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.

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

More Hotel Chocolat: Web | Facebook | Twitter
More Yardley of London: Web | Facebook | Twitter

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



  1. ayden millar
    November 28, 2016 / 8:22 am

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

  2. Sarah Noakes
    November 28, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Mmmmm – chocolate….

  3. anii y
    November 28, 2016 / 1:04 pm

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

  4. November 28, 2016 / 1:16 pm

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

  5. amy bondoc
    November 28, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Wow these look so good ! love hotel chocolat !

  6. Bex Jones
    November 28, 2016 / 1:25 pm

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

  7. Mrs Broomfield
    November 28, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Looks delicious!

  8. Mirjana
    November 28, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Fantastic prize 🙂

  9. Alica
    November 28, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Great giveaway! Thank you 🙂

  10. jenrogers
    November 28, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures

  11. Jo Hutchinson
    November 28, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Merry Christmas x Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

  12. G13NN H
    November 28, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Love chocolate; they look amazing…

  13. Amez2012
    November 28, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    love chocolate mmmmm!

  14. Sara MacGregor
    November 28, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Clementine bombes, hello!

  15. Alison
    November 28, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    This looks so nice

  16. anthony harrington
    November 28, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    yummy! ( have commented on Tightrope Walker album review)

  17. Jo Carroll
    November 28, 2016 / 8:40 pm

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

  18. Corinne Ellis- Henson
    November 28, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Omg this hamper looks awesome 🙂

  19. Sarah M
    November 28, 2016 / 11:46 pm

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

  20. kerry locke
    November 29, 2016 / 8:09 am

    looks fantastic

  21. Claire Edwards
    November 29, 2016 / 10:32 am

    That Hotel Chocolat hamper looks AMAZING!

  22. Jennifer Barclay
    November 29, 2016 / 11:35 am

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

  23. November 29, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Hey, if there’s a chance of chocolate…

  24. Ellie Wood
    November 30, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    It looks so delicious!

  25. Kat Allinson
    November 30, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    This looks so yummy!

  26. Tiffany Spence
    November 30, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  27. Evie Clarkson
    December 1, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Fab giveaway! xxx

  28. Kerry Kilmister
    December 1, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    this would be fantastic to win

  29. Deborah Clarke
    December 1, 2016 / 11:38 pm

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

  30. Tracy James
    December 2, 2016 / 12:34 am

    wow, a dream prize ,count me in please x

  31. Michelle O'neill
    December 2, 2016 / 8:00 am

    this looks gorgeous x

  32. Beverley Cousins
    December 2, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Fabulous! thankyou x

  33. yvonne cooke
    December 2, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Lovely giveaway.xx

  34. Jules Smith Eley
    December 2, 2016 / 11:23 am

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

  35. melanie stanbridge
    December 2, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Who doesn’t love chocolate?

  36. Nikki Hayes
    December 2, 2016 / 9:48 pm

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

  37. Lindsey Stuart
    December 2, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Aww this is absolutely lovely!

  38. melissacrowe
    December 3, 2016 / 12:22 am

    thankyou x

  39. Jen Morgan
    December 3, 2016 / 9:01 am

    What a lovely giveaway thanks you x

  40. Jane
    December 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Lovely chocolate

  41. Gem Cook
    December 3, 2016 / 7:41 pm

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

  42. Patricia Avery
    December 3, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Very tasty giveaway 🙂

  43. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 3, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Great giveaway thanks for the chance

  44. MrRichTea
    December 3, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Count Me IN 🙂

  45. December 3, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Thanks for the chance – lovely prize.

  46. Wendy Tolhurst
    December 4, 2016 / 1:48 am

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

  47. Elaine Livingstone
    December 4, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    I commented on your Christmas comfort and joy

  48. Laura Nice
    December 4, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Thank you for the chance

  49. Laura Findlay
    December 4, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Lovely giveaway! x

  50. gfa01
    December 4, 2016 / 10:55 pm

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

  51. kim neville
    December 4, 2016 / 11:20 pm