Apr 12 2016

Perfect Wedding Presents for the Bride & Groom

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Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better time to up your gifting game than with a heartfelt gift for the couple-to-be. We’ve rounded up a few unique picks for your favorite 2016 couples. Tune into ABC’s TV20 Detroit on 4/13 to see us chat about this gift guide live.

1. Vows as an Art Print 

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Turn the happy couple’s vows into a piece of art they can hang right on the wall. Minted will turn the couple’s vows (or any other text) into a piece of art that’s personal and beautiful. The print is available in letterpress or foil-pressed options as well and you can handpick the font. Starts at $36

Available at Minted.com 

2. Gold Initial Tray 

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An initial or monogram tray is the perfect personalized gift. This option from West Elm is perfect for serving drinks, organizing odds and ends or making breakfast in bed. $34 + monogramming

Available at westelm.com

3. Romantic Picnic Basket

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For the couple who loves romance and adventure, gift a picnic basket filled with outdoor dining essentials. This option comes with break-proof glasses, plates, napkins and enough room for a few bottles of rose and some delish sammies.

Available at Macys

4. Hydration Tracking Mugs

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For the fitness-focused couple or lover of the latest gadgets, gift the new Pryme Vessyl. It’s a genius smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated and at your best throughout the day. Perfect to use on the day of the wedding as well! $99

Available at prymevessyl.com and select apple stores

5. Bright + Compact Keurig 2.0 

 

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The brightly colored Keurig 2.0 is perfectly compact and practical for the newlyweds. Pair with a set of Mr and Mrs mugs and some K-Cups to help start them off on a peppy foot. Try K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. 7 refreshingly fun colors, we love the Turquoise, Orange or Violet.

Availabe at Keurig.com or other major retailers

6. Monthly Plonk Wine Club

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Gift a curated monthly Wine Club to the newlyweds. Plonk Wine Club sends recipe pairings & tasting notes to the newlyweds and specializes in artisanal, small batch & sustainably grown boutique wines from around the globe. 2, 4, or 12 bottles a month & choose your Club; Mixed, White, Cabernet, Pinot, Sauvignon. Starting at $49.99

Available at plonkwineclub.com

7. Create a Custom Love Song

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Our Song Online let’s customers create an original and totally unique singer-songwriter style song recorded on acoustic guitar and cello, all personalized to the specific recipient. The lead writer at oursong has been writing love songs for over 14 years to his high school sweetheart-now-wife-of-ten-years and is now using his experience to create gift songs for fellow romantics and creative gift givers. Prices vary from $206 to $318.

Available at OursongOnline.com

 

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Apr 7 2016

Registry Must-Haves for Entertaining: Macy’s Registry Series

In our final post in our Wedding Registry Series partnership with Macy’s, we rounded up our favorite picks for entertaining. Whether the newlyweds are more of the laid-back bbq type or the formal sit down dinner types, you can’t go wrong gifting something to help them host family and friends. If you are looking for other wedding gift inspiration, browse our Wedding Registry Trends piece.

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1. Vera Wang Wedgwood Dinner Set ($139) 2. Vera Wang Toasting Flutes ($85) 3. Villeroy & Boch 3-Tiered Server ($190) 4. Lenox Rose Desert Servers ($84) 5. Kate Spade Melamine Tray ($40) 6. Home Design Studio Diffuser ($50) 7. Marble Square Paddle Cheeseboard ($58), 8. Cellar Gold Stemless Wine Glasses ($43) 9. Waterford Rebel Blush Decanter ($195)

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Apr 6 2016

Wedding Series: What I Gave My Bridesmaids

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For our latest post in our Wedding Series, I’m talking about what I gave my bridesmaids. I couldn’t choose one gift so I chose a few and stacked them up in true Gift Insider fashion. In case you missed the start to our Bridesmaid gifting journey, be sure to check out our past post on How We Asked Our Bridesmaids. A special thank you to the wonderful 8 ladies who helped make our day so perfect.

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I stacked three different sized white boxes from Michaels and tied together with velvet blush ribbon from Minted and stuck on “Worlds Best Bridesmaid” ribbons from Anthropologie (no longer available.) I had a calligrapher from Etsy handwrite gift tags in gold.

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I wrote a little note inside each box that explained why I chose each gift. Gift #1 was a wrap that I found in Paris at my favorite boutique Merci. I chose different style floral for each wrap and it had a little tag that said merci (thank you!). I found them right after we got engaged and thought it was the perfect little token to show them how much I appreciated them.

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I know a lot of people gift jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding, but I wanted to give something they could wear beyond the wedding, so I gifted these thick script initial necklaces from Etsy. Another great line is HL Collection from Tel Aviv. (use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off)

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For the final gift, I went with the popular Sugar Plum robe. I loved that they matched the liner of our invitation and the blush vibe of the wedding. I also gave a sleeping mask in the same floral pattern.

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It isn’t always easy finding the perfect gift for your most inner squad. If you can’t find the perfect thing, gift a few smaller items. Feel free to browse our packed Pinterest Board or our Wedding Party gift section of the site for more inspo. We’d love to hear about what you gave or got as a Bridesmaid gift below.

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Mar 24 2016

11 Major Wedding Registry Trends: Macy’s Registry Series

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For our third post in our Wedding Registry Series with Macy’s, we’re talking about our favorite wedding registry trends of 2016. Whether you are the happy couple-to-be or are gifting the happy couple-to-be, we’ll walk you through the trends you need to know.

1. Home Decor Elements

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Couples are adhering to less strict registry rules than decades of the past. Many already have the basic home essentials, but would prefer some fun items to express their new style as a couple like photo displays or wall decor.

2. Al Fresco Dining Options

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With the shift in more casual and outdoor entertaining, high end designers like Kate Spade and Michael Aram are creating chic lines of melamine plastic, eco-friendly and party approved tableware that is both design and budget-friendly. It’s perfect for the couple who loves to entertain.

3. Copper Everything

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Whether choosing new pots and pans, a french press or barware, copper is definitely the metallic hue of the moment. We love how it mixes well with a range of other metals for a fresh and eclectic look.

4. Kitchen Space Savers

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With all the gadgets, mixers and large serving pieces couples get for their wedding, it isn’t often there is *extra* space in a newlyweds kitchen. These Joseph and Joseph cutting boards and mixing bowl sets are a both stylish and space-saving kitchen solution.

5. Faceted Designs

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We’ve been seeing the faceted design trend everywhere, from vases to light fixtures and we can’t get enough. For the on-trend couple, a few home accents in this style is the perfect way to add fresh and functional elements to their happy home.

6. Cast Iron Cookware

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As far as cast iron cookware, Le Creuset is the gold standard. A french classic, you can braise, simmer or roast almost anything, they have a last-forever quality and the most beautiful range of colors. It’s the perfect way to add a cohesive pop of color that will stand the test of time.

7. Time-Saving Gadgets

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The tech world is exploding with ways to make it easy for couples to keep their home in top shape. Couples are adding time-saving gadgets like the iRobot to their registry to keep their newlywed homes clean as easily as possible.

8. Gold Flatware

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It’s all about gold flatware for the dining table these days. The modern couple is mixing and matching metals for a less formal but still cohesive look when entertaining.

9. Bar Cart Essentials

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The bar cart has made a serious comeback. Bar tools, decanters and assorted style glassware are at the top of many couple’s wish lists.

10. Experience Related Ideas

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Many couples are asking for more experience related gifts that they can enjoy together outside the home, like a fun picnic basket, blanket or hammock.

11. Marble Inspired Serveware 

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Marble inspired looks aren’t only for fancy countertops anymore. The style is newly trending for serving essentials like cheese boards, cake stands and cutting boards. It’s a less expensive way to add the same chic and clean feel to any budget home.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

 

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Mar 10 2016

The Few Things We Wish We Had Registered For: Macy’s Registry Series

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There are quite a few things to consider when registering for your wedding: what’s your style? how many people do you plan to host? where are you going to put it all? Let’s be real, no couple aces it without any help. Even gift experts, like myself, rely on the experiences of past brides and online checklists to help guide us. For our initial post in our wedding registry series with Macy’s, we walked you through what we registered for and what we loved. Now we are going to walk you through some of the the little things we totally forgot about, but wish we had registered for.

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1. Cellar Everyday Glass Pitcher ($40):

A few clear pitchers are perfect for brunches or casual parties where you are serving multiple drink options. We made the mistake of only choosing pitchers that are gorgeous on a formal table, but since guests can’t see what’s inside, we’ve been stuck with many untouched jugs of mimosa-ready juices.

2. Nambe 3-Piece Serving Set ($65): 

Get extra serving sets! No matter how many you think you need, register for a few extra. You will never have enough. Feel free to mix and match textures and styles that work with a variety of your serving pieces, we did a mix of golds and hammered silver. Try a few less expensive options that you can use everyday and some higher end styles that compliment your formal pieces like the Nambe of Michael Aram lines.

3. Chilewich Placemats ($15):

Multiple style placements are such a fun and easy way to spice up your table and your look. We registered for one style, but would have loved a few different options to switch up our look for different seasons. Chilewich is definitely the line to browse.

4. Godinger 3-Tiered Serving Piece ($100)

After hosting our first buffet-style brunch, I realized we needed some pieces that offered some varying heights on the table, both for aesthetic reasons and so I could get some more space out of our table. While traditionally for desserts, it’s perfect for displaying pretty much anything. 

5. Cellar Cake Stand ($29):

This was another thing I didn’t think we *needed*, but now, wish we had asked for. It seems every time we have a gathering it’s around someone’s birthday, so there is typically a cake involved (and my hubby just loves cake!). A clear stand is both a practical and pretty place to keep sweets.

6. Joseph Joseph Carousel Tool Set ($79):

Don’t forget to register for some new kitchen tools. While you may already have some current options, once you have new pots, pans and everything in between, you’ll wish you had upgraded that beat-up spatula too. We love the chic, happy and practical designs of the Joseph Joseph line.

7. Reed and Barton Flatware Chest ($150)

A flatware chest is another item a lot of couples don’t think to register for. It’s useful and timeless for any flatware you don’t want to keep out everyday. We purchased one post-wedding after we decided we wanted to keep our old everyday flatware in addition to our new set, just in case we needed a few extra sets for entertaining.

8. Tumi Travel Satchel ($445):

We waited a few months after our wedding to take our European honeymoon, so it wasn’t at the forefront of our minds when registering. Before we jetted off, we realized we desperately needed some key traveling essentials. We ended up last-minute shopping for the quality luggage we needed right away.

9. Dyson Heating/Cooling Fan ($749):

Space heaters, vacuums, humidifiers and the like are a common category that couples wish they had registered for. It’s totally okay to ask for a high-ticket item that you really need. My home office is always FREEZING, summer or winter – so this heating/cooling fan could have saved me lots of bundling up.

For those of you who have already went through this process, tell us the things you wish you had done differently if you could do it again!

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

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Oct 29 2015

Etsy Pick We Love: The Heart Map Print

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This Heart Map Print by AGierDesign on Etsy is one of our very popular go-to wedding gifts. Choose any 2 cities or small towns & this artist puts them together in a heart. So sweet for 2 people that come from different places.  Print is unmatted and unframed. (Frame may be added). 3 sizes, 8″x10″ $50 & see

Cuz we love ya! Use GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% Off

Find it here: AGierDesign

 

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Sep 30 2015

TGI Wedding Series: Ways to Thank Your Shower Hostesses

Wedding showers are FUN.  You are surrounded by ladies who love you and get showered with beautiful gifts.  One of the tougher parts of wedding showers is figuring out what to give all of your shower hostess’ to thank them.

FIRST SHOWER:  I gave a gift set- cute patterened buckets to hold all the goodies in, a beveled mirror, a mini clipboard notepad that I stamped “Thank You” on the first page w/ a rubber stamp and a Graphic Image Leather Luggage tag w/ each of their initials.

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SECOND SHOWER:  I decided to just do one larger gift and  I gave each lady a leather personalized Graphic Image Passport Cover. I chose a few different covers and tried to pick a color for each lady that I thought suited them. I used the same rubber stamp as I did on the first gift to add a heart gift tag to each gift and wrapped in this beautiful, beautiful paper from TARGET.

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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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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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Apr 9 2015

Round Up: Photo Books We Love

Photo books are great personalized gifts that will last forever! Whether it be for family, friends, newly weds, or soon-to-be moms, photo books will be a hit!

Artifact Uprising

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Artifact Uprising rocks with its Instagram Friendly Books! This is such an awesome idea and is great for anyone who loves artsy photos or just for fun times with friends that you don’t want them to forget!

Shutterfly

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Shutterfly is perfect for the family photo shoot, pictures of the kids, and so many special memories! This is a great gift for parents and grandparents who adore pictures of the people they love the most! The quality of the books are amazing, and the pictures are always vibrant!

Blurb

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Photo books from Blurb are unique and always awesome! We love how you can get totally creative and do anything from family photos to cook books! Any chef will be totally impressed!

Mosaic

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This is so cool and is perfect for photo books on the go! You can make them from your phone or tablet! Quick and easy! Nothing better than a personalized last-minute gift!

Milk Books

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The Milk photo books are gorgeous and totally classy! The matte art paper and hard cover look great around the house! Awesome wedding and housewarming gifts! A personal touch to a new home or new chapter of life is always so special!

Happy Gifting!

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Feb 16 2015

The Gift Insider Weds: Some of Our Favorite Engagement Gifts

We totally acknowledge how hard it must be to shop for a gift-giving expert, that’s why we were so touched by all the sweet and thoughtful engagement gifts we got this year.  Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorites.

A Mini Painted Canvas and an Initial Ring Dish  

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Feyonce Tank 

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Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags, Wedding Planning Books and a Framed Photo of our Engagement Picture

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A DIY Box of Bottles for Every”First” 

DIY Engagement Gift Ideas

Year Established Schey Family Plaque

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Mr and Mrs Schey Stemless Wine Glasses

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Days Until We Become Mr and Mrs Schey Door Hanger

Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

L+J Wooden Cheese Board

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LoveBirds Handmade by Grandma Gift Insider <3

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Yes, Dear Pillow + Kate Spade Mr and Mrs Frame

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Kate Spade Polka Dot Vase

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These are just a few of our favorites.  Browse our engagement gift section for other ideas and deals on engagement gifts.

What were some of your favorite gifts you’ve given or received for engagement gifts?

 

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