I’ve been bitten pretty hard by the festive bug this year – I honestly haven’t felt this excited about Christmas since I was a kid. Maybe it’s all the festive stuff I’m seeing appear in stores, which I know is really because of the disgusting commercialisation of this particular holiday. That’s actually why I used to hate Christmas: all retail companies are so in-your-face about it and you can’t get away from it and it’s one of the most stressful times of the year as everyone is rushing around spending money on material gifts for other people. On an unrelated note, it also makes no sense whatsoever for us in the Southern Hemisphere to be celebrating Christmas at this time of year. The shops are all fir trees, snowmen, spicy hot drinks, and all those things that would be so great in winter – but we have no equivalent holiday to stave off the winter blues. We should. I’d love that. Who can I talk to about getting midwinter Christmas made into an official holiday in New Zealand?
Regardless of all that hubbub… now that I’m in my twenties, and occupy a far less cynical mindset than I did in my teens, I’m getting very excited regardless. I’m excited for wrapping up presents and giving gifts to the people I love; I’m excited for Christmas mince pies and spending time with my family; I’m excited to eat way too much chocolate and drink way too much Starbucks and hopefully get my hands on some more Lushmas bath stuff before the season’s out. I’m excited for decorating! And Christmas socks! And Christmas makeup! Ultimately, hating Christmas won’t make it go away. Certainly it won’t stop the shops from stocking all their Christmassy things. So I figure, may as well let myself get swept up in the festivities. So that’s exactly what I did.
I knew I wanted to decorate my room for Christmas this year, seeing as I’ll be spending most of December away from home – for the first time in my life! It was quite exciting going out with the challenge of not spending too much on decorations, but also picking up a nice array of festive stuff to brighten up my room. I also deliberately tried to avoid getting any decoration that were overtly wintery, because bitch please. I’m in shorts and a tank top over here.
What follows is a lil Xmas haul of all the decorations I picked up, and where I got them. So if you want to decorate your room on a budget too, but aren’t sure where to start, hopefully this will give you some ideas.
I’m sure you’ve all figured out by now that I’m obsessed with candles. I think they add something to any room and it’s so comforting to have a couple that I can light on grey days when I want to feel cosy. I also love lighting them at night while I’m getting ready for bed – I just find it helps me relax in the evenings. So when I saw this Aromatherapy Cinnamon and Vanilla Candle in Farmers, I had to pick one up. I love the smell of this: it fills my room with the smell of Christmas baking. They retail at $24.99 each, which is pretty pricey, but I went on one of their Thursday sales and picked it up for 50% off, so it came to only $12.49. Which I think is a pretty good price!
I also picked up the gold and silver tinsel from Farmers in the same sale, so I got it for $5.49, down from $10.99. It’s super long and thick, and I think it will look great draped around my mirror, my bookshelf, or maybe up the lil pole I have at the back of my room. It’d also look pretty nice on a Christmas tree if, y’know, you have one of those.
The last Christmassy thing in the pictures above is a toffee nut latte from Starbucks. They’ve brought these out for the Christmas season and I’m currently obsessed. They are so good! Coffee + toffee is the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. (I drink decaf, because I tend to avoid large amounts of caffeine on account of my IBS. But I’m sure the proper coffee version tastes just as good.)
I got these pretty Christmas lights for my room from The Warehouse for only $12, which is an incredibly affordable price. That’s the full retail price, too! You get 100 multi-coloured bulbs (green, red, yellow and blue) and it comes with a controller for 8 different light patterns – so you can have pretty flashing lights if that’s your shit, or static ones if not. These lights also plug into the wall so you don’t have to worry about buying batteries just to make the damn thing work.
While I was at The Warehouse, I also picked up this cute jar for only $3. I like it because it has a nice red band and it clips shut, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to keep Christmas-themed sweets in. Then I can offer them to any guests who might visit my room. Don’t underestimate The Warehouse; it’s full of amazing things at such a low cost.
Finally, I knew I wanted to have a lil Christmas tree of my very own that I could decorate. When I popped into Typo for a browse, I came across this amazing mini xmas tree and knew it would be perfect. At only NZ$11.99, they’re a lot more affordable than the ones I saw in Farmers. I also think this is the perfect size for a bedroom Christmas tree. It looks quite at home on top of my lil bookshelf that I have beside my bed.
While in Typo, I also picked up a set of mini baubles and mini lights to put on my tree, and altogether I’m so happy with how my tree has come out. The bauble set and the lights were both $11.99 each, but there was a 3-for-$25 deal in the store, so I got the lot and basically saved myself $11. It’s worth having a wee browse of their website if you’re thinking of getting a mini tree yourself, because they have lots of different decorations and lights, and the tree itself comes in several different colours as well. And, at the end of Christmas I can store my tree away and bring it out next December!
I’ve also filmed a Summery Christmas makeup tutorial over on my YouTube channel. I had a lot of fun filming and editing it, so if you want to check it out, please do!
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re also enjoying the festive season. And while you’re busy getting swept up in the Christmas madness, don’t forget to take some time out for yourself every now and then to relax. And remember to keep yourself and everyone around you safe throughout the holidays.