Feb 6 2014

DIY Valentine’s Day Pinterest Ideas // For Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

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We know it’s tough to come up with new, thoughtful and romantic gifts each and every Valentine’s Day. And it becomes even harder when you are on a budget.  This Valentine’s Day The Gift Insider scoured Pinterest boards to give you inexpensive, DIY gift ideas for your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Album in a box // Courtesy of MBV Photography

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Kiss Jar // Courtesy of Pure Joy Home Blog

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Simple Valentine’s Day Card // Courtesy of The Eye’s Queen Blog

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XO Candle // Courtesy of topDreamer

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Love you to Pieces // All for the Memories

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Nov 26 2013

Picky Presents: Great Gifts Real People Love {Dedicated Post}

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The Gift Insider is always looking for new ways to help you find the perfect gift, especially gifts that people will be happy to receive! Recently we’ve fallen in love with Picky Presents – a website that makes gift searching easier by showing you the latest and greatest gifts people are getting each day, in near-real time! Picky Presents scours the web, monitoring various sites to discovering which gifts people have recently received. The unique part about Picky Presents is that they only feature gifts that people have actually received, and of these, Picky Presents picks out only the gifts people genuinely appreciate. Picky Presents lessens the stress with gift-giving by allowing you to see how people have responded to receiving various gifts.

Picky Presents Andrew Cuga says,  “this unique method of finding gifts enables them to pick out items that didn’t even know existed such as an Aebleskiver pan!” In addition to this, Picky Presents has the ability to correlate gifts, such as seeing which gifts are commonly given together. Similar to The Gift Insider, Picky Presents has a filtering feature which allows you to match a gift to the exact person you have in mind, like geeky guys and fashionable ladies.

As the holiday season approaches, Picky Presents is the go-to spot to see real reviews on presents that have been given. Visit Picky Presents at: http://www.pickypresents.com

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Nov 11 2013

Movember // Mustache Gift Guide

mustache, movember, gift guideIn honor of Movember and our support for the moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises awareness and funds for men’s health, TGI has created a mustache gift-giving guide of our favorite mustache gifts. Give your Mo Bros the most fitting mustache inspired gift this month!

Personalized Mustache Pillowcases

Personalized Mustache & Lips Set, Fun gift for a bridal shower. $24.99

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Mustache Flask 

Aviator mustache “burlap” flask. Fun gift for the bridal party. Durable & waterproof. $18

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Mustachioed Straws

Now you can drink & look like somebody’s daddy all at the same time. Six reusable clear bendy straws & 6 snap-on mustaches. $9.99.

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Bike Stache

BikeStache: Every bike can use some facial hair.  This manly bike accessory attaches with easy to use velcro straps (included). $8.99.

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Sep 25 2013

Gift Wrapping Ideas // Pinterest

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The simplest of gifts can go from ordinary to chic and unique through creative gift-wrapping. Dress up your gifts with some Pinterest gift-wrapping ideas! For more ideas follow our Gift Wrapping Pinterest Board!

 

LOVE NOTE WRAPPING PAPER // DIY

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GIFT WRAP WITH CHALKBOARD // PERSONALIZED

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PHOTO WRAPPING PAPER

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RUBBER BANDS AS GIFT BOWS // NEW USES FOR OLD THINGS

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Aug 7 2013

Gifting Advice // Wedding Gift Etiquette Questions Answered

Wedding Gift Etiquette Questions

Q. Can you really send a gift up to a year later?

A. This is one of those completely old school rules that we think is totally ridiculous.  If you are a question mark on their gift list for an entire year it just comes across as rude.  Try to send something within a month or so after the wedding.

Q. What’s the difference between a shower gift and a wedding gift?

A. Shower gifts are when we really recommend stepping it up with something personalized and unique.  Typically the bride opens all her gifts in front of the guests, so it’s a fun time to give something people will ooh and ahh over. This can be a less expensive gift than the wedding gift.  Check out Creative Shower Gifts here.

Q. Should I bring the gift to the wedding or send it?

A. If it’s a destination wedding or a wedding where the couple lives in another state, we definitely recommend sending it before or after. If you bring it to the wedding, make sure to hand it to the parents or the wedding planner, not the actual bride and groom.

Q. How much should I give?

A. It depends on your relationship to the couple, cultural norms and your financial ability.  But we get asked this all the time, and to not beat around the bush, we typically recommend $50 – $75 per person invited. So if you are invited with a date, $150 – $200 is a nice amount.  And whoever is invited, pays for both.  If you are strapped for cash, give a creative or a personalized gift, if it’s something special the dollar amount won’t be what matters.

Q. Is it okay to go off the registry?

A. Yes!  If you are close to the couple and they are the type to appreciate something personal or sentimental.  Some creative ideas are a fashion sketch of the bride, personalized mugs or prints with their wedding song lyrics or give an activity gift that the couple can do together, cooking classes, wine tasting, etc.

Any questions you all have?  Ask away… 

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Apr 17 2013

Cash Gifts on a Wedding Registry? The Growing Trend of Asking For What You ACTUALLY Want!

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Guest Post By Nancy Lee, President of MyRegistry.com

So… you’ve lived with your boyfriend for more years than you can count. Naturally, you’ve accumulated “stuff”, lots of “stuff” for your home, for your pets, and for everything else that you do together. But now, with a wedding on the way and everyone asking you about your registry, you find yourself in a dilemma because you really do not want any more “stuff”. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of things that you would like to have, they just aren’t the typical items found at a department store and easily placed on a gift registry. Or are they?

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Apr 16 2013

Wedding Out of Town Gift Bags // Ideas We Love From Pinterest

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 Items to Include:

  • Thank you letter from bride and groom
  • Wedding itinerary
  • Local map with restaurant and activity recommendations
  • Water bottles (personalize them with a custom made sticker!)
  • Local Goodies (ie. Garrett Popcorn for Chicago weddings)
  • Snacks, candy, fruit
  • Chapstick
  • Tums and Advil
  • Mouthwash, lotion, mints, gum, kleenex, Shout wipes

 

 

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Mar 20 2013

4 DIY Bridal Shower Gifts We Heart from Pinterest

Corn-hole Wedding Set: The perfect gift to give to a bride right before an outdoor wedding celebration!

 

Confetti Balloon: Okay, so giving money isn’t always ideal. But for the girl on the go this may be your only option. Give cash in a fun and innovative way by filling a giant balloon with helium, confetti, and cash. Have the bride pop it open and she’ll be “showered” with confetti!

 

 

Bridal Spoons: Why not personalize a boring set of wooden cooking spoons by decorating them with a bride and a groom? Perfect for an artsy person ready to take on a DIY challenge!

 

 

Dinner For Two: Did your bride register for a colander? Why not pair it with a few smaller gifts with a similar theme. Try an italian colander bundle! Include a bottle of wine, extra virgin olive oil, handmade pasta, and some delicious sauce to top off the meal!

 

 

Check out more great DIY ideas from Pinterest on the TGI “For the Wedding” board!

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Mar 18 2013

Gift-Giving Expert Tips // Office Gifting

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Forget the booze- Alcohol can be a touchy subject. Avoid giving officemates booze unless you know for a fact that they drink alcohol! Wouldn’t you rater be safe than sorry?

Don’t be afraid to give DIY gifts- Why not make the gift yourself? Pinterest, one of our favorite sites, is full of personal DIY gift ideas on both ends of the price spectrum. DIY gifts express that you put both thought and effort into creating a unique gift for a special person!

Include a gift receipt if possible- Okay, so not every gift is a perfect match, but that’s nothing to be offended by! Why not eliminate the fuss of difficult exchanges for your gift receiver and get a gift receipt along with the gift? Tape it to the side of the box so it can be seen, but isn’t too obvious.

Don’t wait until the last minute- Try to avoid last minute purchases. People can tell if you just threw something together right before work. We believe a gift is something that should make someone feel special, so plan ahead and don’t take the easy way out.

Be aware of food allergies- Are you infamous for your chocolate chunk cookies? Baked goods are a great gift to give, especially during the holiday season, but make sure to be mindful of food allergies. You never want to give a gift someone can’t enjoy! Gluten free chocolate chunk cookies anyone?

*Check out our favorite delicious goodies that will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and tickle any foodies’ heart.

Wrap your gifts with pizzazz- Make your gift even more exciting to open by wrapping it in an innovative and fabulous way. Check out our Pinterest board with TONS of packaging suggestions or our time saving gift-wrapping tips!

The person who has everything- Why not give back while giving? Consider giving a donation in someone’s name to a charity. A “feel-good” gift to give.

Don’t go too overboard- So, you love gifting like we do? Unfortunately sometimes in an office setting you must be aware of how your gifting techniques reflect on your personality. You don’t want to be viewed as the “brown-noser” of the office!

Hey TGI readers- Can you think of a time when you found yourself in an interesting office-gifting situation? Let us know!

 

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Feb 19 2013

5 MORE DIY VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS WE FOUND ON PINTEREST!

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Tis the season of hearts and chocolate! It’s time to starting thinking of what to give that special someone for Valentines Day. Here are 5 MORE of TGI’s favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that we found on Pinterest! Forget the flowers and candy hearts. Release the inner crafter in you.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for other great ideas!

Heart of String: Show your unconditional love with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins to add a bit of zing to your creation!

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Man Bouquets: Create a “man” bouquet filled with “flowers” of your guy’s favorite things. Add cigars, mini packs of beef jerky, mini bottles of whiskey, a pack of cards- you name it! Put it all together, tie a bow around it, and vuala! Check out the one we made.

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Sharpie Mug: All you need is a sharpie, mug, and an oven. Simple and easy, yet thoughtful and cute.

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Send-able Heart Attack: Shower your Valentine with love by sending them a “heart-attack”! (A box filled with tons of paper hearts. Write customize messages on the hearts for an extra special touch!)

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Rose Heart Shadow Box: Turn your old sentimental dried flowers into something even more beautiful and special!

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