by Suzie Bonaldi

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The Valentines Gift Edit.


The Valentines Gift Edit.

Valentines Day, love it or hate it, it’s coming. Each year my feelings towards it ebbs and flows, some years it feels like we could all really do without another hallmark holiday, I mean, if you love someone you let them know everyday right? But other years I’m all for it. Yes we should all show our loved ones how special they are all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to have a day dedicated to spending that little bit of extra time with them. I think right now with the state of the world (because who actually enjoys reading their twitter news feed anymore?) a lot more of us are seizing any opportunity to spread a little love. And I’m all for that. 

So whilst the 14th February isn’t all about the gifts (I currently have our living room covered in red heart balloons and roses, with a lovely evening planned upon my return from New York - it can be more about the experience than the act of just giving) I thought I’d put together a few ideas for gifts, just in case you’re thinking of purchasing last minute something for a friend or partner.




BEAUTY
To start off, you can't go wrong with a gift from Lush. They have such a huge range of products to suit a lot of preferences and they don't break the bank too much. Their Lover Lamp bath bomb is one that I'm obsessed with at the moment - seriously, my six piece collection is quickly dwindling and I'll be all out before the month is up - it's not too over powering and is a subtle but luxurious addition to your bath. Then we have the Diptique Rosamundi candle, which lured me in by it's packaging alone, but the Rose scent it carries is utterly gorgeous. If you're looking for a little makeup with a wonderfully romantic feel, Dior have just launched their new shades of the Dior Addict Lip Glow - a line of lip balms with beautifully moisturising finish, a delicious vanilla scent and shades that range from rosy pinks and peach to more deep pink/berry shades. 




For my other half I can't go wrong with picking up a fresh tub of his favourite moisturiser and adding a new fragrance to his collection. The new Jo Malone, Mehr and Tonka is one of those perfectly uni sex fragrance that you could buy for your partner and always end up stealing for yourself. It's a win-win gift either way.

FASHION

When it comes to clothing, this area is a little tricky to navigate. I always go for a super soft sweater from the Reiss Mens section as my gift of choice, but you could also opt for a timeless jacket from Allsaints (budget permitting but Topman have some amazing alternatives too). In the past Vans and a new watch have also never gone unloved.

For me, gifts that I've always loved are timeless or have a little more of an everyday luxury feel. Slogan Sweaters from Whistles are always a winner, whilst my Alex Monroe Bumble Bee and Monica Vinader Rings and Bracelets are so loved too. For something a little less everyday but still so special, the Dior Tribal earrings are a beautiful piece if you want something that feels really indulgent - a modern twist on the classic pearl earring, they can be worn day and night but also styled with different jewellery. I got mind over Christmas and fell head over heels for them. But of course, if you're looking for something incredible, or you just fancy treating yourself come payday, a gorgeous pair of heels, whether from ASOS or Aquazurra, are always a good idea.




OTHER

If your giftee isn't a huge fashion or beauty hoarder, don't worry. Stores like Oliver Bonas have the most gift-able stock on planet earth right now. Their little pink pillows are perfect for someone who likes their interiors to look cozy (with a little fuzzy added in), whilst their crystal book ends are a gorgeous gift for someone who has too many books or is always on the hunt for a unique coffee table ornament. If you want to approach this kind of gift from a more holistic angle, O.B also have a huge selection of books you could wrap up too! They also have a tonne of tiny trinkets, their little cat dish for example is practical, whilst still remaining utterly adorable, and don't even get me started on their Valentines Day cards. If you take anything from this post, it's the recommendation of buying your card from there. They have so many designs from brilliantly funny to super cute and heart felt and I actually ended up purchasing a couple of options depending on my mood come next Tuesday. My personal favourite being one that reads "don't go bacon ma heart" with a little frying pan filled with bacon. Genius. 



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39 comments

  1. I definitely wouldn't mind being gifted any of the above!!

    The photos you've taken are beautiful and some great choices :-)

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  2. Such beautiful photos! Would love to receive any of these xx

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  3. Beautiful photography, love all of these picks! I don't go mad for valentines but I would use pretty much all of these things all year round!

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

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  4. All of these photos are so beautiful!
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  5. Wow your pictures are insanely beautiful, I can see so much work into this post. The picks for Valentines show a great style. Great job:)

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  6. This post is absolutely perfect! The pictures are amazing and the suggestions are also great :)
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  7. Oh I love all these cute "little" gifts!

    xx Lisa
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  8. Great gift guide! Think i'll have to send your link to my bf haha x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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  9. This is such a lovely gift guide. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with Lush!

    Jodie // jodieloue.com

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  10. I love Dior lip products. I always used to wear their lip glosses x

    LuxeStyle

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  11. So cute!! I don't have a valentine this year so I may just have to buy some of these for myself ahaha


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  12. Those bath bombs look amazing, I so LOVE Lush! Your photography is everything omg.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

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  13. I would love a diptyque candle and lush always have the cutest valentines range <3

    Emma O Donnell // Fashion and Lifestyle

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  14. Great gift ideas! Your photos are gorgeous x

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  15. These photos and ideas are gorgeous. I love the look of the Dior Lip Glow x

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  16. Omg so many great gift ideas here! Especially love the Dior earrings and the red heels.

    xxRapunzel

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  17. Absolutely love your photography, these are incredible! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  18. all these ideas are so great! those new dior lipsticks look lovely xx

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  19. Very great ideas. Love it.
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  20. Gorgeous photography Suzie! Oliver Bonas always have the best selection ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

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  21. This gift guide is sooooo dreamy- the aesthetic is just perfect!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

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  22. Those photos - omg SO beautiful and also some amazing gift idea. I love those book ends!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  23. we never gift each other anything for valentines as your anniversary is literally two days before but i love lushs valentines stock. rose bombshell is incredible.


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  24. These photos are incredible Suzie! I absolutely love everything you've picked, such a great edit!

    Lynnsay x
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  25. Great gift ideas! I love Lush bath bombs x

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  26. These are the most beautiful photos ever. Period. I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, but I need all of these items for myself!

    xx nicole
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  27. Those bath bombs are so cute!x

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  28. What a lovely post xx I don't have a boyfriend, but tbh I'm thinking of getting cards for a really close friend and maybe buy some flowers for myself :)
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  29. Love these ideas, such nice gift choices <3

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    Victoria

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  30. Oh My God. Suzie I loved this post so much! The photography is gorgeous, the products are incredible. I loved everything. Well done! Keep up the good work!
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  31. Those Dior earrings are so cute!
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  32. Love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing this with us

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  33. I keep seeing this limited edition Diptyque candle and I feel like it's a sign! It looks gorge x

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  34. Great gift ideas! Especially the candle is amazing :)

    Caro x
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  35. Such a lovely photos. Amazing ideas.
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  36. LOVE all the gift ideas. So many cute items too. The photography was justπŸ‘Œ❤πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ’–

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  37. Gorgeous gift guide! All of these picks are lovely and perfect for Valentine's Day.

    Lots of love,

    Rachel
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