Well here we are again, another year older, another year sicker of covid and masks and all those things. Another year of gift guides telling people that what we really want is fur-lined loafers and €500 eye cream. Cashmere bed socks might be the last word in luxury but there are other ways to spend €60 on me that might get a better reaction. And less scratching.
So here is is, the 2021 version (The first of this series was back in 2014!) what these real women want for Christmas annual post, with real life actual things that real life actual women want and that real life people can afford. Every year when I write this post I want some of the things in it for myself. We still have some of the original contributors joining in, together with a newbie. Hope you get some inspiration!
Steph is the newest contributor to this annual post, this is her first appearance here. You can find her on instagram here. I did one of her Tribe Talks back in early covid and had a great chat. She’s a HR professional and her website Stephbe.ie is where she,in her own words shares her “passion for HR, coaching, creating a better relationship with yourself, tips and tricks for success, selfdiscovery, infertility support, books and being a mum.” Her instagram is uplifting and encouraging, her jokes slightly cringe,
I think I am really easy to buy for, as I get genuine pleasure in the little things. There is also no limit to how many of these basics I would love to own. Pyjamas, books, socks, candles and any smelly stuff makes me curl my toes with pleasure!
However, when I got the opportunity to virtually shop I did think of a few “bigger” gifts I would love.
I am a proud member of Newbridge Gospel Choir. It’s been so good to be back singing together again. Needless to say most of our gigs are out doors. We wear black as our uniform and I don’t own a black coat. My go to brand for coats is Ted Baker as I know I will have them forever.
Like I said, I can’t have enough pyjamas in my life and I’m obsessed with this Savida set.
I love clothes. I get great pleasure from them and wear things over and over and over again.
I’m also a big fan of pleather and have my eye on this pair of Poco trousers.
I’m not a bit greedy, even one of these things (with a book and a pair of socks) would make me very happy.
But, if I could ask Santa for one more thing (apart from world peace and the end of COVID) it would be this super cute bag in one of my most favourite colours from Irish Accessories Designer Nikki Hoyne.
Next up is Lucy, another of the original cast, you can find her on instagram at Learnermama. I loved all the information she shared about her Paris trip with her children at October midterm. Lucy has had a rough year and deserves a very relaxing Christmas.
Next up is another of the founding mothers for this series, except when Andrea wrote her first Christmas wishlist back in 2014 she was a working mum of three young kids, and now a mere seven years later she’s a bestselling author with FIVE novels under her belt. Her children have grown up a bit too. I always love Andrea’s wishlist, especially her very clear hints to her husband. Any of Andrea’s novels would make a great gift.
Queen B Ice-blue Anna Sweatshirt
I’m obsessed with sweatshirts since I started working from home six years ago – my uniform every day is sweatshirt, jeans, and runners – so I was thrilled to discover (thanks to my sisters) Queen B Athletics. Queen B is an Irish-owned clothing company, based in Carrigaline, Co. Cork (where I grew up) and selling in pop-up shops in Dublin too but available everywhere via the power of the internet. They do gorgeously bright colourful sweatshirts, beanies, leggings, sports bras – everything you need for a run or a walk or, in my case, working from home. The one I have my eye on is the ice-blue Anna sweatshirt.
Kinvara 24 Hour Rosehip Serum
I’ve gone from being a dab-of-moisturiser person to full-blown skincare fanatic in the last two years, and love trying new products. For what it’s worth, I was always skeptical about skincare products until I started a skincare routine myself and noticed the huge difference.
Kinvara is a lovely Irish skincare brand and for the last two years, I’ve been a loyal daily user of their oil cleanser – I can’t imagine ever using anything else. I’d love to try some other products in their range, like the 24 Hour Rosehip Face Serum.
I LOVE Skelligs chocolate and although I own an unopened box right now, I suspect by the time this blog post goes to print, it’ll be gone. So if you’re reading this and you’ve got me in the family Secret Santa – you know what to do! I’ll share, I promise.
MaryK rose gold chain
Christmas is all about sparkle, even in these less-than-sparkly times, and I have my eye on this rose gold chain from MaryKJewellery. MaryK is a local jewellery designer and I’ve got into the habit of celebrating each book publication by taking a trip to Halo Jewellery in Glasthule and buying a new Mary K chain or pair of earrings. I don’t own anything rose gold though, so if anyone* wants to change this situation, consider this my strong hint.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
I loved Bear Town and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and Anxious People sounds like just the right kind of book for curling up by the fire between Christmas and new year.
And finally, meeeeee
Here I am, writing my begging list again. Full disclosure, I share gift wishlists with my family every year but I still do love a surprise, I use my family wishlists for this post, or something I have dropped very heavy hint to.
In the past year, much to my own surprise, I’ve learned that I don’t hate running and lots of the gifts on my wishlist this year are about making sure that I keep up the habit. My sisters tell me that my wishlists are predictable, pjs, jewellery, knitwear. In these crazy times I think consistency is commendable. Here are the hints I’ve been dropping for this Christmas
Top of my list and after much research is a Garmin Venu Sq Music, my fitbit charge has died and since I’ve started running I’ve started tracking some stats to get myself better paced. I like the moss green colour as I consider it to be practically neutral.
Running gear – I’d love a running half-zip or jacket. More leggings always come in handy too, since lockdown 1 I have a Sweaty Betty obsession and more pairs are always welcome
A good book – I always love a good book – this year I have my eye on Claire Keegan “Small Things Like These”.
A cosy jumper – since work from home is still on the go, my uniform is jumper and jeans, and the jeans aren’t on display on Zoom calls. My favourite jumpers are Sugarhill Brighton, available from loads of Irish boutiques and this lightning one is one of my favourites.
Art I love getting new wall candy at Christmas. My favourites this year are this print of Ballycross Apple Farm by Simone Walsh and this print of a Tunnock’s tea cake (my favourite treat) by Orla Walsh.
THANK YOU to all my contributors as always, I hope this post helps you drop hints