Jun 18 2012

Lucky us! We got an (AWESOME) intern!

We can’t say enough great things about our intern, Stephanie! She’s got a ton of energy, goes to a BIG10 school, loves to mupload (mobile upload) & is a prett-ay good dancer! Oh yeah & she’s quite the gift expert. We’re siked to have her on our team this summer & you should be too!


Hi gifters! My name is Stephanie and I could not be more excited to join The Gift Insider team as a Summer intern gift expert. I just returned to the United States from a semester abroad in Prague and will be a Senior Communications major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.  One of my favorite things is to make people smile, and everyone knows the best way to do that is with the ‘perfect’ gift 🙂 I also love to sing, laugh, and cheer on the Badgers.

Here are a few of my fav gift picks:

Why not give a gift that keeps on giving? This perfectly priced picture frame from Five ACCESSORIES is made out of recycled ticket stubs and cards. The best part is that 15% from each frame sold goes back to StreetWise as a fundraiser.

Erin Gallagher’s handmade jewelry is a perfect gift for just about any woman. Her online GEM BAR allows customers to customize their own product- they can pick the type of jewelry to the stone color and shape!

Searching for the perfect ‘thank you’ gift? Look past the clichĂ© flowers and cookies and on to macaroons! These melt-in-your-mouth delicious cookies are a great way to show your gratitude.

Happy Gifting,



Nov 11 2011

D.I.Y. Friday – Copper + Velvet Necklace

What do you get your trendy friend that has everything? how about a funky one-of-a-kind necklace that she won’t be able to find in the store.

This “plumber-chic” necklace made out of hardware store copper pieces + velvet ribbon is not only a stunner but as easy as…


Easy, chic, funky + original. oh, and made by you! It’s a gift your hard-to-buy-for friend will love knowing it’s a one-of-a-kind.

Happy gifting + D.I.Y.ing,



Nov 2 2011

Spice up your hostess gift. Enter to win this spicy floral arrangement from 1-800-FLOWERS.com

Make spice the center of attention at your next chic Fall soiree! With creatively arranged seasonal roses, lilies, hypericum, mini carnations and more, mixed with sweet cinnamon sticks, this bouquet is one festive and fabulous hostess gift that will add a unique look to any Fall tablescape. Enter for a chance to win a Pumpkin Spice Martini Bouquet™ from 1-800-FLOWERS.com – we’re giving away 3! Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 10 2011

Enter to Win the Most Unique Vase Out There

Hostess Gifts tend to be boring and typical, do something different than that bottle of 2 Buck Chuck you always bring.  Win a Tubebookulosis by Airy Obsessions, a vase made from a trio of glass test tubes and vintage books. ($28.00 Value) Read the rest of this entry »


May 13 2011

The Gift Insider’s – Trio of Custom Grad Gifts Sweepstakes

Rouge and Co Sweepstakes

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Register for “The Insider” newsletter – Required

Additional Entry Opportunities

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Sweeps will go from Friday May 13th, 2011 11:00 AM EST until June 20th, 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 customized cell phone case, customized kookie and pair of customized luggage tags from Rouge and Co.- $99.00 value.

BIG thanks to iWavecube for providing this awesome prize. If you’d like to purchase one check out –http://www.rougeandco.com




Feb 11 2011

Feb 8 2011

Cool Gift Ideas for Guys on Valentine’s Day

The Gift Insider’s local Chicago gift girl, Alexx Miles, helps you shop for your man this Valentine’s Day.

Though we often forget, it’s not all about us, girls! This Valentine’s Day we’ve found the Perfect Gift Ideas for the man in your life to show him just how much you care..

The Sports-Fanatic Boy: Salvaged Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

The Athletic Boy: Nike Heart Rate Monitoring Strap

The Party Boy: At Home Wine Tasting Kits

The Game Boy: Personalize Monopoly Set

The Hungry Boy: Aphrodisiac Cook Book

The Geeky Boy: Name a Star

The Kinky Boy: Chocolate Body Fondue

The Workaholic Boy: Spa For Two Kit

The Pretty Boy: “Man Can” Styling Kit

The Classy Boy: Premium French Champagnes

The Gadget Addict Boy: They’ll love watching movies with you even more when they can pause, play and rewind internet television with the Roku Video Player. Roku


Feb 7 2011

Enter to Win 2 Cevia Frames – Keep One, Give One!

The Gift Insider is giving away two easy-to-use  Cevia Frames to a lucky reader! The Cevia is not your average digital frame. It allows you to upload photos traditionally, but you can also allow friends and family to connect and upload pictures from the internet, Facebook, cell phones, or e-mailed directly to your frame. Forget the hassle of uploading and updating your digital pictures and let others do it for you! The Cevia frame is valued at $119.95

Thanks to Cevia for providing this product.

How to enter:

Register for “The Insider” newsletter – Required

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Additional Entry Opportunities- (one per day)

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 Thursday February 3rd, 2011 11:00 AM EST until March 3rd, 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 Ceiva Frame  – Value $119.95


Jan 27 2011

Wickedly Chic’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Check out Wickedly Chic’s just-up Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to find some indie ideas for your Valentine.   Think Japanese  baked goods, personalized name print necklaces, and aromatherapy kits.

Wickedly Chic’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


Jan 24 2011

Our First Ever (and soon-to-be weekly) Link Round Up

We all have those weeks, so we feel your pain. The Gift Insider has come up with some tips on how to get you through the week that never ends..

The first step in being fabulous is feeling fabulous! Here’s what I’ve found will help you do so:

1. Grab an apple and read this article: What it means to eat healthy

2. Reading isn’t enough though! Change your diet this week: Healthiest Food

3. De-stress: Core Power

4. Get pretty: Best Skin Care

5. Get smart: 30 Things to Know Before You’re 30

Now, take thirty minutes of “you time” on this site, you’ll thank me later: My 50

Happy Tuesday!




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