5 Galentine’s Day Gifts Ideas [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Galentines Day Gifts

 

When I first saw this prompt I was like, huh?! I was not at all familar with the concept so had to look it up.

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

– Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knopein Parks and Recreation

 

This is something that I can embrace and totally get on board with. Growing up I found it very difficult to have female friends because I was more of a tom boy and into geeky stuff instead of swooning over the latest celebrity or caring what was in fashion. As I’ve grown older I’ve gotten more female friends, some of who are in relationships and others who are single. I know every year that Valentines day can be a bullet through the heart for those who have yet to find their one, so the idea of saying ‘screw partners’ and spending time with independent amazing women sounds bloody awesome to me!

My female friends cover a wide range of personality types and interests, but this is a fandom prompt so I went geeky and stuck to fandom related things. Maybe next year I’ll do a more inclusive blog post for gift ideas for Galentines day. For now though, enjoy!

 

Books!

Well, duh, of course this is top of my list! I think there is nothing more amazing or special than gifting someone with a bunch of books. If they have the same interests as you then it’s lovely and personal to give them a selection of your favourites. If they’re into different genres then check out their TBR or wish list (most book worms have one!) and spoil them with a selection. There’s even the possibility of getting the same book for everyone and getting together again when you’re all finished; like a personal mini book group! The ideas and possibilities are endless. If you’re short on cash there’s sites like bookmooch and read it swap it, as well as charity shops so you can do good and spoil your gal pals 🙂 And if they’re an e-book lover don’t forget to check out my list of ways to get free e-books!

 

 

Stationery

Everyone uses stationery, geeks especially and thanks to sites like etsy there is an abundance of geeky stationery available online – like this fantastic stamp from biterswit! Whether your friend is just a post it note and pen kind of girl, or whether they’re a total bullet journal fan, there is something for everyone.

 

 

Plushies

I’ve yet to meet a geek, male or female, who doesn’t like plushies from fandoms. There is something about seeing a character in cute squishy form that appeals to lots of people and there is so many to choose from. Most fandoms have a plushie form for characters, especially creatures. If you can’t find an “official” one (like this adorable wind rider cub by Blizzard Entertainment) then check out sites like etsy and deviantart for handmade wonders.

 

Virtual Gifts

Virtual gifts come in various different shapes and sizes, and can be tailored to your friends interest. If they’re a gamer chances are there is some form of virtual gift (like World of Warcraft’s adorable Mischief pet!) or currency you can get for them. There’s also a bunch of online subscriptions or paid services that might interest them, such as more icons on Livejournal or a core upgrade on Deviantart. The best thing about virtual gifts is you can usually buy something for someone from another country without any hassle. Virtual gifts don’t have to cost money; if you’re handy with photoshop why not make your girl friends some graphics? Make some icons, maybe a desktop/phone wallpaper or even a banner for their blog.

 

Apparel

Being a geeky girl means sometimes finding suitable apparel that isn’t just for guys, unisex or looks baggy and unflattering is a chore. As a geek and a girl that makes you perfectly suited to finding fantastic apparel for your friends that matches their fandoms! I absolutely why I love online stores like Jinx and Wild Bangarang, because they make products for women and have attitude. Like this amazing World of Warcraft T-shirt, perfect for Galentine’s day in my opinion!

 

What do you think? Do you celebrate Galentine’s day or never heard of it (like me!)? What would you give your gal pals as a special treat?

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Get Creative with Christmas Design Resources!

Sharing Saturday: Christmas resources

December has firmly started and Christmas is on the way, which means it sounds like a good time to share some christmas graphic design resources. You can use these to spruce up your blog or website for a festive feel, or to create graphics for social media or as gifts. As usual I’m nabbing them from Deviant Art, enjoy!

 

Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (I use the ’embed’ code directly from dA). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s DeviantArt and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.

 

 

Brushes

 


Christmas Tree brushes set2 by Lileya on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Brushes by Coby17 on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Wreath {Brushes} by Julieta7599 on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Song Text Brushes by jessiesquash on DeviantArt

 


Christmassy Brushes by TwilightBite on DeviantArt

 


Xmas Brushes by pinkshadoww on DeviantArt

 

PNGs

 


Christmas tree pack by Isfe on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Lights pack by Isfe on DeviantArt

STOCK PNG white snow flakes by MaureenOlder on DeviantArt

 


PNG Christmas .01 by MyShinyBoy on DeviantArt

 


Christmas png’s by iCrayolaa on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Atmosphere – Png by pinkshadoww on DeviantArt

 


Christmas Cartoon png’s by Payasiita on DeviantArt

 


Poinsettia PNG Christmas Pack by Marysse93 on DeviantArt

 


Poinsettia PNG Christmas Pack by Marysse93 on DeviantArt

 

 

Textures


‘WinterDreams’ – Texture pack #11 by stonerscole on DeviantArt

‘WinterDreams’ – Texture pack #11 by stonerscole on DeviantArt

Bokeh I by Cocooue on DeviantArt

269 Christmas Textures plldailly by thesuki13 on DeviantArt

Texture Set 12: Xmas Paper 2 by Ruthenia-Alba on DeviantArt

Texture Set 11: Xmas Paper 1 by Ruthenia-Alba on DeviantArt

 

Patterns

 

 


100×100 Christmas Textures by kissncontrol on DeviantArt

Christmas day – Ps Patterns by photoshop-stock on DeviantArt

Transparent Christmas Patterns by slavetofashion69 on DeviantArt

20 seaml. christmas background by Divenadesign on DeviantArt


Mr Jack Frost by flashtuchka on DeviantArt

Christmas 2009 by Camxso on DeviantArt

Snowflake Patterns by MysticEmma on DeviantArt


30 Christmas Patterns for Photoshop by AbouthRandyOrton on DeviantArt


Christmas Patterns by Ransie3 on DeviantArt


Christmas Patterns (sistaroundpsds) by arryastark on DeviantArt


Christmas Pattern Pack by itskaname on DeviantArt

 

 

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5 DeviantArt users for fantastic resources

Sharing Saturday: Design resources

 

I’ve been designing graphics and websites for years now, and one of the most valuable things in my arsenal is fantastic resources created by others that can be used for free. So here are 5 of my go to users for free resources.

 

Crazykira Resources

If you ever checked the credits for any of my websites you’re likely to see Crazykira Resources listed 😛 I absolutely love her patterns and textures! Here are some of my favourites of her work:


Icon Textures .39 by crazykira-resources on DeviantArt


Large Textures 21 by crazykira-resources on DeviantArt


Patterns .24 by crazykira-resources on DeviantArt

 

 

Spiritcoda

Another firm favourite for several years now is spiritcoda and her gorgeous textures for icons and wallpapers/bigger graphics.


Pinky Icon Textures by spiritcoda on DeviantArt


Icon Textures – Universe Set of Textures (20 ) by spiritcoda on DeviantArt


Black_White Large Textures by spiritcoda on DeviantArt

 

 

Lookslikerain

Lookslikerain is my go to for icon textures; she has made so many and covers pretty much every colour and texture – and she’s still going strong! Here’s some examples of her lovely icon textures, but she also has packs of larger and mixed sizes too.


Unsettled by lookslikerain on DeviantArt


Running Backwards by lookslikerain on DeviantArt


When It All Comes Tumbling Down by lookslikerain on DeviantArt

 

 

So-ghislaine

This user has an abundance of resources including stock pictures, brushes, textures, and even wordpress themes! So-ghislaine has so much beautiful work that it was difficult to pick three previews for you, so definitely go check out her full gallery!


WP Theme – Lotus by So-ghislaine on DeviantArt


Textures – Paint by So-ghislaine on DeviantArt


Brushes – Manipulate by So-ghislaine on DeviantArt

 

 

Missesglass

Missesglass is a girl after my own heart; she scans loads of scrapbook materials and creates various resources from them. There are pngs, textures, scrapbook scans, brushes and more. Here are some of my favourites!


Random pngs 18 by Missesglass on DeviantArt


6 800×600 scans – S13 by Missesglass on DeviantArt


Texture set – 2707 by Missesglass on DeviantArt

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Sharing Saturday! Did you enjoy this post? What was your favourite? Let me knows in the comments 🙂

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