This year it seems I have a different gift buying technique. It's called 'One for you. One for me' and I wouldn't recommend it! I blame Black Friday to be honest... it has a lot to answer for, but oh the deals! Since then I've been in frenzied gift buying mode and just can't seem to stop treating myself - oops.
So as I'm still creating all my Christmas gift guides (to come at the end of the week!) I thought I'd throw a Christmas gift haul at you... which is kind of a gift guide in that it's a glimpse of what's out in the shops right now that I clearly couldn't resist. There's a bit of everything here so hopefully it will inspire you to get spend-y much like I've been doing!
Next Ring Holder
When browsing the Next website recently I came across this beauty and being a magpie for anything shiny and unusual I had to get it. This is not only dainty but a totally different way to store rings or jewellery in general. Though I'm tempted to store a few of my midi rings in the glass pyramid, I'm also thinking it would make the sweetest littler terrarium for a teeny tiny succulent plant as they only require a few stones and some moss to thrive.
With 2017 looming I've been on the look out for some new stationary bits to get myself organised. My go-to place for all thing stationary is Homesense or TK Maxx as both stores have such an amazing range of notebooks and planners. I picked up a set of 3 floral paper notebooks for only £3.00 as they were reduced and a lovely weekly planner notebook which I unfortunately forgot to photograph! I also picked up a super handy Oh Deer Weekly Planner from ASOS for £4.99 here, which is just perfect for bloggers or students. I will definitely be looking at Oh Deer for a few other bits come the new year.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
One of my main Black Friday treats was to finally start a Makeup Geek eyeshadow palette. I have more than enough eyeshadows but after seeing a few MG swatches, especially of the foiled shadows I knew I needed some of them pigmented babies in my collection. Now I won't divulge all the eyeshadows I picked up as the bulk of them came in gift seft from this range from Beauty Bay here which I will be featuring soon in an upcoming Christmas gift guide, but you can view all the amazing gift sets here (any would make an amazing gift for a beauty lover!). But I can say I also picked up two foiled Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Grandstand and Untamed, both £9.25 here, which are just 'wow' shades due to crazy pigmentation! And as my eyeshadow pans will be needing a home I picked up a 9-pan Z palette for £9.50 here.
Thierry Mugler Alien 30ml EDP
£45.00 Very HERE
A few weeks ago now the team over at Very kindly gifted me a voucher for their #LoveGiving campaign which comes with a rather lovely Christmas advert - have you seen it? Instantly I knew what part of it would be spent on; my favourite winter fragrance! Having just used the last drops a month or so ago I was glad to pick up Thierry Mugler's gorgeous Alien scent in the eau de parfum version. This is a truly luxurious and rich scent that you will instantly recognise on people if you are a fan of the fragrance. I would explain the notes of this but really you can only understand how rich and unique this scent is by smelling it, which I highly recommend you do next time you are out Christmas shopping. One of my most cherished purchases this month!
Asda Santa Winky Mug
£3.00 Asda - In-store
Each year I make sure I pick up at least one extra special festive mug to add to my collection. Last year it was a lovely mug from Cath Kidston and this year it's one that I instantly loved from Asda. This is just the most loveliest vintage Christmas mug I've ever seen and I really can't believe how affordable it was! You can also find a few other designs including a polar bar in the same chunky tankard style in-store.
ASOS Shiny Silver Loafer
£12.00 On Sale HERE
Whilst picking up a few gifts from ASOS over the Black Friday period I also snapped up these super shiny and slightly festive loafers that are still in stock in ALL sizes would you believe! These aren't my usual style however I think they will go well with skinny jeans and even black tights over the party season. Really can't wait to wear them out now. FYI ASOS currently have a huge 30% off gifts right now which you can find here!
Next Set of 6 Fragranced Candles
£12.00 Next HERE
Another Next gift I couldn't resist was this amazing candle set that really does look quite luxurious due to the packaging and colourful metallic candle holders. This would make an ideal gift for any candle lover as it contains 6 winter scented candles that all smell delightful. I'm currently burning Under The Mistletoe which is filling my home with a fresh but festive scent, but you also receive - Gingerbread, Figgy Pudding, Cream Liqueur, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts. I can't get enough of this set! If you love the Christmas Diptyque metallic candles but they are out of your price range then these are a great substitute.
Arthur Christmas DVD
£1.00 Poundworld - In-store
My last treat to myself was a bargain find in Poundworld of all places! I always add to my Christmas DVD collection in December and realised I didn't own one of my favourite Christmas movies; Arthur Christmas! If you haven't watched this then seriously get on it because it's such a wonderful film! You can also find it on Amazon for only £2.95 here.
Hope you've enjoyed this rather self-indulgent Christmas haul and it's helped with gift inspiration.