Jun 14 2012

TGI Tips: 5 Dad Gifts You Can Give Last Minute

While we don’t recommend waiting until the day-of to find a gift for Dad, for the years it inevitably happens, here are some thoughtful ideas you can send, print or give last minute. And we mean literally, five minutes before brunch.

Trunk Club Last Minute Gift

1.  A New Wardrobe in a Trunk –  Leave picking out clothes for Dad to the professionals. Give him a printable gift certificate to TrunkClub, a company that does his shopping for him and delivers in a trunk right to his door (he can conveniently send back anything he doesn’t like.)

2. iPhone/iPod Apps – Does Dad have all the gadgets but no clue what to do with them.  Help him out and download some apps from iTunes for him that fit his interests. iTunes.com

3. Box of Awesome – Give dad a subscription to Bespoke Post and they will send a “Box of Awesome” handpicked with cool and curated products to Dad each month. Give 1, 3 or 6 months. Their Junes box is s a collaboration with DETAILS Magazine and full of summer essentials like foldable sunglasses.

4. Personalized Magazine Cover – Pick Dad’s favorite hobby (Golf, Fishing, Hunting, etc) upload a photo a photo of him to YourCover.com and choose funny headlines to make him the star of his own magazine.  Print out on you computer and find an inexpensive frame at your local drugstore. $12.95 + frame.

 5. Of-the-Month Clubs – Whiskey of the Month Club, BBQ of the Month Club, Sock of the Month Club. These subscriptions keep on giving, look thoughtful but really can be ordered a couple hours before it’s time to head out the door.

We all know EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU have waited until the last minute to find a gift at some point … tell us what you have scrounged up before you needed to head your annual Father’s Day gathering?  Comment below or on our Facebook page.



Jun 10 2012

GIFT GUIDE: Cool Dads & Grads Gift Ideas (seen on NBC5 Chicago + Fox2Detroit)

With Father’s Day coming up & graduation party invites rolling in, we’ve got some unique ideas for Dads & grads!  Watch The Gift Insider highlight our Top Picks on NBC Chicago on 6.3.2012.

And on Fox2Detroit on 6.10.2012.

<<>>MOVE mobile suitcases <<>>

more than a suitcase, it’s a movement! the sleekest luggage around, perfect for the minimalist man who likes to travel in style. and you know it’s hot because snoop dogg rolls with ’em.

<<>>Design your own charm @ the online GEM BAR by Erin Gallagher <<>>

based in Chicago, this hip jewelry line lets you mix & match chains and stones of all different varieties. It’s a great way to give a grad a one-of-a kind gift.

<<>> Grilled Cheesus <<>>

kitchsy electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of jesus into your sandwich. A Kickstarter invention from a sweet couple in Brooklyn, this holy press is sure to make anyone’s day.  40% OFF with an exclusive GIFT INSIDER CODE

<<>> FreeBeneath Robes <<>>

the perfect chill dorm attire for the grad & great for dads who like to keep it casual around the house.


shipped with a Crowbar! So Manly. No ribbons, nothing pink & pretty. Just cool guy stuff shipped in a crate. The unexpected opening experience is pretty fun too. They have about 15 different crates for every kind of guy.

<<>>BBQ Of The Month Club<<>>

literally perfect for that Dad who loves to grill, and we’re so obviously big fans of anything of-the-month.

<<>>Hot Dog Yoga Rollpack<<>>

pack your yoga gear inside, roll your mat inside and throw your water bottle and keys on the outside. brilliant.

<<>>In Dad We Trust Wallet <<>>

daddy warbucks could of used one of these! Funny, yet true…tell your Dad “we appreciate all the things ($$) you do!”





Jun 4 2012

Mancrates: Filled with Cool Stuff for Guys

Playing around with our Mancrate…

Mancrates, Crates for Guys

It’s a requirement to open this ManCrate with a crowbar. Each gift full of of manliness comes with one and opening the box is half the fun.   This cool-dude company has about 15 different crates for every kind of guy. This one is their Survival Kit. Awesome Graduation or Father’s Day Gift ideas. $79.99

DEAL: Enter GIFTINSIDER for 10% off through 10/12

—–>Watch it live on our TV segment on NBC Chicago 


Jun 4 2012

Grilled Cheesus Panini Maker: Jesus on Toast

Check out my first experience trying out the The Grilled Cheesus! Amazeballs.

Grilled Cheesus Panini Maker

The Grilled Cheesus is an electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of Jesus onto your sandwich bread.  Definitely fun way to impress/freak out your college roommates or inspire kids at breakfast. Portion of profit goes to Feed the Hungry.  The idea came before the Glee episode, but we’re certain it will be a hit for Gleek fans.  “Bring a little miracle to lunchtime.”   $39.95

INSIDER40 for 40% off until June 6th. Buy here:  grilledcheesus.com

—–>Watch it live on our TV segment on NBC Chicago 


Sep 8 2011

2011 Demo Reel – TGI Highlights

Gift Expert, Lindsay Roberts, is the go-to expert in the gift-giving field. Below is a reel of her in 2011 highlights.

Lindsay scours local boutiques, magazines and the web to help users find the best, newest, coolest, most unique, most romantic, most creative gift ideas out there – so that users don’t have to.

Roberts’ influence as a Gift Expert  goes far beyond just thegiftinsider.com, as she has appeared  on ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and FOX networks across the country, was recently a guest on The Carson Daly Radio Show and contributes to several gift guides and online columns.




Jun 13 2011

Father’s Day Twitter Party – Free #giftadvice from The Gift Insider tonight!

We know shopping for Dad is really, really difficult.  To help you out, The Gift Insider has decided to offer free gift-giving advice on Twitter tomorrow for anyone who needs some help!

Gift-Insider-Twitter Party

It’s our VERY FIRST twitter party!  What’s a Twitter Party you ask?? It’s basically a way to get together on Twitter and use a certain hashtag for a specified amount of time surrounding a certain topic.  Experts answer questions and give advice…we’ll be helping you find the perfect gifts for your Dads!

Follow us @thegiftinsider

OUR TOPIC: Expert Advice on What To Get Dad!

WHAT TIME: 7 – 9 PM EST (8 – 10 PM CST)

HASH TAG: #giftadvice

We are also giving away two awesome prizes to two lucky participants who join us for the Twitter party!

PRIZE 1: A sippin’ seat that Dad can sit on at the game, WHILE drinking his favorite drink out of the camel-back like straw. ($29.99 Value)

PRIZE 2: An automatic wine opener so opening his favorite bottle of Vino is a cinch!

Winners will be announced at Twitter party and product will be sent by June 30th, 2011.

We’ll be there all day, answering any of your questions and helping you find the perfect gift for Dad!


Jun 8 2011

Top 10 Hottest Father’s Day Gifts of 2011!

It’s time to break out of your cliché Father’s Day gift-giving rut! We have done the digging for you and compiled a list of unique gift ideas your dads will love – no pens, ties or money clips allowed!

Being the gift giving experts that we are, we are well aware of how many of you are last minute online shoppers. To help curb your shipping costs, we recommend a new, shopping program called ShopRunner. They offer Free, 2-day shipping on millions of items found across more than 40 of their retail partners. Five of the items below marked with an asterisk (*) can all be purchased with Free 2-day shipping from our new fav sponsor (and new justification for compulsive online shopping,) ShopRunner. If you aren’t sure if it’s for you, you can try a free 30-day trial to test it out.

Here’s what you should get Pops this year…
Oh, and as always we have tons more ideas for Dad that you can browse on the left or right here.

Stadium Seat with Cooler
This 2-in-one stadium seat and cooler perfectly combines two favorite things – beer and sports. Comfy, heavily padded seat for those cold football days. Fully insulated cooler holds 16 cans. All folds up nicely into a backpack with adjustable straps. Keep Dad comfortable and well hydrated for every sporting event.
Picnic Plus Stadium Seat with Cooler from Sport Authority, $39.99*

Stadium Seat with Cooler

BBQ of the Month Club
Dads love to grill out. Do him a favor and give him what he wants without any of the hassle. Order him BBQ of the Month, sent right to his home. Depending on your budget, pick the number months you’d like and it’s a perfect summertime gift! Everything is locally grown and homemade with the finest ingredients. Bibs & wet naps included, of course.
BBQ of the Month Club from Pig of the Month ranging from $220.00 (for three months) – $757.00 (for full year membership)

BBQ of the Month Club

Rock-Out Speakers
Perfect for the Dads who love adventure. These rugged & weather-resistant speakers really kick out the sound from your music player. Speakers are protected and there’s a zippered pouch to put your music player. Easily hangs on bikes, backpacks, picnic table, etc. Great sound, great portability, no brainer.
Goal Zero Rock-Out Speakers from Eastern Mountain Sports, $39.95*

Rock Out Speakers

Baseball Bat Opener
Like we said… men tend to love sports and beer. Baseball loving Dads will love this authentic salvaged baseball bat bottle opener. It’s handmade from authentic game bats used in the big leagues. These one of a kind bar accessories come with all the scratches earned in the game. Sold gift boxed with signed certificate of authenticity. Select black or natural. Limited quantity, when they’re gone, they’re gone. $75.
Baseball Bat Opener from UncommonGoods, $75.00

Baseball Bat Opener

SPANX for men
Move over ladies, now Men are wearing Spanx too. Only it’s an undershirt and not tights. Same basic idea for men. Help Dad look toned in this “cotton compression undershirt”. The V-neck is a great layering piece, smoothes out the love handles and is the perfect “I’d never buy it myself, but am happy you bought it for me,” gift for Dad. SPANX: Cotton Compression V-Neck T-Shirt available in black, white and grey from Bare Necessities, $58.00*

Spanx for Men

Archos Internet Tablet
ARCHOS ANDROID, What is it you say? It’s basically a more affordable iPad. Internet, music, video, lots of apps, customizable, comes with a cute adjustable kickstand. Half the price of an Apple or Samsung or Sony… Nice case, light and can turn landscape or portrait. Oh, and it’s on sale!
Archos 101 Internet Tablet from Newegg, $293.00*

Archos Android

Help Pops accessorize. We’re all about aviators on men this season. Lord and Taylor has a fantastic selection of sunglasses to choose from. Lots of attitude, lots of choices, all different price ranges.
Assortment of sunglasses by Kenneth Cole Reaction, Carrera and RAY-BAN from Lord & Taylor, $55.00, $150.00, $129.00*

Ray Ban Sunglasses

Classics on MP3
Dads have a lot of things on their plate. If he loves to read but doesn’t always the time, here’s a perfect solution. 100 greatest books of all time are pre-loaded on an MP3 player, just waiting for you to push play. Listen on the hammock or in the car or in the airplane. The combination of the soothing voices on the audio combined with the classic literature, make this an amazing gift. Includes headphones, A/C adapter, adapter for the car and loaded MP3 player. All for $99, that’s less than a $1 a book!
Classics on MP3 from Enjoy the Classics, $99.00

Enjoy the Classics

Scratch Map
Does Dad love to travel? This is the perfect update on the old stick-a-pin-on-the-map routine. This map you can actually scratch out the places you have visited using a coin. Once you scratch the items off it reveals colorful and geographic details to make the classically cool looking map even more interesting.
Scratch Map from UncommonGoods, $24.00

Scratch Map

Sobo Cards
Power to the children! These personalized cards are totally completed by kids. The child decides what picture goes on outside of 14-page card and then colors in on the already started pages. Each page begins with a sentiment like… “When I’m older I want my Dad to… ” and the child draws or writes something to finish the page in their own way. In this age of everything digitized it’s nice to treasure a gift that is full of crayons and drawings and love.
SoBoCards, starting at $9.95

Sobo Cards



May 31 2011

Cool Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads on Fox

Watch our segment on Fox2Detroit featuring some fun and creative gift ideas for the Dads and Grads in your life!
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