This was quite tricky to do as there’s not really anything I need as such, but I’ve come up with a few ideas – maybe I’ll treat myself to one or two for surviving Christmas, but hopefully they give you some giving or self-gifting ideas too πŸ™‚


Arty Goodness

Art, craft & colouring books are a huge tool for those of us with chronic/invisible illnesses in particular. Of course there are Sharpies, which are a must-have. Amazon have a bunch of products on offer at the moment when it comes to colourfully creative goodies, which you can find here.

There are also some PaperMate Flair felt tips which are brilliant, so I wouldn’t say no to getting a whole set of these bad boys.

 


Β A Golden Retriever…


Self-help Book With A Difference

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: The bestselling book everyone is talking about (AΒ No F*cks Given Guide)Β  –Β  Sarah Knight

I’ve spotted this on AmazonΒ and also on The Book DepositoryΒ (as they offer free delivery with no min spend).


Colour Changing Unicorn Mug

I know unicorns seem to be ‘in fashion’ at the moment, but I can’t help but find some of the novelty quite cute. I also have a bit of an obsession when it comes to collecting mugs, so I’ve gone for this awesome colour changing unicorn mug. I already have a cupboard full of mugs, but as a tea-obsessive, you can never have too many! You can get him on Firebox and also on Amazon but it’s rather pricey for a mug in my humble (budget-friendly) opinion.

 


Medication without side-effects.Β 


Working Hands Cream

I have Raynaud’s and seem to have perpetually cold hands; the cold and hand washing do a lot of damage to my skin, and as much as I love the creams I currently use, I’m in need of something a little more hardcore to repair them. The pharmacist recommended O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream Β – she said it’s the best stuff out there, apparently, and there are lots of 5* reviews for it, so I’d say it’s certainly worth a try. I’ve found this in a few places, including Amazon andΒ it’s currently on sale at Superdrug too.


PJs & A 2018 Diary

Confession: I buy my own gift(s) these years to give to myself from my folks. It’s a little sad as I do believe gifting should be about the thought, but it takes the pressure off my mother who says she doesn’t know what to buy me. Last year it was a dressing gown and socks. This year it’s pajama trousers (already bought from Tesco on sale at Β£6) and maybe a 2018 Diary so I can pretend I’m organised and that I’ve got my shit together. The Works have lots of funky diaries to choose from, and I’m especially liking the look of a Β£1.50 bargain with a skull design.

 


Golden Retriever. Oops, already asked for that…


Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

I think I’ll be getting one of these as a house gift this year as lugging around a full-sized, wired, heavy vacuum is really not the best of ideas when you’re ill, in pain, need to avoid lifting etc. A little handheld one for 15 minutes of cleaning here and there, vacuuming the car, dirt that’s been tracked in, cat hairs etc would be incredibly useful.


Good health for us all. Where can we buy this?


A New Coat

My current khaki parka style coat is great for a casual winter look and for keeping me warm – I don’t know what I would have done without it. But alas, I bought it quite cheaply and it’s getting old now, so now I feel like a bit of a mess wearing it as it’s more than a little tatty. I’d love to spot a new coat that’s thick and warm and not too pricey. If anyone has any tips on how to still wear 5 layers of jumpers underneath a coat and not look like the Michelin Man, please do let me know!


Aromatherapy

Essential oils and a diffuser would go on my list. I’ve never really tried aromatherapy, but I’ve often heard such positive things about it. AnnaLisa has written a brilliant article on the types of essential oils available, which is a great place to get started.


Giggles

Laughter is the best medicine, so I’d also add a stand-up DVD. Perhaps Sean Lock’s Keep It Light.Β 


What would go on your wishlist this year?

48 thoughts on “Christmas Wishlist”

      1. We’ve been looking for young littermates or bonded pairs via local shelters over the past couple of months. We are hoping to find a pair soon, bit know that the right ones will find their way to us like our previous ones did!

        1. I’m sure the right ones will come at the right time to find their forever home with you – that’s definitely something to look forward to in the new year πŸ™‚

  1. What a great list Caz! I don’t know how to wear 5 layers of jumpers underneath a coat and not look like the Michelin Man, because I do the same thing. I just buy coats that are a size or 2 larger, then when I layer it doesn’t look as “puffy” lol. Me and my mom have been buying our own gifts for years. The rest of the family says that’s not how you do it but we tell them, at least we know we will like what we get ;):)

    1. Perhaps we can make the Michelin Man look fashionable, sounds like you’re very much like me with the layering! And that’s very true about the gifts, you know at least that money isn’t wasted and you’ll like/need what you get πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting Margaret xx

    1. The retriever would be the best bit – but sadly that’s the one I won’t be receiving from santa! The book is certainly looks interesting, so I hope you’re able to check it out too. Happy Holidays – hope you’re having a lovely week and not too stressed out with Christmas prep πŸ™‚
      xx

    1. Glad you think it’s cool too and it’s not just me – the more I’ve looked at it, the more I want it (even though it’s pretty pricey for what it is)! I think you should treat yourself, I’m sure tea will taste better in it too πŸ™‚

  2. I love your wishlist Caz and I really hope you get your golden retriever! Top of my wishlist this year is anything to do with crochet as I’ve just started trying to learn.and I’m loving it! Also, maybe a bullet journal so I can give that a go, although I’m not sure I’d know where to start. Some great books to read.would be fab too. I think you should definitely treat yourself to that skull diary if no one buys it for you! Take care xx

    1. I think I’ll get the retriever when hell freezes over, but I’ll live on dreaming anyway! πŸ™‚
      Glad to hear you’re loving the crochet, it’s great you’ve found something new craft-wise you can get in to. I wouldn’t mind trying it myself actually (is it easier to pick up than knitting? I never quite got the hang of that). As for the bullet journal, from what I’ve seen you could probably get a regular diary and just use the bullet style format – or even invent your own which is basically what I’m doing at the moment on a week-by-week planner – and figure out the best way that works for you. Bullet journals certainly seem to be a big hit in the ‘spoonie’ community at the moment! Thanks for the comment my lovely – would love to see what’s on your list xx

    1. I struggled at first thinking of ideas for me or what others might find useful, but then you start finding things and before you know it you have a whole list! Would love to see what you pick for your list πŸ™‚

      1. Well, as you said, I buy my own gifts, just easier for my parent. I got the diffuser and oils and some of the new softcore coloring pencils… get those!!! Da-bomb! I am looking at your link to the diary but I am in the US, so we’ll see how that goes. I love getting a new calendar and diary/ planner for the new year. Not all from Mom and Dad but the diffuser and oils were, so I can take them and show them… that is the fun part!~Kim

        1. Softcore coloring pencils – which brand are those by? I Googled them and I can see something called Prismacolour, are those the right ones?
          I wonder if I should put links to US alternatives, at least for Amazon to make it easier. Do you think that might help in future?
          Hope you manage to find a nice calendar/diary, there’s something refreshingly motivating about getting one just before the new year starts πŸ™‚

          1. Yes! Definitely, put up some Amazon links for us American shoppers. We love our Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, I got a beautiful set, in a tin case from Amazon… Platinum Art Supply 72 Soft Core Colored Pencils. Amazing! I switched to an academic planner but still have the 12-month calenders up, so I am searching for a few cute ones. Got my diffuser and am already using it! BUT I did buy a brand new lined journal for the new year because it is nice to have a brand new ‘something’ for the year… I usually write inspirational quotes in my lined journals. I’m amazed at how handy these have come in when I need to write in a card or tweet something… And yes, for your future posts, definitely link some Amazon products to your page. I really enjoy clicking on links and checking out the product and the related products. Hope I’ve offered some info you can use!~Kim

  3. I love your wishlist Caz! I picked up some of that O’Keefe’s Working Hands for my Pop a couple of years ago. His fingers and hands dry up and split once the weather gets cold, and he constantly had band-aids on his fingers. I saw the O’Keefe’s and figured it was worth a try….He loves it! He hasn’t had any problems with his skin splitting since he started using it.
    I hope you get your golden retriever!

    1. I’m glad it helped his hands, it sounds like quite the miracle worker cream so I have high hopes for it.
      As for the golden retriever, well, I have a better chance of winning the lottery (and I don’t even buy tickets…)
      Thanks for commenting and I hope you’re having a lovely week Terri πŸ™‚
      x

  4. Great list – colouring stuff for sure. Love the mug too! I want a cozy blanket to replace the one I bought years ago when the kids were little and cannot give up even though the ends are coming loose and you can see through it when held up to the light.

    1. Aw I can see why you’d want to hold on to the blanket. Perhaps you could put it in safe keeping in a bag/box, and buy a new one to use? πŸ™‚
      x

    1. Stationery is something I always get tempted by (along with cheap jewellery…) That unicorn mug is pretty funky, glad you thought so too and it’s not just me! x

  5. My best friend and I love collecting mugs, too! πŸ˜€ When we lived together we actually had more mugs than we could easily store in the cabinets. lol There’s just so many wonderful ones out there to be had (like that color-changing unicorn one!)
    My parents and my brother all use that O’Keeffe’s Working Hands cream and swear by it. I’ve never tried it myself but they ALWAYS keep it in stock and say it’s amazing.
    That skull/flower diary is awesome looking. I love it!
    My wish list this year is pretty much comics/graphic novels and office supplies. lol What can I say? I’m easy to please! πŸ˜›

    1. Hahah I’m so glad I’m not alone in the mug obsession!
      I’m glad your folks and brother think highly of the Working Hands cream, I now have high expectations for it!
      Oooo graphic novels & stationery sound pretty good to me, I hope Santa brings you plenty of goodies. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – hope you’re having a good week πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Wouldn’t have thought for a second it would be anything else (apart from the retriever – surely they tug the heart strings of every person alive) πŸ™‚

  6. Lovely Wishlist and thank you for the link to find out more about essential oils. Looking forward to reading that as well x

  7. I loved reading this post! Those are some cool, neat things on there. πŸ˜€ I also buy myself gifts from my parents but I think it’s fine. πŸ™‚ At least we will get what we like for sure. I sure hope you get most of these things, if not all!!

    1. That’s very true – I hope you get yourself some nice things this year (if your memory is as bad as mine you’ll probably forget what you bought so it’ll be a surprise anyway!) πŸ™‚
      x

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