Christmas Haul 2013

Christmas and the new year has come and gone, and I am just about recovered.  As I mentioned before I’ve had a very busy Christmas this year and after I’d opened my gifts and had some family time I was soon whisking myself up north to Cumbria to visit my boyfriends’ family before traveling back to my boyfriends in Hertford, having a quick stop off in London before finally heading back home to Yorkshire.  This all meant I didn’t really get a chance to really look at all the loverly things people got my for Christmas.  So I thought now I am back I’d take photo’s of some of the things I got and share them with you so I can really appreciate how lucky I have been and remember it in later years.
Food and Drink

First off, edibles!  Surprisingly I only got a little bit of chocolate this year…..O.K that’s a lie, I had tons its just that this is all I have left!  I took a lot of it to my boyfriends with me in an attempt to get rid of most of it before the new year starts (other people do this too right?) and heres what I have left.  Honestly I got so much this year!  I also got some alcohol this year, no longer the bottles of vodka that I used to get but wine, so I must be growing up right?  The black bottle is a cocktail drink that looks and sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it (looks like the perfect partner for whitby goth weekend to be honest).  I did get a little vodka, but this was personalised fizzy pink vodka with gold flakes, so it’s defiantly sophisticated! (o.k maybe not…but apparently fizzy vodka does get you drunk very fast, I will have to perform a controller experiment at some point…)

Of course I got a lot of books!  This is pretty much all I put on my christmas list this year, so I was happy that I most of my lust!  As well as the novels I’d asked for I also got this beautiful copy of the complete Sherlock Holmes from my boyfriend (I know I’ve mentioned this before but I collect these editions and I will blog about them in the future, there so pretty!) and also some really cute hardback classics from my sister.  I’m not going to go into them too much as no doubt I will be doing a review of them at some point.  If you have read any of these I would love to know your thoughts.

I also got this amazing pop-up edition of Alice in Wonderland I have been eying up for a while.  Its so detailed with lots of little pull outs that I feel totally legitimate having this as an adult, no children are allowed near this book!  It is honestly stunning!

Bath and Beauty

I was lucky enough to get 2 lots of lush stuff this year, one bath bomb from my friend and another from my secret santa.  I also got a Cath Kidston travel bag, travel set and mirror from my boyfriends family which is great because I love Cath Kidston and I’m always traveling somewhere.  I also got this sweet smelling beautiology bath set, animal nail polish and amazing hello kitty make up box.  I currently have no make up table so this is perfect for finally getting my make up off the floor!

I also got this amazing Ted Baker bath set from my parents, perfect for when I need to relax and a nail stamping set and disney nail files from my boyfriends parents.  I’ve never seen a set like this before but it looks pretty strait forward so I am looking forward to testing it out soon!

FInally my dad also bought me some vouchers for our local beauticians that I will no doubt be spending on a massage after a stressful day at work!


The R2D2 dress I picked and my mum bought me for christmas, I’m looking forward to wearing this in the summer with some trainers when I’ve lost a bit of weight.  You have got to let your inner geek shine through!  I also got this stunning hearts and roses dress, I had this open in my bowser for so long that I finally put it on my christmas list and I am so glad i did.  Its really well made and looks great on, its 50s and subtly nautical, everything I love.  I also got this super comfortable Cheshire Cat onsie from my sister.  As you have probably guessed I love anything alice and this is so warm and fluffy too.

The accessories I received were also great.  Amazing sparkle socks (i love frilly socks), a long necklace from a friend and a rockabilly style broach, polka dot tights, hello kitty ear muffs and slippers.  All of which is super cute and very me!

Everything Else

I have such eclectic tastes that I got a crazy range of gifts.  I have to say I am very lucky and I really appreciate everything I received!  I got everything from a jigsaw roll ( I have a secret love for jigsaws) my little pony teddies, alice decorations, super hero stuff, a Starbucks gift card, tickets to see 2 of my favourite bands live (Funeral for a Friend and Faderhead), brave on DVD (my favourite disney princess!), Back to the Future lego and star wars risk.  I can’t wait to play!

I had a great Christmas this year, and not just in the obvious way but I saw everyone I love and it was one of the best christmases I’ve had as an adult.  How was your christmas? Did we get any of the same gifts?  I would love to know

Kariss xx



  1. Clur
    January 16, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Nice gifts! I seen the Star Wars dress online and I really want the deathstar one!
    So many books and all! If Gary and I ever sort out our computer room sorted I would love a massive Bookshelf with a collection of my favourites on hardback.

  2. January 18, 2014 / 12:37 am

    There's a new shop in Barnsley that sells geeky stuff and they d all the star wars dresses and there only about 20 each!

  3. clur
    January 21, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    Where abouts?

  4. January 29, 2014 / 10:11 am

    Go ask Alice is meant to be amazing. I vaguely remember reading my mums copy when I was younger, but it was old and battered and the last few pages were missing. This post has inspired me to try and find a copy and read it again.


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