I absolutely love buying presents for my best girls…
In fact it’s safe to say that the majority of the RMLtd team adore purchasing gifts for pretty much any occasion. So much so that we’ve decided to publish a triple whammy of posts this morning sharing our thoughts on beautiful, creative and hopefully budget friendly presents for all the women in your life.
Over on Rock My Family we’re sharing presents for new mums and mums to be and Fern is offering up her ideas for the best thank you gifts for your bridesmaids on Rock My Wedding. We’ll be covering pretty much every other eventuality here on Rock My Style be it birthday presents for your besties or just a way of showing your female family members that you care.
I’m not going to lie. Approximately 50% of the items in this post are gifts I wouldn’t mind receiving myself…actually make that 80% no…90%. To hell with it, I want EVERYTHING. But given my current obsession with all things gardening related I couldn’t help but start with lots of floral goodness.
Every girl loves being sent flowers…frankly I’d like to receive them rather a lot more than I currently do but that’s just me being greedy. Flora Queen have the most amazing bouquet of candy pink sweetheart roses which are just the perfect shade to show your girls just how much you love them. Pair them with a box of macarons and you’ve a match made in heaven.
If you want something with a little more longevity then why not buy a rose plant instead. I spied the Roald Dahl rose on a recent trip to David Austin roses and was taken with both its peachy hue and the deliciously perfumed scent. It’s definitely on my hit list for the new house. It’s perfect for book lovers and particularly apt given that it’s the author’s 100th birthday celebrations this year.
If you’re able to stretch the budget that bit further or you’re helping to celebrate a particularly special birthday then why not send the lucky girl on a course related to her passions instead. I’m a big fan of Sarah Raven and secretly keep hoping that someone in my family might take the hint and book me onto either the Year Round Veg Course which takes place in October or the Cutting Garden Course which has two dates remaining in September and in October. So far no such luck…perhaps I’ll ask Santa for a spot at Christmas.
I bought my sister the book How To Be Parisian, for her birthday last year and then listened to her chuckles floating down the stairs for the whole of the next day. She has quite a dry sense of humour and rates it highly…so much so that I’m tempted to buy myself a copy. I think I’m right in assuming that most of the Rock My Style girls own it too. Definitely worth a purchase for those fashion-loving, French wannabes…
Staying on the French theme, I absolutely LOVE Garance Dore’s illustrations so I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to snap up her book – Love Style Life – which is essentially a collection of articles that Garance has published throughout the years on her blog. Whilst some of the reviews of the book are negative I still think that the tome is a great way to introduce those unfamiliar with the writer to her. Plus it’s super pretty too.
I’ve heard great things about Alexa Chung’s book ‘It‘ which gathers together pieces of her writing, doodles and photographs as well as recollections of her early style inspirations and observations on life. Now that she’s announced that she’s launching her own fashion range in 2017, I’m even more intrigued. Definitely a gift with legs…
For The Home
I couldn’t help but nip on over and fall in love with this heart shaped print which I think is a great way to show someone that you adore them and also this Hemingway quote which is almost like having your best friend or your mum giving you words of advice every time you look at it. Perfect then for those of you who are mother hens and who want to remind those friends about what’s really important even if you can’t be there in person.
One of my favourite things to receive is little knick knacks for the home, a little vase here or a wonderfully scented candle there and so purely in the interests of ‘research’ I’ve included them in today’s roundup.
From experience I can say that these paint splattered dishes from Artisan are exceptional quality and the perfect size to drop pieces of jewellery into after a long day…plus they look pretty too. I like the fact that they’re black and white so would be right at home in most colour schemes.
These whisper thin porcelain pots from The White Company are actually tea light holders but they’re also the perfect size for holding large flower heads or doubling up as make-up brush pots. They’re currently in the sale starting at £6! Bargain.
Candles make my heart sing and I firmly believe you can never have too many. Lauren favours the signature scent ‘Baies‘ from Diptyque which blends floral rose notes with the refreshing fruitness of blackcurrant leaves. I’m head over heels for Byredo’s Loose Lips which has a heart of cherries and a top note of roses.
Add some beautiful matches as the final finishing touch such as these designs in a jar from Graham & Green.
For The Sartorialist
Lisa recommends COS jewellery as a good shout for birthday/thank you presents. Most of their products are priced between £10 and £20 but looks more expensive. Plus all of their accessories come in beautiful packaging so it doesn’t necessarily need wrapping thus saving you a few pennies on the wrapping paper front. We’re loving this oh so long brass toned interlocking circle necklace with braided chain which would look pretty awesome paired with these spherical earrings from the same brand.
Oh and whilst I was looking in COS I may have spotted this blush geometric leather clutch. The bag can be worn open or with the wristband put through the metal ring for a folded, collapsed style. Either way it’s super cool.
We couldn’t not finish without including some paper pretty be it a frivolous notebook or a cutesy card.
I picked up these Love inspired cards from Imogen Owen recently. The set includes six letterpress printed notecards featuring two designs; one brush lettering ‘love’ card and the other ‘xoxo’ motif. I’m down to my last three, they’re that good and I’m of a mind to frame one of each of the designs. Definitely worth every penny.
Her ‘Bollocks‘ card is pretty good too….
If you/your girlfriends like something a little more monochrome, a little bit chic then the designs from In Haus Press are for you. Their typography is just so good and I’m waiting to use this Bon Anniversaire for a certain sister’s birthday very soon. Let’s hope she’s not reading…
Lastly you can never go wrong with a gorgeously designed notebook…I have a feeling that Mrs O’Shea would very much like this Pineapple motif notepad from Iconic design. And you can never go wrong with a spot of Rifle Paper Co. either…I like this pack of two travel inspired designs for future holiday musings….
And that’s it…Well we figured it was enough dirty enabling for one day…;)
What’s your favourite gift to receive or send? What was the best gift your friends ever bought you…Why not tell us in the comments box below.