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You probably weren’t expecting a Christmas blog when you read the title and you may think it is premature given that Christmas is a whole 65 days away but I love Christmas  so it’s no surprise that I have started thinking about it, planning it and skipping through every Christmas section of every shop already.

Having bought my first Christmas magazine the other day, I thought it would be useful to share some of my favourite stockists and suppliers so that you too can start getting excited (and dare I say, organised) for Christmas. The following websites are mainly for decorations, tableware and gifts. Food suppliers warrant and are worthy of their very own post which will come later.

  • Christmas Wreaths Direct – Exactly what you would expect. Some of the wreaths are quite expensive but if you are prepared to spend the money, they are phenomenal and make a great first impression on any front door or as a centrepiece above a fireplace in any room.
  • The Christmas Boutique – This site has great nativity sets, tree decorations and wreaths, all of which are reasonably priced.
  • gREat joy at Re-Found Objects – This is one of my favourite websites. The stuff on here is amazing. Most of the products are recycled, rescued and restored which makes for some really incredible items. The number of times I have used RE words in that last sentence shows just how fabulous this site is! Great for unusual decorations and gifts.
  • The Christmas Room at the Letter Room – Spell out anything you want on this site. It has some uniquely personalised gift ideas and also great products for a more creative Christmas centrepiece. I love the idea of using different textured and coloured decorative letters to spell out your own festive message. These can be arranged on a fireplace or on a console table in a hall and surrounded by candles, lights or a garland to create an eye-catching statement. The paper bag alphabet lanterns are also a nice alternative to the letters.
  • Christmas at the Original Pop Up Shop – Fantastic gift tags, tape and ribbons and other lovely bits and bobs.
  • Williams Sonoma – This is an American website but there is a £10 flat-rate delivery charge and all prices are inclusive of duty. With that in mind, the prices are quite reasonable and lets face it, the Americans know how to do Christmas so if you can get good Christmas items at a good price all the way from American then it’s absolutely worth it. The wreaths are simple yet impressive. How well they would travel though, I’m not too sure. The tableware and baking accessories are also highlights.
  • Not on the High Street – A classic for unique and personalised gifts as well as for decorations and everything else you can (and can’t) think of.
  • Plant Box – All types of crates for all occasions. These make a great base for a Christmas tree,  special gifts (I bought my grandmother a planter last year with “Granny Smith’s Herb Garden” printed on it and filled it with her favourite herbs for cooking) or can be used as decorative storage. They have special Christmas crates which I just love. They would look striking around the house at Christmas or filled with presents under the tree.

Hope you enjoy! Please share your own favourite sites. I have no doubt that there are many more wonderful sites around.



The Author

I am a food lover with a passion for cooking and entertaining inspired by two very special grandmothers and a fabulous mum. I recently moved to London which has provided a plethora of new places, cultures and fascinations to stir up some underlying creativity. My hope is to share some cooking and entertaining ideas which I like and others seem to like too. I will also throw in the odd bit of Scottish flare to make sure I maintain my true braveheart roots. Hope you enjoy!

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