Christmas Presents For Family

Do your kids wake you up early on Christmas morning, clamouring to open their stockings? Or do you wait for a leisurely gathering after dinner when everyone is full of turkey? Either way, coming together around the tree to hand out those brightly wrapped packages is a highlight of any family Christmas. We've put together a guide brimming with Christmas gift ideas for you and yours to make it extra memorable.

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Whether you're shopping for your own mum, a new parent or a mother-in-law, you'll need an extra special gift for the head of the family. From beauty gifts to unforgettable experiences and one-of-a-kind treats, there's an abundance of goodies you can treat her to.



Beautifully packaged and presented, perfume makes a thoughtful gift for the woman who's always putting others above herself. A good scent is an indulgence she might not treat herself to, so it’s up to you to do it for her. For fragrance fanatics, choose from future classics by Charlotte Tilbury, favourites from Chanel and the elegant creations of Dior .


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An eye-catching frame with a memorable moment you shared together ticks all the boxes in terms of being personalised, well thought out and from the heart. It's a top choice for the house proud mum – she’s proud of her family too, of course.

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Notoriously difficult, dads often act like they don’t need anything. You don’t want to settle for buying him a tie again this year, so have a look at options that may surprise him.



It’s not every year dad is lucky enough to get a new watch for Christmas. Upgrade his wrist candy with a minimalist design from Skagen or a versatile piece from Daniel Wellington.



Tune in to what his heart really desires and plump for a shiny new piece of tech. For music devotees, try a swish pair of headphones or high-tech speakers. Budding fitness fanatics will really appreciate a push in the right direction with a fitness tracker.

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Gifts for grandparents need to come from the heart. Brighten their Christmas with one of these thoughtful gifts.


Home comforts

Tell gran and granddad that you’re thinking of them with a gift to make their day a little more luxurious. A plush pair of slippers or a dressing gown is perfect for retirees who can get away with wearing them around the house all day.




Buying for your children's grandparents can make things even more daunting. Impress by showing you know your in-laws’ tastes with a standout mirror, vase or lantern from our home accessories range.

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From the must-have electronic toy of the year to timeless books you read when you were a child, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out gifts for the little ones in your family. Whether you've got a dinosaur-obsessed, lightsaber-swinging Spiderman devotee or an imagination-fuelled dreamer, there are plenty of stocking fillers to light up their Christmas.


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For builders

Lego and other building block toys are even more popular than they were when you were little thanks to their ever-expanding range of sets. Now you can find Disney, Batman, Star Wars and other franchises alongside the classic castle and pirate ship models.


For adventurers

Amidst all the new-fangled technology, there's still nothing that beats a bike for Christmas. Whether your little one is ready for their first or they've outgrown their old one, choosing their dream bike will stay firmly in their memory for a long time to come. Choose a balance bike or a pedal bike for those three and up, tie a bow around the handle bars and await the biggest smile you've ever seen.

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For bookworms

Spark joy with a magical story for the eager little reader in your family. Introduce them to classics from Julia Donaldson and Beatrix Potter or get them giggling with cheeky tales from David Walliams. For an extra touch, choose a special edition with an unusual cover.

For style icons

Kids will love unwrapping their new clothes in the morning and putting together a Christmas outfit. A glamorous skirt and sparkly shoes will look just as good at dinner as they will playing dress-up the rest of the year, and a smart waistcoat and trainers will be sure they're ready for any occasion. Alternatively, go for a new coat or a cosy pyjama set for a classic seasonal gift.



Christmas Gifts For Every Budget

You might have ambitious Christmas gift ideas but, it can be a challenge to stay within budget, especially when you have a large list of people to purchase for. With a little planning and forward thinking, you can find plenty of inexpensive Christmas gifts to delight your loved ones. This affordable Christmas gifts guide will help you find wonderful presents for your friends, family and your partner - with money left over for turkey dinner trimmings.

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Thirty pounds can go a surprisingly long way when searching for that extra-special gift.

It’s not always about the price tag, sometimes it’s the thought that matters the most. With that in mind, give your much-loved family member or special someone a framed photo of the two of you. We’ve got everything from stylish clip frames to wall galleries, as well as simple picture frames, so there’s something for everyone.

If she takes pride in her home and loves a night in for a spot of 'me time', a scented candle or two is a sure way to warm her heart. For scents that feel cosy in the winter months, we suggest looking for candles with woody notes, such as amber or sandalwood, to set the festive mood.

Does she love trying the latest makeup? Gift her with a new go-to lipstick or explore our highlighters that will accentuate her cheek and brow bones. We do plenty of beauty gift sets from a wide-range of brands, including the affordable mini-sized makeup, for beauty on-the-go.

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Help him look and feel his best. Men's accessories such as cufflinks and belts can really help to pull his outfit together. Well thought-out additions to his wardrobe will help him impress during those important Monday morning meetings and special occasions.

Novelty gifts are another great option - it's affordable and can be extremely fun. Whether that’s something usual, a joke gift or a cool gadget, novelty items are sure to put a smile on his face.

The one gift that will never go out of style is underwear and socks. A man can never have too many of his favourite boxers. From Calvin Klein to Hugo Boss, we have a wide range of styles for all preferences.

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Looking to spend a little more? You’re sure to find a luxury gift that will make her feel loved and cherished.

From Urban Decay palettes to Charlotte Tilbury, for this budget you can purchase the latest best-sellers in beauty. If she loves eye shadows, the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette is a hot item this year, featuring 12 shades that are 100% cruelty free.

For the glamorous jetsetter who loves her weekends away, a new passport and luggage tag set, or even a cute travel mug, is sure to make her smile.

Does she love jewellery? Give her an extra special gift this Christmas with a gorgeous ring, necklace or bracelet. Sterling silver is a great choice if you’re looking for something long-lasting yet affordable - if it’s well looked after, sterling silver jewellery can be treasured for years to come.

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Men's Christmas gift options really widen with a little extra funding to play with.

Men's shirts are a classic Christmas gift idea, he can never have too many in his wardrobe. From casual for the day to formal shirts for the evening or work, there’s lots to choose from. To add a little personal touch, pick a shirt in his favourite colour, or if you are not too sure, a timeless white or blue is a great option.

If he’s a keen foodie or home connoisseur, treat him to a food gadget he never knew he needed, like a slow cooker for those tasty homemade casseroles and soups.

If the man in your life takes pride in a well looked after beard or a well-groomed appearance, gift him with some extra special products he wished he thought of himself. From shaving oils to anti-pollution skincare, we’ve got a range of products from top brands that he will love.

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If you’re looking to splash the cash, there’s plenty of luxury gifts available for him and her.

A stylish watch or piece jewellery can be a very meaningful gift. With a little time spent selecting his or her favourite styles, colour or material, it can be really special and personal.

Alternatively, gift her or him with the bag they have always wanted. For her, this could be a new everyday bag or clutch for the evenings. For him, the latest backpack, laptop bag or holdall for the gym or weekends away.

For something they will use everyday, treat him or her to a new signature scent. From Creed to the ever popular Jo Malone and Chanel, there’s a wide range of brands to choose from. Not sure where to start? We've selected some of our top winter fragrances for him and top winter perfumes for her.

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Men's Christmas Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year when you begin to brainstorm gift ideas for the man in your life. To make the festive period a little easier, we’ve put together our favourite Christmas gift ideas for him. From your boyfriend to your brother, stocking fillers to secret Santa ideas, here’s the gifts they really want this Christmas.

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If your boyfriend’s into the latest fashion or has a great sense of style, treat him to a shirt or shoes you know he’ll love from his favourite brand or in his ideal style or colour.

For a gift that speaks to his personal taste, gift him with a new fragrance that he’s sure to love. Whether that’s an old favourite or something completely new, we have something for all price ranges.

If he loves a classic suit or has a big occasion coming up, a timeless pair of cufflinks could be the perfect finishing touch to his outfit. Classic and simple cufflinks look great for formal occasions. For a more casual look, buy something fun and quirky like a football cufflink or a union jack cufflink.

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Make this Christmas extra special for your granddad with a really thoughtful gift. If he’s the kind of man who values accessories, browse our selection of watches for an elegant timepiece that he will treasure. Alternatively, a high-quality umbrella in a traditional print is both useful and long-lasting.

For the sentimental grandparent, you could get creative and frame pictures of all the family in one of our multi-photo frames. From peg frames to classic double photo frames, there’s a wide range to choose from.

As an extra treat, gift your granddad with some indulgent chocolates or truffles from one of our sharing packs or boxes.

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For the dad that likes to look stylish and smart, a new tie in a bold print or block colour is a great choice - bonus points for getting it to go with his favourite suit.

If he’s more of a laid-back kind of guy, help the cause with a pair of cashmere socks or some cosy slippers. A luxurious robe would go down a treat - soft cotton fabric is perfect for the cosy winter months.

Help him with his grooming game by investing in a shaving kit from our men’s grooming range. These handy kits include everything needed for a seamless morning routine.

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Show your male siblings how much you appreciate them with a thoughtful gift. Whether your brother is into fashion, technology or something in-between, we have a vast selection of presents to inspire the right choice.

If he's into his fitness, how about a pair of the latest running shoes or a sports watch? You could also consider some gym equipment for his home, which is perfect for anyone who likes to exercise but doesn’t have much time for the gym.

If he loves getting hold of the latest gadgets, some wireless headphones or a Bluetooth speaker could be the ultimate gift.

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When it comes to stockings, we all get a rush of nostalgic excitement. Even for grown-ups, stockings can be a delight with small treats and gadgets that we hadn’t thought of.

Add some fun to his stocking with gifts that express his personality, like a Mr Cool or Mr Happy mug. Maybe he’s a movie fanatic and would love a scratch off poster with a bucket list of movies to watch. For a fail-safe option, playful and festive socks are sure to spruce up someone’s festive wardrobe.

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It’s only a matter of time before you are included in the annual Secret Santa affair at work, home or in your group of friends. Depending on the person, a funny or joke gift is a key favourite, from mugs with a fun quote to something that has an inside joke. If you want to gift something they will really enjoy, a board game is a great choice for all personalities.


Christmas Lighting Buying Guide

Wondering what lights to buy for your home this Christmas? Not sure how many lights you will need to fill your tree? From Christmas tree lights to home accessories, our guide will help you choose the best Christmas lights for you – whatever your decoration plans may be.

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Indoor / Outdoor

Whether you go for indoor or outdoor Christmas lights, we recommend that they are always inside a suitably covered outdoor socket or kept indoors. The wire should be thin enough that it simply runs through a window or door.


White fairy lights are a versatile and classic option that add an instant sparkle to your home. There are two main types to choose from, cool white lights and warm white lights. Cool white lights give off a bright white effect, while warm white lights create a golden glow.


For a more vibrant festive look, go for multi-coloured fairy lights which are great for making a bold statement.

Cluster Lights

Cluster lights have multiple strands coming off a main cable, creating a fuller, tinsel effect, perfect for wide surfaces.

LED Lights

Christmas lights with LED bulbs are cost-efficient to run and great for energy-saving.

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Safety First

Check if your lights work before you start decorating. Our lights should work every time but it’s always best to inspect for damaged cables and broken bulbs before you plug them in.

Where to Put Them

Christmas lights aren’t just for trees or the front of your house - get creative and place them anywhere you fancy. Here are just a few fairy light ideas to get you started.

  1. Wrap them around the bannister
  2. Drape them over your shelves or mantelpiece
  3. Place them inside bowls, jars or lanterns
  4. Wrap them around vases filled with festive flowers
  5. Make a feature of a photo or piece of artwork by draping lights over the top
  6. Hang them from the ceiling
  7. Use them to create a Christmas card holder
  8. Weave them through an outside tree or bush
  9. Lay them over or hang them above the dining table for a twinkling table setting
  10. Wrap around a mirror for a glamorous effect
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The best way to keep lights shining brightly year after year is to store them away properly when not in use. Keeping them away from water and free from tangles will save you a lot of future stress. Storing Christmas lights as they came in their original packaging is your best bet, but if you don’t have this to hand, try our DIY storage method below.

The Cardboard Method
  1. Save some cardboard packaging from your Christmas presents and use it to make a flat rectangle shape of approximately 12x6 inches
  2. Cut a notch into the cardboard and hook one end of the lights into it
  3. Wrap the rest of the lights around the cardboard until you reach the end of the cord
  4. Cut another notch in the cardboard, then attached the end of the cord
  5. For extra protection you can wrap the cardboard in tissue paper before storing away
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It can be a bit overwhelming deciding how many Christmas tree lights you need. It’s mostly down to personal preference but as a general rule, you want around 100 lights for every vertical foot of tree.

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Remember to take into account that if your tree is slim you will need less lights than if your tree is full and bushy.

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Decorating windows, porches and outdoor trees with twinkling lights is guaranteed to bring the festive spirit to your home. Here’s our top tips for hanging Christmas lights outside.

  1. Choose a day when the weather is dry and mild for a safer and easier experience
  2. Decide where you want to put your lights
  3. Take measurements to work out how far your lights will reach from your plug socket, using an extension lead if necessary
  4. To put up lights on an outdoor tree, wrap the lights up the tree like you would an indoor Christmas tree, starting from the base and then around the branches
  5. To hang Christmas lights from your house, attach decorating clips or gutter hooks onto the gutter, if needed, using one approximately every 12 inches
  6. Plug the lights in but leave them switched off. Work backwards carefully from the socket, clipping the cable into the clips or hooks, where needed. It can be helpful to have another person on the ground guiding you as you go
  7. Use a clip or hook to secure the end of the string, if these were used
  8. Step back and look at your lights, checking that bulbs are evenly spaced and there are no drooping cables
  9. When you’re happy with the spacing, you’re ready to switch them on and appreciate your hard work!

Christmas Table Setting Buying Guide

For many people, the most highly anticipated event of the entire festive period is the Christmas dinner; gathering everyone around the table for food, fun and family time is what it’s all about. However, we know it can also be stressful, so we’re here to help you set the scene for a magical meal with our handy guide to laying the Christmas table.


People often focus on the living room when decorating, but hosting the Christmas dinner gives you the opportunity to get creative in another area. You could either extend the same festive theme throughout the house or use it as your chance to go for something completely different.

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Tablecloths & Runners

Start your Christmas table arrangement with a tablecloth and a runner.

1. A crisp white tablecloth is timeless and can be used all year round. It also makes a great neutral base on which to experiment with different colour schemes.

2. If you have a really great table that you love, why cover it up? Simply lay a Christmas table runner down the middle for a laid back look (bear in mind this might not be great if guests include children or clumsy red wine drinkers!).

3. A metallic, glittery or embellished tablecloth is perfect for a glamorous look and will make the meal feel more special than an everyday dinner.

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Centrepieces are great for creating height and making a real statement. You can use candles or ornaments which are traditionally used as Christmas table centrepieces or experiment with our Christmas centrepiece ideas:

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1. Fill a vase or bowl with baubles, beads, pine cones or string lights for an easy but effective Christmas centrepiece. 

2. Flowers always make a table look prettier. Go for poinsettias, ivy and red roses for a classic look or add a contemporary twist by using colours outside of the traditional Christmas palette. 

3. Fill a glass cloche with ornaments, candles or flowers; you could even create a Christmas scene inside for a fun snow globe effect. 

4. Display a selection of ornaments and candles on a tiered cake stand. 

5. Place decorations on top of a serving tray or position a row of candles down the middle and fill the rest of it with cranberries, pine cones and ivy. 

6. Surround a lantern with fresh greenery and pinecones for a chic rustic effect.


An elegant addition to your Christmas table decorations, a garland can be used alongside or in place of a centrepiece. Perfect for a traditional or rustic look, our Christmas garlands come in a range of styles and have fun additions like berries, artificial snow and lights.

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Tree Decorations

Christmas tree decorations aren’t just for the tree anymore. As mentioned, they’re great for creating centrepieces but could also be dotted around the table or given to each guest as thoughtful Christmas table gifts.


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Crackers are a must-have finishing touch to any Christmas table. With a wide selection to match any table setting, from novelty kids’ crackers to elegant luxury crackers, they’ll ensure your day goes off with a bang. Simply add one cracker to each place setting, either placed on an empty plate, to the side or at the top.

TIP: Pull them at the start of the meal so you can enjoy wearing your festive hats for as long as possible!

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Christmas Table Place Settings

Christmas Dinner Table Checklist

  1. Placemats
  2. Plates - Charger plate (an optional decorative plate on top of which other plates and bowls are placed), dinner plate, salad plate, bread
  3. Bowls - Soup bowl, dessert bowl 
  4. Glassware - Water glass, red wine glass, white wine glass, champagne flute
  5. Cutlery - Forks (Salad fork, dinner fork, cake fork), Knives (Bread knife, fish knife, dinner knife), Spoons (Soup spoon, dessert spoon, serving spoons)
  6. Napkins and napkin rings

How To Lay the Christmas Table

  1. Position a place mat and a charger plate at each seat. 
  2. Place a napkin to the left of or directly on top of the charger plate, either folded or rolled up in a napkin ring. 
  3. Place forks to the left, with the fork for the starter furthest away and the dinner fork lying about an inch away from the plate. 
  4. Place a dinner knife about an inch to the right of the plate, followed by a soup spoon if you’re serving soup to start or a fish knife if you’re serving fish. 
  5. Place the dessert spoon and cake fork horizontally above the place mat, facing in opposite directions. If serving bread, the bread plate sits above and to the left of the place setting with the bread knife laying diagonally across it. 
  6. Place the glasses in a row opposite the bread plate and above the knives, in the top right hand corner of the place setting. 
  7. Bring out the bowls and plates for each course individually and serve them on top of the charger plate. Alternatively, if you’re hosting a help-yourself main course, give everyone an empty dinner plate and place the food in the centre of the table with serving spoons.

Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Giving gifts may be one of the greatest joys in life, but that doesn’t stop unenthusiastic co-workers and friends groaning when a Secret Santa is proposed. You can laugh off the strain of finding the perfect present with this handy guide.

We’ve included Secret Santa gift exchange ideas for family, friends, colleagues and even your boss, with ideas suitable for every budget. Unbox unique Secret Santa gifts that will make everyone wish you'd pulled their name out of the hat.

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Once you know the official budget for your Secret Santa gift exchange you can begin to work out the types of gift you're going to purchase. If you've been roped into a workplace present exchange it might mean you need to get to know a few co-workers that you didn't before, but now you have a perfect excuse to do so.

Small budgets of under £5 or £10 won’t cover a first edition of your recipient’s favourite book, but rather than trying to impress you can go down the novelty route with funny Secret Santa ideas. Satirical books, over-the-top accessories or a shockingly understated packet of crisps will get a surprised guffaw from your audience.

If you’re not feeling the humour, small beauty treatments are a smart option. Think beard oils or shaving creams for men and festive nail varnish colours and hair care for women.

When you have a bigger budget, the best way to spark the receiver's smile is to make it as personal as possible. A Secret Santa is a wonderful opportunity for you to give a friend or family member the gift they deserve this Christmas without having to budget for everyone (including that uncle you only speak to once a decade). Find Dad a special bottle of whisky from the Scottish Isles, or treat your nephew to that train set they’ve been begging for.

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Even if you’ve never spoken to them outside of email, it’s fairly easy to pick out gifts for co-workers if you take a moment to observe their working style and daily habits. Need to purchase a gift for the person with the messiest desk in the office? You could help them tidy up with storage solutions. Colleagues who are always heading to the gym before work or cycling in and out of the office will appreciate a set of bath and body lotions to use in the office shower.

Those glamorous people who seem to have a new outfit every day would love a new beauty treatment: go for skincare items or men's grooming staples for the dashing man or woman in your business. For the introverted co-worker who is always looking focused, audio and technology gifts will keep them content in their cubicle.

Finally, for your boss, a small offering from our range of women’s or men's accessories is a smart choice.

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Secret Santas allow you the chance to give loved ones something special they wouldn't have bought for themselves. It might be a gift that they've had their eye on for a while, or a complete surprise.

Pulled your wife’s, grandmother’s or sister’s name out of the hat and need ideas for Secret Santa gifts for her? Think along the lines of beauty gift sets or eye-catching knitwear.

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Need a few Secret Santa gifts for men? Try sports paraphernalia, gadgets or barware accessories. Encourage him to indulge in a lazy weekend with men's nightwear. Or take the traditional route to his heart through his stomach with a food and drink hamper.


Christmas Tree Buying Guide

For many of us, the Christmas countdown officially begins with the purchase of the perfect Christmas tree. Take the stress and confusion out of choosing, assembling and decorating your tree and enjoy a fuss-free festive period with our handy Christmas tree guide. From information about artificial trees, to the best non-drop needle varieties and which type of tree smells the best, we have the answer to you all of your Christmas tree questions.

Real Christmas Trees

Is there a more Christmassy feeling than the smell of fresh pine in your home? When it comes to buying a real Christmas tree there are a few things to consider, especially with the different varieties of Spruces, Firs and Pines available - each comes with their own individual characteristics.

1. Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce is the traditional British Christmas tree and has been popular since the Victorian era. With its vibrant green colour and pleasant pine scent it's a classic choice, but is known for dropping its needles fairly quickly.

2. Blue Spruce

With colours ranging from a greyish blue to a bright blue-green, the Blue Spruce holds needles well. They can be on the pricklier side however, so this might not be the best option for homes with pets or young children.

3. Nordmann Fir

Slightly more expensive than the Norway Spruce, the popular Nordmann Fir has an attractive conical shape and long, soft dark green needles. Although it has a more subtle fragrance, it retains its needles for much longer and its branches are much sturdier - perfect for larger Christmas decorations.

4. Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir is the crème de la crème of Christmas trees, famous for its needle retention and strong fragrance. It has a similar shape to the Norway Spruce but it’s better at retaining its needles. It also has a narrower base, making it a good choice for tight spaces, and a unique balsam fragrance.

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Artificial Christmas Trees

There are many advantages to choosing an artificial Christmas tree - no pesky needles cluttering the floor for one. Besides that, artificial trees are cost-effective as they can be packed away and stored safely for next year, and some artificial trees come pre-lit so you don't have to worry about getting all tangled up.

1. PE

The most realistic Christmas tree on the market, PE trees are created using moulds of real tree branches for extra authenticity. Made from polyethylene, the needles produced are 3D so you can enjoy the look of a real tree without the clean-up.

2. PVC

PVC has long been considered an affordable way to bring Christmas indoors and is a great option if you’re buying your first tree. The pine needles are crafted to look as realistic as possible, so you'll find the branches will feel just as spiky as a real tree's would.

TIP: Pick a tree that’s a combination of both PE and PVC for something that’s affordable whilst still looking incredibly realistic.

3. Pre-lit

Pre-lit Christmas trees are a fuss-free option as you won’t need to add string lights – they’ll look great either decorated or simply left lit. Choose one with white LEDs for a traditional look or go for a multicoloured lights to add little pops of colour amongst the greenery.

4. Easy Connect

Our easy-to-connect trees are the best pre-lit Christmas trees for those who want maximum results with minimum effort. With no need for wires, you simply slot each section together and once the tree is plugged in, the lights will come on.

5. Flocked

Bring the wintry frost indoors with a snow-dusted flocked Christmas tree. This type of tree is perfect for creating that Winter Wonderland look in your own home.

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Selecting your tree size

A key factor to consider when buying a Christmas tree is how it will fit in your space; if your tree is too wide or too tall, it could end up making your room look smaller. Our trees range in height from 4ft to 8ft so you’re sure to find something to suit.


Make sure you know the height of your room before you buy — when checking tree heights, ensure there will be at least a foot between the top of the tree and your ceiling so there’s room for your chosen tree topper.


Marking your floor with masking tape before you buy a tree can help you assess which width of tree will work for you.

Assembling an artificial tree

So you’ve picked your tree and brought it home — now it’s time to put it up.


Clear a space and take all of the different tree parts out of the box. If the stand needs assembling, do this first, making sure the pieces are securely slotted together.


Most artificial trees come in two or three sections which connect easily. Start with the bottom section and insert the pole into the tree stand. Gently open up each branch and manipulate them into a natural shape, ensuring there are no large gaps or branches bunched together.


Slot the remaining sections on top and continue to adjust the branches until you’re happy with how it looks.


Curve the tips of the branches upwards to give a more natural appearance.

Real Christmas tree tips

If you have your heart set on something more natural, then a real tree is the one for you. Keep it in tip top condition with our festive hints, designed to help your tree stay fresh for the entire holiday season.


Keep your tree hydrated with at least 1 pint of cold water a day to make sure it stays fresh and good looking.


Try and place your tree away from sources of heat so the needles don’t dry out.


Try and place your tree away from sources of heat so the needles don’t dry out and drop early.


When you think you have found the perfect tree, give it a good shake. This will get rid of dead needles, and if fresh green needles fall off, then it’s not the tree for you.


Try not to use any chemicals near the tree to keep it looking its best.

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Christmas trees decorating ideas

The final (and we think the most fun) part of the Christmas tree journey is the decorating. From picking a prime position, choosing a colour scheme and adding the finishing touches, we’ve got you covered with our tips and tricks.

Where to Place your Tree

Natural Light

Make sure your tree is somewhere where it can be seen but where it isn’t blocking any natural light, which could cause you to turn on more lights and waste energy (too much sunlight will also cause real trees to dry out more quickly).


Keep your tree away from major pathways to avoid people bumping into it and knocking off needles or decorations as they pass by.


Place your tree somewhere where you’ll be able to enjoy it without it blocking another good view like the fireplace or the window (or the television!).


Many people just have a Christmas tree in the living room, but areas like the hallway, dining room and kitchen can all be great options depending on your space.

TIP: If you’re planning on lighting your tree, make sure you choose a position near a plug socket.

How to Decorate your Christmas Tree

As the focal point of Christmas decorations, your tree is a great place to start when choosing your entire theme. If you have a colour in mind but are stuck for ideas of what to pair it with, check out our Christmas decoration inspiration:



Green, white, gold, tartan, holly, poinsettias, Santas, reindeer, wreaths, candy canes.


Silver, white, green, snowflakes, snowmen.


Silver, white, lime green, glitter, crystals.


Silver or gold, flocked tree, white lights, cranberries, mistletoe, angel tree topper, any other accent colour.


Gold, turquoise, orange, cream, pine, cones, reindeer, orange slices, cinnamon sticks.


White, brown, bronze, gold, pine cones, reindeer, ribbons.



White, silver, lilac, snowflakes, flocked trees, glitter.


Decorating a Christmas tree is easy when you follow this simple layering technique:

1. If using a tree skirt, lay this around the base of the tree first.

2. Add your lights before decorations- plug them in first, then begin at the top and work your way down, weaving the strings of lights in vertical waves whilst moving around the tree horizontally. Try taking a step back and squinting at the tree to see if there is a spot that needs filling so you can adjust the lights as needed.

TIP: Generally you’ll want around 100 lights per foot of tree.

3. Once the lights are in place, add any garlands, ribbons or tinsel you might be using and then layer on your Christmas decorations on top.

4. Finally, the pièce de résistance: the tree topper. Add your star or angel to the top of the tree for the ultimate finishing touch.

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