Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is seriously in the air at Cabot Circus! A quick stroll around our local Bristol shopping centre will see you surrounded with hearts, flora and a heck of a lot of red hues. It’s all rather romantic, innit. Now if, like us, you’ve never been particularly organised when it comes to the buying of Valentine’s day gifts then the good news is Cabot Circus have got you covered. They are offering free 30 minute personal shopping sessions this weekend (10th and 11th February) from 11 until 5. That’s TODAY, people! Just pop along and see them in the central space outside House of Fraser and their team of personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift for your special someone, whatever your budget! Winner.

To get you all in the loved up mood, the team challenged the two of us to go head to head in the search for the perfect Valentine’s gift! We decided to go for a Galentine’s affair and choose gifts for each other (standard) and went well and truly wild in the Cabot aisles looking for dreamy ideas. If you fancy a serious shopping spree, check out how to enter our competition at the bottom of the post to win a £50 Cabot Circus Gift Card! A little Valentine’s gift from us to you.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

We both had great success in Tiger, who have got a huge amount of Valentine’s gifts on offer to suit everyone’s budget. They’ve got everything covered from novelty socks, toiletries, confectionery and crockery! Even their boxes of plasters are romantic! It’s all there and it’s all festooned with hearts.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

If you’re other half is a foodie then you’ll be pleased to know that Krispy Kreme have gone all lovey-dovey on us with special edition doughnuts on offer! You can pick up The Valentine’s Dozen for £13.45. Failing that, Hotel Chocolate have got some beautiful gifts on offer ranging from small bags of chocolate hearts to entire hampers of goodies.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Topshop, Monki and Urban Outfitters have all got some pretty cool gifts on offer. We both love the cute heart top from Topshop and bag from Monki. You can’t have too many hearts in February, can you? Neither of us had been into Monki before but my goodness, we are complete converts. Colourful fun clothes at really affordable prices, it’s pretty dreamy in there.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

So what did we choose for each other, we hear you cry! Well, Jo is a librarian so those adorable children’s books from Foyles and her were always going to be a match made in heaven. The artwork is just beautiful and I was thinking she would enjoy reading them to Poppy too. I also had to pick up a copy of ‘Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous’ from Urban Outfitters so she can spend Valentine’s Day tackling Instagram’s Algorithm! In return, Jo picked up the ‘Love Always Wins’ tee for me from Monki and I love it! I can’t wait to wear it on the 14th of Feb. She also chose a wonderful Paperchase mug emblazoned with our favourite F word. I think we both did rather well!

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to get shopping for your other half (or your bestie!) this weekend. If you’re in Bristol, definitely pop along and take advantage of the personal shoppers, it will take away the stress of all that last minute gift buying! You can find out everything you need to know about it here.

Lots of love!

J&V

This post was written in collaboration with Cabot Circus

 

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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!

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#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street

#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street

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.

#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street #SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street 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!

#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High Street#SummerofSurprise with Not On The High StreetThanks for making this International Friendship Day the best ever, notonthehighstreet.com

V&J x