My Christmas Wish List

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to think of gifts ideas at Christmas. I tend to buy things as I need them so when it comes to Autumn, I am doubly stuck as I have my birthday and then the festive season not long after. I find Pinterest useful to compile a mood board of presents that I would like to see under the tree. This is my Xmas gifts for her wish list but I may need to do a ‘his’ of the special men in our lives too (no, not my bit on the side! One for fathers, uncles, brothers etc.).

Gift ideas for her

I use flasks a lot as I have been conscious of the environmental impact of using disposable cups and bottles etc. since I received a ‘reduce waste/save the planet’ book at the age of 10. This book had a huge effect on me and I have always tried to recycle and minimise waste. I saw this gorgeous rose coloured travel mug from Anthropology which would be perfect for me to take my coffee to drink at after school clubs.

Forget the year of pig! 2019 has been the year of gin. I tried it in previous years and didn’t like it until Andy bought a bottle of Hendricks and it was a total game changer. Since then, I now love Whitley Neill’s flavoured gins, Tanqueray Seville and Gordons Pink Gin. I don’t own a gin glass but this rose and gold rimmed one from Anthropology is super cute.

I recently discovered the luxury brand Diptyque. This is definitely not a company I buy many candles, perfumes or body washes from as it is very high end. I treated myself to the Philosykos eau de parfum for my birthday because it smells amazing. It has a fresh fragrance with fig notes and it is the ultimate perfume. The Figuier scented candle is a perfect gift for ladies, who like me love Greece and any scents that remind me of my holidays there.

All the links to my gift ideas for her and more are on my Pinterest page so click on the link if you see anything above but I haven’t mentioned it in this Wish List post. What is on your ultimate Christmas presents wish list? Bx

Christmas Treats – Blogmas Day 14

I was pretty chuffed with Tesco this week as they gave me a delicious Christmas box of yummy treats. There was Thornton’s Toffee, Fudge and Caramel, Sponge Pudding, Options Hot Chocolate, some Fruity Flapjacks and Magical Reindeer food!

tesco-xmas-box

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about the Magical Reindeer Food. It is described as a magical mixture of oats, carrot and edible glitter! It is designed to be left outside on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer so don’t eat it. Somehow, I think all the wild birds will get there before Rudolf does!

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers revealing what they put in to their Christmas boxes or hampers and although it’s not something I had thought about until recently, I think that it could be a lot of fun for next year. This is what I would put it in mine:

  • A Christmas tree craft kit – Lots of colouring, cutting paper, glue and glitter
  • Something festive to wear – a novelty jumper, reindeer antlers or an elf’s hat
  • Treats for Santa and the reindeer food to leave out before bed
  • A customised plate – this isn’t something we have but I’ve always wanted to design with the children and have printed
  • Stationery to write Thank You notes to Santa, family and friends
  • The Snowman movie
  • A CD or music playlist of Christmas songs

Speaking of Christmas boxes, when I was at school, I learnt that the 26th December became known as Boxing Day because the rich used to put their left over food in to boxes and donate it to the poor. I was thinking about this recently because I noticed that a lot of supermarkets were leaving boxes out for people to fill with longlife goods for foodbanks. It may have evolved slightly but I think it’s nice that a generous tradition of giving back still continues today.

Anyway, is it traditional in your home to have a Christmas Eve box or hamper? What do you or would you put in yours? Let me know. Bx