New home owner? Looking to make your house a home this Christmas? It’s that time of year again and UK retailers are bursting at the seams with festive treats to adorn your home for the season.
It can often be tempting to go overboard when it comes to buying Christmas decorations with so many on offer. If it’s your first Christmas in your new home and the purse strings are tight, try as best you can to stick to a budget, or agree on 4 or 5 key features to invest in and save the rest for next year. Investing in these core features will ensure family coming home for Christmas will have an amazing time with you.
1. First thing’s first, buy a tree from a Christmas Shop
Whilst the aroma of a fresh pine tree to fill your home this Christmas is appealing, artificial trees are much more economical, lasting for Christmases’ to come, and much better for any four-legged friends who may not take too kindly to needles in their paws. This John Lewis 6ft Festive Fir tree looks the part and is a festive steal at just £40.
2. John Lewis 6ft Festive Fir Tree £40.00
Many trees now come with built in lights too, saving you the task of buying lights as an added extra and the fiddley task of wrapping them evenly around your tree. Tesco’s 6ft pre lit Christmas tree is just £35 online.
Tesco 6ft pre lit Christmas Tree £35
3. Christmas decorations in multi-packs
When we had Christmas in our first home, multi-pack decorations were a god send. Decide on a theme, choose a colour and pick a pack of decorations. Whilst individual decorations can give a personal touch to your Christmas tree, it can be expensive and when you’re first starting out watching the pennies is important. Remember, decorations can always be replaced over time.
Check out Marks and Spencer’s bumper pack of 100 traditional Christmas baubles for only £15. The retailer often runs 3 for 2 offers on Christmas decorations too so worth taking a look
4. Christmas candles
There’s nothing like the scent of Christmas to get you in the mood. Candles are an ideal way of adding a warm, festive atmosphere to any room (just don’t leave them unattended). Lily Flame’s Merry Christmas candle is infused with winter spices and fresh ginger and has a burn time of 35 hours. The price of this candle at John Lewis is £9.
A personal favourite, Yankee candles come in a variety of Christmas scents. Slightly more expensive than Lily Flame at £21.99 from Debenhams, although it gives you a 115 hours of burn time.
5. Festive furnishings From a Christmas Shop
Making your house a home this Christmas doesn’t have to be all about the traditional decorations – soft furnishings are increasingly on trend, from cushions to throws and ornaments you can deck out your home with a festive touch without breaking the bank.
Marks and Spencer’s chenille stag cushion would look right at home on a cosy armchair. Team with rich red cushions and tartan if you’re going for the ‘more is more’ look.
Marks and Spencer cushion £12 Throws are a great way to bring added texture to your home this Christmas, they’re perfect for cosying up on chilly winter evenings too. This tartan-inspired throw from John Lewis is £40 Drape over a sofa or armchair to add a festive touch to your living room.
However you make your house a home this Christmas, remember to enjoy the experience of decorating your first home for the festive season.