Mar 19 2015

DIY Ideas: What To Do When You Screw Up – Men’s Edition

Unfortunately, it isn’t always the guy who is begging for forgiveness.  We make mistakes too! If you think this screw-up needs a little more than “I’m sorry,” we want to help! We’ve picked some of our “For Him” favorites that will end this fight for good!

DIY BBQ Rub

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We have a griller on our hands! If your man loves to barbecue, this is a totally creative way to apologize! He definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to throw a steak on the grill for a date-night dinner for two!

Via Make Something Mondays

DIY Sausage Heart Recipe

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Yum! Who says no to fresh breakfast in bed?! Get cooking, and say “sorry” with a delicious and cute way to start his day!

Via Ezzly

365 Reasons Why I Love You

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Let him know how lucky you feel to have him every single day! Super sweet way to apologize and make it clear the reasons you love him are endless!

Via Small Town Sister

Sticky Note Hearts 

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Nothing beats early morning smiles! Say “I’m sorry” with a mirror full of sweet messages written on sticky notes! Post them in the shape of a heart, and you have the perfect apology to start his day right!

Via Live Lives Here

Whisky Praline Pecans

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This is a totally creative and tasty apology! He will love that you took the time to make him AND his taste buds happy! What part of a yummy treat doesn’t say “oops, my bad..you’re right” ?!

Via Cooking Cowgirl

DIY Alcohol and Cigar Bouquet

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The tables are turned! Switch out the flowers for an awesome not-so-typical alcohol and cigar bouquet! This apology says “so sorry, today is all about you!”

Via Domestic Ingenuity

May the gifts be with you! Happy apologies!

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Mar 17 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Hostess Gift Ideas

Today’s the day! St. Patrick’s Day parties are starting tonight and we found some awesome green hostess gifts! These say a big, green “thanks for having me!”

Green Jello Shots

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These jello shots are a such a fun hostess gift that everyone can enjoy! The green twist for the occasion will be a total crowd-pleaser!

Via Open Source Food

Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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Hostess gift and snacks for all! Chocolate pretzel bites are the perfect balance of salty and sweet and the green looks great!

Via lovefromtheoven

DIY Irish Cream

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This homemade Irish cream is so creative! We love the mason jar and decorations – perfect for the Irish hostess!

Via Style Me Pretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yum! These mint chocolate chip cookies look totally delicious! What hostess wouldn’t love some green cookies?!

Via The Food Charlatan

Ombre Veggie Tray

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Have a healthy hostess on your hands! In honor of our healthy gifting theme, this green veggie tray is such a fun gift! Add some dips on the side to make it extra yummy!

Via Honest to Nod

Happy green gifting!

 

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Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

Via Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

Via Pinterest Addict

“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

Via Up To No Good

Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

Via Card Store

All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

Via The Dating Divas

With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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Feb 3 2015

Jourdan’s Picks: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him & Her

Who’s your 2015 Valentine? With the most romantic day of the year around the corner, it’s just about time to start thinking about how to show your love.  We want to help out!  Here is a list of awesome gifts that will make this Valentine’s Day especially memorable.  These gifts are playful, creative and will be a total hit! Be sure to check out our “For Valentine’s Day” board on Pinterest for more ideas.

For Him:

DIY bouquet gift – “you comfort me”

Get creative and make a gift bouquet that tells your man what you love about him.  We think this is fun and easy and will show your love!

Via Woohome

Stud Muffin Box

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If you love to bake, and your guy loves to eat, the “stud muffin box” is the end of your gift search! It’s easy, fun, and maybe he’ll even share!

Via Cricut

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

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This gadget is the key to your man’s happiness on Valentine’s Day morning, and who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? The Breakfast Sandwich Maker puts all of the ingredients together and you’re ready to go…breakfast is served!

Via Amazon   

For Her:     

Personalized Wine Bottle

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This personalized wine bottle will be perfect for your romantic date night! What’s better than wine AND having it made just for you?!

Via Personal Wine

DIY sharpie mugs

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Start off her morning right with coffee in bed! We think these DIY sharpie mugs are super cute and love the funny phrases on them!

Via Living Your Creative

Initial Bar Necklace

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The initial bar necklace is so in right now, it’s a total fashion staple. She’ll love the look and will love that it’s personalized with her name or initials even more!

Via Amazon

Tells us! What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given?

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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.

mustache, movember

 

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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Oct 29 2013

Win It!! Something You’d Never Buy for Yourself Contest // Acoustic iPhone Speaker ($642.00 Value)

Be the trendiest party host or the coolest guy on the block with this one-of-a-kind Acoustic iPhone Speaker.  This is one of those gifts you’d never buy for yourself but totally something you’d love to have in your home.

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So in order to get this gift in the hands of our most devoted Gift Insider user, we’ve partnered up with ReAcoustic.com and are giving away a Curved Neck Magnavox Acoustic iPhone Speaker Dock to one lucky winner!  The speakers require no batteries or cords, and are completely acoustic. Values at $642.00 and is sure to make for an amazing party!

Vintage metal Magnavox gramophone horn with copper bell & brass curved neck, mounted to a Walnut base. Handmade, only 1 available. 

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Sign up on top of homepage to become a member of The Gift Insider – Sign-in/Sign-up (Required)

2. Like us on –  Facebook (Required)

3. Comment on this post the first song that you would play on your NEW Acoustic iPhone Speaker! (Required)

ADDITIONAL ENTRY OPPORTUNITY:

  • Tweet about the contest & include a picture of your current speakers (or lack of speakers!) and why you deserve the Acoustic iPhone Speaker!
  • Post this link to any form of social media (Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Facebook) with a brief explanation why you deserve the speaker and tag #thegiftinsider

(make sure to include in your comment below so we know to give you extra pts!)

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Sweepstakes will go from today, Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 9:00 AM EST to Friday November 29th at 9:00 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 Acoustic iPhone Speaker ($642 value).
  • Again, BIG thanks to ReAcoustic.com for providing this awesome handmade, one-of-a-kind prize!

GOOD LUCK, THANKS FOR ENTERING! – Lindsay & The Gift Insider Team

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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

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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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