Well, it’s not. But it IS my sister’s birthday today which means (in my family at least), it’s time to start getting festive.
Buying Christmas presents is, rather perversely, one of my all time favourite things to do. Better than receiving them, better than my birthday, better even than peeling off the marzipan and icing from on top of the Christmas cake and gobbling it up; shopping for presents for all of my favourite people is what, for me at least, the selfless git that I am, makes this the most wonderful time of the year.
SO. When Boots approached me to work on this campaign, I literally jumped at it. A chance to unpick the findings their survey came back with regarding other people’s behaviour when it comes to Christmas shopping (I’m incredibly nosy) but also to talk about the way my gifting has evolved over the years, not forgetting my top picks for prezzies available from Boots this year.
This IS a sponsored blog post and I hope you find it VERY helpful indeed!
Before we get into all of that though can I please just take a minute to shout out my fellow Brits for voting unanimously that Roast Potatoes are the most essential to Christmas Dinner (67% of ya greedy little whatnots).
Roast potatoes are life. This will be my first Christmas as a veggie and honestly all I keep thinking is: brilliant, more room for delicious fluffy goodness.
This was the first of the questions put to me by Boots as part of this partnership: what is the most quintessential Christmas dinner food? OBVIOUSLY THE ROAST POTATO. NO COMPETITION. NEXT!!
• Which person’s Christmas gift receives the most thought?
An impossible question given that sometimes the people in my life are brilliant at leaving hints all year long as to what they want whilst others resolutely tell me that they (like 57% of people in Britain who consider themselves hard to buy for) already have everything they need.
Honestly though, I think it is my boyfriend that falls into this category. Although there’s plenty of things I think he needs, HE tells me that he is fine.
The longer we are together though, the more practical I am becoming. The man never buys moisturiser. When he owns it, he uses it, when he doesn’t, he doesn’t. I’ve watched him slather E45 on his face before in a bid to combat they dryness that was causing him physical pain, but that he was not going to do anything about.
He is quite hard to buy for, because being the romantic that I am, I always want to spoil him. I’m coming to accept though that as we get older, rather than spoil him with presents, I’m going to buy presents that stop him from spoiling himself and his handsome face with all those signs of ageing. I’m investing in skincare for him.
Men ARE quite hard to buy for, particularly when it comes to cosmetics but I find myself wondering where to start. What kind of skin does he even have?? Man skin?! If you’re looking for a lil’ bit of inspiration for your man this year, have a look at the Christmas Gift for Him list!
— ALSO. Interrupting myself here to say that 39% of Brits say that gifts from a partner cause the most excitement. Boots stock sex toys now guys. That percentage better be about to go UPPPPP.
• When do you start your Christmas shopping?
EARLY. I’m a mid-December gal for the bulk of it, but I do my mum’s stocking every year and that starts pretty much as soon as someone first mentions a Mince Pie in mid-October.
Normally in Boots actually, when I’m frantically stocking up on more cotton pads and toothbrush heads, I’m suckered into buying a novelty set of Harry Potter Makeup Brushes (that sorry, I’m actually going to need to keep for myself).
One of the things that Boots found was that 37% of people would prefer to self gift then to receive presents from others. This is something that I am really beginning to get and to incorporate into my shopping this Christmas.
For my birthday this year one of my best friends bought me the Pixi Glow Tonic, saying that it had totally transformed her skin. It has subsequently totally transformed my own, I have used every day since I got it. It was more than just a recommendation, it was a thoughtful and incredibly practical present that has inspired a very big shift in my own habits.
Of course we all know the expression “the best presents are the ones we would like to keep for ourselves” and my new formula is an extension of that.
This year a great many friends can expect that familiar orange and green branded bottle from me. A gift that I know they will love, because I love it.
I haven’t totally just nicked Ellie’s party trick though (otherwise our mutuals would be in for an influx of acid), I’ve recently found my own little culty obsession, also at Boots, that will 100% be making it’s way to a few of my pals this Christmas.
The Clinique Melt Off The Day Cleanser, which is the absolute BALLS and is something that I, a makeup wearing, dried skin gal, am absolutely ADORING, is £25.
As part of one of the Christmas Gift Set though you can buy the cleanser, a moisturiser (that I’m loving), a mascara (yet to use) and an eye cream all for £35.
Steal of the damn century. Trying to workout how much space I’m willing to sacrifice to a bulk buying of these boxes.
I’ve never really looked into gift sets before but I’ve become a bit obsessed with all of the money saving opportunities it’s granted me. The Boots Christmas Gift for Her is brimming over with them, if ya fancy having a little look..
63% of 25–34 year olds create a wish list
Thank god for this. I used to be all about the surprise, but the older I am getting (and the more aware of the importance of sustainability – me and 59% of people giving it more consideration), I would rather be sure to buy a person something that they actually want this Christmas.
I spoke to a friend the other day who wanted some really neutral eyeshadow shades, feeling a bit overwhelmed by the extraordinary amount of very vivid palettes out there and I was very grateful for that convo.
I know the Easy Smokin’ Eye Palette from Benefit’ll go down a damn treat. Well done me. But mostly well done her actually just telling me what she wanted, rather than making me guess (and probably get it wrong).
57% of people say seeing the persons face when opening the gift is their favourite part of gifting.
I am 100% in that 57%. The only slight problem I have this year, is that I’ve written this blog post, and shared the photographs on Instagram. Which means the recipients probably aren’t going to look as surprised as I’d have liked them to…
GIVE AWAY TIME!!
As part of this collaboration it gives me GREAT excitement to announce a lil’ competition!
Enter to be in with a chance of winning the Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Street Advent Calendar::::
All you need to do to enter is comment underneath this post with the thing that YOU think is the most quintessentially imperative part of Christmas dinner. Don’t worry, the winner will be picked at random, I won’t begrudge you if you’re not about the roast potatoes!!
1. There is 1 prize of one Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Street Advent Calendar (worth £42). The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
2. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of [insert blogger name] and Boots UK
3. Closing date for entries is [insert close date here]
4. Entrants must leave a comment on the blogger hosts post/enter Rafflecopter giveaway (if widget is used)
5. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
6. The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
7. The winner’s name will be available on request
8. The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
9. This is a joint promotion between [insert blogger name here] and Boots UK.
10. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions
This post is an advertisement feature with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own.