Ouuuuu!!!!!! I can’t contain my excitement! Its Christmas Eve, I am feeling so Christmassy I think I am almost about to explode 🙂 These last few weeks have been filled with shopping trips, mulled wine tasting, Chirstmas pie eating and carol singing. I got my second Christmas card in the post… One of my mum’s lovely cousins organized for our family to sing Christmas carols under the big fur tree in Trafalgar Square to raise money for charity, but we not only spread the Christmas cheer that evening, we also did some festive singing last night at another one of our cousin’s village in Lincolnshire. All the trees had lovely lights on them and the whole two days were just so much fun! What have you been doing in the run up to Christmas? Have you bought all your presents yet? Are you doing anything nice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you celebrate and what is it like?
So far I have had a few mammoth shopping trips to get all of my presents, one of which was until 12.30pm in the giant Westfield. Going that late at night was never going to be a great idea, but we did see a massive fight in the McDonalds food court where a guy tried to hit another one over the head with a chair and my Dad spent 3 minutes trying to run back up the escalors to avoid getting clobbered himself. From aunts, to boyfriends its crazy how much time it takes to choose something that is nice, that they will hopefully enjoy but that also doesn’t break the bank. So I thought that I would share with you the presents that I have bought, where I got them from and also share some gift ideas that I had which came to under £20!
LUSH PRESENT FOR UNDER £20
My Auntie has recently been involved in a horrible accident and so we wanted something that would make her feel really pampered and relaxed. Lush is a great store to buy a lovely present for someone who you don’t get too see as often as you would like or for someone who has got quite a lot of things already. People know that it is good quality and that you have splashed the cash on something thoughtful. They do some great hand made cosmetics including bath bombs, soaps and bath fizzes. I didn’t go for the pre-packed tins because for £20 I could only get three things in a box. Instead I went round the shop and managed for £16 to get over 6 nice items: Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (£3.35), Big Blue Bath Bomb (£3.35), Sakura Bath Bomb (£3.35), Amandopondon Buble Bar (£2.75), A chunk of Sea Vegetable Soap, (£3-4) , A Little Pot of Hand Cream (£1), A snowman Bathmelt (£2). I then bought a luxury hair turban from Primark for £1.50 and some lovely bubble bath from Superdrug for £1.50 which bulked out the present and meant that she had lots of nice things to unwrap for £20.
JACKET AND HEELS FOR UNDER £15
My boyfriend bought my Mum a great present from Primark for my Mum which came to £14. We found a beautiful foam jacket, which was cut in a very chic way and was very angular, looked great and was reduced to £3!!!!! My Mum has been ill so we thought it would be nice to get her something glam, so he chose some lovely silvery black sparkly pointed stilettos to wear to a fabulous party when she is better.
Forever 21 had some great stock in and I fell in love with these pointy green studded booties that cost £22. They have a slight platform and look really alternative, as if they were straight from urban outfitters. I loved the silver buckle and could easily of bought them for myself! (Must resist, the shopping trip is for others, not me!) I recently tried an amazing mascara, 3D lash mascara by Younique. Bella Lash Mafia stocks it and sends it really quickly to the UK so its a great place to buy it from. Whenever I wear it it just looks amazing, makes my eyes stand out and my eye lashes look so so long! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so I felt that I just had t share my secret and buy it for my Mum too! I finished the present off by adding large heart shapped pillow that I had bought from Primark for £4.
PINK LEATHER and SEQUIN DRESSES for £20
This season I was really impressed with Forever 21’s style. Their use of sequins and embellished style was just perfect for finding something fabulous to wear over the Christmas period, which looked super expensive and very eye catching. My sister and I did a bit of his and hers in this store. I chose a beautiful sea green/ turquoise sequin dress that was just over £20 for her to give me, which I felt would be an incredible thing to wear out to meet the girls. My boyfriend and I bought her a dirty pink faux leather jacket for £15 and a pretty girlie crochet head band for £3.
JET BLUE ZARA SLIP-ONS & PHARELL WILLIAMS ALBUM
A lot of the things in Zaras are on my Christmas list. I love their black leather backpack, their black boots and silver studded slip ons. They were also selling a beautiful camel coat, velvet cardigan and very stylish coats. If you are looking to buy a really lovely piece of clothing for someone then this is the place to go to be spoilt for choice! As it is pre-sale, everything was quite expensive, but I did find some amazing jet blue slip-ons for £19.99 that I thought my sister would really like! She asked for the Pharrell Williams Album (with Happy Single) so I bought that too 🙂
SHOES, SHOES AND MORE SHOES
Usually by Christmas they have a great new selection of clothes for the coming year and as it is winter, I have found that shoes are an easy but really lovely present to buy for somebody. My boyfriend’s present to me are a pair of high top leather Vans sneakers which I love. Some other amazing festive shoes can be found at London Rebel, that do gold toe capped booties and gold studded booties, perfect for the cold weather and for jazzing up an outfit. Finally (because I couldn’t resist buying them for myself after spending days and days buying things for other people)…I bought two pairs of shoes, one black and one white of reflective creep sneaks from Schuh. Let me know what you think?
FOR THE BOYS
My boyfriend likes wear shirts, so I bought him a Hawes & Curtis shirt for £25. It is very classic, a style which he loves and it is a very easy present for someone who has most things. My Dad also loves clothes and H&M had a great selection of casual tops and chinos. I bought a red checked thick shirt for £10 and a green thin printed t-shirt for £8. He also choose some dark brown trousers which he could dress up or down depending on the occasion and I bought him Toilet Golf from Tiger for £7 He also wanted some high top brown boots and these proved harder to find. Aldo was the best shop, their boots were stunning and so he will return there when the sales are on as the nice ones were over £100.
PRIMARK STOCKING FILLERS
If you are looking to get some great stocking fillers then go no further than Primark! I just love their sets of rings, earrings and necklaces. I also bought a 90’s chocker (£1.00). Although they aren’t the best quality, they are great for creating cool looks and mean that you can have lots of different pieces to wear every day without spending a fortune. They are also selling women’s slippers, an almost identical version of the UGG boot slippers that cost £70 for £4 so I bought some of those for myself. Finally I bought a long thick knit scarf for £5 and some quirky fake nails for £1.
Other ideas include Boxes of Macaroons, Perfumes (We have bought Channel N5 for my Mum and Hugo Boss for me), Winking Clutch purse from Forever 21 and anything Tiffany’s 😉
Finally, here is a list of presents that I would really loooooove ❤ ❤ So perhaps would be perfect for making someone’s Christmas super special 🙂
Petite- Malle Monogram Trunk – LOUIS VUITTON
Harper Silver Necklace – DYLANLEX
Three Floor One Oh Dress- ASOS
Knit Cape with Sleeves –ZARA
Coat With Lapels – ZARA
White Wrap Front Shirt – RIVER ISLAND
Leather Backpack – CHIVOTE
Weaved Swarovski Bracelet – CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS
Crochet boxy Top – MANGO
Navy Blue Fur Jacket – ZARA
High Heeled Leather Boots – ZARA
Printed Shirt Dress – RIVER ISLAND
Floral Print Shirt Dress- WAREHOUSE
Hope Heeled Sandals – ASOS