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Gifts for Girlfriends, Boyfriends and Best Friends

Feb 6, 2013

by Kate Miss

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Kate Miss is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, jewelry designer, and blogger living in Los Angeles, California. Her blog, For Me, For You, is a lifestyle and personal photo blog. She is equal parts cat lady and plant lady and spends an unmentionable amount of time scouring Etsy for the perfect ceramic vessels for her plants (the cat doesn’t appreciate anything but cat food).

I was recently discussing with a friend my distaste for a traditional Valentines Day — the sad last minute grocery store flowers, a dinner reservation at a restaurant where half the city is also dining (resulting in terrible service) — you know the deal. She shared that, to her, it should just be a national “love everyone day” — spread the love, spread the hugs. And if you’re going to give a gift, make it meaningful and interesting. Etsy, obviously, to the rescue.

For Your Girlfriend

[1. Grey Agate, Freeform Chrysoprase, & Pyrite Necklace by MineralogyDesign; 2. Organic Fair Trade Fleur de Sel Caramels Box by CocoaAndHoney; 3. Please Be Mine vintage modern bunting by ohalbatross; 4. Perfume serum no. 3 by MarbleandMilkweed; 5. Druzy Black Garnet Cuff Bracelet by LexLuxe; 6. Owl Love Card by sassandperil; 7. Gold rimmed Booze Bulbs by MichelGaultier; 8. Miniature Custom Heart Sampler by MiniatureRhino.]

I like to imagine all of these working together in one magical evening at home — banner hung, wine in those cups. Imaginative and romantic, we ladies love surprises.

For Your Boyfriend

 

[1. iPad 4 Sleeve “Arrow” sleeve by TheNavis; 2. Sapphire Bow Tie by FoxandBrie; 3. Earl Grey Hot Chocolate Mix by whimsyandspice; 4. Bottle Opener — The Hidebound by arhogsett; 5. Natural Men’s Cologne Wild Man by WildRoseHerbs; 6. Use Your Imagination Card by dudeandchick; 7. Vintage Decanter Set from ModRendition; 8. Mens Valentine Gift Set by HerbivoreBotanicals.]

I recommend striking a careful balance between useful and romantic when it comes to giving a Valentine’s gift to a guy. Or just feed them, that never fails.

For Your BFF

[1. Field Sparrow 5×7 Print by smalladventure; 2. Oh So Tiny and Cute Mixed Windchimes by ironaworks; 3. Marksman Porcelain Bangle by LIGHTFOOTprints; 4. Sterling Silver Ring by gemagenta; 5. Cat Space Galaxy Nebula Print Silk Square Scarf by pillarsofcreation; 6. Cat Lady Art Print by yousentimentalidiot; 7. Herb & Olive All Natural, Triple Scented Soy Candle by lifemadepretty; 8. Rope Leash by blinkthings.]

On the “love everyone day” theme, spread the love to your bestie. Who may or may not be a four-legged friend or just shares your cat lady tendencies.

More Gift Guides

Grey Agate, Freeform Chrysoprase, & Pyrite Necklace
Grey Agate, Freeform Chrysoprase, & Pyrite Necklace
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Hot Chocolate Mix with Earl Grey Tea, Gourmet Drinking Chocolate, Hot Cocoa
Hot Chocolate Mix with Earl Grey Tea, Gourmet Drinking Chocolate, Hot Cocoa
$22.63 AUD
Vintage Decanter Set Tantalus Brass Holder Lock Key Mid Century Barware Steampunk Rustic Decor
Vintage Decanter Set Tantalus Brass Holder Lock Key Mid Century Barware Steampunk Rustic Decor
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Marksman Porcelain Bangle
Marksman Porcelain Bangle
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LINGERIE RING 004 - Sterling Silver - Hand Cut by Gemagenta - Black or Satin - Sexy Lace, delicate, romantic, gothic, modern
LINGERIE RING 004 - Sterling Silver - Hand Cut by Gemagenta - Black or Satin - Sexy Lace, delicate, romantic, gothic, modern
$127.31 AUD
SAMPLE SALE Rope Collar in color Pond
SAMPLE SALE Rope Collar in color Pond
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101 comments

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Great picks!

  • gossamer531 said 6 years ago

    I am happy to see so many creative ideas for Valentine's Day gifts! Wish more people shopped at Etsy, than their local drug store, for gifts!!

  • BrownBooks said 6 years ago

    Great finds!

  • JackieDoremus said 6 years ago

    What great ideas! Thank you!

  • SomeKindOfPretty said 6 years ago

    Very cute and very creative! I love the ideas For Him!

  • AtomicAttic said 6 years ago

    Great guide!

  • shopmixy said 6 years ago

    love it!

  • misschristiana said 6 years ago

    Ooooooh! Lovely gifts!!! I may grab a couple!

  • gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Sweet ideas! I love giving and receiving thoughtful gifts!

  • TheNorthWayStudio said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous finds! All the jewelry picks are just stunning!

  • creativeclassics said 6 years ago

    I wish to register a complaint, that box of caramels and the mug of hot chocolate are making me hungry, and I speak as one who has just eaten a lasagne and some garlic bread... Fantastic choices, I think we should skip Secret Santas and do Secret Valentines instead.

  • nat1489 said 6 years ago

    Great picks, I love that Grey Agate necklace

  • ladyandlion said 6 years ago

    Love everything. Kate has great taste and is a good gift finder!x

  • sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • ZorroPlateado said 6 years ago

    Great collection....that hot chocolate looks so good!

  • aisglass said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items:) Love it!

  • carley465 said 6 years ago

    I love the bird in this.

  • auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    Ooooo great picks!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Adorable!

  • rebeccagoebel said 6 years ago

    I love the combinations!! This would make a very romantic surprise :) ... Forwarding to Husband now>> :))

  • EdelweissPost said 6 years ago

    I find Earl Grey tea delicious ----- I can't even fathom how Earl Grey hot chocolate tastes... but I mean to find out!

  • PeonyKnits said 6 years ago

    Very cool choices :-)

  • GisieArt said 6 years ago

    Lovely Ideas!! Thank you.

  • CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    I love these ideas!

  • WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    Acid Test: #1 day for men = Superbowl Sunday; #1 day for women = Valentine's Day. Remember this, and your life will go smoother... Thanks for sharing such great gift ideas!

  • TheCharmingViolet said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas. Great picks!

  • lindock said 6 years ago

    Great picks...definitely putting the beard tonic on the list of things to buy the man in my life!

  • Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    Chapeau for all these great finds! There's not one of them that I wouldn't want either to purchase for myself or to give to a loved one! Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas!

  • joliefemme said 6 years ago

    Love the originality and fun! Thoughtful gifts are welcome on any occasion!

  • CocoaAndHoney said 6 years ago

    Oh so lovely! That earl grey hot chocolate does sound incredible!!

  • olusholaj said 6 years ago

    I would just get them all a nice smelling assortment of lotions. You can never go wrong with lotion. ;)

  • christineshmisteen said 6 years ago

    It really is all about the pictures, isn't it...

  • pillarsofcreation said 6 years ago

    I'm probably a little bit biased because my scarf is included (thank you!), but this is an utterly adorable gift guide. I'll take one of each, please ;-)

  • unastigsdottir said 6 years ago

    This is all solid stuff. I´d love it all. Love from Iceland.

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Nice. Great picks!

  • yousentimentalidiot said 6 years ago

    I love this collection. Thank you so much for including my little cat lady :)

  • GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Apothecary - Makes me want to get up and do the boot scootn' boogie to Alan Jackson's song "Little Man", only thing is I can't dance. Love the article and the selection.

  • PinesVintageClothing said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!...yum caramels dipped in chocolate

  • RenataandJonathan said 6 years ago

    charming and fun :)

  • DeepSilence said 6 years ago

    interesting

  • HillaryNewcombArt said 6 years ago

    awwww these are super cute! I want, no, I NEED some hot chocolate now! love the pics! <3

  • emwi said 6 years ago

    Awesome list! I want to get all of these things for myself. Already ordered some beard tonic for my boyfriend this Valentine's Day. Great compilation!

  • JillianReneDecor said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • FranceGallery said 6 years ago

    Cute and unique ideas here!

  • TreadleLady said 6 years ago

    Great gift ideas and nice photography!

  • TheEnergyWorkshop said 6 years ago

    great ideas and fabulous finds.

  • PrayerNotes said 6 years ago

    Sweet gift ideas! Thank you!

  • molliemagill1 said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas! Thanks for the suggestions!!

  • HuellaHuella said 6 years ago

    Wonderful finds!

  • Bessiescreations said 6 years ago

    Great ideas :)

  • jamiebandito said 6 years ago

    So lovely!

  • cottonandflaxshop said 6 years ago

    SO many great finds, well done Kate!

  • QueenBeeVintiques said 6 years ago

    Etsy you're awesome!

  • QueenBeeVintiques said 6 years ago

    Great gifts!

  • GrandFernAlley said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! If you want something "out of the box", etsy is the place to shop!

  • belardomartha said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • SolDelSur said 6 years ago

    Lovely list! My husband would love to receive things but you're right, I can never go wrong just feeding him... Ha!

  • vinylclockwork said 6 years ago

    Awesome stuff

  • AScrappyLife said 6 years ago

    hmm... the caramels look delish!

  • Foundfunandcrafts said 6 years ago

    Great picks, and great ideas! Especially love the BFF part!!

  • ESTATENOW said 6 years ago

    Nice gift ideas..thanks for sharing

  • andreamwl said 6 years ago

    These are beautiful ideas. May get my bestie a present after all!

  • slindnerblanc said 6 years ago

    one stop shopping at etsy for everyone, i love it!!

  • slindnerblanc said 6 years ago

    one stop shopping @ etsy for everyone, i love it !

  • teatimealchemist said 6 years ago

    so beauty gifts <3

  • poosiekat said 6 years ago

    Wonderful finds. The Earl Grey Hot Chocolate peaked my interest. I might have to get one for myself.....and share, of course.

  • losethecurse said 6 years ago

    Great picks! Now how to decide before it's too late...

  • mariarescigno said 6 years ago

    Wow :3

  • AlisaDesign said 6 years ago

    Great gift ideas! ;) ♥

  • DeepSilence said 6 years ago

    So cool.

  • TheJoyofColor said 6 years ago

    Love your taste and picks Kate, surely refreshing really love the Cat Lady print. thank you for sharing

  • TheJoyofColor said 6 years ago

    PS my hubby gets every year a new fun watercolor card from that reminds us our happy moments

  • magicnaive said 6 years ago

    I see some beaaaautiful stuff!

  • shopgoodgrace said 6 years ago

    ALL of these finds are exCEPtional!!! Especially loving the mens finds. Love, love, LOVE!

  • katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    I love the selection of gifts. The porcelain bangle is my favorite.

  • theowlshop said 6 years ago

    Great finds! loving the BFF gift idea...

  • Iammie said 6 years ago

    Nice picks!

  • MiniatureRhino said 6 years ago

    So happy to see my little Custom Heart included- thanks Kate!! I covet that silk cat scarf...

  • ResurrectedMe said 6 years ago

    Very well rounded collection of gifts :)

  • FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    cute choices!

  • NinaRaizel said 6 years ago

    Great collections! so cute!

  • Pixie2428 said 6 years ago

    Very nice finds. I love the minature embroidered heart idea ! I never thought about giving a Valentine to my best friend. ( I give my best friend gifts all throughout the year. ) What a great idea.

  • perebags said 6 years ago

    Great finds!

  • reneeyou said 6 years ago

    great ideas!!

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    The chocolate caramels look wonderful!

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    Love the little bird..Great collection!

  • DirtyRags said 6 years ago

    Love the card for the YOUR BF section, haha! Great stuff!

  • bariand said 6 years ago

    Nice!

  • mlezcano said 6 years ago

    I very much agree with the 'love everybody day' theme and it feels like it was that growing up anyways. Taking valentines cards for everyone in class,making a card for your mom and dad, and receiving love from all those avenues equally. It only seems to switch to a 'romantic partners' day only when we grow up. I think it's time not for a revolution but an evolution in the core meaning of how we celebrate Valentines day.

  • reginamiles1 said 6 years ago

    Great pics! I really love the lingerie ring. The design is fresh. Thanks for sharing!

  • WISHsupplies said 6 years ago

    great finds!

  • CoriSandlerPOTTERY said 6 years ago

    Lovely assortment of finds. Just a thought, https://www.etsy.com/listing/123208484/pottery-square-plate-spiral-legs-hand might make a wonderful gift idea for best friends, and girlfriends. It is pottery platter that celebrates WOMEN in all shapes and sizes. A kind of ... Hey sister, you are PERFECT just the way your are and I celebrate YOU. Would be great for International Women's Day as well. Love love love your picks here. Thanks for posting them all.

  • paulajeansgarden said 6 years ago

    My absolutely favorite holiday-- celebrating Love in all of it's forms just makes me happy♥

  • Prissypuppyjewelry said 6 years ago

    LOVELY GIFTS! Love the card LOL! Etsy is my go-to spot for gifts now and I have been telling everyone I know to do the same. People come up with really amazing and unique ideas. Love it! Don't forget about your best furry friend! I created an pawesome new necklace for your pampered pooch for this special holiday. Check it out! https://www.etsy.com/listing/123259756/rosie-red-rhinestone-dog-collar-cat

  • quiettimejewelry said 6 years ago

    decisions...decisions.... all great ideas!

  • krjewelrydisplays said 6 years ago

    Great assortment of ideas!

  • DeepSilence said 6 years ago

    So nice.

  • cammiio2 said 6 years ago

    "I was recently discussing with a friend my distaste for a traditional Valentines Day — the sad last minute grocery store flowers, a dinner reservation at a restaurant where half the city is also dining (resulting in terrible service) — you know the deal. She shared that, to her, it should just be a national “love everyone day” — spread the love, spread the hugs. And if you’re going to give a gift, make it meaningful and interesting. Etsy, obviously, to the rescue." To Kate Miss the Author of this quote... "I COULDN'T AGREE MORE!!"... Valentine's Day should be a "LOVE EVERYBODY DAY!"... I am blessed and have had a special someone, Hubby, for 15 years... However, I remember feeling very lonely on VDay and like a 3rd wheel when my BFF would include me in on her and her BF VDay plans... I think "EVERYONE" should be shown how much thier are loved and appreciated on VDay... It's NOT just for couples anymore!!! Again, Kate Miss.... Thank You for sharing your thoughts... <3 ;) <3

  • handmadecovers said 6 years ago

    Great finds, making it so easy to choose a gift..

  • sofisticata said 6 years ago

    Wonderful gifts!! :)

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great picks. I think the chocolates look especially yummy...

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