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.
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.
(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.
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..!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
– 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
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.