for a gift anyone will truly treasure.  Send reasons “You Love Grandma” or “I Remember Whens” for a gift that will be passed down for generations.

$49.99 or 10% off code here. 

Watch Lindsay from The Gift Insider on Fox’s Good Day Chicago Below!

Happy Gifting!

Lindsay

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