Monday, 30 December 2013

Christmas Part 2 - What I GAVE as presents

Hi All,

This is part 2 of my Christmas Haul post for all you hanging onto Christmas. This post may inspire you next year, so I hope you enjoy seeing what I gave for Christmas. I bought most of the presents from Westfield in London before I came home for Christmas.

I don't know about anyone else but I prefer giving presents to receiving them, in fact it may be my favourite part about Christmas. Last year at uni, I had so much time to look for presents, but this year with my job I got most of them all in one weekend. Next year I'd love to do more shopping!

If you would like to know any more about any of them, please let me know.

My mum's present was actually the first one I bought. She is a huge fan of Jo Malone as am I, but our hometown doesn't have a Jo Malone shop so she only has one of the perfumes. Her favourite is the pomegranate scent, which I recommend if you haven't smelt it.

I spotted this pomegranate gift set, complete with perfume, body lotion and bath oil which would be perfect for her. Jo Malone is quite expensive and I had to venture into the designer part of Westfield to pick this up but it is so lovely. She was delighted with this and loved her present as she doesn't always get to browse Jo Malone to buy new products from there.

Have any of you ever used Jo Malone, if so what do you think?

The first present I bought my sister was a Pandora bracelet and charm. Neither of us has had anything from Pandora before, but I know a lot of people who have to trust it was worth it. My sister has a lot of friendship bracelets and I wanted to get her something like that she could wear everyday so decided to go with the leather style. I personally prefer this as it's not too over the top and I chose a grey colour to match any outfit.

I decided on only 1 charm because firstly I wasn't sure if she would even wear it, and secondly I don't like the one's with loads of charms as they can get a bit too busy. She LOVED this which I was so pleased about, and wants to stick to one charm as the one I got her is meaningful, very happy!

Now, if you've seen my last blog post you'll know that we both bought each other Harry Potter tickets, which was my second present to my sister, but as we were told we both got the same thing I had to return these and get her some other little things which she loved. We are both very excited for Harry Potter!

Originally I had planned to get my Dad his favourite Creed aftershave, and left it till last minute because there was a shop at home that stocked it. However, when I went to the shop a few days before christmas, I was told they stopped suppling it and you could only get in it in London. Where I'd just come from!! TYPICAL So, I went on the hunt for more presents. He's a massive sweet tooth so the sweet shop from an American shop went down a treat.

The Waitrose Food Guide was also bought from him by me. My mum and dad love travelling around going to pubs for food so this will be perfect for them! He also used the Molton Brown range everyday so this is always needed. He was very happy indeed!

So these are my main presents I handed out to my family on the day. I framed my graduation photo's for my grandparents which they absolutely loved as well! I love shopping for people, and I love to make sure I've got them something which is relevant or personal as it makes it that bit more special. 

What did you give for christmas and would anyone you know like any of these presents?

Cya x


  1. Oooh you chose some fab gifts hunny, you can't beat jo malonr and jewellery. Fab little post xx

  2. Fab gifts you gave your family. I've been wanting to go to Harry Potter World for ages, Im so jealous! Also, love the Jo Malone gift set you gave your mum. Never have owned anything by Jo Malone but I really wanna give it a go as I've heard so many great things about their perfumes xx

    1. If you get the chance to go into a Jo Malone shop, do! There's a lot in London xx

  3. I want to be your mother now! Haha
    Amazing gifts!


  4. Such amazing gifts, I would be very happy with the jo malone set - it looks amazing x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  5. such thoughtful gifts! I too like giving but I also too like recieving hehe x

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  7. You were genorous- lucky, lucky people there! Haha! I gave my mum some stuff from soap and glory...can never go wrong with that brand :--) happy new year charlotte! xx


  8. WOW
    Jo Malone! That's so cute!
    Lovely gifts.

    Happy New Year!
    E | Beauty/Skincare | Cocoamourr

  9. You are a great gift giver, I love the pandora charm bracelet idea! Maybe I'll get one for my sister next year haha!

  10. I would loooove to go the the HP studios ! Probably next year ! Hope you'll post some pictures so we'll see how it looks :)


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