Monday, 8 February 2016

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide



Alright, don't roll your eyes if you're single. I always celebrated Valentine's day by gifting myself a little something if I had no man in my life. Now I'm lucky enough to have found a great partner, so the past few V-Days I have been showered with cute little gifts. It's still important to remember though, that it's not a day to celebrate being with someone, rather than a day to celebrate love, wether it be loving yourself or someone else. I'm soppy like that. So take your best mate out, give her something or if you're here trying to get inspired for a girlfriend or yourself then sit back, relax and check out some of my ever so traditional gifts to get on this special day.

BOOKS 

Valentine's day is not all about flowers and chocolates. A great book can really make a difference. The selection out there is huge but if she's into makeup or fashion, these gorgeous picks I got from Amara will not only be great to read but also to display on coffee tables and shelves. They're quite aesthetically pleasing and full of informations. 


- Pretty Powerful by Bobbi Brown contains beautiful photography of inspirational women with thought provoking commentary on their attitudes to life. 


- Paris Street Style, A Guide To Effortless Chic by Isabelle Thomas and Fredrique Veysset is full of striking pictures of beautiful French women exhibiting their own brand of Parisian style. It's great for outfit inspos. 




FASHION


Watches can make a nice timeless statement forever. People love Daniel Wellington for a reason and I totally get why but I thought I'd introduce you to a brand I have been loving since last year - Ice Watches! They're a little more sporty but the design is very sleek and chic. There's a huge variety of colours so you can pick the one that best suits the person you're thinking of. White and gold is my thing because I like my boring neutrals. 

Of course I had to include sunglasses. I'm obsessed with them! 
I've been recently sent this stunning pair by Firmoo and they're seriously making my outfit game look so much stronger when I wear them on days off strolling around town. They look expensive as well, which is a huge plus. You can get a nice variety of styles making them a great and different gift. I mean, who doesn't like sunglasses?! 


LINGERIE 

Some lingerie was a must in my gift guide because you can never go wrong with it. If you don't have a tight budget, Fleur Of England is breathtaking. Their designs are sexy but comfortable. They feel extremely luxurious and they'll make whoever wears their pieces feel like a proper attractive woman. I won this gorgeous set a while back and since then I've been eyeing another one because nothing beats the feeling I get when I wear this brand. It's seriously next level. 

If you want a budget alternative then Accessorize is a great option because you get some extremely cute designs, for a fraction of the price. I found the quality to be amazing anyway - and let's face it, you're less paranoid about ruining a bra in the wash that is only £14 rather than one that cost you £90. It's also a perfect first taste for people who are just dipping their toes in the whole simple lace bralette trend we see on Instagram a lot lately. Not gonna lie, I want more of them just to up my flatlay-game. (blogger problems..) 

BEAUTY 

Nothing quite like a cleansing hand wash and moisturiser or a gorgeous set of candles that smell sweet and fruity but also come in stunning and feminine packaging. Baylis & Harding are one of my go-to brands when it comes to gifting, because they never fail to deliver. This limited edition collection is perfect for Valentine's Day and you can get it from Amazon, which can deliver it next day. This is for the real last-minute shoppers out there! 


Another candle that I had to mention on here (I'm a little addicted to them) is this flawless number by Charles Farris. This is perfection because without even lighting it, it spreads this amazing jasmine scent around the room. It truly makes me feel like I'm in a garden, somewhere far, far away from rainy old UK. The packaging it not too girly, in case some people don't like over-the top pink/flowery accents around the room. James likes this candle too, so it may be a neutral double win for both. 


Of course I couldn't miss this stunning palette by Too Faced. The Chocolate Bon Bons that you can also win on my current giveaway here, has the most awesome packaging and it smells of chocolate. You can't top that. If you're not convinced that it's worth the price tag, check out my review

On the other scale of things, this little perfume roller by Victoria Secret is only £10 at the moment and it would make a perfect gift if she's into sexy but light scents. It's also super handy to carry around with you all day. 

JEWELLERY


I had to feature this gorgeous cuff from the Oasis collection at Valentina. I'm not usually into colourful and bright things, but with bracelets I have a soft spot. These look so much like the classic Pandora charms but they come at a fraction of the price! I personally like the fact that mine is a cuff, but the brand sells bracelets and bangles as well. I think that there's a style for everyone out there since when I was picking mine, my friend eyed a different gem for herself. She ended up purchasing it later on, and since we're completely different when it comes to taste in jewellery, I found that to be a huge thing. 



I also found this gorgeous sterling silver bracelet by Jon Richard's Simply Silver collection to be such a dainty yet stunning everyday addition. I started investing more into my jewellery because quality pieces last years! This number here is only £24 so it doesn't really break the bank but it will be part of your collection for a very long time. The double heart detail is perfect for Valentine's Day or Anniversaries. 



I hope you found this gift guide somewhat helpful. What do you like to gift/receive if you celebrate Valentine's Day and do you have any plans this year? I'd love to know so leave me a comment. 


XOXO 

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38 comments

  1. Great gift guide! I'm single so shall be getting nothing, but I want a couple of MAC lipsticks, and a pole-because I do pole fitness, so I want to practice at home!

    Laura
    www.insidelaurashead.com

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    1. woah love the idea of the pole and you can never go wrong with mac lipsticks ;)

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  2. This is a fab gift guide, I especially like the look of that Ice Watch and the cuff. And for a girl you can never go wrong with beauty products! :) xo

    Emma-Louise | Dino's Beauty Diary

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    1. aww glad you liked my picks Em! Thanks for stopping by x

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  3. I would really enjoy every single one of those gifts! Great list :)

    http://victressvic.blogspot.lt/
    Victoria ♥

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    1. Awesome :) Thanks for stopping by lovely xx

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  4. so many great ideas, love that lingerie!

    rachel // Style Soup

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    1. It's stunning isn't it! Can't-stop-staring!

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  5. Some lovely ideas here! I love the glasses case <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. haha thats the first thing I noticed when I got them!

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  6. The lingerie is gorgeous! I would never have thought to look in Accessorize for something like this either. x

    Small&Blonde♥

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    1. It's surprising isn't it! I love their stuff :) x

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  7. Great gift guide Kristina! The lingerie is beautiful! I am single this Valentine's day so I will be at home watching The Walking Dead, lol!

    http://mrsdoingme.blogspot.com/

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    1. I BLOODY LOVE THE WALKING DEAD. YOU GO GIRL!

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  8. Great pick here Kris! We usually treat ourselves to a fancy dinner and I get flowers, even though I have a few other ideas for this year and want to print out some cheesy photos of us :)

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    1. awwww thats so sweet! James got me a polaroid camera for christmas so I'll be taking photos ;)

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  9. That lingerie is absolutely gorgeous! You can't go wrong with a Too Faced palette either, they're all beautiful. I can't wait to give my Valentine's Day gifts, and I have no idea what I'm receiving this year so it'll be a nice surprise! x

    Ami | perksofbeingami

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    1. awwww I'm excited to see what I receive as well :) xx

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  10. What a great gift guide,you always take beautiful photos! I love the lingerie idea, I might haveto treat myself with some lingerie for me and my boyfriends date :) hehe thanks for sharing!

    Celia x

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    1. awww thank you so much for the kind compliment and thanks for always popping by xx

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  11. All really good suggestions, think I will go for the palette by Too Faced

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    1. Thanks Monika :) Glad you like the suggestions x

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  13. Such beautiful gifts and great photography, I love the heart bracelet x

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    1. aww that's probably my favourite :) Thanks for stopping by lovely xx

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  14. That lingerie set is gorgeous, must check out the brand (although i have feeling they may be a little over budget).
    Jen | www.tartanbrunette.co.uk

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  15. Such fun ideas! Those sunglasses are seriously lush and I am now going to go and ogle their website

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  16. I've been meaning to pick up the Parisian Street Style book for an age now, must get it. I also absolutely adore the bracelets, especially the heart one - so simple and elegant. I'm with you on the self-love agenda - this year is my first as a singleton since I was 15 (eek!) and I am whole heartedly embracing it! I bought myself the Rosaviola candle from the DiptyquexOlympia Le-Tan collaboration and I can honestly say its the best valentines gift I've ever received!

    Kara xx

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  17. So many awesome picks! Book is always a great gift for someone who likes to read and the Too Faced palette looks so cute :)

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  18. I love these picks - would happily receive any of these for Valentine's Day, haha! Hubs and I don't tend to buy presents but make sure we spend the day doing something special

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  19. Ahh so many gorgeous things, I want them all! xx

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  20. Cool to be part of your list! Frédérique Veysset. Paris street style

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  21. The photography in this post is just stunning and you have chosen some amazing gifts!

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  22. I loved your list, anything from here would make my day!

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  23. This is such a brilliant gift guide, love that lingerie!

    Lilies and Lipbalm
    xx

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