Yo ho ho, it’s time to have a barrel of fun with some festive decorations, games and gifts.
Prices correct at time of writing.
Many a family enjoys the tradition of a ‘Christmas puzzle’ and if you like a quickie the 500-piece ‘Rock Saws’ jigsaws from Zee Productions are plenty of fun.
Available in a range of iconic vinyl sleeves from musical heroes including Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Nirvana, the new designs make for great gifts for jigsaw lovers new and old and the finished product becomes a great framed piece of art to be kept for years to come.
Available online at www.zeeproductions.co.uk the independent British brand’s array of ‘Rock Saws’ start from £17.99.
IWOOT (I Want One Of Those) has a great selection of family games, many of them part of their special ‘3 for £20’ offer. Sprout Bingo (£9.99), The Lie Detector Game (£12.99), Harry Potter Cluedo (£23,99), The Great British Moan Off (£9.99), and Goat Yoga (£22.99) are just some of the entertaining games to choose from. (Seriously, who can resist a game of Goat Yoga?!)
Joules has sourced a selection of fun and stylish festive products which can make lovely gifts – or keep them yourself to decorate your home. For example:
These cute penguin hessian sacks by Tillyanna can be personalised to delight children and adults alike. Was £10.00 now £7.50.
The Mistletoe Wreath With Dove by Felt So Good (£32.95) makes a reusable alternative to a traditional Christmas wreath. Made from biodegradable, handmade felt coloured with natural and organic dyes, it is hand stitched together onto wire.
The Lit Copper Twigs by Cox & Cox are the perfect accessory for adding a little festive sparkle to any space. This realistic twig style garland is adorned with 150 warm white lights. Display over your doorway, or wind around your bannister to add Christmas cheer. Was £35 now £28.
These Six Luxury Brussels Sprouts Christmas Crackers by Nancy & Betty are all adorned with Brussels Sprouts – do you love them or hate them? Quality gifts inside include wildflower seeds, nutmeg grater, garden string and honey stirrer. Available from Joules, £36 for the box of six.
Re-usable and Fillable, these advent calendars have small drawers to put gifts or treats in year after year.
The Wooden Truck and an Alpine Village make a cosy decoration as well as an advent calendar: each feature battery operated LEDs so they can light up to create a magical Christmas Scene.
This set of two costs £74.99 from Selections, or they are also available separately.
Getting Personal offers a large selection of Christmas tree baubles for you to personalise – surprise family and friends by hanging them on your tree, include them as stocking fillers or use as keepsake place settings for festive dinner guests.
Baubles can be personalised with photos and names (depending on the design you choose) or come as a kit for you to assemble yourself. Prices from £6.99.
Make your home even more cosy with some seasonal soft furnishings for snuggling up against the wintry weather.
This Genuine Mongolian Cushion features a sumptuously deep wool fur pile to the front, with a soft faux suede reverse.
Size 40x40cm it has a zip fastening and includes cushion filler. Price £45 from Joe Browns.
Evoke feelings of romantic comfort and joy with this white heather and highland honey scented candle. This three-wick smoked glass candle with a luxurious gold logo etch is presented in a beautiful gift box and will burn brightly for up to 40 hours.
From La Redoute for £27, there are many other scents and styles of candle also available.
Whether to display or to serve Christmas treats, decorative plates are a quick and colourful way to bring a fresh look for the festive season.
YOOX has a wide range of decorative plates, but in their Art Objects selection you will also find function combined with famous designer names, making them a collectible gift as well as a practical perk.
For example, choose from a selection of Keith Haring designs on Limoges Porcelain plates (from £77), Louise Bourgeois designs on Bone China plates (from £55) or Erwin Wurm’s ‘The artist who swallowed the world’ plates (from £70).
HEALTH & FITNESS
Couture milliner Anna Gilder made headlines at the Cheltenham Festival 2020 when she wore her own designer facemask with her Ladies Day outfit.
While just a few months ago facemasks were still a novelty, their everyday reality endures and Anna Gilder continues to make bespoke masks to match outfits or suit your own requirements.
For socially distanced Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties the luxurious 100% pure silk facemask in gold embroidered with Queen bee (£25) makes a great stocking filler idea (other colours and styles also available).
Facemasks are available from Anna Gilder, from £20 each via Etsy,
For sweet dreams this Christmas, enjoy a selection of guided meditations to help you doze off. Lili, founder and creator of LSW Mind Cards, works as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and has created a collection that can be downloaded instantly.
The Sleep Well Introduction, Sleep Well Return to Sleep, Deep Sleep for Confidence and Deep Sleep for Stress Relief meditations are £2.99 each or the full Sleep Well Collection (bundle) is £10.
Plan ahead for New Year’s fitness resolutions (or you may think it is more suited to a family Christmas party game…).
The balance board can be used in a variety of exercise regimes to work on core, upper and lower body strengths and as a supporting piece of equipment for squats, floor taps and press ups.
One for all the family – it is believed that balancing exercises stimulate and strengthen those areas of the brain responsible for learning and attention span in young children, especially those who are easily distracted.
Comes with a free downloadable balance training ebook and exercise videos available from the manufacturer’s website.
Price £12 from 66fit.