Valentine’s or Galentine’s - your perfect gifting guide for 2022! Aberdeen Brand Photographer

Updated: Feb 20

There are two types of gifts: me and for me 🤣

Disagree? Then read on! 👉🏼

Valentine’s or Galentine’s - whichever you are celebrating - is just around the corner!

If you’re still thinking of what to gift your lovey (or yourself 😉), look no further.

The notorious gift shopper (moi 👋🏽) has pulled together a list of most wonderful, small business owned/crafted items that will delight your loved one! 💝

Some of these businesses are Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire-based, but all are within the UK and each and single one is owned by a person, whose list of hobbies doesn’t include flying to outer space for a picnic… 🛰

Alexandra Snowdon - craft card First things first! A few years ago I swore off cards. I only gifted cards that were personalised and therefore mainly to people that wouldn’t mind receiving a greeting card with smiling mugs of our family 👋🏽

In the past year I’ve ‘discovered’ another option: giving cards that can be framed and displayed!

I’ve admired @alexandrasnowdon’s beautiful work for a while and guess who I got my husband’s Vday card from? 😉

I recommend you do the same 🤩

Rooted in Scotland - plants!

Flowers are beautiful, but plants are forever (well, or until your heating breaks and you don’t move them near the fireplace soon enough, but that’s a tear-jerker for another day!).

Gone are the days when plants were basic and boring - everybody had the same thing (cactus and aloe, anyone else with me?). You can now add some incredible texture and color to your home with a beautiful potted plant and @rootedinscotland have an amazing selection of your new best gifts! 🪴

Second Home - delicious food ‘The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach.’

Any objections?

Book your spot at @secondhomeaberdeen NOW 🏃🏼‍♀️!

Bellewren - hot undies Bom chicka wow wow 🎶

@bellewren is a stock list for some seriously incredible underwear brands 🩲

Whether comfy or saucy rocks your boat, choosing a surprise or letting your loved one pick for themselves with a gift voucher, I recommend you direct all your undies needs to Melanie at Bellewren immediately!

Bio Clinic - beautiful skin

Beautiful skin comes from within - oh so true! 🫂

Ruth at @bioclinicstonehaven has the expertise to assess and advise on the needs of your lovely (or your own!) face!

Booking in for a consultation to establish the best way forward in personalised skincare is truly a gift that’ll keep on giving ✨ - stunning nails

Getting my nails is a treat on so many nails for me!

✨ it’s my ‘me time’

✨ it’s my creative outlet has been my nail gal for a couple of years now and getting those talons tamed and a new masterpiece drawn every month is a treat for my soul!

Chtefan. Photography - family keepsakes Oh wait, what’s this 🤣

But that’s right, my friends, I genuinely count a family photo shoot as an important feature on most gift lists and, of course, my top recommendation would be this little Family Photography biz I know (and run 🤣👋🏽).

Joking aside, as someone who’s started investing into my own family photographs for the past couple of years, I genuinely don’t see a better gift for myself than a flurry of photos framed around the house 💝 - portraying those, whom I love dressed in their Sunday best, smiling, playful, loving, frozen in a moment!

Yes, gift vouchers are available for @chtefan_photography_scotland 🎟

Aimi Cairns - bespoke jewellery Jewellery is a timeless gift, isn’t it? 💍

But it is true that not all jewellery is made the same, not all jewellery contains the same sentimental value.

But one thing for sure and guaranteed - when you take an active part in what the piece of jewellery is, it’s bound to have a special meaning and become a family heirloom, carrying a story it was infused with for years to come!

I’ve had two pieces of jewellery made to order by @aimicairnsjewellery and I have fallen in love with the process - of telling a story to a talented crafter, who can then turn that story into something that can be worn - with that special secret meaning - on the daily!

Aimi also stocks a selection of ready-made pieces, which are equally exquisite and beautiful.

Hot Foils - wall art with flair I’ve admired @hotfoils fabulous creations for the longest time now, continuously adding to my Wish List for when our house extension is finished!

Top of the list: Kitchen Disco and Spice Girls-related frames! 🤘🏽