Nov 10 2015

10 Romantic Ideas to Do for Your Significant Other

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1. Record a sentimental video on your iPhone
2. Rent his favorite sports car for the night
3. Take Her Ice Skating
4. Make a Buzz Feed with all the Reasons You Love Them
5. Make a Cuddle Kit for 2 (Wine, Chocolates, DVDs in a basket)
6. Make a Custom Crossword Puzzle 
7. Send them a funny dancing JibJab Card using your photos (Let’s get physical is our favorite)
8. Compile a playlist and some favorite photos and save to a USB
9. Send them on a Scavenger Hunt
10. Gift a Hulu or Netflix Subscription – and commit to watching an entire season of their show of choice

Feb 8 2015

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Detroit Lovers

It’s almost the day that is dedicated solely to you and your main squeeze.  Luckily, February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so you have a whole weekend to fill with romance.  To help all of you Detroiters who are a little lost in the world of romantic gifting, we partnered up with our friends at Daily Detroit to round up some detroit-centric Valentine’s Day ideas. We have ideas for romantic Detroit date nights, local events to attend and some out-of-the box Detroit made products that we are sure will make your sweeties swoon.


1. Sign you and your Valentine up for the hilarious, memorable and charitable Cupid Undie Run on February 14th.  What’s more romantic than running half naked through the streets of Detroit?


2. Not interested in toughing it out for the Undie Run?  Pick out some lingerie at Detroit’s new Busted Bra Shop.


3. Give a more meaningful piece of jewelry this year and give a one-of-kind piece by Rebel Nell, all made from repurposed Detroit graffiti and crafted by local Detroit women.


4. Plan a Detroit game night crawl.  Head to Fowling Warehouse (think bowling mixed with football, mixed with horseshoe) then end the night at Punch Bowl Social for some Ping Pong, old-school arcades and maybe even a little karaoke.


5. Tap into your artsy side and enroll you and your partner in a pottery class at Pewabic.  Try one of their BYOB Friday Night Out classes (there’s still openings for February 13th!).


6. Don’t just surprise them with a new Shinola watch, surprise them with a trip to the Midtown Shinola Store and let them pick one out for themselves.


7. Take them to the Detroit Zoo Gone Wild, it includes a strolling dinner, drinks and a revealing look into the mating rituals of your favorite zoo animals.


8. Head to the VLNTNSDYMRKT to pick up some Pot & Box flowers, Petes Chocolates or cards from The Detroit Card Co.


9.  There’s nothing more romantic than old school Detroit and some live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s. Enjoy the art-deco atmosphere with some smooth music, a bite to eat, and a cocktail.


10. Valentine Vodka is an apt name for a vodka for this season! It’s high quality, too, and has a unique and tasty peppery finish. You can either grab a bottle as a gift, or maybe plan a night out at their fabulous tasting room in downtown Ferndale.

Don’t forget to check out Daily Detroit for some great pieces on what’s going on downtown!


Jan 25 2014

All The Reasons I Love You // DIY Gift Idea

Want a creative way to show someone all of the reasons you love them?

Write your top ten reasons and tie them to a helium balloons for a wonderfully romantic suprise.  We printed each reason on sticker paper and stuck to different styled scrapbooking paper, but it’s just as sweet (and easier!) to handwrite each reason as well.



Apr 2 2013

Girlfriend Gift Ideas // What to Give When You First Start Dating

So you are in a new relationship and you want to hold onto this one.  Here are 3 key tips for girlfriend gift ideas when you first start dating.

1. Don’t set the bar too high (or scare her off) – no matter how much you really like a girl, we recommend starting off with sweet little gestures rather than anything over the top.  Play it cool here buddy, we obviously love diamonds, designer handbags and puppies, but when you first start dating, this is not the time to shower her with that level of gift. Hopefully, with the help of our advice, you will have at least a good 6 months to shower her with everything she deserves, pace yourself.

BakedByMelissa Girlfriend Gift Ideas

—> EXAMPLES:  little souvenirs from business travels, edible treats delivered from her favorite past local spots: Zingermans – Ann Arbor, Garrets Popcorn – Chicago,  Baked By Melissa Cupcakes  – New York, or something small and relevant to an inside joke

2. Flowers are a good way to start – every girl loves flowers, especially at the beginning of a relationship.  I’d start with sending to her house or apartment over the office just yet, it’s still early (but further in, office flowers are a great way to go).  Be sure to not go too romantic just yet, save the big bouquet of red roses for later on.

Gift for Girlfriend Orchid

—> EXAMPLES: Try an orchid, a modern bouquet, or a succulent. (for all of you ballers on a budget, try the $20 orchids from Trader Joes)

3. Make sure you buy something you are positive she wants for your first big purchase –  And I mean positive, AKA she has literally talked about it, ripped it out of a magazine or saved it to The Gift Insider wishlist 🙂  The last thing you want is your first big purchase to be a total bomb, especially if it’s something like jewelry or a purse that she’s supposed to wear every day.  We all respond to disliking a gift differently, some will return it, some will begrudgingly wear it, both awkward situations that you want to avoid.  After you kill it with your first big gift, then you can start to play around with picking her out what you think she might like (or using The Gift Insider’s Girlfriend Gift Ideas recommendations.)

Pinterest Girlfriend Gift Ideas

—> TIPS: Google her name + Pinterest to see her ultimate Wish List, take her to the mall and PAY ATTENTION to what she likes, talk to her friends, just make sure to be sure about this first one.

Still need help? We are starting our gift concierge service – feel free to call or email us and we can help you find that perfect gift for your lady.

Ladies, have any tips for the men?  What has scared you off, freaked you out or made your stick around?

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