Raising the Giftbar

Monday

25

August 2014

5 Accessories to Keep You Cool in the Indian Summer

It’s hard to believe, but the sun is starting to set on Summer 2014. School is starting and vacations are ending, but the sweltering heat doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon (why, Mother Nature, why?). Fall fashion is right around the corner, and we’re already craving ankle booties, chunky knits, and so-soft scarves bundled up to our ears. But just the thought of wearing closed-toed shoes — let alone a sweater (it has that name for a reason) — makes us want to turn up the AC to full blast.

So as you lie next to a fan blowing full-speed, gulping ice water, and flipping through your new September issues, just remember, you can still look fabulous in the never-ending heat. Our Giftbar merchants have just the accessories to keep you looking hot and feeling cool (both temperature and street cred-wise).

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Monday

18

August 2014

Must-Have Items for Your Next Picnic

If you’re thinking checkered blankets, woven baskets, and bologna on white bread, you’ve obviously been stuck in the Mad Men era for a bit too long. Although we’re totally nostalgic for the glamour of the 60s, we definitely don’t miss the “typical” American picnic. It’s a whole new world out there, and outdoor soirees are all the rage. Think gourmet grub, a glass of your favorite red (or a brew for him), and, of course, a few toys for your trusty, four-legged companion. Picnics have been upscaled, so just in case you still have juice boxes and gingham on the brain, we’ve curated a list of picnic must-haves from a few Giftbar merchants, from drool-worthy bites to glam accessories. Our mission is to make “picnic” the new it-verb (we’re after you, brunch).

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Monday

11

August 2014

Beat the Heat with These Airy Summer Dresses

Street fests, patio soirees, and pedicured toes may seem like the quintessential signs of summer, but as we all know, the season has truly only started once the ladies reach into the depths of their closets and break out the breezy summer dresses. Whether you’re the type to opt for a flowy maxi, or you prefer to show off those freshly bronzed stems (you didn’t struggle through 6 weeks of boot camp for nothing!), we all have that go-to frock that never lets us down, no matter what the occasion.

There’s one problem, though. Every true fashionista has a distinct personal style that sets her apart from the crowd. From the girly girl who loves a bit of frill, to the trendsetter that’s always on the cutting edge, she doesn’t want to stray from the style that makes her, well, HER. Here are some of our picks from the tip-top merchants on Giftbar that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot, hot, hot. Caution: you will turn heads.

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Monday

4

August 2014

5 Ways to Relax… Even if You Don’t Have Room for a Hammock

Summers in Chicago are all about boating on the lake, destination vacas, and boozy brunches every Sunday with gals (ahem… actually this one happens all year long). The only downside? The constant stress of deadlines, endless meetings after meetings, and an ever-full email inbox doesn’t fade with the the cold weather. Let’s all let out a collective sigh, ladies.

There is an upside though… there are plenty of ways for you to get your relaxation on, whether after work or on the oh-so coveted weekends. These are some of our favorite spots to unwind, even if it’s just for a quick mid-day boost (or an entire day of self pampering). No judgments here.

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Wednesday

16

July 2014

Monday

7

July 2014

5 Toys That Won’t Leave Your Kids Bored

Unlike Miss Del Ray, we certainly do not have that summertime sadness (still love you, Lana). Summer is the season all about traveling, sunbathing, and most importantly, sipping fruity cocktails on the beach in our teeny bikinis. Well, at least that’s how we all envision it. The reality is, no matter how glam, fab, and instagram-worthy you picture your summer to be, there’s always the kiddo in the backseat whining, “are we there yet?” Sigh…they’re just so cute though!

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Monday

26

May 2014

5 Gifts Not Every Dad on the Block Will Get

This Father’s Day, don’t fall into the same, boring gift trap as everyone else. There are so many gift ideas out there beyond the tie—ones that Dad will be sure to love. We’ve curated some of our favorite, unique Father’s Day gifts—all sold by Giftbar vendors around the country—so you can really earn that thank-you note this year!

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Monday

19

May 2014

5 Outdoor Décor Pieces You Need To Help Kick Off Your Summer

Summer is coming and, with it, outdoor dining, entertaining and relaxing. Memorial Day, the official kick-off to summer, is just around the corner—and a perfect time to furnish your outdoors with some great pieces. We have been on the hunt for great additions to outdoor entertaining areas, and found some amazing ideas from Giftbar vendors. Read on for outdoor furniture and accent pieces you won’t be able to pass up for all those days and nights of summer fun!

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Tuesday

13

May 2014

7 College Graduation Gifts Cooler Than a Check

It’s that time of year again: college graduation season—which also means, graduation gift season. Know a few people earning their degrees and heading out into the ‘real world’ and need some college graduation gift ideas? This year, forego the cheesy picture frames and thoughtless checks, and get the grad something they’ll use and remember. Here, our suggestions for the coolest graduation gifts you can give this year.

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Thursday

1

May 2014

The 10 Best Mother’s Day Gifts Ever (Boutique Owners Agree!)

To all the moms out there… You’ve put up with our nonsense, given us the most incredible advice, and filled our hearts with pure love. While we could never fully express our thanks to you for, well, being you, these tokens of appreciation handpicked by some of Giftbar’s most favorite merchants are a stylish start.

10 Best Mothers Day Gifts
For the sentimental mom:
M. Flynn Engraveable Lockets, $275 & up
M. Flynn, Boston
From children’s birth dates to initials and beyond, M. Flynn can engrave virtually anything on the front and back of these gold locket necklaces. Not sure what mom’s should say? Give her an M. Flynn gift card so she can choose exactly what’s written.

10 Best Mother's Day GIftsFor the gorgeous mom:
Leah Chavie Lip Benefits, $25

Leah Chavie, Chicago
A swipe of this cranberry flavored, plumping gloss will make even the busiest moms feel a bit more glamorous, not to mention protect her lips from environmental toxins. Really want to pamper mom? Give a gift card to the skin boutique so she can enjoy a spa treatment to boot.

10 Best Mothers Day Gifts
For the glitzy mom:
Spartina 449 Double Link Toggle Charm Bracelet, $45 & up
Art Effect, Chicago
This stylish charm bracelet can be personalized with letters and charms to symbolize nearly any story or memory. Start mom with one charm and treat her to a gift card so she can enjoy customizing the rest of the mix.

10 Best Mothers Day GiftsFor the polished mom:
Annie Handbags Athena Handbag/Clutch, $350
Urban Flair, Chicago
Neutral. Elegant. Versatile. Every elegant mother will love completing their look with this Italian croc-embossed patent leather accessory that boasts just a hint of modern flair. For an extra surprise, stash a Giftbar-of-Choice inside.

10 Best Mothers Day Gifts

For the power mom:
Age of Reason I Am The Queen Silk Scarf, $330
Flat 128, New York
This defiant limited edition ‘I Am The Queen’ silk scarf is a lovely gift for any mother who wants to let the world know who’s really in charge! With only eight produced, it’s a beautiful piece to wrap or frame. Of course with a Flat 128 gift card, you can be sure that beyond limited edition, it’s sooo her.

10 Best Mother's Day Gifts 2014For the sporty mom:
Belle Helmets, $150
December Thieves, Boston
Could there be anything sweeter than taking a mother’s day ride with your mama? Gift her a December Thieves gift card then cruise on over to the boutique so she can pick out her favorite hand painted bike helmet.

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For the luxe mom:
Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady, $230 & up
Forty Five Ten, Dallas
You got your affinity for luxe scents from your mom, so show her that she taught you well with this transportive niche fragrance. Complete the gesture with a gift card to Forty Five Ten so she can stock up on all her favorite high-end goodies.

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For the trendy mom:
House of Harlow Necklace, Inquire for Pricing
Shop 857, Chicago
Your mom taught you how to make a statement, so repay the lesson with this major geometric accessory. Wondering if she’d really wear blue? A prettily packaged Giftbar certificate gives her the chance to make the decision.

hiptiqueFor the fashionista mom:
Clover Canyon Blazer, $398
Hip’tique, LA
On so many occasions, you’ve thought, “Will mom really notice if [insert awesome piece of clothing] is missing from her closet?”. The newest piece to add to the list: this cool graphic Clover Canyon blazer you’ll, err, she’ll love. Let Giftbar wrap up a gift card to the boutique so you can both multiply your wardrobe faves.

Queen BeeFor the glowing mom:
Bee-Spoke Facial, $95
Queen Bee Salon, LA
Tailored to your mama’s skin, this deep cleansing, deeply relaxing treatment includes facial analysis, pore purification, exfoliation, extraction, a mask, and upper body massage. Ahh…. An e-gift to this Culver City haven is bound to be bee-loved by all.