This is one of those totally rambling, self indulgent posts about what I’d like for Christmas…not that I’m hinting.
As a gift giver - I am pretty damn good. Even with limited funds I tend to hone down on people, what I think they will like, what suits them, what would make them happy. I love giving presents (as long as I can pick them – quit telling me what you want, the exact shade and what time the store is open!).
As a gift receiver, I am rubbish. I am a control freak and I can generally guess exactly what people have bought for me and if I’m not sure, I always go on a mission to find out thus ruining my own surprise!
Here are 10 Random things that have caught my beady eye:
1. A pink diamante Nespresso
I’d diamante my cats if I could – life is that much brighter when there’s some sparkle to it. I already have 3 coffee machines but I tried out the Nespresso in Selfridges where they have a coffee bar (and you can get loaded up for free) and I really liked it.
Price range: £120-£150
Chances of receiving: Medium likely, but not with diamante.
2. Nikon D300s Camera
I have an addiction to buying cameras, especially compact ones – four at the last count – but now my next one will be this lovely digital SLR. I use Nikon anyway so the rest of my kit will be compatible. It also has HD video recording!
Price Range: £1,200
Chances of receiving: Nada. Will have to save up for this one.
3. Apple iPhone
Well, lots of people have an i-Phone I just don’t. I ended up with a HTC hero which is an android phone and its utterly utterly useless. Nevertheless I am committed to it so it will be a while before I can invest in this baby.
Price Range: Depends on contract/£440 for the 3Gs on pay as you go.
Chances of receiving: Nada. Once again too expensive to ask as a gift.
4. Alexander Wang Diego Handbag
I’m not allowed anymore handbags, but one can dream. I love the duffel shaped handbags (although they are horrendous to use in a rush). I love this slouchy, casual bag. I have the Coco Duffel which was laughed at by the other half, who thought the studs were “comical”….what do men know?!
Price Range: Not sure, about $400?
Chances of receiving: Nada. Everyone refuses to buy me any more bags and the Mr thinks its “comical”.
5. SAD Alarm
I can’t wake up in the morning (but then again I do sleep very late). I figured one of these alarms, which wake you up gradually will help me regulate my sleeping pattern and make me 0.1% less grumpy in the morning.
Price Range: £60 – £150
Chances of receiving: I would have said quite likely then I remembered, in Chinese culture, its bad luck to buy someone else a clock (saying the words ‘to give (as a gift)’ and ‘clock’ together (??) is also the phrase for attending someones funeral.
So my family have already refused to buy me a clock so I guess I’ll have to get this myself. According to Wiki (although I have never heard this), “should such a gift be given, the “unluckiness” of the gift can be countered by exacting a small monetary payment so the recipient is buying the clock and thereby counteracting the ‘?’ (“give”) expression of the phrase.”
Feel free to buy me a clock then give me £1000 to replenish my karma!
6. Laura Mercier Mini Brush Set
Love mini brushes and this one really looks like everything I would need in one little set.
Price Range: £65, I think.
Chances of receiving: Very likely, should I ask nicely for it although I don’t know its a little boring as a present.
7. The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks game for the Nintendo DS
Zelda is a joy in my life, and Spirit Tracks is going to be the best game EVA.
Price Range: £20-£30
Chances of receiving: I think I may cave and buy this before Christmas anyway. Christmas week, curled up warm with a cup of mocha and playing this game – bliss!
9. Six Month Subscription to MAQUIA Magazine
Maquia is my favourite make up magazine even though I can’t understand the text! Its quite expensive to buy in the UK with the import tax (about £10) hence I’d quite like a subscription for a few months to keep me going.
Price Range: £35-£40, I think
Chances of receiving: Medium – you never know but this gift requires a little intative to organise the subscription!
10. Elegance Paris Eyeshadow Palette
The moment I saw this eyeshadow I nearly died – its pure heaven, the WAG-tastic packaging, the groovy eyeshadows. Elegance is a Japanese brand (even though its sold as Elegance Paris) – there’s a problem. This palette and the rest of the range is being touted at $90!
Price Range: $90
Chances of receiving: Possible but quite frankly, I couldn’t bring myself or anyone else to pay $90 (£55) on an eyeshadow.
So tell me – what’s on your Christmas List?