Wednesday Wishlist: my guide to Christmas gifts

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river island underwear set | unicorn hottie | pencil set | olivia burton watch | the happiness planner | nars nail polish | sarah chapman overnight facial | nars audacious lipstick | tortoise shell boots | phone case | kiko contouring sticks | pineapple necklace | adult colouring book | missguided pyjamas | the body shop gift set | too faced eyeshadow palette


So, it’s that time of year again. November has gone by in a flash, it’s only one month until Christmas Day and it’s now inevitable to put buying Christmas gifts to the back of your mind. My family have now reached that flabbergasting point of constantly nagging me for options on what to buy me, and I’m currently in panic mode because I’m nowhere near started with the Xmas shopping (never mind finished). Nothing an organised wishlist can’t solve though, right? I always find it so much more helpful putting the items visually together to provide a base of ideas to the people asking. It’s guaranteed, all year round, I’ll have at least two or three things I’m keen to get hold of but once Christmas comes round, my mind goes completely blank. It takes a good few days to mentally gather a list, and even then I’m constantly swapping and changing my outlook. Will I actually find a use for this or am I just lusting over it because of its pretty, festive packaging and seasonal purpose? Gifts at Christmas are possibly my favourite kind, I appreciate EVERYTHING handed to me, from a plain old bank note and high street voucher, to a splurging luxury but when a present is just so right, it makes that unwrapping surprise so much more magical.


Who knows, my personal picks could even be inspiration for a potential womanly gift guide…


River Island underwear set | As each year passes, underwear gets worn out (how about that for a pun) and there’s no better opportunity to spice up your knicker drawer than a classy set for Christmas. This beautiful lace applique number is perfect for bringing out that inner moulin rouge and is ideal for wearing at those upcoming parties (because there’s nothing like a matching underwear set to complete an outfit).


Topshop Unicorn Hottie | Argh, the cuteness of this is ridiculous. The little snugly face alone is enough to persuade you to make her (it’s definitely a her) a new resident in your home. For someone who’s always (and I mean, always) cold, anything that is designed to warm you up is a winner in my eyes and thinking about it, I actually lack in the hot water bottle area. I don’t own that many so that’s an excuse to stock up.


Christmas Pencil Set | I’m always on the look out for new stationary and what a better addition than a classic chic set of pencils, especially when they’re made to get you into the Christmas spirit. I could go on forever when there’s wood pencils and gold written quotes involved!


Olivia Burton Watch | Who doesn’t have one of these on their list every year? I certainly do because there’s just no end to the dreamy detail embedded into those watches. I’m in love with the rose gold and white contrast and the vintage style face. I’d be in for a real treat if I was presented this stunning piece on the 25th.


The Happiness Planner | I’m currently aiming to up my journal/planner/notebook game and I think owning a Happiness Planner is such a great way to start. Welcoming positivity, joy and happiness in a life that can often be caught up in nothing but schedule and routine is a fab way to provide self-confidence and motivation, which could even be used to improve


NARS Nail Polish | A stocking filler but with a high quality price tag which is worth the extra spend. NARS is a makeup brand I adore and admire so I’d be more than chuffed to expand my collection with an indulgence into my usually-boring-and-not-the-slightest-bit-glossy nails.


Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial | Can we talk about the beautiful limited edition Christmas packaging on this product? If ever there was a time for me to give my face some well needed treatment, that time would be on Christmas evening when the unwinding starts. I’ve been dying to try this out for so long now, and the special celebration box it’s provided in is enough to persuade me.


NARS Audacious Lipstick | I already own Anita and it’s one of my ultimate favourite shades, I’m now anchoring after another (Barbara to be precise) and it’s right up there on the top of my list. Receiving a gorgeous lipstick is always so satisfying as you know it’s always going to be put to use!


Public Desire Ankle Boots | I’ve seen these boots swiping the blogosphere and now it’s heightened my shoe fetish and desire for a dozen pair of boots in the winter months. My mum’s the first person to question whether I want any clothes/shoes/bags for Christmas so I’m currently informing her of these beauties as I type.


Kate Spade Phone Case | Ever since I bought my iPhone 6 back in January, I’ve risked the protection by leaving it bare and without any case. As my clumsiness is slowly but surely increasing, (and after a good few drops and smashes) I don’t think it’s no longer safe to chance completely killing the poor thing after only a year of life. Kate Spade have such a divine selection and utterly meet my gold polka dot obsession.

KIKO Contouring Sticks | I’m hoping these are in stock in my local KIKO store. I’ve already expressed my love for their makeup range and this duo is another one to add to the collection. If anything is going to make contouring easier, it’s a simple satin bronzer and highlighter pencil.

Ohh Deer Pineapple Necklace | Pineapples, pineapples everywhere. I’m starting to think they’re the answer to all problems. I don’t what it is about pineapples that make them so appealing but wherever they’re featured, they have my heart. A unique piece of jewellery is such a lovely gift to open on Christmas Day.

Enchanted Forest Colouring Book | I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been wanting one of these therapeutic adult colouring books, it’s just finding the right one that’s been the problem. After doing my research, I’ve decided Enchanted Forest is the best. Even browsing through the electronic pages sent me into a healing frenzy. These books are such an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift guaranteed to occupy you for hours!

Missguided Stripe Pyjamas | I’ve been swooning over the Missguided nightwear range ever since they released it, especially the pretty pink sets eager to bring my inner girly side out. It’s sort of tradition in my household to receive a new pair of pyjamas at Christmas!

The Body Shop Coconut Festive Picks | Ahh coconut, my one true love. The Body Shop’s Christmas collection and gift wrapped boxes never fail to impress. They’re always created with the customer in mind, and in this case it’s a customer with a serious coconut addiction who is pleased to see all my favourites are accumulated into one.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette | Smoky brown natural eye shadow shades are the hues I rely on. Along with some bolder shades, this palette is the answer to all my prayers. I feel like I could attempt to fabricate some serious shimmer to matte combinations with this (and it’s chocolate shaped, which may subside my sweet cravings whilst I try and make healthy food choices).

Of course I don’t expect all sixteen of these gifts but it definitely will provide my questioning family with some meaningful ideas!

What’s on your Christmas list?

Bridie x