It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas and everything that goes with it is without a doubt, my favourite time of the year: everything from wrapping gifts to the big cook up, it’s an incredibly special time for my family and I to all be together. It can get a little bit overwhelming and expensive though so I did the hard work for you – today I show you where you can spend some cash and where you can save to get that festive feeling in your home!
Christmas tree: If you’re late to the party, fear not! Personally, I prefer the green, fairly tall Christmas trees. Oh, even better if there are lots of pressies with my name on underneath! This 210cm tree from Makro (left, R933) is perfect, can be used year after year and is really affordable. If you’re feeling flush though, how about this stunner from Takealot (right, R2399)? It has brown branches with life-like foliage to give it that authentic feel.
Christmas tree decorations: Now that the tree is up, the fun really begins! I love these basic baubles from Woolies (top left, R45 for 12). They’re an absolute classic and just add a bit of glitz to the tree. How cute are these little burlap owls (top right R99 for 2)? I am definitely going to go pick a few up from @home. You can never go wrong with decorations from Mr Price Home, plus they are always affordable. Some of my favourites this year are the wooden love Santa bauble (bottom left, R39.99), the pack of 4 wooden words (bottom middle, R39.99) and the 10m silver star garland (bottom right, R69.99). Don’t forget to stock up on good ol’ tinsel as well!
Christmas wreath: First impressions count right? Better get a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door to make sure the festive cheer is the first thing your guests feel, before they even set foot in your home. This one from Woolworths is stunning (left, R499) – I love how rustic it looks. If that’s just out of your budget, this equally beautiful one from @home (right, R179) will do the trick. If you’re feeling a bit creative, there is a great step-by-step guide on how to make your own wreath on I’ll Take It All, go check it out!
Gift wrapping: I personally wrap all of my gifts in brown paper and then use all sorts of different ribbon and gift tags to make them look special. The best place to get a huge variety of ribbon is to pop into your local fabric shop – they have rows and rows of ribbon and you can buy as much or as little as you would like. There are some really stunning gift tags out this year, top of the list has to be from Zana Products (left).These beauties are R10 each and will really give that extra special touch to any gift (they are available in other colours besides pink). Some other great ones I found were from Mr Price Home (middle, R26.99 for 6) and then an absolute steal from Dischem (right, R12.95 for 48).
Christmas crackers: What’s a Christmas meal without crackers and the Christmas hats that go with them? If you want to go all out, then these luxe ones from Woolies (left, R350 for 6) are right up your ally. If you’re having a whole house-full over, you might need a bit more of a budget friendly option. These crackers from @home (middle, R199 for 6) are really beautiful, or even these ones from Mr Price Home (right, R69.99 for 6).
Festive scents: There’s nothing better than your whole home having that feeling of Christmas cheer. Scented candles are a great way to create that type of atmosphere, better yet, they will probably last you a year or two since they won’t be burnt all year round. Of course, Yankee Candle is your one stop shop when it comes to candles and they have a few festive scents available:
Bundle Up is a clean, wintery scent with a touch of citrus.
Angel’s Wings smells of sweet spun sugar, flower petals and vanilla.
Berry Trifle gives off a mouth watering berry and vanilla cream fragrance
Cosy By The Fire is a warm mix of ginger, clove, orange and woody notes.
Icicles is a crisp winter forest scent with dashes of pine and cinnamon.
Winter Glow is also a crisp scent of frosted leaves on snow covered trees.
Yankee Candles are available in 3 sizes: small (R160), medium (R295) and large (R365).
Christmas stockings: Stockings are just the best – filled with little gifts just waiting to be unwrapped. I considered shopping around to find a bunch of different ones but I honestly couldn’t find anything as lovely as these ones from Zana Products (R110 each). They are slightly modern but still look festive, especially the gold triangle one.
To make your life even easier, all of the items that I have mentioned can be bought online! I don’t know about you, but I avoid the shops like the plague this time of the year and so having goods delivered to my door is my own personal Christmas miracle!