Holiday Swag

This month, we’re separating out the things we bought in exchange for a general holiday swag. That’s going to cover both just our general stuff for December and what we got for Christmas (that we want to share) since we both celebrate that.

Chantel will be in purple.
Caidyn will be in blue.

For those of you who might not know, Caidyn created an Instagram account for the blog and we have posts up already about some of the holiday items we got as presents or things we bought with gift cards and such. You can find us @bwbookreviews on Instagram. Go check it out, we are having a lot of fun with it. 

As for holiday swag, I don’t have much to share. My mom bought me a lot of practical items that I needed and aren’t too interesting. 

I did get a few things that I did want to share, however. One from my mom and a few from Caidyn. 

Then I got Peter Darling for myself with an Amazon gift card I got from my mom.

That’s pretty much it for Holiday Swag for me, but continue to keep an eye out on our Instagram because we’ll be continuing to post over there as well. 

Tbh, I kind of got quite a bit this holiday season. Whether it was me buying stuff for me, my friends getting me things, family presents, or things I bought myself with Amazon gift cards. Okay? Got it? Cool.

First, around Black Friday, Hot Topic had a huge sale on t-shirts. Like they were $10 instead of $20+. So, I bought myself some.

Next, I went to a used bookstore and got some books.


And since we both celebrate Christmas, here are the gifts that I got. I’ll start with my parents. While I got some of the usual stuff from them, I also got some things I didn’t expect. Such as a set of sheets, which I was super excited about. God, I’m old. Then, I also got a knife from my dad. I’ve been needing a knife that I can have on me. Never know when you’ll need one.

Finally, this was the gift from my mom:

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Most unique Christmas present ever. #mymomknowsmewell

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Sorry about it being sideways, but it’s really cool. My mom got me Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre that was hand cut into paper by her coworker. I absolutely love it and it’s going on my wall when we can get a frame for it.

Next, Chantel. She got me gifts. They were stored safely in my closet for a while, then I finally opened them. And I love them.

She got me a beautiful candle that’s Sherlock themed. We both actually bonded and met over the show. That was how we met and while we each aren’t a fan of how the show turned out in the end, we’ll always have that together. Next, she got me a copy of my favorite book, American Gods. Not only that, but it has the “sequel”, Anansi Boys, and it’s a gorgeous Barnes & Noble edition. Finally, she lives in Portland, so she got me a mug from Powell’s, somewhere I desperately want to go.

Another friend bought me a book as well!

Basically, it’s a book she used for her thesis (#collegestruggles) and she thought I would like it since it’s a queer studies and disability studies book. I mean, it is right up my alley.

Everyone else wisely gave me gift cards so I picked out my own stuff.

Yes, I bought a very nice copy of various Penny Dreadfuls, which includes Mary Shelly, Poe, and so many others. I’ve had it on my wishlist for ages and finally bought it. Next, I got a book about religions, another one that I’ve wanted for a while since I own the psychology and sociology book they put out. Then, I got an illustrated edition of Neverwhere, the first Gaiman book I read. The top three books in my stack is a Spanish grammar textbook, The Places That Scare You (one of my favorite Buddhist texts), and Jane Steele.

The last book I got won’t be featuring a picture by yours truly, because I bought it and it won’t be here until January 2018. Since I bought it, I will include it, though.

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou (Modern Library)

This year, I read a couple of Angelou’s work and I really want to own the rest of them since I loved them so much.

That’s it for me! I hope you all had great holidays and have a very happy new year!

2 thoughts on “Holiday Swag

  1. And, here I am. I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner, guys, I’ve just been busy and haven’t been too active on WordPress. I love the Instagram page, though, and the pictures you guys have been posting.
    Anyways, those T-shirts are awesome! I love the Pennywise shirt and the Gryffindor shirt. Thanks for sharing, both of you! 😊❤️

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    • No worries, Emma! We aren’t always active on here either. And thank you for both compliments! We’re really enjoying the Instagram. And I do love my shirts. My mom almost didn’t let me wear the Pennywise one outside.

      – Caidyn

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