With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would put together a list of the Top Expat Christmas Gifts I’m hoping for this year!
Christmas Gifts for Expats
So, newsflash: it’s super cold in Europe in winter – like a lot colder than Auckland. Although like every other Kiwi I have a short black puffy jacket, this year I’m looking for something a little more cosy. This North Face one has 550 fill goose down insulation, is waterproof, has internal fleece and will cover my bum! OMG it’s totally the splurge item I want this Christmas!
I’ve been looking for some New Zealand inspired art to have here in Spain for a while now, and I’ve just come across kiwi artist, The Little Leaf. Her work is gorgeous and I’m especially love this Fantail print – New Zealand birds are actually my favourite thing everrrrr.
When I think of gumboots (rain boots, wellington boots – whatever) I mostly think of stomping through New Zealand bush, near my family bach. But in Europe, gumboots are quite the fashion statement, particularly this ‘Hunter’ brand. While I can’t convince myself to drop a lot of money on gumboots, I’m prepared to buy some Hunter socks, to flip over regular gummies. Then I can fit in with these cool Europeans and keep my tootsies warm.
I love coming home and lighting a scented candle and this one sounds delicious! I’m yet to try one of these hugely popular Yankee Candles, as I’m not sure if they’re available in New Zealand. But they’re here in Spain, so I’ll make the most of them while I can!
I love this necklace! I’m not entirely sure how much longer I’ll be staying in Spain, but I do know it will always hold a special place in my heart (corny much?). This necklace would be a beautiful reminder of the great times I’ve had in Spain, and the heart in the centre (right on Madrid!) makes it even more perfect. This company also make similar necklaces for other countries and states, so it’s worth a look!
I’m constantly going away for the weekend here (that’s what travellers do). And too often I’m borrowing my flatmates backpack, as I realise my handbag won’t be suitable for the backpacking-style weekend I’m about to embark on. So I really want my very own, good quality backpack, that can also be used as carry-on luggage when flying. My favourite colour is red, so I think this one is perfect. I want it.
I also found is this cool New Zealand map watch on Etsy. I’ve seen a few watches with a world map on the face before, but this is the first New Zealand one I’ve seen. I think it’s really cute and simple. The perfect expat Christmas gift for Kiwis.
I haven’t been running in over a month and am starting to feel like a sloth, especially with all the wine, tapas and churros I’ve been eating here in Spain. No doubt the holiday season won’t help me feel any better, so I think some new shoes will be just the motivation I need to get out on the freezing cold streets of Madrid and start running again!
So that’s my Christmas wish list, is there anything on it you want too? What expat Christmas gifts do you want this year? Marry Christmas!