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!



Jul 27 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts For Leos

Leo – July 23 – Aug. 22

With the lion as its animal and an element of fire, it’s no wonder that Leos are masculine and extroverted. They are also positive souls as they have the sign of the sun.

“Sun people are shiny, happy, positive people,” astrologer Steven Stuckey said. “Leos are generally out there and active and bright like sunshine.”

So when gift giving to a Leo, think shiny or glittery, outdoor activities or anything involving socializing.

But, lets not forget that the lion also is a symbol for royalty, so Leos enjoy the finer things of life. They don’t cook the meal, they are served. That’s not to say it must be something fancy and expensive, but each gift you give a Leo needs to be sincere and from the heart. Something that is first class whether it’s fancy or something that is the best thing you could give.

One more trait to pinpoint is that they like to be the leader and are extremely social with an ‘everyone is invited’ type attitude. This feeds into their love of drama, the theatre and anything to do with the movie industry. Again, like the sun, they light up their surroundings and like to be the center of attention.

– Bring out Leo’s social side with a 6-person lounge float that can fit all of his or her friends. Plus, with an MP3 built-in, it’s a float fit for a king!

– Show Leo how much you care by gifting a personalized quote book. All of his or her friends can add their own words of wisdom to the book, making it a unique, first class gift.

– Anything that sparkles will do for a Leo. But if it sparkles and you put thought into it, that’s an extra bonus! Choose a necklace or bracelet when you design your own jewelry. And, as a sun sign, keep to shades of red, orange and gold.

– Give them the royal treatment for a day with a gift like a spa package or personal chef. They will not only enjoy it, but create memories to hold on to.


Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for Cloud 9 Living, an experience gifts company specializing in gifts for him and gifts for her. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie



Jun 26 2012

Featured Guest Posts: Gifts for Cancers

Cancer – June 21 – July 22

If you don’t stop and think about the personality of Cancers before gifting, you could make a huge mistake! After speaking with astrologer Steven Stuckey, here are some of the qualities to consider when buying a gift for a Cancer.

Cancers are big hearted, caring individuals who love to make a warm and inviting home. They are known to be a bit passive and shy, wanting to be surrounded by familiar friends and family instead of a new crowd. They also love taking care of people or animals and providing for them, which parallels their love of cooking.

“It’s hard to find a Cancer that isn’t a culinary genius,” said Stuckey.

And, being a water sign and ruled by the moon, they enjoy anything to do with the water and baths.

–          Since they are keen on culinary ventures, try gifting them a cooking class from Cloud 9 Living. Or  mix food with water for a dinner or lunch cruise.

–          A family tree lets a Cancer display what is nearest and dearest to them; family. Think out of the box of a traditional tree and consider the Modern Family Tree graphic from or the Family Tree Dinner Set from

–          Something to bring warmth to the home like silhouette wall art or a personalized casserole dish will pull at the heartstrings.

–          Show what a big heart cancer has with heart shaped items from a heart-shaped spatula to  mugs full of love from

–          Play off of their love for H2O with Naturally Irish Bath Salts from Fragrances of Ireland.


Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for and experience gifts company, Cloud 9 Living. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie 


May 16 2012

GIFT SPOTTING: New York International Gift Fair


Nadia Lee Jewerly


Josh Bosh Ties, mainly for their creative display.


POP Phone, we’ve all seen ’em but the new designs on these were unbeatable. Hello leopard!


Izak Handbags, love the designs.


Feb 22 2012

A Good Lovin’ Dose

On 2.12.12 we checked out our first Dose Market & we can’t stop thinking about all of the local Chicago amazingness – covering food & fashion & etc. There was candied bacon, fancy neon jewelry, personalized poems while you wait, pear-ginger preserves, sweet purple shades & rainbows. Get your lovin’ Dose below:


Don’t miss the next Dose



Jan 13 2012

Be FAB in 2012!

It’s a new year + The Gift Insider has a few ideas that can make this year, your best yet.

resolve to…

be[green] – get filtered and forget the endless bottles of water with this uber cool bobble water bottle (plus it’s made of BPA free plastic)

be[flexible] – get fit + get stretchy with this awesome yoga helper from loopasana (more endorphins = a happier you)

be[happy] – actually print pictures this year + surround yourself with the smiling faces of your loved ones with this iPhone photo printer

be[relaxed] – get on vacy + resolve to indulge a bit in some R+R. we LOVE the Montage in Laguna Beach

happy gifting + cheers to a FAB 2012!

xoxo – Lindsay


Nov 18 2011

Creative Gift Idea: Give an Experience Gift

{Guest Post Feature: Lily Himmelsbach of Let’s Gift It}

Looking for just the right gift that’s out of the box? Well this holiday season we’re excited to bring you the newest trend from across the globe: Experiential Gifting. We’ve seen it happening for years and now consumers are calling for it too, they are looking to share experiences with the giver, rather than just receiving ‘stuff’. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 16 2011

Cool Gifts to Keep You Warm

Brrr…it’s getting cold up in here! And obviously we’re obsessed with everything furry, fuzzy, cozy and warm right now and so thought we’d put together a list of Cool Gifts to Keep You Warm.

Besides buying a 4-month warm-weather get-away, these are the cold-weather gifts that top our list:

1. Giant Flask

There’s something about that chill in the air that makes you want to cozy up with a little libation or two…Ok, so you might want some help from your friends–or 10-20 of them. It is one humongo flask and remember what you learned in kindergarten – share your toys. ($29.99)

2. USB Drink Warmer

It’s harder to keep drinks warm once the temp hits 30, so hook-up your co-worker with a sweet USB drive that doubles as a drink warmer from ($16.99).Those USBs get ridiculously hot anyways, so whoever invented this was one smart (techy) cookie.

3. Couples Snuggie

Speaking of things getting HOT…it can’t get much hotter than a Friday night on the couch with a full DVR, munchies and cuddling with your schmoopie in a Couples Snuggie. ($19.95) Ow ow!

4. Make Me Late Pillow

Let’s face it, when it gets cold you spend more time in bed yada yada yada-ing. And a little personalized flirty message on a pillow for your boo might keep you in there longer…or just make you hibernate all winter with this Make Me Late pillow. ($18.95)

5. Voluspa Candles

Set the mood with sweet smelling candles from Voluspa. ($14.90) Just don’t forget to blow it out before the heat of the moment really becomes that.

6. Gloves from Scotland

And finally when you actually decide to wake up from hibernation and leave your place, these hand-knit Gloves from Scotland will keep your fingers warm while you brave the elements. ($71)


Stay Warm + Happy Gifting!



Nov 7 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift Giving Advisory Board

The Gift Giving Advisory Board (GGAB for short) is announcing our top holiday gift recommendations of 2011! Our board members have been working hard the entire year to seek out the most meaningful, unique and one-of-a-kind gift ideas and have compiled them into our sponsored, but oh-so-highly-curated, 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. Read the rest of this entry »




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