The Most Wonderful Time of The Year is almost upon us! Well, it’s a month away. But since when did that stop a blogger from making a wintry wishlist? Since never. That’s when.
Although they might seem a bit frivolous and indulgent, wishlists and gift guides are actually very practical things to make at this time of year. Whenever a family member asks you what you want for Christmas, you just send them the link, hold your arms wide, and say “Take your pick!” Then you do jazz hands.
(All images borrowed from their respective online stores. I hope that’s ok…)
Scratch Map – UK Edition – £14.99 – Iwantoneofthose.com
By coincidence, I’ve already been to quite a lot of UK counties on staycations (sorry for using that rubbish word) with The Boy. So I thought it would be nice to get a UK scratch map, and every time we visit a new county we could scratch it off. There are World and US and European versions of this too, but as we’ve made a pretty good head start in the UK, I fancy this one the most.
Thug Kitchen Recipe Book – £14.99 – firebox.com
A recipe book full of healthy, vegetarian treats, which totally overuses the word “fuck”. This is right up my street.
A few excerpts:
“Can’t decide between chilli or soup? Fuck it. Have both.”
“Some people call this Texas Caviar. We just call it goddamn delicious. This makes a fuckton of dip, so if you’re flying solo, just halve everything.”
And in the “Basic Shit” chapter…
“How to roast your own bell peppers: stop buying roasted bell peppers in a jar like an asshole.”
I’m sorry if this offended you. I’m British. Sometimes we’re quite sweary.
Socks. Any socks really. – £3.50 – topshop.com
In the words of Albus Dumbledore: “One can never have enough socks.” And besides, the majority of mine have holes in.
This jumper – £18.00 – Missguided.
Except not really, because it’s cropped. And at Christmas, I eat way too many mince pies to look good in a cropped jumper. Still, if you don’t bloat when you eat pastry, please buy this and increase my chances of seeing “Merry Christmas Bitches” in the street. It’s so fun!
Winter Spice Scented Gel Candle – £22.00 – John Lewis
I’ve been through a few festive scented candles in my time (Sainsbury’s £2 miracle and The White Company’s ‘Winter’ to name two favourites). I took a big huff of this one last time I was in John Lewis, and fell in love. It’s perfect. Warm, spiced, and not too heavy. Oh, and it has gold stars in it. NEED.
Williamson Tea Earl Grey Tea Caddy – £9.95 – John Lewis
Because I love Earl Grey tea, and I really love the idea of how this little elephant storage jar will look in my home, once I’ve finished drinking it. Gorgeous! If you fancy getting one of these as a gift, they come in lots of different designs.
A lifetime supply of NYX cosmetics* – Boots.com
*This was a prize in the early seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I don’t actually want a lifetime supply. That show is just extremely quotable. Sorry.
This range has just arrived at Boots, and it’s so affordable! I’d love to try out a few of their products – especially the concealers, the blushes, the buttery lipsticks and that skinny eyebrow pen(cil). Excitement!
Just about anything from Primark’s Harry Potter collection – From about £1.50 for socks
What can I say? I’m easy to please. And so are many Potter fans. Prezzie buyers on a budget: take note. This stuff is cheap, and will make your Potterish friends and family extremely cheerful.
Bridget Jones Pyjamas
The softer and cosier, the better. The shops are full of these at Christmas time, so they shouldn’t be hard to find. But when it comes to finding the best ones, it’s all about touch.
PJÄTTERYD picture (The Kiss) – £25.00 – Ikea
It’s ready to hang, it’s £25, it’s a famous painting, and one of my personal favourites. What’s not to love?
Thermal Camisole in Ivory or Black – £12.00 – John Lewis
What? It’s cold…
And while we’re on the subject…
A really soft and fluffy bobble hat. This one’s from notonthehighstreet.com.
Mine’s a large. Or a men’s. #MassiveHeadProblems.