Sequin & Chic Valentine’s Gift Guide

Happy February friends! 

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It is absolutely crazy to me that the month of January is already over, it seemed like it flew by. January was such a packed month, I was in Denver to visit Cristian’s family, Chicago to shop for wedding dresses, San Diego to work at cabi’s fashion show, back to school to learn ALL THE THINGS, and down to Madison to celebrate Cristian’s birthday.

BUT, it’s time to jump in! I’m really excited to share a Valentine’s Gift Guide that is filled with great ideas for your friends, your love, your mom, the list goes on and on. I wanted to share a lot of handmade items and products from small businesses. I grew up in a small business, so one of my passions is to support them! 

1. For the foodie

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This is for your friend who is always hosting the wine and cheese nights, and rarely are you without an invitation over to their house for a delicious meal. These cutting boards are absolutely gorgeous and would be a lovely addition to anyone’s house. They’re handmade with love, and if you’re interested in these gorgeous conversation worthy pieces you can find the link to their Facebook page here! Isn’t it gorgeous how it looks like brickwork? So in love. Also, mention the fact that you’re an RTS member and they will honor a discounted price through March! If you want to see some interesting time-lapse videos of their handcrafted process, head on over to their Instagram.
2. For the Pen Pal
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We all have those friends who loves writing letters, and in my friend group, I am that friend. I cannot walk into a stationery store without coming out with a new pack of cards. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send out some cute greeting cards, and these are the perfect set to send to anyone! Take a moment to check out her incredible work that she posts sneak peeks of on her Instagram! Andrea from A.Design graciously offered a special price if you mention this post when you email her.Any of the fonts are also interchangeable, and she also does custom work. Email her to pick these adorable Valentine’s HERE!
3. The gift that keeps on giving
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If you have a friend who has a giving spirit, then this is the perfect gift for her! Feya Candles donates a meal to a person in need with every candle purchased! So not only are you doing good, you’re also smelling good things too! The candles come in a multitude of delicious scents, so you’re sure to find something that your friend, or mother, or coworker would love! It truly is the gift that keeps giving, and I love finding companies that have great products and great ideals as well. Too see more of what they stand for, and their simple, yet beautiful candles here’s their Insta HERE
4. For the entertainer
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This is perfect for your friends who is always willing to crack open a bottle of wine, and is the first to learn how to whip up a tasty cocktail. This would be perfect for “Galentine’s Day” when all your girlfriends gather to watch a rom-com, that way when the wine is flowing you don’t need to worry about spills. Want to pick these up for your next girls night in? Head over to Hibiscus Linens to pick up a pack! Can’t pick a favorite Valentine set? Don’t worry, the assorted pack is available HERE!
5. For the glam girl
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I can already think of a bunch of my gal pals that would adore this sweet little set from Hattitude Jewelry! The bracelet and the lipstick are handmade and the gift bag is made with vintage lace. They come in three different colors, and al of them are beautiful. If this doesn’t strike your fancy, check out their Instagram, it’s filled with gorgeous/reimagined vintage jewelry. Any girl who loves to get a little glammed up will love anything from this website! Interested in this specific set? Purchase it for your favorite glam girl HERE!
6. For the dog lover

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Not only am I a major dog lover, I know plenty of people who are as well. This mug from Pecan Pie Puppies (how stinking cute is their name?!) would be a lovely addition to anyone’s morning coffee routine, or perfect on their desk at work to remind them of their furry, four-legged friend waiting back at home. Speaking of which, this is now making me miss my dog… *sighs* Well, if you would like to see their ever dapper dog models, head over to their Facebook Page. It’s filled with pictures of pups that I cannot get enough of! Can’t live without this mug, or need it for your dog-loving friend? Get it HERE!

7. For Fido

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Chances are if you’re a dog lover, you might just have a perky pup that needs some lovin’ around Valentine’s Day too! And just because you might not have a date, doesn’t mean Fido doesn’t. Have your dog looking his best with this adorable bowtie from Olive + Pine! If it wasn’t for the fact that my dog is a girl, she would be wearing this in a heartbeat. Don’t have a dog in your life? (Well first… Get one!) You can still check out Olive + Pine’s online store and see all their other cute and quirky products. But I still think you should go adopt a dog just to get him this bowtie, which you can buy HERE!

8. For the binge watcher

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There is absolutely no shame in binge watching 8 hours of Grey’s Anatomy on Valentine’s Day! But if you’re going to do that, do it with this mug in hand while sipping your favorite hot chocolate. This would be a great gift for your significant other even if they don’t watch Grey’s, because, heck! The saying is just so darn cute! If you’re not into medical dramas, hit up the rest of  Rachelallene’s shop on Etsy, adorable prints, and more fun mugs. (I adore mugs… I should probably just do an entire mug post…) If you have fallen in love with this mug, buy it HERE!

9. For the person who likes to “TREAT YO SELF”

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You pretty much cannot go wrong with body butter, especially with this one from Honey and Hive Bath and Body co. which is organic and made with raw honey and essential oils. Body butter is a great way to nourish and “TREAT YO SKIN” to something packed with goodness. I’ve been trying really hard to take great care of my skin, especially now that I have a wedding coming up. This product would be great for making sure my skin is nourished and well moisturized! Even the cold Wisconsin winters which cause gross dry skin hold nothing to this cream. My mom wears lotion and body butter all the time, perhaps I’ll have to  pick up a jar for her! If Grapefruit & Bergamot isn’t you scent of choice, no worries… There are tons of other lovely scents in stock! Get this specific scent HERE.

10. For the DIY’er

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There is no doubt that buying things for your creative friends are always difficult, you don’t know what supplies they have, (often they don’t even know the supplies they have) so you’re always at a loss. Enter CMYfabriK Box, each month you can order the sweetest box filled to the brim with crafty or sewing goodness. Not a sewer? Just choose the crafting option! As someone who loves to make things, this would be so lovely! A box filled with things that help me create a beautiful project and completely unique fabric sounds right up my alley! Purchase the DIY kits HERE!
11. For the girlie girl
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I adore art prints. I think they’re a great way to add interest to your walls and spice things up a bit. If you have a friend who is interested in fashion, loves all things couture and Chanel, then this is the Valentine’s Day gift for her! If she would rather sip champagne than worry about Chanel, there’s also a print for that too. The etsy shop is filled to the brim with art prints that would be a great addition to anyone’s room so take a peek! Buy the print HERE!
12. For the Starwars fan
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Cristian and I saw the Star Wars movie over Christmas break and loved it. I auditioned for the movie a few years back, and even though I wasn’t cast I think they made a good choice with Rey. Again, another mug, but I don’t think it’s possible to have too many mugs, especially when they’re this cute! Wouldn’t this mug be perfect for our man, or any other person who loves Star Wars in your life? I think so! Hey Cristian, if you’re reading this… You’re definitely the Obi Wan for me. Get the mug HERE!
13. For the poet
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How nifty is this art print of Edgar Allan Poe? Also, if you look closely the words to “The Tell Tale Heart” are inscribed all over it! What a unique gift. This would be sure to add interest to anyone’s home and it would become an instant conversation piece, especially once your friend/the poet notices the poem that is intricately written throughout the print. Not a fan of Poe? There are other beautiful pieces and you can check them out on the website or Mandy’s Instagram to see them all! – Get it HERE.

14. For the person who means a lot

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These necklaces aren’t just beautiful, they also have a really special meaning to them. You can customize them to have one or more birthstones added to the necklace. I think this would be a perfect gift for your mother, and each stone can represent a birth month in your family. Not only is it pretty, it’s a great reminder of you and the people she loves whenever she looks at it. You can choose the amount of stones included on the necklace in Amber’s Etsy shop, or if you want to keep it simple and only use your birthstone the link for that one is right here!

Well there you have it!

14 items for the 14th of February! I hope I was able to assist in some way possible in your Valentine’s Day gift purchasing journey. Thank you for all the Rising Tide Society members who helped me with this post – which is in no way sponsored, I just fell in love with their products and they were kind enough to let me feature them! – Have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day however you plan to celebrate, with your couch, netflix, and a glass of wine, or with your special someone…

xoxo,
Maddie


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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 5, 2016 / 4:54 am

    This was a fantastic read! Thank you for all the goodies Maddie! Phenomenal products and witty to the end – new fan here!

    -H

  2. February 5, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Thanks so much for including us in this list of awesome artists. Hopefully you've helped someone find a new favorite small business to check out. Have a great week!

  3. February 5, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Thank you! I love finding great gift guides around the holidays, so I figured, I might as well make one!
    xoxo,
    Maddie

  4. February 5, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Thank you for letting me feature your product! It was lovely working with you! Happy Valentine's Day.
    xoxo,
    Maddie

  5. February 5, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Aww thank you! I like to think I'm pretty witty, but usually people don't agree with me. Usually I'm the only person who laughs at my jokes.
    xoxo,
    Maddie

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