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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! 


Friday, 8 December 2017

Festive Costa 2017 | Blogmas #8

Hey guys! You may have noticed on my Instagram story today, that I went to Costa! Apart from my trip to Liverpool on Wednesday to see Steps and Vengaboys, I haven't really been out of my house for a while and as much as I'd prefer to stay home most of the time, it was starting to bother me a little that I hadn't done much outside of blogging and spending my life watching TV shows and movies, so when I was going to sleep last night, I thought why not have a walk to the local Costa and treat myself and my mom to festive drink? So that's what I did this afternoon, headed out to get my first Christmas Costa drink to the year and I thought I'd share a little post about it for Blogmas Day 8. Last year, I reviewed two of their festive drinks (and mentioned what my mom thought of the ones she tried), which you can read about here if you want :) This year there's some new additions to their menu so I'm going to talk about one of those in my post today. Enjoy! 

Christmas Costa Drinks

I really enjoy trying out new hot drinks, because there are so many delicious varieties and I have a major sweet tooth! Costa always bring out such intriguing flavours at Christmastime and it's hard for me to resist trying at least one, after living on a university campus for three years that had a Costa onsite. I developed a need for caramel lattes in my life to get through studying, haha! And also a desire to collect the Christmas cups, which I've manage to stop myself  from doing this year, even though they are so pretty! I just have an excuse now to buy a drink of at least every size so I can take those obligatory coffee cup shots for social media instead :D 

So what's on the Christmas menu at Costa this year? There's a new Billionaire's range, including a hot chocolate, a latte and a latte frostino ice-drink thingie. All of them based on those 'millionaire's slice' desserts, you know the ones with the caramel and shortbread layers, topped with chocolate? They are one of my favourite desserts ever! There's a gingerbread latte as always, and if you have it with whipped cream they put the cutest little gingerbread man on top! I still have never tried a proper gingerbread latte and I really need to! There's also a Black Forest hot chocolate that can be topped with sour cherry sauce and special chocolate sprinkles, which you can also get as a frostino drink. I don't like Black Forest gateau though so I'm not going to try that one myself! If you're a fan or you've tried it, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments :) And lastly, there's a mint hot chocolate. 

Keep scrolling to find out which one I picked... 

Christmas Costa Drink

I love when I get hot drinks served in one of these tall glasses! It makes me feel so fancy and I don't know why because I've had them quite a few times now, but the novelty never seems to disappear for me! I'm just like wow! everytime I see my finished drink in one :) Is anyone else the same? Or am I the only one that still looks at things with a childlike wonder? So have you guessed what it is yet? ...

IT'S THE BILLIONAIRE'S HOT CHOCOLATE, of course! This was the latest Costa drink that I was so looking forward to trying because as I've mentioned I love the dessert and I love caramel lattes so it will be no surprise that another caramel flavour caught my attention! I really didn't like the salted caramel one that they had last year all that much, so I was ever so slightly apprehensive that I was going to spend my money on it and then not enjoy it! I was not left disappointed though so yayyy! 

Festive Costa Drink Billionaire's Hot Chocolate

Doesn't the chocolate snowflake look so pretty!? It almost makes me not wanna spoil it, but it doesn't take me to long to get tempted by the whipped cream because I absolutely adore the frothy mix that hot milk and melting whipped cream makes! *nom nom* Writing about this is just making me crave another hot chocolate now, haha. I thought that the Billionaire's hot chocolate overall was really nice. I've had a caramel hot chocolate in the past, one that you make up yourself at home, and it tasted very similar to that, but with a hint of a biscuity taste. It's hard to explain if you've never had a caramel or toffee hot chocolate before, but it was delicious and definitely a drink for people who like sweet things, because it really was sweet. Almost sickly sweet, but I'm not complaining about that. 

Something that was a little... not disappointing, I don't know if annoying is the right word either, but anyhow the hot chocolate was too strong and this seems to be a common thing with Costa hot chocolates. At least it is everytime me or my mom have bought one. I usually get a latte but even the smallest amount of coffee can irritate my IBS and because I'm going out tomorrow to spend time with my friends, I decided that I was going to avoid coffee, as such as I wanted that Billionaire's latte T_T  I don't usually get the hot chocolate options so it was a bit of a shame that it was so strong. I mean, you can always get more milk but due to my social anxiety, I usually just put up with things rather than going to ask for something.

Oh, and make sure that you give your hot chocolate a good stir because all of the caramel settles at the bottom of the glass/mug. It was still really yummy though and I would recommend it :) 

Christmas Costa Hot Chocolate

My mom just decided to get a standard latte today but she ever so kindly asked for it in a festive cup so that I could take a photograph! The perks of going anywhere with a blogger, haha :D I really like the cup design this year, it's very traditional festive style, especially with the nutcracker and the colour scheme. The nutcracker is definitely my favourite, but maybe I'll change my mind when I've seen them all in person. Do you guys have a favourite? You can check them out here on the Costa website. 

We both got the medium drink, which I'm glad about now since it was too strong and made me feel too full to function after drinking it. I was going to get a large but apparently they don't do them anymore? I don't know if that's just my local Costa because it's at a motorway services, or just regarding hot chocolates specifically, or whether this is a store-wide change... does anyone know? I usually always get myself a Millionaire's shortbread when I'm at Costa because they make such fantastic ones! However, since my drink was all about those flavours, I decided to try their brownie! It was so soft and yummy, its a 10/10 from me! 

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my little trip to Costa today and about my first Christmas Costa drink of the year :) Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite go-to for Christmas hot drinks each year? I've never tried any of the Starbucks ones so maybe I'll do that next!

Thankyou for reading! 

Which of the flavours I've mentioned today sounds most appealing to you?

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Another Year, Another Christmas Tag | Blogmas #7

Happy Thursday! It's definitely a happy day for me because I received some great news about something that's been really affecting my mental health lately :) Also yesterday, my friend & I went over to Liverpool to see Steps and Vengaboys at the Echo Arena. Liverpool is looking so pretty at the moment with all of it's Christmassy displays and lights. We even saw the Coca Cola truck!! Like how lucky that it happened to be there on the day that we went! We'd both never seen it before so it was certainly a lovely surprise. The gig was honestly amazing; the atmosphere in the arena was so cheerful and upbeat! It filled my head with so many glorious nostalgic memories, of school discos, friends birthday parties, jumping around on my parent's bed listening to all my favourite 90's hits whilst pretending that a hairbrush was a microphone! The show itself was just incredible, both bands were just as fantastic as I remember them, most of them not even looking like they'd aged much at all! Steps put on a spectacular performance... so many special effects and lighting & lots of outfit changes! I had a very sore throat (didn't stop us singing very loudly in the car on the drive back though, haha!) and achy body by the end of the gig, and after falling asleep at 3am, I didn't wake up today until past 1pm :D So, because photography didn't happen today and my preparation skills have been so bad lately, today's post is going to be a Christmas tag. I love answering tags though and I hope you all enjoy reading them. 

I took part in the Blogmas challenge when I first started blogging towards the end of 2015 and I shared a Christmas Tag post back then, but I've managed to find a different one for this year and now that I actually have some blogger friends, I can tag people! I'd love if you could go check out my old Blogmas posts though and give them some love :) 

Blogmas 2017 Christmas Tag

I found the Christmas tag that I'll be answering today over on a blog called Proper Sweetie's Beauty and you can find her post here. She states in her post that she originally found the tag on this YouTube video by Beautybaby44. The tag is called the Holly Jolly Holiday Tag, which I think sounds so cute! Keep scrolling to read my answers... 

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute?

I start getting little bits here & there for Christmas much earlier than Black Friday. I usually start around mid-late October/early November. I start to get really stressed that I'm not going to have everything sorted in time otherwise! 

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be?

Hmm.. this is a rough one! I think I'd most like to be in The Grinch movie. A) because it's one of my favourite Christmas movies, and B) because the Who's of Whoville are so excited about Christmas and they put so much effort into their festive celebrations. Plus I have always wanted to try some of that fudge that they feed to the Grinch at the Holiday Cheermeister event, haha!

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Definitely Christmas Day. We've never really had any specific Christmas Eve traditions in my family. I mean, when I was a child we did the whole leaving treats for Santa & his Reindeer thing, but nothing unique that we continue to do now.

4. When does your family (or you) put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?

We usually put our Christmas tree up during the first week of December. My mom, my sister and I all decorate it together :) This year, the theme is blue and silver. What's the theme of your decorations this year guys? 

5. White lights or coloured lights?

I prefer white lights on a tree (I feel like colourful lights might take all of the attention from the decorations), but I prefer colourful lights anywhere else :) Our Christmas tree lights are white this year. 

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?

I am a big fan of surprises and so I'm not even tempted to peek. My sister is the complete opposite and I always remember her trying to find her Christmas presents when we were younger, haha. She still doesn't like surprises now! Well, she doesn't know what I've gotten her for Christmas so mwahaha :D 

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's workshop?

Another tough question! I really like the fairytale, Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. It has made me love the idea of an actual gingerbread house nestled deep in a forest! (Even though the gingerbread house belonged to the mean old witch!). However, I think I'd choose Santa's workshop because it's so magical. And little wildlife nerd me could go animal watching in the North Pole for the rest of the year! 

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!

As I've mentioned, my family doesn't have a special traditions. I usually just watch a Christmas movie and eat festive snacks in bed :) Let me know in the comments how you all spend Christmas Eve :) I'd love to hear about any special traditions too! 

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?

I now have Sia's new song 'Under The Mistletoe' in my head again! *opens Spotify*

I'd love to kiss lots of different people under the mistletoe ;) but I'm gonna say Jason Momoa because he's gorgeous and such a lovely guy! I've never even actually seen mistletoe before, other than in movies. Have any of my lovely readers kissed someone under mistletoe before?

10. What tops your Christmas tree?

We usually have this adorable little angel doll tree-topper, with a sparkly dress and white woollen hair but I think my sister's girlfriend is borrowing it, and this year instead we have a big silver bell decoration until we get another. I want a star for the top of the tree :) 

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?

I think I can... I'm gonna have to sing it to myself for a minute to write down this answer haha! A partridge in a pea tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese-a-laying, seven swans-a-swimming, eight maids-a-milking?, nine lords-a-leaping, ten pipers piping?... Nope, I can't XD I could name them all when I was a child. I can name all of Santa's reindeer though so that's something (dasher, dancer, prancer, comet, cupid, donner, vixen, blitzen, and of course Rudolph). 

12. Have you ever gone Christmas carolling? 

I've never been carolling as in going to random people's doors and singing Christmas songs. But I'm pretty sure when I was very young, I went to our old next-door-neighbour's house with my sister and sang some songs to her. I was also a member of the little choir at my primary school and we went to a nursing home to sing for the elderly people there :) 

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days left? 

Not other than having a chocolate advent calendar (a Lindt one this year and it's scrumptious!) and using that as a countdown. Gonna have to count on that... there's 17 doors left so that's 17 days to go, haha!

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?

Christmas Day dinner for us always includes turkey, those little bacon-wrapped sausages, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and an array of vegetables. As for snacks, every year I get excited for when stores like Aldi start stocking their European Christmas treats, so I can get some proper German Lebkuchen biscuits. Oh my gosh, I love them! Especially the version with a thin layer of icing on and sprinkles :) My other favourite snack which isn't really a Christmas one but they always seen to bring out special festive packets in December are twiglets. Some people hate them.... are you a fan or a hater? So those, and a terry's chocolate orange. I am so hungry right now!

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?

Aww, I'm kind of sad that this is the final question! 

To be honest, I do struggle to keep the Christmas magic alive nowadays because depression likes to spoil all the nice things *insert eyeroll emojis here*. However, I am someone who still has a pretty child-like spirit.. in the way that I love fairytales and plushies and all sorts of other things that are deemed 'childish' to enjoy. I don't care, haha! I will be forever young at heart and those things are all still magical and fun to me... so Christmas is one of them! I am still fascinated by all the twinkling Christmas lights and pretty decorations and feel all the emotions when I'm watching Christmas movies or making new Christmas memories with my loved ones. Seeing the smiles on their faces upon opening their presents or just at this time of year in general is enough to keep it magical for me :) 

So, now it's time for some tagging! I would love anyone to do this tag so if you read it and like it, please do it yourself and let me know so I can have a read of your answers :) I'm gonna tag: Nat, Jess, Stacey, Estelle & Cate. I hope everyone is having a wonderful December so far! 

Thankyou for reading! 

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Also, what's your go-to festive snack? 


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Geek Girl Gift Ideas | Blogmas #6

On the sixth day of Christmas my blogger friend came to me, and asked to write for her blog! ...Oh man I can't believe I just did that! BUT WHATEVER it is really starting to look like Christmas and this year me and Sarah decided to write for each other and do gift guides! Today I'll be writing my gift guide for geeky girls and Sarah will have her geeky guide for guys over on my blog (which you can find here). 

I really hope you enjoy this gift guide from me, I love doing these kinds of posts around Christmas, especially when it's geek related! 

A lot of the gift ideas on here I feel are from a lot of 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 girl gift guide I've put together; there's so much stuff on this list that I would love myself! :p 

Geek Girl Gift Ideas - There Might Be Coffee Blog

My Neighbour Mug | From Firebox 

Everyone loves a good mug when it comes to Christmas and whilst I could have added all sorts of different mugs, this Totoro one just stood out to me the most! It'd be perfect for home or in the office and with the lid on top you could even make cup-a-soups and noodle soups inside of it. 

Harry Potter Hedwig Clutch With Charm | From Truffle Shuffle 

I saw this clutch and instantly thought about New Years and how this would make for a great bag to use for parties! I have a sequin clutch bag, as well as some geeky bags that I use on evenings out, my favourite being my Sailor Moon bag that my boyfriend Dane bought me from Hyper Japan years ago. 

Unicorn Snot Face and Body Glitter | From Firebox

Everyone loves a good unicorn themed product, especially these days! This could be more of a product for teenagers and students, especially before any New Years parties! This reminds me of the 90's and 00's when everyone would wear face and body glitter everywhere! These come in various different shades too, so if you have a lot of female Secret Santa gifts to buy, you could get one in every shade. 

Loungefly Pokémon Floral Wallet | From EMP 

Forget this list, I want this wallet myself! Recently EMP started stocking Loungefly wallets and bags and it's amazing! You have to have a good search around the website to find them as they aren't listed as Loungefly but if you know the brand well enough, you'll know when you've found an actual Loungefly item. Any Pokémon fan would love this wallet, I know it! My Loungefly Pokémon bag gets a lot of attention and it's amazing! 

Star Wars Darth Vader Tealight Candle Holder | From Truffle Shuffle

Who doesn't love to burn candles throughout the colder months and why not do it in Darth's helmet? Not only could you grab the tealight candle holder for someone, but you could also buy them some scented candles to burn in it too! This would make a great Secret Santa gift for someone who loves Star Wars. 

Unicorn Tears Black Gin Liqueur Miniature | From Firebox 

We all know someone who loves gin and who also probably loves unicorns too. I wish I loved gin so I could buy this for myself! This is a miniature bottle, so great as a stocking filler. It's black gin and it looks amazing! I don't quite get why this one is unicorn tears, the usual unicorn tears gin from Firebox is pink with shimmer... Either way this looks amazing and would especially be great for a past goth or emo kid. :p 

Star Wars BB-8 Ice Mould | From I Want One Of Those

I feel like this gift would be amazing to use over the Christmas period, especially Christmas Day evening and Boxing Day. You could pop this into any spirit over ice as well as maybe pop it into a cocktail! With the next Star Wars movie coming out next week, this is definitely an apt time to buy some BB-8 themed gifts too before all the Porg stuff comes out! 

Pusheen Cookie Jar | From Truffle Shuffle 

I can't say I know any geek or nerd alike who doesn't like Pusheen. Pusheen is adorable and I've loved her for years so I've been so happy to see more and more Pusheen merch come over to the UK! This is actually something I wanted for my own kitchen but 1. It wouldn't go with anything and 2. It would be an excuse to buy biscuits and cookies and I don't really need or want to do that! :p This is adorable though and if you did happen to buy it, it would make it even more special to either pop some little gifts inside, or even just a pack of really fancy biscuits, or the receiver's favourite ones. 

Pop Vinyl Rick & Morty Snowball Figure | From EMP 

I know everyone is mad for Rick & Morty, including my boyfriend Dane to be honest. I was scrolling through Pop Vinyl figures to see which one I could possibly add to this list and I came across Snowball. Oh he is super adorable and even though I'm not the biggest Pop Vinyl fan I do have a little soft spot for him! The episode of Rick & Morty that Snowball was in is my favourite so I'd want him to keep by our desk. Any Pop Vinyl would be the perfect gift for anyone this Christmas!

Harry Potter Dobby Plush Figure | From EMP

Finally we have a cute little Dobby plushie! I scrolled past him at one point and had to go back as he looked too adorable not to add to this list! I know it's a very childish gift but whatever, we can all be kids at heart, especially at Christmas! This would make a nice gift for someone who likes to collect Harry Potter items, or even for someone to pop in their car to geek it up a bit! I have a John West bear in mine that someone won at my old job and gave to me! 

So, those were my 10 picks for Christmas gift ideas for geeky girls! This can range from all ages as well, it doesn't just have to be for adults due to the alcohol or not just for kids due to the plushie. Of course, don't buy alcohol for anyone underage!

I hope you enjoyed my picks, are there any gifts that you particularly like the look of for someone else, or even yourself? Let both me and Sarah know in the comments or over on my Twitter or Sarah's

This is only the first out of two posts, so please make sure to keep your eyes peeled on Saturday for the geeky guy guide next!

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