Sep 22 2010

Chicago Shop For Someone Who Has Everything

Virtu is a shop in the heart of Bucktown stocked full of goods all “made by someone, not by something.”

I especially love these Heart Measuring Spoons by Behive.  They are hand cast in lead free pewter on a twisted copper ring.

Virtu is located at 2034 N Damen Avenue

They have a pretty fab online shop as well.


Sep 21 2010

Off The Street Picture Frames

five ACCESSORIES is working with some StreetWise vendors to create these cool, eco-friendly, recycled pictures frames.  If the design looks familiar to you it’s because they are made out of ticket stubs and CTA cards!

The best part about these frames is that the program donates 15% from each frame sold to SteetWise and aims to help people stay off the street and help clean up the city litter.

Even better – the frame is a perfect inexpensive gift at $15.00.

Five Accessories


Sep 20 2010

Give The Coolest Monogrammed Goods Out There

IOMOI has the cutest, coolest and chicest monogrammed goods around.

Perfect for housewarming gifts, wedding gifts or gifts for your bridal party.

My personal favs are the lucite trays, the ice buckets and the coasters.



Jul 5 2010

Del Toro Velvet Shoes

Del Toro is a student run company that makes customizable men’s velvet shoes.

You can personalize with your initials, university logo, or family crest.

It’s a great gift for your groomsmen.  Try customizing each one with your wedding parties initials or alma mater.

Del Toro


Jun 30 2010

Chocomize – Make Your Own Candy Bars

Customize your own chocolate with Chocomize.

I love the idea for weddings.  Two great wedding options, use them as favors for your guests, Chocomize will customize the bars with dates/photos/names.

Another great options is to give them to the wedding party.  Show them how well you know them and hand design a chocolate bar with all their favorite goodies.

Each bar around $7.00

Enter coupon code, Thegiftinsider to get 10% off your order!


Jun 14 2010

Lots of Pics But No Gifts??

Make a canvas out of your favorite pics! can make any size you’d like.  It’s a perfect gift for a graduate moving into a new place.

Not only will it solve their bare white wall dilemas, but be sure to get a pic of family or friends and make them feel like they are at home no matter where they are!

Turn pics into art


Jun 9 2010

Make a Flip Book for Your Friends

I’ve always loved making books, movies, collages etc for my group of friends for big moments in our lives like graduations.

Memolio Flip Books makes it super easy to make something for the whole crew with very little effort necessary.

You pick 24 photos and they turn it into an adorable little flip book for your.

At just under $20.00 it’s a perfect price point to give one to everyone before you head off your separate ways!

Make A Flip Book


Jun 8 2010

XShot – Camera Extender

No one likes to be the guy whose always taking the pictures of everyone else’s memorable moments.

The XShot solves that problem completely.  It’s an extender for your camera so you can take great shots without needing anyone else around!

It’s a perfect gift for a graduate who is going to be traveling.


XShot Camera Extender – Black (XS2379)


Jun 4 2010

Kind Notes, Kind Gift

Kind Notes 

Kind Notes makes these jars of wishes for all occasions and holidays.

I specifically love them as graduation gifts for someone going off to college.   They make lots of fun styles and colors of these Wish Jars.

Have family and friends write little messages for the graduate at their graduation party, then send them off with something that will make them feel at home even when they are far away.

Tell them to open one each day so they always know how much everyone cares about them from back home.

Around $30.


May 20 2010

City Slips – Foldable Flats For The Girl On The Go

City Slips are a necessity for any working girl, girl whose boyfriend lives within walking distance , or girl who frequently finds herself taking her shoes off during nights out. 
They come in a cute, tiny case – perfect size to throw in your purse before you leave your apt.  Then whenever you need them, slip on the flats and put your stilettos in the full size tote bags that the case tranforms into. 
Genious!  And only $25.00



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