Give the Gift of Experiences … with a Little Help From Gilt City

Picking a date spot can be stressful, whether you’ve been dating for 5 years, or you just met on Tinder. Not to mention, restaurant bills can get a little pricey after a few courses. Peter and I have spent a lot of time scouring this city for great eats and great dining experiences, and when we’re at a loss for date ideas we focus on a new place to brunch.

It’s usually easier to get a reservation at brunch, and let’s be honest: brunch food is the best food.

There are endless resources on the internet for helping you find the best possible place, but if you’re like me and already have your shoe budget eating into your food budget, you have to find deals.

Peter and I were early adopters when Gilt, an innovator in the flash sale model, first started. In fact, Peter’s first Christmas present to me — a set of surgical steel, restaurant quality pans — came from Gilt.

Our move to New York coincided closely with their development of Gilt City, and Gilt City New York, a city-specific set of deals for fitness, gift-giving, shopping, beauty, and of course, food.

Gilt City helps us get set up with Per Lei, a bistro-style Upper East Side hang with an upscale, sexy vibe. Who needs an excuse to drink Prosecco and have steak frites? Not us (but Gilt City gave us one anyway).

A New York Love Affair - Per Lei + Gilt City

A New York Love Affair - Per Lei + Gilt City

A New York Love Affair - Per Lei + Gilt City

A New York Love Affair - Per Lei + Gilt City

Look, I get it: the pressure is on when it comes to finding the right place to eat. The place that is both delicious and shareable (Hello Instagram). But not only can dinner get expensive and potentially exhausting (two-hour wait, anyone?) the lighting is almost always bad. How can I embarrass my boyfriend by taking a picture of my food if we’re in a dimly-lit restaurant?

Peter is constantly e-mailing me the deals Gilt City sends out — you can sign up and have them delivered right to your inbox — and I was more than happy to partner with a brand we were already using, and loving.

With the holidays right around the corner, think about gifting an experience you can share, rather than just another cable knit sweater. To help, I’ve rounded up a few suggestions your significant other or best friend might love:

Stay tuned for more gift ideas, as I launched my Twelve Days of Christmas (Guides) tomorrow!


Thank you to Gilt City and Per Lei for partnering on this post.
Gilt City offers its members coveted access to exclusive experiences in select U.S. cities, all at insider prices. Visit Gilt City for multi-course meals prepared by acclaimed chefs, luxurious massages and beauty offers at top spas and salons, tickets to sold-out plays and concerts, thrilling outdoor adventures, innovative fitness classes, and more.


1 Comment

  • Reply February 10, 2016


    I absolutely love these ideas. And ps-loving this blog so far!

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