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

Autumn/Winter Bucket List 2018

After the hottest summer on record, the weather is finally starting to take a slightly cooler turn – which I’m not too happy about as I love summer and hot weather. But in light of keeping positive and making the most of the colder months, I’ve complied some things that I can’t wait to do throughout autumn and winter (mainly to try and get me somewhat excited for the colder weather; incase you couldn’t tell, I’m not).

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  1. Ice Skating. I absolutely love ice skating and its the one thing that I wish I had picked up as a child. I’m so in awe of anyone who can figure skate, but unfortunately there isn’t an ice rink near me to even attempt to learn. So I just stick to going to the little pop up ice rinks in either Brighton or Leicester and spending most of the hour slot looking like Bambi on ice – it’s quite amusing to watch, I always have such a laugh when I go with my friends or family.
  2. Pumpkin carving. This is something that will forever remind me of being a child. I can’t say that I am the best at carving pumpkins because I’m slightly very cack handed. Although, that being said, I won the pumpkin carving competition between my flat mates last year; is that an acceptable achievement for the CV?
  3. Long walks. On the days that I’m not training, I still like to get out and get active normally by going for long walks, but I enjoy these all the more in winter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m much more of a summer lover, but when it comes to exercising in either 20 degree heat, or 8 degrees, I know which one I’d rather. I also love the colours around me during autumn, which is much more appreciated when I get myself out for walks.IMG_0077
  4. Christmas movies. I normally hate sitting down and watching movies, I get very easily distracted, that or either I fall asleep. But Christmas movies are my absolute fave and I cannot wait to snuggle up in my duvet with a hot chocolate and watch Christmas with the Kranks for the 74362648th time! Lowkey not even ashamed that I could probably recite that film word for word.
  5. Bonfire night. This is an odd one for me, because anyone who knows me will know that I am absolutely petrified of loud noises – like I won’t even be in the same room as a balloon, still cover my ears when sirens go past, that kind of scared. So I have never properly been to a fireworks display; you can guess that probably would be my worst nightmare. But when I attended truck festival a couple of months ago, The Courteeners finished their set with fireworks – with them being my favourite band I straight up refused to cover my ears and panic, and just embrace it. Therefore I’m absolutely buzzing to test my fear again and go to a firework display in November! IMG_0346
  6. Decorating. I have to be careful when it comes to decorating in my flat, because the rules of halls tend to be quite strict, but I am so excited to get some taky af tinsel, drape it all around the living room and kitchen while I have Mariah Cary on full blast and force the festivities onto my flatmates. I’m sure they’ll all love me.
  7. Christmas markets. I absolutely love Christmas time, and Christmas markets are some of my favourite things to go to. I went to one in Lincoln with my friends last year and it was so cute, I had the time of my life. But this year I want to try and go to some more, I’ve heard that the ones in Birmingham are always good, but if any of you have any suggestions about good Christmas markets, be sure to tell me! IMG_0593

I’m desperately trying to get myself somewhat excited for the colder months, but its proving a struggle, I’m just hoping this list of things will keep me going! What are you most excited about for autumn/winter?!

All my love,

Han xx