WHO WE ARE 

Giftsicle first launched in May 2017 with a little financial help from our parent company (phew!).  Here, we focus on what we love the most when it comes to shopping; gifting!  What we feel like is one of the most under-rated difficult tasks is finding the perfect gift for that perfect someone on your list.  We’re here to help!

We’ve created more than 100 different gift guides that are perfect for those special folks you’re looking to gift like your mom, dad, kids, teacher, nurse, co-worker – you name it!  Every single gift idea that’s been added to Giftsicle has been chosen by and written by a human.  Yep, only editorially created content will be found here (more on this in a minute).

 THE DEAL WITH AFFILIATE DISCLOSURES 

It’s super important to know that we keep the lights on around here by revenue that we make from affiliate partnerships. Basically what that means is that on some of the products we link to, we may earn a commission from the retailer if you make a purchase on their website.  It’s kind of like a “finders fee” that we get from the retailer and not from you.

Some of these affiliate partnerships include third-parties like Amazon.com and through Skimlinks.   The good news is that you pay nothing and this doesn’t impact your price at all. It’s also really important to note that we stand by each gift/product we recommend and will also include products from retailers that do not pay us at all.

 MEET THE EDITORS 

Sophia Garcia-Davis / Senior Editor

Nice to meet you (sort of).  I’ve been an editor here at Giftsicle since 2018 and became the official Senior Editor of all things gifts, sales, and deals in 2021.

I love all things shopping and pride myself on always picking out the best gifts ever (well, except that one time).  I spend my days basically shopping online for all sorts of things that I ideally would want myself, but then totally know that it’s rude to strictly by for myself, so I started gifting almost everything I would buy to other people in my life.  Now, here we are and I’m pretty much paid to shop.  It’s kind of a dream come true.

Outside of shopping I’m obsessed with just about every reality show there is, have been into yoga for the past 3.5 years (and counting), and drink more coffee than I believe is legally acceptable.  I once auditioned for an open call of a Broadway show on a dare and, well, here I am…not on Broadway.

Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about a gift I’m recommending or just want to vent your frustration in general (don’t worry, I sift though plenty of those kind of emails too).  If you’re a PR friend and want to send me a product or gift to check out and potentially cover, this is the best way to go about that.  Email me here!


Patrick Ryan / Senior Editor

I started Giftsicle back in 2017 after creating gift guides for some of the top content sites online – even had a hand in creating BestProducts.com.  I decided to create a one-stop destination for all things gift related – from the traditional types of gift guides (for your wife, husband, kids) to guides that are for all the dorks out there, like me, who love pop culture moments like Schitt’s Creek, The Golden Girls, Friends – you name it).

I hope you find the gifts that we chose to be ones that put a smile on your face and your loved ones (or frenemies).  We (myself included) choose everything by hand and stand behind all the products that make it into our gift guides.  Sometimes we get it wrong and will end up removing them – hey we’re not perfect!

If you have a gift you received (or bought) you love and want to let me know, feel free to drop me a line.  All my contact info is below (email, Facebook, Instagram, and even LinkedIn).  Happy gifting!

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 HOW I CHOOSE GIFTS & PRODUCTS (AKA: WHY TRUST ME?) 

Research, testing, obsession, and subjectivity is the name of the game.  Look.  I love gifting and not just because I’m paid to do it.  Many of the gifts I recommend are gifts I’ve either gifted someone or received myself.  Some things I’m totally just obsessed with myself and want to share it with anyone who will listen.  Each and every gift I choose and add to any one of my guides comes directly from me and I write each description, overview, and review of each and every product.

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure if there’s an area I’m not an expert in, I will research the heck out of the product to see if it really is worth it.  This can be from unbiased third party reviews, customer reviews on retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Nordstrom (etc) and what I find buzzing on a variety of social media platforms.  It’s a great way for you to sift through a variety of well thought-out and curated ideas without having to do all the research and reviewing yourself.

Some websites out there (no shade) use automated product feeds to just populate their pages with product recommendations, never really knowing if they’re any good or not.  While that can help you a bit, I feel like it’s more beneficial to have an actual person (me!) choose the gift idea and actually write about it so you can understand what it’s all about, what some of the bells and whistles are, and what the price point is.  And I’m pretty obsessed with digging up sale prices and deals too, so you may find some of my favorite sales around the site from time to time!

 WHICH RETAILERS I WORK WITH 

There are tens of thousands of retailers out there, but similar to how you shop I definitely  have some of my favorites.  I spend a lot of time on Amazon and certainly have historically.  They usually have some of the best prices, the best selection, and a really great 2-day delivery for the most part.  So, you’ll find a lot of my gift ideas that can be found on Amazon.  However, I also have a great relationship with Skimlinks who manages thousands of relationships with a wide variety of retailers.

Some of my personal favorite retailers you’ll see listed here a lot are ones like Wayfair, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Everlane, Uncommon Goods, and so many more.  But don’t get me wrong, I’ll still recommend gift ideas from retailers who don’t provide commission to me at all like Etsy and Nordstrom.  The bottom line is a good gift is a good gift, regardless of the commission we could potentially make.