February 13, 2018

You're My Person: A Galentine's Day Gift Guide

I'm so thrilled to be collaborating with three of my favorite gals in the universe - Rachel of Hello, Chelly, Hannah of So Obsessed With and Kelly of Belle of the Literati - to bring you all this post - You're My Person: A Galentine's Day Gift Guide. I've had the privilege of knowing these ladies for years now, and their friendship is a true gift to me. I've loved having long conversations and making memories, and I totally look forward to many, many more years of friendship in our future.

Anyway, today's event is all about female friendships! Rachel came up with the idea of creating a Galentine's Day gift guide for some of our favorite female fictional BFFs. I thought for a while about who I wanted to feature for this gift guide when, like a bolt of lightning striking, I realized that there was only really one group of friends that I could do it for - the four ladies of the Wallflowers (of the series of the same title by Lisa Kleypas). Annabelle Peyton, Lillian Bowman, Evangeline Jenner and Daisy Bowman become friends during the London season, and it's a friendship that stays true through the ups and downs of the years afterwards. I reread the series just last year, and I adored seeing the girls share moments together and realized that their friendship is definitely my favorite thing about the series (though the romances are obviously a close second). 

That said, I thought I'd pick out a few presents inspired by their favorite pastimes in the series but with a modern day twist AKA gifts that I'd give these girls if they were living in the present day and time. I'm really excited about how this gift guide turned out!

1. Candle | While Lillian in particular has a nose for scent, I do think that all four of these girls would appreciate having a lovely scented candle to light up every now and again. (Side note: candles inspired by all four Wallflowers.)

2. Bath bomb | I honestly think that baths are something that these four are quite familiar with and happily indulge in every now and again. Who wouldn't want something sparkly, colorful and scented to make a bath more exciting?

3. Hat | These four often go on walks or picnics together, and it has always felt to me that they enjoy being outdoors. I think having a cute hat to don to protect their facial complexions would be a great fashion statement and practical.

4. Picnic basket + blanket | As previously mentioned, the girls enjoy taking meals together outdoors. It would be mighty convenient for them to have a cute basket and blanket set to take along with them, particularly if it came with all the utensils they might need.

5. Books | Even though Daisy is the biggest bookworm, I still think that these ladies would enjoy having stories to read and share with one another. (Book club, maybe?) I'd give them The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, just because it's one of my favorite series that portrays friendships between four girls.

6. Tea set | If there's one thing that I feel would stay a constant through the years, it would be getting together to gossip and catch up over tea. I'd like to think that they'd enjoy having some lovely drinkware to use.

7. Pretty stationery | Once the four of them end up happily married, they've all relocated to different residences. The one thing that stays constant is their stream of communication, and I do think that they would adore having some fancy paper and envelopes to write with. 

8. Friendship bracelet | These girls genuinely love each other like they're blood-related (which is technically true in the case of Lillian and Daisy, of course), and it would be a sentimental thing for them to have a piece of jewelry that reminded them of each other. I think a simple bracelet (perhaps with different colors or settings or initials) would suit their collective style the best.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my gift guide inspired by the gals of the Wallflowers! If you're interested in seeing my thoughts on this series, you can check out my reviews for Secrets of a Summer Night, It Happened One Autumn, Devil in Winter and Scandal in Spring. And don't forget to check out Hannah's Paris & Rory Galentine's gift guide, Rachel's Meredith & Cristina Galentine's gift guide and Kelly's Judith & Frances Catherine Galentine's gift guide too!


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