Mar 7 2015

DIY Ideas: For When You Think You Screwed Up – Women’s Edition

Everyone screws up. We totally get it and want to help you with the perfect apology! We’ve picked out some sentimental and personalized gift ideas that are the ultimate way to say “I’m sorry.” These DIY gifts are super easy to make, and we know it will be your best apology yet!

Photo Balloons: Romantic Apology

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These personalized photo balloons are a totally romantic way to apologize! Just buy some balloons and attach each one with a picture of a few of your favorite memories. If you think your “oops, sorry” needs a little bit more, write a cute note on the back of each picture!

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52 Reasons I Love You Deck of Cards: Sweet Apology

This deck of cards isn’t to win a game of poker, but they are an adorable way to win her over. We know you have 52 reasons you love her! Write each one on a card, and put them together like a small booklet for a nice and sweet “I’m sorry.”

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“Open When…” Letters: “In it For The Long Haul” Apology

This apology says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” Write 5-10 letters that each have “Open when…[your choice]” on the envelope. Inside, each letter has a sweet and comforting note. This way, it isn’t a one-time gift.  This one will last!

TGI Ideas: “Open when….you’re having a bad day…you’re stressed….you’re happy for no reason….you’re exhausted.” These are only a few ideas, and we know you’ll come up with many more!

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Date Night Basket: “I Truly Care” Apology

You know this needs to be fixed right now. Fill a box (neatly) with a few romantic items and include a note with an apology. This is an “I’m sorry” that shows you truly care!

TGI’s Perfect Date Night Box: A bottle of wine, a box of dark chocolate, any chick flick or drama and..if it’s really bad, a rose would be nice too!

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All About You Basket: “I Didn’t Mean To Be Selfish” Apology

This basket says a selfless “I’m sorry.” Fill it with small items where you can write a matching complement using a play on words. For example, a flashlight with a note that says “you light up my life” is perfect to show her how much she means to you. Another one of our favorites is “You’re my sweetheart” attached to a bag of candy Sweetarts (Sweet Tarts). This will make her laugh and lighten up the mood!

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With these gifts, we guarantee you will be forgiven in no time! However, we aren’t positive this will work the second time around! Happy gifting!

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May 7 2013

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

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Flowers for Mother’s Day is so cliche. “Spice up” her special day (literally) by making her these adorable personalized chalkboard paint planters! Basil, chives, and mint oh my!

 

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An easy and fun craft that involves kids of all ages. This is a gift that is truly full of memories and will be kept forever!

 

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Dig out Mom’s beautiful vintage tea cups and turn them into candles. Turn old into new… BUT, make sure to ask to use them before you start melting that wax!

 

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Make mom a shadow box cork board to put all of her jewelry right on the wall. Personalize the cork board with with her initials or make it unique with vintage doorknobs! Extra points if you also give her some jewelry to add to her collection.

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Turn that plain classic-piece pitcher into a truly unique and wonderful item.

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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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Feb 19 2013

5 MORE DIY VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS WE FOUND ON PINTEREST!

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Tis the season of hearts and chocolate! It’s time to starting thinking of what to give that special someone for Valentines Day. Here are 5 MORE of TGI’s favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that we found on Pinterest! Forget the flowers and candy hearts. Release the inner crafter in you.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for other great ideas!

Heart of String: Show your unconditional love with this unique string art picture. Customize with different color strings and pins to add a bit of zing to your creation!

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Man Bouquets: Create a “man” bouquet filled with “flowers” of your guy’s favorite things. Add cigars, mini packs of beef jerky, mini bottles of whiskey, a pack of cards- you name it! Put it all together, tie a bow around it, and vuala! Check out the one we made.

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Sharpie Mug: All you need is a sharpie, mug, and an oven. Simple and easy, yet thoughtful and cute.

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Send-able Heart Attack: Shower your Valentine with love by sending them a “heart-attack”! (A box filled with tons of paper hearts. Write customize messages on the hearts for an extra special touch!)

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Rose Heart Shadow Box: Turn your old sentimental dried flowers into something even more beautiful and special!

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Dec 24 2012

TGI Tips: Timesaving Gift-Wrap Tips

·Brown Bag It – Use cheap brown paper or even brown recyclable bags to wrap gifts this year.  Spice it up with neon note stickers, gold sparkly tape or twine and a pretty flower.  Super on-trend check out Pinterest board for tons of ideas.

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·Don’t Force It Wrap oddly shaped gifts like toys in tulle and tie with a pretty bow

· Order Custom StickersLabels- Dress up any gift, bottle of wine or handmade treat with personalized gift stickers. We stick our “Enjoy! The Gift Insider” labels by Erin Condren on everything.

· Tag, Tie and Go- Order custom gift tags at the beginning of the season and then always have on-hand to quickly tie up with a pretty ribbon on any last-minute gift. Tinyprints has some reasonably priced and cute options.

· Go Monochromatic- A modern & easy way to make sure all your wrapping materials don’t clash (without having to drag around color swatches), pick one color and buy wrapping paper, boxes, tissue and gift bags in different shades of that same color.

· Initial It- Head to your local craft store and stock up on all different sized glittery alphabet stickers. Label gifts with their first, last or all three initials (no cards necessary!)

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Dec 23 2012

TGI TIPS: How To Give Thoughtfully While Saving Time

· Give Experiences for The Hard to Shop For  – For those who seem to have it all, head to an experience gifting website like Cloud9Living to send a certificate for a unique experience, like kayak excursions or tours of a local brewery.

· Gift of The Month Clubs – Not only does a Gift Of the Month Club keep on giving, but it’s a thoughtful last-minute gift you can order online, print off and give the same day. Our top picks are Aromapersona, a fragrance of the month club, BBQ of the Month Club, or Birchbox- a new subscription service for the beauty obsessed.

· Donate to a Charity in the Recipients Name – Make sure it’s an organization close to their heart and the sentiment won’t be forgotten.

· Suggest a Holiday Gift Exchange – To take a few names off your to-buy list, suggest a Holiday Yankee Swap or gift exchange for large groups of friends.

 

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Dec 12 2012

8 Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

If you ask us, the best stocking stuffers are edible. We scoured every site, store, and city to find the most delicious goodies that will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and tickle any foodies’ heart.

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Nov 21 2012

TGI TIPS: How to Handle Holiday In-Store Shopping

· Do it Solo Research shows that when shopping with a spouse or children, you are more likely to spend more time and money.  Focus on the task at hand and head to shops at off-hours or on weekdays.

· Support Local Businesses- Support your neighborhood brick-and-mortars this season by doing your in-store shopping on Small Business Saturday, November 24th.

· Browse Before You Go Use the Catalogue App to check out all the latest catalogues from 100’s of national chains. Take note of what you need from each retailer so you can stay focused and save time.

· Black Friday- Caution, this is a very stressful day to shop, if you can handle it, go for it. If not, spend the day organizing your online plan of attack for Cyber Monday.

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Nov 19 2012

TGI TIPS: Save Time, Do As Much Holiday Shopping As You Can Online

·Take Wrapping and Delivery Off Your To-Do List For out-of-town family and friends, order from online retailers that will wrap and send gifts directly to their homes.

· Don’t Miss Out On Cyber Monday- This is the one day you MUST dedicate to online shopping.  Stock up on big-ticket items, toys, bulk gifts and electronics on this huge day for online savings.

· Buy in Bulk- Start the habit of having “signature go-to gifts”. It saves you time and you end up having your own “style” of gift-giving. One year stock up on cool handmade coasters and rare brands of beer, or bling business card cases and Voluspa candles.

· Get Handmade Trends Sent to Your Inbox- Etsy is our go-to for handmade gifts. Sign up now for Etsy’s highly curated emails that are chock-full of gifting ideas and trends for every personality on your list.

· Avoid Paying for Shipping- Find free shipping deals at FreeShipping.org or wait until FreeShippingDay on December 17th.

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Oct 10 2012

Gift Insider Tips for Holiday Gift Shops + Retailers

The holidays are right around the corner and in the spirit of the season, The Gift Insider would like to lend some helpful tips to all of you holiday retailers out there!

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