The Gift of Giving with Boots (Giveaway!) AD

Christmas is definitely one of my favourite times of the year, it’s close between that and Halloween. It’s colder, cosier, comfier clothes, great day time naps, Christmas Markets, loads of food, what’s not to love!? But the best thing about Christmas for me is giving. There’s something about Christmas that just makes me full of love, I always take cash out when I head into town to give to the homeless, I buy way more than I should for my family, and I love spending time with friends and family more during the Christmas period than ever. This year I’m working with Boots on their secret santa campaign to share the love by gifting another blogger some very thoughtfully picked gifts (some of my personal favourites!) and I even get to give this mystery gift (worth £100) to one of you lucky people too! Once the giveaway has ended the big reveal of this secret gift will be on Instagram.

Boots, anya, Gift of Giving

During the winter months I write down basically anything my friends and family say, passing comments that they think I didn’t take notice of, or just things that they point out they like during conversations. I’ll start buying things really early on and start hiding them (my mum is really bad for snooping!) Every since I started my first job and had my own money, I’ve been a Christmas Angel in this house, or a Christmas Fairy and some years I’ve done the shopping for everyone to the rest of the family. I love surprising my loved ones, spoiling them, making them laugh with gifts, and generally just showing how much I love them.

This doesn’t always have to be done with material things or expensive things, a couple Christmases ago I actually bought my brother a set of Nerf Guns for us all to play with and we had the most amazing day, and months and months after that of family fun and Nerf wars around the house. This year though it’s actually been me who has received the most thoughtful gift, my little Anya. If you follow me on social media you will have seen all about my kitten, but if not, after years of asking and hinting, my mum finally gave in and bought me the most perfect and beautiful kitten. It was for my birthday but as we’re talking about thoughtful gifts, I just had to mention her. You see with my chronic pain and chronic fatigue, I’ve not been great these past few months/years, and everything has got progressively worse, including my depression. Anya isn’t just the perfect gift, she’s actually really helping my mental health, for me to be (slightly and very carefully) more active. She fills my day with cuddles, and fun play times, instead of me just having week long pity parties with constant flare ups. I don’t go out a lot anymore, once a week on a good week, once every few weeks if not, so having something as fun, cute, and lively in the house is making it not boring anymore. Plus it’s a lot funner having a kitten play with you when you’re stuck in bed with a flare up.

I love the idea of this campaign, and I love it even more that one of you will also be receiving the lovely MYSTERY gifts I have sent to a fellow blogger. The Boots Christmas range is always amazing and I love how many incredible and diverse Christmas gifts for her there are, I always choose Boots at Christmas and I’m so excited to see what my secret santa gift is too!

Please enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win this MYSTERY gift worth £100.

The giveaway closes on the 3rd of December. A winner will be selected and contacted by Boots after the closing date.  UK only, must be 16 years or over.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Can I say that I wish the secret gift was a duplicate of Anya? She’s so incredibly cute. I’m so happy you got her. Xx

  • Sarah R

    Anya is so beautiful! And pets can help so much with mental health problems, even if it’s just by giving you a distraction sometimes, so hopefully she can continue to help you when you’re going through tough times!

  • I would love a huge eyeshadow palette!


    Lol, jokes, could you imagine how my two would react?! x

  • Katrina Wilson

    Love this idea, what a lovely thing to do. Also hi Anya! You are going to bring your mummy lots of happiness!!

  • Margaret Gallagher

    No 7 beauties skincare makeup
    Just love it

  • Solange

    No7 Cleansing Brush and skincare products.

  • Jane Willis

    I’d love it to be a premium fragrance or a No7 skincare collection – I tried to be more specific but when I visited the Boots page and selected “Fragrance”, it took me to a page of electric shavers!

  • Garth Algar

    I really want some new make up brushes, so that and some fab new lippies 🙂

  • haxell

    I would love it to be an electric toothbrush with a round head.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • sunshine

    Anything from Boots would be great!! I’d love a perfume to be in there

  • Lisa Rowsell

    Some festive fragrances. @Lisa2062 on Twitter

  • Andrea

    Some lovely smelling shower gel

  • David Waterworth

    some nice aftershave

  • Claire Woods

    Pampering spa kit

  • maci234


  • Lindsey Stuart

    This is very exciting! A nice perfume would be wonderful

  • Tracy Hanley

    I would love some new make up

  • JudeVFR400

    Lovely shower things and a fluffy towel? An electric toothbrush?

  • Louise P

    I would love it to be some gorgeous nail polishes or eye make up. 🙂

  • Sylvia Dixon

    Perfume and after shave would be lovely.

  • Catherine

    Anya is just gorgeous!!! And I’m so glad she is bringing you relief! Any of the gift sets would be an amazing gift.

  • Angela Treadway

    exfoliating face brush things lol x

  • Denfor Hopkins

    Aftershave would be great

  • Jo Hutchinson

    Ted Baker Beauty To Behold Cosmetic Purse

  • Tracy K Nixon

    Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume!

  • Kimberley Ryan

    Michael Kors Sexy Ruby set

  • Joanne Beale

    Would love a new hairdryer

  • Jan Beal

    I’d like some lovely fragrance or a good moisturiser (both are must-haves as far as I’m concerned)

  • Diane Carey

    Fragrances, make-up or skincare

  • Sheena Batey

    Skincare or bath/shower stuff

  • Matthew Warman

    Some nice aftershave

  • chunter1

    A beauty advent calendar? That would be soooo exciting!

  • Kerry-Ann McDade

    I’m so happy to hear Anya is benefiting your mental health. My partner got me a kitten for our anniversary in July and he has been a major step in my recovery! It sounds silly but having to get up early, clean him, feed him etc it’s actually given me a routine which my mental health is thankful for! Before him I was sleeping everyday or lying in bed not wanting to do anything but now theres no choice! I can’t wait to see more piccys of Anya.

    I’d love for the Secret Santa gift to be make up! I’m in need of makeup.

  • Christine Dodd

    Anything from Sanctuary Spa would be lovely!

  • Sarah Elizabeth Dunne

    Anything to do with maternity/baby would be awesome!

  • Sheri Darby

    perfume and toiletries would be wonderful

  • Nancy Bradford

    There are so many nice things but I will have to say the Clinique Christmas Essentials x

  • shirlz51

    love a new perfume.

  • Elizabeth Smith

    I’m hoping for something luxurious that I couldn’t justify buying for myself

  • Emma

    I would love the mystery gift to be a pair of GHD hair straighteners!

  • Kristyn

    I would love the giveaway to be something ‘beauty’ related because I would really love a nice treat for Christmas!

  • First of all, how adorable is little Anya?! 🙂
    I would love for the mystery gift to maybe include a new hairdryer as my current one is definitely ready to give up working at any minute. Hehe.

    Ellis –

  • Lorraine Broll

    I’d love it to include some Soap and Glory.

  • Naila Mo

    Love secret santa as it’s quite exciting as you don’t know what your going to get. I would love Ted Baker beauty 🙂

  • ✰★ღ Kayleigh ✰★ღ

    I love surprises! Anything to do with beauty or fragrance would be amazing! I’d love to treat myself for once!

  • Kelly Ann

    I would love to win a clothes voucher or a hamper!

  • Michelle O’neill

    some perfume x

  • GCforever

    Chanel No 5 or any fragrance would be wonderful.

  • Amanda Gregory

    A set of nice perfumes.

  • philanahagley

    Would love a beauty hamper

  • Kev Cannon

    I would love it to be perfume so I can give it to my wife

  • Laura Pritchard

    I’d love some No 7 skincare!

  • christine szlobodnik

    perfume! or makeup xo

  • melanie stirling

    It would be nice to have a perfume set.

  • I would love the mystery gift to be makeup.

  • Marilyn farquharson

    Oooh, I love surprises! Any mystery gift is exciting!

  • id love a nice smelly git set

  • Mel

    I would like the mystery gift to be anything that makes me feel extra pampered and pretty!

  • Lynn Neal

    A pampering treat with a scented candle!

  • Rennene Hartland

    Would love it to be make-up

  • Claire Nelson

    Some no 7 products

  • Kelly E Hirst

    Anything would be a treat but I’d love it to be perfume or pampering products

  • Geoffroy Thomas

    Anything at all, but some nice bath products would be nice


    I would love this gift to be Chanel No 5 my favorite fragrance

  • Ruth Harwood

    A new perfume!

  • Kirsty Downie

    I love the 7 Beauty Collection. lovely Christmas gift!

  • Pauline Black

    Perfume would be nice!

  • Kim W

    A Boots voucher would be wonderful.

  • Adrian Bold

    I would like some perfume for my partner for Christmas.


    Boots have some amazing bargains this Christmas but the one that stood out the most for me was the Real Techniques Deluxe Illumination Gift set. Lots of their perfumes like Jimmy Choo are half price and the beauty advent calendars have been reduced now too. Fantastic offers for this time of you xx

  • Sandra Siddall

    I would love some fabulous perfume!

  • Simone

    Make up, perfume…anything Boots related is guna be fabx

  • charbarcrazy

    I’d love this prize to be something for a bit of pampering

  • Leanne Parr

    Some sort of electric Beauty gadget

  • Hayley West

    A make up pallett,mine is running low 🙂

  • stuart hargreaves


  • Fiona

    I would love it to be a selection of perfumes

  • Tee simpson

    I would love it to be perfume

  • tracey tibbetts

    number 7 goodies please Christmas Angel

  • Emma Nixon

    A bunch of daisies (perfume)

  • Louise Comb

    I’d love it if it included some perfume XXX

  • Emma Hutchings

    I’d love it to be a hair curler!

  • Lucy Major

    Either a new perfume or a lovely Smashbox gift set 🙂

  • Elaine Livingstone
  • Paula Gwynne

    Opium Black is such a fabulous scent and would be lovely

  • Susie Mc

    some aftershave would be good, I need to get hubby a present!

  • Louise Smith

    YSL Black Opium Perfume

  • Jay MacInnes

    I think perfume maybe? I’d love something new to try. I feel so guilty spending on myself at this time of year!

  • MM

    I think some perfume, would ne nice.

  • Heli Lukkarinen

    Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau De Parfum! Or any other perfume or beauty item.

  • Linda

    Lots of things I’d love in Boots a new hairdryer or some perfume would be fantastic

  • Sarah Ann

    Perfume or hair products would be my ideal surprise gift!

  • Patricia Avery

    Something to relax in the bath with and pamper myself at this hectic time of year where ‘me’ time is so precious 🙂

  • Lesley Bain

    Similar happened to me this year. I have Fibromyalgia and its chronic. I had to give up work so after wanting one my whole life I bought a puppy. She is a Chihuahua so doesn’t need me to walk her miles every day, a quick walk from my son after school does her. Aren’t pets just such great company? I don’t know what I would do with my days without Willow. Anya is a lovely name too 🙂 Oh gosh the question! I love the No. 7 range of skincare and make-up so would love that, maybe perfume too? I’d be happy with anything though, thanks for a lovely giveaway x

  • valbuk

    Perfume or haircare would be lovely

  • Diane Duggan

    I would love the gift to be a bottle of Chanel No 5

  • snarepuss

    hair straighteners 🙂

  • Carole

    Perfume would be lovely

  • LyndaJ213

    I would love a beauty hamper, fingers crossed xxx

  • Teresa Sheldon

    I love anything smelly so anything from boots would be wonderful

  • Heather Hibbert

    I’d love some haircare products!

  • Rosalind Sargent

    I love to smell nice so perfume would be lovely

  • emma walters

    i would love some curling tongs!!

  • Sidrah

    Hair dryer

  • Rachel Butler

    I’d love it to be some new perfume! That would be so amazing! xo

  • Amy McLellan

    A month’s supply of meal deals! I’m rather hooked on their lunch deals

  • Sanam

    A make up bundle and perfumes

  • Keshia Esgate


  • Sarah N

    I’d like some nice make up

  • How adorable is Anya! I would what would be in it!

    Lily |

  • Pete Cleasby

    any kind of luxury soap