BUZZ LIGHTYEAR IS COMING TO TOWN

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR IS COMING TO TOWN

Have we all recovered from the paper cuts of unwrapping presents and overeating over the festive period? By now you’re probably finding homes for all your new gifts, or have already been shopping on the Amazon sale and spending your money. Over the years Christmas has become so commercialised that we forget what it means. To me it’s about family as it’s the one time of year we have everyone together completely. In the space of four days I’ve charged my phone once and used it once. Yes I have received some new things but the highlight will always be banter with the family.

As much as Christmas isn’t about the presents, I did this year receive some incredible things – including the Buzz Lightyear I’ve wanted since I was five years old; thank you dear brother. Buzz pretty much sums up my gifts overall – vintage. Buzz is the classic 90s toy that every kid wanted. His 15 phrases have annoyed the family and if I say “to infinity and beyond” once more I’m pretty sure Buzz will be taken off me. Luckily when you’re twenty-four and single you can get away with being completely immature and having your childhood present fantasies fulfilled.

However, the vintage gifts were not limited to just Buzz. There were many more to come.

I have a somewhat obsession with tins of a vintage nature and glass bottles. Pat on the back to you dad who presented me with these two tins – a vintage radio full of biscuits, and a tin of peanuts. Of course it wasn’t the contents that they were bought for, it was purely the typography and vintage designs that made them perfect gifts for me.

This vintage Cadbury’s tin arrived in my stocking from Santa mummy and was cleverly packaged with a bunch of other gifts inside, including vintage typographic tea towels that will make the house I hopefully buy this year feel like a home. I love this tin so much. You can see how simple the typography was in design, style and colour and how much the packaging and prices of chocolate has changed compared to today. The only downside about this is it makes me wish I lived in a world where you could get Cadbury’s Buttons and a Curly Wurly for three pence each. You would definitely not get such luxuries in this day and age.

Santa mummy scored big with the stocking this year with vintage gifts. I do set her a great challenge each year and mum always triumphs. A lot of the stocking this year was “bottom drawer” items for my future house and they of course were vintage and lovely in design. The assortment of glass will go nicely with my rather large collection of glass bottles I currently have around my apartment and I find them so useful for decoration.

While I don’t like coffee, I do however love the smell. But this is not why the following mug found its way into my stocking this year. It’s made of metal which will add to my eclectic collection of mugs but it’ll also stand out for its colour and variety of fonts. it’s definitely got a vintage feel to it and I can’t wait to put my feet up on the coffee table with a hot chocolate in hand in this mug. Easily pleased, what can I say?

When you get gifts from your family like these it reminds you how well your family know you. We may be a little dysfunctional at times, and we may not always get on, but we’re always there for each other when it matters.

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas. Remember – a family is for life, not just for Christmas; same goes for any puppies you may have acquired too.

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Caitlin is obsessed with all things design. When she's not busy working on magazines and newspapers, she's juggling freelancing on the side and a masters degree. You'll likely find her in the gym or cooking up a storm in the kitchen when she manages to step away from the computer.

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