With only a month to go until Christmas Eve, the countdown to Christmas is in full swing. The Christmas lights are up in Central London, the Christmas adverts are out and the shops are in full on Christmas mode with decorations and gifts in abundance. It’s impossible to not get wrapped up in the festive feeling, so I was really happy when Boots invited me to be part of the ‘All I Want for Christmas’ campaign, which focuses on what we love most during the festive season. Plus there’s a fun giveaway for you to win a Soap & Glory Advent Calendar, so keep reading.
I’m usually a last-minute kinda girl when it comes to getting ready for Christmas – putting my tree and decorations up in mid-December and leaving gift-buying until the week before Christmas. This year however, I can’t wait! I’ll be putting the tree up on December 1st and I have already started my Christmas shopping – who even am I?! I’m not sure if it’s down to the fact that we’ve recently moved so I have a whole new space to decorate, or with our baby girl on the way, this will be Michael and I’s last Christmas as a twosome, but this year just feels more magical than ever to me.
Starting Christmas shopping
Apparently, I’m not as organised as I’d like to think. In the run up to Christmas, Boots has surveyed over 11,000 people and almost a quarter of Brits said they started Christmas shopping in August. August! My Mum is definitely one of those people, but I just don’t think I’ll ever be that organised. Maybe that will change when I become a mum myself, who knows? I’d feel very accomplished if I ever managed to start Christmas shopping in October – that would be early for me.
Speaking of my Mum, she loves Christmas and always made a big deal about it in our household. Growing up, decorating was a family affair with Christmas songs playing in the background and an abundance of fairy lights twinkling away. She always made a Christmas stocking for me ‘from Santa’ at the end of my bed and just like those surveyed by Boots, my Mum would agree that chocolate coins and oranges make up the quintessential Christmas stocking. I loved when she’d come into my room early in the morning to watch me open the presents from Santa in my Christmas stocking before we’d go downstairs to open the presents from my parents and family under the tree. That’s a tradition I can’t wait to pass down to my little girl.
Christmas Dinner essentials
This year, Michael and I will be having our family round ours for Christmas Day with Michael taking on the role of Head Chef. He makes a great roast and his roast potatoes are the best I’ve ever had, which is a good job as 69% of those surveyed said roast potatoes are the most essential part of a Christmas dinner. Roast potatoes are definitely one of my favourite parts, but my number one fave would have to be pigs in blankets. Although Yorkshire puds and honey-roasted parsnips are firm contenders. Can you tell I love a Christmas dinner?! You can’t forget the condiments either, gravy is a staple and I load up on the cranberry sauce but Michael swears by mint sauce. Oh man, I can’t wait for the food!
According to Boots, 41% of Brits said choosing a gift is the most difficult part of Christmas shopping, which some years I agree with and other years I hit my stride and can reel off perfect gift ideas. One statistic that made me sad was that 37% said they’d prefer to self-gift than receive Christmas presents from others – shame on you to all those Rachel Greens out there! Boots kindly gave me the opportunity to choose some gifts for the special people in my life, as well as an early present for myself. I browsed the Christmas Gifts for Her and Christmas Gifts for Him sections on the Boots website and was spoilt for choice.
My Mum has always been the type to put other’s needs before her own, so when it comes to gift shopping for her I always like to buy her something that will encourage her to take some time for herself. I opted for the Origins Pro Age Powerhouses Plantscription Age Repair Kit. My Mum loves skincare and Origins is a brand I love but my Mum has not yet tried, so I figured this would be the perfect gift to introduce her to the brand and encourage her to take 10 minutes to herself in the evenings with a pampering skincare routine.
For my husband Michael, I knew I wanted to get him a fragrance as it’s one of those things he uses everyday but never treats himself to. He’s never found his ‘signature scent’, so I figured the Giorgio Armani Miniature Mens Aftershave Gift Set would be a great way for him to try several scents and see if any of these could become his go-to. The miniature sizes are perfect for throwing into his gym bag, or keeping in his desk drawer at work so that he can always smell good.
For myself, I decided to go with skincare as this pregnancy is messing with my skin. I’ve gone from oily, clear skin to dry, blemished skin. I love and swear by the Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask and the Clear Improvement charcoal mask and had been meaning to try other products from the brand but never have. Then I stumbled across the Origins Superstars Best-Selling Essentials set and it is the perfect way for me to try the other products and see if they can give me that ‘pregnancy glow’ I’ve long been waiting for.
Giveaway: Win a Soap & Glory Advent Calendar
My loved ones aren’t the only ones getting gifts this year. Boots has kindly offered to gift one of my lovely readers a Soap & Glory Advent Calendar to help you get in the festive mood too. To enter, head over to my Instagram and follow the instructions there. Entrants must be over 18 and UK residents. The giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday 1st December so don’t hesitate.