Celebrating my Birthday in Lockdown

November 14, 2020
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Celebrating my Birthday in Lockdown

Celebrating my birthday in Lockdown was not the plan. Originally, I was supposed to be turning 28 while on my honeymoon in Mauritius. When that got cancelled I had a backup plan in place to spend the day at Longleat for their Christmas lights celebration. But, a week before my birthday we were put into another lockdown so any and all plans were thrown out the window.

While it definitely wasn’t what I was hoping for, it was still a pretty good day. I woke up feeling a little down that I wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything or seeing anyone. But then my husband got us a Mcdonald’s breakfast and poured a few glasses of bucks fizz which brightened up the day haha. I then spent the rest of the day opening presents, grabbing a hazelnut hot chocolate from Starbucks, eating cake and watching cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix.

What I Got for my Birthday

I thought I’d share with you some of the presents I got. I know this type of post is a little taboo with some people thinking it’s very braggy. But, I personally love reading posts like this and enjoy seeing what people got for their birthdays or Christmas. Not only does it make me happy seeing other people happy and excited over their presents, but it’s great for gift inspiration too. I see nothing wrong with sharing and appreciating the gifts you got from people!

So, here are some of the gifts I received for my 28th birthday:

Chanel No 5. Perfume

My husband got me the classic Chanel No 5. perfume. I’ve never owned or tried it before so it was definitely a happy surprise. It has a strong floral scent to it with its top notes being Aldehydes, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Amalfi Lemon and Bergamot. This perfume is definitely one to be used only on special occasions and events.

chanel no 5

Lush Bath Bombs and Gift Card

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a Lush bath bomb! So, my brother in law, mother and sister all got me some Lush gift boxes and a gift card too so I can stock up on the Christmas collection! I got the Little Snow Fairy box which features a 100ml Snow Fairy shower gel (my fave!) and the Snow Fairy bath bomb too. The Happy Bathday Box which included one of my favourite bath bombs, the Blackberry Bomb, and a few other fun ones I haven’t actually tried before. And the Bath Art box which had Dragons Egg and Intergalactic inside.

lush bath bombs

Hair Curlers

Ever since having my hair curled for the wedding I’d been wanting my own set of hair curlers. If I want to curl my hair I usually just use my straighteners. But that can be super time-consuming and it’s pretty tricky too. So, my husband got me some Remington hair curlers which I’m very excited to try out.

lush bath bombs

The Nightmare Before Christmas PJs

I’m a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas so my sister got me these super cute and cosy PJs! They’re perfect for lounging around the house in during lockdown.

nightmare before christmas pjs

Christmas Baking Cookbook

For our wedding, my mum got us the beautiful pink KitchenAid Artisan mixer which I’d been wanting for ages! So, for my birthday she got me a Christmas baking recipe book to go with it. There are some really cool recipes and ideas for Christmas day breakfast in this which I can’t wait to try out!

christmas cook book

Hotel Chocolat Treats

It wouldn’t be a birthday without some chocolate! My husband got me some festive Hotel Chocolat treats which I’m excited to dig into. I’ll probably have to share them with him too though sadly haha.

hotel chocolat

Swarovski Christmas Tree

Over the last few years, my husband has been getting me Swarovski figurines. It’s become a bit of a tradition. We’ve built up quite the collection now and its always something I look forward to. He’ll normally get me Christmas related figures too as I’m so obsessed with Christmas, that I’ll keep up all year round. This year, he got me this stunning Christmas tree figure which is is so bright and colourful and the perfect addition to the collection.


Swarovski Bride and Groom Figures

My mum also got me a Swarovski figure which was a complete surprise! She got me this absolutely adorable teddy bear bride and groom set. Look how cute they are! I love the little top hat and the dress on the bride teddy has a little train at the back haha. This set is super special and I’ll need to find the perfect place to display them.


John Lewis Gift Card and Money

I also got a John Lewis gift card from my gran and money from other family members and in-laws too which is always exciting to receive! So far with the money, I’ve ordered a Ralph Lauren Polo Bear jumper. My husband has a whole collection of these bear jumpers so I thought it was about time I got one too haha.

john lewis gift card

ralph lauren bear jumper

That’s pretty much everything I got for my birthday this year! I also got some extra bits like some Lindt chocolate, a funny book on how to tell if your cat is a genius and a Yankee candle gift set.

I hope you all enjoyed being nosy and reading this birthday in lockdown post haha. Like I said earlier, I love seeing what other people get for their birthdays or Christmas and hope that this didn’t come across as braggy. I’m grateful for all the gifts and just wanted to write a post to appreciate them and show my excitement for them.

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  • ROLLY Mag

    November 14, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Happy birthday lovely! Those pjs are so cute xx

    1. Hollie

      November 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you! They are super cute and cosy ?

  • Chanelle

    November 15, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Sorry you didn’t get to spend your birthday how you had originally planned but I hope you still had a lovely day! The Swarovski pieces are beautiful x

    1. Hollie

      November 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Yeah it was still a great day, a very chilled out day ? They’re amazing aren’t they?! So lucky ?

  • Joy

    November 15, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Happy birthday ? you received wonderful gifts seriously ??The nightmare before Christmas pjs are so cute ??

    1. Hollie

      November 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you! ?? The pjs are adorable and so cosy too haha

  • Emily

    November 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    You can never go wrong with chocolate! Those gifts were lovely, I hope you had a good birthday in the end! x

    1. Hollie

      November 18, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      Completely agree! ? Thank you, it was a pretty chilled out day ?

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