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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

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Christmas Giveaway!

Yes my dears, you are in for a treat – Life with Ktkinnes is hosting its first ever giveaway this Christmas! For more information, please keep reading!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and sitting in the corner of my room is this lovely set of prizes for one lucky winner. As some of you may be aware, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Yes, there’s all the food, and the lights, and all the happy music playing while you get drunk (just me?), but my favourite thing about this time of year is that I can give people random presents and no one can say no! I’ve always loved being able to give a little something to the people who matter to me and that is why I have decided to run this giveaway – a chance to say thank you to all you wonderful people who actually take the time to come read my posts, drop little comments, and basically encourage me to keep doing something I love.

“This is cool, what are the prizes?” I hear you ask. Have a little look below!

Prizes Include:

Christmas Colouring book

colouring pencils

Body Shop Tea Tree set

Wreck This Journal

Glowsticks

Nail file (Christmas themed of course)

Seventeen’s Match My Mood set

Seventeen’s Blend and Blur Brushes

Mark Hill minis set

And a few little surprises!

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Your prizes will be in this lovely box

So, the giveaway will be running from December 1st 2016 to December 24th 2016, with the winner being picked at 6pm. I will announce the winner on Twitter at 8pm and they then have 48 hours in which to reply. Yes, there is only one winner for all these wonderful prizes worth over £150! But yes, there is only one mandatory entry requirement, alongside a few other ways to gain extra entries! Just click on the link below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions Apply:

1. You must be following me on Twitter. This is the only mandatory entry requirement. After this, you can get extra entries by completing the other options such as following me on Bloglovin’ etc.
2. Only one person will win this prize.
3. Prize will be sent via tracked or recorded postage.
4. Open to U.K. residents only i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
5. All Entries will be checked to make sure you are still fully complying with the rules.
6. No giveaway accounts. They will be disqualified
7. Winner will be announced 24th December at 8pm. They then have 48 hours to reply to me before another winner will be picked.
8. Items will be posted by the January 11th and I will keep in contact with the winner to keep them updated.
9. I am not responsible for any damage to the prizes during delivery.
10. Running from 01/12/2016 to 24/12/2016.

All that’s left for me to say is good luck!

Ktkinnes xx

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21st

Hi everyone! Sorry to have to try picking your brains but I decided to come and ask you a question.
For the last few weeks, Mum and Dad have been asking what I would like for my birthday. I’ve given them a few hints, such as a charm bracelet or a pearl necklace (these are both things I’ve wanted for years but never asked for until now) but they’ve decided they don’t like my suggestions. I half-jokingly asked for tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by myself and they seemed to consider this on the condition I got myself to London and found myself somewhere to stay, but, since she’s continued to ask me for ideas, I don’t think they want to get me the tickets. 
So my question to you lovely friends is – what should I ask for? I don’t know their price range but nothing too expensive – we tend to go for about £100 maximum, sometimes more if there’s something we desperately want or need. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Comment below, tweet me, or email katiekinnes@msn.com!
Ktkinnes xx

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I’m back

Sorry for leaving you all for so long, dad’s uncle died hours after my post “First day of summer”  and it hit harder than any of us expected to. The last week and a half have been hectic and to clear our heads we went away for a while.
Today is the GCSE results day and Rachel got her results – 5A*s and 5 As! Cheeky little madam did better than me… Although she did get a tutor… Should tutors be allowed? And should there be so many different boards for exams? I don’t know *sighs*
Her boyfriend got his A level results last week and is going to Newcastle University! So as Rachel’s birthday present I have bought her a weekend in Newcastle with him. Problem is I have no idea how to give it to her. I don’t want to have mum and dad just hand her card on her birthday because I know she likes having something to open. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! I had considered a jigsaw that said “you’re going to Newcastle” but if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate them.
Thanks!
Ktkinnes xx

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Restless nights and all that come with them

Another new follower this morning, I must be doing something right! Hello SJsTheName! Welcome to the ramblings that I choose to share with you all.

This morning’s post comes a little later than normal due to a disturbed night’s sleep. As usual, I write my bedtime post and then browse Facebook before going to sleep, normally some time around 11:30pm. Last night all went to plan, I even managed to avoid watching 24 before bed! The strange thing was I kept waking during the night for some unknown reason and being unable to get back to sleep. It was only when I decided to check Facebook at around 6am that I realised I was far too warm. Anyone else have that problem last night? So I thought I’d share some tips for sleeping through the warm nights, through the use of an article on the BBC News website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19319499

Whilst it didn’t really suggest much that would help in the middle of the night when you’re trying to keep the noise down, it gave me a few ideas for tonight. 
Now seems as good a time as any to share my reading list with you all. Over the next 5 weeks or so I am to read 7 books but I’ll give you the list either tonight or tomorrow. 

I’m currently waiting to go for lunch, Granny loved her present – a brown leather recliner. It took an hour to put together but she seems happy with it!

Thanks for reading 🙂 and being patient with today’s post. I’m really grateful for all the views and follows.

Ktkinnes xx