A Mermaid’s Christmas Wish List 2018

Every year we send each other loads of messages saying “WANT”.  Normally these things are either swimming, cake or nail varnish related!  As usual we are sharing the swimming things (with maybe some guest appearances of the other categories) with you (/our husbands…) so that you might get some inspiration of what to put on your wish list or buy for others this year.

Where possible we also like to support the independents, so this might mean that what we put on the lists might not be around for long!

(As usual the bits are from all over world so not necessarily available to everyone, everywhere – sorry!)

Previous years:

2017 2016 2015

Swimwear

BATOKO

If you follow us on instagram (if not, why not!?), you will have seen some snaps of us in our fun batoko cossies.  Not only do they look great but they are “made from 100% recycled plastic waste that would have otherwise been headed for landfill and our oceans”.

https://www.batoko.com/collections/swimsuits/products/lobster-swimsuit

Q SWIMWEAR

Team uniform alert! (US based).

https://qswimwear.com/search?q=siren

Q SIREN

STOMP THE PEDAL

We first met Tarsh, the founder of Stomp the Pedal, through twitter and then down at Shepperton Lake.  We love how this boss lady has taken her dream and created it into something great.  We were/are massive fans of the prints she uses on the cycling apparel, so were super stoked that she has taken these prints and made them into swimwear.  #STOMPTHEPADDLE #STOMPTHEPOOL  Join the mailing list for updates.

***Use code Style50 – to receive 50% off! from Monday 19th November – Friday 23rd November 2018***

https://www.stompthepedal.co/collections/swimwear

Funky Trunks

For the men, the boys (thanks Lee and Brian) once again went for funky trunks. This time they went donuts on us because “who doesn’t want to think about donuts during a swim session?”

https://www.mailsports.co.uk/mens-dunking-donuts-briefs

2018-11-07 15_52_09-Mens Dunking Donuts - Funky Trunks - Brands

Wild swimming

Swim Stuff Co

Brighton based company that make some snazzy non-complex changing towels… and have pom poms!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627679682/changing-towel-changing-robe-towel-pom?ref=shop_home_active_3

2018-11-09 15_20_11-Changing Towel Changing Robe Towel Pom Pom Stripey Towel _ Etsy

Charlie Mcleod

I (Manda) borrowed one of these off Team friend Alice for our trip to the lake district and it was great.  I am sure you could make one yourself out of microfibre towels but if you prefer save that time for swimming this is a great option.

https://www.charliemcleod.co.uk/product/driathlon_purple/

toweling robe

Chilly’s bottles

For that post swim hot drink or porridge these handy bottles not only look good but good for the environment.

https://www.chillysbottles.com/product/bottle/500ml/29529505811/

Swim session goods

XOXO

We love these Team Mermaids notepads for writing our swim sets out on.  (A5 size, approx. 40 sheets and board back).  How would you not be motivated to jump into the water and do 100×100 when it is so nicely written on a sheet of one of these. To purchase, please contact the lovely Maggie on: hello@xoxostationery.co.uk

https://xoxogifts.uk/

FINIS

We have been loving inflicting pain on the guys at our training sessions with these 2 contraptions.

https://www.simplyswim.com/products/finis-axis-buoy

https://www.simplyswim.com/products/finis-pulling-ankle-strap

PAPIER

Every Mermaid needs a good notepad for logging her mileage (#whatisstrava).

https://www.papier.com/mermaid-7432

https://www.papier.com/swimming-ladies-7022

Clothing

Zilla

Love these letter jumpers with mermaid print letters.  The lovely Emily, who owns Zilla, is happy to do any variation just message them!  These are combos are our favourites though. Multiple purchases can use TWINNINGISWINNING for 10% off.

https://ilovezilla.com/collections/shop-page-1/products/letter-sweaters

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Sugar Hill Boutique Brighton

This seaside town based clothes wear designer have done some great mermaid/swimmer stuff this year.  Alas most of it has gone but there are in the sales in a few sizes on the below sites.

https://www.johnlewis.com/sugarhill-brighton-adora-swimmers-shirt-dress-blue/p3451346

https://thewhitingpost.com/products/sugarhill-boutique-adora-swimmers-shirt-dress

https://www.asos.com/sugarhill-boutique/sugarhill-boutique-mermaid-print-tie-front-top/prd/8760522

https://www.johnlewis.com/sugarhill-brighton-love-mermaid-shift-dress-dusky-blue/p3224044

Outdoor Swimming Society

We love the OSS jumpers and some are on sale right now.  Grab yourself a bargain!

https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/shop/

2018-11-07 12_03_09-Women's Ripple Sweat – Outdoor Swimming Society Outdoor Swimming Society.png

Forever 21

After a cheap and cheerful mermaid jumper, look no further.

https://www.forever21.com/uk/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/top_blouses-sweatshirts-hoodies/2000291752/01

2018-11-07 12_04_16-Mermaid Print Fleece Sweatshirt _ Forever 21

Rory Lux

Once again we are featuring Rory Lux, mainly because they are US based so we haven’t been able to get our hands on anything and they keep adding stuff we WANT and “Mermaids don’t do dryland” is a FACT (US based).

https://rorylux.com/collections/short-sleeves/products/mermaids-dont-do-dryland-tee

2018-11-07 14_09_09-Mermaids Don't Do Dryland Embroidered Tee – RORY LUX

ART Disco

Whatever your mermen/mermaid combination requirements are Art Disco have you covered (all combinations in both men and women tshirts).  They also do a nice Vitamin Sea t-shirt for your sea swimming aficionados.

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/t-shirts/merman–merman-hand-printed-t-shirt-in-white/4485978

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/t-shirts/mermaid–mermaid-hand-printed-t-shirt-in-white/4216101

USA PRO

and to go with all these lovely bits are some snazzy mermaid leggings!

https://www.sportsdirect.com/usa-pro-leggings-ladies-347515?colcode=34751524&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2o_fBRC8ARIsAIOyQ-k6aUfiGxOlnUAuMYKwhYP2ls2h7WX5tPhbdbkvXgyduGcB8Ap8h7saAiRrEALw_wcB

2018-11-08 13_35_20-USA Pro _ USA Pro Leggings _ Ladies Fitness Clothing

Nails

It wouldn’t be a mermaid wish list without some nail varnish….

NPW

https://www.johnlewis.com/npw-mermaid-nail-polish-aqua/p3745607

2018-11-07 12_48_40-NPW Mermaid Nail Polish, Aqua at John Lewis & Partners

Barry M

https://www.superdrug.com/Eyeliner-and-Pencils/Barry-M-Under-the-Sea-Nail-Paint—Butterflyfish/p/753381

Hats

Jonavan Crail

Whether keeping your head warm or shading your face a hat is always a good shout (US based)

https://jonavancrail.com/collections/hats/products/farm-to-table-kalo-snapback-mermaid

2018-11-07 12_45_10-_Farm to Table_ Kalo Snapback - Mermaid - JonavanCrail

South London Swimming Club

Want your head to be toasty warm but also look like Tooting Bec Lido’s doors… look no further.

https://www.slsc.org.uk/slsc-bobble-hat/

2018-11-07 12_50_09-SLSC winter bobble hat_ South London Swimming Club

Little Hot Dog Watson

Another female led independent.  Her children’s hats are a favourite in our house, so this one is sure to be a winner.

https://www.littlehotdogwatson.com/collections/shop/products/womens-arctic-cub-in-khaki-pink

hotdogwatson

Post swim care

M&S

I (Manda) got given a hair turban by M&S to test out for the feature we did for them and honestly it was my favourite thing and probably the cheapest (£6) thing we tested.  It is a game changer.  When I got out of cold water I would always keep my swimming hat on whilst dressing before taking cap off, aggressively towel drying my hair, then putting on a woolly hat on my still wet hair and therefore, I would stay cold.  I now take off my swimming hat and put this on whilst getting dressed.  It absorbs the water (without making your hair frizzy) so that when you do put on your, hat the hair is a lot dryer.  Like I said GAME CHANGER.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/hair-turban/p/p22389867?prevPage=plp

2018-11-07 13_43_55-Hair Turban _ M&S

Poppy Treffry

And for all your post swim lotions and potions this Mermaid is perfect.

https://www.poppytreffry.co.uk/shop-by-theme/mermaids-and-unicorns/mermaid-wash-bag.html

2018-11-07 13_46_37-mermaid - wash bag - Mermaids and Unicorns - Shop by theme

and if you want to keep your hair dry, tuck it nicely under this beauty.

https://www.paperchase.com/en_gb/christmas/gifts/stocking-fillers/product-url-47463.html

2018-11-18 10_43_56-Mermaid shower cap - Stocking Fillers - Christmas Gifts - Paperchase Christmas S.png

Jewellery

Hayley & Co

Love the simplicity and sweet message with these mermaid earring studs.

https://hayleyandco.co.uk/collections/sterling-silver-earrings/products/mermaid-sterling-silver-earrings

2018-11-07 13_50_57-Mermaid Sterling Silver Earrings – Hayley&Co

Luxury Items

The annual we-want-this-so-bad-but-its-so-maaaaaaaaaaaaaaany-bucks item!

The Maldives and swimming – what is not to WANT! Both swimtrek and swimquest offer a Maldives trip so we’ve linked to both.

https://www.swimtrek.com/packages/swimming-holiday-the-maldives

http://swimquest.uk.com/maldives/

2018-11-18 10_45_17-Maldives Swimming Vacation _ SwimTrek.png

and Lee’s luxury item is nearly as expensive as a swim holiday!

https://www.canadagoose.com/uk/en/chateau-parka-black-label-3426MB.html?cgid=shop-mens-parkas#start=1&cgid=shop-mens-parkas

2018-11-18 10_44_54-Chateau Parka Black Label _ Canada Goose®

Stocking fillers

#swimmerlife x #colouring = christmas day sorted!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swimmer-Life-Snarky-Adult-Coloring/dp/1640013121

2018-11-09 15_32_05-Swimmer Life_ A Snarky Adult Coloring Book_ Amazon.co.uk_ Papeterie Bleu_ 978164

For those who can’t fully commit to a permanent mermaid tat!

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/paperself/product/mermaid-temporary-tattoo

2018-11-09 15_33_24-mermaid temporary tattoo by paperself _ notonthehighstreet.com

For mermazing recipes…

https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/food-drink/the-mermaid-cookbook-mermazing-recipes,alix-carey-9781786857316

2018-11-09 15_33_08-The Mermaid Cookbook_ Mermazing Recipes for Lovers of the Mythical Creature - Al

Love a little vintage swimmer house accessory (US based)

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/221039665/hanging-vintage-ceramic-diving-girl?ref=shop_home_active_16

2018-11-09 15_32_55-Hanging Vintage Ceramic Diving Girl Beach Pottery Wall Art _ Etsy

For that warming cup of tea post cold swim..

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SeymourCeramics?ref=shop_sugg

2018-11-09 15_32_41-Mug _ Etsy

Love swimming!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/602559293/love-swimming-keyring-key-ring?ref=shop_home_active_25

2018-11-09 15_33_37-Love Swimming keyring key ring _ Etsy

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