Jan 17 2011

Top 5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Chicago

The Gift Insider’s local Chicago gift girl, Alexx Miles, helps you men out there find the most romantic date spots in Chicago.

The Gift Insider knows that the same restaurants get old and the last thing anyone wants is a dull date, so spice it up this Valentine’s Day and visit one of these hot spots. We’d love to hear some of your favorite romantic spots, comment and let us know!

1. Fred’s at Barney’s
15 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611-1205 (312) 596-1111
Barney’s is obviously gorgeous, but just wait until you see Fred’s Restaurant at the top with Chef Jean Tippenhauer. You will be pleasantly surprised by everything Fred’s has to offer from the atmosphere to the fabulous food and drinks.

2. Signature Room at the 95th
875 North Michigan Avenue # 1525 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 787-9596
Located at the top of the John Hancock Center, the view itself is enough of a reason to check out the Signature room. That being said, the atmosphere, which offers live jazz on weekends, isn’t the only reason people are raving about it. The Signature Room offers the best of the best when it comes to Contemporary American fare.

3. The Village
71 W. Monroe Chicago IL 60603 (312) 332-7005
Designed like a small italian village, the delicious italian food and cozy booths create the perfect atmosphere for the perfect date.

4. Cornelias
750 West Cornelia Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-8333
A Chicago favorite with a fantastic staff, delicious food and gorgeous atmosphere. Its a little less expensive than the previously mentioned spots, but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.

5. Rose Angelis
1314 West Wrightwood Avenue # 1 Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 296-0081
This first come first serve restaurant is a Chicago gem that is a must-visit. You’ll feel right at home while dining on some of the best Italian in Chicago perpared by Chef Lawrence Rosenblum.

Now that you have the perfect date spot, all you need is the perfect gift.  Check out our unique and creative gift ideas here!

For more romantic date ideas check out The Best Tables in Town article by Urban Daddy, Valentine’s Day Prices and Menus from ChicagoFoodWores.

Comment here and let us know your favorite spots around Chicago.  You know everyone needs some help around Valentine’s Day to find the perfect date spot – we want to hear your favorites!


Dec 22 2010

Products Seen on WGN 9 News – Last Minute Gift Ideas

Looking for the items you saw on WGN 9 News on Thursday, December 23rd.



Dec 21 2010

We’re giving away 3 of our top tech gifts! $183 Value!

Didn’t get what you wanted this year? The Gift Insider picked three of our favorite tech gifts of 2010 and we decided to give them away to one lucky reader!  We are giving away The Tunebug Vibe and ZeroChroma’s iPad and iPhone cases.  ($183.00 Value)

The Tunebug Vibe is a portable “surfacesound” generator that turns any surface into a speaker. Great for desktops, tabletops, etc  -$69.00 Value

We are also giving away two items from Zero Chroma, their Vario for the iPad (Value $69.00) and their Teatro iPhone 4 (Value $44.00).  Zero Chroma makes revolutionary, slim-fitting cases that tilt in 14 different angles so you can watch videos, look at photos and watch shows as easily as possible.

A huge thank you to Tubebug and Zero Chroma for providing these products.

How to Enter:
Register for “The Insider” newsletter – Required

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 Friday December 22nd, 2010 11:00 AM EST until January 31st 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 Tunebug: Vibe, Zero Chroma iPad and iPhone Case  – Value $183.00

Dec 17 2010

Dec 16 2010

Free Shipping Day is Tomorrow! 12/17

December 17th is free shipping day!!  More than 1,500 retailers are participating this year!  So TODAY IS THE DAY to finalize your list of things to order online.

Tomorrow is also the last day for UPS ground shipping, after tomorrow you’ll have to pay extra.

Here is a great article from Shefinds.com on ways to save on shipping.

Here is a very detailed list of shipping deadlines from retailers all over the world from FatWallet.com.

Happy online shopping everyone!!!!


Dec 14 2010

What College Students Want:

1. The fraternity boys will get a kick out of this door mat. $23.94 BUY HERE: Amazon

2. This will get them to study! It’s a 20lb. prison-style ball and chain that you can program (up to four hours) to help them keep track of how long they’ve been studying. You can’t take it off until the time is up. College students get a kick out of it. $118.78. BUY HERE: Telegraph

3. The collapsible pint glass is a favorite amongst college students and an instant hit at parties! I mean, how could it not be? Picture a college student with access to a keg and no cup!  Only $9.52 BUY HERE: Amazon

4. The hot diggity dogger is perfect for college students, I know from experience! It plugs right in the wall and makes a delicious dog & bun in moments. $49.95 BUY HERE: Hot Diggity Dog

5. Not your typical lap top case. Retro meets modern with these awesome cases perfect for college students on the go. Starting at $50.00. BUY HERE: Uncommon Goods


Dec 14 2010

Cool Gift Ideas for Guys

Everybody knows one, the guy who is literally impossible to shop for. Fear no more, here’s a list of things he is bound to love.

1. We all know guys love gadgets, but they’re always losing the cords! Fear no more, the power mat is an all-in-one charger pad for all his favorite electronics. BUY HERE: Powermat

2. The balloon speaker: small, handy and perfect for the music-loving type. BUY HERE: Amazon

3. One of the best gifts EVER! Beer of the month club is exactly what it sounds like. Sign him up and every month for a year he will receive a twelve pack of the coolest beer out there. Truly perfect for the guy who has everything – beer! BUY HERE: Beer of the Month

4. This Chicago based clothing company is rooted around “style detached from the masses” says owners Danny Loiacono and Zachary Sutter, who started Departure Lifestyle in the Summer of 2010. While they are currently designing their Winter lines for guys and girls, you can find some of the coolest and most unique threads online at www.departurelifestyle.com. Customized shirts for individuals or groups can be designed by contacting danny@departurelifestyle.com.


Dec 14 2010

Where To Find Last Minute Gifts in Chicago’s Andersonville

Old meets new at Mr. and Mrs. Digz on Clark. Fashion junkie Emilia Dlugolecka opened shop in May 2009 and it has quickly become an instant Andersonville favorite. Whether you’re looking for clothing, shoes, accessories or a great gift, you’ll be sure to find something. From classic couture to the latest trends, Mr. and Mrs. Digz has most certainly got the goods.
5668 N. Clark st. (773) 447 8527

Owned by a mother and daughter, Turley Road provides timeless fashion for women of all ages. It’s a fun store and with many of the designers rooted in Chicago, so you’re bound to find something unique.
5239 N. Clark (773) 878 0097

Foursided is an antique junkie’s paradise. Owner Todd Mack spends his summers travelling the country to stock his stores (one in Andersonville and two others in Lakeview) with the coolest stuff from the past. Filled with everything from old-school flashcards to handmade jewelry and custom framing to buttons and scrabble pieces and posters there is no chance of spending less than an hour in the store. If you pass by Foursided, you MUST go in!
facebook.com/foursided twitter.com/fourSided foursidedonline.blogspot.com
Foursided – Lakeview
2939 North Broadway
773 248 1960
Foursided – Andersonville
5061 North Clark
773 506 8300
Twosided – Lakeview
2958 North Clark
772 244 6431

Brimfield smells like Christmas and just browsing the store is an adventure. There’s everything from furniture to old school swiss army swag decked out in the coolest plaid. Whether you want to buy there or bring your old stuff for them to re-upholster, it is most definitely a shopping trip that guys won’t mind!
5219 N Clark Street
773 271 3501


Dec 13 2010

Front page of Oakland Press Business Section!

Oakland Press Mention

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Insider website offers creative gift ideas

Lindsay Roberts launched an ultra-hip website that reviews, recommends and categorizes the most under-the-radar and creative gift ideas, called The Gift Insider.

Roberts of West Bloomfield Township scours boutiques, magazines and the web to help people find new, cool, unique, romantic, creative gift ideas.

“Most shoppers know that finding the perfect gift is never easy,” said Roberts, a 24-year old Birmingham Groves graduate.

Prior to launching The Gift Insider in 2009, she was utilizing her journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin at magazines like Good Housekeeping and Esquire. She left her magazine career to pursue her dream of being a full-time gift expert and The Gift Insider was born.

On Dec. 1, Roberts launched her newly revamped website, TheGiftInsider.com. This upgraded website lets users browse for gifts by price, person, occasion or personality, then links directly to the website where users can purchase these cool gift ideas. There is a Wish List function to save favorite items, users can rate each gift, leave comments and share via social media. The Gift Insider does not sell items that she recommends, but serves as a resource.

“Since I was little, I enjoyed giving presents and seeing the happiness on someone’s face when I had found the perfect thing for them. I am hoping I can do that on a grander scale by offering gift suggestions to a large audience through thegiftinsider.com.” Roberts said.

Roberts recommends her favorite gift ideas across a variety of media platforms at thethegiftinsider.com


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