“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ”
Mary Ellen Chase
This Christmas will be my first non-traditional Christmas ever. Instead of spending it with family opening presents, stuffing my face and wearing a paper hat, I’m going to be in a quiet cottage in Iceland. With this in mind, and despite my love of buying and wrapping presents, I’ve requested to my family that we do not exchange gifts.
But. I’ve always had a tradition of making a Christmas wishlist for family every year, and it feels weird not doing it. It’s a little child-like piece of Christmas joy I want to keep alive, so I’m going to post it here instead.
The Sun and her Flowers (Rupi Kaur)
I love her writing. I was lucky enough to see her perform in London in May 2017, and it made me love her even more. Her poems are short and beautiful. Me and my boyfriend are meant to be exchanging books as gifts while in Iceland, so fingers crossed.
Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet
How pretty is this?! I love that it’s customisable with an engraving. I actually don’t wear jewelry very often, but I still love this (I pretty much love everything for sale on the Monica Vinader website.)
Jo Malone Myrrh and Tonka Cologne
Because have you smelt it? It’s the kind of scent I want to spray all over a big soft scarf, so I can bury my face in it throughout the day. The price tag is too high to purchase on a whim, so here’s hoping I receive it as a gift one day.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (Volume 3)
I love the Hourglass powders, and this has a great selection of them, including some new colours. Also, the packaging is beautiful. My family actually refuse to buy me make up now, saying I own too much, but I always test it and put make up on the list anyway.
Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts
I am the most skeptical person when it comes to alternative medicine etc, so I previously bought these (and not cheaply) with caution. Turns out, I love them. You use them in your bath, and not only do they smell amazing, but they really do help relax me. For example, normally when I get out of the bath I feel uncomfortable and sticky until my skin if fully dry. When I use these I don’t experience that sensation because I’m so relaxed. I need a refill of these salts!