Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Gift of Love

Hi Friends!
Do you all do anything exciting and romantical for Valentine's Day?  We tend to write this semi-silly holiday off however I have several friends that are extremely into Vday celebrations and I find that pretty cute as well.  Its always exciting when Vday falls in the early stages of your relationship, non?  I decided, in honor of my friends who have major vday spirit to do a fun gift-guide.  Since we don't really do much, I thought this would be a fun way to internet window-shop without it looking like I was hinting for something I'd like. (In fact, this blog is pretty much one big *hint* :)

Today, for the chickies:
I'm going to dip my toe into the blogging water today and start with something you all already know I love. That's right, Birchbox! Birchbox is great because it is literally the gift that keeps on giving.  You get a monthly package of fun makeup related goodies to try out.  They have three different gift subscriptions (3, 6 and 12 months) and your loved one is reminded monthly of your good taste!  How can it fail?

It is so very easy to snag a gift certificate to a store you know your love is fond of so that she can pick out something that will definitely suit her but its a bit impersonal, don't you think?  Instead, go with this lovely bag.

One Sydney Road  * $85
 The simple but clean style and the perfect size for work to happy hour will be appealing to all types of go-getters. It's made from a mix of sustainable organic and recycled fibers.  Plus the colors remind me of a warm summer afternoon... and who doesn't miss warm summer afternoons at this point?

Another option is to go with a piece of hand-crafted jewelry.  One of my favorite jewelry designers is Made by Sam on Etsy.  She makes lovely individualized pieces that you will definitely treasure but are still affordable. She made all the jewelry for my wedding and could not have been easier to work with.  Here's one of her newer pieces, a pendant necklace with a peacock style charm and an intial.  She will also interchange the stones for you with your lady's birthstone.

Made by SAM * $42.98
Perfect way to prove how well you know your love.  Look! I remembered your first initial *and* your birthstone!

Finally, since girls aren't all makeup, jewelry and purses (wait, what?) here is a gift that is truly awesome...

Amazon * $67

If your girl doesn't like this, hopefully she has the wherewithall to pretend she does or else she's probably a terrorist.   First of all, Ken Burns is amazing and so is the series of actors he got to narrate this bad boy.  Secondly, its about our national parks... and they are really amazing... and you actually probably have no clue just *how* amazing they are until you watch this.  Thirdly, its so beautiful and timeless, you will never get tired of watching it.  Plus, it supports PBS... and PBS rules all.  Actually, come to think of it... PBS has a ton of awesome things.  Just ignore this gift guide, go there and buy something cool and support public broadcasting! Woot!

Check in tomorrow and I'll blow your mind with gifts for humans with weiners :)

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