[unpaid/affiliate] So, just to round off the week, a look at the M&S beauty advent calendar which has £300 value but you can buy for £40 with a £30 spend.

I mean, who doesn’t spend £30 at M&S in the run up to Christmas! I’ve already bought some of the light-up gin bottles (more for the flavours than the lights, admittedly) and now have a list of things my mum and dad want so I’ll be doing even more of an M&S shop any moment now. The one thing I don’t need is the advent, but I’ve got one or two ‘qualifiying’ ideas if you feel that you do.

M&S Hoodie

It’s not a secret that I love my hoodies – the hood acts almost as a collar in not feeling to bare around the neck area. I’ve had this for a few weeks now and worn it much more than I expected to because it’s just such an easy-on thing.


I love the multi-coloured fleck in the knit that breaks up the black just a tiny bit. There’s a grey one too and they come in sizes XS to XL. Thankfully, it’s never seen a curl of wool so there’s no worry about it shrinking in the wash and it feels extremely soft – no scratchiness here. It looks like wool though and I think it’s a bit of a snip at £25 HERE.

If you have any teens or tweens to buy for, I spotted these really sweet bath fizzer sets for £10 each HERE.

During lock down, I converted our little patio area into something a bit more inviting for when we could have people over but not in the house. I have a huge sun canopy which crosses over the whole area and I strung lights from it as well as buying an outdoor rug and a small patio heater and wrapped friends up in various rugs while we sat in the December chill having dinner. I put candles and lights everywhere so I want to get the below solar lights to add because while we don’t have to eat outside at the moment, I’m a) not ruling it out and b) quite liked it anyway. If you can make the space a bit magical then it’s easier to tempt yourself outside even for just toast and hot chocolate. I really remember the first time we did it and we were just so relieved to see our friends at last (buckets of sanitiser and about a million serving spoons so nobody had to touch anything shared) that we drank way too much and I had the head I deserved the following day :-).

I keep solar festoon lights in the tree outside my kitchen and I love them more in winter. So, it’s a bit of a ramble but these lights are included in the spend. They’re £29.50 HERE but they’re just right spread out the branches and pop in the pots that don’t have flowers any more and I’ve never known anyone not like lights as a gift.


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