Back-to-School Gifts for Girlfriends – Celebrate the end of Summer & the start of School!

Back-to-School Gifts for Girlfriends – Celebrate the end of Summer & the start of School!

Friendship Back to school girlfriend gifts girlfriendologySeriously?! Can you believe it’s Back-To-School Time? Thankfully we have our girlfriends to help us adjust and get ready for another BIG year.

Each week we feature some girlfriend gifts as a way of showing your fab friends how much they mean to you. It could be for a birthday or sad day, a just-because-you’re-special day or maybe, at this time of year – aka: back-to-school, it’s a thoughtful way of acknowledging a child going off to school can be an emotional time (or time for celebrating!). And, for our girlfriends who are teachers or work in education, it’s a time of getting back to work and a girlfriend gift (aka: teacher gift) might just cheer up their day.

So, in honor of moms, teachers and all the fab friends with birthdays or special days at this end of summer, here’s a few thoughtful ways to say you care and that you’re glad to be friends!

(Thanks to girlfriend Judi for sharing girlfriend advice for moms on school lunches – just in time for back to school!)

I just saw this beautiful bush/tree at my girlfriend Amy’s house – it was gorgeous! Stunning! Brighten her day, even when it’s filled with back-to-school stress or a busy life, every time she sees this beautiful BOUGAINVILLEA. It’s August’s Blooming Plant. Send a stylish splash of summer color to her door with the vibrant pink of our Brazilian bougainvillea plant.

 

For school, meetings, conferences – so many reasons we find ourselves wearing a name or ID badge – and in such unstylish ways. This VERA BRADLEY Lanyard in Paprikais the perfect way to add a touch of Vera Bradley style at work or school. Designed to hold your/her ID card or name badge (or even just her keys and glasses), this lanyard features a large key ring plus a convenient clip. A fashionable accessory for our fashion-forward friends (:

 

Reclaimed Slate Cheese Board Who wouldn’t love a lesson in cheese? With this clever cheese board made of reclaimed chalkboards from Franklin Elementary School in Quincy, Illinois, you’ll never mix up the Jarlsberg and Swiss again. Features reclaimed wine cork feet to keep them from slipping and scratching the table. Divided into four sections. Includes a piece of chalk. Handmade in Wisconsin. (Also, check out the Reclaimed Slate Clock – also very cool!)

 

Sometimes the best gift just happens to be … Chocolate! She’ll love this
Godiva Summer Basket that is a burst of yumminess. This basket is brimming with delightful new Godiva chocolates, beautifully wrapped for the season. Indulge in a medley of assorted truffles, signature chocolate-dipped biscuits, milk chocolate-covered strawberries, luscious white chocolate and other sinful Godiva chocolates. YUM! (Maybe arrange to ‘drop by’ to visit her when it arrives!)

Relaxation Spa BucketWhat girlfriend needs to de-stress after a wild, hectic summer? She needs this
Relaxation Spa Bucket! She’ll feel pampered appreciated with this complete spa basket featuring an array of popular Kiss My Face natural products. A compact sauna bucket holds Olive & Aloe Soap, Honey & Calendula Moisturizer, Cool Mint Foot Scrub, Whenever Shampoo, Whenever Conditioner, Anti-Stress Shower Gel, Whitening Toothpaste, and Early to Bed Shower Gel. A loofah, pumice stone, massaging brush, nail brush, and hair brush make this unique spa collection complete.

How do you celebrate back-to-school? How do you make your friends feel as special as their friendship is to you? Share and inspire!

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25 Girlfriend Gifts under $25, gifts for womenMake your Girlfriends feel as special as their friendship is to you with these 25 Holiday Girlfriend Gifts under $25!

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The holidays are the perfect time to show your girlfriends how much their friendship means to you. So, we’ve got 25+ girlfriend gift ideas for Christmas gifts, Hanukkah presents, Birthday gifts or a surprising way of saying ‘thanks for being my friend’ – all gifts under $25. Show your BFF how much special she is to you with a special gift!

  • MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS – A year of reminders of your friendship and your thoughtfulness. Give her the gift of something she loves like a magazine about her favorite
    hobby or passion – like Women’s Day for just some helpful info and inspiration ($5/year!), Women’s Health because you want her to be healthy and around in your life for a long time ($16), First for Women with 17 issues of helpful tips and coupons ($20), or something for a favorite hobby of hers – Beadwork magazine for your jewelry loving friends, Sew Beautiful for the seamstress sister ($24.99!), Women’s Running for those fitness friends ($20), and, for your gourmet girlfriends and foodie friends –  Cooking Light ($18), Everyday with Rachael Ray ($15) and Food Network Magazine ($18). (And, more than $25 but my FAVORITE craft magazine – Crafts Magazine from England – $75/year but worth it!) More Magazine Subscriptions.
  • StarbucksCOFFEE TALK – I love the conversations I have with a girlfriend over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine). Even though my girlfriend Deana and I live in different cities, we’ve been known to make a coffee talk date and go to our favorite STARBUCKS, then call each other over our lives over our favorite caffeinated or decaf beverage. Give her a gift certificate for Starbucks and a promise to share it with her in person or over the phone. Just do it – spend time together! Starbucks Card, the perfect way to treat a friend or treat yourself. Or check out this Coffee Treats Gift Basket with Too Good Gourmet Cinnamon Cookies, Almond Biscotti, premium Coffee, Butter Toffee Popcorn, decadent Chocolate Truffles and fine Ghirardelli chocolates.
  • FLOWERS – Something about a surprise gift of flowers can brighten any day. LOVE these by 1-800-Flowers called ‘Cupcake in Bloom‘ ($24.99). Perfect for a long distance friend whose day you just want to brighten, to a birthday surprise, to a happy way to say ‘I’m thinking of you!’ More flowers under $25.
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Top 100 chick flicksWant to know the best Chick Flicks? Ask your Girlfriends!

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We love to watch them, have them on in the background when we’re cleaning the house or fixing meals. We love to give and receive them as DVDs. We just LOVE a good romantic comedy, light and silly. We might happen to love an actress (Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Diane Lane, for example) or actor (lots of Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Keanu Reeves fans!) that influences our theater preferences.

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10 Great Girlfriend Gifts for Summer

10 Great Girlfriend Gifts for Summer

Girlfriend gifts for summerSummer is a great time to celebrate! Celebrate girlfriends for their friendship and support – and celebrate with girlfriends for their birthdays and special (or just-because) days!

To help you make your summer fun and friend-filled, here’s 10 Great Girlfriend Gifts for Summer!

1. Awesome Book for the Beach, Pool or Book Club – Tis the season for indulging in a great girlfriend book! Give her a great read for the pool, beach, hammock, deck or wherever she loves to read. My favorite author, KRIS RADISH, has a host of books for women (and one coming out July 22nd – Gravel on the Side of the Road. Her books make the perfect girlfriend gift!

2. Summer Scarf – The perfect accessory (next to a BFF!) is a easy, cool and colorful summer scarf. Pinks, greens, blues or whatever combination … she’ll think of you every time she wears it!

3. Girlfriend Trip – Take a road trip, rent an RV, book flights, go to the lake, hit the city, or just do a staycation – whatever you do, just plan some quality time with your BFFs in a fun and memorable way.  Do it! Take a trip together! Life’s too short to not to spend time and travels with your girlfriends!

4. Cooking Class – It may be HOT outside, but it’s still a great time to take a cooking class together. Learn a new cuisine or recipes for summer foods.

5. Garden Sculpture – I’m not sure why, but my friends and I have all purchased metal garden sculptures this summer! I have a flying pig, Laura has a bat and Paula has an amazing lobster! Why not give her something for her garden to remember you by?

6. Biking Gear – I’m into biking this year and found the perfect gift for a girlfriend who bikes – a beer cap helmet rearview mirror! I found them on Etsy and they’re awesome!

7. Chick Flicks – It’s HOT! Dang HOT! Why not crank up the A/C and watch a chick flick together? Nothing like a little romantic comedy to make you forget the heat!

8. Frozen Cocktails – Can’t be there with your long distance girlfriend to celebrate her summer birthday? Send a special package to make her celebration cool and special, thanks to you!

9. Summer Dresses – Give her a fun frock to wear and think of you! Summer is the best time for casual, comfy dresses – perfect for drinks on the deck with her best friends!

10. TIME – The ultimate girlfriend gift! Find more time in your day, then spend your precious summer time with your BFFs.

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5 Ways to Make Your Friends Feel Special – Be a Better Friend

Do you have a friend who always makes you feel special?

5 Ways to Make Your Friends Feel Special, be a better friend“I don’t make you feel special. I remind you that you are special.” David F Sims

Meet my friend Terri. She is one of the most thoughtful, caring girlfriends that I know. Her birthday gifts for me are always my favorite because she knows what I like and makes an effort in finding the perfect gift for me. She invites us over for dinner and creates a wonderful meal yet makes it very relaxed so we have time to talk and catch up. (Like a fabulous meal we shared last night.) Terri makes me feel like my friendship is special to her – and, as her girlfriend, that’s a wonderful feeling.

What’s funny is that I know that Terri
makes all her friends feel special
. She goes the extra mile in her thoughtfulness for all her friends – and we’re all honored to be her friend! She inspires me! (And inspired me to write this blog post on how to make your BFF feel special.)

Going the extra mile for our girlfriends is a wonderful way of building into our friendships and being a better friend. So, let’s explore a few ways to be like Terri and be the kind of friend we’d love to have. Let’s highlight 5 ways to make your girlfriends feel as special as their friendship is to you:

  • 1. Pay Attention – Notice what our friends like/don’t like, their personal style, what things they don’t have or need, their favorite things (like favorite singer/actor, store, designer or colors). Note little hints your friend may drop or items she is drawn to when you shop together. Pay attention to what makes her happy. Then use these clues as a guide for selecting girlfriend gifts or planning time together. For example, My friend Cath only wears gold jewelry. So, I make sure to never give her silver bracelets of earrings. Terri often gives me birthday gifts from my favorite gift shop – which connects me with where I used to live (and I love that). Pay attention to little details.
  • 2. Make time for Her – Often with our friends, we’d really rather have memories of times together than having more ‘stuff.’ Spending time together says that we value our friendship enough to shared our most limited resource – the hours in our day. Clear your schedule and focus just on spending time together. Ignore your cell phone. Don’t call into work. Just spend time together – and time enough to get past all the conversations catching up on life and getting to those discussions where we share what’s really going on in our lives and our hopes and dreams. Make memories together – whether it’s going on a girlfriend getaway, a spa day together or just a lazy day sitting on her deck sharing a bottle of wine and talking.
  • 3. Surprise Her – We love surprises – good surprises! Send a hand-written card with a heartfelt message. Give her a gift for no reason – other than you appreciate her and her friendship. Leave a flower bouquet outside her door or at her office. Get a babysitter for her and plan a dinner or adventure together. Leave nice notes on or in her desk or kitchen/bathroom cabinets. Round up your mutual friends for a surprise dinner together. My friend Jill arrived at her girlfriend’s house to find signs (made by her friend’s kids) saying: “Happy Jill-Day!” They made her favorite food, gave her little gifts and made it all about Jill and it wasn’t her birthday. Just a surprise celebration of their friendship. What a great surprise and great girlfriends!5 ways to make your friends feel special, friendship advice
  • 4. Anticipate Her Needs – Is your BFF running her first marathon? Well, that’s a great time to give her a running-themed gift – like a basket of socks, water bottle and running clothes. Is she getting married, having a baby or getting a new job? What girlfriend gifts might make those life transitions easier? Or, what can you do to help her prepare for those changes in her life? If she’s going on vacation, surprise her with some great in-flight/beach reading books/magazine. Does she need some pampering? Plan a spa day or send a long-distance girlfriend some bubble bath and girlie girl gifts. Think about things that she might not buy or do for herself but that would make her feel special – that’s the goal!
  • 5. Allow Her to be Herself – So often we’re busy taking care of others and being who people need us to be. Accept that she may not share your passion for ping-pong or your hobby of knitting – but you can still spend time together and share other interests. Listen, even if it isn’t something you’re super interested in – often we just need to talk with our true, trusted friends and have them listen to us. If your sense of style is radically different, accept that. Don’t give her gifts that you would love, if you know they are things that she wouldn’t want or wear. Accept your differences and acknowledge that you may see things differently and just focus on how special her friendship is to you.
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And, THANKS TERRI for being such a thoughtful, inspiring girlfriend! You ARE SPECIAL. And, You make me want to be a better friend! (-:

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Great Mother’s Day Gifts – Gift Ideas for Moms

Great Mother’s Day Gifts – Gift Ideas for Moms

Mother's Day Gift IdeasMother’s Day is coming. What Mother’s Day gift is your Mom getting?

Shopping advice is one way we girlfriends help each other save time and find cool stuff. So here goes with things I’d give my mom or a girlfriend who’s a mom and deserves some affection and ‘girlfriend gratitude:’ (also make great birthday gifts for girlfriends and moms!)

After all, Moms do so much for us – don’t they deserve a thoughtful, personal gift to show them how much we love them? We think so!

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  • Jewelry – at 30% off! (Sweet!) Like this Sterling Silver Amethyst Butterfly Pendant. (My mom loves butterflies!)Butterfly necklace mothers day gift
  • Mothers day gift scarf for momSpeaking of Butterflies – my Mom would love this elegant, beautiful Butterfly Scarf! Made of 100% natural silk, quality guaranteed. Light and soft and breathable, incomparable comfort.
  • Save up to 50% on perfect gifts for Mother’s Day – like these home and kitchen gifts for mom‘s who are hard to buy for!  And here’s kitchen/dining gifts for 70% off! (Personally, I’d love the iRobot vacuuming robot.)
  • Up to 65% off Women’s Fragrances – Which fragrance is your mom’s favorite? Which is your girlfriend’s scent? (And what’s yours? Are they all on sale? Score!)
  • eBags.com is offering an additional 20% off through Sunday, May 2. Also, Hobo International now has select models at 25% off. (Save more money buy some purses for your mom, you and your girlfriends!)Flowered Laptop Bag girlfriend gift
  • #1 Most-wished-for, #1 best-selling, #1most-gifted-product-on-Amazon – Yep, she probably wants a Kindle. FREE two-day shipping too! (Then she can upload our monthly Book Club book – like this month’s Wildwater Walking Club!)
  • Speaking of our monthly online Book Club for women, here are a bunch of girlfriend-approved books for Mother’s Day gifts, girlfriend gifts or books for your Book Club!
  • Flower-Powered-Laptop Bag 20% off and free shipping. Brighten her day, every day with this lovely laptop bag!paisley scarf girlfriend gift
  • Lucky Woman’s Paisley Pixie Scarf – Okay, it’s not on sale, but it is so pretty and I know my mom or girlfriend (Cath!) would look great in it!
  • Coloring book for moms mothers dayAnd your Mom will love this Mother’s Day bestseller: the I Love Mom Coloring Book!

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