My birthday is in early December and for whatever reason (selfishness probably being the front-runner), I donâ€™t begin planning for Christmas until my own big day is out of the way. This means I always end up buying gifts for my family in somewhat of a rush (I donâ€™t even do presents for friends) and am quite tardy in providing ideas for my own gifts to inspiration-stumped relatives.
My general rule for gifts (both giving and receiving) is to find something that the person in question would want and use but probably couldnâ€™t justify purchasing for themselves in an average month. Either that, or something you know theyâ€™ll love but just havenâ€™t discovered yet.
Now, I donâ€™t expect to actually receive many (if any) of the things Iâ€™ve listed below, but if I were to write a letter to Father Christmas this year, and assuming Iâ€™m on the â€˜goodâ€™ list, Â then this is what Iâ€™d be asking forâ€¦
I donâ€™t know if my new addiction to beauty blogs is driving my desire to own some really good make-up brushes, or if Iâ€™ve wanted them all along and theyâ€™ve just legitimised it. This Bobbi Brown travel brush set is top of my wish list, because it includes pretty much every brush you need day-to-day. Its amazing case is the cherry on the sundae.
Iâ€™ve written before about wanting one of these Oh gosh, Cindy! phone cases, but I still havenâ€™t bought one for myself, so Iâ€™m throwing it onto my wish-list and crossing my fingers. Theyâ€™re all pretty perfect, but I think the Mindy Kaling one is probably the best.
You may have seen my shout-out to Parenthood in a recent post – and if so, my next item of lust wonâ€™t come as a surprise to you. I havenâ€™t yet reached the end of season five and I would love nothing more than to spend the days I have off work between Christmas and New Year kicking back with this DVD, a bowl of bubble-and-squeak, and some Celebrations.
Now to me and my hair – perhaps the most important love-hate relationship in my life. Some days weâ€™re great friends and some days we canâ€™t even look at each other. Stopping washing it so frequently has eased the tension somewhat, but Iâ€™m still constantly on the look-out for the magic product that will turn us into firm friends. To that end, I have my eye on this Oribe Hair Plumping Mousse – if it does what it says on the tin, then the love story for our age might be about to begin…
In contrast, I have never fallen out of love with gold jewellery – Iâ€™ve been sporting it in some guise since I was a teenager. Iâ€™m almost always wearing a gold necklace, and both of my watches are gold, but I struggle with earrings. When I was younger I would just buy cheapo gold hoops, but I realised a few years ago that the reaction they provoke in my skin is not worth it, so now Iâ€™m craving a nice big pair of proper gold hoops like these ones. The look is J-Lo circa, well, just about any time really.
And just to ensure that the mind inside this bouncy-haired, gold-behooped head of mine is well nourished, Iâ€™ve chosen this e-book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of my favourite authors (and recent star of my â€˜Woman Wall of Amazingnessâ€™). Adapted from a TEDx talk she gave (one that BeyoncÃ© famously sampled), this is a book Iâ€™ve just got to read.
Finally, because it isn’tÂ all about me I have donated to First Days children’s charity who will give a present to a child whose family is struggling with the cost of Christmas via their #sharemychristmas campaign and also bought a gift for a womanÂ living in a refuge fromÂ Refuge’s Christmas gift list.Â
What do you want for Christmas? Let us know in the comments section below!