What I Got For Christmas 2016: A Brief Summary

What I Got For Christmas posts are my absolute favourite at this time of year (videos not so much, but I’m all for posts), and since I was a very lucky girl this year, I wanted to share what I got with you. This isn’t to brag or anything, I just know that people are interested.


I was going to wait until the new year to post this, as I am still waiting on seeing a couple of people who I know gifts are coming from, but as I’m doing a brief summary rather than the nitty gritty, I decided to leave them out. And if they’re exciting enough to talk about you’ll spot them on my twitter in a few days time. Disclaimer: This isn’t to brag. If you don’t want to read this then please leave.

Whilst my presents were very bitty, some of the bits were fantastic. People at work got me chocolate and wine, and one of my favourite gifts this year was my work secret santa – The Periodic Table of Cocktails (which I stupidly forgot to photograph as I opened it over a week before Christmas so it wasn’t in my pile, but had been tidied away). In case you didn’t know, I’m a biology graduate and I love to drink, especially cocktails, so this was an incredible present. Other booze included a little bottle of Chambord and some Cocktail Baubles.

In the photo I’ve used as the header is the A4 Light Box that Jack bought me. I was after one of these in the summer but couldn’t find one at a decent price that wasn’t stupidly small, and Jack bought it in the mind that I could use it for blogging. To be honest, I don’t know how much I’ll use it in that purpose but it’s great for both photography and to have out for parties so I’m sure it’ll get battered in no time.


I’m a fond cook, although you can’t really tell that much from my blog. I mean, I’ve posted recipes in the past but I just haven’t got the photography down yet so my concoctions only appear on occasion. Being a keen chef, I am rapidly building my recipe book stash, and this Christmas the stash has been added to by a neighbour who bought me Pronto! by Gino D’Acampo (as well as the Sanctuary Spa Be Happy & Let Go Tin, very generous indeed) and Eat Smart by Niomi Smart. I’ve never owned one of Gino’s books, but I love Italian food, as does the rest of my family. Having a flick through, this has got some real winning recipes in it and I can’t wait to cook from it. I asked for Niomi’s book as I love her ‘What I Eat In A Day’ videos and I was hoping a few of her lesser known favourites would be in there, and I wasn’t wrong. This book is entirely plant based, and since one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be a little more food conscious (see the post coming on the 1st January for the rest), I thought this would be a great addition to my collection. Just by having a quick look through, you can tell this is a book to cater for the bloggers and youtubers from the sheer amount of non-food related photography (and the marble and copper on the front cover), but the recipes sound delicious and I’m looking forward to trying these out.

Another couple of books I got were both from Jack. How The Zebra Got Its Stripes is a book all about evolutionary biology and animal behaviour in the Savannah which looks really interesting (I told you I was a biology graduate). To be honest, I think Jack just bought it because zebras are my favourite animals. That would also explain the giant framed painting of a zebra that my parents bought be for Christmas. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this as I hear it’s a very entertaining read for scientists and non-scientists alike. The other book that Jack bought me was The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide To Working 9 To 5 which I actually read on Christmas Day. Whilst this wasn’t directly related to my job as it is very office based humour, I thought it was really funny and a great little gift. For the past year, the spoof classics have been all the rage (I bought two of the Ladybird How To Books and one of the Enid Blyton spoofs as gifts this year) and this is a really funny book for us girls who are stuck in 9-5 jobs. Sorry, 8:30-5 if you’re me.


People don’t tend to buy me beauty gifts because they say that I have it all, but if they stuck to the list then that wouldn’t be the case (why would I ask for something I already have?). People tend to go for body care items for me, and as previously mentioned I was gifted one of the Sanctuary Spa sets from my neighbours. I love Sanctuary Spa and am well and truly stocked up after having their advent calendar this year, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not appreciative. I love the Sanctuary Scrub as a regular body care product as it isn’t harsh on my skin, so I’m always thankful to have a back up in my stash. Another more body care related present was the Lush Festive Friends Set from one of my old school friends. I don’t really do presents with my friends, other than the one girl I’m still friends with from school, and she always picks very well. This set contained the Father Christmas Bath Bomb, the Butterbear Bath Bomb and The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar, so in my eyes it was one of the best sets this year (I never use the bar soap in gift sets so they’re always wasted on me)! The same friend also bought me a zebra tree decoration. Spot a slight zebra theme running through my gifts?

My grandparents bought me the Studio London Natural Face Palette, and I’m yet to try anything from them so I may do a review in the near future. This palette contained 5 eyeshadows (supposedly a combination of matte and high pearl finish but I definitely don’t see a matte shadow), a duotone powder blush, a lip and cheek tint, and a pink frosted highlighter. The colours are beautiful Studio London can be found in Superdrug so it’s not difficult to pick up if you’re interested!

On a couple of occasions I’ve asked my mum to pick up the Pixi Glow Tonic from M&S for me when they’ve had 20% off beauty, so it’s no surprise that I got a miniature bottle of this for Christmas from my parents (it is one of my favourites after all). I was also lucky enough to receive the Pixi Gift Of Glow set which contains full sizes of the Makeup Melting Cleansing Clothes, the Glow Tonic, the Glow Mud Cleanser and the Rose Oil Blend Nourishing Facial Oil. Apart from the toner, I’ve never tried any Pixi skincare so I’m excited to give the other products a whirl.


I was a very, very lucky girl to receive a little gift which came in a Jo Malone box from my parents. I went into the Cambridge store back in September and my cousin made me smell the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, and I fell in love. I knew I had to have it, and my mum obviously made a mental note of this and picked me up the cologne and the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash (look at me being a ‘real’ blogger with Jo Malone products). Whilst I’m sure I’ll use the fragrance regularly, I can’t bring myself to put the wash in the bathroom as somebody will overuse it and not realise quite how much it costs. I may have to keep this safe until I get my own place, or just get it out on pamper nights (as long as I remember to put it away again).

The last thing I have photographed is the Urban Decay Moondust Palette, which I will be talking about in greater detail in the New Year. I just felt like I should share it as it was sort of a Christmas present, but all will be revealed about my ownership of this palette within the next two or three weeks. Let’s just say there was some very good luck involved in this.

Other presents I have to mention include a lot of sweets and chocolates, two dressing gowns (one for summer and one for winter, with the summer one having zebras on it…I told you there’s a theme. Kids, never tell people your favourite animal because that’s all you get – and zebras have been my favourite since I was 2), two pairs of pyjamas, a Christmas DVD and a few other bits and pieces.

I’ve been a very lucky girl and didn’t expect any of this so I’m very grateful. Although I still went mad in the Boxing Day Sales so expect a long post on my purchases towards the middle of January. Whoops?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got everything that you wanted! If you’re a blogger and have written a post along these lines then send them my way because I’m dying to read them.

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