May 22 2013

Minted&Mine Pinterest Contest // Win $500 Worth of Monogrammed Leather Goodies

Graphic Image Pinterest Contest

Pin to Win It!

We are doing a super fun Pinterest contest with Gigi New York, giving away over $500 worth of Gigi New York leather monogrammed goodies!

1. Follow our boards 2. Create a Minted&Mine Board 3. Pin your favorite personalized gifts  (5 from The Gift Insider ) 4. Tag with #mintedandmine and #personalized

More details on our our original post. 

Gift Insider Pinterest Contest

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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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Sep 25 2012

5 DIY Housewarming Gifts We Found on Pinterest

The Gift Insider is always looking at Pinterest for fun and unique gift ideas. Here are some of our favorite DIY housewarming gifts- Enjoy + be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

The Gift Insider on Pinterest

Chalkboard Serving Platter  A great go-to dish when serving cheese, cookies, or any other goodies you might need to label.

Personalized Coasters:  These cork coasters are inexpensive and easy to decorate! Stack, tie with a ribbon, and give to the host with a nice bottle of wine!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread in a Jar:  This quick to make gift is perfect for any time of the year! Fill an empty jar with layered dry ingredients for your favorite baked good- share the wealth!

String State Art:  Show your state pride with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins!

 

Braided Rag Rug:  A perfectly crafty craft for the non-sewer. This rug calls for materials in cotton and polyester, such as bed sheets or fabric. Add a wonderful splash of color to a new home!

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Oct 21 2010

Creative Personalized Gift Ideas for Weddings

For couples that are really close to your heart, go the extra mile and step away from the registry. Here are The Gift Insider

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Sep 21 2010

Personalized Gifts From With Grace

I love discovering cute new shops in different areas of the city.

With Grace is an adorable shop up in Roscoe Village that is known for the fab weddings gifts.  I immediately took to this personalized, bright and monogrammed serving tray from Fontaine Maury.

Check out the other great ideas for yourself at 2238 West Roscoe

With Grace

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Sep 21 2010

Give Coasters of Chi Town

This is the perfect housewarming gift for a Chicagoan.

This Etsy artist uses black and white photography of local spots around the city and then ads a little flair with some bright pops of color.

$40 for 2 sets of 4 coasters

Mad Canvases

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Sep 21 2010

i heart illinois necklace

If you love Chicago … flaunt it.

These custom state necklaces are from a local Chicago Etsy designer.

She can personalize it for any state you’d like with a heart on the city that you love.

Have a few places close to heart?  Try the layered look with your home town, new town, college town, etc.

$50.00

Truche

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Sep 20 2010

Give The Coolest Monogrammed Goods Out There

IOMOI has the cutest, coolest and chicest monogrammed goods around.

Perfect for housewarming gifts, wedding gifts or gifts for your bridal party.

My personal favs are the lucite trays, the ice buckets and the coasters.

IOMOI

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Sep 20 2010

Custom Cereal and Granola

Me and Goji cereal is a great gift for the health nut.  You design and customize your own granola or cereal and pick from over 60 natural ingredients to make a perfect combination.  
You can even name your creation and upload a picture right on the label.
$5-$15 for 21oz of cereal
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Sep 10 2010

Etch-It Party Cups

A pretty brilliant idea…

Plastic cups with a label that you can use your finger to etch in your name.

Totally eliminates everyone at the party loosing their drinks every 15 minutes.

$8.00 for a pack of 32

www.etch-it.com

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