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

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

How does she do that?

How do you make your friends feel special?

What girlfriend gifts have you selected just for your BFF?

How can we be a better friend to our girlfriends?

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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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – What are you giving your Mom?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – What are you giving your Mom?

Mother's Day Gift IdeasNeed some Mothers Day Gift Ideas? We’ve got them!

Mother’s Day celebrates mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the amazing influence of mothers in our lives and in society. It’s time to let the mom in your life know how much you care, so whether you’ve got a sporty mom or a trendsetting mom, we’ve got Mother’s Day gift ideas you (and she) will love. Here are some of the fun, fabulous gift ideas we’ve uncovered to make your search quick and easy. (And most of these are under $25!)

A Mother is the truest Friend we have.  Washington Irving

Mothers day quoteTime to shop girlfriend!

L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Regenerating Skincare Kit
I love to give gifts that I’d love to have. Something like this, when for the right person, says ‘you’re young and beautiful’ to me. This tremendous trio includes a very light and clean feeling day moisturizer with SPF, an under-eye cream and a day/night lotion with a texture that feels almost whipped.

Mothers day gift mom superhero mugSuper Hero Mug
It’s no secret that moms have an especially difficult time of keeping their identity as a superhero hidden. So celebrate the supermom in your life with this “I’m a Mom, What’s Your Super Power?” coffee mug. This super gift is also super tough – both dishwasher and microwave safe. (Super gift for a girlfriend who’s a mom too!)

Pandora style bracelet mothers day giftPandora Style Bracelet
This beautiful bracelet features both mom and springtime themes. It’s made up of a smiling MOM charm with silver crown and three dangle heart charms. This thoughtful Pandora style Murano glass art bead charm bracelets is a beautiful gift your mom (or mom girlfriend) will cherish.

Mothers day silver necklace“A Mother Holds Her Child’s Hand For A Short While and Their Hearts Forever” pendant necklace
I love this one! It’s the perfect sentiment for the bond between mother and child. This beautiful charm is available in your choice of sterling silver, rose gold plated silver or yellow gold plated silver. Complete with an 18” sterling silver box chain.

Life is sweeter mothers day pendant necklace“Life is Sweeter Because You are my Mom” silver bracelet
This 925 Sterling Silver Heart Charm Bracelet features a charming heart-shaped keepsake that will remind mom of your love an appreciation every time she wears it. (Love giving gifts that keep expressing your love! AND only $12.14!)

Mother daughter gift bracelet“Mothers and Daughters Share an Everlasting Bond” bangle-style bracelet~ Silver Tone Metal
The inscription says it all in this beautiful hammered finish silver-tone bangle bracelet. It easily slips on, fits comfortably for everyday wear, and is perfect of the very special occasion that is Mother’s Day!

Best mom ever tshirt mothers day giftsMother’s Day MAGAZINES
The perfect gift for mothers who are runners, cooks or fashionistas. This great selection of magazines gives you the opportunity to remind mom you’re thinking about her every month throughout the year. You save up to 88% on a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving. Let Mom know what’s coming by scheduling a gift email or printing a gift note for Mother’s day.

“Best Mom Ever” T-shirt
This short-sleeve, 100% cotton T will tell mom and the world what you really think of Mom. Best Mom. EVER! The image is printed direct to the garment, not a transfer ot iron on, for long, lasting durability and wearability. Your mom will wear it proud, and remember who it came from.

Love My #1 Mom (& Wine!) glass
Perfect for the #1 mom who likes fine wine, this unique wine glass is hand-painted, so the vibrant colors and embellishments make this gift truly one-of-a-kind. It features a #1 Mom wine cooler recipe on the bottom of the stem, and holds up to 15 ounces of whatever mom wants to fill it with.

More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from A to Z
In addition to all the great gift ideas you’ve already seen, we gathered up some additional top picks for gifts for Mom on her special day. From pretty pendants and scarves, to kitchen essentials, popular gadgets and everything in between, you’re sure to find the perfect “I love you mom” gift just in time for that special day.

Mothers Day Gift ideas sure to make her have a very Happy Mothers Day!

 

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Caffeinated Happiness – Girlfriend Coffee Gifts for Friends

Caffeinated Happiness – Girlfriend Coffee Gifts for Friends

Friendship, Girlfriendology cup of coffee,friendship quoteWe love girlfriend gifts based on things our girlfriends love, don’t you?! For girlfriend birthdays, bad days, just because days or even Mondays, girlfriends who love COFFEE (and Tea) will love these girlfriend gifts!

Coffee Gifts for Women …

A reliable coffee maker is like a reliable friend – right? There for you when you need a little pick up! So, a great girlfriend gift is a reliable coffee maker – or get ‘fancy’ with a latte/espresso machine. (My girlfriend had one of these and I felt like I was staying at a super nice bed and breakfast!) Or just make her day with a Starbucks gift card.

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Girlfriend Gift Mugs

A Best Friend© Personalized Coffee Mug “A Best friend is like a little black dress … every girl must have one.” This exclusive Little Black Dress Coffee Mug lets your best friend know her friendship is one which you treasure and need! Featuring a charming black dress design and sentiment on one side, along with your personalized message on the back.

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Make her smile with every cup with this Anne Taintor ‘Medicated and Motivated’ mug! (We <3 Anne Taintor – like her calendars, magnets, etc.!)

The ultimate Coffee Lovers Gift Set – filled with premium coffee and gourmet go togethers, cleverly wrapped to go and ready for gift giving! Your java loving girlfriend will enjoy the Gourmet Cookies, Biscotti, four packages of Premium Coffee and more.


Coffee Jewelry – YES! Love this Rhodium Plated Brass Ring with Coffee CZ – wouldn’t your coffee-loving girlfriend love it too?! So dark and rich – like a wonderful cup of ‘joe!

Just Your Cup Of Coffee – or Tea! These Hidden Animal Mugs keep tea parties full of surprises with these extra-roomy ceramic mugs sculpted with fox, owl and bear figurines inside each cup. Like china from Alice’s tea party, each whimsical piece is sure to bring imagination with every sip. Drink up to reveal your hidden animal!

Coffee table with four tuck-under ottomans – not a girlfriend gift but a dang cool coffee gift for yourself!

Euro Cuisine Electronic Prep Machine, Frother and Electric Peeler with Attachments– Fun set of coffee accessories – because sometimes it’s fun to accessorize! 🙂

Coffee Crystal Bracelets – Chamak by priya kakkar set of four Topaz-Coffee Crystal Flower Bangle Bracelets.

What about a ‘charming’ Sterling silver COFFEE CUP W/ SAUCER – CHARM (Charm)?

So cute! Great girlfriend gift for a coffee or tea lover! Dark Coffee Tea Cup Necklace

They need to know … ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed Mug’.

‘Life is too short to Drink Cheap Coffee’ wall decals – and it’s too short to not take time for coffee with your friends!

And, by the way, we love coffee and coffee gifts for girlfriends SO MUCH we created a COFFEE board on Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology. Check it out!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day, GALentine’s Day or Just Chocolate!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, GALentine’s Day or Just Chocolate!

All you need is love and chocolate, Valentine's Day, chocolate girlfriend gift ideas, quoteValentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day?

Once again, Valentine’s Day is upon us!  Sometimes it’s a good week. Sometimes, not so much. To guarantee a great week, take the time to recognize and celebrate the relationships that show you love and friendship – your girlfriends!

And, if you want to make them feel REALLY special, celebrate all the special gals in your life with GALentine’s Day! (February 13th!)

All you need is LOVE. But a little CHOCOLATE now & then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Schulz

This season of love can be tough for some girlfriends, so make sure you give them extra time and attention (see the ideas below!). Let them know how much their friendship means to you – at Valentine’s Day and all throughout the year!

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Valentine’s Gifts for Girlfriends

Valentine’s Gifts for Girlfriends

FTD Valentines Day Flowers Girlfriend Gift 2 PINHappy Valentine’s Day Girlfriends!

Who makes your life better every day of the year? And when (sorry guys) men come and go – who’s there for you?

Show your girlfriend how much you appreciate her by giving her a Valentine’s Day gift to just show your affection, appreciation and admiration for the women who stay by our side no matter what our relationships are – or aren’t! Here are a few great girlfriend gifts for these wonderful women in your life:

Valentine’s Gifts for Girlfriends / Gifts for Women

Sweetheart TowerSweetheart Tower – Surprise your girlfriend (or sweetheart, or both) on Valentine’s Day with an adorable gift tower filled with delicious sweets and cookies. She’ll have the pleasure of opening three separate gift boxes to find Seattle Milk Chocolate Truffles, Sour Cherry Candy, Watermelon Sours, and Lemon Raspberry Cookies. With each treat more delicious than the last, your girlfriend (or Valentine) is sure to enjoy this unique gift to the very last bite.

More Valentine’s Day gifts for girlfriends …

Pewter Heart with ChocolatesPewter Heart with ChocolatesFace it! We women LOVE CHOCOLATE! So here’s a great girlfriend gift filled with a full pound of individually wrapped Seattle Chocolate truffles, a heart shaped pewter candy dish is a sweet and sentimental gift. Wrapped in pretty pink tulle and tied with a satin ribbon, the gift makes quite an impression.

Lavender Bath & Body Spa Gift Basket – Doesn’t your girlfriend deserve a little pampering? Help her indulge herself in relaxation with this lovely assortment of lavender spa delights. She’ll luxuriate with soothing lavender bath salts, shower gel, hand cream, bath fizzers and bath tea. This pretty purple tub also includes a raspberry chocolate biscotti bar, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and a Ghirardelli dark chocolate raspberry filled bar and square. Relaxing, refreshing and tasty, too!

Sex and the City – What movie did you HAVE to go to with your girlfriends? Make that girlfriend party happen again with this special movie two DVD set of ‘Sex and the City.” Disc 1 contains an extended feature film version (12 additional minutes, 157 minutes total) with extended commentary with director Michael Patrick King. Disc 2 contains a digital copy of the movie plus extra content featuring “Conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King”, “Fabulous Fashion of SATC”, Deleted Scenes and Fergie interview.

Baby Elephant Ring Holder – They say an elephant never forgets, which makes this diminutive silver-plated version a logical partner for helping her remember where she put her rings. The artfully designed elephant makes a delightful addition to her bathroom sink or bedside table. Made of polished silver plate and the elephant’s upturned trunk and tray base hold her rings safely and securely.

Remember, Valentine’s Day is just a great reminder to celebrate the people we love. Celebrate your girlfriends with thoughtful gifts, kind words and special memories made together!

One last thought – like the quote above, we believe women and flowers are beautiful. Here’s our girlfriend valentine’s gift of a bouquet and celebrating my BFF.

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