Here are some gift ideas for women for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day from expert blogger Heather Nixon, originally published on of beautyandnothingness.com and reproduced here with her permission.
Valentines day is almost around the corner! January feels like it has lasted for a year but also it seems like 2019 is flying by already somehow. However, with the start of February fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about valentines day and galentines day, the latter is the most important!
I’m extremely lucky in that I have quite a lot of friends as well as three extra special friends who I’ve known for most of my life and I do feel as though I taken them for granted sometimes so galentines day is a great way to show how much you appreciate those friends who will always be there for you!
I know that valentines day and galentines day are ‘Hallmark holidays’ but I still feel as though they are great excuses to treat those you love, whether it’s your partner or friends, because why not!
I personally love receiving gifts and I know my friends do too and it’s a little more special if it’s unexpected. Today’s post features a range of gifts that would be ideal as a galentines (or palentines day, I’ve heard it being called) gifts. Thanks so much to Funky Pigeon, Simply Beach and Blue Flamingo.
Let’s start with a couple of gorgeous and slightly more unusual gifts, both of which are from Funky Pigeon. Candles are an ideal gift for most and I love receiving them too as they instantly make any room so much cosier, warmer and more inviting which is definitely something everyone needs at this time of the year (it’s currently snowing as I’m writing this post). For ever thrilling weather updates as well as blogger mail unboxings, follow me on Instagram (@ofbeautyand
There are so many candles out there and maybe your friends have tried many of them so why not opt for something a little more unusual in a cocktail inspired candle. The candle I was very kindly sent is the ‘pink champagne’ candle which not only looks gorgeous but it smells heavenly too. To me, it has a very fresh and fruity scent that’s a little unique and it would be perfect for adding a little spring freshness into any home. It’s currently on sale, along with a few other gifts in the galentines day section, so go, go, go.
There are so many gorgeous gifts to choose from, for a range of ages, preferences and tastes, on the Funky Pigeon website but one item that instantly caught my eye was this utterly gorgeous notebook (we all know how much I love a cute notebook). I haven’t tried anything from this brand but I love the style of all of their items so I now need to check out this brand more throughly!
The notebook I chose doesn’t just have such a cute cover and a simple and classic design but it also has multiple ribbon bookmarks which makes it look even cuter and makes it even more practical. I’m planning on using this notebook for family record keeping (such as family stories before they are forgotten) but it would be great for so many other uses too. If you have a friend or partner that loves stationery then definitely check out this notebook on Funky Pigeon as I think it will be a hit with so many stationery lovers, myself included.
The penultimate item within today’s gift guide (there will be more valentines day inspired gift guides coming soon) is more on the luxury end of the spectrum so it would be great for those extra special friends, for a special birthday or as a Mother’s Day gift as Mother’s Day in the UK isn’t too far away. I was very kindly sent the Urban Life silk scarf from the lovely people over at Blue Flamingo and I think it would make such a lovely, special and luxurious gift to give.
There are a variety of designs to choose from (I think the Sloane Square design is my ultimate favourite of the design currently available) but I opted for the Urban Life scarf as I know that my mum will absolutely love it! I’m planning on giving my mum a little valentines day gift this year as she always gave myself and my sister valentines day treats growing up, whether it was chocolates or a toy so I think it would be a nice gesture to finally gift my mum something in return.
The scarf is composed of 100% AA grade medium weight silk and it’s a great size at 150cm by 65cm. I’m personally not a fan of huge scarves, maybe because I’m very petite so this size is ideal for me and also my mum. The scarf is so smooth and soft, it feels quite luxurious and it would make for a lovely, thoughtful gift this valentines and galentines day. You’ll hopefully see a photo of this scarf as as outfit of the day soon…if the snow stops!
The final item on my gift guide is another sale gift but this one is from Simply Beach which is a site I’ve been lucky enough to work with previously. Simple Beach has such a wide range of gorgeous beachwear, beach accessories and swimwear such as push up bikini
, jewellery, footwear, bags and more so if you are jetting off to soak up some winter sun then look no further than Simply Beach, especially as there are currently so many sale items on their website!
The pouch I received has one of my favourite designs to feature on any accessories or clothing which is stars. I have a tattoo of stars on my wrist so naturally when I find any item with stars, I’m instantly drawn to it and this cute pouch is no different. I love the design, it think it would be perfect as a beach clutch and it’s a great size too; however I’m going to use it as a makeup pouch for my handbag as I love to keep everything organised and why not keep all of my makeup organised in an adorable star pouch! I can’t recommend it (or the Simply Beach site) enough and I think there are numerous items that would make wonderful galentines day gifts on there.