What I Got For Christmas 2020
Well, this Christmas was different. Not terribly different, all things considered. But instead of the usual squeeze around the dinner table, this year we ended up taking chairs away.
However, that didn’t mean I was any less fortunate either. I got some amazing presents this year, and all a surprise. I don’t expect anything large or grand when it comes to Christmas now that I’m well into my twenties, which makes me very lucky indeed.
Here is just a selection of presents I was gifted from family and friends.
This goes to show that my mother reads my blog more than anyone else. A fact which shouldn’t necessarily be EllesBellesNotebook’s calling card, but nevertheless leads to me getting quite a few lovely surprises at Christmas and sometimes just at random. My main present for Christmas this year was a portable record player. I’m a big fan of music, particularly 80s music – my parents raised me well – and there’s something a little inauthentic to listening to Queen (technically 70s and 80s, I know!) and Wham! on Spotify.
Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’ Vinyl Album & Coldplay’s ‘Rush of Blood to the Head’ Vinyl Album
Along with the record player I also received two brand new vinyl albums. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Coldplay’s Rush of Blood to the Head. My dad and I share an affiliation to Coldplay so the latter was his choice and Fleetwood Mac was my mum’s.
The Feminist Quiz Book
My sister and new brother-in-law couldn’t make it for Christmas, due to the Tier 4 restrictions, as such their presents for the family remain with them and vice versa. Springmas is going to be an event in 2021! But, as a little silly present, my sister sent me a copy of The Feminist Quiz Book, supposedly full of questions that not even teachers know the answers to. Since she is a teacher and I’m a staunch feminist I can see her playful intentions quite clearly.
Penguin Little Black Classics:
I collect the Penguin Little Black Classics series and have nearly all of the set (unbelievably!) This year to add to the collection I received:
- The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain (88)
- The World is Full of Foolish Men by Jean de la Fontaine (83)
- The Rule of Benedict by Benedict of Nursia (122)
- A terrible beauty is born by W.B. Yeats (98)
- The Body Politic by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (82)
- To Be Read at Dusk by Charles Dickens (86)
I also collect the red spine Vintage classics and have over 50 in my collection – some of which I’ve actually read! I’ve never heard of Elizabeth Von Armin but after reading the short biography at the front of the book I have to learn more about her because she sounds incredible!
Guinness Book of World Records 2021
I suggested the Guinness Book of World Records as a Stocking Filler gift idea and my mum picked up on it and decided to get me a copy. I’m actually quite excited to read it since the last edition I think I read was published in 2003.
Prosecco Bottle Blanket
Do you remember those Mermaid tail blankets? Now picture a prosecco bottle version of one of those. How silly (genius!) is that?! Also, very comfortable.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman & Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Now it’s time for books. From my friend Rob I received two books this year: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Hamnet was one of my favourite reads of 2020 and I’m so glad I now have a hardback edition as I previously read it as a proof copy! Heartstopper has appeared on countless to-read lists over the last few months and I’m super pleased to finally own a copy which means I can actually read it.
‘Ellie is Writing’ Sign
Also from Rob, I got a personalised sign which reads: ‘Quiet please… Ellie is writing’. As a fellow writer/publisher this is greatly appreciated!
This year I also got a lot of candles – perfect for decorating my rental flat. I’ve discovered a new favourite scent of mine is Peony and Rose, so not only did I get a diffuser of this scent from my brother but also a gorgeous candle from Next. Plus, Rob added an Oak and Redcurrant candle to his box of treasures. My flat is going to smell amazing this Winter!
- Peony and Blush Rose Candle
- Oak and Redcurrant Candle
Alice in Wonderland Book Handbag
So my best friend Freyja gave me an absolute corker of a present! It’s a handbag that looks like a genuine book?! I don’t even have words. It was the last present I opened on Christmas day and was perfect. It’s from Well-Read and already my mum and I are obsessed with getting the whole collection that they offer. A book lover’s dream present.
Hot Chocolate Mug
My godmother, Melanie, gave me a sweet hot chocolate mug complete with a lid and a spoon. It’s so tactile that I wouldn’t put it down when I opened it.
Chocolate (lots of chocolate!)
Christmas would not be complete without chocolate! I got some specially made chocolate from my godmother – which I can’t wait to tuck into! – plus countless selections of Oreos, tubes of sweets, and more.
Bodyshop and Clarins Skincare
I also got spoilt by my godmother with some Body Shop goodies which smell insanely good! And my mum treated me to a bag of Clarins skincare samples, which will no doubt lead me to buy the full-size versions in the Boxing Day sales.
It’s been a very good year for presents, and whilst Christmas day was certainly different since it wasn’t with all of my family, I’m still very grateful for the day we had.
I hope everyone else’s Christmas was just as good and healthy, and that New Years is just as fun.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.