Dec 11 2014

TGI Tips: Ways to Stay Sane While Finding Your Holiday Gifts

Happy Holiday Shopping


  • Start the habit of having signature “go-to gift” for each type of person on your list: hostess, coworker, friend, etc.  It saves you time and you end up having your own style of gift-giving each season.


  • Can’t find a substantial enough gift for someone on your list? Find a few small gifts they’ll love and put them all in a cute DIY gift package.  Try using a practical vessel like a chic ice bucket or square vase.


  •  Don’t get too crazy with DIY gifts for the Holidays unless you are a seasoned DIY-er.   It’s easier to plan DIY gifts throughout the year vs the holidays when you have so many people on your list.


  • Know what apps to use – Huckster, track when an item goes on sale.  Poachit, a bookmarklet to find coupon codes, Swirl, deals when you walk in a store


  •  When shopping for gifts for out of town family and friends, try using national chains that have stores in their area so they can easily return or exchange if they need.

Dec 23 2013

Insider Tips // Last Minute Gift Ideas that Don’t Seem So Last Minute

Let’s face it, most of us are procrastinators.  Not to fear, sometimes the last gifts, end up being the gifts that are loved the most. Here’s 4 top suggestions to help calm your nerves and fuel your last minute creativity.

Gift Etiquette Last Minute Gifts







SUBSCRIPTION GIFTS –  Give a monthly subscription that keeps on giving every month.  You can print off the certificate last-minute but cater the box to their interests so it still shows some thought.

GIVE –  Bespoke Post for the guys or Birchbox for the beauty junkie ladies or for anyone try a box of edibles from Blockful.

ORDER ONLINE + PICK UP IN STORE  – A lot of the big national chain stores let you order online and pick up product in store, some even do curbside pick up. Take advantage of this to avoid the craziness of the malls.

GIVE – Polka Dot trinket boxes from Target or a Beer Making Kit from Nordstrom (both offer this service)

DIY GIFTS  – Don’t go too overboard with a last-minute difficult DIY projects, make it easy on yourself and put a few related items together in a themed container for a sweet DIY gift kit.

GIVE – For the gardner use a clay pot for the containter and fill with gloves, seeds and a gardening magazine subscription.  Or fill a Starbucks carrying case with coffee beans, a gift certificate and a gold monogram mug.

EXPERIENCE GIFTS –  Give an activity or an experience,  since it’s a certificate you can buy last-minute, print off and it will be the most memorable gift they recieve. 

GIVE – Pick from 100’s of local experiences like Fighter Pilot for the Day or a Personal Chef for the night.

Need more expert advice? Check out our Tips on Gifting to Your Can’t Do Without Service Providers or our Time Saving Gift Wrapping Tips or 2013 Gift Trends articles.


Dec 19 2013

Gift Advice // Gifting to Your Can’t-Do-Without Service Providers

People always ask us about what service providers they should have on their list and what they should give. We answered some of our most popular questions.

What To Get Your Service Provider







Q: Who should you gift?

A. Postal Workers / Hair Stylists / Manicurists/ Babysitters / Teachers / Doorman / Dog Walker / Housekeeper / Tailor or anyonw that you regularly frequent

Some of these service workers are the people that sometimes get lost in the Holiday gift giving shuffle, even though we are so thankful for their roles in our lives. Giving a thoughtful Holiday gift is a thoughtful way to show it.

Q:Do I have to gift everyone that I go to throughout the year? 

A. If you frequent the service provider often or , as in manicurists, hair stylists, babysitter, etc they deserve the extra thought of a thoughtful gift. They know you well; you probably know them well too. Consider their interests, their families, their spouses and buy it, wrap it and always add a handwritten card. They deserve it.  Gift suggestions: $25-$50 or the cost of one service.

Q: What about the people you don’t know that well? 

A. Having a bottle of wine or any alcohol is a great solution to have on hand for those you don’t know well. Purchase some cute wine bags and buy a dozen bottles to have on hand for everyone you need. Easy, quick and cute.   Doorman, dog walkers, postal workers, cleaners, are the people you see often, but might not really know them personally. Cost of wine, champagne or restaurant gift certificate $20.

Q: Can I give cash? 

A. For the babysitter, housekeeper or anyone that you know would really appreciate some extra cash, put the equivalent of one day/service in a card and write an appreciative note, maybe even attach a flower or a add some handmade cookies.

Any tough ones on your list you need help with? 


Dec 11 2013

Insider Tips // Finding Those Perfect Gifts for the Very Special People in Your Life









FOR YOUR BESTIES  – Give a luxe gift that they typically wouldn’t splurge on themselves.

GIVE – Blow Dry Bar Certificates or Monogrammed Leather Gloves

FOR YOUR PARENTS – Think about those things you always talk about doing, but never seem to get around to.  Arrange a time to do them.

GIVE – Scan in old family photos or fix up vintage family jewerly with Mom or Dad

FOR THE GUYS–  A great way to go about gifting the ever-so-tough guy category is to think about the things that they should have, but might not think to buy for themselves.  Then engrave, monogram or personalize it.
GIVE – Engraved Watch Box or Mason Jar Glasses

FOR ANYONE SPECIAL – Photo gifts are always, always meaningful.

GIVE –  Photo Wallpaper or Blurb Books

Need more expert advice? Check out our Time Saving Gift Wrapping TipsOffice Gifting Ettiquete or 2013 Gift Trends articles!




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