2018: What I got for Christmas

Tis’ that time of the year! As I sit down to pen this post — hot chocolate at hand — I am very much aware that I am lucky. Lucky to have my family and friends, and those I care about. Lucky to have been able to spend the holidays with them. I can only hope 2019 is just a good a year. 

Going over my gifts, I’ve decided to split them up in similar categories, and as such they have been photographed in groups (unless they weren’t photographed at all). I will link all the products below.

The First Group of gifts was the additions to my Funko Collection. From my brother I received the Crimes of Grindelwald Albus Dumbledore, and from a friend, the Grindelwald and Thestral Funko Scene; I also received Qi'ra from Star Wars from another friend. Qi’ra now sits at the top of my bookshelf, where the majority of my pops are - whereas, Grindelwald and Dumbledamn (yeah, that was not a typo - Dumbledore is played by Jude Law), hold court in one of the shelves I’ve filled with various books by J.K. Rowling. 

The Next Group consists at what I consider the Beauty, Lifestyle and Fashion group. The first item was a gift from my mom - a bottle of Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, which is probably my favorite perfume to wear. For those who haven’t tried it, Nirvana Black’s scent is a combination of Violet, Sandalwood, and Vanilla. This one was both a surprise and not a surprise, as my mom did ask what I wanted, but I did give her an extensive list. The second item is a purse from Aldo. It is a large crossbody in a deep Burgundy color which I really liked as it fits a lot like a messenger bag, but not as large, yet it is not a small crossbody bag. Also, I did not have the color. The other item is a sweater, which my cousin brought me from her trip to Guatemala. It is made similar to a Baja Hoodie, yet the fabric is a bit thicker. Not added to this picture is a Michael Kors crossbody which I purchased for myself as a treat - and because the store was 70% that day. 

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Group Number three is a brave group of gifts - as I have a lot of books already, and it is not easy to know what I am missing (unless I have provided a wishlist on Amazon to do so - which I did). Now, the Harry Potter movie collection was another gift from my brother; while “Fire & Blood” by George R. R. Martin was a gift from my mom for both myself and my brother (not that he will read it). The other three books were a gift from my cousin in our family gift exchange. As a new tradition, instead of giving smaller gifts to all members of the family, we do a Secret Santa. The books are “Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything” by Aaron James Draplin, as well as the Jon Duckett Web Design Set (pictured are HTML and CSS, and Javascript and JQuery). All three are books I’ve had on my wishlist for quite a while. 

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The Final Group is the art supplies. My mom got me most things in this picture, as she gifted me the Prismacolor 150 colored pencil set, a William Mitchell Calligraphy set, and the Bienfang parchment paper unbound pad - all of which I loved. Also in this image is the other gift I received from my cousin in the family Secret Santa - a Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Palette, which along with the Prismacolors is probably some of my favorite art supplies of all time. Not in the picture are a few items I received from my brother: a Neewer Portable Lightbox, and a mini Neewer Light and its battery pack. Looking forward to the projects, I’ll get to do with all these supplies. 

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While I am no true gamer, I do enjoy the occasional video game, so I also purchased a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, as well as a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (a bit more comfortable for games like Smash and Zelda).

 
 
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Links

Albus Dumbledore, Crimes of Grindelwald Funko Pop - https://amzn.to/2V6pw8y

Grindelwald and Thestral Movie Moment Funko Pop - no link available

Qi’ra Funko Pop - https://amzn.to/2V6j29T

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black - https://amzn.to/2EPA72K

Aldo Bignomia Crossbody - https://bit.ly/2SkjKyr

Harry Potter Complete 8 Film Collection - https://amzn.to/2AfmTIT

Draplin Design Co: Pretty Much Everything - https://amzn.to/2Cyxct3

Web Design with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and JQUERY - https://amzn.to/2AhgL2R

Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin - https://amzn.to/2LADmfd

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Palette - https://amzn.to/2PZj7Z6

Prismacolor 150 Colored Pencils Set - https://bit.ly/2EKDkzO

Bienfang Antique Parchment Calligraphy Paper Pad, Ivory White - https://bit.ly/2CyWqri

William Mitchell Calligraphy Gift Set - https://bit.ly/2V9DnLn

NeewerPhoto Studio Shooting Light Cube - https://amzn.to/2GHIQG2

NEEWER LED Panel Light - https://amzn.to/2CyhdLr

Michael Kors Whitney Leather Bag - https://bit.ly/2BDJ5fp (the model I got is no longer available online, but it comes from the Whitney series.)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - https://bit.ly/2vx5ZTv

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller - https://bit.ly/2hCrLyv