What I got for Christmas 2017

What I got for Christmas 2017

It’s New Years Eve, everyone’s posting their 2017 highlights and I’m playing catch up with my What I got for Christmas 2017 write-up.  Okay, so maybe I’ve indulged a bit this holiday season.  When I have managed to peel myself off the sofa, I’ve been busy enjoying a few drinks with friends, or dining out, as opposed to just eating-everything-in-sight at home.  I just can’t stop eating.  Full-stop.

So despite me being behind everyone’s schedule (apparently), my 2017 highlights will be delayed until it’s no longer 2017 so I can embrace the ‘better late than never’ spirit and show you what I got for Christmas first!

What I got for Christmas 2017 flat lay

A few surprises…

Apparently, I’m a ‘difficult person’ to buy presents for.  Every year, my friends and family usually ask me what I want for Christmas, which means I’ve also grown used to a lack of surprises on Christmas Day.

It was eerily quiet this year though.  When we were entering mid-December I still wasn’t asked one question about what I want to see wrapped up in pretty paper this year.  So when I said ‘I really wasn’t expecting this’, I really meant I wasn’t expecting this!  (As I didn’t know what to expect.)

Example; as I unwrapped and caught a glimpse of a GoPro logo I let out a gasp and stared blankly at my boyfriend for at least 2 long seconds in disbelief.  (A happy disbelief though, of course.)  I gave a similar reaction when I unwrapped an iPad from my parents too – needless to say, I’ve done well on the technology front this year.

What I got for Christmas 2017

Gifts for Body & Mind

I can always count on my sister to get me a good read for Christmas.  This year she’s given me Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,  a book I’ve ashamedly never read (I know!).  This will soon change in 2018, don’t worry.  I’m a lover of the sixties decade too, so In her own Fashion is guaranteed to keep me absorbed, along with the Woodstock soundtrack.  (Oh she also gave me a Rolling Stones patch and cute panda earrings on top of this!)

I’m definitely set for some good pampering sessions in the new year too, with David’s parents and grandparents spoiling me with a mixture of smellies.  An array of The Body Shop and Nature’s Ingredients will keep me exfoliated, moisturised and smelling pretty probably way into spring!

An incredibly thoughtful gift from David’s parents of new Dune ankle boots is already keeping my feet feeling happy and stylish, as well as…

What I got for Christmas 2017

Gifts for the home

With buying our first house this year, I was happy to see home inspired gifts, even from the person I share my ‘home’ with!  My feet will be kept warm and snug inside as well as out with the slippers David bought me.  Along with the gorgeous yellow furry throw (featured in all the above pictures and from David’s parents, but unfortunately I forgot to feature it in the video). You’ll find us hibernating on our sofa until warmer times whilst devouring the new Black Mirror series!

I’m keeping the festive cheer going too with my new reindeer adorned cereal bowl – because it would be a crime to hide it away until next year, right?!  Finally, David’s grandparents have kindly provided us with some funds to continue decorating our house too, which is a great help to us.  Ikea round 3?

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Well that’s Christmas over and done with (why must it always pass by so quick?) and my last post of 2017 (ahh!).  Although I’ve not written one before, a ‘2017 highlights’ post will be up in the new year when I’m back to getting motivated (and finished eating all the leftovers in the fridge…).

Happy new year to any new and old readers of my blog, let’s see what 2018 brings!


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What I Got for Christmas… 2016

What I Got for Christmas 2016

I don’t usually jump on many YouTube tags, but What I Got for Christmas is one I can never resist watching.  So naturally, I decided to film one this year!

I love seeing the presents people received and I always think it really shows someone’s likes, dislikes and personalities, more so than any other video!

I hope you all like mine!

What I Got for Christmas… 2016 video

As you can see, I received quite a mixture of bits and bobs this year!  I thought I’d give a little written overview too, in case I missed anything out in the video.

Apple Watch

Obviously, my Apple Watch was the biggest present I got this year, without a doubt.  As this was a complete surprise too I can’t really explain why I asked for this either.  Actually, come to think of it, I don’t think I asked for any of the presents I received!

Anyway, an Apple Watch was a perfect present for me.  I’ve been undecided which fitness tracker to get for a long time now, either FitBit, Jawbone etc.  I had ruled out getting an Apple Watch because of the price, but now I’ve received one I can tell it’s going to be so much more.

What I Got for Christmas 2016

Obviously I will be using it as a fitness tracker (when I eventually get back to the gym).  But I feel like it’s sort of an extension to my phone, which I won’t need to keep rummaging to get out from the bottom of my bag!


There’s not many people who can say ‘I got tickets to go to a bar in East London which is basically one big ball pit’ for Christmas.  Kudos to my brother here, both for the present idea and how the present was presented!

He made me open a box filled with plastic balls and hid a note saying he bought tickets right at the bottom.

Obviously there won’t be many people that’ll be chuffed to bits about getting the Monopoly Pokemon Kanto edition board game either.  Do I receive quirky presents because I’m quirky, or because I know quirky people?

Everything else

What I Got for Christmas 2016

Receiving a good book for Christmas is always great, especially if it’s by an author I’ve had on my to-read list for a while!  It’s actually a bit shameful of me that I still haven’t got round to reading Haruki Murakami yet, but this is definitely going to change in 2017.

I forgot to say in the video that I’d seen Norwegian Wood because I’m a big world cinema fan.  In fact, I have my own world cinema blog (which is here if you’d like to see more.)  I’ve seen the film adaptation from the book, but now I’m looking forward to reading the novel!

And finally jewellery; gold, silver, jest, whatever!  I like receiving it all as it’s something I wear everyday and it’s nice to mix up.

What did you get?

Tell me the best and most loved presents you got for Christmas in the comments section below!  It could give me some ideas for next year… but until then, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

What I Got for Christmas 2016

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