My “Grown Up” Christmas List

Ho, ho, ho! It’s December 1st, my friends, and you know what that means…

Ho, ho, ho!


Omgomgomgomgomgomg. My favorite holiday is almost here, and it’s officially December which means I’ve already been playing Christmas music for a week I can really get my holly jolliness on!

Unfortunately, we haven’t ventured out to get our Christmas tree yet, nor have the decorations gone up yet at the Casa de Powell, Jr. (I came to the realization that my brother and I don’t get to call our house the full Casa de Powell until we live further than half a mile from our parents.) But I’m hoping that this weekend will bring a tree into our living room and joy into our hearts (provided I don’t die from the hilliest 15K route that has ever been, er, routed.)

Until then, however, I thought I’d try to get into the spirit (of getting presents) and do what every other blogger is doing: post some of the things that made my Christmas list this year! After all, what’s more fun than making lists of stuff that you want and will probably never get? Granted, some items are more realistic than others, and hey! You never know… one of these years Santa might decide I’ve been really good, and get me that outrageously expensive dutch oven or that Kate Spade handbag to add to my “collection“. Hope springs eternal!

In the spirit of full disclosure and not wanting to be totally skeevy, please note that some of the links below may contain affiliates.

Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker

Because my obsession with sparkling water wasn’t clear enough, right? Ha! I have been obsessing over getting a Sodastream forever, but I’ve held off (which, given my penchant for retail therapy despite that whole debt situation, is something to be commended, no?) I don’t even care about all the soda syrups and mixes and whatnot. I just want something to make my water fizzy. So if Santa feels like putting a full-sized tank of CO2 under the tree, I suppose that’d be okay too. Fizzy water FTW!

Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend 4500

What self-proclaimed foodie’s Christmas list would be complete without a Vita-Mix? I have heard nothing but amazing things about these high-speed, industrial-strength blenders, and for the price tag on them (upwards of $400!) they’d have to be. It’s been on my list for the past two years. It wouldn’t be the prettiest addition to my counter (which is already filled with more kitchen gadgets than I’d like to admit), but I’ve heard they can pulverize pretty much anything. In fact, word is that you can throw whole fruits and veggies in there and it will puree them so finely you can drink them like a juice, but with the fiber still included! Which probably would mean I could finally give my mom her juicer back.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Last Christmas my beloved siblings bestowed on me my DSLR: a Canon Rebel XT. As with all first loves, I absolutely adore my camera, and I think I’ve taken some pretty great photos with it. That said, it’s a pretty outdated model at this point. I would love to be able to upgrade my camera body to something a little newer, with more megapixels, a larger screen, and video capability as well (gotta keep up my vlogging, right?) Oh, and while we’re at it, a 50mm f/1.4 lens of my own wouldn’t hurt either. Just saying. πŸ˜‰

15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

In case you had forgotten what the state of my current computer is, it ain’t good. There is a glorious collection of spider cracks sprinkling down it’s sad, sad screen due to a spastic kick and my habit of keeping my laptop on my bed. So, for the past 6 months I’ve been working with a broken screen and a system that can’t really handle the amount of time I spend in editing photos. Oh, and the battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore. Womp womp. Suffice it to say, I would really like a new one. But alas, I have to accept the reality that, barring any unforeseen lottery wins or leprechaun befriendings, I will probably not end up with a $1,800 ‘pooter in my stocking. Le sigh.

Okay, so now that we’ve taken a quick trip into fantasy-land, let me assure you I’m not solely about ridiculously expensive kitchen equipment and electronics. In fact, despite the fact that I so clearly behave as a mature, highbrow, elegant adult all of the time (HA!), I will fully admit to having the following items on my list as well:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Blu-ray

Well, this is kind of a gimme. I mean, I love Harry Potter. You know this. And since the deluxe box set of all 8 movies won’t be released until sometime next year (oh, the humanity!), I don’t want anyone spending their money on me procuring the dinky little set that is currently out, since I’ve already got all the individual movie anyway. So I just need want the last movie to watch over and over and over, until said deluxe set comes out. ‘Cause, you know, I definitely did NOT see it four separate times in the theatre. Nope, not me.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Mindy Kaling’s hilarious book, and they were only confirmed after reading an excerpt from it on Glamour (so funny and SO true!). Other “literary” items on my list include the Parks & Recreation book as well as the second volume of the Twilight graphic novel. Yes, I already own volume one. DON’T JUDGE ME.


AHHHH! THEY EXIST! What better footwear to compliment my sushi footie pajamas?! (Though, granted, I guess I don’t really need slippers if I’m wearing footies… but still!)


EEEEEEP! These also exist! Thanks to Mandee for letting me know about these… if I get them I guess I can finally stop tying Harry and Daxter around my ankles as a stop-gap! I mean… what?

So there you have it, a sampling of the things I’m hoping Santa will drop (gently) down the chimney this year. Nothing like a wish list to get yourself in the spirit, right?

What’s on your list this year?


  1. Just wanted to share with you that I purchased the full Harry Potter series on Blu-ray (region free) from for 30 pounds (which is roughly $47). Here is the link…

    They also seem to have a Limited/Collectors Edition for 67 pounds (about $105)(also region free).

    So in case you don’t want to wait until next year AND you want to spend less $$ on Blu-ray you might want to check it out. Just for the record, I live in Florida…I’m just cheap and like you, already own 1-6 on regular ole’ DVD and didn’t want to spend loads of money to replace them all with Blu-ray copies. Region free Blu-ray discs work on most American Blu-ray machines. If mine don’t work on our PlayStation, I’ll let you know!

  2. My husband keeps asking me what I want for Christmas and I said “An iMac. And new Macbook Pro. And a Vitamix.” And then he says “okay, realistically, what do you want?” Um… gloves? Golden retriever slippers? πŸ™‚
    I hear that Apple is redesigning all of their computers in early 2012, so I’m going to hold off on the imac/laptop anyway (I have a Macbook Pro from ’06 that is a dinosaur not). Have you heard anything about that?

    • You know, now that you mention it I do think I’ve heard something about that. Well, it’s not like I’ll really be getting a new computer for Christmas, so maybe by the time they’re released I’ll actually have money and can get a new-new one anyway!

    • Really? From where? I’m holding off on my MacBook purchase until late January or early February (or whenever Uncle Sam decides to give me my tax return) but I guess I could wait a little longer if it means not buying the old model 2 weeks before the new model comes out.

  3. My birthday is this Saturday and I’ve asked for money only so that I too can buy a new camera to give myself for Christmas!

  4. I splurged and got a Soda Stream earlier this year (the totally bottom-of-the-line one) and I am absolutely OBSESSED with it! I don’t use any of the flavor things & just make bubbly plan water. Of course I started off innocently with just a can or two of sparkling water a week…then before I knew it it was 4 or 5 cans a DAY…I decided it was just too much garbage. I definitely think the initial “investment” is worth it just because we’re not going through so many cans/bottles each week now.

    • I feel the same way! And also from a monetary standpoint, it’s got to even out, right? I mean, it’s like 4 or 5 bucks for a single case of not-on-sale La Croix water… and they only come with 8 cans. So it can add up…

      How long do the CO2 canisters last you for?

      • I did some very rough calculating before I got mine – it’ll take about a year to even out the initial $99 cost. But at only $15 per canister (you can trade them in at Bed Bath & Beyond for the discounted price…otherwise they’re closer to $30) it’s definitely a saver after that.

        My first canister lasted only about 1.5 months but I drank much more than usual because I was so excited to have sparkly water at my fingertips 24/7! I’m almost to 2 months on this replacement & there’s no sign of it running out yet.

  5. Well you just made my Christmas list longer…

  6. LOVE the sushi slippers- totes awesome!!! I have a MacBook Pro and it’s the bomb digity, altough I am a little Mac biased since I’ve used one for almost the past 10 years and this my work computer, a PC, is a piece of… I drink probs almost a dozen seltzers a week, the soda machine would be so worth it!

  7. I love your list! I’m also dying for a MacBook. And sushi slippers. πŸ™‚
    I read Mindy Kalings book while I was on vacation and seriously LOLed the whole time.

  8. I love QVC and they are constantly putting that Vitamix on there with all kinds of special QVC treats that come along with it (recipe books or special gadgets).. should your tree not be graced with that gift for Christmas this year, definitely keep an eye out on the Q for it! They also offer Easy Pay (interest free payment plan).

  9. The same computer is on my list. I currently have a 5 year old Macbook which gets the spinning ball of death every time I push a button practically. Of course, when I told my father that I wanted the computer, he said, “Umm, pick something else.” So I don’t think I’m getting it in my stocking either.

  10. kristen@ livinlifeinlouiesays:

    I want a new camera and harry potter too!

  11. Oooh! Nice list! I have mine on Amazon…you can put non-amazon things on there and it’ll link you to the right site, I just learned this and it makes letting my family know what I’d like so easy! I have a T3i on my list too!! And, if I ever drive down to Florida again instead of fly I am definitely stealing my mom’s juicer.

  12. Good list… pretty pricey though! You will love the Vitamix. My parents are both kind of health nuts (I am far and away the most out of shape of my family members), and my dad has had a vitamix for 2 years now. Suffice to say that he uses it daily, and every time I visit my parents house, he has some sort of healthy concoction whipped up for my sister and I. It honestly puts other blenders to complete shame, I do not have one myself but have been unable to use my regular blender since seeing the results his produces. There is probably one in my future, too…

    • Hence why it’s pretty much separated into two different categories, hahaha. Stupid expensive taste.

  13. Nice list! I just got a Vitamix a few weeks ago. It is absolutely AMAZING! You are right, you can throw whole fruits in there and it completely vanishes. It’s great for smoothies. I also made powdered sugar out of turbinado sugar and cocoa powder from chocolate chips. You can make almond butter and banana soft serve…and holy crap the list goes on. It’s amazing.

    Anyway, I like your blog! I’m a relatively new reader and really enjoy your honesty and humor.

  14. I should just copy and paste several of these items to my own list. Speaking of, I need to make a list! =)

  15. I’ll take one of each, please.

    Also of note, my very first Mac laptop (I had a 15″ PowerBook wwaaaay back in the day) found a similar fate to your computer. It was beside my bed. I had a bad dream. Fell out of bed. Onto laptop. I used that computer with only 1/4 of the screen crack-free for at least 18 months.

  16. Lisa Nidasays:

    A baby. A nursery. Lots of snow days. A kindle, only so I can finish Harry Potter without my arms falling off from exhaustion or having to rest the book on my baby belly—oh wait, and for her to release the digital rights so one could read it on a kindle. More sleep. A big break from school (perhaps forever). To see lots of friends. And The Scarlet Pimpernel on DVD. πŸ™‚

  17. If you’re going to upgrade to a new camera, you may as well go all the way. Don’t buy another Rebel! I’m begging you! There’s so much more out there that Rebel will never be able to offer you.

    • I think the point of this is to put a camera up that is affordable enough to mildly conceivably be gifted it, or to be able to buy it myself (clearly my computer needs thus don’t really realistically fit. But I thought I’d put it up there anyway, haha.) That being said, if we’re playing the Unlimited Budget Wish List Game, I’ll take a Canon 1D Mark IV and a 50mm f/1.2 lens, kthx. πŸ˜‰

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