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That time of year is here, and even though I am now in my 20s, my family still get my annual Christmas wish list. I like to think of it as just as much of a favour to them, rather than just a way of me getting the things I want. I spend a lot of time at Christmas trying to think about what people actually want and usually getting it wrong, so why not take this stress away from them and offer a few suggestions? I love the act of giving at Christmas, and probably enjoy spoiling the ones I love a lot more than I do receiving gifts, however I can’t deny that I feel so incredibly giddy on Christmas morning at the prospect of opening the gifts under the tree. I am just a big kid at Christmas, and have always loved knowing what I am getting before opening the presents! When I was about 8 I remember searching the house high and low trying to find my Christmas presents. Obviously, I did find them and it was the hardest secret I had to keep!
Having a good Christmas list means that you can avoid having to pretend to like something, knowing that it is going to sit in your home taking up space for years on end. If you are going to get gifts, they might as well be something you really want and can actually use/ eat!
This year I started my Christmas list pretty early, mainly as a way of stopping myself spending money I don’t have, knowing that there was the possibility someone could get it for me. There seems to have been so much on the market this year, particularly in the beauty and fashion industry, meaning that my list starting building up pretty quickly. I love to have a range of different things on there all with different price points, to make it much easier for everyone. I wanted to share with you guys a few of the things that I have on my list this year, with perhaps a reason why, hopefully inspiring your lists and triggering your minds with things you may have forgotten.
I am pretty sure that this one was on my list last year, but I landed up buying one of my own which turned out to be a fake so it went back. Hence, why I now want another. I have loved the Michael Kors box over shoulder bags since they first came out, so when they brought a beautiful deep berry red out for the season it instantly went on my list. I have this bag in nude and love it so much as it is so easy to throw on with anything and can take a lot of stuff. The dark red will look beautiful with the majority of my Autumn Winter outfits and even as part of an evening look. If you are looking for a new smaller bag this season, I cannot recommend these enough!
P.s. I know I have got this because my grandma asked me to order it for her to make sure we got it before it went out of stock! They also do gift wrap, so it comes in a beautiful box that looks so festive under the tree!
Le Creuset Pot
So ever since having the flat, and to be honest probably before too, I have dreamt of owning my own large casserole dish from Le Creuset. I think anyone who enjoys cooking has this beautiful brand on their wish list, however it can take a life time to build a collection as they are quite expensive. But, as with a lot of expensive items, they last a lifetime and are some of the best quality products for your kitchen that you can buy. For the last two years I have been trying to fill my Le Creuset hole with the Sainsburys dupes, which to be fair are quite good, however I have a feeling still not quite the real thing. This year I added my dream one to my list, and my boyfriend kindly said that could be my one present! Fair dos! I am obsessed with the matte black range, so chose the large oval dish, as you can use it on the hob or in the oven. This brand is perfect if you are looking for something special for the kitchen. Also, McArthur Glen outlet centres have one in pretty much all of them, and you definitely can find a good bargain.
For my beauty bag…
Benefit Bronze, Blush and Highlight Palette – A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the Benefit beauty counter in Bristol, to view their amazing Christmas gift selection. They are such good value for money and I love the combination of products that you get in each. I added this palette to my list instantly, as they are products I already use every day and they are so reasonably priced.
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick, Stoned Rose – I recently broke my Charlotte Tilbury virginity and bought a lipstick in shade Pillowtalk. I absolutely love it! One of my favourite bloggers recently shared her favourite shade on Instastories, which is Stoned Rose. I knew instantly that this was a colour I needed in my life and it is so perfect for my skin tone. I also adore the packaging that all the Charlotte Tilbury products come in.
Urban Decay, Naked Cherry – I am a huge fan of these eye palettes and own everyone on the market. They are so easy to use and always create a flawless eye look. The minute I saw this latest edition to the collection, I knew I had to have it in my makeup bag. The colours are perfect for a princess like me and I know I am going to be able to create some incredible makeup looks!
AVEDA Damage Remedy Hair Repair – If you want one beauty item for your collection this year, my advice would be to invest in a hair product. I am an AVEDA girl through and through and have always adored their treatments. You simply have to use it overnight once a fortnight and expect healthy deeply conditioned hair that looks utterly beautiful every day. They are not the cheapest products, hence why they are on my Christmas list, but they really are worth every penny.
Rosie Dressing Gown
Ever since Rosie Huntington-Whitely released her continuous range with Marks and Spencer’s I have been obsessed. Every piece is always amazing quality and each design is so beautiful created. I have always had something from her collection on my list, and 2018 is no exception. I love this grey dressing gown, that is much more like an oversized indoor cardigan. I love easy pieces of clothing like this, that don’t make me too hot too quickly and look relatively chic.
Britax Water Jug
I am relatively good at drinking my water but have two flaws. Firstly, I use too many plastic bottles that I buy on the go, and secondly I am still convinced that we shouldn’t be drinking water straight from the tap. So, on my list this year, which is what could possibly be the most boring present ever, is a water filter jug! This way I can ensure I am drinking clean and fresh water all day at home, as well as being able to fill up my water bottle before leaving in the morning.
Coffee Table Books
For me, 2018 has been a huge year of interiors. I am following so many Instagram interior accounts and am just becoming more and more obsessed with the industry. A big part of this is coffee table books. Everyone has them and I just think they really finish a room. They look pretty and they are also really nice to be able to flick through and enjoy at your own pace. I have found a few just on Amazon this year that I added to my Christmas list, as the perfect addition to my new coffee table and forever changing living room.
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Red Handbag – Michael Kors
Le Creuset Pot – John Lewis
Benefit Palette – Boots
Naked Palette – John Lewis
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick – John Lewis
AVEDA Damage Remedy – John Lewis
Rosie Dressing Gown – Marks and Spencer
Water Jug – Amazon
Coffee Table Book – Amazon
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