Feb 4 2016

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Each Stage of a Relationship

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It can be tough to navigate the waters of what to give at different stages of a relationship.  We’ve rounded up some ideas to give at different stages to help avoid any uncomfortable gifting exchanges.

1. First Starting to Date – Lovepop Pop Up Greetings ($8-$13)

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You may have seen these beautiful handcrafted works of art on a recent shark tank! LovePops are not your typical greeting card, they are intricate 3D sculptures that lay flat and pop open to display incredibly designed teddy bears, flowers bouquets, tree scenes with a couple swinging underneath. It’s the perfect step above your average greeting card, perfect for when you are just starting out in a relationship.

2. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Him – GiftCrates ($25 – $145)

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The solution for new relationship gifts is to think of their interests or hobbies and go from there. For him, choose a themed crate from GiftCrates from the bacon lover to a Chicago Bears fan and give him a whole crate full of snacks, gadgets and manly gear related to his favorite things. *note price in video is incorrect, bacon crate is $59.99

TGI Deal // GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off.

3. Dating But Not Overly Serious For Her – Emoji Pillow ($15)

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This emoji pillow is a cute and flirty take on giving your lady a teddy bear for Valentine’s Day. It’s a little cheeky, a little romantic and just spot on for a just starting on Valentine’s Day. Add some unique and equally cheeky Valentine’s Day sweets like these “Hey Sugar Lips” gummies or “bear hug” gummy bears all available at Papersource.

 

4. You’re Committed!  For Him: Blackwood Wallets (50% off!) + Wallet Inserts
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The easiest way to go for a first big gift is give something he needs, something practical. This brand new company Blackwood Wallets has genuine leather wallets that start at $55 AND we have a 50% off code for everything. Use code Blackwoodevent for 50% off! 
If you are looking to make it more personal, compliment with these personalized wallet inserts using your own handwriting from Etsy artist Vintage Branding Co.

5. You’re committed! For Her – Real Flowers that Last Blooms by Heinau ($10 – $449)

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These game changing flowers are the perfect way to step it up from the usual bouquets and show you wanna make this last. These arrangements from BloomsbeHeinau are real flowers last 6 months or longer. 100% fresh-cut blooms are cut at their peak & the water & sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/ 50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water. 

6. You’ve Celebrated A Few Key Milestones – GetWickd Candles Made From Your Own Bottle

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These custom candles made from your own saved bottles are the perfect gift as you are starting to celebrate some happy milestones together: 1st Valentine’s Day, 1 year, engagements, anniversaries. Get Wickd from NYC, repurposes your special occasion bottles of wine/champagne/alcohol & turns them into luxe eco-friendly engravable candles. Save & mail your bottle, email your message & they engrave & fill your bottle with a natural soy candle & you choose the scent. (Start at $59)

TGI DEAL // GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% OFF

7. You’re a Lifelong Pair – For Him: Customized Undone Watches

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We love anything you can personalize, which is why we’re very into Undone Watches. There 1 million unique combinations of customization, you can build your entire watch online from the color of the case & bezel to the hour and minute hands.We love that you can also upload a favorite photo or personalize the back of the glass caseback with a special message. Love that you can make this watch as individual as you are. ~$430 &

8. When You’ve Been Together Forever –  Heart Black Tie Decanter

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This elegant Riedel decanter has a special and perfect for Valentine’s Day twist.  The heart cut out shines through when used (especially with dark reds) which makes this it a beautiful, elegant and keep forever piece. Pair with your favorite bottle of red and it will be a perfectly romantic gift no matter how many years it’s been. $225

Check us out chatting on ABC Detroit on 2/6 about some of these picks.

Also, watch us chat w/ on Good Day Chicago about all these gifts. (with a little surprise appearance at the end from my new hubby!)

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Dec 21 2015

Last-Minute DIY Printable Gift Ideas

Printable Calendars

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via Etsy, Sunshine Parties 

Printable Wine Labels

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Via Design Eat Repeat

Banana Bread Free Printable Labels

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Via I Heart Naptime

For Your Mistletoes Tags

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via Bloom Designs Online

Printable Watermellon Wrapping Paper

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Via Brenda Bird Designs 

3D Printed Personalized Pez Dispensers 

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Via Makezine 

DIY Terrarium Kit w/ Free Printables

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Via Wit & Whistle

Perfect Printable Paper Blooms 

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Via The Pretty Blog

 

Any great last-minute DIY Printables you are loving and using this year!?  Tell us in the comments below!

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Nov 28 2015

TGI TIPS: Ways to Conquer Cyber Week

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Social Media – Don’t forget to follow your favorite companies on twitter, facebook and isntagram for exclusive deals

Search – CyberMonday.com or #cybermonday

Site-wide Deals – Cyber Monday is time when a lot of retailers have site-wide deals vs. product specific deals so take advantage of those

Pre-shop – find what you want from stores before the holiday so you can focus on those discounts.  

Promo Codes – To find them, go to RetailMeNot.com, TheKrazyCouponLady or Google the name of the shopping site with the words ‘coupon code’ or ‘promo code.

Set price alerts – Use search engines like Shopstyle and Pricegrabber to compare prices for all over

Bottom Up – Make to shop from bottom up on sale sites

Autofill – Be sure to set up autofill for your credit card or sign up for accounts on your favorite sites 

What to Focus On/Avoid:

Buy: big ticket items, clothes, travel deals, beauty sets, gadgets and holiday decor

Avoid: Resist the urge to shop for yourself and hold off on winter accessories – gloves, coats, etc often go on sale even further after CyberMonday

 Any tips you have for conquering the day?! 

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Nov 27 2015

TGI Tips: Holiday Shopping Days You Need to Know About

Get ready for the busiest and BEST shopping days of the year with these essential tips!

Small Business Saturday

Stay away from the Black Friday stress, and support the businesses close to home. TGI has some tips to make your Small Business Saturday successful and stress-free!

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Via The Gift Insider

Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the craziest days of the year, since stores aren’t just filled with shopaholics. It’s the one day where even people who always avoid shopping still go out to get their fair share of the endless sales. Check out some TGI tips so you know how to plan ahead, be efficient, and make sure you’re getting the best deals out there!

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Via The Gift Insider

Cyber Monday

Skip the lines and shop from the comfort of your own home. Grab your computer and cozy up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee for a relaxing Cyber Monday. Follow these tips to be sure you do Cyber Monday the right way so you can make the perfect online purchase.

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Free Shipping Day

It’s always a bummer when you’re ready to hit “confirm” on your payment and then you realize shipping just added $20.00 to what you thought was a great deal. Take advantage of free shipping day with these tips!

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Via Suddenly Frugal

 

Happy Shopping!

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Nov 23 2015

WyshMe Wishlists Simplifies Your Holiday {Dedicated Post}

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Yes, it’s tough keepin’ track of everything on your Holiday to-do lists and gift lists. Enter a site WyshMe that can help you:

– Discover amazing products, and collect your favorites on your personal WyshList

– Connect with friends, and share suggestions, requests, and conversations about the products you love.

– Organize lists of gift ideas for any event, with friends and family.

Check out a few our favorite Gifts For Her Pinterest Picks from Wyshme.

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This year, be sure to simplify your holiday and make a Holiday Wish List to share with friends and family. Easy peasy.

 

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Nov 10 2015

10 Romantic Ideas to Do for Your Significant Other

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1. Record a sentimental video on your iPhone
2. Rent his favorite sports car for the night
3. Take Her Ice Skating
4. Make a Buzz Feed with all the Reasons You Love Them
5. Make a Cuddle Kit for 2 (Wine, Chocolates, DVDs in a basket)
6. Make a Custom Crossword Puzzle 
7. Send them a funny dancing JibJab Card using your photos (Let’s get physical is our favorite)
8. Compile a playlist and some favorite photos and save to a USB
9. Send them on a Scavenger Hunt
10. Gift a Hulu or Netflix Subscription – and commit to watching an entire season of their show of choice
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Oct 27 2015

Favors + Recipes Ideas for a Top Notch Halloween Party

It’s the spookiest time of year, and The Gift Insider wants to help you throw the best Halloween party yet!

RECIPES: These are two tasty recipes that your guests will love, and they are totally creative. Yum!

Pumpkin Pretzels

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Via Butter With a Side of Bread

The Graveyard Taco Dip

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Via The Chickabug Blog

DECOR: These festive DIY decorations are really simple but are a great way to spice up the party decor.

Spider Ice Cubes

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Via Pink Peppermint Design

Mummy Candy Cups

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Via The Taylor House

FAVORS: Send your guests home with a scary, tasty Halloween treat!

Bags of Tricks Favors

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Via Good Housekeeping

Oreo Witch Shoes Favors

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Check out last year’s Halloween party inspiration!

Happy Halloween!

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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 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.

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Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs

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We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony

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This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

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I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

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We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 

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Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 

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This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality

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We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  

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We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces

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Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs

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These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake

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This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses

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When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 

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There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 

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We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!

 

We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

Photocredits laurietennentstudio.com and blueracerproductions.com

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