Aug 25 2016

2016 Back to College Gift Guide + Sweepstakes


1. Tracey Tanner Backpack ($495, GiftInsider10 for 10% off)  2. Confetti Post Care Packages ($54) 3. Thimblepress Notepads ($18, thimblelove for 10% off) 4. Kiko Leather Cord Wrap ($27, TGI15 for 15% off) 5. Owen and Fred Pen ($7), 6. Owen and Fred Hey Handmade Dopp Kit ($68), 7. Tracey Tanner Pouch ($99, GiftInsider10 for 10% off), 8. Owen and Fred Duffle ($115) 9. Kiko Leather Macbook Case ($65, TGI15 for 15% off )


– GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off Tracey Tanner

– THIMBLELOVE for 10% OFF Thimblepress

– TGI15 for 15% off Kiko Leather

Be sure to enter our Sweepstakes below to win one of each products for the brands listed above!

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on ABC Detroit below!


Aug 21 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Unique Back to College Gift Picks


It’s time to head back-to-school, back to the dorms or those teeny-tiny apartments.  Stand out and arm yourself or your favorite co-ed w/ some #instaworthy college necessities.

1. Eco-Chic Handcrafted Wood Amplifiers by Woodberry 


Handmade and a perfect dorm room talking piece, these Woodberry Company amplifiers are one-of-a-kind. Sign In For Free Shipping on TGI

2. A Purse That Charges Your Phone Purse That Charges Your Phone

Never be left out of juice while at school w/ a purse that also charges your phone from Chic Buds.
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4. Try the World Monthly Box 



Let your college student experience cultures of the world right from their dorm room or apartment w/ a monthly curated box from Try The World w/ the finest local finds from countries around the world.
Sign In For $10 Off First Box

4. The Ultimate Chic Office Set by Rachel George 



A super chic, all-in-one office set for the college lady with style, from Rachel George’s adorable site.
Sign In For 10% Off Coupon Code on TGI

5. Marble Inspired Tech Cases 

White Marbe UniqFind MacBook Case

We are loving the entire marble inspired tech case line from UniqFind, we are literally obsessed with all of it.

6. Plant-0-Gram 


Warm that dorm room or apartment up with a live, green PlantoGram.  Can be grown in cold climates and small spaces.  Sign In For Free Fruit Tree W/ Order

*All product picks are hand-picked by The Gift Insider, the site and all sponsors are highly curated.  We don’t recommend anything we don’t like think others would love to give or receive as a super unique gift.


Sep 5 2014

Time to Organize: Glam Office Accessories for Ultra Chic Desks

Make sure to follow us on Instagram for similar shots, but we couldn’t help but share on the blog our glam new office supplies!  The kids are going back to school, why not chic up your own office space too?

Glam Office Styling

Binder by RussleandHazel, Polka Dot File Folders by Kate Spade, Acrylic and Gold Desk Accessories by Kate Spade from See Jane Work, Custom Pencils by Rabbit Foot Fern Design, Gold Notebook by Poppin and To Do Notepad by Studio Sarah London


Aug 13 2014

DIY Gift Idea // Chalkboard Lunchbox

Have a little one going back to school? Make sure your kids know just how special they are every single day of the year by making them an easy DIY Chalkboard Lunchbox.

Back to School Lunchbox

Step 1:  Purchase a cute tin lunchbox (we love these Fender finds from amazon)

Step 2: Get Chalkboard Paint and Sponge Brushes

Chalkboard DIY Gift

Step 3: Cover the edges of the tin box with painters tape and begin to paint the top section with the chalkboard tape. 2 coasts works best. Let dry in between coats and then overnight.

Step 4: Write a sweet note each morning to your little one, change it depending on the day!

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Step 5: Start adding in some healthy elements.  Suprise them with a hidden  banana note.  Use a tack to write the note in the skin and by the time it’s lunchtime it will “magically” appear

Back to School Banana

Banana Lunchbox Note

Step 6: Add in some more healthy elements like the widely popular coconut water craze, Vita Coco, now has a line especially for kids and their back to school lunchboxes!

Lunchbox DIY Chalkboard

Check out our other DIY Gifting Ideas here!


Mar 13 2014

Gift We Love // Vintage Inspired Personalized Play Kitchens

These Vintage Inspired Play Kitchens are one of those dream come true gifts, something that’s totally their own and that let’s them be just like Mom and Dad. The company that creates adorable and way-more-unique-than-average kitchen sets,, sells a range of different vintage kitchen styles and colors and our offers the ability to personalize each kitchen with your giftee’s name.

While our Gift Insider favorite’s are the Vintage Inspired sets, scroll to the bottom to check out their Modern Option, lots of other styles on the site including a “foldable kitchen” for smaller spaces. Each set comes with a cordless phone, clickable knobs, a removable sink. It’s kind of the cutest addition to a playroom we’ve ever seen.

Price: $179.95 – $289.99

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Personalized Vintage Kids Kitchen Set


Vintage Play Kitchen Red DibsieVintage Play Kitchens DibsieDibsie Play Kitchen Modern

This is a sponsored post written by The Gift Insider. As always, only accepts products on our site that we truly believe to be the most unique and creative gifts out there. We turn down 100’s of products and sift through the masses to bring you the coolest presents around.  We believe these play kitchens are absolutely one of them.


Aug 29 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas for Back to School // Seen on WGN News

Check out The Gift Insider’s appearance on WGN Chicago News featuring all cool and hip ideas for kids going back to college.  Full list + promotional codes here


Aug 23 2013

Hipster Gift Ideas // Back To College


The school bells is about to ring. It’s time for notebooks, new sneakers, lockers and highlighters. Give your student a little something to kick their school year off right and redefine back to school cool with these gifts for your hipster kid!

Watch The Gift Insider on Fox2News highlighting the below items.


Bespoke Post - Box of Awesome


You're a Gem Pencils


PS You're Invited DIY Book


Rifle Paper Co. To-Do List


More Crap Box


Acoustic iPhone Speaker


Steam Punk iPhone Handset



Retro Polaroid Camera



Aug 16 2012

Back to College Gift Ideas

Well folks, it’s almost time for class to be in session once again, and we’ve got the hippest and hottest ‘too cool for back-to-school’ must-haves. Don’t send your favorite college student off to school without ’em!

ALEX Water Bottle

The ALEX water bottle is perhaps the best water bottle on the market. Not only is it dishwasher safe and made of 100% PBA-free stainless steel, the bottle unscrews at the top AND in the middle for easy cleaning- a germaphobe’s dream come true!

Frykat Grill


This mini grill is ideal for a small cook out or tailgate BBQ. It is compact, portable, and comes in a variety of colors. Hot brats anyone?


With little space and plugs in college dorm rooms and houses, it is hard to charge multiple tech items at once. But have no fear, the PowerMat is here! The Powermat, one of the coolest gadgets for this school year, only requires one plug to simultaneously and wirelessly charge your iphone, ipod, blackerry, camera, etc.

Stone Cloth Backpacks

These cloth backpacks are just too cool for school. Each knapsack is made in the United States and each purchase supports a child’s education in Tanzania. Buy a backpack, Carry an Education. Available in 5 different colors.


The Cap-Sac is a College Game Day partier’s dream come true! Free your hands with the Cap-Sac by tucking away your money, student ID card, and football ticket safely in the front zipper pocket.

The best part is that the Cap-Sac comes in all of your favorite team’s colors!

Pepper Spray Gun


Always stay safe and stylish on your college campus with this mace pepper spray gun. Choose from navy, sky blue, silver, or pink.

Beats By Dr. Dre


These extremely comfortable Hi-Def Noise-Cancelling headphones are the latest and greatest tech items on the market and college campuses. Beats by Dr. Dre come in multiple different colors, including special edition RED. With each purchase of RED headphones, Beats donates a percentage of the proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

“Experience the music the way the artists want you to.”



A bottle opener and a sleek iPhone case have come together as one unit in order to serve mankind like never before. We introduce you to- the iBottlerOpener. This product is extremely cool, protective, and convenient. Be prepared when thirst hits.


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, 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.




Aug 25 2011

Win Fanny Wang Headphones ($169 Value)

Fanny Wang Sweetpsaktes The Gift Insider
We are obsessed with these headphones from Fanny Wang…which is why we decided to share the love and let one lucky reader win them!

How to Enter:
Like us on Facebook – Required

Sign Up to become a member of The Gift Insider – (up top)

Additional Entry Opportunities
Follow me and Tweet about the contest – include @thegiftinsider and #contests
Post a link to this site or contest on your site or blog


Sweeps will go from Wendesday August 30th, 2011 11:00 AM EST until October 15th, 2011 11:00 AM EST.
We will pick one winner at random within 72 hours of the close date and contact you via email
Winner will win a pair of Fanny Wang Headphones valued at $169.99.

BIG thanks to Fanny Wang for providing this awesome prize.





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