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Our best friends are there for us when we need them the most. They’re there for the good times and the bad times. Even if they’re not with you all the time, you know you can always rely on them. Whether you want to say thank you for some help they’ve given you or just to show that you care – a special gift and unexpected gift makes a lovely surprise. Here are some great picks for thoughtful gifts to give to your best friend.

Day at the Spa soy candle

A spa day

Between busy work and family lives, it can be difficult for you to spend quality time with your best friend. Buying you both a gift certificate to a spa offers an excellent opportunity for you to relax and take some time to get away from it all. A friend who’s been going through a tough time can benefit from a de-stress and a spa day is a gift that will always be appreciated. If the spa isn’t her thing, do some research on best friend dates to find an activity you’ll both enjoy. You might even find a new hobby you can take up together!

Personalized Name Jewelry

A name necklace

Personalized jewelry is a thoughtful gift that shows that you really care for the recipient. If your friend is a fashionista, she’ll appreciate a Sex and the City-style ‘Carrie’ necklace – a simple but stylish piece that goes with everything. For beautiful and chic personalized name necklaces – Soufeel is a great retailer that offers them in different styles and colors. Get one for yourself too for a cute reminder of the special friendship you both share.

Anti-Ageing Facial Serum

Some luxury skincare

It’s important that we look after our skin, and if you’ve been raving about a new skincare product recently – why not give one as a gift to a friend? Being able to say, ‘I thought you might like this,” shows that you think about your friend and that you know about her likes and dislikes. There are some amazing skincare products available at the moment, including skincare made from natural ingredients that make an excellent gift that she’ll love to keep on her dresser.

Blonde Brunette Frame

A framed photograph

This might be considered a bit of a retro gift, but how many of us take the time to print photographs anymore? With phones and Facebook to share photos on there’s a very real possibility that you don’t have any photos up in your home of the two of you together. Pick a stylish frame or fill an album with some of your favorite memories for a gesture she’ll really appreciate.

Treating your best friend is a wonderful way to lift her spirits or show her how much she means to you. If you struggle to think of ideas, look back at some of your favorite memories and let the inspiration hit you – an inside joke might be all that’s needed to spark an idea. Sometimes it’s the smaller gifts that we appreciate the most, and in the end – it’s always the thought that counts.

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I think I remember my first bouquet of flowers that was just for me. I was in dance recitals from the time I was five years old and for every single show, there’s a picture of me in costume or half a costume and an oversized t shirt, holding fresh blooms. Usually they came from my parents, one time from a neighbor boy, and then from friends who lovingly came to 2 dance shows a year in high school. Kendall started a tradition last year of yellow flowers for my birthday- this year he delivered them himself. 🙂

I also love to send flowers to let special someones know that I’m thinking of them, but I’ve recently discovered BloomThat, when I can send more than flowers! BloomThat has beautiful flowers, but I’ve actually been sending their gifts, which vary by location and availability. For my Twinsie’s birthday, I sent a “The Future is Female” care package with a shirt, rose hibiscus spray, and gummy snacks. When the assistant manager at my yoga studio was bitten by a snake, the teamsent her a spa-type care package with candles and bath salts. Basically, if you’re not into sending a standard bouquet, you have options! (Although- their bouquets are beautiful!)

The Deliciosa Monstera

And starting today, Wednesday, July 12, BloomThat wants to help you spruce up your interior décor with the beautiful Deliciosa Monstera WITH a vase for only $25! Supplies are limited so if you love it, grab it!

What’s your favorite kind of special delivery? Are you a sucker for traditional flowers or do you love a little something extra?

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It is still so weird to me that my friends are starting to pop out their own tiny humans. One of my sorority sisters is on baby 4 (twin boys, a boy after him, and finally a Phi Sig legacy!). My big just had her first and two of her closest friends have little ones too. My girl Kate, my bachelorette party buddy, had her Livvyboo almost a years ago. My close family friend, TJ, is expecting his baby girl any day now (I get to be a Tia Carolina!). And one of my bridesmaids is “not trying but also not NOT trying.” Kendall’s sister has probably one of the cutest babies ever to grace this planet. There’s no stopping it- we’re getting older and kids are being born and the circle of life and all that.

While Kendall and I are a few years away from wanting cubs of our own, I kind of love buying baby gifts for my friends and family. I can’t commit to a puppy, much less being responsible for a little tiny combo of us running around. But I can spoil the little ones who know me as Auntie Caro. There are certain things I like to get for the little ones who are slowly entering my life, and I thought I’d share them for those like me who don’t have their own but are starting to see more babies around.

Give Us This Day by Tasha Tudor was one of my favorites growing up. Whenever I say the Lord’s Prayer, I still think of the images from this book. I reserve this for my friends that I know are religious, but books are always a great option! Pat the Bunny is another favorite, as it’s interactive and a classic!

Sophie the teething giraffe is super popular, but I like the gift set that comes with something soft as well. Caro fact: I still sleep with the baby pillow my grandma gave me (it’s currently covered in mascara from a little meltdown) and sometimes something soft is all you need to help calm down.

As soon as I found out that my big was pregnant, I knew I needed to stock up on Burt’s Bees for baby because we were the Bee Fam in the house. A lot of their stuff is unisex, and this 24-piece newborn – 9 month bundle is a great starter set. Their Getting Started Gift Set is a great extra gift to add in because of the great travel sizes to throw into diaper bags.

I’m hoping to one day have both a boy and a girl, but I know that if you want to make God laugh then all you have to do is tell him your plans. I just always walk by baby clothes and I’m like AWWWWW. Clearly, I would have a ton of fun dressing a little girl in all the girly stuff like this Infant Girl’s Popatu Cupcake Tutu Skirted Bodysuit. However, there is something to be said for dapper baby boy outfits too, like the Carter’s 3-Pc. Bowtie, Shirt Bodysuit & Twill Pants Set. But babies need easy, relaxing clothes most of the time so I try to pick out set like the Carter’s 3-Pc. Cotton Sweet Bodysuits & Pants Set for girls or the Carter’s Little Baby Basics Boy 3-Pack Side Snap Bodysuits for boys.

Keep in mind for bigger items, like strollers, diaper bags, and furniture, that mama may have something specific picked out. Don’t be shy about asking for a registry or straight up asking exactly what they want. Those they’ll have to live with for quite a bit, so likely they want those items to look a certain way.

Have you started going to baby showers? How do you like to shop for expecting moms?

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I’m now at the age where my friends are having BABIES! Not just weddings… BABIES! And while it’s fun to buy your friends’ future littles cute outfits and toys, don’t forget the mamas to be too! With Mother’s Day coming up, you might want to think about mommies to be as well.

If you have a friend who’s pregnant and you see them struggling or in distress, you feel for them. Their pain becomes your pain, especially if you’re really close with each other. You should always try to find time to catch up with them, because sometimes during pregnancy it can feel like they’re suffering alone. So you’re there to talk to them, but what happens when you hug and say goodbye? They carry on, the same way you found them.

The discomfort levels of pregnancy rise around five months as the baby is now growing its vital organs. This means that the baby will want more and more food energy and will put strain on the mother’s immune system. The bump will get larger and larger, and the aches and pains will increase with it. So here are some thoughtful tips and gifts your friend will really appreciate.

Pistachio Pedestal

Comforting gifts

Imagine, the first thing you feel when you wake up is a painful swirl in your stomach. You feel nauseous, your sinuses are hot, your body feels fatigued, and you feel like you’re going to vomit.  Morning sickness can ruin your day even before its begun. Vitamin B6 helps to stave off morning sickness and queasiness, although no one really knows why. It’s found in most nuts, but some nuts have more than others. The main ones are pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and almonds. You can find these nuts in the store, sold as mixed bags and some stores sell them in trail mix form. Crush them up and give them to your pregnant friend. Tell her to mix them into a bowl of porridge and eat it them at night before she goes to bed. This should alleviate her morning sickness symptoms and stop her from feeling so wretched.

Women’s Patricia Green ‘Glam’ Scuff Slipper

Pregnancy can do some strange things to your body. Some women’s feet become swollen, and it can be painful just to walk around. During this discomforting period, unless your friend anticipated this, they won’t have any footwear that will fit them. So, buy her some pure cotton or 100% wool slippers to wear around the house. Make sure you figure out her new size before you get them made, else they won’t be of any use like the rest of her footwear.

As the baby inside her grows, so does its appetite and need for nutrients. This she gets from the mother, so make sure to tell your friend to eat for two people rather than one. Sometimes pregnant women suffer from regular headaches, and some even get prolonged migraines. Medically, it’s not recommended that the mother-to-be takes Aspirin or Paracetamol as these drugs could damage the baby. Instead, buy your friend acetaminophen. This medication cures a headache, but keeps the child within the womb safe.

Motherlode Motherlove Pregnant Belly Salve – 4 oz

Caring gifts

Your friend will balloon up during the final few months of their pregnancy before they go into labor. The skin around the tummy can become dry and because it’s constantly being stretchedand distorted, stretch marks can appear on the area. Head over to beautyproductwarnings.com where you can read about the best products that get rid of the appearance of stretch marks. After the pregnancy is over, this gift will come in super handy and help your friend from being self-conscious about the way they look. This kind of cream deals with healing skin scars, which will also appear on pregnant women’s’ feet. So your friend can substitute a cream that is used on the stomach, for cracked heals on soles of the feet.

Pregnancy support belts are designed to relieve back pain due to the weight of the child on the mother. This is something very common among pregnant women, so think ahead and buy your friend a support belt. Left unchecked the spinal pain can quickly move to the pelvis. The pelvic area of the body is where the arteries, veins, and nerves travel through and into the legs. Server back pain can immobilize some women completely to the point where they need assistance just to get around. Your friend will love you for buying them this lifesaver.

Asstd National Brand Boomerang Multi-Position Pillow

Practical gifts

As aforementioned, during pregnancy, a lot of pressure can be put on the mother’s back. This curves the spinal column, and that can lead to neck pain. Buying your friend a personal inflatable pillow will relieve joint pain in the neck area. Consequently, this also cuts the chances of getting a headache because the pillow provides comfort, but support as well. And, quite frankly, the less pain your friend is in, the less stress they will be in. Mental health is just as important for a new mom and their baby’s physical health.

Just because your close friend is pregnant, doesn’t mean they can’t look their best. As female hormones are shooting out of control in the middle and at the end of the 9-month journey, a woman’s skin can be very sensitive. Your friend might inflame their skin by putting on normal makeup, but there are lighter foundation powders which aren’t likely to do this. Pregnant women find their skin is unpredictable from one day to the next. One day it might be dry, the other it might be oily, or itchy or inflamed and swollen somehow, etc. So a lighter powder gives the skin room to breathe unlike a typical medium texture power would.

Your friendship will simply boom if you give them these gifts. Don’t let your friend suffer alone, show them you care. It’s all well and good to give them a hug and while they may be stuck at home unable to go out in public because it’s too uncomfortable, by giving these gifts you help them out in the long run. Some of these gift ideas like the slippers and the stretch mark creams will come in handy post-pregnancy as well.

Headaches can’t be talked to and swollen feet can’t be hugged away. A practical solution to an emotional problem is sometimes the only solution.

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When the dust is settled from the proposal and the wedding photos are firmly ensconced in their frames, you settle into a life of marital bliss. One of the most exciting things about any relationship – and particularly a marriage – is the way two families blend together, to the point you can’t even see the joins anymore.

Getting along with your in-laws is a fairly vital part of being in a couple. After all, they’re an important part of your partner’s life, which by default makes them an important part of yours. While it can be a difficult relationship in some instances, for most of us, we begin to see our in-laws as a second set of parents. Then there are the siblings; the sister-in-law we didn’t know was missing from our life until this point, the big brother-in-law we always wanted.

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Wonderful as this is, it can make life trickier when it comes to Christmases and birthdays. Obviously, you’re going to include your in-laws in your gift-giving – in fact, they will rank right up there in importance along with your own blood family. But it can be a tricky time, because what’s an appropriate gift?

If you know your in-laws incredibly well, then this might not be a problem for you. However, in some circumstances, while close, you might not feel that you truly know them as people. Some of that may be lack of time or distance; more and more people don’t live near their parents anymore, so you might have only met them a handful of times. While you can learn about one another and become friends, family even, through online communication and phone calls, it’s difficult to have the exact same level of intimacy.

If you ask your partner, they might have a good gift idea… or they might not. If they do have guidance, then follow it, because they know their parents better than anyone. But if they’re not more forthcoming than “I don’t know… socks maybe?”, then you might need to strike out by yourself.

While there’s no real way of suggesting perfect matches for your specific in-laws, here’s a few guidance ideas that can at the very least spark your imagination.

Play To What You Know

Let’s say that your in-laws like to travel a lot. That gives you a jumping off point for where to find ideas. You could go for a bag for their next weekend away, spruced up as monogrammed gifts at VivandLou.com/bags.html so they can do away with unsightly luggage tags. Or if they love golf or caring for their pets, you can theme a gift around these areas.

Not only does this technique provide them with something useful, but it also shows that you have taken the time to think about them and the things that they enjoy. A couple of free daughter-in-law points for you there!

Photos Always Play Well

Photographs are the gift that keeps on giving, displayed on walls to be enjoyed all year round. You could consider posing for a series of photos just for your in-laws, something special and unique for them to treasure. Alternatively for smaller budgets, find a new frame and choose your favorite photo of you, them, and your partner together. Or you could create a collage – http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/apple/how-to-create-a-photo-collage-1305665 has some great techniques to allow you to do this.

Ask Them!

Depending on how close you are with your in-laws, the best option might just be to ask them. It can even be a bonding moment if you phrase it along the lines of wanting to find something they will definitely love – your concern will be appreciated.

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