Christmas Came Early Thanks To Debenhams Secret Santa

I was recently asked if I would like to take part in a Secret Santa organised by Debenhams. The idea was that we would be given a fellow blogger from the group to shop for, and were given £80 each to spend on the gifts and toys department of the Debenhams website. And in return another blogger would be shopping for us! Sounded like fun to me, plus I liked the idea of seeing what someone would choose for me, based just on what they could glean from this old bloggidy.

There is a huge, HUGE range of things to choose from in the Debenhams gift department. It took me hours to choose for my Santee- I really wanted to get something that suited their family, and it seemed from reading her blog that they loved doing stuff together- inside and outside- so I picked a selection of things for them to have fun with, with one special gift for her to keep her warm on their many outdoor jaunts!

Then I waited for mine. I thought I had chosen quite well for my Santee, but now I apologise because my gifts seem SO much more fun and exciting in comparison- I never was a very good shopper- but I hope they enjoy them nonetheless! As for me, I feel utterly spoilt. The first package to arrive contained this fab canvas of a cool guitar dude silhouetted in onstage smoke and lights. It is already up on the wall in our loo, adding a bit of Rock’n’Roll cool to a room that formerly had none!

guitarist canvas

A couple of hours later I received a huge parcel from Debenhams, and it was rammed with treats:-

Delicious chocolate and hot chocolate which my children have been delightedly diving into…..

chocolate joy

An underground map cushion of such awesomeness that the debate over whose it is is still raging between the teenager and I. It is clearly mine. But she keeps stealing it and putting it in her room. Cheeky madam.

Underground map cushion

Then there were some fabulous coasters with cocktail recipes on each one- a good excuse for some experimental boozing over the festive season me thinks.

Cocktail coasters

And finally, the best biscuit tin that ever was. It is a giant cassette! I love it, and it is full of delicious biscuits too- bonus!!

Cassette biscuit tin
Note the small hand trying to steal them before I even finish taking the photo….

Thank you so much Secret Santa – these gifts are absolutely spot on, and I am amazed that someone I don’t know that well could choose such appropriate things- when I find out who you are I will be sending my OH your way in future- he could do with your help!! I am also impressed with how far the budget went – a sign of really great value being offered by Debenhams. I am supposed to try and guess who it might be….I really have no idea, but in the spirit of the game I am going to guess Mary from Keynko – because she is a bit bonkers like me so has a good chance of getting inside my strange brain! But I am probably wrong…..own up whoever you are, so I can give you a big thank you snog!!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Sarah Wheeler
    December 18, 2013 / 7:18 am

    Gosh some lovely gifts….and it just shows what you can achieve when you put some thought into it! Having said that, Imid-post, I was imagining how nice it would be to have £80 worth of chocolate, and then I saw the hamper!

  2. Lady Briggs
    December 18, 2013 / 8:54 am

    It was meeeeee! SO glad you love your gifts and totally laughing at the fact that I thought I failed on getting things that the whole Cisco brood would like but yet it’s all being fought over anyway!! Merry Christmas! xxx

  3. December 18, 2013 / 8:59 am

    awesome gifts, my favourite is the London cushion closely followed by the hot chocolate x

  4. Older Mum
    December 18, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Firstly, how generous of Debenhams. Secondly, what brilliant gifts you received – that biscuit tin is the mutts nuts, totally up your street. I want one! Have a wonderful Christmas! X

  5. December 18, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Wow, Lady Briggs is a fantastic shopper!!!

  6. December 18, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Have to say – guitars and biscuits would have been the way I went had it been me choosing for you! Well done Lady B !

  7. December 18, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I love that cushion….and the biscuit tin is great!

  8. gidders1
    December 29, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Brilliant gifts, I love the retro tape! 🙂 what a great fun thing to be involved it. Loved it!

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