What To Buy With Your Christmas Money & for January Birthdays

Did you get any money or gift-cards for Christmas and have no idea what to spend them on? The Next sale isn’t for you? Same. Here’s a few awesome things I’ve been enjoying recently… or you know, for people who have birthdays in January!


LivingDNA test kit

Living DNA

I don’t know about you, but I’d love this as a present. LivingDNA were kind enough to offer me a test to review, and I can’t wait for my results! It’s such a great idea for someone who has everything, and it’s always interesting to find out more about your ancestry. LivingDNA tests are £79 at the moment, and apparently they break down a ‘British’ result into specific UK regions, which seems pretty interesting compared to other ancestry DNA tests. I’m getting one for my Mum’s birthday in January – it’ll be fun to compare our results!

Primal Suds Head Cave Cavewoman Soap

Primal Suds

I’ve been into shampoo bars and natural soaps for years now, but I’ve only recently come across Primal Suds. I’m very impressed by their products; so far I’ve tried out two shampoo bars, two soaps, and a deodorant. Everything smells amazing, the soaps are soft on the skin, and the deodorant works very well! I switched to shampoo and conditioner bars to avoid plastic packaging years ago, but it’s taken me a while to find a decent natural deodorant. Primal Suds use 100% compostable cardboard / paper packaging, and their products are cruelty free, natural, have no SLS or palm oil in… I could go on about how wonderful they are, but I’ll be writing a full review of the specific products I’ve bought soon! You can get a box of 5 soaps / shampoo bars / deodorants of your choice for only £20 with their ‘Boxed Off’ deal. DO IT. 

Sudio Tio Rose Gold Wireless Bluetooth Headphones


Sudio Tio Rose Gold Wireless HeadphonesSudio Headphones

I’ve been absolutely loving these headphones over the past few weeks. Not only do they come in pink/rose gold (matching my phone perfectly), but the sound quality is awesome. I much prefer using earbuds to big headphones on my commute to work, plus the fact that these are bluetooth and therefore don’t plug into my phone is very convenient. The buttons on the cable can be used to play/pause, skip songs, and control the volume, meaning I don’t have to get my phone out of my pocket on a packed tube during rush hour. I’m very impressed with the quality, and I love that they come with several different sized buds for your ears, including clip-on ones for when you’re at the gym or out for a jog!

*Sudio sent me their Tio headphones to review, all opinions are my own, and I am not paid for this blog post.


Vendula London Piano Bar Purse

Vendula London

My mum and I came across Vendula in Camden a few years ago, and instantly fell in love with their bag and purse designs. I bought mum a retro diner inspired purse, and she got me this beautiful glittery piano bar purse. Honestly, just take a look at Vendula London’s website for the most unique bags you’ve ever seen!

What To Buy With Christmas Money or for January Birthdays

A National Art Pass

If you’re into arts and culture, make sure you check out the National Art Pass by Art Fund. As I go to quite a few exhibitions with my Grandad each year, it’s definitely been worth it to invest in the National Art Pass, as it gets you free entry to over 240 different museums, art galleries and heritage sites. You can also get 50% off many exhibitions and discounts in museum shops. This only cost me £34 for a year because I’m under 34 (£67 for those above 34), and they’ve also got discounts for joint memberships or families. They have a gift option as well, which would be perfect for any arty person with a birthday in January! It’s honestly wonderful, I can’t recommend it enough.


What To Buy With Christmas Money or for January Birthdays

A Handmade Candle

You can’t really go wrong with a handmade candle, especially one of these beautiful Greek-goddess-inspired magical candles by Holly at Witch Cake. I bought an Aphrodite one for a friend, and the smell is spectacular, all from 100% essential oils. These candles burn for 50+ hours, they’re 100% vegan, and even have surprise crystals at the bottom so you can continue your magic! Holly’s goddess candles are £18.99 plus shipping, head over to her Instagram to buy one. I need to get myself one ASAP!

All the best,

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