Happy International Friendship Day!
If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that we are super chums, BFF’s, all round top pals. Our wonderful friendship goes way beyond the blog. We holiday together, were bridesmaids for each other and we even had our beautiful babies one month apart. Both girls, obviously. But above all that, and please forgive the sentimentality here, our phones automatically connect to each other’s wifi. Pretty close, right?
We like to think we know each other better than anyone else (other than our husbands, of course!). So when notonthehighstreet.com got in touch to see if we wanted to celebrate International Friendship Day with them as part of their super sweet #SummerofSurprises campaign, we jumped at the chance! A great friend is something to cherish and celebrate, so we were both chuffed to be asked to choose a gift for one another. We wanted to choose a real treat that the other probably wouldn’t splurge on for themselves, and it was a lot of fun!
What I (Victoria) didn’t realise was exactly how wide a range of things notonthehighstreet.com sells, and how genuinely awesome it all is. I was a little overwhelmed at first and had soon opened (roughly) a million tabs filled with potential treats for Jo. As Jo is moving next month, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get her something special for the new house that both her and her husband would love. I’ve spent A LOT of time in their current flat, so I like to think I have a pretty good idea of their personal style. Added to what I know about their new place (contemporary and modern), I decided to go for something useful, fun and stylish.
After deciding that a chair possibly wasn’t an appropriate gift, however useful, the incredible Hoop Wall Light* (pictured below) caught my eye whilst browsing the home items. It completely fitted the bill! I could imagine them both admiring it in a trendy interiors store whilst out shopping, and I just knew that Jo would love it as much as I did. Who wouldn’t want to spend their downtime sitting under a giant glowing moon? I can’t wait to see it where they hang it in the new pad. I hope they find it as illuminating as I did.
Jo here! Just like Victoria, I soon had a long list of ideas about what to pick thanks to all of the original gifts on the website. A sentimental person would they say they are just as unique as our friendship. Awwww. What I didn’t know was that notonthehighstreet.com also sells experiences, and my goodness, they all sound great! The gifts on offer include stargazing, a pinata workshop and even bee keeping! However, as Victoria is allergic to bees, that would have made for a memorable, if not particularly enjoyable experience…
After collecting my thoughts, I remembered that Victoria’s second wedding anniversary is coming up in September, so I thought it would be pretty dreamy to send her and her husband off for a romantic stay somewhere. As luck would have it, one of the NOTHS partners offered an overnight stay* in the cutest cottage hideaway in Wales, which just so happens to be where Victoria and her husband met. Log fire, roll top bath and welcome hamper all included. Now where do I collect my BFF award guys?
On giving the gift to Victoria yesterday in preparation for International Friends Day, she was absolutely thrilled. In fact she was so happy that she said she’s going to write a post all about her time away in Pembrokeshie, so look out for that on the blog later in the year!
Thanks for making this International Friendship Day the best ever, notonthehighstreet.com