Not gunna lie, getting presents at Christmas is one of my favourite bits. Well, apart from being with family and devouring as much of the turkey as possible. I don’t think there’s been a year where I’ve not got a present I didn’t want. You know those questionable gifts from Aunt Nora you see once a decade who feels the need to send you a pair of hideous socks or a hanky. Well, I’m a naturally fussy person. When it comes to presents my family know to ask me for a list, even down to the little things. I get a few surprises obviously, but mainly I’ll write a list and hope my family stick to the guidelines and buy the things on it!
At the bottom of my list for the last few years I’ve written a ‘Do Not Buy Me…’ list. I thought it would be interesting to share what’s on it and see if you guys feel the same! As I type this I feel like I sound very #FirstWorldProblems and I know I’m lucky to get anything for Christmas, but I’d rather go without than get given a Miss Sporty gift set.
I have nothing against the stuff but a) I’m dairy intolerant, and b) there’s enough floating around in family tubs that I dip into too often without me needing my own stash of selection boxes and chocolate brazil nuts.
As a beauty blogger addicted to buying and hoarding products, the last thing I need is more toiletries. I have very specific preferences to what I use and if you think buying me a shower gel is helpful, it’s really not. I have 10 Soap and Glory shower gels stashed in my Ikea Alex drawers from the time I went cray-cray on S&G gift sets. I wish I was exaggerating. I’ve only got through 1 this year, they last me that long. I’m set until I hit my 30’s.
Again, I like to choose. I have brands I don’t particularly like and I won’t buy certain nail varnishes because of the packaging – I like my collections to match…
When it comes to Clothes I am the fussiest mother-fudger in the world. I once screamed the house down because my school uniform had buttons. I refused to wear dresses until I was in my teens. I hated the frilly bits on socks. I never wore pink – it was too girly. You get the gist, clothes shopping with me as a kid was a nightmare. Sorry Mum! I like to choose my own clothes. I hate the idea of someone picking something out for me. Clothing is a very personal thing to me and while it’s good to have some input from others, I need to be fully happy with what I wear. Don’t waste your time buying something that chances are, I’ll return on Boxing Day.
I get that some Novelty Presents are a good laugh, but essentially they end up at the charity shop by the middle of January. I hate clutter so annoying little novelty presents piss me off. Unless it’s bloody hilarious, I’d rather you wrap up a £2 coin.
Are there any presents you dread getting?
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