Thursday, 14 December 2017

My Little Christmas Market Haul | Blogmas #14

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous week, what have you been up to? Have you bought any nice Christmas presents for your loved ones, or even for yourself (remember to treat yourselves too guys!), this week? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments :) If you caught my post yesterday for Blogmas Day 13, you'll know that I spent the afternoon/early evening in Manchester with my mom. The purpose of our trip was to visit the Christmas Markets, and also to have a good old shop in the Arndale shopping centre whilst we were there! So, as a sequel to my Manchester Christmas Markets photo diary, I thought I'd show you all what I bought there too. Everyone loves a good haul post, right? Enjoy! 

Manchester Christmas Markets Haul

One of the objectives of my trip to Manchester was to get some Christmas presents for my friends and family, and so I won't be showing most of them on my post today. However, I did pick up a few festive bits and bobs from around the German Christmas Markets themselves, as well as some items from other stores that are not really Christmassy but I'm gonna show you anyway! I am really happy that I managed to go to the markets this year since everyone is super busy right now and I wasn't sure if I would be able to go! I've managed to tick off yet another activity from my countdown to Christmas checklist now, which I'm delighted about too :) I am feeling great that my designated Christmas present drawers in my bedroom are starting to get really full! So without further ado, here's what I spent my pennies on yesterday...

Manchester Christmas Markets Haul

Well, since I chose to use this really delicious-looking fudge for today's main photograph, it only seemed right to talk about it first! Doesn't it just look so scrumptious!? This is why I just couldn't resist buying some, even though it was pretty pricey. The cost was based on weight and because each piece is a heavy little chunk, I got four pieces for just under £5. It is definitely a nice treat though, and I just couldn't not get any when there were so many flavours on offer! The Christmas Markets at Manchester, and I'm sure everywhere else also, are filled with stalls selling an array of yummy treats, most of them sweet ones and they are all super tempting! If you have a sweet tooth like me, you will find it a challenge to decide which ones you want the most, haha! The flavours I picked from Laura's Confectionery Fudge Shop were caramel, chocolate marshmallow, chocolate orange, and one I can't remember but I think it was Oreo flavoured! I also got a discount with my receipt to use online too! I cannot wait to try them later on tonight when I'm catching up with the last few episodes of The Walking Dead :) Are you a fan of fudge? Have you ever had a fancy flavour?

So, here is the rest of my purchases from the Christmas Market! As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am a big fan of wooden handmade and/or hand-painted decorations. I just absolutely love the traditional rustic festive aesthetic, so I love how many of them are made from a piece of wood that still has bark on it! I found an brilliant offer yesterday which got me 3 of them for £5! As well as the wooden decorations, I also bought an adorable little red penguin decoration, handmade from felt, as a gift for one of my penpals and I definitely wish that I'd bought one for myself too now! It's great quality, so well-made, and just super cute.

Everytime I go to one of my favourite stalls at the Manchester Christmas Markets, which sells a variety of traditional European ornaments, including bright glass candle holders with the prettiest yuletide scenes painted on them, so many gorgeous wooden nutcrackers, and my favourite of all, beautiful and colourful Russian dolls. I didn't buy one yet again, even though every year I tell myself I'm going to! I decided to wait until next year when my bedroom decorating is all completed and thus I have somewhere to display the doll. As an alternative, I got myself a little Russian doll keyring there instead.

My final Christmassy buy of the day was my official Christmas Market mug; I really loved the design this year! I was a little worried that I wouldn't this year, and when I spotted people drinking their mulled wine from official mugs that were black/dark blue, I was a little gutted thinking that was the only design for the year. But then I saw a poster displayed on the side of one of the wooden stalls showcasing the hot chocolate/coffee/etc., mug and I was so happy that it was bright and cute! On the other side of the mug that you can't see on my photograph, there's a very cheerful Santa Clause. You can buy these with a hot drink, or individually for £2.50... which is what I did before heading to the train station to go home :)

Manchester Christmas Market Haul

Manchester Christmas Market Haul

Manchester Christmas Market Haul

Manchester Christmas Market Haul

I am really pleased with my purchases from the markets, they are all so pretty! Two of the three wooden tree ornaments/decorations were bought as Christmas gifts, as I already have a beautiful decoration in the same style from a previous visit to Manchester at Christmas Time. The fir tree shaped one with the reindeer on is for me though, and will be going on the tree I'm putting up in my bedroom over the weekend :) What's your favourite type of tree decoration? Keep scrolling to see what else I bought from Manchester...

So, I also did a little shopping at Primark, Paperchase & Lush, two of which we don't have in my hometown shopping centre and our Primark is pretty small compared to Manchester's huge multi-storey one! I took advantage of this and got quite a few Christmas gifts from Primark, which has such fabulous items in at the moment! I almost spent half of my budget for the day in there alone, oops! There are so many amazing Pusheen products, and I could have cried because I couldn't buy them all... but I did treat myself to some of these adorable slipper sock thingies. They are really really soft and I love the colour too! As usual though, Primark was seriously rejecting it's Ravenclaw customers with a lack of house merchandise. I was very happy to find this makeup case though and snapped it up with no hesitation! 

I finally got myself one of the Metamorphosis bathbombs from Lush, and I am so looking forward to trying it out! I will more than likely blog about it too so look out for that in the New Year! The last store that I was visited was Paperchase. I was planning to just get myself a new multi-sections notebook, but as usual I am an absolute sucker for stationery and so this is what I came out of the shop with, haha! Aren't their postcards just so wonderful though!? That is my entire haul from my adventures in Manchester yesterday. I hope that you enjoyed reading. Just ask if you wanna know the price of everything :) 

Thankyou for reading!

Have a lovely weekend guys!


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets: A Photo Diary | Blogmas #13

Happy Wednesday! It seems like this day of the week in particular has been an eventful one for me throughout December so far. Last Wednesday, I went to a concert over in Liverpool with one of my best friends, to see Steps and Vengaboys perform at the Echo Arena (which was an incredible gig!) and today, I visited the German Christmas Markets in Manchester and did some shopping around the city. I had a really great day, even though it was a super challenging one for my anxiety disorder because ALL THE PEOPLE! I spent too much money and my feet are killin' me, but it was lovely to immerse myself in some Christmas culture, which has left me feeling more excited for Christmas Day and also a lot less worried about having everything sorted in time, since I was able to get some more Christmas gifts for my loved ones today too :) Anyhow, I thought that it would be nice to share some photographs with you all from my trip to the Christmas Markets, and I hope you all enjoy reading! 

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

The Christmas Markets in Manchester are absolutely awesome :) I love exploring all of the streets lined with little wooden cabin-esque huts that remind me of Santa's grotto. Each one is filled with something interesting, whether it's an independent artist's creations, Christmas deco from around the world, or some kind of delicious sweet treat! I have been visiting them each year now for the last three years, and it's nice that many of the same stall vendors come back everytime so you can usually get something that you were tempted to buy the year before, never did and ended up regretting it all year! There's also lots of new stalls there too, so it's great fun having a nosey at everything. I love the aesthetics of the Christmas markets, which are traditional German and Dutch ones, with all of their festive decorations and lighting strung along the roof of each hut. It's like they've bought a little piece of Christmas in Germany here and I love it! It's a dream of mine to go to Germany, The Netherlands or Belgium during the festive season. Before I get carried away with talking about what else I love about Christmas Markets... here are some photographs, haha!

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

You can read more about these scrumptious German treats on one of my previous Christmas posts here

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

It's so tough not to come home with too many Christmas decorations than your house needs or can actually hold when you go to the Manchester Markets, because there are stalls and stalls (and then some more stalls!) filled with a variety of fabulous traditional European decorations! I can't wait until I have my own place one day to decorate so that I can finally buy some of them! I always come home with one or more small tree decorations though; my favourite are the wooden handmade/hand-painted style. And I didn't break from tradition this year... I'll show you all what I bought in tomorrow's post :) Another thing that I do every single time I go to the Christmas Markets is buy a Dutch Sugar Waffle! Omgosh, they are amazing! The stall makes them in front of you, so you eat them warm with whatever topping you choose. I always get a Nutella one, sprinkled with icing sugar. To be honest, Dutch waffles are one of the main reasons that I go to the Christmas Markets! That's just how good they are... 

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Manchester Christmas Markets 2017

Of course I bought myself some of that fabulous, yet pricey as hell, fudge! I can't wait to try it although it cost me just under £5 for four pieces because they weigh so much! They better be nice! I also got myself one of the annual Christmas Market mugs. How lovely is this mug!? I didn't like the design much last year so I didn't get one, but as soon as I spotted these I just couldn't not get myself one! So, here's my little photo diary of my afternoon/evening spent in Manchester city. I took a lot of photos!! It was awesome as always, and I definitely recommend it!

Thankyou for reading! 

Have you ever been to a Christmas Market? 

I'd love to hear all about it in the comments :) 


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

How To Make Christmas Bark | Blogmas #12

Hey lovelies! Today has been one of those super busy days, I haven't felt like I've relaxed much at all and I am so tired! I've been packaging up things that I've sold on eBay and shipping them, I've been making the delicious Christmas treats that my Blogmas post today is going to be all about, and I went to my brothers house for tea tonight. I hadn't been over since he first bought his new house so it was really cool to see it all now that he's revamped and decorated it. It's also my nephew's birthday tomorrow so I've been getting his present ready, plus going through more boxes in my bedroom, throwing away things and organising others to be donated to the charity shop. I can't wait to have a nice relaxing bath after I've finished this post! 

I have been very much looking forward to making this Christmas Bark! I've been wanting to make some chocolate bark for ages now, after seeing so many different variations on Pinterest... Halloween bark, Christmas bark, even unicorn bark! I will get around to making them all eventually but since it's Christmas, I just had to have a go at making a chocolate bark with a festive twist. This is my first making/baking project of the year, but it definitely won't be the last! So, keep reading to find out how I made my Christmas Bark :) 

Christmas Bark Recipe

I am really happy with how my Christmas Bark turned out, so I thought I'd share a recipe and method with you all so that you can make some yourself this December :) If you checked out my Countdown to Christmas Checklist post yesterday, I included do some festive baking to my list and although this is not technically baking because there's no oven involved, I still feel like I've achieved something already off my list, so I'm off to a good start! I think that making Christmas Bark is a great festive activity to do for many reasons. You can make it to suit your own tastes, because you can add everything you want into your chocolate! It is easy to make so you don't need to be a masterchef baker, haha! And also it's perfect for kids to make too! 

What will you need to make your own Christmas Bark? 

A few of the big bars of white chocolate (I used three 150g bars from Asda)

Some milk chocolate to drizzle over the top of your bark (I used a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk)

All the sweeties!! This is for your toppings and filling :) (I used Jelly Beans, Smarties and Mini Marshmallows). You can stick to sweets with a Christmassy colour theme if you want to!  

Candy canes (to crush up and sprinkle throughout).

Other things you'll need: a pan and a large glass bowl (to melt your chocolate over), wooden spoon, a baking tray and some grease-proof paper. 

How do you make your Christmas Bark? 

The first thing that you need to do is line your baking tray with a piece of grease-proof paper. This is one that your chocolate bark doesn't stick to your tray! 

Then, throw however many of your sweets that you want into the tray, to later pour your chocolate over & mix it, so that you have some sweets inside your bark too! 

Now, it's time to melt your white chocolate. You can use any other chocolate you wish; some people prefer to have a milk chocolate bark with white chocolate drizzled on top instead, for example :) Pour your boiling water into a pan (there is no need to add this pan to a heat source because your water is already boiling. Break up your chocolate into smaller pieces so that they are easier to melt, add them to the big glass bowl and put this on top of the pan of boiling water. The steam will cause the chocolate to slowly melt. 

♥  Keep occasionally staring your chocolate until it has all melted. There's a lot of chocolate to melt so it can take a while. Ngl I popped mine into the microwave to speed things up... 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between.

How To Make Christmas Bark

♥  Once all of your white chocolate has melted, you can pour it into your baking tray on top of the sweets you placed in there earlier. Stir them in a little before smoothing it all out with your spoon and then get to decorating!!

This is really fun part!! Drop your sweets all over your melted chocolate mixture to decorate it however you want! I crushed up my candy cane by popping it into a plastic sandwich bag and hitting it with a metal spoon until it was all crushed up and perfect for sprinkling over the top of your chocolate :) 

Just before you're ready to pop your chocolate into the fridge for 1-2 hours to set, I left mine for a lot longer just to be sure, it's time to melt your milk chocolate to drizzle over the top as a finishing touch. You can either do this with the boiling water again as you did with your white chocolate or as I did, pop it into the microwave. Then using a spoon, let the milk chocolate pouring over your mixture in the baking tray. 

Ta-da! After a few hours in the fridge, your bark will be set and ready to break! Your grease-proof paper will make it easy to remove your chocolate from the baking tray, then all I did was turn it upside down, put it back down into the baking tray and used the handle of a spatula to smash up my chocolate bark. You will be left with some scrumptious chunks of treat-filled chocolate to share with your loved ones this Christmas! 

Christmas Bark makes the perfect homemade gift to give to your friends and family on Christmas Day, especially since you can make it with their favourite sweets. You can pop a couple of pieces into a plastic bag, and seal it with a sparkly festive ribbon, or a gift-wrapping bow! You could even drop some of the left over sweeties into the bag with the Christmas bark :) I might gift some to my brothers this year! 

Overall, it was really fun to make this Christmas Bark and I am delighted with the outcome, even though to be honest I did want my bark to be much thinner than this, however I realised that we only had deep, square baking trays, oops!

I've eaten a piece and it's very yummy! Let me know if you make some for yourselves guys :) 

Thankyou for reading! 

Are you a fan of candy canes? If so, what flavour is your favourite? 
I love the traditional peppermint ones, but I've tried spearmint ones and they were amazing!

Looking for more festive recipes to try? Check out my previous Blogmas posts:
| Gingerbread Men | Strawberry Santas | Festive Shortbread


Monday, 11 December 2017

Countdown To Christmas Checklist | Blogmas #11

Hello everyone! Upon opening my chocolate advent calendar when I got out of bed today, I realised that tomorrow marks twelve days until Christmas, and as the '12 days of Christmas' song goes, that is traditionally the start of the countdown to the big day! This prompted me immediately get to writing a checklist of all of the things I have to get done over the next week or so, well straight after I'd made myself a cup of tea and opened up my order from Grindstore, containing mostly Christmas presents and a couple of goodies for myself, that is :) I spent a lot time in bed today, recovering from my night out at the weekend and also because I stayed up for a ridiculously long time watching the newly added Netflix series, Dark. This meant of course that there was little time to do any photography before the sun started to go down. And so I decided that I would share my checklist with you, since it might be as helpful for you guys as it is for me. There's really not long to go now until Christmas Day! Yay! 

I'm sure like me, most of you will have been preparing for Christmas from the start of December, if not even in late October/ early November. You'll probably already have done lots of the things on your own Christmas Time to-do-lists :) However, this is more of a things that definitely need to get done soon checklist! It's a personal reminder to me of what I need to do in the twelve days that we have left, so some of these activities may not apply to you if you're super organised. I wish I was! Anyhow, I hope you enjoy reading and that it's useful to you, even if just a little. 

12 Days of Christmas Checklist

1) Write your Christmas cards [  ]
2) Send out your Christmas mail (here's a link for the Royal Mail UK & International deadlines). [  ]
3) Buy stamps to post everything. Christmas edition stamps are out now too! [  ]
4) Go to a Christmas market, or if you can't then go check out the Christmas tree and/or light decorations in your local town centre, or explore somewhere near you that is super Christmassy. We all need some Christmas cheer in our lives! [  ]
5) Watch a Christmas movie, at least one each week leading up to the big day! [  ]
6) Get yourself a pair of new, super snug PJ's for relaxing in :) [  ]
7) Create a Christmas song playlist, or at least follow someone else's on Spotify (you can find mine here). [  ]
8) Have a good sing along to them!! This is an obligatory Christmas activity guys! [  ]
9) Drink a hot chocolate (or your favourite hot drink) with marshmallows, plus any other toppings you like. My go-to is Cadbury's hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, mini marshmallows and  a sprinkling of chocolate powder *nom nom* [  ]
10) If you haven't bought any presents for your loved ones yet, it's now time! Hurry before things sell out! [  ]
11) Also, get your wrapping paper, gift bags, tags and cellotape! Don't be stuck without any! [  ]
12) Do something for charity this Christmas, even if it's just putting a couple of quid into one of those charity money banks whenever you see them! There's lots of stuff you can do to give something to others this Christmas. Shopping centres usually have those donation boxes for you to add toys for children, supplies for animal rescues, and also items needed for food banks and shelters. [  ]
13) Burn a festive scented candle. My favourites are the sweet-smelling ones by Yankee Candle, in particular Snowflake Cookie & Candy Cane Lane. [  ]
14) If you haven't put up your decorations and/or tree yet, do it! I love the idea of putting the decorations up when the twelfth day arrives, but I'm not sure I'd be able to resist decking my home out with Christmassy things much sooner! [  ]
15) Make your own Christmas decoration (there is so much inspiration for this over on Pinterest). [  ]
16) If you are cooking your own Christmas Day dinner, it's a good idea to start stocking up on your food now, especially your turkey if you have the room to store it in your freezer as people start grabbing the best ones soon. We've got ours now! [  ]
17) Starting wrapping up those gifts, and popping them under your tree or giving them to your friends and family to put under their own. [  ]
18) Plan times and dates to meet up with your loved ones around Christmas so you can spend some time together and exchange gifts, etc. People are busy around this time of year so this is why it's good to make plans soon :) [  ]
19) Treat yourself to a festive snack, or several! (I have been taking advantage of all of the seasonal goodies for a few weeks now, haha!). [  ]
20) Do some festive baking, or making as there's plenty of recipes that don't require any cooking in the oven. Again, Pinterest is amazing for this! [  ]

I have actually put together a Pinterest board to give you all some inspiration and ideas for baking and for getting your DIY on this Christmas. I'll keep adding new pins to it everyday too :) If you make something that I've shared, please let me know, tag me in photos too, I really want to see your Christmas creativity!

So, that's my countdown to Christmas checklist :) Let me know in the comments if there's anything else that you think should be on this list, or anything else that you have on your own to-do list. I'd also really appreciate it if you could follow my Pinterest board too! I hope you all have a lovely rest of December, and a marvellous Christmas Day! 

Thankyou for reading!

What is your favourite thing to make or bake at Christmas Time? 


Sunday, 10 December 2017

My Christmas Wishlist | Blogmas #10

Hi lovelies! I hope you've all had a fabulous weekend. Yesterday, I went out on a night out with my friends for the first time in a while! I had a really good time and although alcohol really don't mix well with me, for once I didn't have as bad a hangover as I usually do, which was awesome! I very nearly didn't get a post up for you guys today, because I'm absolutely exhausted! But I was determined to get something up so for Blogmas Day 10, I'm sharing my Christmas wishlist with you all :) This was actually a pretty tough list to put together, as there's not much that I want right now that isn't only sold in America (not much chance of those arriving by Christmas!), and some things I'm lusting after at the moment have not even been released yet, like the TokiDoki Unicorno Series 6 figures! However, there are still some things that I would absolutely love to get for Christmas, and I hope that you enjoy reading about them!

1. The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Bedding If you know me well, you'll know that I am a complete fangirl when it comes to Daryl Dixon, and because of The Walking Dead I am now also obsessed with the actor behind the character, Norman Reedus. He's gorgeous and if you don't agree, then you're wrong :p haha! I would love anything TWD related for Christmas, but especially if it's Daryl Dixon merch. It breaks my heart that I won't ever be sharing a bed with Mr Dixon himself... so this bedding is the next best thing, right? XD

2. Pusheen The Cat With Doughnut Plush I have wanted a Pusheen plushie ever since I fell in love with this adorable chubby cat, however after receiving a mini plush of her in my Autumn Pusheen Box (you can see what else I got inside the box here), I now have a mighty need to get a bigger version. It was such great quality and super soft too. I love donuts so this is my favourite Pusheen plush, next to the Pusheenosaurus one! 

3. Black Sequin Christmas Robin Jumper I would love to get a new Christmas jumper to wear on Christmas Day and throughout the rest of December's festivities, and I really liked my last Christmas jumper from Yours Clothing. It was very cosy and pretty flattering as far as Christmas jumpers go, which is something that I find is usually not the case when it comes to plus size jumpers, so I was super happy about that! This robin jumper is cute and I like that it's black, because well, black is my favourite colour to wear :) 

4. Funko Mystery Mini Horror Classics Series 2 If you've been following me for a while now, you'll know that I am both a horror fan and a collector of Funko Mystery Mini figures. They come in blind boxes and I absolutely adore them! Back in October, I finally started collecting the Series 3 Horror Classics figures after wanting to for a long while, and I am now ready to start collecting the previous series of horror characters too. They are harder to source though, with some sellers charging ridiculous prices for shipping and even the blind boxes themselves :( It would be wonderful if I got one as a gift, any blind box that suited my interests would be a fabulous present for me! 

5. Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette I really really want my own Naked palette! I have wanted one for too long and am yet to buy one! They are all so pretty, and even thought the Smokey Naked palette is the one I have my heart set on the most, this one is on sale until Monday on the Debenhams website. I am very tempted to get myself another early Christmas present!

6. Ikea Moppe Mini Chest of Drawers I am in the process of decorating my bedroom, which is taking ALOT longer than I had hoped but nevermind, at least it's getting done! I would really like some mini drawers to store all of my little crafty bits and pieces, and my small charms and such, and I cannot seem to find a white set that has more than six drawers. Through watching some Youtube videos and reading around on Pinterest, I discovered that lots of people buy these plain Moppe drawers from Ikea then paint them whatever colour they want to suit their aesthetics and/or colour scheme. I would love to get some of these for my bedroom and paint them white to match all of my other new furniture, most of which is also from Ikea.

7. Baby Pink Origami Rabbit Lamp You may have seen me include other lamps of this style from House of Disaster on some of my previous wishlist posts, and that's because I absolutely love them! They have such an awesome design and the fact that they are animals just makes me want them all the more. I recently found out that that Thunder Egg Manchester sell a rabbit version, and I now have a mighty need! It would go perfectly in my new bedroom once it's all finished, and it's just so lovely. If someone bought me this for Christmas, I would be so over the moon!

8. Tofu Cute Christmas Lucky Bag Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a collaboration post with my awesome blogger friend Nat from over at There Might Be Coffee, and this past week, we each shared two Geeky Gift Guide posts, one for girls and one for guys. I'd really appreciate it if you guys would check out her posts on my blog, and head over to her blog to see my posts! Anyhow, whilst I was researching for my gift guides, I came across these fabulous Christmas editions of the Tofu Cute lucky bags. There are various sizes that you can get, and depending on the price you pay, you'll get a mix of however many Japanese or Korean snacks and also some kawaii plushies from the brand Amuse! You also get a really cute drawstring bag too! I neeeeeeed one of these bags for myself! I love surprises and I'm just so curious to see what you'd get for your money! :)

9. Sass & Belle Pastel Peekaboo Bunny I LOVE the products by the company Sass & Belle, especially their homeware ones! They are so cute yet very pretty and more grown-up looking. Not that I personally care if the items I usually go for are deemed as 'childish' but it's nice to see such cutesy items that make great gifts for everyone and also look lovely displayed in your home! Earlier this month, I ordered a Sass & Belle rug to go into my bedroom once it has gone through its makeover, and it made me wanna go have a nosey at any new products they might have (I ordered my rug from an animal rescue centre's store on eBay). I adored these little rabbit ornament as soon as I saw them! a) because I love pastel colours. b) because RABBITS!! c) because I love the whole 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' thing as it reminds me of one of my favourite horror movies by Wes Craven. And d) they are so flippin' sweet! They are sold individually, but I want all three!

It's not long until Christmas now at all! I can't believe how quickly the days seem to be flying by for me this month, and even though we are only 10 days in, I feel like it will be Christmas Day before we know it, or maybe that's just me! Once I've gathered the last few Christmas gifts for my friends & family, I might treat have to get myself some of these items to say Merry Crimbo to myself! You should all treat yourself to something this holiday too :) 

Thankyou for reading! 

What's going on your own letter to Santa Clause this year?


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Geek Guy Gift Ideas | Blogmas #9

On the ninth day of Christmas my blogger friend came to me, and asked me to write for her blog... Again! Haha legit can't believe I did that again, but whatever IT'S CHRISTMAS! If you read both of our collaboration posts on each other's blogs on Wednesday, then you'll know that we wrote part one of two posts with geeky Christmas gift guides. I wrote about girls (which you can read here) and Sarah wrote about guys (which you can read here), but today we're swapping so I'm writing my geeky guy gift guide for you all! 

Like I said on my geeky girl guide, I really hope you enjoy this gift guide from me. I really love doing gift guides so much, especially when I can help out fellow girls with gifts for their boyfriends, siblings, friends or even a Secret Santa idea! 

Like with my geeky girl gift guide, a lot of the gift ideas on here I feel are from the same shops online and I was worried about this, but as Sarah said to me, it's not a bad thing as people can order similar items from the same shop online and save on P&P! :D 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the geeky guy gift guide I've put together! 

Geek Guy Gift Guide - There Might Be Coffee Blog

Controller and Nintendo 64 Cartridge Soaps | From Firebox (Link 1 & Link 2)

When looking for gift ideas this was the first one I came across and after a lot of umming and ahhing over which of the two to add, I decided to add both as they're just all too good not to add! Not saying you guys need bars of soap and to be clean, but how awesome would it be to use these to wash your hands, or in the shower!? They're also citrus scented so it'll wake whoever uses it up in the mornings! If I had to buy my boyfriend Dane one I'd definitely opt for an Xbox One controller! These would make amazing Secret Santa gifts for men in the office, or even a sibling. 

Rick & Morty Pickle Rick Sweater | From Grindstore 

Know someone who is a fan of Rick & Morty? Then this sweater will be RIGHT up their alley! When the Pickle Rick episode came on, everyone went bat shit crazy for Pickle Rick and people still are to be fair. You can get this in a t-shirt too, but I thought the sweater would be more apt for these colder months in the UK. I thought about getting my boyfriend Dane this sweater for Christmas, but left it as he wasn't as crazy about Pickle Rick as I thought he was. :p This is definitely an easy gift for someone... providing they love and enjoy the show. ;) 

Star Wars Origami | From Firebox 

I doubt very much that all guys will be into origami, Star Wars, or even both! BUT I can only imagine that this would be  such a fun gift to receive Christmas Day, especially if they're a bit drunk and merry and want something fun to have a go at! I know I'd love to receive something like this! It looks huge as well so I imagine there are so many ideas to choose from! As well as getting the book you could also get some origami papers alongside it so they don't run out of paper to play and mould with. 

Deadpool Pyjamas | From EMP

EVERYONE loves getting pyjamas for Christmas and if you don't then you need to get the fuck out! :p I joke, but seriously who doesn't like getting pyjamas?? I found loads of awesome ones but the Deadpool ones just stood out to me, and to be honest I wish I had found these sooner as I would have bought them for my boyfriend Dane! They're simple and definitely a good present for moms to get their sons if they're stuck for ideas! 

Pokémon Gengar Snapback Cap | From Grindstore

I know not everyone likes snapbacks but I know quite a lot of people who are getting into the ''trend'' now and out of the few Pokémon ones I found, this was the best one! I have a Gengar sweater that I bought from Camden last Christmas and I love it! If you know that the guy you're buying for likes a particular Pokémon then go for it, but I just find the Gengar one to be more tasteful with the purple and charcoal grey. 

Stikbot Studio | From I Want One Of Those 

This is definitely the best gift idea on this post for so many reasons and for all ages and sexes! This is a little studio where you can make stop-start animation films on your mobile phone. You use the two little stickmen, and download the app on your phone and away you go. SIMPLE and you can definitely have a go on Christmas Day! This would be more fun for any aspiring film makers to have a play with, I know loads of friends who would love to own something like this and to be honest, I would too! 

Star Wars Light Up Chop Sticks | From Firebox

I love using chop sticks and as soon as I get the chance to use them I will. I bought my boyfriend Dane some Star Wars Darth Vader chop sticks quite a few Christmases ago now and to be honest, I use them more than he does! I nearly bought the light up ones for him and they're pretty funky! If you know a Star Wars fan who loves chop sticks, then get these for him; you can get many of the characters chop sticks to be honest, but at the moment on Firebox they only seem to be stocking Luke Skywalker (blue), Darth Vader (red) and Kylo Ren. 

Minecraft Plastic Creeper Face Mug | From GAME 

Like pyjamas, who doesn't love getting a mug for Christmas? This is an ideal present for a work Secret Santa! A girl in our office has asked for a mug for her present as she doesn't yet have her own, this is an example of why gifts like this are so good! I thought this mug was pretty different and it's a Minecraft Creeper, so you can't go wrong! This can also apply to all ages, although I'm pretty sure this is for a younger person... :p 

Crash Bandicoot Uka Uka Keyring | From GAME

Finally we have our last gift on the list and it's one that I think anyone of any age will appreciate, especially if they went mad for Crash Bandicoot back in the day and even when it was remade and released on the PS4 this year! This isn't Crash himself, but it is Uka Uka, who will enable you to feel just like Crash in your daily activities! :p

So that is my geeky guy Christmas gift guide and sadly my final post on Sarah's blog (for now anyway!!! :p)! 

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post, as well as my last one. Please make sure to check out my blog if you like geeky posts like this one as that is what I specialise in! 

As well as that, make sure not to forget to check out Sarah's geeky girl Christmas gift guide over on my blog today, as well as checking out the geek guy Christmas gift guide she wrote on Wednesday. 

A massive, MASSIVE thank you to Sarah again for agreeing to collaborate with me this Christmas! She's been one of the best people I've worked with to date and she's also one of my favourite bloggers, so I feel so special being able to write for her blog, as well as having her write for mine.

If you enjoyed our collaboration together then don't fret, we will definitely be doing this again very soon! We just enjoyed doing it that much. :p

Again, I hope my Christmas gift guides have helped you buy for the geeky people in your life and until me and Sarah collaborate again, take care and have a lovely weekend! 

You can check out Nat's fantastic blog over at There Might Be Coffee. Thankyou so much for working with me for these collaboration posts lovely! It's been wonderful and I can't wait until next time :) Also Thanks so much for your kind words, reading it made my day! You are one of my favourite bloggers too so I felt super happy when you asked me! Everyone go give Nat some love over on her Instagram too because it's great! 

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