My Christmas + Birthday Gifts 2018

As I do every year, today I’m sharing what I received for Christmas + my Birthday!

a picture of an open Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette with various items in the background

Anastasia Soft Glam palette

I’ve been wanting this palette for a while so I finally just put it on my Christmas list; I’ve only used it a few times so far but I absolutely love it!

Beekman Goat Milk Soap

This goat milk soap made Oprah’s Favourite Things for 2018 so you know it has to be good; I’ve yet to try my bar (I was waiting to photograph it) but I’m looking forward to testing this out (it smells amazing!).

a hand holding a Root Beer Float jar candle with various other items in the backgorund

Root Beer Float Candle

This smells exactly like a root beer float – I can’t wait to burn it!

a white and black aromatherapy bracelet sitting in a white box with a description card and small vial of essential oil

Drops of Gratitude Chill bracelet

This bracelet is made of white howlite and three lava stones; it comes with a small bottle of essential oil that you sprinkle on the lava stones and it diffuses the oil throughout the day.

a picture of pink knit reading socks with various items in the background

Reading Socks

I have a few pairs of these and I love them; I get really cold sitting at my desk during the day (especially in the Winter) and these definitely help keep my feet and legs warm.

a picture of a snowglobe with a bear pulling a sled with gifts on it

Snow Globe

Mr. PRL bought me a snow globe last year and somehow when I unpacked it this year, it had broken.  So this was it’s replacement – it plays Deck the Halls.

a picture of a NES Classic Edition box sitting on a cream coloured blanket

NES Classic Edition

This was a gift to both me and Mr. PRL; we both grew up with Nintendo and this includes 30 classic games that we used to play including Super Mario Brothers and Zelda.

a picture of a hand holding a black kobo e-reader with other items in the background

Kobo Aura H20

I love my Kobo reader but the one I had was quite old so Mr. PRL picked me up a new one.  I plan on reading a lot more this year so this will get a lot of use.

a picture of a gold fox pendant necklace made by Steel Daisy Handmade Jewellery

Steel Daisy Fox pendant

This is my second piece of Steel Daisy jewelry (I received a necklace last year as well); this one is a cute little fox pendant that I love.

a picture of a red women's sweatshirt with a graphic dog and the words 'No thanks Varsity Lazy Divion" in the top right hand corner

Buffalo Printed Pullover

a close-up picture of a red women's sweatshirt with a graphic dog and the words 'No thanks Varsity Lazy Divion" in the top right hand corner

I love sweatshirts and this one is definitely a new fave.  It’s super soft and comfy and it has the cutest little graphic on it – I want the one in blue now too!  Consider me officially a member of the Varsity Lazy Division. 😉

a white and gray throw placed casually on a dark gray couch

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic throw

I have a bit of a blanket/throw obsession – I have so many at home but I’m always looking for the coziest one.  My search has ended with this – this is the coziest, softest BEST blanket I’ve ever owned.  It’s so perfect for curling up on the couch with because it’s the perfect width and length (it covers my feet) but it’s not too bulky or thick but it’s still warm.

I know these retail for well over $100 at Nordstrom, but you can get the exact same thing at Nordstrom Rack for around $60.  And I know $60 seems like a lot for a throw but I totally think it’s worth it!


As if all of this wasn’t enough, I also received pyjamas, some gift cards to the mall, Sephora and Chapters and a ton of chocolate.  I was seriously spoiled this year and am of course grateful to have received such thoughtful and generous gifts!

What did you get for Christmas?


  1. polishedandinspired says

    You got so much great stuff! I just started using the Soft Glam palette after owning it for three months lol, but I’ve been enjoying it too!

    So jealous of your new Kobo! I think I have one of the first models of the Kobo, and it works perfectly fine so I feel like I can’t really justify upgrading to a new one, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting one!

    My husband always laughs at those reading socks whenever he sees them at Chapters – obviously they’re meant to keep you cozy while you’re lounging around the house/working at your desk, but he takes them literally and is like “why do people need a pair of socks specifically dedicated for reading?”

    • prettyrufflife says

      My old Kobo worked but it would randomly shut down and freeze which was so annoying. I must say the Kobo Aura is so awesome because I can download books directly from the library instead of using my computer. Such a timesaver and so convenient! 🙂

      Lol your husband’s comment was the exact same as Jodi’s above – I agree it’s weird to have socks specifically for reading. They should be called Desk Socks IMO!

    • prettyrufflife says

      I’m absolutely loving my Kobo Aura – it’s so easy to download books from the library, which is where I get all of my books.

      The reading socks are definitely getting put to use given the cold weather we’ve been having lately! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wendy says

    Such great gifts! So happy you got the Soft Glam palette. It never gets old! Jealous of your classic Nintendo version. I have the Super one and still need the classic. I was holding onto hope for a N64 one, but they’ve said they have no plans to do it right now. Boooo. Love the idea of that essential oil bracelet!

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