Oct 13 2015

Gifts That Give Back: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these pretty & pink gifts!

A Bracelet That Holds Your Hair Tie 

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This BitterSweet bracelet holds your hair tie and supports Bright Pink, a wonderful organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Splits59 Warrior Line 

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via ShopBop

Spiral Sun Charm Bangle

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These bracelets are always a hit and a great way to support a good cause!

Via Alex and Ani

Fierce Pink Ribbon Quilt

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Such a fun and sentimental DIY gift!

Via Luv Bug Living

Mammo-Grahams

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YUM! These are so funny and a great treat to bring to any October party.

Via Apron Strings

Pink Candy Apples

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Mmmm who doesn’t love PINK candy apples?

Via Rose Bakes

Happy Gifting!

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Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.

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Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.

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Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

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Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.

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Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!

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Via Livin In SD

Happy gifting!

 

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Jul 7 2015

Alcohol Gifts! Cheers!

DIY Mason Jar Cocktails

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This is a quick, easy, and fun gift that anyone will love! Great way to get creative!

Via Something Turquoise

Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

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Put your baking skills to the ultimate test with this awesome gift idea! Great for a hostess!

Via Hostess With The Mostess Blog

Mini Liquor Bottle Jar

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Whether it be for the big “twenty fun” or a friend’s 30th, this always makes for a super cute BFF gift!

Via Curious Daisy

Bottles With Notes

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Simple and sweet! Perfect gift for the significant other who has been working around the clock!

Via Loving Here

Jolly Rancher Vodka

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This yummy gift works for so many occasions! The birthday girl or boy, the hostess, or just the jolly-rancher lover will be so excited!

Via Mix That Drink

Glittered Patron Bottle

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This is definitely a TGI favorite! Pretty, creative, and extra cute! Great diva gift!

Via Stress Case

Happy Gifting!

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Apr 23 2015

Green Gift Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

Cork Umbrella from Portugal

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Pelcor (a blend of the Portuguese words for skin (pel) & cork (cor), is a Portugal based cork accessories brand and has innovated the use of cork skin, creating products that are fabulously soft to the touch, sustainable & practical. This eco-chic Umbrella is impermeable, buoyant, pliant & even fire resistant.  You will also be supporting the environment – the Cork Oak tree from which the cork skin is sourced, is the only tree in the world whose bark regenerates itself, and it thrives as part of a unique worldwide ecosystem. Tall $180
Available at PelcorUsa.com

Sacky Sacks 

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Saving the earth & lookin’ good. Squishable, scrunchable squashable & ultra-compact, these super practical totes take you from supermarket to the beach or great for baby gear & travel. Made of Tyvek® Saky Sacks are crease resistant, washable & strong enough to carry 25 lbs & can be recycled.  Padded straps for comfort, key rings & inside pockets, lightweight & fold up in to a tidy little packet. City Saky, $20.00

Available at sakysaks.com

20% OFF CODE HERE

Emerald Heritage – Adopt a Plot of Land in Ireland

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A fun & eco-friendly opportunity to purchase a wee piece of Ireland. This is the first ever Irish conservation project formed due to the deforestation crisis in Ireland. Becoming a landowner/Squire ensures that the land can never be developed or destroyed. A gift to be passed down from generation to generation. Includes legal title & certificates, updates & GPS location so you can visit your land. Buy 1, 4 or 9 sq. ft. plots, ~$50 a sq. ft.

Available at emeraldheritage.com

15% OFF CODE HERE

Coyuchi Tea Towels 

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100% organic textiles from Coyuchi, the first brand to bring organic cotton bedding to the US.  Eco-conscious towels without artificial dyes or chemicals, promise. Coyuchi towels are made with the same quality, care & fine detail as its famous bedding. Loomed from pure organic cotton, with earth tone colors. Soft and thirsty & designed to dry quickly on towel bar & in the dryer. Set of 2 tea/kitchen towels, $15
Available at coyuchi.com

Green Herbal Tea Kit 

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Green Herbal Tea Kit-This holistic tea set invites you to sip from an array of nine herbs and three varieties of eco-certified, organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka. Steep the loose leaf teas and herbs in the included, reusable tea bags made from biodegradable corn silk. $40.00

Available at uncommongoods.com

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Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

Via Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

Via Pinterest Addict

“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

Via Up To No Good

Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

Via Card Store

All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

Via The Dating Divas

With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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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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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.

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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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Feb 14 2011

Do-It-Yourself Romantic Gift Ideas

We all know that finding the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day is hard. Maybe you ‘re on a tight budget this year or you don’t have time to go shopping, The Gift Insider is here to help. Check out these do-it-yourself/homemade gift ideas. Putting the time and effort into making your own gift shows you really care!

Love Note/homemade card: Valentines Day is all about the mushy-gushy I love you stuff. This year put it on paper. Writing a love note or taking the time to make a homemade card shows that you really care. This is something that they will keep forever.

Your best baked-goods: The old saying, “the way to their heart is through their stomach” defiantly has some truth to it, especially this time of year. If you have a specialty, whether it be cupcakes, cookies or muffins, bake some up this Valentine’s Day. Make them extra special by frosting a special message or baking in a heart shape.

Picnik a photo of the two of you: This is a fun, easy and free way to make pictures unique. picnik.com

Tee-shirt quilt: This is a great do-it-yourself gift if you have some sewing knowledge. (Hint: But if not you can get the same homemade look and feel here)

Breakfast in bed: Delivering breakfast in bed to your sweetie this Valentines Day will be a thoughtful and romantic way to start the day.

Make a scrapbook: Compile old photos, ticket subs and other memorable items into a scrapbook that they will always be able to look back on.

Photo gifts such as picture mugs, coasters, or mouse pads: Put a picture of you two on everyday items that you will see more often. Get $10 off photo gifts of $25 or more through February 12 at Walgreens.com

Household aphrodisiacs: Aphrodisiacs are sensual ways to celebrate Valentines Day, but you don’t have to break the bank or even leave your house to get them. Check out these household aphrodisiac suggestions from treesandshurbs.about.com and practicalkitchen.com.

The crafting possibilities for Valentine’s Day are also endless. Check out  allfreecrafts.com for a complete listing of craft ideas with full instruction.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day do-it-yourself traditions or something new you want to try? The Gift Insider wants to know, comment here.

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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 21 2010

Creative Personalized Gift Ideas for Weddings

For couples that are really close to your heart, go the extra mile and step away from the registry. Here are The Gift Insider

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