Lifestyle: Birthday & Christmas Gifts

I was in two minds about publishing this post. On one hand, I hate to think like I’m bragging, when in reality I’m hugely grateful for any gifts I get given. I also worry about whether I’ve missed anything out, and in doing so will offend someone. On the other hand, I love reading other people’s ‘what I received’ posts, and this blog is meant to be a reflection of the type of posts I’d want to read. In the end however I decided to do this as a huge thank you to those who bought me a gift, those who wrote me a card, or even those who just wished me a “Happy Birthday/Christmas” or “Congratulations” last week. If I’m forgotten to mention anything then I’m truly, truly sorry, but I can say hand on heart everything I have received will be treasured.

 photo Gifts 2015 4_zpsq6zpey84.jpg photo Gifts 2015 14_zpsdpuyr8ou.jpg photo Gifts 2015 3_zps6now4ov3.jpgI was thoroughly spoilt for my birthday at the start of the month. I’d spent a relaxing few days at home the weekend before, where I was treated to my favourite homemade curry by W’s dad, followed by a lovely roast beef dinner by my parents. My dad also made the most amazing cake for me! Gift-wise I was so touched by everything I received; some new PJs (much needed!), a lovely berry-coloured cape which I’ve hardly taken off over the Christmas break, a totally ‘me’ scarf and a paperback version of my favourite book. W’s parent picked me up my first (?!) Christmassy jumper, a cute Joules jumper that looks exactly like Tee-J and is so cosy (Joules jumpers are a little pricey but totally worth it and there’s often some great discount offers available – like up To 45% off selected jumpers and cardigans!), alongside a sleeve for my Chromebook. I also was gifted some cash to treat myself with (I picked up a lovely pair of heeled ankle boots from Asda and the Real Techniques Bold Metals Gift Set). My Nan also treated me to some tabletop studio lighting, it’s making food photography much easier!

 photo Gifts 2015 2_zps6ucszqzh.jpg photo Gifts 2015 1_zpsoquejvyd.jpgAs I’d been told I was being whisked off on a surprise weekend away, I didn’t expect anything from W, but he still presented me with a lovely selection of chocolates from Cocoa Amore. They didn’t last too long!

My housemates were, as always, complete babes and gave me some perfect bits and pieces. A Milani blush in the most gorgeous colour, some chocolates, slippers, handcream and some vouchers to treat myself. I couldn’t ask for better friends!

 photo 2015-12-25 14.59.02_zps29scjbwh.jpgAlready feeling rather lucky, it was soon time for Christmas. If I’m honest Christmas was extremely overwhelming this year after everything that had happened, I’m quite pleased things are starting to calm down now if I’m honest! That said it was super magical to spend some quality time with our families – and it was the first year W and me spent the whole of Christmas together! The day was quite relaxed, staying at his overnight and giving each other stockings in the morning, heading to church before driving over for lunch with my parents – a full on feast of goose, turkey, two types of stuffing, pigs in blankets, and of course the obligatory sprouts!

 photo Gifts 2015 17_zpsx9tsvedo.jpg photo Gifts 2015 10_zpsovw1pedo.jpg photo Gifts 2015 6_zps2kgvhd7m.jpg photo Gifts 2015 18_zpschefb6lb.jpgAgain I was completely spoilt; a stocking full of little gifts from W, then some gorgeous pressies from family and friends. My stocking included some of my favourite chocolates (Strawberry Creams taste of Christmas to me!), a few festive t-shirts and the most gorgeous scented candle. I was also super excited to receive a ‘fiancee’ Christmas card…especially given it was brought in October presuming I’d say yes! My mum put together a collection of bits and pieces to pamper myself in the New Year – I’m quite picky when it comes to things like this, but she got all my favourites. She also picked me up a shiny new frying pan, something I’m probably far too excited about! Alongside this my family also brought me and W some cushions – a “W”, “&” and “C” ready to start furnishing a flat together in the (hopefully) not too distant future. I’d picked out a few makeup bits from my Nan, choosing MAC Diva along with another makeup brush. And again W’s parents and family spoilt me rotten – some healthy cookbooks, a gorgeous ASOS scarf to name just a few bits.

 photo Gifts 2015 11_zpsswlrv7xa.jpg photo Gifts 2015 5_zpsp4ewbltz.jpgAlways a fan of Secret Santa’s, I took part in two this year. The first was with my lovely housemates, where I received a chunky tartan scarf, gorgeous mug and some hot chocolate to fill it. I also took part in the #FDbloggers Secret Santa, receiving some delicious pecan nut butter, and some rather interesting chilli and hemp flavoured chocolate – I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet!

 photo 2015-12-20 15.53.22_zpstufvalxj.jpgAnd of course, the best present of all – a fiance and the promise of spending the rest of our lives together.

I’m such a lucky, lucky girl! Not only did I receive some gorgeous gifts, more importantly I got to spend plenty of time with my nearest and dearest. The perfect festive break!

How was your Christmas? What gifts did you receive?

  • Looks like you had an amazing christmas! The ring is beautiful and I’m so happy for you! It seems like everybody I know is getting engaged and I’m there stuffing my face full of chocolate 😛 Congratulations and hope you have an amazing new year! xxx

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m so chuffed! x