Yes, it's Christmas Eve. And yes, many of us will still be rushing about not knowing what to buy for family and friends. But do not worry, for I have found an incredibly simple idea that is Christmas-y and can be started and finished on Christmas Eve.

Reindeer Beer Bottles (or Smirnoff, or wine, or apple juice etc.)



Add a festive finishing touch to an easy but enjoyable gift of (beer) bottles. Just pick your giftee's favourite beverage and head over to Hobbycraft or other craft store to pick up what you will need.

What you will need (x1 reindeer)

  • Bottled beverage
  • Brown or grey pipe cleaner
  • Red pom pom
  • Googly eyes
  • PVA glue or double sided tape


How to...

1. Position pipe cleaner at front of bottle, just under bottle top as shown in photo. Make sure it is slightly off centre to ensure both antlers are the same length.



2. Wrap pipe cleaner around to back of bottle and tie in tight knot as shown.


It should look like this at the back:



3. Mould pipe cleaners into antler shapes.



4. To finish, simply get your PVA glue and stick on two googly eyes and a red pom pom for the nose. This can be as small or as big as you like! The bigger the better in my opinion.



And there you have it - it's as simple and as quick as that! I recommend buying a six pack of beer to create a herd of reindeer to keep each other company.




And don't worry if your friend or relative dislikes beer. As you can see below, this technique can be applied to the majority of bottle types so pick your giftee's favourite beverage and get crafting!





Merry Christmas!


Have you not finished your Christmas shopping yet or are you all organised? I'm off to wrap my presents now! I hope you all have an amazing Christmas day!


How to Reindeer Beer Bottles | Quick and Easy Christmas Gift

Since one of my most popular posts is my Nutella gift guide from last Christmas, I thought I would create an up to date list since most of those products are now sadly unavailable. Fear not though for I have found plenty of other quirky and fun Nutella-related gifts for the addict in your life.

And yes, I have left it a little for Christmas 2015 (apologies) but any true Nutella lover will appreciate a late but amazing present over a last-minute rush. Trust me. I've picked out my favourite prints, clothing, homeware items, the miscellaneous and of course the perfect spoon. If you're left wanting more, a search for 'nutella' on Etsy results in 100s of products so go crazy.


Giant Tub of Nutella


A Nutella-related gift guide wouldn't be complete without me sourcing the biggest tub possible of the good stuff. I have hopes that one day I'll find a 5kg jar (that doesn't cost £20 for delivery), but for now this 3kg tub will just have to do. A red decorative bow is included however which definitely makes up for the lack of 2kg I desire.


Prints



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  1. Nutella Custom Digital Illustration | £7.53 | TheBritishRule via Etsy
    Incredibly cute and simple with the addition of customisation for a truly personal gift - what more could you ask for?
  2. Motivational Print Typography Poster | £9.63 | HelloTypo via Etsy
    This phrase is definitely true for me. The only time I'll take bread out of the cupboard is when I get a craving for Nutella toast (which is rather often!)
  3. Home is where the Nutella is Print | £5.55 | TheGlassMountain via Etsy
    A classic slogan with a sweet Nutella twist. The typography here is just ugh so beautiful.
  4. Badly Drawn Nutella Poster | £6.93 | BadlyDrawnStudio via Etsy
    A rather quirky shop on Etsy, Badly Drawn Studio sells a range of prints featuring line drawings of random objects in its unique style. I definitely want the avocado print.


Clothing


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  1. Slutella Value T-shirt | £14.45 | Zazzle
    You may recognise this t-shirt from last year's gift guide and luckily it is still available online! It's one of my favourite t-shirts ever and I think I may just have to buy it for myself.
  2. Nutella Bow Earrings | £3.81 | MollyCreation via Etsy
    The only other duplicate from last year's guide is this pair of gorgeous earrings. There are plenty of Nutella rings, necklaces etc. available on Etsy but the cute addition of the gingham bows makes these earrings stand out. Plus, the price is amazing!
  3. Handpainted Nutella Inspired Shoes | £20 | FandomFootsteps via Etsy
    Something I imagine you haven't seen before. Custom painted shoes - based on Nutella. The individual is based in Glasgow and focuses on designs which fandoms will love. Go and waste some time browsing the store, you won't regret it.
  4. Netflix, Nutella and Naps T-shirt | £11.08 | TheMustachioBros via Etsy
    When a slogan t-shirt has alliteration and is also undeniably true, you can't not include it in your gift guide, can you?


Homewares


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  1. 'Nutella Nutella' Soy Candle | £8.32 | FirePlaceCandlesBA via Etsy
    Unfortunately this store only ships to the US, but if this suits you then this candle certainly looks like perfection and I imagine it smells like it too.
  2. 'Nutella Dream' Soy Candle | £12.48 | WaxAndRope via Etsy
    Don't worry, fellow non Americans! This company ships worldwide and looks just as beautiful as the previous candle.
  3. 45 x 30cm Nutella Cushion | £15.23 | Bardocreazioni via Etsy
    I love how this cushion is shaped just like a Nutella jar, unlike your usual square shape. This would look great in my room at university *hint hint to any family reading*.
  4. 40.6 x 40.6cm Nutella Cushion | £23.58 | Ollanani via Etsy
    The artistic style of this cushion is what guaranteed its space in the gift guide. It has a lovely watercolour effect and would easily add that aspirational Pinterest vibe to any room.


Bits and Bobs


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  1. Choco Toast iPhone and Samsung Phone Case | £6.93 - £17.33 | CRAFIC via Etsy
    I wasn't quite sure how to categorise these two items but I loved them too much not to include them. This phone case is just perfection and is available for a variety of iPhones and Samsungs - click the link to see the whole list.
  2. 60gm slice of Nutella Soap | £2.30 | KathrynLisa via Etsy
    Admittedly this soap does not look the most appealing, however I think we can allow that considering it smells of Nutella and thus you will also smell of Nutella. No complaints here.


The Perfect Spoon


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  1. 'There is nothing Nutella and a spoon can’t fix' Spoon | £16 | SortedGifts via Etsy
    Every true Nutella addict needs their perfect spoon for those 'straight out of the jar' urges which I get far too often. Still on the search for mine, these two are definite contenders.
  2. 'Just a little bit' Spoon | £12.48 | ThePaperSpoon4U via Etsy
    Just a little bit - how many times have you said that and ended up hitting the bottom of the jar with your spoon? Right? Or is that just me...


And if you desperately need a gift for a Nutella lover before Christmas, check out my last guide for a list of recipes you can easily whip up at home. Also see this book for more recipes and a possible gift idea. If you live near a Hotel Chocolat, you can pop in to pick up some fancy Nutella thanks to their Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. You are most welcome.

Hopefully I've helped those of you with Nutella lovers in your lives out a little, if you'd like any more ideas just let me know and I'm sure I can put my thinking cap on! I'm already planning a design for a Nutella mug cake mug for my Zazzle store so will keep you updated.

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping yet or will you be running out to Hotel Chocolat on Christmas Eve to pick up some chocolate spread? Mine is roughly 97% complete which is unusually organised for me!

Gift Guide for Nutella Lovers 2015

I say beginning, however our decorations were up asap on December 1st. They probably would have been up earlier if it was up to my Christmas obsessed flatmate Shannon, but majority ruled.

Since Shannon and I both have Tuesdays off university, the week before we headed out on a shopping trip to Primark and Poundland for budget decorations. On December 1st the Christmas playlist was blasting and the flat was totally transformed. Take a look for yourself.

Shannon made an incredible amount of snowflakes and was helped by Kate to add the finishing touch of lots and lots of glitter. Chloe also shared her expertise after studying snowflakes for an entire year for her advanced Higher art project. These are truly special snowflakes.





I have kept my room a Christmas free zone so I have somewhere to escape need be, as the lounge is adorned with lights, tinsel, snowmen, snowflakes...


Four advent calendars for a pound from Poundland, so Shannon bought 4 Minion and 4 Frozen themed ones. I don't love minions so luckily got myself a Frozen one. It's the chocolate that counts anyway. I absolutely love cheap chocolate - hint hint for christmas presents xxx






As you can see, we even have Christmas scented incense. Our lounge really is a Winter Wonderland.

The tree photographed is pretty tiny, but don't worry as we also have a bigger one!


We don't have the space or budget for a real or plastic tree; so put our thinking caps on and created a wrapping paper tree, complete with decorations and even a cute pot. I had a vision yet I think it turned out better than I had expected.


We simply cut out three overlapping triangles to create the shape of the tree and then added tinsel, decorative bows used for wrapping presents as lights and circular gift tags for baubles.


And for the top of the tree, we decided not to use a star or an angel, but to go for a slightly unconventional topper. I don't know if you have seen the Christmas Coca-Cola bottles yet, but the wrapper magically ties itself into a bow in front of your eyes. Seriously, go buy one now and have a shot yourself. You will be amazed. It looks so pretty!


Luckily after a few parties our decorations are mostly still up. We have found the missing 'O' from our 'NOEL' lettering but if we hadn't we could've just stuck a snowflake in there instead.


Students are incredibly resourceful. I think all our decorations cost us about £20 which is pretty good considering we have two Christmas trees and are living in Santa's Grotto.

What do you think of our effort? Are your decorations more over the top than ours?!



My Flat's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Last Sunday, The Music Hall in Aberdeen hosted Trend and Premiere Production's LOVE Fashion catwalk show. The evening consisted of an incredible amount of collections from both independent and big brand retailers, as well as entertainment with some truly inspiring spectacles.

What I most liked was that the audience was presented both local, independent brands as well as the bigger retailers so there was a great mixture on offer and something suited for everyone.

Lasting 3 hours, the catwalk was packed with offerings from the likes of De-Zire, Helen Ruth Scarves, Midnight Elegance (one of my favourites) and Country Ways as well as retailers from Aberdeen's Bon Accord Centre such as Coast, Phase Eight and Topshop.

Hence my photographs will be split into three separate posts (three!) over the next two weeks as there are an awful lot! Let me know which are your favourite pieces from the first lot in the comments :)

I recommend viewing in portrait mode to see the whole of the longer photos.



LOVE Fashion Catwalk Show Part One

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