Posted in Blogmas

Buying presents as a student

 

 

Hello and welcome to Blogmas Day 2! Today’s song on the Christmas countdown is I Believe in Father Christmas – quite an appropriate one given today’s topic! As we now have just over 3 weeks until the big day, and student loans are beginning to look a little low, most of us begin this panic of what to buy everyone. Secret Santa presents need bought, there’s family to think of, and then there are those of you who are lucky enough to have significant others to buy for as well.

 

Do not fear my friends! Below is a list of what you can either buy or make as a present for even the pickiest of people. Of course, there are so many different options that I won’t be able to list them all but hopefully something will come into your head!

 

  1. A photo book. With the app Free Prints, you can order 45 free photos a month, all size 6×4, and only pay postage on them! Then either buy a few cheap frames from your local pound shop, or buy a scrap-book and stick them in with little messages relating to the picture. It’s a really personal present and shows you care. Best part? It can all be done for less than £5! If you give your invite code to family and friends, you gain an extra 5 free prints per month, so if this is something you’re interested in, why not use my code and then share yours? Mine is ‘kburton15’.
  2. Christmas decorations. From snowglobes to Santas, to snowmen and more, you can never have enough Christmas decorations! Again, your local pound shop, or Primark can often have lovely little things you would never have thought of. I personally like scouring the charity shops in my areas as it means I’m donating to a good cause too.

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  3. Homemade potpourri . I actually made this for my aunt and uncle last year and it’s still smelling strong! Just google homemade Christmas potpourri and there are so many to choose from! Pop it inside a sandwich bag and tie with some ribbon, and it becomes the perfect gift. Of course, you can always buy a cheap but nice dish to put it in too. Pictured below is the potpourri I made them this time last year. The picture was taken in August and when I went visiting in November it was still there and smelt incredible!
  4. Gloves. If you’re anything like me, you will constantly be losing at least one of a pair. You can never have enough gloves, and there are often some lovely ones in Primark, Dunnes Stores, and there are even some great bargains in TK Maxx!

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  5. Socks. Again, a bit like gloves, but these are things that no one likes to buy themselves. I don’t know about you but even just one new pair of fluffy socks brighten up my day.
  6. Fudge or shortbread. A quick search online will quickly give you so many recipes for this and you also have the fun of taste testing! Homemade treats always go down well, as it shows you’ve actually spent time on their present rather than just grabbing the first thing you see.

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  7. Personalised calendars. Again, these do cost money but they’re nearly always on sale at this time of year as everyone makes a mad dash to buy them for the start of the new year. Upload pictures for the person, add in any key dates you think they should remember, and Bob’s your uncle!
  8. Hidden compartment book. Okay so if you’re anything like me this idea of this is great but actually creating it may hurt a little. Head to your local charity shop for a hardback book and use this tutorial to make a little hiding spot for anything your recipient may want to hide, whether it be the last chocolate bar, keys or their phone!

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  9. What (Name) Likes canvas. Do you have The Works near you or a similar shop? These places sell canvases that you can paint and decorate. To be honest, I got this idea from a present my amazing flat mates got me for my 21st, although they didn’t make it. Not that that makes it any less great, but this way probably would’ve been a lot cheaper! Pick up a paint sample from your local DIY shop, or you may find you know someone with left over paint in their garage from their recent home decoration. Paint the canvas and allow it to dry before writing in permanent marker ‘What (Name) Likes’ across the middle and then list all the things you know they like in different sizes and directions. They’re sure to love it!
  10. Board Games. Once again, get down to your local charity shops and have a search for their board games. There’s nothing better than sitting down with friends or family to play a board game on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day, and it’s something they can play at any time. A lot of these games probably won’t have even been used!

 

So there you have 10 ideas that you can consider! One thing I would recommend is looking at whatever deals and offers are on. Whether there’s a 3 for 2 offer you can take advantage of, or if something’s half price, any way you can save money is a great idea! Personally, I love looking on Groupon, Living Social, and Wowcher to see what deals there, and one of my friends pointed me in the direction of Wish! Although I would recommend Wish for if you aren’t in a rush for presents as the delivery time can be ages. I placed an order on September 28th and by October 9th still hadn’t had it confirmed!

 

Hopefully I’ve helped even a little bit. If you’ve any suggestions that you think I should’ve included please feel free to mention them in the comments below!

 

Have a great Friday, and try not to murder anyone when doing your Christmas shopping this weekend!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

My anti-anti-bucket list

And once again we find ourselves looking at a Wednesday morning. Only 3 more hours until we’re officially half way through the working week! The more I think about it, the more I’m ready for the weekend again. With another night out again tonight (and many advance apologies to my snapchat friends) I’m not looking forward to tomorrow morning. 

 

Anyway, enough about today, and on to today’s post! Anyone who read all of last week’s posts – and if you didn’t, why not? – will know that last week I guest posted on Jade’s blog over at simpleyjadey.co.uk with the topic of My Anti-Bucket list, a list of things I hope not to do in my lifetime. So today, a week later, I thought I would share my bucket list with you! Sounds interesting, right?

 

  1. Become a teacher. It’s all I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember and it’s so close but yet so far!
  2. Go to a Christmas Market on the continent. I don’t overly mind which one, but I’ve heard the Christmas Markets on the mainland of Europe are fantastic and so, being obsessed with the festive season, I really want to go!
  3. Have a holiday home in Ibiza. Yes, my love of Ibiza has spread even to here. When asked why I love it so much, I still can’t give an exact answer. But surely that’s a good thing? If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend Santa Eulalia. Just saying.
  4. Visit Florida. Not really sure why this one either but it seems like a nice place to go!
  5. Go ice skating in New York. Yes, I’ve been to the Big Apple, but I didn’t get to go ice skating. I did, however, go shopping on 5th Avenue but that wasn’t ever on the bucket list.
  6. See Ed Sheeran in concert. I was heartbroken that I couldn’t get tickets for him in Glasgow but was able to get Rachel and a friend tickets for in Belfast while I was stuck in lectures in Glasgow.
  7. Go to Disneyland in America. Having been to the Parisian one, I’m now set on going in the states.
  8. Visit the Harry Potter studios. What Potter fan our age doesn’t want to go??
  9. Go to South Africa to see the penguins. When I told my sister this she looked at me in disbelief but yes there are times of the year when penguins are at the southern-most tip of South Africa!
  10. Visit London’s Winter Wonderland. It sounds magical and it’s Christmassy so who wouldn’t want to go?
  11. Get my tattoo. Have you not heard about my tattoo? The one I want is a turtle but I’ll have to show you it.

 

What would be on your list?

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge, Lifestyle, music

Day 16 – The Song

What song inspires you and why?

Okay so I have a lot of songs that inspire me for a lot of different things. Recently rediscovering Who Said from Hannah Montana reminded me I can be anything I want to be – no one can tell me I can’t except me!

The song that always speaks to me though is The Story by Sara Ramirez. I first heard this song back when I was binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. The musical episode has divided fans – a bit like marmite! I couldn’t really tell you what it is about this song that made me fall in love with it, or if it was in fact the moment I realised how much I love Sara Ramirez. I now have a poster in my room of the lyrics to this song – I’ll post them below. But please, if it’s all you do today, please please listen to this song!

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am

But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true, I was made for you

I climbed across the mountaintops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But, baby, I broke them all for you

Oh because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do, and I was made for you

You see the smile that’s on my mouth
It’s hiding the words that don’t come out
And all of my friends who think that I’m blessed
They don’t know my head is a mess

No, they don’t know who I really am
And they don’t know what I’ve been through
Like you do, and I was made for you

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am

Oh, but these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true that I was made for you
Oh, yeah, well, it’s true that I was made for you

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge, Lifestyle

Day 6 – My Inspirations

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So with today’s theme being Who Inspires you? Thank them! I wanted to give you the long long list…

 

Jodie (@jodiedcmitchell) : goingplacesanddoingstuff.wordpress.com

Lauren ( @loulabxlle ) : loulabellerose.com

Lauren (@iconiclaur) : laurmatthews.blogspot.co.uk

Meg (@itsmeegan ): itsmeeganblog.wordpress.com

Toni ( @tonigeorgiaxo ): bloglovin.com/blogs/tonigeor…

Lily (@lilydealxo ) : lilydeal.co.uk

Emily (@L1ttleEm ) : emilyfayeslittleworld.blogspot.co.uk

Francesca (@bellamomentoX ) bellamomento.blogspot.co.uk

Nusha (@nushablog) : nushablog.wordpress.com

Lily (@bloglilyrose ) : lilyroserichards.blogspot.co.uk

Jade ( @jademillardx ) : simplyjadey.blogspot.co.uk

Ellie ( @laughingsugg ) : ellieslittleeworld.wordpress.com

Eloise ( @isthateloise ) : isthateloise.blogspot.co.uk

Jordanne ( ofaglasgowgirl ) : thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

Mellisa (@LoveeMelissaX ) : lovemelissax.blogspot.co.uk

Cathy ( OvernightBelle ) : overnightbelle.wordpress.com

Becca ( @beccaonblog ) : beccasloveforlife.blogspot.com

Summer (@theblondecafe_ ) : theblondecafe.wordpress.com

Hannah (@harteva_) : harteva.wordpress.com

Em (@EmLDunn ) : emmalouisedunn.blogspot.co.uk

Chanté ( @chantenna ) : chantenna.blogspot.com

Ana (@anab184 ) : wishilivedincalifornia.blogspot.com.es

Ashley (@ashmcc87 ) : ashmcc87.blogspot.co.uk

Em ( @ohfab ) : ohfab.co.uk

Becca ( @beccaxjayne ) : bloglovin.com/blogs/positive…

Sarah (@SarahCxBlog ) : hellochappes.blogspot.co.uk

 

Mary from 1 Week Mary, Nuala, Jason, Mary, my sister, and so many others!

Thank you so much for inspiring me daily to keep going no matter what life throws at me.

 

 

Ktkinnes xx