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Hi! I'm Hope Ann! I'm wedding photographer based in North Carolina & I love long romantic walks to the taco truck, & ohhh yeaaahhh...I'm obsessed with sweet tea. 


The ULTIMATE Gift Guide For Women

Hey there friends! As promised here is a gift guide for all the special women in your life. These gifts range from budget friendly brands to the high end brands. I tried to make this gift guide super easy, and accessible for you, and I tied in some last minute options too.

I love giving gifts, it’s one of my love languages, and it makes me happy when the people in my life love the thought, and time I put into getting gifts for them. I’m sure you are the same way too, and that’s why you’re here gathering ideas.


Of course this one seems to be the go-to when shopping for any holiday, but especially valentines day. For this gift I can’t guide you on the expensive side of things(like diamond bracelets or necklaces, although if you want to gift me with one I wouldn’t object to that. 😉  ), but I can show you some really beautiful, and budget friendly options that they will love.

If you want something a little different, and out of the norm, Etsy is your go to place. You can find any style, and even personalize it if you wish. I love shopping on Etsy, because no two people will have the same items. Everything is very unique.

H&M, Vici Dolls, and Rue 21 are all great places to pick jewelry up at. *Here’s a hint: Rose Gold flatters every skin tone. So if you’re unsure of what to buy, always go with rose gold.



Here I’m going to list a few of my absolute favorite products that I have tested out, and used.

Too Faced is a brand I love so much, and their Sweet Heart Flush Blush is amazing. I use Candy Glow, because it compliments a pale skin tone better than orange tones would. The blush itself  multi-colored, but when blended together they create a beautiful glow on the skin, and makes your complexion look healthy. It’s not over done, it’s just right. They have 3 different shades to choose from.

 Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Primer Potion is worth the price tag. I have had mine for over a year, and I use it almost daily. All you need is a little bit on each eye to make your eye shadow stand out, and last all day. Even when I don’t use eye shadow I still wear it to cover the purplish veins on my eye lids, and make my make-up look a little more flawless.

Beauty Blenders blend your foundation flawlessly onto your skin, and it’s hard for me to even go back to using brushes now. You can spring for the original Beauty Blender, or if you need one that’s a little more budget friendly you can buy the Real Techniques Sponge Applicator.

For skin care I cannot recommend these products enough:

Biore Self-Heating One Minute Charcoal Mask — This is great for clearing your skin of breakouts, and for a deep clean. When you first put it on you will feel a burst of warmth, wait one minute, and your skin will feel so much better!! [Note**: You can buy these in any drug store cheaper than you can online]

Shea Moisture Masks are incredible. They make your skin feel so clean, and good. I have been able to find these masks at Wal-Mart. I use the Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Mud Mask, and the African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask.

*Gift Cards

Of course gift cards are everyone’s go to whether you are in a pinch, or you want to put a lot on these to surprise your special person. I love giving gift cards to those I know appreciate them, and use them throughout the year. So I’ll pick a place they frequent, either get a card with a set amount on it, or if I can find one, I’ll grab one where I can set the amount myself.


If you’re coming from the Girl Boss Gift Guide this may same seem redundant, but women love stationary! We love writing things down on pretty note pads, sticky notes, decorative journals, etc. You can even find some really cute pens out there too. Home Goods, and Target carry a lot of beautiful stationary for a great price. Etsy carries customized stationary , and one-of-a-kind journals.

If you really want to spoil your person, or if your person love luxury check out The White Company.  Oh’ Hello Friend, has been one of my favorite small businesses online to support especially when it comes to buying unique stationary.


*Home Decor

If you’re with your person a lot you know what their taste is, and you know what they love. Home Decor can be everything from candles to throws to pillows, etc. I will list below links to some of my favorite shops, and direct links to different products.

Budget Friendly

Home Goods (Yes, I go to Home Goods for a lot of things, but they have a really nice selection of home decor that you can’t find anywhere else.)

Target (I love their selection of decorative pillows, especially the furry heart pillows they have right now!)

H&M (They have some really cute items for your home, especially the candle holders, and pillow covers)

Wal-Mart (They have really stepped their game up with the home decor section. My favorite, of course, is the throw pillows.)

High End 

The White Company (If they love that minimalistic style,and luxury, White House will not disappoint)

WayFair (WayFair literally has any home decor item they could possibly ever want or need.)

Hobby Lobby (Their prices range from semi-budget friendly to higher end prices so that’s why I placed them here. They have such a beautiful selection of unique home decor. My favorite are their prints.)


Etsy is a really great place to shop for prints. You can customize it with you, and your person’s favorite saying, or Bible verse. Gold Foil prints are always a big hit too.

*Flowers, and/or Assorted Plants

 Of course flowers are the usual go to for Valentine’s Day, but flowers, at least for me, never get old. If you don’t want to go the traditional route, try going for succulents, or a terrarium.

*Hand Written Note

I love it when someone thinks to write me a hand written note. It could be filled with your favorite memories, write what you love about them, and why they are so great. Just let it be genuine, and from the heart. Sometimes just a simple gift like this means more than anything.


Of course I love this idea, because I cherish photos over anything else. Take those memories, print them out, and put them in frames. You can gather some inspiration here.

If you have an Instax camera, that’s even better, because there are so many different wall decor ideas you can do. Take a look here.

*Spa Day

Do you know how much I would adore someone, who thought to gift me this?? *Insert heart eye emoji here* A good, relaxing spa day is just what any girl needs.

*Homemade Goodies

If you’re on a tight budget, but you are person who loves to cook then make that special girl in your life her favorite treat. *I personally love dark chocolate, just saying*  She will love the time, & thought you put into making it for her.

*Quality Time

In this day & time where social media, & jobs are constantly competing for our attentions, the gift of quality time could mean the world to someone. Try turning off that phone, or putting it on vibrate, and even before you do that say no to those phone calls, say no to checking your notifications for your various social media accounts, and just make plans to be with your person. The only time you should be picking it up is to take photos of you, and your person so you can remember the time you two have shared together.

*Day Trip

Take a day trip to somewhere you both love, and rent an AirBnB. AirBnB’s are cheaper than a traditional hotel, and you can score some amazing places to stay at.

*Gifting A Star

Yes you did read that right, and yes I know it’s an out there idea, but if you’re girl loves astronomy this could make her day! Definitely check it out here!   I don’t remember what I was searching for that day, but I came across this years ago, and thought it would be an interesting idea. For one thing I love astronomy so of course this would be something I would have to throw in as an idea.

Do you have any great ideas that you would like to add? I would love to hear them in the comments below. If you missed the first post, then catch it here, “Gift Guide For The Girl Boss”