For the second instalment of my Holiday Gift Guides, I'm exploring the other side of my personality that is not a food lover; I'm a total bookworm and I'm sure that all of you have at least one friend who is too so this is a little collection of things I think they might enjoy! There is so much on this particular list that I actually own or I have tried and loved, so this list more than usual comes with my seal of approval, not just from having seen awesome things online. You can click through to see my Holiday Gift Guide for The Total Foodie, and remember to keep checking back over the next few weeks for my guides of what to buy the Londoners and Globetrotters in your life!
Hotel Chocolat Signature Christmas Collection: £25 / $50, Alphabet Drinks Coasters: £12, Boden Cosy Slipper Boots: £39 / $58, Lush Cinders Bath Bombs: £2.45/each / $4.95/each, Alphabet Bags Tote Bag: £13 / $22.60, Hotel Chocolat Cocoa & Peppermint Teabags: £8.50, The White Company Winter Scented Candle: £20
Nothing beats curling up with a good book, and I for one can't wait until the end of my degree when all of my reading can simply be for pleasure. Even when I'm reading for uni, however, I still find that a few little indulgences make the experience that little bit nicer. Any book worm will tell you tea, chocolate and a scented candle is the way to go, so these are my favourite for this season. I was really excited to find Hotel Chocolat were making tea at their Christmas event, so I could not help but include their Cocoa & Peppermint tea bags I'm hoping I'll be getting for Christmas this year, too! To rest the tea cup on, I think these coasters from The Literary Gift Company are fantastic. As you've probably already noticed I'm just that little bit in love with the Hotel Chocolat Signature Christmas Collection chocolate selection the Hotel Chocolat team were kind enough to treat me to, so I am speaking from a good point of authority when I tell you that it will be a very well received gift. While I must admit that I have not lit this The White Company 'Winter' scented candle yet, I just know it is going to be fantastic. I treated myself to it a few weeks ago as I am usually a big White Company candle fan, and every time I went into one of their stores (a financially dangerous occupation in itself!) I was obsessed by sniffing this candle. The cinnamon, clove and orange scent basically sings Mulled Wine and Christmas in general, and I now keep on opening it and sniffing in its box, counting down to December when I'll allow myself to light it.
Finally the Boden slipper boots. All I can say is that I treated myself to them at the beginning of Autumn to wear around the house, and it is like having your feet enclosed in a massive hug. Though, they do come up a size too big, so order a size smaller than whoever you are buying for and keep the returns information!
Since where at the bottom of my last gift guide I admitted I had not at all started Christmas shopping, I'm proud to say that I'm actually almost finished, which is strange for me. I managed to do all of my family gifts when I was out Christmas shopping in Canterbury with my Mummy or later that evening online last time I was home, and now for my parents I just have the other 50% of each of their presents to do - I'm half way through those! I also managed to talk my Mother into Emma Bridgewater wrapping paper with penguins, reindeers and polar bears on in Fenwick, so I call that a win! How are all of you getting on with your Christmas shopping? If you need any more ideas I have not included here, IFB have put together a roundup of other peoples guides which is really worth checking out.