What I Got For Christmas 2021

I remember when I was 18 and my family told me that is when Christmas stopped, funnily enough since then they just seem to spoil me more and more each year. This year I have definitely been spoilt from everyone and each gift I received is going to come in very handy and some items are definitely treats. There are even a few items for me to share with my nephew which is perfect. I love writing this post every year and a few people have asked me to keep on doing it so here is what I got for Christmas (as I say every year this is not me bragging or showing off it is just for those who wanted to read it and for me to look back on in the future)...

It is no secret that I absolutely love the NBA x Primark range so when my grandparents asked what I wanted for Christmas of course the first thing I asked for was a hoodie from the collection. No one else was sure on the colour of this but I love it as it is different to colours I would usually wear. I think it is safe to say I am really looking forward to styling this. 

Is it really Christmas if you don't receive socks? I usually get far too many pair but this year I just got a few pairs, I love these Mario Kart ones from my auntie & uncle as Mario Kart has been constantly mentioned this year thanks to my nephew. They also got me these cosy Simba socks which are going to come in extremely handy for the cold football matches and walks we start to go on as they are thicker than other pairs I own. 

A few new beanies have been added to my ever growing collection and these are two perfect additions. My parents got me this Bradford City one which will be worn on those cold game days for both the men's and women's games we go to. My auntie and uncle got me this Primark x NBA Bulls hat to go with the rest of the items from the collection that I own and I absolutely love it. I think these are going to be my two most worn hats in 2022. 

My parents got me these brilliant short PlayStation pyjamas which are going to be perfect for lounging around in on those long gaming sessions in our new games room. These feel really comfortable and I definitely prefer short pyjamas to long pyjamas these days and with my other pairs getting too big these are the perfect addition. 

I definitely didn't need another dressing gown but I am in love with this one already. This is a thinner material where as my others are thick fleecy material so this will be perfect for those cooler nights in the spring/summer. Plus you really can't beat baby Yoda. 

If you know me you will know just how much I love Stitch and I get Stitch themed gifts on most occasions. My auntie and uncle got me this really cute canvas which will probably be hung in the hallway. My parents got me this plastic cup, bowl and plate which matched the ones they got for my nephew. These are definitely going to come in handy for any picnics or camping trips we go on. 

Liam absolutely smashed it with this Gizmo tiki mug, it is absolutely fantastic but I don't want to ruin it so I think rather than use it for drinking I will be using it as a display item either in the games room or the spare room which is becoming my office. 

It isn't Christmas without toiletries is it and thanks to me already having shelves full I didn't actually get much this year. My grandparents got me 3 bath bombs to add to my collection, my sister got me a foot pack & a hand pack too which I can't wait to try. My auntie and uncle got me this sponge which is meant to help with tired looking skin and my parents got me my favourite Lynx set which came with sneaker freshners to keep them smelling fresh which a few pairs of my most worn sneakers are going to benefit from.

I am trying to grow my hair out (for now no doubt I will change my mind) so my parents got me a few items to help with the process. They got me plenty of the Hair Burst multi vitamins and the shampoo & conditioner which I already love. They also got me this got2b set with all my favourite hair products in which will no doubt be gone very soon as they are items I love to use. 

My parents also got me some more of my favourite Johnny's Chop Shop Products, these are products I have used for years now and I absolutely love them so I can't wait to get using these as my other are running low. 

I am still on my fitness journey and it is going to be a bit focus for 2022 and I got a few fun items this Christmas to help me along with my journey. My auntie and uncle got me this 1000ml water bottle and gym towel which is going to really help me with increasing my water intake. My parents also got me these exercise dice which could end up being really fun and challenging if I can get Liam on board with a bit of a 10 minute daily challenge just to get us both moving a little more. 

My parents also got me a few random items such as these tabletop games which are going to come in handy in the spare room/office which are going to keep me entertained when I am sat procrastinating or when something is taking a while to download/load. They also got me this Chicago Bulls make up bag although it won't be used as that. I am sick of losing memory cards and tech accessories so those now have a nice new home where they won't go missing. My grandparents also got me a hard case for storing my memory cards in too so I definitely shouldn't be losing these any more and they should always be protected. 

My grandparents added another charm to my Pandora bracelet with a gorgeous Granddaughter charm which matches the daughter one I already had. They also got me this gorgeous smelling reed diffuser which is going straight into the spare room as I know I will be spending a lot of time in there. My auntie and uncle got me and Liam matching Pooh Bear coasters and these Looney Tunes microfibre cloths which always come in very handy. 

My mum got me, my dad and my sister these brilliant coffee machines which are definitely going to be very handy for each of us. They are for making coffee to go which will be good for football games however, I will be setting the machine up in the spare room so I can make a cup of coffee for whilst I am blogging and then just turn around and make another. I think it is going to look great in the spare room too once it is redone. 

Liam knows just how much I love sneakers and he has smashed it with this gift as it is a Lego Sneaker. I haven't built anything from Lego since about 2013 so I am really looking forward to sitting down and building this one, no doubt it will be stressful but it will all be worth it in the end. 

I got a few stationary bits this year too, my auntie & uncle got me a Stitch & an Alien pen which will come in very handy as I am forever losing pens and these are going to be easy to spot. My sister & nephew got me this Peaky Blinders notebook & pen set which looks amazing and you can never have too many notebooks as I have realised over the past few years. 

I am determined to get back reading in 2022 and I have 4 new books to start me off, these books are all about topics I love so they should be really enjoyable to sit and read. My auntie and uncle got me this official England football history book which features both the men & women's history so it should be great. My grandparents got me a Manchester United book I have had my eye on for a while, a pirates book I have wanted for a long time and also a book about Grey's Anatomy which I am really looking forward to reading as I have really loved watching the show so far. 

I asked my sister for some baking items as that is something I really want to start to do in the new year so her and my nephew did this mixing bowl filled with everything I need to get baking and I really can't wait to start. My parents got me a hand mixer which should make baking a bit easier for me too. My auntie and uncle got me this Stitch recipe book that I can't wait to fill.

I got a fair bit of alcohol this Christmas too which I can't wait to get stuck into. My sister got me and Liam a 19 crimes set which I love the mugs that come with the set. My sister also got me a Captain Morgan's set which isn't going to last long at all as it is one of my favourites. My parents got me a Frexinet set which again won't last me long either as that is one of my favourite drinks at the moment. My auntie and uncle got me another bottle of the rum infused beer which is going to go down a treat. Finally in terms of alcohol Liam's family got me a bottle of the Aviation gin that I have wanted for such a long time. 

I absolutely love nutella so I really can't wait to try this sundae kit out. I also can't wait to try this s'mores kit as again it involve nutella and you can't beat a good s'more. I also got a pack of Reeses pieces which probably won't make it to the new year and it is the same with the bar of the winter wonderland chocolate. I also got my favourite chocolates, the Guylian ones that I get every year. 

I am trying my best to change my diet health wise and one thing I am going to be doing is eating free from foods for a while to see if it benefits me at all. I got a few free from bits including this selection box and some truffles which I can't wait to eat. 

Spider-Man was a big theme for this years gifts as you will see and I absolutely love it. Liam got me this Miles Morales gift set which includes a mug, notebook, coaster and keychain. My parents got me another graphic novel to add to my collection and another figure for on the Spider-Man shelf.

My auntie and uncle got me a paint your own Spider-Man money box which I am actually really looking forward to sitting down and doing very soon. My parents got me this Marvel plaster mould & paint kit which I think me and my nephew are going to really enjoy doing this. 

My auntie and uncle got me a few Spider-Man games too one is for me to play with me nephew and the other is definitely going to be living in the spare room/office and will provide hours of entertainment. My nephew loves Kerplunk and I think we are going to really enjoy playing this together. The pinball is definitely going to be a great addition to the spare room and I think I am going to spend ages try to up my high score. 

My parents got Liam a PlayStation blanket last year and I kept stealing it so my parents got me my own Pokemon one so he can finally have his back. This one is really soft and I can't wait to get snuggled up in it for long gaming sessions. Plus it is Pikachu so it is instantly better than Liam's. 

It is very rare my parents get me a game for a Christmas or birthday present so I was very pleased to unwrap FIFA 22 for the Switch on Christmas day. I absolutely love FIFA so to now be able to play the latest version on the go I really can't wait. Liam got me the Guardian's of the Galaxy game that I have wanted since release day but he got me the deluxe edition of the game which comes with an art book and steel case. I can't wait to get this game as I have waited for ages to finally get my hands on this. 

Liam has absolutely smashed it this year with the gifts and these PC set up upgrades are ones I have wanted for ages. I absolutely love the Razer quartz products and to now have both the Blackwidow keyboard and the Viper mouse is brilliant and it has really made my set up look a whole lot better. These are my first Razer products of my own and I really can't wait to get using them more and I think it will get me sat at my PC more too. 

So there you go that is everything I got for Christmas this year. I have definitely been spoilt and I am looking forward to getting plenty of use out of all my gifts. As I am trying to save more money in 2022 quite a few of these gifts will come in handy for me not spending money and keeping me in the house rather than going out spending. Now I can't wait to get using all these presents. 

December 2021 New In

Well once again that trying not to spend a right lot of money during the month didn't really go to plan. I had high hopes that in December I wasn't going to spend much on myself and actually spend money on family for gifts, granted I did get plenty of gifts for others but it is very safe to say that I definitely spoilt myself along the way. So here is what I purchased throughout the month of December...

I wasn't going to buy any more workout clothes this month however, I made full use of the extended Black Friday deals on MyProtein I picked up a t-shirt for just a few pounds which is going to be the perfect addition as I start to work out even more once again. I also picked up some joggers for working out in for just £5 which are a bit tight at the moment but I can't wait to get wearing them. 

With the deals on I also made the most of them and picked up a few new shakers, I definitely didn't need any more shakers as the cupboard is currently full of them however, I absolutely love the black and pink lift & move ones. Surprisingly I think I like the pink one the most. 

I have been wanting to try the Pre-Workout from MyProtein for the longest time but couldn't justify the price they wanted for it so when I had the huge discount I made the most of it and picked up both The Pre-Workout & The Pump as I had been wanting to try them both. I can't wait to get back working out properly so I can get drinking these before sessions. 

I ran out of layered bars a while a go and never got stocked back up so I finally picked up a box with this order. I got used to the cookies and wafers but the layered bars are still my favourites so it was about time I got some more. I don't think these will last very long though as they are certainly gorgeous and I always find myself wanting more. 

I am running low on my Vimto multivitamins so whilst the deals were on I decided to get some of the normal ones just to make sure I am always well stocked up if others get as low as my Vimto ones have. It has been nice getting vitamins back into my routine as they have been missing for so long and these ones are perfect me as they are gummy ones. 

My cupboard always has multiple tubs of clear whey in as I go through these really quickly so whilst it was a lot cheaper than normal I got another tub just to make sure that I never run out and have a variety of options rather than just one flavour at a time. I haven't had the blood orange one before so I can't wait to try this. 

I think I have developed a bit of a problem in 2021... buying footballs, I have actually lost count of how many I have purchased this year but I don't mind as they all look great and are part of a bit of a project I am starting very soon (more on that later). As soon as I saw this Women's Super League one on the Argos website I knew it was going to be purchased as it is rare you find Women's Super League merchandise out in the wild. At £12.99 it was an absolute bargain. 

I have been on the look out for a nice simple carafe for a while now and I finally found one at Ikea for just £1. This was an absolute bargain and I can't wait to get using it soon, this is going to be the perfect addition to the dining table on a meal time.

We are seriously lacking on whisky glasses at our house and to say how much I love a good glass of whisky it needed to change so whilst in Ikea I ended up falling in love with these simple glasses for just £1.50 each. There is a fair bit of weigh to these glasses too and they are a bit thicker than usual so hopefully they won't crack as easy as previous ones. 

If you know me you will know just how much I love Stitch, the house is filled with Stitch merchandise and this year I seem to have fallen in love with Starbucks thanks to Liam and his new found love for white mochas. So when I was away and I saw this Stitch Starbucks cup I knew I needed to add it to the ever growing collection. I absolutely love this cup and it won't just be getting saved for Christmas. 

When I got my Stitch cup I also got me and Liam this wine set from the same place. One of his favourite movies is Nightmare Before Christmas so I knew that he would like this and to be honest it was a lot cheaper than I expected it to be. The wine glasses look great with the characters on but my favourite is definitely the wine bottle as it has some really cute lights inside it so it looks fantastic lighting up the games room at the moment. 

I got some black Converse for Christmas last year so I really wasn't expecting to buy any new ones this year however, as soon as Schuh posted that they were going to be selling Pokemon Converse I knew I needed to purchase a pair as they have all my favourite Pokemon on them. As soon as they launched I managed to purchase a pair and they arrived next day looking even better than I expected. 

With me being a huge Bradford City fan as soon as I saw these Nike Dunks I knew I needed them. My mum actually sent me a picture of these and I don't think she expected me to be spending £105 on a pair of shoes just a few days after she sent the picture. I just need to get some Crep shields then I can finally get wearing these, I am just determined not to ruin them. 

The Spider-Man obsession continued to grow throughout December and with the completion of the games room I added yet another item to the Spider-Man shelf. I have a Batman one of these lights already on our DC shelf alongside a Joker one so as soon as I saw the Spider-Man one I knew I had to have it. It looks amazing on the shelf already.

It has been a while since I put some money onto my Steam account but with sales coming up for the festive period I knew that I could do with some extra money on my account as a lot of my wish list seems to be going on sale lately and it is finally time to pick up a few new PC games.

At long last I finally have my hands on the latest Pokemon game, as I said earlier I love Pokemon so this has been a long time coming and I finally picked it up whilst I was away. It has been a while since I have picked up a new Pokemon game so close to launch and it is about time I played on my Switch a lot more so I can't wait to get stuck into this. Let's hope I can make some good progress in this game before the next Pokemon one comes out. 

So there we go, I am hoping that I can really reign back my spending in 2022 as I have plenty I want to get saving for but it is safe to say I have enjoyed treating myself this month and I don't feel guilty about it at all. 2022 is going to be a year of useful purchases rather than wasting money and I can't wait to see how I do with those purchases. 

All The Sneakers (& Other Footwear I Purchased In 2021)

Compared to previous years I would honestly say I have done pretty well this year when it comes to buying sneakers and other footwear. Previously I have bought loads of pairs for the sake of it due to their price but this year I have bought pairs I know I am going to get wear out of or that I have had my eye on for a while. It has been nice this year knowing that I haven't wasted my money and the footwear I have bought has been in line with the style I am opting for and fit well with the rest of my wardrobe. A lot of these have been picked up cheap and have saved me plenty of money but one pair has been a really treat and one that I have been after for a long time now so to tick that pair off the wish list has been fantastic. So here is the footwear I picked up in 2021...

The first pair I purchased have to be one of my favourites as they actually look quite smart to say they were just £15 in the River Island sale. I got these as I thought they would be a bit more of a smarter alternative to my Air Force 1's and they certainly are a lot smarter especially as I have managed to keep them looking brand new too. These just offer a bit of a smarter element to my outfits and I absolutely love them. 

I wanted a pair of Alexander McQueen's but they were totally out of my budget and then I came across this pair for under £20 and they are basically the same apart from having no logos or writing on them. Again these are just a smarter pair of white sneakers that are totally different to my usual as they are chunky sneakers. These are definitely a bit out of my comfort zone but I love them and I am hoping to get a lot more wear out of them in 2022. 

Originally I was going to buy myself some Birkenstocks however, on a trip to Asda I found these for less than £10.00 so it was a no brainer really to purchase these rather than the Birkenstocks. For as often as I am going to wear them the price of the Asda ones was perfect and I feel that they aren't that different from the real deal. They are actually pretty comfortable too which surprised me as I usually can't cope with anything like these. 

My poor old sliders had been run into the ground and were getting a bit worse for wear so I decided that 2021 was time for an upgrade. Luckily as I made this decision Primark released their collaboration with the NBA and these Chicago Bulls ones were in store. As soon as I saw them I knew they would be my next pair to go alongside the rest of my Bulls clothing and to be honest I have worn them a lot since getting them. In the garden, on holiday or around the house I have loved wearing these. 

Now these sneakers were an impulse buy as to be honest I didn't really need them but I love a good Adidas hi top and I love the red and white colour way on this pair. I still can't quite believe that these were only £24.99 and I am really glad I purchased them, now I just need to start wearing them more and I actually have a few outfits in mind for them. 

Now we have my favourite pick up of the year. I have wanted a pair of Jordan 1's for the longest time and this year I finally made a purchase of the pair I really wanted. As soon as I saw this colourway I knew I wanted them and to be honest I don't think that they were that badly priced either. I can't wait to get wearing these but I really don't want to ruin them so I think they might be kept for special occasions. Getting these have just made me want even more Jordan 1's. 

I finally got back into playing football a bit this year which was great but also meant I needed to purchase some new boots. I ended up getting the Adidas ones for under £30 at a local outlet and they are perfect, they are nice and bright just how I like my boots and they are surprisingly comfortable too. I am hoping to get to football a whole lot more throughout 2022 so who knows these might end up needing to be replaced. 

I honestly wasn't expecting to buy any Converse this year but a Facebook advert for Schuh brought these Pokemon ones to my attention as the second they were released I made sure to order a pair. I don't think I will ever stop loving Pokemon and I just love the overall look of my favourite Pokemon and how the Converse badge has been turned into a Pokeball. Now I just have to decide if I am actually going to wear them or try keep them box fresh... I am leaning towards wearing them at the moment though. 

I never actually thought I would end up getting a pair of Nike Dunks as they always end up selling out really quickly and they do cost a fair bit however, my mum jokingly sent a picture of these to me as they are basically our favourite football teams colours and I don't think she expected me to have a pair less than a week later. I am so glad I got these as the colour is great and different and they are also really comfortable. Now I just need to get some Crep shields for them. 

It is safe to say I have really reigned in my spending on sneakers this year but honestly in 2022 I do want to treat myself to more pairs I have had my eye on and really build up my collection that little bit more. I need to get rid of pairs that are falling apart and invest in some fresh new pairs that look great. Maybe a sneaker wish list will have to take place soon so I can tick off the ones I really want to get over the course of the year so I don't buy sneakers just for the sake of it and actually get what I really want whilst saving a bit of money too. Fingers crossed we can add some more football boots to the collection too. 

What is your favourite pair of sneakers you have picked up this year?