I like quirky. Same with Christmas decorations. Not cheesy, but it’s the non-mainstream stuff that resonates.
As any blogger will tell you, promo emails for Christmas products start at the end of September and there’s a lot of stuff in there that is just plain dull. Luckily, you’ve got me to wade through the tat to find the gems.
Here’s the best of the Christmas products that have landed in my inbox in the last month.
The Farthing is an “online interiors boutique offering a fabulous collection of chic and eclectic homeware”. Some of their Christmas decorations were original enough to catch my eye.
It’s a bizarre thing, but garden centres and DIY stores have become huge when it comes to Christmas products. (I guess it’s because, in Winter, people are doing less gardening and DIY, so they busy up the quiet times with seasonal goodies.) B&Q go Christmas crazy every year. They have a few different ranges and styles, but it’s the Forest Friends range that pulled me in.
I don’t have a man cave, but if I did, this Stag Head Plaque (£5) would be in it. Equally eye-catching is the Birdcage Tealight Holder (£7).
Black by Design
Black by Design may have started out with the idea of selling just black home accessories, but, as this stylish Christmas ornament shows, they’ve progressed in to the most colourful of items.
Originally £60, but currently reduced to £50, this Red Presepe Stable Nativity Set is outwith my budget for a seasonal accessory but, if you’ve got cash to throw at Christmas, this may be for you!
Limelace Eclectic Interiors do some cracking alternative Christmas goodies.
If ever a stocking was perfect for our youngest two daughters, this “Dear Santa, It’s a Long Story” Hessian Christmas Stocking (£7.95) is it. Also pretty nifty is this Christmas Jumper Candle (£16.95). Probably the coolest Christmas candle I’ve ever seen.
Cox and Cox
Cox and Cox exist “to create a handpicked collection of homeware products that you couldn’t find in traditional catalogues”. Christmas is obviously a tough time to stay original with all that competition, but they’ve managed it.
The Felt Noel Mice (£30) look like they’ve leapt off the page of a Julia Donaldson book. They’re one of a whole bunch of felt decorations Cox & Cox have in stock. They also have these nifty Advent Boxes (£30) as an alternative to the usual chocolate advent calendar.