By now, I think it’s well established that I love sweet treats and I love cute things. So, it won’t be a surprise to know I love browsing cute Christmas cupcakes on Pinterest.
Lots of people love using baking to get into the Christmas spirit. I imagine my attempts would probably be like something from Nailed It on Netflix, but here are some I’d love to recreate if I had the talent, time or patience! In the meantime, I’m happy to stick to just eating them.
If you plan on baking with little ones this year, these could be a great option to try as they are relatively easy to decorate. Though you may battle with your conscious when it comes to eating them because they’re very cute, I bet they’d taste delicious!
Under normal circumstances, I’d have a little whinge about the fact these are not green Christmas trees. However, they are made of chocolate, so that balances things out. Not just any chocolate, either – Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s peanut butter cups. I’ll take 24.
When it comes to Christmas tree decorations, I mostly opt for traditional colours. Red and gold is my favourite combination. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m one of those people who is fussy about their tree and has to get it just right. But, I think it’s important to add a bit of character to it with some more fun and unusual decorations! At a guess, I’m 80% normal baubles and 20% fun stuff.
Even though I normally decorate on the 1st of December, I’m behind this year, and yet to pluck up the courage to face the shed (it’s full of spiders!) So, I’m using some pictures from last year to show off my favourites.
Gum Ball Machine
This is an in joke between myself and Neal. In the not-so-distant past, he put a load of gum balls in his mouth to attempt to make the biggest bubble he could. He did well, right up until it popped all over his face – including his glasses. It was hilarious, even more so given the fact he’s over 30 years old. That is, until we discovered he’d ruined his glasses and had to invest in some new ones. The thought of the whole situation amuses me, so I bought this as a reminder. I don’t think Neal was overly impressed by having to look at it throughout December and be reminded of his embarrassing moment, though.
Hot Air Balloon
I bought a pair of these, simply because I love hot air balloons and they were too pretty to resist!
The only flaw with these two decorations is their length makes them a bit tricky to place. It’s a minor inconvenience in comparison to how much I like them!
I think I picked this one up in The Range, and it looks more expensive than it was. Robins are my favourite birds, and I think this little chap is lovely.
Mini with Christmas Tree
You know when you see something and it’s “so you”? This was one of those moments.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved these cars. The only reason I’ve ever been tempted to drive is at the thought of getting a yellow mini. Sadly, this wasn’t available in yellow, so I accepted the red. It feels like a glimpse into my potential future.
2017 was our first Christmas in our own flat. I never miss an opportunity to celebrate a milestone, so I purchased a personalised decoration for the occasion. It even includes Juno. The only thing missing is our glasses. I was tempted to draw them on, but I was worried it would ruin it!
Not content with her featuring on the aforementioned decoration, I gave her one of her own. She’s never really been one to bother much with the tree, so it seemed only fair to reward her by giving her a space to herself. The glittery frame was £1 from Flying Tiger and, of course, I have plenty of pictures of her to take the spot! It’s peak crazy cat lady, and I’m okay with that.
Lego Christmas Train
To complete the look, we have a Lego Christmas train around the bottom of the tree. We haven’t bought the motor for it so, if we want it to move, we have to push it around ourselves. It looks charming enough as is, though, and was a lot of fun to build.
We usually add candy canes and Christmas crackers, too, and then I admire my handiwork right up until the tree comes down again in January.
When the colder months roll around, you may find yourself struggling for fun things to do. I’ve put together my favourite December date ideas so you can make the most of this magical time of year! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started dating, or have a few years behind you, you should be able to squeeze these in.
Oh, and if you’re not coupled up, there’s no reason why you can’t own singledom and do these by yourself, or with your best friends.
1. Have hot chocolate.
You actually have three options with this one! Firstly, you can find a cosy café and spend some time there. Alternatively, you could grab your hot chocolate to go, and head for a winter walk. Just make sure you remember your hat, scarf and gloves! Finally, you can purchase the ingredients and rustle one up at home. Whatever you prefer!
Neal and I usually opt for the second one. We get our hot chocolate from the local coffee shop, and stroll through the park. It’s usually more peaceful than the coffee shops, and has the added bonus of dogs running around.
2. Go on a Christmas lights tour of your town.
This is my favourite. All you do is wrap up warm, head out the door, and walk wherever your feet take you. It can be as short or as long a walk as you like. As you walk, pay attention to the decorations around you, both in the streets and in homes. Point out the ones which catch your eye. It doesn’t cost a penny, but it’s a great way to have some quality time together.
The best time to do this is usually the last week before Christmas, as it’s when most people will have their decorations up.
3. Go ice skating.
If you’re lucky, your town may have an outdoor ice rink set up for this time of year. This would be my recommended option. If not, check out where the nearest indoor ice rink is and head there. This is a particularly entertaining activity if you’re both amateurs at the sport. Giggle at each other as you wobble your way around the rink. Hold each other up – just be careful you don’t end up in a heap on the floor!
I’m yet to persuade Neal to do this one. I don’t think he trusts me not to let him fall…
4. Visit the Christmas markets.
The huts, the atmosphere, the fairy lights… there’s something very charming about them. Hand in hand, explore what the merchants have to offer. No need to buy anything if you don’t want to, but you might just find something that takes your fancy! To get the full experience, why not sample some of the food from one of the various vendors? The Christmas markets sometimes come complete with rides or other activities, so you can make it a full event.
Cities like London, Edinburgh and Manchester will offer the largest markets, but your town may have their own smaller version.
5. Head to your local garden centre.
I love garden centres in December! Not only do they often have real Christmas trees filling the air with their wonderful scent, but they have some unusual decorations, too. Have a stroll around, and maybe get a new decoration for the tree to remember the occasion!
Bear in mind, a lot of garden centres are a little bit out of the way, so this may be best if one of you can drive, or if it’s on a bus route. In case this isn’t an option, perhaps try late night shopping instead? Though they lack the signature Christmas tree scent, there will still be plenty of opportunities to eye up Christmas decorations. The evenings are usually quieter and can be just as fun.
6. Have a movie night.
Load up Netflix, grab the blankets and buy some snacks, then cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy! Go traditional and watch what you know and love, or dive into previously unexplored territory with something new. It’s also worth checking the cinema listings, as they sometimes show festive favourites throughout December.
7. Take cheesy Christmas photos.
It’s time to dig out the Christmas jumpers and practice those poses! Have fun with it. If you want to go a little step further, pick up some props – you can find them relatively cheap online, or in places like the pound shop. Splash them over social media, or keep them for yourselves, but you’ll have a memory to look back on time and time again.
The selection of Christmas jumpers seems to get better and better every year. My favourite place to look is Primark, but seen as though you can’t shop online with them, I’ve had a nosy around the internet to find some others!
The detailing – such as the beaded holly berries – is what attracted me to this one. If I’m honest, it wouldn’t be a usual pick for me. Be that as it may be, it’s a good example of how less is more sometimes.
Mental health gifts seem to be gaining traction. From books to affirmation cards to self care kits, there are more and more items appearing which raise awareness of the importance of mental health, and encourage us to look after our brilliant brains.
Here are some of my favourites.
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This price is for the paperback version, but it’s available in other formats. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It explores the way mental illness affects an individual, while also bringing some positivity to the situation.
I reviewed this earlier in the year, if you want an in depth look at what it offers. I still haven’t planted my succulent seeds, but everything else has been put to good use! For me, this is one of my favourite items out there. It’s absolutely adorable, a small donation goes to charity and it was created by the wonderful Cara.
This can be started any day of the year, but it would be a lovely way to encourage someone to commit more time to themselves as the New Year approaches. With space to check in with your own thoughts, and check out from the rest of the world, it’s perfect to kickstart some self care habits.
Personally, I think colouring is a great and calming exercise. It’s a nice way to take a breather from the stresses of everyday life and clear your mind. This set comes with 2 colouring books and some pencils.
I discovered Poppy Lane through Instagram, and I adore how colourful their products are! I’m particularly fond of this mug because it’s always good to have a reminder on hand that the bad stuff won’t last forever. Probably helps that it’s yellow as well.
This design is available as a keyring, sticker, print or card, too!
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There are lots of potential gifts for cat lovers to be found on Etsy! Luckily for you, I already had them bookmarked to pull them into this handy gift guide.
Christmas is a good opportunity to support small businesses and independent retailers, and I wanted to encourage people to do that. So, it’s a fun way to combine the two. Plus, I had so much fun making my post about cute Halloween items that I kind of wanted to do it again.
Take it from a crazy cat lady, any fellow cat lover would be delighted with all or any of these. So, take your pick and know you’ve nailed their gift this year.
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This is available for most iPhone models so, as long as your recipient isn’t upgrading to the very latest tech, this one is a safe bet. Just make sure you know what type of iPhone they have to avoid any disappointment!
What’s really cool about these is that you can contact the seller and they will attempt to make it look as close to a pet as possible! Failing that, go for the cat in the bow tie. It’s pretty adorable.
Look at all the bright colours! Oh, my heart is so happy.
Anyway, the best way to liven up a work space is with a pop of colour. This combines that characteristic with practicality, so it’s a win-win. With 52 sheets to span every week of the year, there will be plenty of note taking and list making here!
Yes, I’m sneaking my own product in here because I have no shame and saying it will make life easier is perhaps a bit of a stretch… However, bloggers rely on fuel to keep us going. Tea, coffee, you know how it goes. We may as well drink it from a mug which boasts about our hobby of choice, right?
The design is printed on either side, so it doesn’t matter which hand it’s held in, it can still be shown off. And, I mean, look at that computer’s happy little face – how can you resist?
The balance between tips, advice and reassurance in this book is spot on. Having read this a few months ago, it really helped to reconnect me to the reasons I love blogging. We all have days when we need a nudge to keep pursuing our passion, and this is what Aby offers here. She is encouraging, insightful and honest.
Having reviewed one of the stationery boxes earlier in the year, I’m a big fan of Under The Rowan Trees. It would be easy to craft this post based on their products alone, but I managed to select just the one.
This folder is a great idea to take some of the stress away from blogging on the go! With space for a pen, a notebook and any random bits of paper which have been doodled on (we all do it), it’s a smart way for bloggers to get organised. Or, at the very least, have all of their notes in one place.
To nail those selfies, of course! There are fancier pieces of equipment which can be found with a quick search on Amazon if you want to splash the cash, but I imagine this would suit most people. It has varying levels of light, and a mirror so poses can be perfected. This would be particularly good for the beauty bloggers amongst us!
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