Because my birthday is in November, I usually get all of my wants and needs out of the way then, leaving me with very few ideas when it comes to what I’d like for Christmas. However, one thing that I think most people – especially parents – would love to be able to buy is more time; a case in point, can it really be twelve whole months since Oscar was born? This whole year has passed me by at such break-neck speed that some of the items on my to-do list have been there since January.
With that in mind, here are a few time-related bits and bobs that I would love Santa Claus to leave under my tree – after all, I think he’d agree that I have been an exceptionally good girl this year, raising a human being and all…
First of all, this gorgeous watch by Nixon – the literal gift of time – has caught my eye. I like chunky watches because they multi-task, pepping up the most understated outfits as a statement piece of jewellery would. I’ve also got more and more into gold with the passing years; I like the rose-gold version of this piece.
This book by One Day author David Nicholls has been on my shortlist for a while now, along with the summer’s must-read The Goldfinch. Although I’m normally a bookworm, I can almost count the number of pages of books – let alone whole books – that I’ve read this year. A good read would help me to carve out some alone time for myself.
The ultimate way to maximise my free time would be to spend a weekend here. Since The Pig opened its doors, it seems as though everyone and his, er, pig has stayed there – according to my Facebook feed at least. Four-poster beds, monsoon showers and hyper-local dishes eaten in the garden-room are my idea of leisure time well spent – throw in a massage, and I’ll be in heaven. I wonder if they provide babysitters…
I’ve been on the look-out for a decent raincoat for a while now – this one by Seasalt and this one by Rains are top of my list at the moment. I spend so much time outdoors these days – usually pushing a pram – that a good-looking, high-performing, warm and cosy waterproof (or, alternatively, a third arm just for holding an umbrella) is going to be essential this winter.
As part of my ongoing quest to improve my spotty skin, I am going to have to invest in some face-time next year. Lancôme’s cleansing and toning products are something I ask for every Christmas – they’re pricey but last for ages, and I like the invigorated feeling they leave my skin with.
Finally, because cash is king, I’m open to familial donations towards this pretty bike – as a freelancer, I’m going to need a dependable means of transport to take me to and from different offices; a bike will save me commuting time and get me exercising more often.
What’s on your Christmas wishlist?