It's Christmas! Well.... nearly. My birthday is at the end of November and I usually have a ban on talking anything Christmas until I've had that.
But when I have a big list to share and want to get more ideas from you guys this list had to be shared early!
1. Homemade With Love Recipe Box
€18 from Goat In The Boat
I love finding Irish brands now I'm living over on the Emerald Isle and Goat in the Boat is the perfect example. This interiors emporium has some gorgeous little pieces including this Homemade With Love recipe box. Super cute!
2. Mini donut moulds
£5.10 from Silicone Moulds
So many people have been making beautiful donuts on Instagram and I want in! This little mould is perfect for baking just 8 donuts. Silicone is my favourite for just popping your creations out when you're done, rather than fighting to get your baking out of its tin and worrying about how things will look at the end!
3. Copper water bottle
€29.65 from Copper H2O
I've featured bottles on my wish lists before but I think with this one I've found a new love. How gorgeous is this?! Handmade by skilled artisans using traditional methods, these bottles are genuinely 100% copper, unless other claimers.
4. SoulBia gift cards
£25-£100 from SoulBia
Having just seen the amazing selection that SoulBia stock first-hand at HBCxMeet Dublin (more about that in this blog post) I can safely say these gift cards would be an ideal gift this Christmas. They've got snacks, treats, drinks, sauces, condiments... even pet food! You'd find plenty to spend these on.
5. Cookery course
£6,000 from Cordon Bleu
Last year I did a 'If Santa Won The Lottery' style Christmas wish list and this is another entry to my list in the same vein!
Cordon Bleu runs a Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends and it is my ideal course. I would love to study a course that teaches me serious high level cooking skills (imagine saying you're a Cordon Bleu trained chef!) but with a focus on nutrition and cooking with the kind of ingredients and focus that I want to share with my blog readers.
Paying this kind of money is serious investment and right now this is the course I aspire to save for. I'll get there one day!
6. Blossom crockery range
€5-37 from Hugh Jordan Catering Services
I discovered Hugh Jordan earlier this year when I went to a food photography session at their showroom in Dublin run by TheTaste.ie. Delighted to say I'm now on their mailing list and will be going to a festive cocktail making session next month, can't wait!
This beautiful crockery set totally captured me. Such a stunning design and really unusual.
7. Photography course
From £275 from The Little Plantation
My food photography has improved massively in the last year (if I do say so myself) but I'm aware there is always more to learn.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed I've been recently taking part in Kimberley at The Little Plantation's free #12gridproject. Kimberley's food photography is stunning and she runs several brilliant paid photography courses specifically designed for bloggers / Instagrammers who like me, are creating content for a specific audience.
8. The Imperfect Life Planner
£34.99 from Kerry Lyons
Kerry's planner is "your roadmap to clarity" - with daily and weekly planners, a weekly mistake log, fear journal, thrive manual and a master planning section. And... stickers!! If you're wanting a productive 2018 cured of your perfectionism? This is the gift for you.
9. White concrete mini vinyl backdrop
€13.75 – €28.75 from Mini Backdrops
I heard about these backdrops thanks for the photography class that I mentioned earlier at Hugh Jordan Catering showroom earlier this year.
Mini Backdrops have loads of gorgeous backdrops which are perfect for food photography, and as they're vinyl they're wipe clean (essential with messy food!) and non-shiny. White concrete would be a great addition to my collection, but I also love dark concrete and stone for something a bit darker.
10. The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
€12.59 from Easons (or any good book store)
Okay I know it's not a new title, but it's one I've wanted to read for a while.
Arianna Huffington this year moved from running The Huffington Post to her new venture Thrive Global, on a mission to end the stress and burnout epidemic with sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being and performance.
It was so refreshing to read in her first book Thrive that she loved and needed 8 hours sleep a night - something it feels so few people admit. I'd love to read what other nuggets of wisdom she has about sleep and its benefits.