Stocking Filler Gift Ideas

It’s not really Christmas unless you have your stockings awaiting for you on the mantle piece on Christmas morning! It’s always been a bit of a tradition in the Armstrong household. I have 2 younger brothers, and I remember as children, my parents would leave the stockings on our doors. My brothers and I would then all sit in one of our rooms and open them – as we’ve grown older they are now left down stairs to open with the family, but I still get just as excited for them!

In all honestly when I think of stockings, I associate them all being full of chocolates and little nick knacks, however as I have got older they’ve been filled with more ‘useful‘ gifts.

I’ve so far seen a lot of sticking filler gift guides full of expensive gifts, and that’s not what I associate stockings with. So I wanted to create a more realistic and much more affordable Stocking Filler Gift Guide! 

One Line A Day Diary – This is possibly one of my favourite stocking fillers. If you’re like me and like to keep track of what you get up to day to day this is the perfect gift for you. It basically does what it says on the tin – it’s a 5 year diary, that allows you to write one line per day. I received one last year and I can’t wait to continue writing in it over the next few years then look back on it at the end!

Bobble Hats – Especially in this weather, it’s an essential! I never really jumped on the hype of bobble hats when they first started cropping up in the shops again, you know the ones with the massive bobbles. That was until I invested in one myself, perfect for the colder weather and a brilliant stocking filler.

Reed Diffuser/Scented Tea Lights – When I moved out one of the things I found really made my flat feel more homely was making it smell like home. So I filled it with reed diffusers (I’m not allowed candles) that reminded me of home. They’re super cheap – Yankee Candle do some lovely stocking filler gift sets at this time of year!

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Underwear – My Mum is always in charge of stockings, and every year I can expect her to chuck in some nice underwear for me. I’m not sure if this is a bit of a weird one, but I’m always guaranteed to get socks and knickers in my stocking!

Earrings – I’m not talking Tifannys, think more Lovosa 5 for £12. I’m a sucker for a nice set of tassel earrings, and they are great for stockings for her. Highstreet stores like Topshop and NewLook also have some really beautiful statement earrings!

Sweets – Like I said before, you say stockings, I think sweets. I’m 19 and I still get sweets in my stocking, it’s a given really. I’m a sucker for white chocolate, so giant white buttons normally always make an appearance in my stocking!

Mini Beauty Gift SetsBoot’s 3 for 2 is the perfect deal for mini stocking fillers, they tend to have a lot of gifts that are mini versions of things that may be more expensive. Soap and Glory Mini Sets and the Ted Baker Mini Sets are my personal 2 favourites!

Mugs – Again, much like the sweets, mugs are an easy and typical stocking filler. Another gift that you cant really go wrong with!

Stockings are a tradition that I love and one that I will definitely keep up one day when I have my own family!

What are your top stocking fillers?

All my love,

Han xx

 

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

It’s got to that time of year where gift guides for him, for her, for the neighbours,  for the post man and for Sally from HR are cropping up left, right and centre. Literally my timeline is full of them, but I’m not mad about it because I bloomin love them. If ever I’m stuck on gift ideas, I can guarantee one of my blogger pals will have a post to sort me right out. I keep saying this, but I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has rolled round again this year, it feels like only last week I was writing my 2017 version of this!

I hope this is a useful post for anyone struggling with gift ideas for her this year – females are hard to shop for, but we’re no where near as hard to shop for as men!

Beauty: 

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Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette: This is my all time favourite palette, but the UD Naked collection has a palette tailored to pretty much anyone and everyones make up style. The Naked 3 has a beautiful array of natural pinks and browns, perfect for those who take a slightly more subtle approach to make up.

Alien Perfume: I’m super picky when it comes to perfume, which meant that when it came to writing this post I pretty much only had one that without fail would make it onto the gift guide and that is Alien by MUGLER. This is hands down my favourite scent ever, alongside this if you’re looking for a slightly more upper market perfume, of course, I would recommend the Paco Rabanne Lady Million, a classic!

Body Shop Gift Sets: Which woman doesn’t love a good bath and body gift set. Body Shop is always my go to for beauty gift sets, they always have such a wide selection, in a huge range of prices to suit everyones budget. The Body Shop never fail to disappoint on scent either, I’ve been loving the new festive Peppermint scent, it’s giving me all of the festive vibes!

Liz Earl Gift Set: Again much like the Body Shop, I don’t know who wouldn’t want to wake up to this gift set on Christmas morning. Liz Earl, again has a wide array of gift set selections, slightly more pricy, but well worth it. The products are absolutely fantastic, and last such a long time!

Real Techniques Make Up Brushes: I’m one of those girls that really doesn’t wear that much make up at all, however this doesn’t stop me from wanting to have pretty make up brushes. There are so many out there, I went with the typical Real Techniques Metallic Collection here, however, places like Spectrum also have some beautiful brush sets that would make wonderful gifts this Christmas!

Fashion & Accessories: 

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Daniel Wellington Watch: Daniel Wellington is hands down my favourite watch company and I can assure you anyone who opens one of these on Christmas Day will be very happy. They have a beautiful selection of watches, ranging from very minimal designs to something a bit more glamorous. There really is a design for everyone here!

Tiffany Earrings: A very typical girly gift, nonetheless a gift that is very special. Tiffany always have beautiful pieces of jewellery anyway, their basic heart earrings are some of my favourites from their original range and would make a perfect gift for that special someone!

Louis Vuitton Handbag: If you’re shopping for someone who is a bit of a handbag whore like myself, I can guarantee this is the gift for them. A bag that literally will go with anything and everything, also something that they probably won’t be taking off for a long time!

Victoria Secret Pyjamas: Alongside Anne Summers, Victoria Secret is the perfect place to get some slightly more ‘nicer‘ pyjamas, and lets face it you cant go wrong with pyjamas as gifts, can you?! My personal favourites would have to be the classic pink and white long-sleeved pyjama set. I also love the black satin dressing gown, although when it comes to dressing gowns I’m all about the warmth, and I don’t think this would keep me warm, however good I look in it!

Candles: This doesn’t class as fashion or beauty so I’ll just add it to the end of my gift guide. Much like the pyjamas you can’t go wrong with candles, Yankee Candles always have lovely gift sets and deals around this time of year, and with hundreds of scents theres something to suit everyones taste!

I’ve really enjoyed writing this post and I hope it has given you all some ideas if you needed them! I get so excited when it comes to shopping for other people around this time of year! I think you can definitely expect to see some more of these gift guide type posts from me throughout Blogmas!

All my love,

Han xx

Christmas Wishlist 2018

I mean it wouldn’t really be Blogmas if I didn’t have the traditional Christmas wish list post thrown in here! I feel like everyone says this to sound like a good person, but I’m genuinely one of those people that prefers giving other people gifts rather than receiving them. I get so excited wrapping them all up, and watching their reaction when they open it, especially when I’ve put a lot of thought into their gifts!

However, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few bits and bobs I’m hoping for Santa to bring me this year! In all honesty, a lot of the bits on my Wishlist are clothes, but being a fashion student, I think thats allowed..right? Also, most of it is from PLT, sponsor me pls xx

Anyway, I’ve broken it up into shop categories as that was just the easiest way around it. Like I mentioned most of the stuff that I was after is from PLT, so we’ll start with them!

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As you can see, I’m still all over that leopard print trend, however the culottes are a bit out of my comfort zone and maybe I’m just kidding myself thinking I’m cool enough to pull them off?? Also can we just talk about how bloomin’ dreamy that pink trucker jacket is, it’s giving me all the Barbie vibes – can you imagine the outfits with this! A slightly random add on their too is the Paris slogan tee. In all honestly I never really jumped onto the slogan tee trend, but when I saw this I thought it would be perfect to take with me on my trip to Paris next year! Yes, yes I am already outfit planning for a trip I’m going on next February, sorry not sorry.

Leopard Culottes: https://www.prettylittlething.com/tan-satin-leopard-print-culotte-trouser.html

Red Satin Shirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/red-satin-button-front-shirt.html

Pink Trucker Jacket: https://www.prettylittlething.com/pink-cropped-cord-oversized-trucker-jacket.html

Monochrome Stripe Skirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/monochrome-stripe-denim-skirt.html

Paris Slogan Tee: https://www.prettylittlething.com/white-paris-slogan-t-shirt.html

Leopard Print Satin Shirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/brown-satin-leopard-shirt.html

Moving onto River Island, which we all know is my favourite high street brand ever – I just don’t often have the budget to treat myself to the bits in there! However, it’s become a bit of a tradition for me to ask for a nice coat at Christmas, so of course this year was no different. Shock, it’s red. I’ve been loving the fleecy/teddy bear looking coats that everyone and their Grandma seems to be wearing at the moment, so when I saw this I just had to add it to my Wishlist! Alongside this, I’ve said it before in blog posts, and I’ll say it again, River Island are the best, and I mean the best for boots. I’ve been after a pair of nice white boots for the longest time now, however I’m incredibly picky, which as a result, I was yet to find a pair I really loved. That is until, I stumbled across these beauties, which again IMAGINE HOW COOL THEY WILL LOOK!!

 

Red Teddy Bear Coat: https://www.riverisland.com/p/red-shearling-faux-fur-cropped-jacket-718538

White Boots: https://www.riverisland.com/p/white-pointed-block-heel-boots-721059

Lastly, I treated myself to a FitBit watch at the start of the year, and being a competitive runner, it has been one of the best investments – it also never leaves my wrist. FitBits actually have interchangeable straps; as much as I love my dusty pink strap it definitely  has seen better days, so I have added a few straps onto my Wishlist also. I particularly like the Rose Gold strap because as much as I love my FitBit, occasionally I do miss having a bit more of a glitzy watch on my wrist (I used to wear my Daniel Wellington religiously before this). When I found out that you could get straps that were a bit more girly and flash, I got very excited to say the least!

Rose Gold Strap:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fitbit-BeneStellar-Milanese-Stainless-Replacement/dp/B072PJPYTG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1543058608&sr=8-5&keywords=Fitbit+alta+hr+straps 

Grey Strap: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SnowCinda-Silicone-Adjustable-Accessory-Replacement/dp/B072BJQWZR/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543058608&sr=8-4&keywords=Fitbit%2Balta%2Bhr%2Bstraps&th=1

So that concludes my Christmas Wishlist this year, admittedly there isn’t anything too exciting on there, but they are bits that I have had my eye on for a while!

What have you asked for this year?!

All my love,

Han xx