Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sample Gift Registry: Britt Reints

For the past few months I’ve been sharing sample gift registries with you on It’s been a great way to illustrate the flexibility and personalization of a giftbug registry – and it was fun to spend time imagining how some of my favorite TV characters like Chuck Bartowski and Lily Adrin might use giftbug.

Today, I’m excited to introduce the first in a new series of sample gift registries from some of our real giftbug users. They’re talking to us about their favorite gifting memories and opening up their giftbug registries to you – sharing inspiration, ideas and examples of how much fun you can have with giftbug.

When I decided to create this interview series, a few names immediately came to mind of people that I would definitely ask to participate. There was one name that I KNEW I wanted to be my first interview.

Pittsburgh Adventures + Home Sweet Home

giftbug profile photo: Britt ReintsSample giftbug registry: Britt Reints

My friend Britt Reints is a happiness expert (what a job title!) I’d say that makes her the perfect person to talk to about happiness – and sharing what makes us happy through our giftbug registries.

Britt is an expert on her own happiness, and her life’s passion is to help others become experts on their own happiness. Check out her TEDx talk on Creating Your Owner’s Manual for a Happy Life.

Britt is one of my favorite people, and I love her personal style, so let’s get right to it and talk happiness and gift ideas.

1. What makes you happy?

I’ve boiled it down to three things that, right now, make me happy:

  • Connection
  • Creating
  • Being outside

It’s really too bad that third one doesn’t start with a C. 😉

2. Tell us a little about how you set up your giftbug registry and how it shares opportunities to gift you pieces of what makes you happy.

My very favorite thing about my giftbug registry is my “things to do in Pittsburgh” board. My family is fairly new to the city – and our extended family lives hours away and has no idea what kinds of things we’d like to do. This is a chance for me to:

a) keep track of the things I want to do, and

b) give my family ideas for gift cards and things to do with us when they come visit.

We purposely live in a small space, so experiences are much more valuable to me than most stuff.

That being said, if people are going to buy me stuff, I’d like it to be something I’ll actually love and cherish and not something I’ll feel guilty about storing or giving away. That’s also one of the reasons I made a list of the places I shop, so if someone wants to send me a gift card it will be for a place I actually enjoy being in.

I’ve also set up a couple of boards to keep track of ideas for my kids, because honestly those are the people for whom I get the most email questions about gifts. 🙂

3. What is one of your favorite gift memories or a favorite gift that you received?

Actually, my favorite gift memory is when the kids and I gave my husband a Wii for his birthday. It was when the Wii first came out and we drove all over town tracking one down, and the kids were SO excited by the hunt and the score! Watching the kids get so into finding a gift for their dad is a memory I’ll always cherish.

4. What’s your best gifting win (a time you got it so right you were almost as excited to give the gift as they were to open it)?

A couple years ago I knitted my mom a beautiful infinity scarf. It was the first thing I’d ever knitted and I was so excited by how it turned out and I KNEW she was going to love it. She did. 🙂

5. Wrapping paper or gift bag?

Actually, we’re big fans of paper bags, newspaper, or reusing fabric in our house. I hate the idea of using paper – or even a bag – that is only used once to cover a gift before it’s tossed into the trash.

I’m pretty sure our extended family thinks I’m a crazy hippie. One year a friend of my daughter’s offered to bring us wrapping paper from his house after he saw our newspaper-wrapped gifts under the tree. lol

6. Where can we find you online? – and from there you can find all my InstaTweeterBook links and what-not.

*And of course don’t forget to check out Britt’s giftbug registry!

Leave a comment and let us know:

Has Britt inspired you? What are some favorite hometown experiences that you can add to your giftbug registry?

Picnic Perfect Gifts

Fourth of July weekend has me thinking about checkered tablecloths, Adirondack Chairs, burgers and brats. One of the best things about summer is the chance to bring the parties outside where the sun is hot but the drinks are cold. And just like a dinner or cocktail party, you may find yourself looking for a small hostess or thank you gift. Here are a few ideas that are sure to be as hot the weather.

6 Picnic Perfect Gifts

1. A Serving Dish Full of Your Signature Salad

picnic gifts - serving bowl

Leave the tupperware at home and pick up a bright and cheerful bowl. After all, your famous pasta salad deserves a presentation worthy of it’s fabulousness. It’s guaranteed to stand out among the other pot luck contributions.

Tape a little note to the bottom of the bowl (and maybe a copy of your secret recipe!) letting your host or hostess know that the bowl is a gift for throwing another memorable shindig.

Available from West Elm: Modernist Serving Bowl

2. Sangria Pitcher

picnic gift - Sangria Pitcher

Okay, I’m slightly obsessed with this Sangria pitcher and always looking for the perfect opportunity to gift it.

And just like my grandma never gave a wallet as a gift without a coin in it, I think it might be bad luck to gift an empty Sangria pitcher! 😉 Fill it up with something yummy like this recipe for White Peach Sangria.

Available from La Tienda: Handmade Sangria Pitcher

3. Bucket of Beverages

Picnic Gifts - Beverage Tub

If you were put in charge of bringing the beverages, why not present them in a fun drink tub. Attach a chalkboard label to the side of the bucket and let your thirsty companions know what beer or soda options are chilling inside.

Available from Target: Beverage Tub

Available from Cherry Hill Designs: Chalkboard Labels

4. Music Mix

Picnic Gifts - Mix Tape USB

Bring the tunes and do it in a way sure to get everybody talking! It’s amazing that we can fit thousands of songs in our pocket thanks to the near limitless memory of USB sticks. This presentation allows us to revisit the ritual of the 80s when sharing music mixes was a very personal gift.

Available from Frology: Mix Tape USB Stick

5. Bocce

Picnic Gifts - Bocce Set

What’s a family or neighborhood gathering without a little friendly competition? With Bocce there is no need for nets, goals or even a very large area. If you have a small grassy area, you can Bocce.

Available from Hayneedle: Tournament Bocce Set

6. The Extreme S’mores Kit

If you’re lucky enough to be attending a picnic or barbecue ending with a bonfire, surprise the guests by bringing the Extreme S’more Kit. 

I hope you have all experienced the life bliss that is the s’more, but for anyone unfamiliar, it is the perfect ooey, gooey sandwich of graham crackers, chocolate squares and a fire-roasted marshmallow.

picnic gifts - s'mores

Here are a few ideas to take the basic s’more to another level!

  • One word –> Nutella!
  • Gourmet Marshmallows: check out your local farmer’s market or a site like Wondermade for flavors like bourbon or key lime pie.
  • Gourmet Chocolate: many large grocery stores now carry chocolate bars with ingredients from potato chips to bacon and Pop Rocks. Or, check out a company like Theo Chocolate that supports farmers in Eastern Congo.
  • Beyond Graham Crackers: for the hardcore sweet tooth, supplement the graham crackers with your favorite cookies or donut. If they can create a donut burger, you can imagine the donut s’more!
  • Peeps: throw in the leftover Easter Peeps, because yes, I think that would be hysterical roasting over the fire 🙂


Find something on this list that you love (the Sangria pitcher perhaps?!) Don’t forget to update your giftbug registry! Maybe add a new category like ‘Summertime Lovin’  or ‘Barbecue Bliss’.

Gifts for Coffee Lovers

I love coffee. I love it so much – I take it black. I love the taste of great coffee. I love tasting the different notes and subtle flavors. I love the smell of it. I love the rhythmic process of making it in the morning and then deciding what mug I’m going to drink out of that day… and apparently I love talking about it too!

...the only prescription is MORE COFFEE!

So today’s gift list is brought to you  by the letter C : for coffee, coffee, coffee and the people who love it.

5 Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

1. The Cold Bruer

Coffee Gifts: Cold Bruer

A pour-over brewer like this will be loved by coffee aficionados who enjoy the flavor notes that are heightened with the handcrafted brewing processes. And in these hot summer months it’s a great way for anyone to enjoy their coffee in a cool, refreshing way.

Available directly from the designer: The Cold Bruer

2. Hand Ground Beans

coffee gifts: hand grinder

The number one way to improve the taste of home brewed coffee? Grind your own beans with a burr grinder. Electric burr grinders can be expensive. This is not only an affordable alternative – it’s stylish and adds a bit of showmanship to any dinner party.

Available from Whole Latte Love: Hario Canister Ceramic Coffee Mill

3. Inside Out Heart Coffee Cups

coffee gifts: heart cups

For someone you love or simply someone who loves their coffee – this gift is all about the love.

Available from The Inside Out Heart Cups and Saucer (set of 6)

4. The Coffee Cozy

coffee gifts - the coffee cozy

Handmade. Reusable. Stylish. Replace the cardboard coffee sleeve on your morning cup of joe with a cheerful expression of personal style.

Available on Etsy: Little Birdie Fabric Coffee Cozy from SewLoveToSew

5. Coffee Wall Art

coffee gifts: coffee print

Inspire your coffee lover with this stunning print that’s perfect for a kitchen or an office. If only it were scratch and sniff!

Available on Etsy: Love Coffee 8×10 Digital Print from cbedesigns

Now I need to go update my giftbug registry with some new toys for my coffee habit! Let us know if we inspired you to add a few of these to your giftbug registry.