I did one of these posts last year and wanted to do one again this year. I always love reading other people’s posts of these for inspiration of things to maybe ask for for my Birthday in February. This year we didn’t have a big list at all and was thoroughly spoilt by our family and friends.
I know this sounds random, and yep it is. My parents kindly bought us a kitchen Island for Christmas – and a few other kitchen improvements (as we “never want anything!”) and we’d been saying since moving in that we wanted to put one in as our kitchen had a huge blank floor space. This actually houses the dog cage for the dogs to sleep in too. It’s already making such a difference to our home and we have more space to work and cook in. I purposefully didnt give my parents another list as it was already too much – much to their annoyance and persistence in asking. They did get us a few other bits sneakily.
So exciting and so glamourous, the catch on our old one had broke and was being kept pinned down by a tin of dog food. This is also nice and slimline and takes up way less space than our older shorter, fatter one. It’s also got motion sensors which makes it a joy to work with when cooking!
My Parents have recently replaced a lot of their cookware with this polish hand painted cookware and now swear by it and got us a few pieces. Great for lasagnes, home made pies or cooking roasts with – they’re also pretty enough to use as serving dishes.
Glass Perfume Bottle
My parents and my sister collect these hand made unique perfume bottles and we’ve always admired them but not bought one for ourselves yet. Not sure if this was intentional but it’s in purples and blues which is our wedding colour scheme. I’m not sure where it’s going to live yet, but it needs to go somewhere the dogs can’t get to it!
Eternity Moment Perfume
Myself and Ben had a small budget this year for presents, we’ve still got an expensive year to come and having some big purchases still to make like wedding rings! We also decided that we’d rather put more money in the honeymoon pot (which has now been booked – Kuala Lumpur and Bali!) than spend excessively on presents. I’d mentioned that I was thinking of getting this as my wedding perfume as it’s one I’ve had multiple times in the past and thought it might be a perfect choice for the time of year we’re getting married in. I haven’t had this in ages – it was in my november 2014 empties and I haven’t had it since! This is floral and rosey – also strong theme in the wedding!
Ben got me this as he showed me them and said this wouldn’t be useful… I said I thought it could be useful so he got me it to blog about. What a peach, so expect to see a review as to whether I think this is useful or not! If you’re unaware, they’re rubber nail polish rings that you put your nail polish bottle into to make it easier/speedier to do.
Hotel Chocolat Raspberry and White Chocolate Jam
I knew I was getting this as I was with Ben when he bought it, after holding it up and saying I think this would be the best thing ever on toasts. White Chocolate is my fave, as is raspberries. I need to get some bread to try this on!
Think this was the only chocolate I got for Christmas this year! Can’t wait to bite his head off.
Royal Doulton Wine Carafe & Wine Glass Set
Ben’s Uncle kindly got us a set of wine glasses and a wine carafe. These have already been put to good use with hosting this week!
Armani Exchange Watch
I was so surprised by this gift from Ben’s parents, I’d not asked for anything at all! This is a silver watch with some subtle sparkle in the form of a quilted effect watch face with small diamantes in the quilt. I really like this, my MK watch hasn’t had a battery in for ages and it’s a bit annoyingly heavy to wear all day whilst typing. This is much smaller and lighter so think it would be perfect for work! Ben’s Dad actually picked this so high five Steve, you did good.
Ben’s sister knows me so well! She bought me a MAC Gift Voucher, MAC Warm Shadow Palette from the Christmas Sweet Nutcracker collection which I’ve admired the packaging of from afar but didn’t actually get my hands on anything. She also bought me Soft and Gentle which I’m going to have to swap as I did buy myself that in September, so I’m looking forward on going on another MAC spending spree!
Next Champagne Ombre Table Lamps
My Aunt and Uncle gifted me some new bedside table lamps, theyre a cracked mercury glass that go from a champagne to a silver. Haven’t unpackaged these yet as we need to go out and get the bulbs, but they’ll be one of the last things in our bedroom to do!
Umbra Skyline Coat Hook
We realised recently we don’t actually have any coat hooks in our house other than a coat cupboard upstairs so put one on our Christmas list. I liked this one because the hooks fold up and down as we’re planning on putting this behind the front door it can easily become flat to the wall without being in the way.
We also got a bit of cash from a few people which we’re going to put towards new kettles, some new bedside tables and the rest in the honeymoon pot! I hope you had a great Christmas and a relaxing time off, I still have another 4 days off before I’m back at work!