Sunday, 3 December 2017

Holiday Gift | What I Would Buy If I Was Buying A Gift For Myself

Christmas is not a festive celebration that my family and I celebrate but it is a day of celebration and a national holiday in Malaysia where I used to live before moving to London, which is my home now. If you don't already know, Malaysia is a multiracial country and its nationals celebrate every festivity that takes place throughout the year, be it Chinese New Year, Eid, Diwali, or Christmas, to name a few. 

Since living in London and fast forward to the present, Christmas has become a big part of my life. I mean, how can it not be? It's simply impossible to not get sucked and roped into all the festivities and holiday spirits that can start as early as September with the launching of Christmas shops in Selfridges, Harrods, and Liberty followed by the switching on of Christmas lights on Oxford and Regent  Streets in November. The festivity feeling fully peaked in December as my calendar gets filled with Christmas party invites, drinks with friends, office Christmas lunches and secret Santa gift exchange at work. Although I may not have many gifts to buy, I do get a small number of gifts as a token of appreciation especially for those who are in my support system.  

While it is nice to know that I don't have to sharpen my elbow wresting the crowd or cracking my head when it comes to gift shopping, it doesn't mean that I don't have a Wish List myself. So today, I thought I would share some of the items that have caught my eyes and if I were to buy a gift for myself, I'd start with this list. 

If you had read this post you would know that Christmas Gift Set is one of the things that I look forward to as soon as Autumn arrives. I just love them and I genuinely think that they are of good value, compared to if you were to buy the item individually. Similar to last year, this year Bobbi Brown is killing it again. There are a plethora of gift set to choose from but the one that caught my eyes is the Bobbi Brown Sparkle All Night eyes and cheeks palette which is exclusive to Selfridges. At £150 (update: now reduced to £95), I must admit is a lot of money to spend on a makeup item, but it is beautiful. If you think the packaging is insane, wait until you see its content. Perfect for those who travel often - there are 12 eyeshadows that can take you from day to night, 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. 

Every year, Dyptique releases a range of Limited Edition Christmas Candles. They often come in a set of three and they are also available individually. The set this year comprises of Frosted Forest, Fiery Orange and Incense Tears. They all come in a weighted ceramic-like black pot with gold design on the outside. Fiery Orange is my favourite, not only because of the warm wintry smell of orange peel mixed with smoked wood and crackling cloves but also it has gold dragon design on it. Totally perfect for me who was born in the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Calendar. 

I don't normally spend time in the Technology section when I think of Christmas gift shopping. But since May this year, I have been wanting to jump onto the noise cancelling headphones bandwagon. Having said that I simply can't justify spending £300+ for a pair of headphones. But during the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday event, I spotted these Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones which have been significantly reduced. Granted that they have released the wireless version, but I really don't mind not getting the latest of the latest if the price of the version before is more pocket-friendly. 

That's about it. You probably think that this is a very short list. I have intentionally done so as I didn't want to simply add things to the list for the sake of it. I wanted to create a list that truly reflects the items that caught my eyes, and that made me think that 'Ooohh it would be lovely to have this'. 

What about you? Have you created your own Christmas Gift Wish List? 

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