Mar 19 2015

DIY Ideas: What To Do When You Screw Up – Men’s Edition

Unfortunately, it isn’t always the guy who is begging for forgiveness.  We make mistakes too! If you think this screw-up needs a little more than “I’m sorry,” we want to help! We’ve picked some of our “For Him” favorites that will end this fight for good!



We have a griller on our hands! If your man loves to barbecue, this is a totally creative way to apologize! He definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to throw a steak on the grill for a date-night dinner for two!

Via Make Something Mondays

DIY Sausage Heart Recipe

Sausage heart

Yum! Who says no to fresh breakfast in bed?! Get cooking, and say “sorry” with a delicious and cute way to start his day!

Via Ezzly

365 Reasons Why I Love You

365 days

Let him know how lucky you feel to have him every single day! Super sweet way to apologize and make it clear the reasons you love him are endless!

Via Small Town Sister

Sticky Note Hearts 


Nothing beats early morning smiles! Say “I’m sorry” with a mirror full of sweet messages written on sticky notes! Post them in the shape of a heart, and you have the perfect apology to start his day right!

Via Live Lives Here

Whisky Praline Pecans


This is a totally creative and tasty apology! He will love that you took the time to make him AND his taste buds happy! What part of a yummy treat doesn’t say “oops, my’re right” ?!

Via Cooking Cowgirl

DIY Alcohol and Cigar Bouquet

party bouquet

The tables are turned! Switch out the flowers for an awesome not-so-typical alcohol and cigar bouquet! This apology says “so sorry, today is all about you!”

Via Domestic Ingenuity

May the gifts be with you! Happy apologies!


Dec 13 2013

Holiday Gift Guides // As Seen On FOX Chicago + NBC Chicago


1. Gold Chambord Coffee Press//$70   2. Crystal Head Vodka Rolling Stone Gift Set//$89.95   3. Sockscription//Starting at $30   4. Winter In Venice In Vegas Trip//Luxury Suites Starting at $149/night   5. Birchbox Sparkle & Shine Holiday Cracker Gift Set//4 pack for $58   6. Tresor Lolita Pendant//From $59 + 15% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT CODE   7. Paris Try The World Gift Box//Regular price $59.95 but $49.95 with INSIDER DISCOUNT   8. Carnivore Club//$50/month + get $10 OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT   9. Mermaid Tails//Regular price $60 but get 10% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT   10. Gold Initial Mugs//$10 


1. Concannon Irish Whiskey//$24.99   2. Glitz & Glam Gift Set from Sephora//Only $45 ($159 value)  3. Personalized Collar Stays//$19.95 for 2 and get 10% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT  4. Gift A Feast//$49.95 and get 20% OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT  5. Birchbox Sparkle & Shine Holiday Crackers//$58 for a 4-pack   6. SS Print Shop//$35    7. Sphere Ice Mold//Set of 2 for $10.95   8. Mason Jar Shot Glasses//4-pack for $15   9. Holdaplate Cocktail Plates//Starting at $6.99 but 40% OFF in December   10. Carnivore Club//$50/month + $10 OFF with INSIDER DISCOUNT


Feb 6 2013


Tis the season of love! It’s time to starting thinking of what to give that special someone for Valentines Day. Here are 5 of TGI’s favorite DIY Valentines Day gifts! Forget the flowers and candy hearts- give a gift made with love. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest!


Strawberry Scrub: When it comes to skincare, store-bought products can really break the bank. Give your sweetie a homemade, all-natural beauty set that guarantees gorgeous skin and smells delicious.


Custom Candle Holders: Create a custom set of candle votives with your favorite pictures or quotes. Quick, inexpensive, and super cute!



Customized Beer Bottles:  Treat that special someone to a couple of custom decorated cold ones.


 Personal Message Frame:  Tell them why you love ’em! Simply erase when you want to write you next sentiment!

“52 Things I Love About You” Deck: If you are ready to put in the time, we adore this “why I love you” book made on a deck of cards. Simple yet special.



Feb 13 2012

Feb 13 2012

Gifts for Guys This Valentine’s Day: Seen on NBC 5 Chicago

We stopped by NBC 5 Chicago bright & early Sunday morning to offer some unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for guys. This is a hard holiday to find something that’s not too mushy but still romantic. Check out our ideas below:

(1.) River Valley Designs Guitar Pick  (2.) Whoopie Pie of the Month Club from Gilt Taste (3.) 36 Hours New York Times from Space519 (4.) Win a trip for 2 to Aruba – enter in our Jet Set to Aruba Contest (5.) Wine Tasting Experience Gift – Percept Wines & Knock Knock (6.) Custom fill-in-the-blank pillow from The Goodie Bag (6.) USB Cassette Mixtape


Feb 10 2012

6 FAB Gift Ideas for HER: Seen on NY1 News

There are definitely a ton of girly gifts out there for Valentine’s Day – but mostly they’re unoriginal. Check out our FAB find that your lady is sure to adore.

Watch The Gift Insider featuring all of our favorite finds on NY1 News below!


fill-in the blank in this kitchsy book with cute stick-figures to illustrate whatever you want to tell your boo. Customize your book and then they print it, bind it & ship it to you. They come in hard or soft cover, starting at $29.99. But check out the code below to get 20% off compliments of The Gift Insider.

Enter GIFTINSIDE20 at check-out to get 20% off (good until 6/14/12)

X’s + O’s Whoopie Pies of the Month – Gilt Taste

We’re LOVING these Cranberry Island Kitchen XO Whoopie Pies. Order one or enjoy them all year long with their Whoopie Pie of the Month Club. They beat out Bobby Flay’s Whoopie Pies on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown – so you know they’re delish!

NYC Jewelry Design

Give a heart, but not just any heart a Natural Amethyst Druzy Stone Heart. What’s cool about these are that all stones are real, untreated & au naturale.



If your girl is celeb-obsessed and can’t put down her US Weekly, YourCover is the perfect gift for her. Upload her best pic and choose the perfect cover template.

Click here to grab your 20% off coupon code from The Gift Insider

Herve Gambs – Orchid Topiary Diffuser

Give something that she can keep longer than a week. These wonderful Herve Gambs diffuser look like flowers & smell like flowers – but they lasts a lot longer!

 [$210, tall – $96, short]

Wooden Postcard

The perfect love note for your nature-lover chick and it’s definitely one that will last.  Scratch or carve your message and send through the mail (postage is just $1).



All of these FAB items were seen on NY1 News – clip coming soon!


Dec 22 2011

TICK TOCK! TICK TOCK! Last-minute gift ideas

Hey last-minute Lucy, we’re here to help! It’s ok if last-minute is your style, because we’ve got ways to help you make it look like it wasn’t last-minute. Here’s a list of unconventional last-minute gifts for all of you down-to-the-last-millisecond-shoppers:

Whisk Them Away

A trip is always a great gift for a significant other, because everyone could use a vacay! Go the extra mile and actually plan the entire trip in advance (if you can plan in advance, book it and tell them when to pack their bags) – reserve the hotel, buy ticket vouchers, book excursions for when you’re there. One of my favorite kinds of “trip gifts” are themed ones like: A Trip to the Final Four in New Orleans, Surf Lessons in Costa Rica or Tour the Pubs in Ireland. Get creative! Check out these sites for excursion ideas: Travel Zoo, Apple Vacations + Kayak.

How to wrap this: gather small items that are related to the trip (i.e. sun tan lotion, pink drink umbrella, sea shell) and put them in a gift bag.


Give an Experience

Xperience Days makes it easy to find a gift for anyone whether they crave adventure, thrills or creativity. From race car driving and sky diving to cooking classes and food tours, you can give a gift that will leave a lasting impression.

Fast + easy: Simply print out the voucher and wrap it up!


A Year’s Worth of Gifts

Gift-of-the-month clubs are the gifts that literally keep on giving. Some of them are on the pricey side, so you could opt for just a 3-month subscription. Some of our favs are J.Crew’s Jewelry of the Month Club, Vosges Lunar Chocolate of the Month Club and a flower subscription to H.Bloom. When you sign them up for a subscription to H.Bloom (check out their special and find out how you could get your first bouquet free) they’ll receive fresh flowers every month on the date they choose for delivery. If you have any one-time event floral needs or any questions, contact floral expert Ashley via email or by phone 312.344.1240.

Wrap it up with a hint: Print out a voucher of their “of-the-month” club or subscription and place in some accessories that might help them enjoy that gift each month (i.e. a vase for a flower subscription, a jewelry tray for a jewelry of the month club).


Happy Gifting!


Dec 11 2011

Great Gift Ideas for Girlfriend or any Special Ladies in Your Life: NBC Chicago

We know it’s tough, we’re here to help! We’ve found the most creative gifts for girlfriends or any ladies who deserve some special attention this Holiday. We’ve found you some great discounts on them as well.  Watch us on NBC Chicago this past Sunday, December 11th.


Dec 7 2011

Gift Picks for the Tastemaker in Your Life

This guest post comes from our friend Elizabeth Kott from CLOSET RICH – a stylish premiere online shop with amazing vintage + pre-loved goodies! Here are her picks for the trend-setter in your life:

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s career trajectory is on the radar of any knowing style-maven. Thus, anything from herrecently launched clothing and accessories line is a a good call – I am partial to this twisted brass ring.
Coffee table books have a beautiful way of setting a tone for a space but are not things one generally buys for themselves, which is why I like giving them as gifts. This one for little monsters and fashion fans alike, is my pick for the season, claws up.
I live for a fancy candle and love giving (and getting) them as gifts, but picking scents for people can be tricky. This scent is fail proof -created years ago exclusively for NYC’s Gramercy Park Hotel- it’s very understated and the perfect choice for any guy or girl who craves a bit of luxury.
Why is it that a good ipad case is so difficult to track down? This DVF option wins my vote for best style/function combo. Muy importante.
Pressed Juicery is a seriously yummy organic juice spot in Los Angeles, and luckily their fresh juice kits can be delivered anywhere in the country- this gift is equal parts unique, healthy and delicious.






Elizabeth Kott, is the founder of, a fabulously curated online destination for pre-loved and vintage clothing finds. Quickly becoming one of the best kept secret’s on the Los Angeles fashion scene- Closet Rich’s inventory hails directly from closets of the city’s most fashionable inhabitants. A former member of Rachel Zoe’s team, Kott certainly knows a thing or two about finding the most unique gifts for that fab trendsetter in your life. 






Dec 2 2011

May we indie-duce you

…to some handmade treasures from indie artists straight outta NY. If you’re still looking for gift ideas for the holidays (our site + blog are chock full!) then may be suggest going indie…

It’ll definitely be a unique gift plus you’ll be supporting small businesses and artists in the mean time! Here are some of our finds:

1.Modern + Edgy Silhouette Portraits by Kinderling [$29.95]

They took the traditional silhouette portrait and added a dose of funk to them. Send them a photo, choose from custom patterns, water-color styles and modern vintage looks and in 2 weeks time you’ll have your custom silhouette portrait.


2.Luxe iPhone Cases by Elegantly Untamed [$350]

Let glitz devour your iPhone with this uber luxe case from Elegantly Untamed.  You’ll be blinging out of control in this chic handmade accessory. It’s a must for a glam girl.


3.Personalized Postcard Mug by Bailey Doesn’t Bark [$24]

If you’re too old for the BFF necklace, why not send your faraway best friend a personalized postcard mug? Every time they sip their java, they’ll think of you. Awwww.


4.Custom Twitter Jewelry by Survival of the Hippest [$49.95] 

These custom necklaces from Survival of the Hippest are the perfect gift for the Twitter fiend who’s alter ego is their Twitter name. Customize the necklace with your @name or a #hashtag. Wearing this 24/7 will probably attract more followers.


5.Custom Photo Nesting Dolls by Shag Brooklyn

Multiply yourself for your loved ones with these custom photo nesting dolls from Shag Brooklyn. Artist Hally McGehean will create these adorable round versions of you using a decoupage treatment, based on the picture you send her.






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