Nov 17 2020

7 Shopping Tips for Black Friday + Cyber Monday 2020

I know this holiday shopping season is like no other, but the good news is the deals are better than ever and are starting earlier than ever! 🤩

Some Insider Tips for #2020 holiday shopping 🛍

— make a list and stick to it! Especially list out the big  ticket items that you want to find the best deals on. It’s easy to stray and buy things you don’t really need with all the crazy deals out right now. ✨

— use cash back sites like @rakuten, deal tracking extensions like @honey and amazon price tracking sites like camelcamelcamel to help save you time and money this year! ✨

— support small businesses whenever you can. So many small business owners are willing to help you in any way they can, many will happily act as your own “personal gift shopper.”  And they always have the best ideas! ✨

— take advantage of order online and curbside pickup options for larger items to save on shipping costs and make sure there are no shipping delays ✨

— use @Instacart or shopping services to order online and have them deliver to your door in a pinch ✨

— follow your favorite bloggers and influencers on they are constantly finding and blogging about the best deals and coolest finds out there, let them do the work for you ✨

— follow brands you love on social and sign up for their eblasts, many reward their loyal followers with exclusive discounts ✨

— give yourself some grace this year, we are all just doing the best we can.


Dec 15 2015

Gift Guide: 13 Indie Holiday Gift Picks + Deals


It’s no secret that we love small and independent products at The Gift Insider.  We’ve rounded up gift picks + deals for those of you who love to #shopsmall this holiday season.


Leather Wallets by BondandKnight

TGI Deal // GiftInsider15 for 15% off 

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Wine Bottle Covers from Toast the Season

TGI Deal // Use GiftInsider10 for 10% off 


Heart Map Print from Agier Design

TGI Deal // Use Code GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% off


Michigan-Made Bundles from BundledMi 

TGI Deal // Use GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% off 


Hot Chocolate on a Spoon from Carebox

TGI Deal GiftInsider10 for 10% off 


Month Taste of Different Countried via Country of the Month Club


Letter Photography from Swixpix

TGI Deal // GiftInsider20 for 20% off 



Wood Eyewear from LuvPatsy



Candy Molds from HighFiveNaturals

TGI Deal // SILLIDS2 for 10% off

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Gourmet Gift Suitcases from L7Kitchen 

TGI Deal // Free Shipping


Personalized Books from ISeeMe 

TGI Deal // GiftInsider15 for 15% off 


Handmade Paper Roses from Rosy Paper Posies

TGI Deal // Use Code GiftInsider10 for 10% off


LegoArt Photography by SillyBricksPicks

TGI Deal // GiftInsider10 for 10% off 


Silk Botanical Scarf from LaurieTennenetBotanicals


We’ve teamed up with some of these cool companies to bring you exclusive discounts and awesome ideas.  We fully recommend the picks we’ve suggested!



Nov 28 2015

TGI TIPS: Ways to Conquer Cyber Week


Social Media – Don’t forget to follow your favorite companies on twitter, facebook and isntagram for exclusive deals

Search – or #cybermonday

Site-wide Deals – Cyber Monday is time when a lot of retailers have site-wide deals vs. product specific deals so take advantage of those

Pre-shop – find what you want from stores before the holiday so you can focus on those discounts.  

Promo Codes – To find them, go to, TheKrazyCouponLady or Google the name of the shopping site with the words ‘coupon code’ or ‘promo code.

Set price alerts – Use search engines like Shopstyle and Pricegrabber to compare prices for all over

Bottom Up – Make to shop from bottom up on sale sites

Autofill – Be sure to set up autofill for your credit card or sign up for accounts on your favorite sites 

What to Focus On/Avoid:

Buy: big ticket items, clothes, travel deals, beauty sets, gadgets and holiday decor

Avoid: Resist the urge to shop for yourself and hold off on winter accessories – gloves, coats, etc often go on sale even further after CyberMonday

 Any tips you have for conquering the day?! 


Dec 5 2014

Dec 1 2014

TGI Advice: Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

Cyber Monday Tips

  • We’ve rounded up some of our Shopping Tips to help you on the biggest shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday!
  • Shop from the bottom up. Hit view all and then shop from the bottom of the sales page to the top. Everyone else will be shopping top down, and things at the top will sell out faster.
  • Sign up for your favorite online retailers on social media – they often use their social sites as a way to reward their fans with exclusive or first look coupon codes
  • Search #CyberMonday to monitor trends, and see what deals everyone else is snagging
  •  Best things to buy on CyberMonday: Clothes, Travel Deals, Beauty Supplies, Winter Accessories like Scarves and Hats
  • FatWallet & let you look at deals before hand so you can be prepared when shopping.

Nov 15 2014

Video Blog: Adopt an Olive Oil Tree from Nudo

Watch our latest video blog on a perfect gift for Someone Who Has It All.  Quarterly olive oil delivered from their own tree in Italy!

From Nudo / Use code NUDOTV20 for 20% off! (limited time only)


Nov 11 2014

TGIOnTV: Our Early Holiday Gift Guide Featured on ABC Detroit

Check out our Ridiculously Early Holiday Gift Guide for details and deals on all of the items featured on this morning’s ABC Detroit spot, 10-35% deals for the products listed and be sure to enter to #WINITALL.  Yup, literally to win the Entire Gift Guide!


Nov 27 2011


This Cyber Monday, The Gift Insider wanted to focus on small businesses and some of the amazing deals they’re offering for 1-day only on their sites. Check out some of our Cyber Monday exclusive deals below:

Watch editor of The Gift Insider, Lindsay Roberts, on Fox 2 Detroit for Cyber Monday! Discounts below.


The Adorned Article

One of my favorites from this Seattle artist is the customizable leather charm bracelet.  The adjustable bracelets come in 7 leather colors with either sterling silver or gold fill charms with choice of designs or they can be personalized with initials.  Since there are 4 bracelets grouped together in one set, you can choose any mix of designs and initials. I love the leather mixed with the sweetness of the charms. Set of 4 charm bracelets for $40.83, comes beautifully gift wrapped. Be sure to use the 10% off coupon code below or on CYBER MONDAY ONLY, use code: CYBERMONDAY15 for 15% off.


Cortizza Cork Products

Cortizza makes all sorts of unique pieces from cork leather, which is made from an intricate multi-step process. This elegant gift box is a personalized way to give a bottle of wine & make it a really special gift. Covered in two choices of cork leather, natural brown or brown zebra and lined in brown satin with a magnetic closure. The Coritzza logo is engraved only to illustrate the laser engraving technique (so that you can see how beautiful the personalization would be). Love this idea for the holidays or a special birthday or anniversary. The box would be kept forever. FREE PERSONALIZATION code below XJPM2HU1J0KP for logos or letters. $22


One Meaning Couture

Kind of sexy, rocker chic with a romantic edge. This high grade leather bracelet by One Meaning, wraps around your wrist about 4 times and has a steel barcode that means “I love you” (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning).  One Meaning is very hot right now, especially since they were featured in ELLE magazine. Leather comes in black, blackened brown, or red with silver buckle.  Also available in a single strap male version.  $68 For CYBERMONDAY only, enter 813GIFTINSIDER in comment section for 50% off.


Olive Tree

Adopt an olive tree in Italy for a year! You get an adoption certificate, a photo of your tree and in the spring you receive 3 liters of EVOO a.k.a. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Your tree is also tagged for a year with your name for the adoption year. Pretty cool. Definitely a great wedding, holiday or anniversary gift. $110



This is so cool in so many ways. Artistic, personalized & you create it. MyZaic is IKre8’s latest creative idea, a make your own art-quality mosaic kit that lets you design any of 5 wood products using handfired miniature tiles. You choose the design, words, background and iKre8 sends you the whole kit, including grout & tiles. Make a tray, memory box, trivet, plaque or sign. Functional & creative, now that’s a combo I love! It’s also a great way to unleash your inner creativity. $35-$85. **This creative gift is a favorite of 4 of us Gift Experts, so we made it part of the GGAB Gift


**Check out these other sites for more Cyber Monday info & deals

Cyber Monday 2011


The Daily Beast – Best Cyber Monday Deals

Gizmodo’s Cyber Monday List…So Far


Travel Deals: Marriot Hotel Los Suenos






Nov 23 2011

Come on, get savvy!

Oh, just think of what you’ll save if you try at least one of our Savvy Shopping Tips. Here are our top 5 ways to save:


Get app-ed up

Man yourself mobile-y with money-saving apps! With ShopAdvisor you can search and scan barcodes for products, watch products, view their price history and best time to buy, set price time alerts, view reviews and share with your friends. It’s always important to keep a budget, especially during the holidays and with Mint, it’s easy to keep track of your spending on the go. Shopping for deals is one thing, but it’s more important to follow a budget.


Get @ it

There’s plenty of savvy shoppers with awesome tips and deals to follow on Twitter. Check out: 

@earlybird  @cheaptweets  @coupontweet  @fatwallet  @retailmenot


Get flashy

Ever since Gilt Groupe popped up a few years ago, flash sale sites are all over the web! Designer duds for less for a limited line – you know the drill. Here are some great sites:

Gilt Groupe ~ Rue La La ~ Haute Look ~ Beyond the Rack ~ Editor’s Closet ~ One Kings Lane ~ Fab


Get your closet right 

Clean out your closet, find gently-worn items that are in good condition and head to a consignment shop to sell them. In the meantime,  you’ll have more cash to put toward new things that you’ll actually have room for in your newly cleaned out closet. Here are some places where you can sell your things:

Closet Rich

Second Time Around


Luxury Garage Sale 

Buffalo Exchange

Crossroads Trading Co.

Plato’s Closet


Get subscribed

The best way to know when and where sample sales are going on is subscribe to your favorite designer’s emails or to subscribe to sample sale know-it-alls like Daily Candy and Top Button. And sample sale companies like Billion Dollar Babes and Decades Two (upscale vintage consigment) throw their own sales with numerous designers at one sale. So if you know want to know the deets, subscribe! subscribe! subscribe!


Feb 1 2011

Best Sites for Deals – Link Round Up

If you are like me the one thing you like more than shopping is deals. Here are some the best shopping and deal sites around.

1. For a free, online personal shopper check out Shop it to Me. You tell them what you like and they search for the best prices.

2. For the best prices on trendy, online fashion go to Free shipping with no minimum spending necessary.

3. is exactly what is sounds like but with way more then just dresses!

4. ShopBop is a more high-end option. It offers brand name apparel like the looks you might see in fashion magazines. Free worldwide delivery.

5. One of the best-kept online shopping secrets comes from one of my favorite stores, JCrew. They open their discounted outlet store online on the weekends for some great deals.




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