have yourself a merry little christmas giveaway;

One woman cannot fight a war against creeping commercialisation, but I have made it my practice not to think about, celebrate or shop for Christmas until we hit December.

So I don’t know what has happened to me this year.

Maybe it’s the icy cold weather we’ve been experiencing here in Glasgow over the past couple of weeks, which demands to be treated with sparkly fingerless gloves and syrupy flavoured coffee shop festive drinks. Maybe it’s the distance, and the unreliable Arabian postal service, which means I’ve already had to shop for, wrap and post my sister’s parcel. Maybe it’s just that at the end of a pretty terrible year, for as many personal reasons as geopolitical ones, I’m about ready to hole up in my little house under garlands of pretty lights and hibernate until January.

Besides, as my mum reminded me over our first mince pie of the season yesterday: it’s the first Sunday of Advent.

And so I’m going to cheer you guys up now with a wee festive giveaway.

Last Year's Girl giveaway 2016 - Hotel Chocolat
Last Year's Girl giveaway 2016 - Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat is always a good shout for gifts, whether you’re looking for that extra special stocking filler or something a little more generous. This year, they’re taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping for the chocolate lovers in your life with a new range of ribbon-tied luxury Christmas hampers, priced between £25 and a whopping THREE HUNDRED POUNDS WORTH OF CHOCOLATE and chocolate-themed treats.

Now, I’m not that powerful a Christmas fairy, but I do have a Merry Little Christmas hamper to give away. This small hamper includes six festive favourites: Clementine Baby Bombes, 40% Milk Snowflakes, Rocky Road Slab (a favourite all year round tbh), the Comet Does Caramel Slab, a Christmas Pocket Selection of four luxury chocolates and two “nano” slabs: salted caramel and fruit and nut.

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Hotel Chocolat Merry Little Christmas hamper

(I’ve basically just peeked into the box to check that everything arrived safely so that I can send it back out again, so please excuse the stock photo.)

The first name drawn from the Rafflecopter widget below will receive this hamper, perfect for gifting – or treating yourself, I won’t tell anybody. Since I don’t get to win, I’ll be over at the Hotel Chocolat website building my own hamper – all of the salted caramel and cocoa gin, please.

Last Year's Girl Christmas 2016 giveaway - Yardley of London
Last Year's Girl Christmas 2016 giveaway - Yardley of London

Founded way back in 1770, Yardley of London is one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished cosmetic brands. Renowned for their floral fragrances, their Contemporary Classics collection brings that bang up to date with beautifully-packaged, affordable basics: hand creams, body sprays and eau de toilettes.

English Dahlia is the newest scent in the range and it’s an elegant, warm and feminine scent. The second name drawn from the Rafflecopter widget will receive the full collection – eau de toilette, body spray and nourishing hand cream – plus one of Yardley’s new ultra-fine moisturising body mists, in the April Violets scent. I can’t promise that these will arrive as beautifully-packaged as the chocolate, but I will do my best.

Entries as usual through the Rafflecopter widget below, and the giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday to give me time to contact the winners and hopefully get your treats shipped out in time for Christmas..!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– Giveaway open worldwide – however, I’ve not checked international shipping requirements so prize may vary from that shown. International prizes will not use a tracked method of shipping, and I do not accept responsibility for customs charges or import restrictions
– Two winners will be chosen at random via the Rafflecopter widget above
– Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
– Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 28 days to respond. After this date, another winner will be drawn
– All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
– The giveaway will run from 28.11.16 to 04.12.16

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This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.

  • ayden millar

    £300 worth of chocolate?! Holy shiiiiit. Imagine opening that on christmas day! xx

  • Sarah Noakes

    Mmmmm – chocolate….

  • anii y

    This is my favourite!!! I love Hotel Chocolat!! Thanks so much for this!!

  • Ooo I was eyeing up Hotel Chocolat’s new range this weekend when I visited my parents, ace prize!

  • amy bondoc

    Wow these look so good ! love hotel chocolat !

  • Bex Jones

    This certainly is Fab!! I have everything crossed … chocoholic over here <———-

  • Mrs Broomfield

    Looks delicious!

  • Mirjana

    Fantastic prize 🙂

  • Alica

    Great giveaway! Thank you 🙂

  • jenrogers

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures

  • Jo Hutchinson

    Merry Christmas x Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

  • G13NN H

    Love chocolate; they look amazing…

  • Amez2012

    love chocolate mmmmm!

  • Sara MacGregor

    Clementine bombes, hello!

  • Alison

    This looks so nice

  • anthony harrington

    yummy! ( have commented on Tightrope Walker album review)

  • Jo Carroll

    I’d love to win your Merry Little Christmas hamper giveaway. Happy Xmas. x

  • Corinne Ellis- Henson

    Omg this hamper looks awesome 🙂

  • Sarah M

    This has got me feeling festive! Happy Christmas and thank you xxx

  • kerry locke

    looks fantastic

  • Claire Edwards

    That Hotel Chocolat hamper looks AMAZING!

  • Jennifer Barclay

    That hotel chocolate box looks amazing! Definitely not one to share!

  • Hey, if there’s a chance of chocolate…

  • Ellie Wood

    It looks so delicious!

  • Kat Allinson

    This looks so yummy!

  • Tiffany Spence

    Looks fantastic!

  • Evie Clarkson

    Fab giveaway! xxx

  • Kerry Kilmister

    this would be fantastic to win

  • Deborah Clarke

    Oooh yes please count me in. Wonderful giveaway fingers firmly crossed

  • Tracy James

    wow, a dream prize ,count me in please x

  • Michelle O’neill

    this looks gorgeous x

  • Beverley Cousins

    Fabulous! thankyou x

  • yvonne cooke

    Lovely giveaway.xx

  • Jules Smith Eley

    I commented on instagram , the frosty leaf ! This is a fab hamper! 🙂

  • melanie stanbridge

    Who doesn’t love chocolate?

  • Nikki Hayes

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway – I love Hotel Chocolat :o)

  • Lindsey Stuart

    Aww this is absolutely lovely!

  • melissacrowe

    thankyou x

  • Jen Morgan

    What a lovely giveaway thanks you x

  • Jane

    Lovely chocolate

  • Gem Cook

    Fantastic Prize!
    Thank you for running such a generous giveaway!
    Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Patricia Avery

    Very tasty giveaway 🙂

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    Great giveaway thanks for the chance

  • MrRichTea

    Count Me IN 🙂

  • Thanks for the chance – lovely prize.

  • Wendy Tolhurst

    Great competition – this Hotel Chocolat mini Hamper looks so tasty. Commented on “Life’s too short – wear the crown”

  • Elaine Livingstone

    I commented on your Christmas comfort and joy

  • Laura Nice

    Thank you for the chance

  • Laura Findlay

    Lovely giveaway! x

  • gfa01

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – not to mention Burns Night.

  • kim neville