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Wednesday

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July 2014

Monday

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Monday

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April 2014

Like (Boutique Owner) Mother, Like Daughters

Crush on Roscoe Chicago GirlsLast week’s Take Your Daughter (and Son) to Work Day elicited some wonderful memories for us. If only our current careers had a little less business and little bit more coloring books and special lunches involved…

In honor of the recent holiday, we decided to chat with Jodi Hughes of Giftbar Chicago’s Crush on Roscoe trend-driven tween boutique — and her three daughters — to find out if the apple really does fall far from the tree when it comes to today’s chicest working women.

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Tuesday

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April 2014

Beyond the Peep: This Year’s Best Easter Treats

We would never knock the beloved Peep. After all, the festive cloud-like favorites are as yummy as they are fun (who hasn’t experimented with exploding the little chickadees in the microwave?!). But there comes a time when every mature adult must realize that when it comes to Easter indulgences, there is life beyond. And it can be extremely delicious to boot.

To prove our point, we approached some of our favorite purveyors of delicious treats — including Olives & Grace (Boston), Modern Bite (Los Angeles), and Goddess & Grocer (Chicago) to find out their insider ideas for Easter gifting.

With artisanal delicacies, fresh baked goodness and unexpectedly awesome flavors in store, all we know is this: Peeps, you better up your game to keep up for Easter 2014.
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Monday

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April 2014

7 Ideas for Tax Refund Splurges

OK — so you may not have the shoe collection of a Kardashian, the jewelry box of Jennifer Lopez, or interior accessories of Gwyneth Paltrow. But on that glorious day when your tax refund arrives in the mail, you won’t feel so guilty enjoying a celebrity worthy splurge for yourself or a friend.

To simplify your much-deserved shopping spree, we’ve compiled seven of the luxest Giftbar merchants ever.

Feeling extra generous? Send a friend a Giftbar surprise electronic gift card to get her a little closer to her own starlet dreams.

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Wednesday

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February 2014

Our Favorite Spring 2014 Trends–And Where to Get Them

The snow is melting. A new season is emerging. Spring 2014 shopping: bring it on.

Without further adieu, take a look at some of our favorite new trends–and exactly how to seriously master them.

Best Spring 2014 Trends Big Drop Crop TopCrop Tops
Jennifer Hope, $218, Available at Big Drop NYC
Not gonna lie-we’re not sure our abs are exactly ready to take on the crop top trend that flooded Spring 2014 runways. But we’re crazy over the subtleness and ease of this silky option. Plus it would also look great layered over a longer tank.

Best Spring 2014 Trends Clever Girl Chicago ScarfGraphics
Whale Tale Scarf, $24, Available at Clever Girl Chicago
Pops of graphics are huge for spring. These lightweight scarves are the perfect way to infuse the trend into your wardrobe, plus stay warm during the seasonal transition.

Best Spring 2014 Trends MM6 TopSheer Layers
MM6, $350, Available at Heist LA
Sheer is strong as ever for spring. We can’t get over how chic and sophisticated this drapey button down with strategically placed see-through panels looks.

Best Spring 2014 Trends TenOverSix hatFlorals
Rachel Antonoff, $143, Available at Ten Over Six LA
Talk about killing two bird with one stone. Hats are a major accessory for spring, as are florals. This fun take on the baseball cap is the perfect balance of sweet, sporty, and stylish.

Best Spring 2014 Trends Mansur Gavriel Bag
Metallic
Mansur Gavriel, $625, Available at Nicole Kwon Dallas
Head-to-toe metallic is certainly an option for spring 2014. But we think that this silver-lined bucket bag is a more lasting way to approach the trend.

Best Spring 2014 Trends Loris Shoes Best Spring 2014 Trends Loris Shoes
Comfy Sandals
Bernie Mev, $72; Eric Michael, $85, Both Available at Lori’s Shoes Chicago
Who would think that Teva and Birkenstock sandals would ever return to the spotlight? But alas, even the highest of high fashion labels are showing them. Personally we’re more comfortable with these much cuter takes on the traditional styles.