The Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

I may be a little late to the party with Christmas content this year, so I’m quickly thrashing out a festive post to grace your feeds. This year I’ve been watching a bunch of Christmas movies to get myself in the festive spirit, particularly on Netflix. If you’re anything like me, I can take hours to decide which film to watch, to the point where I won’t end up watching anything at all. However, I’ve decided not to be as picky this year with my movie choices, and have watched whatever I thought might appeal.

I have put together a quick round up of festive movies to watch on Netflix this Christmas, which are sure to get you in the seasonal spirit. The list is in no particular order by the way!

1. The Holiday

I know, I know, The Holiday is on every Christmas movie recommendation list. But I watched it again a couple of weeks ago, and completely fell in love with the characters and story all over again. I mentioned this in a Christmas movie round-up last year too. It’s such a great festive feel-good rom-com that never fails to give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s such a well thought out and quirky movie, that I just had to add. No movie Christmas list would be complete without The Holiday.

2. Holidate

I watched this movie for the first time last week and laughed out loud throughout. The story follows Emma Roberts as Sloane and Luke Bracey as Jackson, who start off as complete strangers. They decide to become each others Holidate for the year, meaning any holiday e.g. valentines day, St. Patricks Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc. they will spend it together, to avoid being alone. I won’t give too much away, but the plot is hysterical, crude and hopelessly romantic, so is perfect to watch over Christmas.

3. Love Hard

A new Netflix Original movie with Nina Dobrev as the main star. It was strange seeing Nina portraying anyone other than Elena Gilbert and her doppelgangers in the Vampire Diaries, but is definitely a must watch! Nina is a dating blogger for an online magazine and shares her disastrous dates with her following. She meets a young, handsome guy on a dating app, and after a couple of weeks of chatting, she decides to surprise him for Christmas. However, to her astonishment, she has been catfished! After some convincing, Nina agrees to pretend to date the guy who catfished her for the the festive period, so he can impress his family. Similar to the Holidate, I laughed on so many occasions and the movie just put me in a great mood. This will be on my movie watch list for years to come!

4. Last Christmas

If you love Wham’s iconic Christmas song, Last Christmas, then you will certainly enjoy the movie with the same name. The film features multiple George Michael classics throughout, with him being the main antagonists favourite musician. Last Christmas is set in the heart of London (no pun intended…if you’ve watched the movie, you’ll no what I mean), where a young girl works in an all-year round Christmas store dressed as an Elf, meets a handsome mysterious stranger. The cast includes Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson.

5. The Princess Switch

I watched this movie last year, followed by The Princess Switch (Switched Again), however I wouldn’t bother watching the latter, it’s terrible. The movie features Vanessa Hudgens as the main character(s), she plays 2 different people. Stacey DeNovo is a budding young baker who is entered into a baking competition in the Kingdom of Belgravia. During the trip, Stacey bumps into Lady Margaret Delacourt, who looks identical to her. Margaret suggests they switch lives for a couple of days, so she can take a break from the spotlight. I won’t go into much more detail, but I think I’ve covered the main plot here. I really enjoyed this movie, and might give the third film a try, but I don’t have high hopes as the second movie was awful.

6. Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a classic Christmas movie that we all know and love. It’s heart warming and tear jerking, so if you’ve never seen the movie before, make sure to have some tissues to hand, as you’re in for an a rollercoaster of emotions. A young boy sadly loses his Dad in a tragic car accident, but over Christmas, his Dad’s spirit is reincarnated into a Snowman! This movie has so many fun elements to it, but can be upsetting in parts.

7. Love Actually

Another Christmas movie that is on the majority of people’s festive watch lists. However, it isn’t usually on mine. I watched Love Actually many moons ago, but never understood the hype. I decided to give it another go this Christmas, to see if my opinion had changed… and it actually, sorry, has! I enjoyed it a lot more than when I first watched it, I certainly wouldn’t say it was my favourite Christmas movie, but it’s made it on to future lists!

And there you have it, a quick list of must watch festive movies for your Christmas break, all found on Netflix. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and 2022 is a much better year for us all!

Until Another Day x

Christmas With Ktkinnes Christmas Tag

I am so excited to share this post, it was my first time being involved in a Christmas tag post, and I had so much fun completing the questions. Read on to find out my answers!

I am so excited to share this post for two reasons. One because this is my first time being involved in a Christmas tag post, and two because I had so much fun completing the questions, it really put me in the festive spirit. First and foremost, I would like to thank Katie from Life with Ktkinnes for not only allowing me to take part, but also for creating the tag.

The Christmas Tag Rules

  • Put on your favourite Christmas Playlist to listen to while answering
  • Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to their site
  • Answer the 10 original questions
  • Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you
  • Ask 2 questions of your own
  • Tag 6 bloggers to take part

The Original Questions

1. When do your decorations go up?

We never put our decorations up before December, it’s always the first or second weekend 🎄

2. Who is the Scrooge in your family or friendship group?

I genuinley don’t have anyone in my immediate family or friendship group that doesn’t enjoy Christmas. We always have a wonderful time and really enjoy the whole celebration.

3. If money were no object, how and where would you spend Christmas?

I would love to spend Christmas in a cosy log cabin, possibly in the Alps or anywhere that has guranteed snow fall at Christmas time. It would be amazing to spend a few days away with family and relax by a gorgeous log fire. A girl can always dream…

4. What Christmas film do you have to watch every festive season?

It’s got to be either ELF or Home Alone, they are both absolute classics that always make me feel festive. I actually have a blog post on my Top 10 Christmas Movies.

5. Who do you find the hardest to buy presents for?

Hmm this is a tough one, as the majority of the people I buy presents for are a nightmare to buy for. The main 3 are my boyfriend, my Dad and my boyfriends Dad… see they’re all men! I never know what to get them for Christmas or Birthday’s, they are definitely the most awkward people to find gifts for.

6. Would you rather buy lots of little presents for a hamper, or buy one big/main present?

I’d rather buy a few smaller gifts, because you can tailor them to the person you are buying for. It’s always nice to have a few things to open at Christmas, but a main present is a great idea too. I think it really depends on the receiver.

7. What did you leave out for Santa when you were a child?

I would always leave out a Mince Pie and an alcoholic drink (usually my dad’s favourite drink 😉). Of course I’d also leave a carrot for Rudolph.

8. Where did you spend last Christmas?

I spent it at home with my close immediate family. Mum, Dad, Nan, Aunties and Uncles and my gorgeous younger cousin Francesca.

9. Which Christmas song makes you cringe?

I am going to have to go with Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard. I’m not sure what it is but I find it so creepy. Now I’ve got it stuck in my head haha!

10. If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?

I think I would love to simply be Santa Claus from The Santa Clause movie. How amazing would it be to fly on a sleigh around the world and deliver presents. Having reindeer’s as pets would be the best, they’re so cute!

Katie’s Questions

1. What is your favourite Christmas decoration in your house and why?

I wouldn’t really say I had a favourite decoration, but our Christmas tree always looks beautiful and makes the room feel so cosy. Unfortunatley this Christmas we don’t have anywhere to put our tree, so won’t be having one this year 😢. We are in the middle of getting an extension to the house so we don’t have the space.

2. Which celebrity would you most want as a friend, and what would you gift them for Christmas?

If my boyfriend reads this, then he will do a massive eye roll. It would have to be Harry Styles (he was my teen crush, I was a tad obsessed). I can imagine the conversations about his experiences and the people he has met to be so interesting. As for a Christmas gift, possibly a snazzy shirt, he’s always wearing crazy outfits, so an eye catching piece of clothing for sure.

I had so much fun answering the questions, the rules made it even more festive. I am going to tag the following 6 bloggers to take part, if they haven’t already: Rebecca Louise Blogs, Lucy Mary, Female Original, Bournemouth Girl, Jenny in Neverland and Planning with Em.

My two questions to you all are:

What is your favourite part of your Christmas Dinner?

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

If I haven’t tagged you, but you would love to tag part, please do let me know. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Until Another Day x

How to be Sustainable at Christmas

I’m all about doing my fair share to help the environment, so this year I want to try my best to be a little more sustainable, and help you out along the way.

Ahh the joys of Christmas. It is the most amazing time of the year isn’t it, but also the most wasteful. I’m all about doing my fair share to help the environment, so this year I want to try my best to be a little more sustainable. I have taken/plan to take a few measures to make that happen, and I really wanted to distribute my knowledge out to you on How to be Sustainable at Christmas.

Be Mindful of How you Wrap Gifts

Christmas Gift wrapped in brown paper
Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash

We all love our gifts to be wrapped in the highest quality, most festive wrapping paper. But it’s about time we become a little more mindful on how to we wrap our presents. Did you know that wrapping paper containing foiled decoration cannot be recycled? Although it looks beautiful, it’s really bad for the environment. You can find really intricate and festive wrapping paper from various retailers, simply by searching Recyclable Wrapping Paper in to Google. I’ll list some of my favourites for you below.

  • Kraft Snowy Trees Christmas Wrapping Paper – Paperchase
  • Kraft White Trees Christmas Wrapping Paper – Paperchase
  • Walolo 11x Large Sheets Christmas Wrapping Paper – Amazon

Stop Buying New Decorations Every Year

Christmas tree with baubles
Photo by Luke Southern on Unsplash

I understand that we like to switch things up each Christmas, but try to avoid purchasing new decorations every year and stop tossing the old ones. If you are fed up of your old decorations, donate them to a charity shop rather than throwing them in the bin. If you simply NEED new decorations, shop from environmentally friendly stores like Protect the Planet. They have plenty of gorgeous eco-friendly Christmas decorations and fair-trade recycled glass baubles.

Shop Small this Christmas

Liverpool One at Christmas
Photo by Carl Raw on Unsplash

Small businesses are struggling more than ever this year. Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing from your local small businesses. You’re not only helping the environment, but supporting your community as well. I have put together my very own small business gift guide here. If you are from Liverpool or the surrounding areas, Independent Liverpool have created The Independent Liverpool Christmas Shopping Guide, featuring plenty of gift ideas from a plethora of different catagories, including Art, Food and Drink, Books and Music etc.

Reduce Food Waste

Christmas cookies
Photo by Ignacio R on Unsplash

This is definitely the most obvious, stop buying food that you won’t eat. I know that is easier said than done at Christmas, but try not to buy 50 tins of Quality Street just because they’re on offer. Make sure you purchase food that has a long use by date, so you have more of an opportunity to eat it over the festive period. Buy food which can be frozen, it will last much longer so you’re less likely to waste it.

Sustainable Gifting

Christmas Presents under a Christmas Tree
Photo by Sheri Hooley on Unsplash

I’m about to self-promote again and share my 2020 Christmas Gift Guide with you for the second time in this post. I have a section on Sustainable Gifts to buy this Christmas from a bunch of eco-friendly brands, including Brushbox and KIND2. Buying sustainable gifts mean that your carbon footprint is reduced, and you would also be learning your friends and family on how to become more sustainable too. You could also handmake your own gifts if you’re creativity!

I hope you have found this post useful and have learnt some new ways to become more sustainable at Christmas. These 5 ways to be sustainable don’t just apply to Christmas, but can be used throughout the year when shopping for gifts for all occasions. Are you planning on a more sustainable Christmas?

Until Another Day x

Top 10 Christmas Movies

Over my 24 years I have watched my fair share of Christmas films, from the classics to the modern day tales, so I thought it only fitting to bring you a list of my favourite Top 10 Christmas Movies that you must watch this December.

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! Whose ready to light some festive candles, eat their body weight in chocolate and pigs in blankets, and get warm and cosy to watch some Christmas movies, I know I certainly am!

Over my 24 years I have watched my fair share of Christmas films, from the classics to the modern day tales, so I thought it only fitting to bring you a list of my favourite Top 10 Christmas Movies that you must watch this December.

1. The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express is one film which never fails to get me excited for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, a young boy spots a mysterious train appear at the front of his house, bound for the North Pole. The boy boards the train and is greeted by plenty of other children, who are heading to see Santa Claus. This movie is filled with exciting twists and turns from the get go, and features Tom Hanks as the voice of the conductor. If you did not already know, this film is based off of the 1985 novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.

2. Home Alone (1990)

No Christmas is complete without watching Home Alone. This hilarious slap-stick comedy will have you laughing out loud for its entirity. Starring child star Macaulay Culkin as the very cheeky Kevin McCallister, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the Wet Bandits. Kevin and his family are due to go on a family vacation to Paris, when a nightime power cut causes their alarm clocks to reset and the family to oversleep. In the morning rush to get to the airport on time, Kevin’s parents mistakenly leave him behind! As the story unfolds, Kevin finds himself home alone, with the difficult job of fighting off a pair of burglars! Kevin creates all sorts of crazy, and hilarious, contraptions to defend his home!

3. The Holiday (2006)

If you love a good Rom-Com, then this movie is definitely for you. In London, Irene (Kate Winslet), a writer for the Telegraph newspaper, is left in emotional termoil after her workplace crush seeks romance with another woman. Meanwhile, in LA, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) trades her glamourous lifestyle with Irene, for a quaint cottage in the English countryside, after discovering her boyfriend was cheating. Upon arriving in wintery England, Amanda is left feeling lonely, but her mood is soon brightened by a drunk Graham (Jude Law) on her doorstep. This movie is pretty much 2-in-1, with both stories of lust and love coming together into this light-hearted festive delight.

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

After the Department Store, Coles, fires their Santa Claus for drinking on the job, right before a Thanksgiving Parade, Cole’s events director spots an elderly man, who is soon her replacement Santa. The man introduces himself as Kris Kringle, and plays the part of St Nick so well, he is hired immediately as Cole’s main Santa for the holiday period. Later on in the movie, Kris is arrested for supposedly assulting a man (the former drunken Santa Claus). It becomes abundantley clear that in order for Kris to be aquitted of this crime, his defence team must prove that he is, in fact, the real Father Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street is a Christmas film like no other and should be on your movie watch list this year!

5. ELF (2003)

I couldn’t put together a list of Christmas movies without including ELF. One Christmas Eve, a baby boy crawls into Santa’s toy sack at an orphanage, and is unknowingly transported to the North Pole. When the baby is discoverd by the elves in Santa’s workshop, Papa Elf decides to adopt the child and raise him as his own, giving him the name Buddy. Many years later, Buddy, now a full-sized adult, after out growing his fellow elves, overhears in the workshop that he is not an elf afterall, but a human! Papa Elf explains to Buddy that he was put up for adoption by his parents. Buddy then travels to New York on a quest to find his father. I have watched this movie countless times, and it still turns me into fits of giggles.

6. Deck The Halls (2006)

Deck the Halls, starring Danny DeVito as Buddy Hall and Matthew Broderick as Steve Finch, is another classic Christmas film filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Buddy and his family (twin daughters and wife) move into their new home ahead of the festive period, living opposite Steve. Over the coming days, Buddy decides he wants to decorate his house for Christmas BUT his aim is to have his Christmas lights visible from Space. Steve and Buddy’s rivalry soon begins, when Buddy’s lights and special effects become an annoyance. Deck the Halls is one of those terrible Christmas Movies that you just cannot help but watch every year.

7. Jingle All The Way (1996)

If you like cheesy movies, then Jingle All the Way is something you will enjoy. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Howard Langston, a workaholic business man who has left it until Christmas Eve to get his son the must-have toy of the season Turbo Man. In desperation to find Turbo Man, Howard becomes enthralled in a battle with new nemesis Myron (played by Sinbad), by taking on the role of Turbo Man himself. Jingle All the Way is a stupidly good film, that combines every parents nightmare into a comedic delight.

8. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is a Disney reimagined version of the classic Charles Dickens novel. Featuring Jim Carrey as the voice actor of Scrooge and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge. You all of course know the famous story of Ebenezer Scrooge so I won’t go into much detail. However, this version of A Christmas Carol is incredible, the animation is impeccable and the story always puts me in a festive mood. If you haven’t already watched this movie, then you definitely should this Christmas.

9. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen is the star of the show as Santa Claus, in The Santa Clause. Originally a normal guy, Scott (Tim Allen) accidently causes the real Santa to fall from his roof. Scott must become the new Santa and finish off the Christmas gift deliveries. I am obsessed with this movie, and I am so glad I can stream it from Disney+. The Santa Clause has two sequel movies, so I plan to have a Santa Clause movie marathon at some point in December!

10. The Christmas Chronicles

This movie is the most recent film I am going to mention. Airing on Netflix in 2018, The Christmas Chronicles is a festive comedy which is sure to get you excited for Christmas. Staring Kurt Russel as Santa Claus, the story follows two children who jump into Santa’s sleigh after spotting him in their home on Christmas Eve. The sleigh tragically malfunctions and it is up to the children to help Santa save Christmas. I really enjoyed this movie and since its release Netflix have created a second movie, which is available to stream now. I am yet to watch the second installment to this Christmassy tale, so I will definitely be settling down with a mug of hot chocolate this December to transport myself into some Christmas magic.

I had so much fun putting together a list of my top 10 Christmas movies. I loved watching the trailers, it’s really got me in the festive spirit. Although Christmas won’t be the same in 2020 for a lot of people, let’s make it super festive and watch some amazing Christmas movies. Have I mentioned any of your fave films? What are you favourite Christmas movies?

I have a similar post up for my top 10 horror movies, if scary movies are more your thing.

Until Another Day x

2020 Christmas Gift Guide

You are sure to find the perfect present for your friends and family in my ultimate Christmas gift guide. Let the gifting begin!

Ahh, Christmas! The festive season is upon us, and the stress of finding gifts for the special people in our lives has begun. You are sure to find the perfect present for your friends and family in my ultimate Christmas gift guide. Let the gifting begin! Items marked with an asterisk were kindly gifted*

Food & Drink Gifts

Nutcellars Macadamia Cognac Christmas Pudding*

Nutcellars Macadamia Nut Christmas Pudding

How could I create a Christmas Gift Guide without including a festive treat! Nutcellars have launched their very own Macadamia Cognac Christmas Pudding, filled with delicious fruit and soaked in Courvoisier brandy. Not only does this sound delicious it tastes delicious too, making it the perfect addition to any festive feast this Christmas. It is a completely plant based and gluten free pudding so everyone can dig in!

Cocktail Candies from Ask Mummy & Daddy*

Ask Mummy and Daddy Cocktail Gummy Sweets

This first gift is perfect for that cocktail lover in your life. Ask Mummy & Daddy are a gourmet confectionary company located in South West London, who have created a range of cocktail inspired gummy candies. Featuring Pina Colada, Mojito’s and Gin & Tonic flavours, these delicious sweets will leave you wanting more. The candies can be purchased in individual flavours, or you can nab the entire range in their Gift Box, which makes the perfect present. This box retails for £18.95 and can be purchased directly from their website or at Selfridges, Next and many more retailers.

CBD Infused Coffee from Silly Goose Coffee*

Do you know somebody who is obsessed with coffee but suffers with the jitters? Look no further than this CBD infused coffee, from Silly Goose Coffee, helping to keep us calm and focused, but with the added caffeine kick. Silly Goose Coffee have a range of Nespresso Compatible pods, with and without CBD, that are biodegradable and home compostable!! If, like me, you do not own a Nespresso machine, Silly Goose also offer a range of whole bean and ground coffee (I opted to try the latter), again infused with or without CBD. I can vouch for their ground coffee, as it is extremely tasty, and one of the nicest types of coffee I have ever tried!

Freshly Fermented – Organic Vegan Food*

Freshly Fermented Black Orange Kombucha.

Do you know someone who is on a health kick or simply loves vegan and organic food? Then a gift from Freshly Fermented could be right up their street. Freshly Fermented have a variety of starter kits from Sourdough to Ginger Beer there’s enough choice to tickle anyone’s fancy. We are currently in the process of having our kitchen renovated, so I haven’t had the opportunity to try my Sourdough Starter Kit yet, but I can’t wait to get my teeth into it! If that isn’t your thing, why not try some of their organic pre-made Kombucha’s, I was lucky enough to sample their Black Orange Kombucha. In my opinion the starter kits are the star of the show and would certainly make for an exciting gift this Christmas.

Herbal Teas with Organic India*

Organic India Tulsi Cinnamon Rose Tea.

Sticking with the theme of health and wellbeing, I would like to introduce you to Organic India. Organic India have a huge variety of herbal teas for health-conscious people, including Sweet Rose, Honey Chamomile, Ginger, Cinnamon Rose, Liquorice Spice, plus many many more. Organic India also have a plethora of different supplements for specific needs such as: stress relief, skin care, constipation and IBS, respiratory and congestion relief, just to name a few. By purchasing from Organic India, you are not only supporting the brand, but the livelihoods and well-being of farmers across rural India. My favourite out of the teas I have tried so far has to be Cinnamon Rose, it is perfect for this time of year!

Beauty Gifts

If you have a friend who is anything like me, then they will appreciate some beauty goodies for Christmas. Why not create a little hamper containing a few products from different makeup and skincare brands.

Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette*

Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette Review
Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Eyeshadow Palette

If this glitter eyeshadow doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS to you, then I don’t know what makeup product would. The Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Glitter eyeshadow palette is perfect for the festive period. It has 24 gorgeous pressed glitters which can be included in any makeup look to add a lot of sparkle. I have a full review on this palette here.

Face and Body Oils from Bunch Skincare*

Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil
Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil

One brand you should definitely include is Bunch Skincare, a natural plant based vegan beauty brand who specialise in face and body oils. Over the past couple of months, I have added their Balance Organic Face Oil into my evening skincare routine, it smells exactly like Lavender so is perfect to apply right before sleep. I picked this one out because it is specifically designed for oily skin. I know what you are thinking, “a face oil for oily skin??”, this product does not actually make the skin oilier, it has the opposite effect! Take a look at the product description on their website:

Oil for oily skin may seem counterintuitive, but our bunch of selected botanical and essential oils will not make your skin oilier! Quite the opposite – it contains a selection of plant and essential oils which have a balancing, antibacterial and healing properties, helping your skin produce the right amount of sebum to look its best. The oil when massaged into your skin will help leave your complexion feeling soft, clear, fresh, and moisturised, holistic benefits of using essential oils are also included.

I would 100% recommend Bunch Skincare and completely agree with the statement above! Their face oils retail for £38 for 30ml and a little goes a long way. They have a bunch (no pun intended) of body oils available too, take a look at their range to see which oil would suit you or your friend best.

Natural Skincare Goodies from Neve’s Bees*

Neve's Bees Products. From top to bottom - Solid Perfume Bee Focused, Cuticle Butter, Lip Balm and Hand Salve.

Neve’s Bees are a family run business specialising in natural skincare products, which are produced in their home-town of Oxfordshire. They offer a wide range of gorgeous products including gift packs which are perfect for Christmas stocking fillers. Featuring plenty of lip balms, hand salves, solid perfumes and even skin salves for your beloved pets, there is something for everyone.

I have recently sampled their ‘Everything Looks Rosey‘ Gift Box, Lemon and Orange Cuticle Butter and their Bee Focused Solid Perfume, all smell amazing btw. I am really impressed with the quality of their products, they are super hydrating and nourishing, and of course the packaging is stunning too. You can even add a personalised touch if you plan to purchase something as a gift. When placing your order, you can add a message, and this will be hand written on one of Neve’s Bees beautiful postcards. The story behind the creation of Neve’s Bees is so heart-warming, find out how this amazing skincare company was brought to life here.

Clean, Ethically Sourced Skincare from Pamoja*

Pamoja The Mini Experience
The Mini Experience

Pamoja is a small BAME owned indie skincare brand in the UK. The founder (Sarah) helps women who want more from their skincare, by creating sustainable products to achieve a healthy glowing complexion.

My passion is to help you achieve happy, healthy glowing skin with a simple daily ritual that is effective, effortless and luxurious. A moment of calm at the end of a long day.

The Mini Experience features 3 miniature products including the Reset Cleansing Balm, Restore Multi-Purpose Beauty Oil and the Revive Multi-Action Face Cream. Designed to cleanse, soothe, hydrate, and protect your skin, these products will leave you with transformed skin. Currently Pamoja has a special Christmas offer, buy 2 sets and save £9 using the code “MINI9“.

Perfect Pimple Fighting Products for Young Skin*

Funderm Products - Top to Bottom: Was Bad Invisible Gel Treatment, No Drama Red Clay Mask, Lavi Davi Vitamins
Top to Bottom: Was Bad Invisible Gel Treatment, No Drama Red Clay Mask, Lavi Davi Vitamins

Struggling to find the perfect gift for your teenage son or daughter? Are they suffering with acne or spots? Then look no further than Funderm. Funderm are a cruelty free skincare brand, with a plethora of products for problematic skin. With spot treatments and face masks a plenty (my fave is the No Drama Red Clay Mask), you are sure to find the perfect gift from their range. The Was Bad Invisible Gel Treatment is amazing for treating pesky spots, within a day or two, the pimple will be dramatically reduced in size and redness, or even a distant memory. Not only do they stock skincare products, but also multi-vitamins for beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Skincare Starter Kit by Meadow Skincare at Blomma Beauty*

Meadow Skincare Starter Kit

Blomma Beauty was created for customers to discover organic and natural beauty products that are not stocked in conventional beauty stores. Blomma Beauty work with cruelty free, natural, and ideally organic brands to bring you a skincare experience like no other. My recommendation to you today is the Meadow Skincare Starter Kit, retailing for £35.00. This kit features travel-sized versions of their entire range, including a Cleansing Balm, Moisturising Balm, Face Mask, Facial Exfoliant and an Overnight Replenishing Oil.

Blomma Beauty have kindly given me a code, which means that with any purchase of a full price product (not applicable to sale) you will get a free sample pack of the Meadow Skincare Starter Kit. Just use the code “untilanotherday“. The samples will be posted to the person making the purchase, so if the delivery address is different it will be shipped to the billing address.

Jewellery Gifts

Beautiful Handmade Jewellery by Harfi*

Anika Gold Plated Tear Drop Boho Earrings with Green detail
Anika Gold Plated Tear Drop Boho Earrings

Harfi ethically source all of their jewellery without compromising on quality. Their Anika Gold Plated Tear Drop Boho Earrings are absolutely stunning, the perfect accessory to any outfit. The green tear drop detail adds a touch of glamour and sophistication, making them the perfect gift this Christmas. Harfi do not just sell jewellery, they also stock a variety of towels and homeware too.

“You won’t find any mass-produced items in our collections. All of our products have been handmade by artisans using traditional skills that have been passed through the generations.”

Lily & Stella Jewellery and Fashion Accessories*

Pink and red friendship bracelt from Lily & Stella
Boho Betty Wooden Heart Beaded Friendship Bracelet

Lily & Stella stock a variety of Jewellery from some incredible brands, including Boho Betty, Joma Jewellery, Katie Loxton just to name a few. Not only do Lily and Stella offer beautiful pieces, they have free delivery on all orders. You can even add a personalised handwritten note to any order, making them the perfect choice for a bespoke present this festive period. I was kindly gifted a stunning Boho Betty Wooden Heart Beaded Friendship Bracelet, that I think would be such a great gift. Lily & Stella have a various collections, making your entire shopping experience really simple, take a look at their Christmas collection.

Sustainable Gifting

We all need to do our part to help the environment, so why not purchase some gifts which can help your friends and family become more sustainable. In this section I will be sharing some gift ideas that will make perfect presents but are environmentally friendly at the same time.

Save the Planet Twice a Day with Brushbox*

Brushbox create eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrushes for the entire family. Brushbox source their Bamboo sustainably from FSC-certified, Panda Friendly Farms, which is also 100% biodegradable. If all of that was not wonderful enough, for every toothbrush purchased one is gifted to a disadvantaged child and a tree is planted. The toothbrushes can be purchased individually; as a year’s supply or you can even subscribe to a monthly service. Brushbox also have Zero-Waste Toothpaste Tabs. Simply pop a small tab in your mouth, chew and start brushing, they are suitable for vegans and are cruelty free! Brushbox have a wide variety of sustainable oral care products that aim to help everyone live more environmentally friendly.

Stop Wasting Plastic by Using Reusable Straws

Metal/Reusable Straw in a red cocktail.
Photo by Isabela Kronemberger on Unsplash

This is more of a small stocking filler, but I can guarantee it will be a worthwhile gift to someone. Reusable straws can be carried around daily in order to reduce one’s plastic consumption, not only are they better for the environment, but, in my opinion, more hygienic. They will not be sitting on a bar waiting for multiple people to touch or sneeze on them (grosssss), and they’re so much better than those awful paper straws which turn soggy after just a few sips. Reusable straws are really affordable and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, I picked these colourful straws on Amazon and they only cost £2.99 for 4!

Machine Washable Cotton Pads

Reusable Cotton Pads
Photo by EcoPanda on Unsplash

Although a beauty related gift, washable cotton pads are also massively sustainable. If you are planning on putting together a gift hamper, this is something you should consider adding in, or even just as a stocking filler. They’re inexpensive and there are hundreds to choose from, I love these super cute Bumble Bee pads on Etsy. Simply pop them in the little machine washable pouch and throw into your washing machine, they will be clean and ready to use again in a matter of hours.

Body and Haircare Gifts

KIND2 Shampoo and Conditioner*

Kind2 Shampoo and Conditioner
KIND2 The Hydtating One and The Restoring One

KIND2 are a plastic free haircare company, who have created a range of solid shampoos and conditioners. Yes, you did read that correctly, solid! I was so intrigued when KIND2 reached out to me, and I couldn’t wait to put their Hydrating One and The Restoring One to the test. I was really impressed with the quality, scent, and ease of use of the unusual solid formula. KIND2’s products are free of sulphates (so work amazing for curly hair), silicones and parabens, and are filled with active plant-based extracts to treat our hair. They are also completely cruelty free and vegan. KIND2 have 10% off your first order on their website, so head over their now to pick up some amazing stocking fillers this Christmas.

Care for your Body with Shea Moisture*

Shea Moisture African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Body Wash and Body Lotion
African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Body Wash and Body Lotion

Who does not love receiving luxurious body care products at Christmas? Shea Moisture have a wide variety of body care products that smell incredible and are amazing for keeping the skin hydrated. I have been loving their African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Body Wash and Body Lotion recently. If you are not a fan of minty scents, fear not, the mint is so subtle and by no means over powering. The Detox collection is perfect for congested and dull skin and contains no parabens, or sulphates. Shea Moisture not only have plenty of body care products, but also haircare (perfect for curly hair btw).

Haircare for Curly Hair with Only Curls*

Only Curls Mini Collection
Only Curls Mini Collection

If you have a friend with gorgeous curly hair, then Only Curls products will be perfect for her. Only Curls specialise in curl enhancing products which are free of sulphates, parabens, silicones, and are cruelty free. Their Mini Collection features all of their products, in small, travel friendly sized bottles (retailing for £30), which is great for first timers of the curly hair method. I have been trialling this recently and I love how my hair looks and feels! Only Curls also have some cute accessories, including silk scrunchies, combs, silk pillowcases, hair clips and many more.

House Cats of London Footcare*

House Cats of London Foot Scrub and Foot Cream
Ulta Rich Foot Scrub and Ultra Rich Foot Cream

We always care for the skin on our face and body, but often neglect our feet. House Cats of London are actually a nail/prosecco bar, who have recently launched a bunch of their own products. I have been testing out their Ultra Rich Foot Cream and Ultra Rich Foot Scrub, both of which leave my feet feeling so soft and smooth. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near London so I haven’t visited their salon, however House Cats offer a range of manicure and pedicure bundles. If you have a friend that lives near-by, you should 100% treat them to a gift card this Christmas.

Home Decor

Botanical Floral Wall Art with Silver & Birch*

Leaf Wall Art by Silver and Birch

Do you know someone who is looking to jazz up their living space with some gorgeous prints? Look no further than Silver & Birch. Specialising in stunning real flower jewellery and botanical prints, you will definitely find something for everyone. There are so many different designs to chose from, from pressed flower artwork, to paper weights. You can also find some gorgeous sterling silver necklaces, which are filled with beautiful real organic flowers!

Luxury Silk Homeware and Accessories with Jasmine Silk*

Jasmine Silk Logo

Jasmine Silk was originally founded in 1982 in Hangzhou region of China and is now a world leader in high quality silk. Jasmine Silk have a huge range of silk duvets, blankets, mattress toppers, pillows which make for the most comfortable night sleep. They also have some great silk accessories, including eye masks, gloves, and socks, which I can confirm are amazing. Add a bit of luxury to Christmas and treat yourself, or a loved one, to some gorgeous real silk products.

Self-Care

A Hug in a Box with Positive Parcel*

Positive Parcel and its contents.
Postitve Parcel

Send a loved one a self-care box this Christmas with Positive Parcel. A selection of handpicked goodies that will instantly spread positivity. By purchasing a Positive Parcel you are not only making someone smile, but part of the profits from your sale will be donated to the NHS, and a selection of mental health charities! Inside the box you will find a relaxing Lavender scented candle; an uplifting turmeric, apple and lemon balm tea; a Happy Newspaper sharing positive news; a homemade chocolate bar; sticky notes, and finally a colouring in sheet. This gift can be sent all year round to friends and family who need a little pick me up.

Stocking Fillers

Holibops: A Unique Holiday Gift*

Holibops Sound Effects Box
Holibops Sound Effects Box

Holibops is a gift like no other, it is a holiday sound effects box. You are probably wondering what on earth it is, but that’s what I am about to tell you. For those of us that missed out on our summer holiday this year, due to the pandemic, then this gift will magically transport you to your dream destination. Well, not literally, but with sound! With 16 different sound effects to chose from, including the seaside, the airport and even the sound of Crickets, this gift will either satisfy your craving for a holiday or make you need one even more! Holibops have kindly set up a discount code for you guys to get 20% off, either use the code UNTIL-ANOTHER-HOLIDAY or click here.

Help Someone in Need with Oxfam Unwrapped

Oxfam Safe Water for a Family of Four Gift Card
Safe Water for a Family of four Gift Card

Oxfam Unwrapped is a range of charity gift cards designed to help people around the world beat poverty. Why not choose one of Oxfams gift gards to give to friends or family this Christmas. Each gift card is inspired by the work Oxfam are involved in, including: Providing Water for All, Funding Emergency Response Work, Helping People make a Living, and Building Brighter Futures. The money you spend will go to one of these initiatives, so not only are you spreading Christmas cheer, you are also helping those in less fortunate circumstances. Oxfams gift cards include a pack of Super Seeds (£5), a Pile of Poo (£10) and even safe water for an entire community (£50).

Caroline Hirons – Skin is the Foundation Skincare Book

Caroline Hirons skinCARE - The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide
Caroline Hirons skinCARE – The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide

If you know someone who loves skincare, then skinCare – The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide would definitely be their dream present. I received this for my birthday in September, and believe me when I tell you, it is INCREDIBLE. Caroline reveals so many tips and tricks on skincare, busting those skincare myths and recommending routines that actually work. It is a must-have book for any beauty fanatic in my opinion.

Candles/Wax Melts

Christmas Candle
Photo by Mariana B. on Unsplash

You can’t really go wrong with gifting some scented candles or wax melts at Christmas time, they are the perfect cosy winter accessory. Some of my favourite candles are by Yankee Candle (of course). Candles can be quite expensive, so if you are on budget this Christmas, then wax melts are the perfect alternative. Although cheaper, they still throw an amazing scent around the room/house. I would recommend checking out Foxglove Fragrances, they have some incredible scents that would make for a lovely Christmas present. I have a review on the brand here.

Photo Album

Photo Album
Photo by Mockaroon on Unsplash

Do you have someone in your life who means the absolute world to you? Then add a personal touch to their Christmas and create a photo album, filled with photographs of the two of you. I am kind of cheating with this idea, because my boyfriend put a photo album together for me a couple of years ago. Inside he collated some of our best memories and put them all in one place, he even typed some messages to go with each photo. This has got to be one of my most treasured and favourite gifts I ever received. We occasionally pull the album out and go through all of our amazing holidays and silly moments together, it’s so romantic!

I had so much fun putting together this gift guide, it is my first post like this on my blog! Trying out the various products and writing this post has really gotten me into the festive spirit, so I cannot wait for Christmas to arrive now. I hope this guide has proven useful, and you were able to discover some brands and present ideas for your loved ones this Christmas, or even for yourself! I hope you all have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!

Until Another Day x

Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Palette Review

With the 25th December not too far away, now is the perfect opportunity to plan your makeup, for the festive season, using the Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette.

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Christmas is not just about eating until our pants are bursting and giving presents to the people we appreciate most. Christmas is for getting our glam on and celebrating in style! With the 25th December not too far away, now is the perfect opportunity to plan your outfit and, of course, makeup, for the festive season.

Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette
Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette

The Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Palette will be your seasonal bestie this Christmas. Filled to the brim with 24 pressed glitter eyeshadows, from reds to blues, neutrals to brights, this palette will compliment any eye look by adding a blinding sparkle to the eyes. I am obsessed with including glitter to my makeup in some form or another on Christmas day, so much so I have done it for the past 3 years.

The packaging for this palette is so sleek and comes with a protective pouch, so you won’t need to worry about damaging those precious glitters. It also comes with a large mirror so is perfect for travelling (whenever we get around to doing this again). For us beauty bloggers out there, each glitter has its very own name, so it is so much easier to identify the shade you are working with. Each pan comes with a good amount of product, so this palette will last quite a while.

When playing with glitters, I would always recommend finishing your eye makeup first, before starting on your base. Fall out is pretty much guaranteed with glitter, however I was so impressed with how little actually fell on my face. Upon first application, I applied a tacky full coverage concealer to act as my eye primer, giving the glitter something to adhere to. I didn’t need to use a glitter glue for the shadows to stick to my lid, which was a bonus. I added my matte transition shades and then I used my pinkie to pack the glitter into the centre of my lid, the pay-off is so much better when using your fingers. To disperse the glitter, I used a small brush to evenly distribute it across my eye, taking care not to move it too high. If you prefer using a brush over your fingers, then you should spray the brush with a setting mist before dipping into the glitter, this will give you more pigmentation.

Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette
Jolie Beauty Bom Dot Com Glitter Eyeshadow Palette

Throughout the day the glitter did occasionally sink into the creases of my eyelid, but that depended on what glitter I was using. I must admit, some glitters in the palette are a lot more pigmented/higher quality than others, for example Sugar, the white glitter, is quite chunky and does not have as much pay off as Zest, the lime green shade. I also found that Zest, although green in the pan, has quite a golden undertone, which I love btw!

Another point to highlight is that I suffer with eczema on my eyelids from time to time, I often experience irritation with certain eye makeup products. BUT not with this palette!! I was a little worried at first, with this being a pressed glitter palette, so much to my delight, and surprise, my lids didn’t become itchy, dry or sore after using the glitters. It is a big thumbs up for me 👍. I have a recent Instagram post featuring the gorgeous pink glitters on my eyes.

In summary, the Bomb Dot Com palette is visually stunning and performs well on the eyes, with little to no fall out. You can create endless vibrant and colourful looks, making it the perfect all-year round glitter eyeshadow palette. I will most definitely reach for this palette on Christmas Day and throughout the entire festive period. Do you love using glitter to add sparkle to your makeup? Then you really need to treat yourself the Jolie Beauty Bomb Dot Com Pressed Glitter Palette! Jolie Beauty also have some beautiful highlighters too.

Until Another Day x