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Last-Minute Local Gift Guide for Her

Local Gift Ideas: Fayette & Jessamine Co. Area

If you’re reading this blog post, it must be because you may have been busy and haven’t picked up a gift for a remarkable woman in your life. Well, you came to the right place! In this blog post (not sponsored), I will give you three ideas for a last-minute gift for her!

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3. Gift Card(s)

This might be an obvious answer but honestly, if you’re going this route, think BIG. Do not just go to Kroger and get her a Starbucks gift card or a grocery store gift card, or even fast food… I promise you; there are much better options while supporting local!

  • The Kentucky Castle The Kentucky castle is a wonderful place with quite a bit to do and they offer spa and dining services and experiences! Get a gift card online by clicking here. The Kentucky Castle is located in Versailles, Ky.
  • Gigi’s Boutique Gigi’s is a small local boutique located in Wilmore, Kentucky! You can also purchase gift cards from her site!
  • Days Gone By BoutiqueAnother local boutique located in Wilmore, Ky! You can also find gift cards on their site!
  • Fizz Facial Bar Fizz Facial Bar is also a great gift for any woman in your life, I absolutely love their services! Get a gift card from them by clicking here!
  • Massage Strong – Give the gift of a deep tissue massage! Another fabulous choice. Massage Strong is located in Nicholasville, Ky! Click here to purchase a gift card!
  • Local Lex Market A market dedicated to supporting local businesses, Local Lex is a great choice for any lady who loves shopping and supporting local! They are of course, located in Lexington, Ky! You can purchase a gift card by visiting their site.

There are so many places to pick from when getting gift cards! Just select which you think she would love best! Is she a shopper? Does she love luxury gifts? Does she value experiences over material items? Choose based on her personality or what you know she’ll love!

2. Create a Thoughtful Gift Basket

You can also shop locally in your area to create a beautiful and thoughtful gift basket. Nobody knows her well as you (I’m assuming), so things you could grab would be:

  • Self-care/love Items – Journal and pen, soap, eye mask, face masks, pedicure kits, self-care book, etc.
  • Comfort Items – Fuzzy socks, a nice robe, comfortable undergarments, nice pair of slippers, a nice throw blanket, new sheet and bedding set of her choice…
  • Her Favourite Candy/Snack
  • Movie(s)- Gather a few of her favourite movies or movies in her favourite genre neither of you have seen yet.
  • Gift Card – A few giftcards to local places, her favourite resturaunt/coffee house…

Those are just a few things you could mix up and put together!

1. An Experience

There are lot of experiences you could give her this Holiday season! Here are some ideas:

  • Take Her Skating There are two skate rinks for ice skating in Lexington, Ky. The Lexington Ice Center and Triangle Park!
  • Have a Date at the Kentucky Catstle – The Kentucky Castle offers couples packages! Look into it.
  • Go to LexLive and Have a Movie/Date Night – LexLive is a newer venue in downtown Lexington, Ky that is just amazing, much better than an ordinary movie theatre! Check out their website!
  • Go Horseback Riding – There are quite a bit of places in Kentucky you can go horseback riding at including Shaker Village and Sunburst Horsemanship School.

No matter which gift route you go, I assure you, she will love these ideas, especially coming from you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wilmore Kentucky – Let’s Go Shopping

Wilmore, Ky is a quaint little town in Jessamine County. This treasure is often overlooked and deserves more recognition. I grew up in Nicholasville however, half of my childhood was spent in Wilmore. I even attended Asbury University for two years because this town just holds a very special place in my heart, it always will.

I was so excited when Ky Creatives invited me to come to experience their Fall Night Market, unfortunately, the last one of this year, however, there will be more to attend next year and I am so excited! Last weekend was the first time in a few months I visited Wilmore, and it was a very good visit. Not to mention that downtown Wilmore is just so beautiful and filled with love and happiness. It was also bittersweet because as I passed the old Sims drug store with a for lease sign it just flooded tons of memories for me. Sims was a special place, the atmosphere matched a 1960’s movie. They had the best pizza and ice cream. Thankfully, The Local Confectionery brought ice cream back to the main street, so I guess that makes up for it. Below are some shops I recommend you stop by next time you are in Wilmore.

Let’s Go Shopping

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or getting Christmas shopping finished, Downtown Wilmore definitely has you covered!

Gigi’s Boutique

Gigi’s is owned by Lisa Smith who is a gentle soul with a passion for fashion of course! Her shop features clothing, home goods, decorations, just everything you would want in a cute boutique! I actually had the chance to interview her a while back which you will get to read once I post my blog, The Hidden Gems of Jessamine County. Definitely go check her shop out! She is also on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo sourced from Facebook

Shades Of Bluegrass

This cute shop showcases local goods by local artisans and even offers laser engraving pieces. They have the best coasters in town and I honestly wanted to buy everything in their store. Perfect gifts for any woman or man in your life. Follow this shop on Instagram!

Photo taken by me

Days Gone By Boutique

Days Gone By is one of my favourite clothing shops that even have a reward system! They feature affordable items that also have a hint of vintage charm. Their Fall styles are also almost to die for! Definitely pick up some new clothes for Autumn here! Days Gone By is also on Instagram.

Photo sourced from Facebook

The Local Confectionery

This ice cream shop is so unique and very charming, I definitely recommend everyone to stop and try a new flavour here! They also have the cutest sitting spots available! Maybe do your homework or work here while you enjoy a nice cold treat! Check out their Instagram and Facebook page too!

Photo taken by me

The Olive Branch

The Olive Branch is a very charming shop that includes items created by Kentucky makers, and local artists. They have the best candles, plants, home goods, and stickers! I always find myself buying their stickers. Follow them on Instagram!

Photo sourced from Facebook

Solomon’s Porch

Solomon’s Porch is a treasure. They were also featured in my Five Best Local Restaurants of Jessamine Co. Blog which you can read by clicking here. The atmosphere of this café is so cozy and everyone here treats you like family. The menu is also so creative and the food so so delicious! Follow them on Facebook.

Photo from 2019

Narratology

Narratology is a non-profit social shop that features ethically made items. 100% of their profits are donated to charities that share their values. Their shop showcases very beautiful jewelry and beautifully crafted items. Definitely check them out as well as their Instagram page.

Photo sourced from Facebook

What I Got On My Haul

I got quite a bit of items from all over the Wilmore Night Market. Couldn’t show all as they are Christmas presents.

Final Thoughts

Thank you so much for reading and as always I hope I sparked some interest in you. Wilmore is so beautiful, go grab a cup of coffee, shop ’till you drop, and be open to meet amazing people. If you enjoy content like this or are local to Jessamine County, consider subscribing to this blog so you can receive an email every time I post a new blog! Don’t forget to also check me out on Instagram, as well as these shops listed! If you would like to have your business presented on my blog please email me at caitie@lifewithcaitie.com.

D.I.Y Valentine Gift Ideas

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In this blog post I will share the ideas I thought of and found as well as link YouTube videos that helped me make these creations happen. I also tried three of these this year and wanted to share my outcome! I have yet to make the floral arrangement but it will be posted on Instagram soon, for sure! I hope you can make use of these fun ideas!

Floral Arrangement –

Things you will need:

[  ] Flowers
[  ] Greenery flowers
[  ] Foam green block thingy
[  ] Valentines ribbon
[  ] Container/vase/pot
[  ] Pliers & knife
[  ] Any other valentines craft looking thing to decorate/add finish touches

Items straight from my notes (couldn’t you tell?) Here is a YouTube video link for this idea I am going to use to help guide me: [Click Here For Video] Ramon at Home is one of my favourite YouTube creators! He made this video last year and I meant to do this last year but couldn’t find the time to, however, I am going to put this idea into use this year for sure!

Edible Arrangement –

Things you will need:

[  ] Pineapple
[  ] Chocolate to melt Pink/Brown/White
[  ] Strawberries
[  ] Honeydew Melon
[  ] Red grapes
[  ] Cantaloupe
[  ] Kale ?
[  ] Paper towels
[  ] Skewers/sticks
[  ] Green foam thingys
[  ] Ziplock bags

I practiced this idea the other day and it went very well though, I forgot to take pictures before demolishing it with the family (big whoops) but you can too make a one by using this video for inspiration: [Click Here For Video] Maribel TV does a beautiful job explaining how to create such a gift; even though hers is made for Mothers Day, it still works for V-Day! You can grab some shape cutters (THAT REALLY WORK – I BOUGHT THEM) by clicking here! They work like a charm! Very sturdy and cuts clean!

Candy Arrangement –

Things you will need:

[  ] Valentines Day Balloon (the little one)
[  ] 4 boxes of candy boxes (chocolate)
[  ] Assorted Candy Bars
[  ] Valentines Ribbon thin and thick
[  ] Hot glue gun
[  ] Foam thingy
[  ] Valentines Tissue Paper
[  ] Sticks/skewers
[  ] Valentines Styrofoam hearts
[  ] Sparkly heart paper décor

Olivia’s Romantic Home does an amazing job creating a candy arrangement! She even does better than I did! She also goes over other ideas as well in this video: [Click Here For Video] Her placement is so well done and she even remembered to grab 5 boxes instead of me who only remembered to grab 4! You will know what I mean… Below is my creation:

Valentine Custom Basket Arrangement –

Things you will need:

[  ] Basket from Dollar Tree
[  ] Tissue Paper Valentine’s
[  ] Relevant Item
[  ] Valentines-ish Sponge ?
[  ] Valentines Related Item
[  ] Box of Chocolate
[  ] Any other pink or red items that are Relevant
[  ] Valentines candy
[  ] Valentine’s Ribbon & Bow
[  ] Small inflated Valentines Day Balloon
[  ] Whatever else

When making a custom basket for Valentines Day there is so much you could do and include; there are so many themes you could go with. I made one of my friends a self-care basket (she is also going through a rough time – Sorry M, if you’re actually reading this, love you) and I made my sister a cute teddy bear themed basket! For kids you could make a Paw Patrol or Barbie theme as well! No YouTube video tutorial for this idea, but below are the baskets I made so far:

Unfinished but cute!

Strawberry Bouquet Arrangement –

Things you will need:

[ ] 25 Strawberries
[  ] Candy Melts pink & white
[  ] Coconut & Sprinkles
[  ] Vase
[  ] Skewers
[  ] Foam Tray (to keep them up)
[  ] Ziploc Bag (for white chocolate to create lines)
[  ] Dark Pink tissue paper & sparkly & white tissue paper (or whatever colours you want)
[  ] Clear Plastic Wrap
[  ] Valentine’s Ribbon

I actually watched a video of a floral strawberry bouquet and decided to just put it in a vase! Basically all you do is create chocolate and candy covered strawberries! Use the skewers to allow the strawberries to dry by sticking it through the top of the fruit then place on a foam block so it can dry without disruption! Here is a great video that inspired me [Click Here To Watch Video] she just makes such a beautiful bouquet! Below is my creation:

Are you going to try any of these ideas? Comment below or send me pictures on Instagram! My Instagram is: @lifewithcaitie ! I can’t wait to see your creations! If you have any ideas to share please comment below or again, send me a message! I absolutely love Valentines Day and all of the creativity that comes with the Holiday! For more ideas subscribe to my blog! Thank you for reading!

Valentine Gifting Guide Based on Love Languages

In this blog we will touch on gifts that are great to give for each of the five love languages! Let’s get to it!

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Words of Affirmation

Words of Affirmation is mine actually and I really love when my Husband or friends tell me how much they care about me. We genuinely rely on you telling us how much you care. For those with this love language I would honestly suggest these:

  • Personalized Candy Hearts – This can be an add-on to flowers and a card and it it just super thoughtful. Especially since you can personalize the hearts and have them say anything that could be so meaningful to your S/O or friend. You can get these by clicking: here. ($$)
  • Personalized Gift Book – There are a ton of sites and companies you could find one of these cute books from and it is such a thoughtful gift too! You can find one by clicking: here. ($$-$$$)
  • A Love Letter – This is a gift you can do more than just on Valentine’s Day and is very very thoughtful and so unique. Nobody writes love letters anymore! I would also get creative and even mail it to the person even if they live within your own home (pretend a letter came in the mail or something – LOL)! It is a sincere gift and your S.O is sure to appreciate it! You can even have lowers or a box of chocolates to go with it. ($0-$)
  • Personalized Bracelet – Get your S/O a personalized bracelet! You can find one by clicking: here. It is a beautiful way to tell your girlfriend or wife what she means to you! ($$$)
  • Voice Recorded Teddy Bear – Here is a very cute gift idea for children who hold this love language and Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults! Teddy bears are also good gifts for really anyone who loves them so it isn’t limited to who you can gift this to. You can order one by clicking: here. ($$)

Quality Time

For those whom have Quality Time as their Love Language most likely that means they enjoy speeding time with others! They would probably enjoy these as gifts this Valentine’s Day:

  • Dinner Date – Someone who enjoys quality time really does enjoy having you in their presence! A dinner date would be perfect! If you’re a man wanting to surprise his S/O what I’d suggest is seeing what size she is in a dress (maybe look at her closet/sneak a peak instead of outright asking or bring it up nonchalantly), grab a cute black or any colour dress that is her style, grab some roses and take her out to dinner! Hopefully all that made sense. ($-$$$)
  • At-Home Movie Night – You could buy them their favourite snacks, drinks and candy, then rent a movie from a streaming device or get one from Redbox and enjoy some quality time at home. Maybe even grab them a blanket, and some popcorn buckets! ($-$$)
  • Have you ever heard of the Date Night Kit? You can check this out by the Dating Divas by clicking: here. It is so cool and PERFECT for both involved in the kit! Makes date night easy, and you get to spend some fun quality time together! You can also create this on your own. ($)
  • Game Night – If you and your partner or friend enjoy games perhaps investing in a few board games or digital multiplayer games! ($-$$)
  • Plan a Stay-cation – You can also always plan an affordable staycation! This can go however you want! Usually what I do is I will look up cool places in my state and go from there. I choose local restaurants and I also always look up awesome hotels in that area too. You can add anything you want to this staycation! ($-$$$)

Acts of Service

Acts of Service is another love language that may be hard to think of idea wise when it come to Valentine’s Day, but I got you covered! People with this language of love often appreciate when you do things for them, mainly practical things that contribute to something. Here are some great ideas:

  • Homemade Coupon Book – Keep it homemade and make sure to add guilt free to some of the services. People with this language don’t want to HAVE to ask for it, so adding guilt free will help the book feel more genuine and thoughtful. Keep it homemade because I find it come from the heart when homemade rather than buying a generic book from Amazon or whatever. You can view some ideas by clicking: here. ($0-$)
  • Fill Their Gas Tank – Simple. But practical and they will appreciate it! Especially with gas prices rising LOL… ($-$$)
  • Breakfast in Bed – Make them their favourite breakfast foods and bring it to them in bed when they wake up! Try making it while they’re asleep but only 20 minutes before they usually wake up. Have it all ready and warm to eat! They will appreciate this!
  • Make Their Favourite Dessert or Buy Their Favourite Candy – Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets and love! Instead of buying the ridiculous box of generic chocolates just buy their favourite sweets! Or bake them their favourite dessert! Baking shows them that you took the time to make them something which is an act of service and they will be so appreciative! ($)
  • Give Them a Couple Hours to Themselves Uninterrupted – People whose love language is Acts of Service enjoy time to themselves and really enjoy not being interrupted as they enjoy that time.

Gift Receiving & Giving

This who love receiving gifts really enjoy Valentine’s Day. HOWEVER some only enjoy 1 of the following: material gifts, homemade gifts or/and practical gifts. Try to see which one your partner or friend likes the most and use that to help you with your gift giving this Valentines Day. Here are some general ideas:

  • Material Gift, Bracelet or Watch – If they love materialistic things as gifts on Valentines Day then I definitely suggest a Bracelet or Watch if that is what they are into. Doesn’t have to be expensive, just something pretty to look at. Something they can look at and think of you each time. ($$-$$$)
  • Homemade Gift, D.I.Y Flower Bouquet – I suggest watching this video by Ramon at Home via YouTube by clicking: here. He shows how to make a unique Valentines bouquet that is for sure to be very special to that S.0 who loves homemade gifts. ($-$$)
  • Practical Gift, Kitchen Item – If they are more of the practical type I suggest seeing what they need or want for their kitchen. Some ideas for a kitchen item may include: can opener, coffee pot/Keurig, mugs, dish rack, etc. Maybe even try and get it in their favourite colour or the same style as their kitchen is themed. ($-$$$)
  • Classic Flowers & Chocolates – Get them a chocolate heart box full of their fave candy. I have seen Walmart carrying Reese’s hearts and etc. You can even make your own! or Order their fave fruit covered in chocolate! Also find out what their favourite flower is so they can be surprised and in awe of the floral arrangement choice. ($-$$)
  • Classic Jerky and Whisky – This isn’t just for men like the above isn’t just for women. But this was inspired by the men in my life. They LOVE some good whisky and beef jerky. Find out their fave brand and flavour of jerky as well as their fave whisky and there you go! They will be sure to love it. ($-$$)

Touch

Those with this love language rely on physical touch for connections. Here are some perfect ideas for them this Valentines Day:

  • Mittens & Hat – It is January/February and that means the Northern Hemisphere is still experiencing what is left of Winter so these warm goodies are perfect! Plus they are so soft and those who rely on touch will appreciate the thought. Knitwear in general is a great gift for them! I suggest looking at local boutiques that specialize in knitwear! Salem Style is a good place to start looking! I have bought a few things from them and I absolutely loved what I received.
  • Massage & Lotion – Buy their favourite lotion, and offer them a massage. This can be romantic or platonic depending on circumstances however, it is a lovely gift! Could also fall under as a lovely gift for those who have Acts of Service as their love language too. You could also buy them a gift card to a local massage place! ($-$$)
  • Weighted Blanket – This is a perfect gift for anyone in your life who relies on touch. I promise you they will love it. You can get these really anywhere like Walmart/Target, Amazon.. etc. ($-$$)
  • Sensual Gift – If you are under 18 do not click link! Skip this line. But my main audience is over 18 so anyhow you all should look into: this kit or something similar for your partner this Valentines Day! ($-$$)
  • 5 Senses Basket – Try making them a 5 senses basket! Find something for each sense: Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste & Sound! For this idea you’re going to have to get super creative! Find out their favourites! ($-$$)

And those are the ideas I have for those who want to find meaningful gifts for their special someone’s! Be sure to follow the blog there are more Valentines ideas to come and be sure you’re following my Instagram (@lifewithcaitie) for more ideas as well. I am creating so much content from now until the end of February here is a peek at the schedule:

  • 01- 19-31 -21: Valentines Ideas!! I have a D.I.Y gift ideas coming out later this week and some guides over at the ‘gram!
  • 02- 01-28 -21: All February long we will be going over Self-care and love! I want to help those with low self esteems or those who struggle to practice healthy self care to turn their life around. I even have daily journal prompts planned for the whole month that will help you love yourself a little more this year. On my Instagram and here on my blog I will be going over tips, advice and so much more on the subject!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope your S/O loves the gift you choose to give.

Caitie