Aug 2 2018

Turn Your Photos Into an Oil Painting

If you are looking for a unique way to give a special memory, enter Instapaint. They make it really simple (and affordable) for you to work with a REAL artist to create a completely custom oil painting out of any photo. You choose your style, such as photo-realism, abstract expression or pop art, upload your photo on their site and an artist gets to work. The prices start at $99 and go up to $199, which is extremely affordable for a completely custom piece of art and a great price range for a wedding gift, engagement gift, Mother’s Day or Fathers Day gift.

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TGI Tips: For your parents, get a favorite family photo turned into a keep-forever piece of art (even sweeter, if it’s a group gift from you and your siblings.) For your anniversary, turn a favorite wedding photo into a sentimental piece you can hang in your forever home. We even love the idea of honoring a beloved fur baby with a custom oil painting. We love the possibilities, we love how easy it is and we love that’s it’s affordable even for those of us without a crazy art budget.

PACKAGES:

1. Small oil painting package starting at $99 (10 x 10 square standard, or choose other available options)

2. Medium oil painting package starting at $149 (15 x 15 square standard, or choose other available options)

3. Large oil painting starting at $199 (22 x 22 square standard or choose other available options)

More details and info on InstaPaint.com

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Apr 28 2015

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother's day gift picks

1. Photo Wallpaper by WeMontage 

Photo WallPaper WeMontage
This is one of the most awesomely creative ideas.  WeMontage let’s you turn your photos into large scale, removable wallpaper.  You can have all your favorite photos up with no nails in the wall, no stressful attempts at perfectly lining up frames for a gallery wall.  Create a collage for Mom or Grandma with special moments from your lives.  She’ll be able to enjoy it every single day. Starts at $59.99

Use code giftinsider15 for 10% off

2. Flowers that Last 6 Months by Blooms by Heinau 

Blooms by Heinu
These REAL, 100% natural fresch-cut blooms actually last 6 months or longer! These Blooms by Heinau  are cut at their peak, then the water and sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. Amazing. They have 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water.
$9.95 – $459

3. Customized Chocolate Gifts from Totally Chocolate 

Totally Chocolate Mother's Day
Here’s an sweet way to personalize a sweet treat for mom this year. Totally Chocolate offers this huge chocolate bar, 2 lbs, larger than a license plate, with customized lids – upload a sweet photo, pick a Happy Mother’s Day message and make it personalized just for her. You can also choose from different Mother’s Day messages to to be etched right into the chocolate.
$29.95 for each bar,
Use code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

4. Cosmetic Cases + Travel Goodies from Burlington 

Burlington Cosmetic Cases
When gifting to parents, many don’t love when you over-spend on gifts for them, especially luxe items they don’t always need.  If your mom is more of a practical gift lover, we found these adorable cosmetic cases at Burlington for under 5 bucks and filled them with fun travel and beauty necessities for a sweet and thoughtful way to give something they might really use, without spending too much. They’ll be so proud!

5. Made to Order Clutches from Merci New York 

merci_New_York_Bag

These clutches from Merci New York let you pick and choose exactly how you want them.  Choose from exotic python, embossed python or faux leather and then choose the vintage inspired brooch style you like, the color, etc. Beautifully made: flap top w/magnetic & zip closure, Interior zip pocket & beige ultra suede lining. Gold plated chain and findings.
Starts at $135

6. JARS by Dani 

jars-by-dani

Live far from mom and want to send her something totally unique?  Send these totally adorable JARS, layers of her favorite desserts: sprinkles, cake, marshmallows, chocolate – you name it, all packed in an adorably cute jar.  The lids can be customized with a logo or photo or text of your choice.  Great spot to add a Mother’s Day message. 8oz Jars for $10/8 jar minimum or mini 4oz Jars for $6.25

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*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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