Sunday, 16 November 2014

My Christmas Wish List

It's not every year Santa himself e-mails you, so when the man in red and his friends at Festive Lights asked me to detail my wish list, I thought it only right to oblige.  Usually, the only person who asks me to write a wish list is my rather disorganised husband, who flies into a panic on 23rd December and thrusts the back of an envelope and a pen at me.  Maybe I should send him over to the blog this year, hopefully before 23rd December!  So with no further ado, here are a baker's dozen wishes for my list.  Do note the emphasis on the word 'wish' though as anyone buying for me in real life is probably not going to be able to run to the higher end of my list, but a girl can dream!  All I have to do now is leave the laptop open where Steve can't help but see it...

1. A hamper - I LOVE a hamper, delving into the tissue paper or straw to uncover the hidden delicacies within is just bliss.  One from Fortnum's, Harrods or Carluccio's would be perfect.

Fortnum & Mason hamper £150

2. Lovely crockery - pretty much anything from Emma Bridgewater, Christmas range, Hearts range, Black Toast, I'll be happy with any/all of it!  I also rather like this Christmas cake stand from BHS, just £16.

3. Fabulous cook books - Yet more recipe books for our collection, but I have been after World Food Cafe Vegetarian Bible and Claudia Roden's Arabesque for ages.  Nigel Slater's Tender: Volume I, A cook and his vegetable patch and/or Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden would also go down extraordinarily well.


4. Away with the old bags and in with the new - I really, really need a new handbag, and this could be it - wipe clean, capacious, eminently practical, but also quite pretty.

Kingswood Rose All Day Bag £55

5. An uber-cool toaster - Of course it's not just for me, but I would dearly love one of the iconic Dualit toasters, just the thing to make our mornings run a bit more smoothly, and well it's just so gorgeous isn't it?

Dualit 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster 40352 £149.99

6. Some of that much-vaunted 'me'-time - A couple of  hours 'off' with a new mug for my tea, some delicious marzipan treats, and this fabulous special edition of one of my favourite films would be bliss!


Failing that, a bottle of divine Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut NV Champagne 75cl and some exquisite truffles from Prestat or La Maison du Chocolat would be perfect for one of those long evenings between Christmas and New Year when the children are in bed and there's some decent telly on.

7. Entertainment - Speaking of time to myself, I have a few entertainment requests too please, Father Christmas/Steve: something funny to watch - Outnumbered - Complete Series 1-5 [DVD]; something nice and laidback to listen to - Unforgettable; and some lovely new books to read: Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, Victoria Hislop's new one The Sunrise, and the highly acclaimed biography Charles Dickens: A Life.  That should keep me busy well into the new year.  Thanks!


8. A domed cake stand - Slightly practical, but we really do need one, if only to keep the cats out of the cake (oh yes they do), and this one is rather beautiful.

Lidded Glass Cake Stand £75

9. Jewellery - A couple of lives ago, I was given a beautiful Tiffany necklace as one of my leaving gifts from a rather posh job.  I have long-coveted the bracelet to match, so the sight of that beautiful aquamarine box would really set my heart a-flutter on Christmas morning.  Although most things from that divine shop would do at a push!

Elsa Peretti Open Heart Bracelet £130

10. Domestic Goddessdom - On to now life and I have so many projects planned but no machine to do them on.  A sewing machine is top of my wish list at the moment, and this one comes highly recommended from all quarters.

Janome 525S Sewing Machine £229

11. And more - A very pretty, and large, sewing basket to go with my machine.  I would miss my tattered cardboard box though I'm sure...

Large Cream Floral Sewing Box with Green Polka Dot Lining £36.39

12. Top of my kitchen wish list - Every baker's dream of course, and a lust-have of us amateur types too, please, please, please...

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in cream £379

13. But to complete my baker's dozen of Christmas wishes, what I really, really want is the best Christmas ever with my little family.  We've had a rather up and down year, not always as good as it might have been, but with many ups too.  At the end of the year. we are delighted to have finally sorted out a huge problem which had been hanging over us, and also had the news that my mum has reached her 5 year cancer-free point.  Our celebrations may be slightly topsy turvy this year as Steve is working Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the two days after, so I think we're having Christmas dinner before church on Christmas Eve.  But we will certainly be making the most of all things Christmas in the run up and having as much fun as possible over the Christmas period too.  I can't wait!

What are you wishing for and doing for Christmas this year?  After all there are only ___ days to go...


  1. some lovely items, my husbands a last min dash around the supermarket next to his workplace kinda guy

  2. i only have one thing on my wishlist this year, its sparkly and goes on my left hand! lol

  3. Anything from this lot would be fab such great ideas!!!

  4. Ah love your list. I am the same as you, top of my list is a fantastic Family Christmas!


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