When I was little, Christmas was always such a massive deal. As soon as school ended for the Christmas break, that was it; it was officially Christmas. I could never stay awake long enough to ‘see’ Santa Clause dropping off my mountain of presents and I’d always be up at the crack of dawn jumping on my Sister’s bed and dragging my parents downstairs to the big reveal. This year (and for the past couple of years) it’s most definitely been a lot different. I woke up at about Ten AM, had a shower, waited for my parents to wake up and then we all sat around and opened presents. I feel like Christmas went by too quickly this time around and it’s really sad to think that it’s another year away until we get to sit around the living room unwrapping presents again.
One thing that I absolutely love about the aftermath of Christmas (minus New Years Eve of course) has to be the ‘What I got for Christmas’ posts. I’m the absolute nosiest person ever and I just adore those kinds of posts! I haven’t really done one before and so this year I thought I’d jump on that bandwagon and let you all in on what I was generously given this year. Christmas definitely isn’t all about receiving the presents for me, I really love the family time and buying for other people in my life. I am completely grateful for every gift I have received and I do not mean to brag or show off in any way by writing this post – this is for the nosy readers out there!
This year is the first year that I have had a boyfriend over the Christmas period. It’s been so lovely to have someone I love being around me at this time of year and my Lord did he spoil me! As we’re a new couple and only just starting to both earn a good wage, we decided to put a limit onto our spending for both main gifts and stocking fillers. As the main present this year, my gorgeous boyfriend bought me tickets to see Les Miserable at the Queens Theatre in London, along with a meal and hotel for the night. I have never been so spoilt in my life and I am so so happy that he knew exactly what to get me, even after only a couple of months together. The next most special thing that he gave and that was 100% sentimental to me was worth more than anything he could have ever bought me. I genuinely had tears in my eyes as I unwrapped it – think ugly, happy crying! He had had a key to his house cut for me – this kid definitely knows how to treat a girl!
Other little bits and bobs that he gave to me (he clearly knows me so well from everything he got me) included a Ferrero Rocher gift box (my favourite), Zoella body mist and body lotion, a keyring for my house key (a cupcake, an inside joke for us both) and a gorgeous Ted Baker iPhone 6 phone case. I was incredibly happy with everything that he got me and I loved spending our pre-Christmas day together before he headed home to Leeds for the rest of the holidays.
This year, there’s nothing that I’ve really wanted that’s been a ‘big’ main present from my Parents and so for Christmas this year they asked if I would like to have vouchers or whether I wanted them to chose anything for me. Knowing that I was heading on up to Leeds for the second week of my Christmas break, I asked for the vouchers and was surprised when I opened up an envelope with £200 of Love2Shop vouchers in – I never expected that much at all and have been very lucky! With these, I managed to buy myself a gorgeous Love Moschino bag, a Bobbi Brown Mascara, DKNY My NY perfume gift set and still have £56 left to splash! You’ve got to love the sales! I also got some other gorgeous little bits and pieces from my parents including some lovely pyjamas and some new makeup which I will review soon! Again, my parents know me really well and I’m so grateful for how much they have given me this year.
From other members of my family I received a lovely Jumper from my little sister, a New Look voucher and some fluffy socks from my Brother and Sister-In-Law and (probably the best of all) a Hangover Hoodie from my older sister along with Batiste Dry Shampoo and some Macadamia Oil hair Treatment. I honestly love all of my present so much and am unbelievably happy that my family know me so well!
The Best Ones.
I wouldn’t say that I have a lot of friends, but the ones I do have I definitely value with my life. I couldn’t live without these three main girls and they’ve spoiled me yet again! From one of my closest friend Abbee, I was lucky enough to get the one moisturizer that I have been lusting over for months now! I unwrapped the coveted Origins GinZing moisturiser and almost sequealed in excitement! She also got me a lovely coffee cup (which will be filled with lots of Hot Chocolate at work), a Lindt chocolate bear, a gorgeous book of ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ quotes and a pamper pack!
From my girl Eltoria (blog: Eltoria Secrets) I receievd the gorgeous NARS Laguna bronzer, MAC’s Ruby Woo Lipstick (after I’d lost my original at a Halloween party with her), a MAC eyeshadow in a stunning shiny dark silvery/grey and an Elf baked blusher. You can clearly tell that we are both beauty bloggers! I’m so grateful for everything and so glad that I get to write many a blog post with the products she has given to me!
Last but not least, my amazing friends Melody (blog: A Simple Melody) and Beki (blog: Beki Lousie Beauty) both got me the Benefit ‘Watts Up’ higlighter – a complete coincidence, but completely appreciated as I can now keep one at my house and one at my boyfriends! Melody also bought me a Lush gift set with a mini Snow Fairy shower gel and a Snow Fairy Fun!
I am so beyond grateful for all of the presents that I have been given over Christmas and cannot wait for the big day to come around again next year!
What did you get for Christmas?