Fun Family Games for Christmas Day

One of the best parts about Christmas day is that it’s possibly the only day in the year that everyone puts down their smart phones and tablets and actually spends some quality time together as a family.

Christmas family board games are a great way to bond with your kids and relatives after Christmas dinner, have a laugh and unwind as you let your Christmas dinner settle.

Pass The Pud Family Game

81y7IuaaiEL._SL1500_buy1._V192240163_This after-dinner word game for players aged 8+ Includes a jingling Christmas pudding timer. Players must answer questions from 5 different categories before passing the pud to the next player. If you’re caught with the pudding when it lets out a belch, you lose! Great fun for all the family that is sure to be a huge hit at your Christmas dinner.

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buy1._V192240163_I can see this one getting out of hand once you’ve had a few drinks! Someone gets to be the reindeer and wear the inflatable reindeer antlers. Everyone else can take it in turn to throw the rings onto the antlers. Whoever lands the most rings on the antlers wins!

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buy1._V192240163_Who’s got frozen fever this Christmas? This Frozen board game with light-up magical ice palace will be loved by the lucky kids that get to play it after Christmas dinner this year. Not just for kids, the whole family can join in the fun

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buy1._V192240163_Pinatas are pretty new to the party scene in the UK but have really become popular – no surprise when you think how much fun hitting a giant container with a stick to be showered with sweets must be! Pinatas are not just for birthday parties – this reindeer pinata is perfect for Christmas and can be used as a decoration and filled with treats of your choice.

 

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Even the youngest kids will quickly understand how to play snap and it’s a game where small children can easily beat the grownups. This Christmas version with beautiful illustrations of snowmen, santa, presents and so on is great fun to play in the run-up to Christmas and as the name of each item is also printed on this card, it’s a good way to develop reading skills.

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buy1._V192240163_This fun festive quiz game will be enjoyed by all after Christmas dinner and kids love scratching off the answer to the multiple-choice questions with a coin.

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buy1._V192240163_Who am I? Is a classic party game that all members of the family can join in with. Each player wears a different festive hat and has a card with the name of a well-known person inside the brim. They then have to ask take it in turns to ask questions to try and figure out who they are. The first person to guess correctly wins!

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buy1._V192240163_This festive bingo game is fun for all the family to play after Christmas dinner and the pictoral cards means that even the youngest players can join in. It also makes a fun stocking filler for kids or adults.

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buy1._V192240163_This is a Christmas version of the popular game, Love Letters, that is great for kids. It’s a simple game based on 16 cards that represent different Christmas characters. The aim is to try and get your letter to Santa, knocking out the other characters in the process.

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This game is a hilarious way to combine after-dinner chocolates with a fun Christmas game. Spin the wheel to get a challenge and eat one of the 12 sprout shaped chocolates and one turkey shaped chocolate – most of them have a delicious centre filling but if you’re unlucky you might get a sprout-flavoured chocolate! Have your cameras at the ready to catch the reaction!

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buy1._V192240163_Anything with a Frozen theme is sure to big a big hit with the kids this Christmas and this game with the same idea as pin the tail on the donkey will be great fun for the whole family. Game can be enjoyed by up to 8 players and comes with a blindfold mask.

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buy1._V192240163_If you’re looking for a way to keep the youngest members of the family entertained over Christmas, this could be the game for you! Math colours and shapes and develop language and mental skills at the same time as having some festive fun.

Christmas Monopoly

buy1._V192240163_Monopoly is always a favourite board game at Christmas and this special festive edition makes it even more fun!

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buy1._V192240163_In this festive board game, Santa (you!) needs to make sure all his presents are delivered on time. Starting in the workshop, make your way across the rooftops to deliver presents but beware of the pitfalls! First player to deliver all their presents wins. Suitable for 2-6 players aged 5+

Rudolph’s Red Nose – Pin the nose on Rudolph51lHzRqUrDL

buy1._V192240163_Another game inspired by pin the tail on the donkey, this one with a Christmasy Rudolph poster and a sheet of red stickers for his nose. As there are 35 stickers included, loads of people can play this game and the poster is massive – A2 sized and premium quality print. Great for Christmas parties. Includes certificate to present to the winner.

Destination Christmas Board Game
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buy1._V192240163_In this board game you move around the village delivering presents and avoiding hazards, helping Santa who has been abandoned by his reindeer! Suitable for 2-6 players aged 3 and up.


Pin The Nose on The Snowman
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buy1._V192240163_And here’s the final pin the nose on the donkey inspired Christmas game. Kids will love wearing the penguin mask and helping the snowman find his carrot nose. this game is suitable for up to 8 players and fun for the whole family.

Unusual Gingerbread House Kits

Gingerbread is one of the oldest baking recipes that still exists today and originated in Europe in the year 992 by an Armenian monk. He taught the recipe to French Christians and the recipe spread to Germany and Sweden.

Gingerbread biscuits first started to be used as decorations in the 15th century, but were not originally associated with Christmas.

In the 1600s Nuremburg in Germany became known as the gingerbread capital of the world and master bakers were employed to craft elaborate designs from gingerbread. As the cake was traditionally associated with Christianity, it was most often made at Christmas and Easter.

The tradition of making the gingerbread houses we associate with Christmas today started in Germany in the 1800s, most likely as a result of the popular fairytale “Hansel and Gretel”.

Gingerbread houses look beautiful and decorating them with your kids is a fun Christmas activity for the whole family, but why stick to the standard style gingerbread houses? There are lots of unique gingerbread kits available for those who like to be a little different:

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buy1._V192240163_Think out of the box! There’s no need for your gingerbread to be in the shape of a house, in fact it could be a… reindeer! This festive little gingerbread reindeer looks great on your Christmas table and is really easy to make. It comes as pre-baked gingerbread pieces that are slotted together and decorated with the included icing and sweets.

Peanuts Gingerbread House Kit

buy1._V192240163_Everybody loves Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and now you can easily create your own Peanuts themed gingerbread house with this kit. The kit includes pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing, sweets, scene-setters and a gummy snoopy!

Lego Gingerbread House

buy1._V192240163_Disclaimer: this kit is not for an edible gingerbread house! I had to include this one though because it’s so much fun. You’ve already got your Lego advent calendar but have you got your Lego gingerbread house? Great fun for all the family to build at Christmas time.

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buy1._V192240163_Why build a house at all? If you have any train-mad little boys in your house like I do, they’ll love helping to build and decorate this gingerbread train. The kit includes pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing and decorations.

Spongebob Squarepants Gingerbread House Kit

buy1._V192240163_Another fun gingerbread house kits that your kids will love. This kit includes pre-baked gingerbread pieces, yellow spongebob icing, jelly sweets for decoration and gummy spongebob edible characters.

Minions Gingerbread House Kit
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buy1._V192240163_Minions are the current big thing so this novelty gingerbread house kit is sure to be a big hit with the whole family. The kit includes pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing, gummy minions, candy bananas and scene setters to create a festive gingerbread house.

Celebrating an Alternative Christmas in London

Are you going to be in London over the Christmas period this year? Want to do something a little different to celebrate the festive season? Lucky for you there are lots of alternative Christmas events held in London every year from markets and festivals to parties and alternative Christmas dinners. Here’s our roundup of the most unique and unusual ways to spend Christmas and New Year in the capital this year:

London Tombs Christmas Ghost Hunt

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The Tombs beneath London Bridge have a dark past and are said to be haunted by the souls of hundreds of people who were left to rot in a plague pit here.

This Ghost Hunt run by The London Bridge Experience runs from 9pm – 4am on the 12th December 2015 and promises to be a creepy night of frights for those who prefer Halloween to Christmas.

There are only a few places still available so book now through Haunted Happenings.

Explore Kew Gardens After Dark

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Kew Gardens Winter Trail is open from November 25th 2015 – 2nd January 2015 and winds through the gardens on a beautifully illuminated path featuring lit up fountains, a Choir of Holly Bushels, a scented Fire Garden, Tunnel of Lights, festive food and drink and vintage rides.

Tickets must be bought in advance. Visit the official Kew Gardens website to buy online and for more information.

Skate at Somerset House

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The country’s most stylish ice rink is back for another year and open from the 18th of November 2015 until 10th January 2016. The rink is open during the day and illuminated at night for club nights hosted by some of the best and most famous international DJs.

As well as the ice rink, the West wing of Somerset house will be transformed into a popup Fortnum & Mason arcade stocking Christmas gifts, festive foodie treats and Christmas decorations including a limited edition exclusive hand-blown glass bauble with gold glitter.

Enjoy a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

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Looking for a little break from Christmas shopping. London probably has the best selection of afternoon teas in the world but if you’re after something a little more unusual than clotted cream scones and tea sandwiches, try the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea offered by Sanderson.

The menu changes seasonally so you can expect to find some festive fare in amongst the “tick-tock” sponge clock, jelly wonderland and strawberries and cream marshmallow mushrooms. Your menu is hidden inside a vintage book and the tea cups and tableware are decorated with recognisable images from Alice in Wonderland.

Afternoon tea is priced between £38 and £58 per person and from £48 on special weekends.

Winterville 2015

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It’s the second year running for this alternative Christmas festival held in Victoria park. Full details for 2015 haven’t yet been release but you can expect lots of fun Christmas shows and parties, ice skating, santa’s grotto, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

Take Part in The Great Christmas Pudding Race

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This charity race on behalf of Cancer Research UK takes place on the 5th of December this year and is sure to be great fun as well as raising money for a worthwhile charity. Get into a team of 6 and enjoy this fun race which involves racing with a pudding on a tray, pulling crackers, walking on an air bed, collecting a letter from santa, decorating a tree and more – all in fancy dress!

Spend a Day in Meditation

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Finding that the festive season is all getting a bit too much? Head to the London Buddhist Centre where beginners to meditation are welcome and regular events are held on a donation only basis. The LBC also runs Christmas and New Years Day retreats for those wanting to deepen their meditation practice and escape the craziness of the Christmas season.

Lean How to Cook The Perfect Christmas Dinner

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Want to impress your guests for Christmas dinner this year? This one day course at the Leith’s School of Food and Wine will teach you how to roast the perfect turkey, prepare all the trimmings and make sure everything is ready on the table at the same time. The course runs on the 5th of December 2015 and costs £150 per person.

Play The Enchanted Mirror

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This fairytale adventure organised by Time Out and Hidden London is a magical winter adventure inspired by the story of Snow White. Explore the streets of London, starting from the Victoria and Albert museum, following a trail of clues set by an evil queen, in search of a magical mirror. This fantasy treasure hunt runs until the 13th of March 2016 and costs £60 per team.

Christmas Onesies for Adults

Christmas is a great time to snuggle up in cozy clothes and watch a movie and the onesie is the most comfortable of all! Onesies are not only for kids and there are loads of great adult onesies available, which also make great Christmas presents or the ideal outfit for lounging around on Christmas morning.

Reindeer Onesie

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buy1._V192240163_Who wouldn’t love to be a reindeer for Christmas? This snuggly hooded onesie is cute and comfortable and comes complete with red Rudolf nose and antlers. It’s available in women’s sizes from 10 to 20.

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buy1._V192240163_Everyone loves gingerbread men at Christmas time and this form-fitting women’s gingerbread onesie makes a great gift. Available in women’s sizes from 6 – 20.

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buy1._V192240163_This comfortable and cute Christmas onesie makes great sleep wear and is reminiscent of the Christmas pyjamas you probably wore as a child. Available in women’s sizes 6-20

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buy1._V192240163_This super snuggly onesie makes great sleepwear or lounge wear over the winter months and has a lined hood with pom-poms. It makes a great gift or just treat yourself for those dreary December evenings! Available in sizes x-small – x-large and in navy, red, or grey.

Polar Bear Onesie
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buy1._V192240163_Polar bears know a thing or two about staying warm and cozy in the winter months and you’ll love snuggling up in this super-soft and cozy white bear onesie.

Reindeer Print Unisex Onesie
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buy1._V192240163_This festive Christmas all-in-one pyjamas are great for both men and women to cuddle into on cold nights. Made from super-soft fleece, they are available in four sizes and come with a hood with reindeer antlers.

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buy1._V192240163_This women’s festive onesie has an amazing print that includes snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees and Christmas puddings. It’s made from thin fabric so you won’t get too hot and features cute pink hood drawstrings.

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This novelty Christmas onesie is cozy and comfortable in extra-soft fleece with a pink and white striped scarf and hood with snowman’s face.

Frozen Olaf Adult Onesie

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buy1._V192240163_Another fantastic snowman onesie! Who says you have to be a kid to dress up as a character from Frozen? This Olaf onesie is great for both sleepwear and Christmas fancy dress. It’s available in sizes small – x-large.

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This luxury Christmas onesie in festive red with “Baby it’s cold outside” written on the back in sparkly white makes a great Christmas gift or the perfect winter treat to yourself. Available in sizes x-small – xx-large from Not On The High Street.

Christmas Pudding Onesie

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buy1._V192240163_These Christmas pudding unisex onesies with hood complete with holly sprigs makes a great his ‘n’ hers xmas gift. They’re made from luxury soft fleece and available in sizes x-small – x-large.

Santa Onesie

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buy1._V192240163_This unisex santa suit has to be the ultimate in Christmas onesies. It’s great for a festive fancy dress party, pub crawl, or just to curl up in and watch Christmas movies. available in sizes small – xxxx-large.

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buy1._V192240163_This men’s onesie from Tipsy Elves is reminiscent of the nordic-style Christmas jumpers that have become so popular in the last few years. It makes a funny outfit for office Christmas parties, pub crawls, or just for lounging around the house in comfort.

Christmas Elf Onesie

814+ID28LjL._UY679_ buy1._V192240163_This novelty Christmas onesie makes a great Christmas costume or cozy sleepwear this winter. It’s available in kids sizes as well as unisex adults from small to 4XL so you could buy them for the whole family and make your own Santa’s workshop!

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Ok you might not automatically think of unicorns at Christmas but I know a few people who would love to receive this unicorn onesie as a Christmas gift! It’s decorated with multi-coloured stars, has a hood with ears and a horn, and a tail. You can also choose to have your name or a message of your choice embroidered on the chest. Get it now from Not On The High Street.

Women’s Snowflake Onesie

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buy1._V192240163_This festive wintery onesie reminds me of those warm and cosy snowsuits that you’d get dressed in to play outside as a kid. It’s made from soft and warm fleece and has a fur-lined hood with pom-poms. Available in sizes UK 8 – 16.

Alternatives to Christmas Crackers

I’ve already listed some great unique Christmas crackers if you’re after something a little different to the traditional version, but what if you don’t like the idea of Christmas crackers at all?

If you hate the idea of all that waste as most of the cracker goes in the bin, or you just don’t like the bangs, there are plenty of other alternatives to Christmas crackers that your Christmas dinner guests are sure to love.

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Everyone loves reading the fortunes in fortune cookies with Chinese food but nobody really likes eating the cookie. So why not remove the tasteless cookie and bring this tradition to your Christmas dinner table? These elegant mini test-tubes complete with corks include 10 different fortunes printed on gold iridescent paper. They’d look gorgeous on your xmas table. Get them from Not on The High Street.

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These little matchboxes make the perfect addition to your Christmas place setting and include 3 novelty sweets, each tasting of a course of Christmas dinner:  sage and onion stuffing, roast turkey and Christmas pudding. You also get a hat, mini menu and “Christmas Sucks” sticker in each matchbox. A really usual little gift that is sure to have your guests remembering your dinner for years to come! Get it from Not On The High Street

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Nobody will complain about getting chocolate as their Christmas dinner gift and these personalised chocolate bars also double up as an attractive place setting. Available from Not On The High Street.

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Everyone loves getting a stocking at Christmas but most of us don’t have the pleasure once we reach a certain age. Give some of this childhood fun back to your Christmas dinner guests with these mini Christmas sacks, which can be personalised with your guests’ names and filled with goodies of your choice. Available from Not On The High Street.

Mini gift Boxes

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This little present boxes not only look gorgeous on your Christmas table, but as they contain chocolates they make a perfect after-dinner gift for your guests that is sure to be appreciated. They also come with personalised tags so they make great place settings. From Not on The High Street.

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These beautiful bauble place settings not only look gorgeous on your dinner table at Christmas but can also be taken away by guests to hang on their own Christmas tree. Available from Not On The High Street.

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Another Christmas bauble that will make a lovely memento for your Christmas dinner guests. This one is extra special because it also contains chocolate! Get it from Not On The High Street.

 

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These cute little jars look very festive as part of your Christmas dinner setting and include a christmas figurine, lollipop, hat, balloon and blow-out. From Not On The High Street.

19 of the Best Funny Christmas Jumpers

Not too long ago, those ugly knitted Christmas jumpers that you got every year from your gran would have gone straight into the charity bag. But now novelty Christmas jumpers are the height of fashion!

Celebrities have helped bring reindeer and santa patterned knitwear back into fashion (was it ever really in fashion before?!) and now big name designers as well as high street favourites like Top Shop and Urban Outfitters all offer their own ranges of funky Christmas jumpers.

Whether you’re nostalgic for granny’s xmas jumpers of your youth, you want to win the prize for the ugliest Christmas jumper this year, or you just love ironic hipster fashions, you’re sure to find the jumper for you in this list!

Glow in the dark Reindeer Christmas Jumper T-shirtoriginal_ladies-glow-in-the-dark-reindeer-top-red

At first glance this may look like your traditional Norwegian knit jumper but things are not always as they seem! For one, this is more of a long-sleeved t-shirt than a jumper (making it less bulky and more flattering) and the pattern is actually screen-printed. But what really sets this top apart from other xmas jumpers is the fact the design glows in the dark! This top is available in red or navy and comes in sizes 8-16. Available from Not On The High Street

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buy1._V192240163_There are plenty of Christmas jumpers around with reindeer designs but not so many that actually make you look like a reindeer! This cute hooded knit jumper is great for a xmas pub crawl, fancy dress or just to look adorable at Christmas time. There’s also a penguin version and santa suit (complete with beard) versions.

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This slim-fit Christmas jumper is ideal for wearing on Christmas day or at any time over the festive period and has a fun and unusual pattern of robot santas. Buy from Not On The High Street.

Tesco Value Christmas Jumper

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buy1._V192240163_Have a sense of humour? or looking for a secret santa present for a cheap friend? This sweatshirt printed with the Tesco value branding makes for a funny Christmas outfit that is sure to get lots of comments.

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buy1._V192240163_This festive and funny Darth Vader jumper makes a great gift for Star Wars fans. The unisex design comes in a range of different sizes.

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buy1._V192240163_More of a Dr Who fan? Don’t worry, we have a jumper for that as well! I love how this design blends the traditional nordic patterns of snowflakes with the tardis and daleks. This is an official BBC product and makes a great gift.

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buy1._V192240163_And here’s one that Game of Thrones fans are sure to appreciate! This festive design with reindeer and Christmas trees is unisex and comes in a variety of different colours and sizes.

Cute Rudolph Squeaky Nose Christmas Jumper
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This adorable ladies Christmas Jumper features a rudolf motif with a nose that squeaks and jingle bells antlers. Made from cozy fleece it will keep you warm on the coldest of December nights and is available in sizes 8-22. Get it from Not On The High Street.

Cute Baby Deer Christmas Jumper

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buy1._V192240163_Another cute Christmas jumper for the ladies. This one features a knitted design of a bambi-like baby deer with snowflakes. As well as red, it also comes in a black and grey version.

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buy1._V192240163_A novelty Christmas jumper for those with a sense of humour. This knitted jumper has a design of jesus sporting a party hat and “birthday boy” t-shirt, holding a balloon. Comes in a variety of sizes.

Elf Christmas Jumper

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buy1._V192240163_This funny Christmas jumper lets you be an elf for Christmas and is inspired by celebrity fashion as Sam Faiers from TOWIE posted a snap of her wearing a similar one on Twitter. Comes in red and black and a range of sizes.

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buy1._V192240163_If you really want to up the stakes then check out this light-up Christmas Jumper which features a knitted Christmas tree with real LED lights. Great for drawing attention to yourself when you’re out on the town for Christmas drinks!

London Scene Christmas Jumper

81qpy5r0uiL._UY679_ buy1._V192240163_This funky Christmas jumper features a night scene of London with some iconic landmarks and a double decker bus, with santa and rudolf flying their sleigh overhead. It’s available in blue or grey and a range of different sizes. A lovely tasteful Christmas Jumper for those who find the other designs a little garish.

 

Prosecco Christmas Jumperoriginal_prosecc-ho-ho-ho-christmas-jumperI know a few prosecco fans who would appreciate this festive “Prosecc ho ho ho” sweatshirt. It’s unisex, available in four different colours and sizes, and you can buy it from Not On The High Street.

Alien Santa Heads Xmas Jumper

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buy1._V192240163_This trendy knitted xmas jumper has an all-over pattern of alien heads wearing santa hats. It’s available in size 36-46″ chest.

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buy1._V192240163_If you can’t decide between santa, christmas trees, christmas puddings or snowflakes, this jumper includes them all in festive stripes of black, white and red!

Retro Santa VW Van Christmas Jumper91qbF+b1M-L._UX522_

buy1._V192240163_This is one of the coolest Christmas jumpers I’ve seen that manages to be ironic without being over the top. Great for lovers of vintage fashion, it features a knit design of santa and his reindeers in a VW van piled high with presents.

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buy1._V192240163_Another cool jumper by designer Run & Fly, this one featuring a T-rex who’s getting in the Christmas spirit with a santa hat and present.

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buy1._V192240163_A great Christmas and New Year jumper for anyone who loves retro computer games. The design features a space invaders type game with christmas trees, reindeer and santas.

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A traditional Christmas jumper with a naughty twist! Shock your granny when she takes a closer look at this nordic knit jumper which features a ménage à trois with Rudolf and two other reindeer! Order it from Firebox (it’s on sale now!)

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None of the jumpers in this list quite what you’re looking for? Well how about making your own! This kit includes everything you need to make the ugly Christmas jumper of your dreams including cotton knit jumper in red and green, reindeers, snowflakes, pompoms, bows, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glitter gel, bells and ornaments, gold bead necklace, stencils, glue and sewing kit. Get it from Firebox.

Unique Christmas Gifts for Teachers

Both my parents are teachers and they would always come home with a huge haul of presents on the last day of summer term and the last day before the Christmas break.

As I was witness to the presents they received, I can safely say there is very little originality that goes into picking out gifts for teachers. 80% was probably chocolate (great for us kids who got to share it but as an adult, I can see why receiving 20 boxes of chocolate on one day may not be the best idea). The other 20% were mostly unwanted presents that ended up being “re-gifted” by my frugal mother.

Anyway it’s safe to say that none of those presents in all those years I remember were particularly memorable, unusual or thoughtful.

Why not bring a smile to your favourite teacher’s face this year by getting them a present they’ll really appreciate?

Personalised Teacher Tote Bag

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buy1._V192240163_Teachers need to carry a lot of paperwork to and from school and home and a tote bag is ideal for transporting it. These personalised tote bags make great teacher gifts and there are several different colours and designs to choose from.

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buy1._V192240163_This gorgeous glass paper weight of the solar system will look great on any teacher’s desk and makes a perfect gift for Geography and Science teachers.

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buy1._V192240163_Ok mugs are a little bit of a cliché when it comes to teacher gifts but they won’t be able to hide their smile at this amusing mug. Printed on both sides and available in a selection of different colours.

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Teachers love tea almost as much as wine, so this gift pack of tea bags in individual packets decorated with beautiful illustrations and teacher quotes is sure to be appreciated. Available from Not On The High Street.

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I have it on good authority that one of the most appreciated presents for teachers is wine! A gift that’s possibly even better than a nice bottle of wine is these hilarious teacher’s wine glasses that mark the appropriate level of wine for the new term, half term or end of term. These wine glasses can be shipped with a gift box and are available from Not on The High Street.

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If you decide to get a bottle of wine for your favourite teacher, make them laugh with this hilarious personalised wine bottle label.

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buy1._V192240163_Most teachers expect that their students will give them the “gift” of a cold at the start of the school term so why not give them the gift of a more cuddly kind of cold germ at the end of term? These giant microbes are also available in many different versions including brain cells and various diseases which are great for biology teachers!

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buy1._V192240163_These stainless-steel plated cufflinks make a great gift for any maths teacher.

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buy1._V192240163_Only maths and IT teachers will understand the message on this mug and they’re sure to appreciate the joke!

Personalised Pamper Thank You Bagoriginal_personalised-pamper-thank-you-bag

There’s nothing teachers need more at the end of term than a bit of pampering (apart from wine) and if you have a very special teacher you’d like to thank, this personalised gift bag containing luxury bath melts, soap, a candle and tea makes the perfect gift. Available from Not On The High Street.

Important Teacher Notes Book

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buy1._V192240163_Notebooks are always useful for teachers but they can be a little boring! Not this one – the amusing inscription on the front reads “Important Teacher Notes* (*custart creams vs chocolate digestives etc.) and on the back, “to do: 1. Teach 2. Drink serious amounts of tea”. This is a funny and practical gift that any teacher would love.

The Ofsted Murders Book
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buy1._V192240163_Any teacher who’s recently be subjected to an Ofsted inspection will appreciate the humour in this hilarious murder mystery novel in which Ofsted inspectors are meeting their end in a grisly way.

Personalised Seed Packet Thank You Teacher Giftoriginal_personalised-seed-packet-thank-you-teacher-gift

I received seeds as a wedding favour once and I thought it was such a lovely, unusual and thoughtful gift. These sweet pea seeds will produce beautiful flowers in the spring with a personalised label with the message “thank you for helping me grow”. Available from Not On The High Street.

Star Teacher Personalised Stamporiginal_star-teacher-personalised-stamp

Stamps are always useful for teachers and this one can be personalised with your teacher’s name and can be used with a metallic gold ink pad to add a bit of bling to their marking. Available from Not On The High Street.

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buy1._V192240163_History teachers will love this cook book of 80 authentic recipes from the Middle Ages including classics like Christmas “grete pye” and “frumenty”.

Pencil Sharpener Desk Tidyoriginal_Sharpener800

This oversized pencil sharpener makes an amusing and attractive addition to any teacher’s desk and is great for storing pens, pencils and other necessary items. Available from Not on The High Street.

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buy1._V192240163_Demeter specialise in making unusual fragrances and this unisex cologne is reminiscent of old paperback books. A unique and thoughtful gift for English teachers and bibliophiles.

Alternative Nativity Sets for Christmas

One of my favourite parts of helping put up the Christmas decorations as a child was setting up the nativity set. Every year I would display it in a small window by our front door and proudly decorate it with cotton wool snow.

Traditional nativity sets are beautiful but they can look out of place in a modern home. If you have kids you might also want to consider a more child-friendly nativity scene that can be played with – kids love doll play sets so this makes a great Christmas toy, whether you’re a religious family or not.

I found some amazing modern, minimalist, unusual and funny nativity sets in my search. Here are the best of the bunch:

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buy1._V192240163_This colourful and tropical Nativity set makes a nice change to the snow covered scenes as it’s actually a lot more true to the real thing! It includes 15 different friendly-looking pieces and looks great on display

Handcut Wooden Nativity Scene Jigsaw Puzzleil_fullxfull.193847932

This nativity puzzle is a great alternative to a traditional nativity set to give as a gift to a Child at Christmas. It’s cleverly designed to include all the main characters in abstract form and all slots together under the stable roof. The pieces can also be taken out and stood up to form a nativity display. Available from Etsy.

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This basic and friendly looking nativity set is made from painted wooden blocks that can be stacked or displayed in any way you choose. Available from Etsy.

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A beautiful and unusual nativity scene, made entirely from paper rolled tightly to achieve the 3D effect. Available from Etsy.

Rustic Wooden Nativity Setil_fullxfull.556566933_hgnj

This unusual nativity set is made from wood, raffia and twine and would look great in a room decorated in a shabby chic style or as part of a Christmas display using natural materials. Available from Etsy.

Wooden Nativity Set Silhouetteil_fullxfull.679888538_jy3o

This gorgeously simple and minimal wooden nativity scene is handmade from beech wood in Slovenia and includes 6 pieces. It would look beautiful on display in any home. Available from Etsy.

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Story stones are a great way to improve literacy and communication skills in young children and these wonderfully illustrated and tactile story stones are wonderful for teachers or parents to display and encourage storytelling with kids. Available from Etsy.

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buy1._V192240163_This Playmobil nativity set is fantastic for kids to play with at Christmas and also looks great as a decoration. As well as the usual figures it comes with some cute accessories like a pot boiling over a fire and a working lantern (batteries required).

Fisher Price Little People Nativity Playset71A+DYQKR-L._SL1500_

buy1._V192240163_This is another great nativity set for kids with cute chunky figures that are easy for little hands to hold and play with. The stable is also battery operated so it plays music and the  hay in the manger glows when baby Jesus is placed in it. Opening and closing the doors also makes fun animal noises. You can make the angel on the roof spin round by sliding the star up and down the roof. A lovely gift for any small child at Christmas that can be brought out and played with year after year.

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buy1._V192240163_This beautiful and unusual nativity scene would be a great talking point in any home.

Deluxe Wooden Nativity Blocksil_fullxfull.686160252_toq8

These gorgeous handpainted wooden blocks make an unusual and attractive Christmas nativity display that just begs to be played with. Available from Etsy.

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buy1._V192240163_This pop up cardboard nativity set is fun and easy to set up with pop out pieces that slot together to form standing figures. The box forms the background for the scene and acts as storage for the pieces when you’re ready to put it away. A great Christmas activity for kids.

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buy1._V192240163_This cute playset includes lots of wooden figures for little ones to play with and makes a great child-friendly decoration for Christmas.

Vintage Leaded Crystal Nativity Setil_fullxfull.818725377_l0mo

The pieces in this unique nativity set are made from leaded crystal, crafted in Germany. This set would look lovely twinkling under some fairy lights. Available from Etsy.

Christmas Nativity Nesting Dolls

This unusual and cute nativity set is ideal for display and for playing with. They are designed by a Swedish illustrator and made from moulded plastic. Available from Not on The High Street.

Mini Kokeshi Doll Nativity Setil_fullxfull.847329052_88nx

These adorable Japanese kokeshi dolls make a wonderful nativity display and are also fun for little ones to play with. Get your own set on Etsy

Natural Nativity Set with Engraved Stonesil_fullxfull.496193207_saxj

This beautiful nativity scene is made from natural materials including barn wood, old fencing, glacier stones and river stones. Available from Etsy.

Huichol Beaded Nativity Setil_fullxfull.854454858_crf7

This unusual nativity scene is handbeaded by the Huichol people of central mexico and makes a colourful and unique addition to your Christmas decor. Available from Etsy.

Needle Felted Nativity Sceneil_fullxfull.700759820_71mm

Needle felted figures are very popular in Waldorf schools and this beautiful work of art would be an amazing addition to a Christmas display along with natural materials either in such a school or at home. I love the intimacy of this scene and the fact that Mary is cuddling the baby jesus instead of looking at him in his manger. This is a true work of art. Available from Etsy.

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buy1._V192240163_This fun modern nativity scene is produced by the Italian designer homewares label, Alessi, and comes in a red, white or gold version. It’s made from porcelain and there are additional figures available.

Rustic Modern Wooden Block Nativity Setil_fullxfull.839736042_2hmd

This unusual concept for a nativity scene reduces the characters to simple wooden blocks with the name of each figure written on it. An amusing alternative nativity display that is also safe for toddlers and babies to play with. Available from Etsy.

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buy1._V192240163_This cute set of finger puppets is ideal for interactive play for toddlers and younger children to act out the story of Christmas and can also be put on display.

Ceramic Nativity Sceneoriginal_ceramic-nativity-scene

This sweet little minimalist nativity set from Lisa Angel homewares is made from white porcelain and would look gorgeous in any home. It comes with 11 figures and costs £25 from Not on The High Street.

Star Wars Nativity Scene

il_fullxfull.658448122_60ke This handmade geeky nativity set would make a great gift for any Star Wars fan. It’s moulded from fimo modelling clay and includes 8 figures. Available from Etsy.

DIY Wooden Peg Doll Nativity Setil_fullxfull.386549235_s3o1

This paint your own nativity set makes a fun Christmas activity scene for kids and allows you to personalise your nativity in any way you choose. Available from Etsy.

Simple Modern Wooden Nativity Setil_fullxfull.829922825_8lji

This wooden nativity set reduces the figures to simple blocks and is great to display in modern homes. It’s also designed to be safe for children to play with. Available from Etsy.

Modern Block Nativity Set

This modern take on a traditional nativity scene features wooden blocks made from maple, walnut and cherry wood with laser-etched illustrations of baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, wisemen, star, angel and animals. They’re great either to display or for kids to play with. Available from Etsy.

Magnetic Christmas Nativity Sceneoriginal_wood-and-felt-magnetic-nativity-set

This cute and modern nativity set is made from magnetic triangles from wood and felt and can be displayed on the fridge or any metal surface like a whiteboard. There are 16 pieces in all and you can either arrange them to form one large triangle or in any arrangement you like. £25 from Not on The High Street.

30+ Unique Christmas Baubles to Give as Gifts

While I was looking for baubles for the article I wrote earlier on alternative Christmas tree ornaments, I found a lot of gorgeous single baubles that would be too expensive if you were going to buy enough to cover your whole tree but they also make a lovely thoughtful and beautiful gift for your significant other, friend or family.

I remember hearing a story about a couple who met just before Christmas and made it a tradition every year to buy each other a new Christmas bauble, which I thought was such a lovely idea and would be a great way to celebrate the season with your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend, even if your anniversary isn’t around that time of year.

You could also just treat yourself by buying one special bauble each year – you’ll grow a collection of beautiful and unique Christmas tree ornaments over the years and each one will remind you of that year’s Christmas.

Scooter Santa Glass Christmas Tree Decoration

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buy1._V192240163_I drive a scooter myself so I love the idea that Santa would be zipping around on one to deliver his presents! This cute and unusual tree decoration makes an ideal gift for motorbike lovers or anyone who just likes unique Christmas decorations.

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This cute little vintage style Christmas robot is quirky and perfect for anyone who loves to collect unusual Christmas tree decorations.

Santa in a Rocket Vintage Style Christmas Tree Decoration81RYJLB3ocL._SL1500_

buy1._V192240163_This fun colourful and glittery Christmas ornament is wonderful for anyone interested in space exploration or just as part of a collection of Santa ornaments (there are many other ornaments by Gisela Graham that depict Santa on a number of different methods of transportation, some are included on this list!)

Handpainted London Taxi Christmas Tree Bauble51kMA45IhFL

buy1._V192240163_This gorgeous glass Christmas bauble by Brink Nordic would make an amazing gift for expats or Londoners for from home, or anglophiles all over the world. It comes presented in a beautiful gift box and makes a quirky and unusual addition to your Christmas tree.

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buy1._V192240163_Another fantastic Christmas decoration for expats! The glittery union jack would look great with a blue and red decorated tree, or alongside other British-themed decorations like the black cab, above.

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This glass bauble with personalised engraving would make a great ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ momento or to celebrate a special anniversary or just to give to a loved one with a personal message. It measures 8cm so slightly bigger than usual baubles, and looks absolutely gorgeous with fairy lights shining through it in dim light.

3D Peacock Glass Christmas Bauble

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buy1._V192240163_I think this bauble is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect combination of unusual and traditional. It’s a large bauble, measuring 10cm across and looks absolutely stunning on the Christmas tree.

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buy1._V192240163_This is a great bauble for pug owners and dog owners (you can actually get them in all different kinds of dog breeds).

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Guinness comes out with a limited collector’s edition Christmas ornament each year and this is 2015’s bauble. Decorated like a Christmas pudding with the Guinness logo and presented in a gift box with gold ribbon, it makes the perfect gift for beer lovers.

Crystal Hanging Bird Christmas Tree Decoration51vHlRic2wL._SL1024_

buy1._V192240163_This sweet little glass bird will look lovely on your Christmas tree and it really sparkles when it catches the light.

Winter Town Dome Christmas Tree Decoration41AvSy6-TgL

buy1._V192240163_This is an amazingly detailed bauble tat would be a really talking point when displayed in a prominent location on your tree. It’s finished with a white ribbon and mini tinsel and measures 11cm tall.

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This bauble is a really unique way to give a personal gift at Christmas. Simply put in your own photos (it holds 2 so you can have a different photo to look at for two different angles) and you have a fun personalised Christmas tree ornament.

Glass Nativity Silver Bauble

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buy1._V192240163_This delicate and detailed glass bauble with gold highlights actually has a miniature nativity scene inside and is really a thing of beauty. Gift it to someone special or keep it to yourself – just keep it away from the kids!

Red Glass and Gold Snowflake Christmas Bauble51cnvLUzduL

buy1._V192240163_This is probably the most traditional looking bauble on our list but it’s still unusual enough to really stand out on your Christmas tree. Makes a gorgeous gift or a treat to yourself at Christmas time.

Mr & Mrs Personalised Bauble with Snoworiginal_personalised-mr-and-mrs-glass-bauble-with-snow

This personalised bauble would make a great Christmas gift for a newlywed couple who are celebrating their first Christmas together, or as a gift to your husband or wife. It comes with a gorgeous metallic ribbon for hanging and comes in a gift box finished with a festive red ribbon.

Glass Angel Christmas Decorationoriginal_christmas-angel-stained-glass-angel-decoration

This gorgeous stained glass angel would look beautiful on any Christmas tree and can be hung in a window to catch the light after Christmas and all through the year.

Christmas Tea Baubleoriginal_christmas-tea-bauble

Have a friend who loves drinking tea? This giant Christmas bauble is filled with luxury tea bags in a choice of Christmas Cake or Gingerbread Chai flavours. When you’re finished the tea, you can fill the bauble with anything you like.

Christmas Party Dog Bauble

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There’s just so much to love about these Christmassy dog decorations! I think they’re a must for any dog lover. There are two different designs of bauble to choose, each with a jack russel inside. One includes a Christmas tree and the other has the dog wearing a party hat.

Handmade Chicken Christmas Baubleoriginal_chicken-christmas-bauble

Have a friend who keeps chickens? You may have just found the perfect gift for them! This ceramic bauble is a limited edition and is also available in cat, wood grouse, stag and elk versions. It comes with a gorgeous red ribbon for hanging.

2015 Hand Painted Christmas Baubleoriginal_2015-hand-painted-christmas-bauble

This is not just a bauble, it’s a true work of art.The festive scene of reindeer in a snowy forest is individually hand painted onto every bauble. What’s even more impressive is that this isn’t painte on top of the bauble but from the inside using an ancient Chinese technique and specialist painting hooks. The artist creates a new bauble each Christmas and each one comes with a gift box and card explaining the technique. This is really a one-of-a-kind unique Christmas gift for someone.

Air Plant Terrarium Christmas Baubleoriginal_air-plant-terrarium-christmas-bauble

Do you remember those terrarium ‘garden in a bottle’ things that were the height of fashion in the 80s? well now you can have your own miniature modern version to hang on your Christmas tree and it looks very cool indeed! These air plants need so little water that you just need to mist it 1-2 times a month or leave the lid off occasionally to let the plant absorb water from the air. This makes an amazing and unique gift for the person who has everything!

Gold Pinecone Christmas Tree Decorationoriginal_gold-pine-cone-decoration

If you want to add some bling to your Christmas tree then this is the way to do it! These gold pine cones look fantastic hanging from a real tree and make the perfect gift for a glamorous friend. They’re also available in silver.

World Peace Glitter Bauble
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It’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas but these baubles make sure we remember again – glitter and all! These quirky baubles are ideal for anyone who loves unusual Christmas decorations and would also make a great gift to say “I’m sorry” to a friend you’ve fallen out with or anyone going travelling or living away from home this Christmas.

Personalised China Name Baubleoriginal_Animal_Alphabet_Bauble_-_Girls_Colours

This cute bauble with a child’s name spelled out in animal letters makes an ideal “First Christmas” gift for a baby or a lovely Christmas keepsake for any member of the family. The letters are multi-coloured but you can choose from a dominant colour of pink or blue, suitable for a girl or boy.

Clear Glass Bauble with Striped Feathersoriginal_clear-glass-bauble-with-striped-feathers

There’s something a bit magical about these delicate glass baubles containing feathers. They would suit a minimal, ethereal decorated tree.

Christmas Cat Decorationoriginal_christmas-decoration-cat

Everybody has a crazy cat lady in their life and this is the bauble for them! I know a handful of people who would love to receive one of these festive kitty baubles as a Christmas gift.

Sparkle House in Glass Bauble
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There’s something really magical about shrinking things down to a miniature size and putting them inside a glass bubble. Kids will love looking at this beautiful sparkly white ceramic house inside a glass teardrop with organza ribbon, and wondering who lives inside.

Personalised Papercut Glass Baubleoriginal_personalised-papercut-glass-bauble

These delicate teardrop shaped glass baubles have papercut lettering inside with wording of your choice, along with star sequins in a choice of silver, gold, pink, or white. You can also choose from a variety of charms including butterfly (pictured), snowflake, pawprint or ‘2015’. The bauble comes wrapped in tissue in a beautiful gift box and makes a wonderful bespoke gift for a special loved one.

White Ceramic Christmas Tree Owl Decorationoriginal_white-ceramic-christmas-tree-owl-decoration-boxed

This lovely owl will look right at home on your Christmas tree and has cutouts and holes to allow the fairy lights to shine through. He comes boxed in a nest and would make a wonderful gift.

Christmas Tea Light Glass Bauble
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In the past, Christmas trees were traditionally decorated with candles but this made way to fairy lights for convenience and safety reasons. Fairy lights are great but there’s just something really special and magical about candle light, so if you want to regain some of that candlelit magic from Christmasses gone by, this is the bauble for you. If you’re nervous about hanging them on your tree, they also look great on the mantlepiece or in a window, or you could use a battery-operated LED tea light which is much safer but looks amazingly like the real thing.

Glitter Whale Baubleoriginal_glitter-whale-bauble

Talk about quirky! This sparkly whale will fit in suprisingly well with the rest of the tinsel and baubles and will be a real talking point for guests. It’s part of the ‘Twilight Zone’ range of Christmas decorations from Lisa Angel for those who want to incorporate luxury into their Christmas while still remaining unique and unusual.

Christmas Pudding Baubleoriginal_christmas-pudding-bauble

Nobody can resist Christmas pudding, especially when it’s as glittery and cute as this one! This bauble looks good enough to eat and would make a fab addition to any Christmas tree.

9 More Unique Alternative Christmas Trees for 2015

I had a lot of fun coming up with 20 alternative Christmas tree ideas last year and this year, the idea of replacing your traditional real or artificial tree with something a little more unusual seems to have really taken off.

There are loads of unusual Christmas trees around this year, all ready to buy so you don’t even have to polish up your crafting skills as many of the ideas I listed last year were DIY creations, rather than trees you could actually buy in a shop.

Well as it’s already November (yes I know, time goes faster every year!) and Halloween is over so it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas decorations. The tree will be the centrepiece of the decorations for most homes so it’s a good idea to get this first and then you can choose other decorations that complement it.

For those who are looking for a bit of a more artistic and unusual look for their tree this year, I’ve found another 9 creative and amazing-looking alternative Christmas trees, all of which can be posted right to your door. No hunting around in the cold for your perfect tree when you can stay in your nice cosy warm house and order online!

Christmas Tree Shaped Cabinetoriginal_tree-shaped-cabinet

This set of stacking shelves is perfect for displaying Christmas ornaments, books, presents, or anything else that will suit your style and practical needs.

When assembled the shelf measures 68cm tall and 40cm wide and costs £49.95.

Wooden Cutout Christmas Treeoriginal_poplar-christmas-tree

These stylish modern trees are cut from a single sheet of poplar wood and make an attractive and unusual alternative to a traditional tree when you’re short on floor space.

They can be decorated with ornaments of your choice to customise the look and come as a dark or light green shade. They’re available in 5 different sizes ranging from 18.5cm tall for £5.99 to 88cm tall for £54.99.

Rope Ladder Pom Pom Christmas Treeoriginal_snowy-rope-ladder-christmas-tree-with-pom-poms

Rope ladder Christmas trees really took off last year, as they were incredibly popular on interior design blogs and sites like Pinterest and tumblr. These trees are great if you’re short on floor space as they just hang on the wall. They’re easy enough to make yourself but if you don’t feel like hunting the woods for appropriate branches and cutting them all to size yourself, you can now buy them for a very affordable price.

This rope ladder tree is just £19.95 from Not On The High Street and is extra fun and festive with the addition of a garland of multicoloured pompoms and fairy lights. It’s made from birch wood with faux glitter snow and measures 88cm tall and 70cm wide.

Snowflake Christmas Tree Wall Stickeroriginal_snowflake-christmas-tree-wall-sticker

This wall sticker is a great alternative for those who want a simple but beautiful decoration that’s quick, easy and without mess. It can be put on the wall or on a window and can be removed without damage. Available in 23 different colours.

Colour-in Advent Calendar Christmas Tree Posteroriginal_personalised-colour-in-advent-poster

This fun colour-your-own Christmas tree poster is great for kids rooms and it does double duty as an advent calendar too. Kids can colour in a different decoration every day and even add their own by drawing or adding stickers.

This poster can also be personalised with your child’s name and a Christmas message so it makes a great gift.

Freestanding Chalkboard Christmas Treeoriginal_free-standing-chalkboard-christmas-tree

This is a new take on the blackboard Christmas tree idea that I posted about last year and would work great in an office, kid’s room or for anyone creative.

As well as drawing your own decorations on the tree in chalk you can also use the pre-drilled holes to hang ornaments. This chalkboard tree is available in 3 different sizes from 50cm tall to 70cm tall and ranges in price from £19.95 to £39.95

Fabric Christmas Tree Wall Stickeroriginal_fabric-christmas-tree-wall-sticker

Wall stickers are a great option for those who would love a tree but just don’t have the space, or those who want a quick and easy way to make their room look festive.

This Christmas tree wall sticker is extra special because it’s actually made from fabric with a sticky backing that can be attached to any wall – you won’t be able to stop stroking it! The sticker won’t damage walls and can be peeled off and repositioned as needed. It measures 110cm tall and 64cm wide.

Snowy Trees Wallpaperoriginal_snowy-trees-self-adhesive-wallpaper-mural

Why have just one Christmas tree when you can have a whole forest?! This wonderfully wintery wallpaper makes a great festive backdrop so you won’t need to bother with getting a tree at all. It’s self-adhesive and re-usable so you can use it again year after year.

The wallpaper is sold in strips that are 61cm wide and 240cm tall so you can buy as many as you need to cover your whole wall or just part of it. Each strip costs £43.

Alternative Wooden Christmas Tree
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This minimalist Christmas tree is made from sticks of wood arranged to look like a tree and has hooks for hanging decorations. It would look great in all sorts of interiors from modern and contemporary to rustic cottage. It’s 70cm tall and costs £35 (decorations not included).