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- David Beckham
- To wake up in a size 12 body
- For Villa to have another ten-game winning streak
- A Mulberry handbag
- To wake up and have semi-decent skin
Only one of those is likely to happen this year, and that’s having semi-decent skin – and that’s because I’ve treated myself to a No7 Skincare set from Boots. I mean, Christmas shopping for other people is so stressful, a little pick-me-up is definitely needed, right?
Well, actually, not if you grab the presents from Boots. In fact, it’s kind of the law to buy something from Boots for Christmas isn’t it? I remember going in there as a teenager to buy my mom a Sanctuary gift set and my brothers and dad a Lynx gift set. It’s always been one of my go-to places for stuff because EVERYONE loves a decent smellies set for Christmas.
Now, unless if you’ve been living under a rock for the past however many years (170!), you will know that Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, stocking everything you could need to make yourself look good on the outside and feel good on the inside. This Christmas – and yes, I know it’s only November but it’s only one payday away guys – Boots have been asking people a few questions about what makes them tick over the festive period, and the results were a little surprising to me! They asked three key questions, and I’ve given my thoughts on them below:
Which person’s gift receives the most thought?
This is quite a tough one. The kids probably get the most brain power put into it because obviously, they are the ones who get the most from us. I do, however, find myself spending quite a long time thinking about my parents because they’re at that point in their lives now that if they want something, they can just buy it. I was quite surprised to read that Partner’s gifts receive the most thought (38%), followed by children (20%)!
When do you start your Christmas shopping?
Apparently, a quarter of Brits start in August!! Who are these strange people? I can’t even bear to utter the word Christmas until Strictly is on TV!!
I started ours in mid-October. I hate doing it that early because the vast majority of my family’s birthdays are in October and November, and I’d rather get them out of the way first (as would my poor abused bank account), but I do start making notes and picking up the odd bits and bobs. The main part of my shopping will be done at the beginning of December, so I can relax and enjoy the festivities without flapping about shopping.
What is your most quintessential Christmas food?
The pigs in blankets. Oh, actually – the Christmas pudding. Oooh no – it’s definitely the mince pies. Yes, the mince pies. I’ve been eating them since mid-October. I go through a box from all the supermarkets before settling on my favourite for Christmas itself, all in the name of research, of course. It’s also not Christmas unless I’ve had my sister-in-law’s homemade rum truffles. For most of the people that Boots questioned, the ultimate food is the roast potato. I’m surprised by that, to be honest. I mean, I love a roast potato or ten, but they’re a pretty standard feature of a Sunday dinner, aren’t they?
Anyway, Boots challenged me to buy a gift for a bloke in my life, a gift for a woman and a gift for me. I set straight to it. Shall we have a little peek?
For the bloke (I can’t say who!), I opted for a bottle of Hugo Boss aftershave. Aftershave is one of my favourite gifts to give because it’s something that pretty much every bloke wears. I know that Hugo Boss is an aftershave that this person likes, so it’s a fail-safe! There were plenty of fabulous Christmas gifts for him to choose from – gift sets aplenty!
For the lady, I opted for the Hugo Boss perfume, for pretty much the same reasons as above. I also know that just like me, this person would never think to treat herself to something as indulgent as a bottle of nice perfume and just hopes that someone will buy her a bottle before her current one runs out. I took a gamble with this one because I’ve never tried the Hugo Boss perfume but I’ve been assured that it is really lovely. Fingers crossed she will love it!
For me…well, I actually found it really hard. There were so many things from the Christmas gifts for her section that I would love to find wrapped up under the tree. I ummed and ahhed between a makeup set and the No7 skincare set, and ended up going for the skincare. After all, I’m 34 now – I need all the help I can get! It’s got everything I need in there to help my skin look clearer and hopefully younger!! I’m definitely not one of the 1/3 of people who think they are difficult to buy for – stating they have everything they need. I think I’m pretty easy, to be honest!
The lovely people at Boots are giving one of you lot a chance to win a fabulous Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Street Advent Calendar (worth £42). You can give it to someone you love, I guess, but to be honest, I recommend keeping it for yourself because Soap and Glory is DA BOMB!!!! To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflefcopter widget below and please, please, PLEASE make sure you follow them properly because if you don’t, I have to disqualify you and then you’ve got no chance of winning it, which is a bit rubbish. The terms and conditions can all be found underneath.
Terms and Conditions
1) There is 1 prize of one Soap and Glory Miracle on 24th Street Advent Calendar (worth £42). The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
2. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Rachel at Coffee, Cake, Kids ] and Boots UK
3. Closing date for entries is 20th November
4. Entrants must follow Rafflecopter instructions
5. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
6. The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen
7. The winner’s name will be available on request
8. The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address
9. This is a joint promotion between Rachel at Coffee, Cake, Kids and Boots UK.
10. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions
*This post is an advertisement feature with Boots UK but all thoughts are my own