The holiday season is all about spreading joy & wearing Santa hats.
Okay, just kidding!!! For me, the holidays are all about spreading happiness & joy & love, and giving to others just like they give to you! (Even tho Santa hats are pretty cool. I’m wearing one right now.
Like I’ve said before, I celebrate Christmas non-religiously (since I’m not Christian), so everything I said above (including the Santa hats) is why I celebrate it! Also because Christmas trees are pretty & shiny and gifts are fun to give & get.
As you all PROBABLY know, Christmas was on Monday!! And there was also Hanukkah & Kwanzaa (not on Monday). I just want to wish a quick “Happy Holidays” to everyone, no matter what specific holiday you celebrate!
So, because I love to see what others get for birthdays, holidays, etc., I decided to do a gift haul!
I’m not at all trying to brag about what I got. I know that many people do not get gifts at all during the holiday season, or the holidays are a horrible time for them. (And to those people, I send extra hugs & mangoes.) I’m extremely grateful that I have the chance to receive gifts and also give them??
This is my third post in my mini-series “Goodbye 2017”!! (You can read the first & second installments HERE and HERE!) This post isn’t actually related to wrapping up 2017??? But I like gift hauls so I’m doing one.
Also, I swear these photos aren’t as blurry as I look, but when I upload them to WordPress, they aren’t as clear???? I didn’t sign up for this???
(The playbill was from a friend last year but I just included it because it’s pretty okay??)
So I had to show this one first because IT’S !! HAMILTON !!
I’m super excited about this because look, I HAVE MY OWN CD OF HAMILTON!!! And then I got it downloaded to my phone, so now, when I’m going on 3-hour-ish flights or long car trips, I CAN JUST LISTEN TO HAMILTON THE WHOLE TIME.
My sister bought this for me from Amazon—but I spoiled it for myself because I was getting a CD for my mom & saw this BEAUTIFUL CD on the shelf nearby, then wanted to beg my dad to buy it, only to be told by my sister that SHE was actually getting it for me!!!
But I mean, I don’t care. It’s beautiful.
After that is my lovely little handlettering book that has all sorts of little tutorials to doing different fonts?? Y’all know how obsessive I am over fonts and all that so this is going to be really useful!!
SEE. LOOK HOW PRETTY.
The whole reason I’m including this is because I need to show how talented my sister is??? Like HOW are her fingers so delicate to make something like that???
Another stocking stuffer I got was this box of MINI VANILLA COOKIES. And they’re so good??? I kind of like,, ate them all??? But I mean, what good is food if you don’t EAT IT.
Then I got some really cool packages of pens (I featured both in one because it was easier)! One is a pack of fineliners, which will add to my collection of ever-growing fineliner pens, and the other is a pack of italic pens! I don’t really know how those work??? But I’m smart, I’ll figure it out????
I also received a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card!! (For those who don’t know, since B&N is American, it’s a bookstore.) I’m super excited to use it because now I have a total of $50 to use on B&N from giftcards. But like on its own, I’ll literally be able to get only one hardcover.
Or two paperbacks. BUT HARDCOVERS ARE NICER.
I also got a “squishy”! I had no idea these existed until my sister bought them for our neighbors, and then I tried one & actually liked it. I have no idea what people usually use it for?? But I’m only using it while I read books, because my hands are strange and need something to do while reading.
But it smells like literal DEATH and I keep smelling it everywhere?? It’s haunting me??? I HATE THE SMELL MAKE IT GO AWAY????
And then my sister painted a little wooden box thing and made me a pencil box!! I don’t know how much I’ll use it because I rarely use anything to keep my pencils organized in BUT SHE PUT IN MY FAVORITE PAPERMATE PENS SO I’M GOOD WITH THAT!!!
(Black and red are the colors I use the most, my sister knows me so well.)
Then my dad got my sis and I an Insignia speaker that comes with a Google Assistant. (Listen,,, I didn’t asked to be creepily stalked by Google okay.) The SPEAKER IS SO GREAT. And now I can turn up Hamilton really loud and have it played throughout the whole house!!!
I’m SO SO excited to have gotten Bad Romance from my mom!! The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS, and while I’ve heard mixed things about the book, I have a feeling I’ll love it?? Or at least like it.
But I mean, even if I don’t like it, it’ll be put to good use being PRETTY ON MY SHELF.
HOWEVER, this was shipped from the UK by Book Depository, and the second page was horribly folded and I just fsjdlkfjsdlkjasd. There was also a Peppa Pig bookmark (which I put over the worst of the fold, to spare all readers’ eyes).
I literally saw the ripped page + the bookmark and started laughing hysterically. At least give me a nICE BOOKMARK IF IT’S GOING TO BE RUINED LIKE THAT.
I’m ALSO excited to have gotten The City of Brass from my mom! I’ve heard the most AMAZING things about this; so many bloggers have mentioned this as one of their favorite books of 2017?? And there’s also a HIJABI ON THE COVER and I’m so excited to see if it has Muslim rep!!!
The cover is ALSO very pretty.
And the last book my mom got me was Moxie! Again, I’ve heard great things about this one, so I’m excited. PLUS it’s a feminist book, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it??? And look at that cover. Way to show girl power.
From my friend Amelie, I got A COOL MASON JAR with bath bombs & a chapstick & also a cool-pom-pom thing-that’s-not-an-actual-pom-pom-but-something-for-the-shower-I think!!!
No, but the bath bombs literally smell SO GOOD. I opened the jar and was instantly hit with this sweet, calming aroma like AAHHH I never want to use this, I just want to smell it forever!
(I’m not… obsessive??)
Then from another friend, I got a cute little gift bag with soft, fuzzy socks (!!), a REALLY nice-smelling candle, chapsticks, and a body wash thing! This friend is literally the purest & sweetest soul ever???
And from yet another friend, I got chapstick, a journal, a pen, and a little notebook! CLEARLY all my friends know how dry my lips get in the winter, aka why they all got me chapstick????
She also gave me a candy cane, but I ate it.
So a couple of blogger friends (Ju, Jackie, & Ilsa) and I decided one day that we should do a Secret Santa!! But as half of us live in the US, and the other two live in Europe, international shipping would be super expensive and we decided to just do a gift exchange between the two people in the same region.
I got paired up with the lovely Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words (who’s currently not blogging and you should go YELL AT HER TO COME BACK), and I had a lot of fun getting things for her & sending it all!
It was stressful because I did literally everything last minute,,, I bought her book on the last possible day, bought her goodies on the day I sent them…
BUT ANYWAYS. It was fun. And what Ju gave me was so awesome!!
I’M BEYOND ECSTATIC that she sent me Wild Beauty, because this book is one that I’ve been anxiously waiting for after reading McLemore’s previous (BEAUTIFUL) books, and there were so many times that I could’ve gotten it, but I held out just to get it from her!!
Like, if she didn’t give it to me after TELLING ME SHE WOULD, I was literally gonna choke her???
Then she gave me all these fabulous goodies, including socks*, chocolate, a cute flying pig thing, sticky notes, and a Six of Crows thing!!
*Socks??? I,, don’t love those at all????
how were YOUR holidays?? were you happy? did you eat a lot of food? what were some gifts you were excited to get? and what about gifts you were excited to give? holidays can be tough for many people, so i hope y’all were okay, or will feel better soon!! sending all my love <33
p.s. sorry for making you look at those last four HIDEOUS photos taken at night,,, they will be retaken