Christmas decoration ideas, plus all the top bargains

Now that December is here it’s time to start getting those Christmas decorations out of the loft. If your decorations have seen better days it may be time to treat your home to something new this festive season, there are loads of ideas in the shops now and plenty of bargains to be had.

House of Fraser Half Price on all decorations
Marks & Spencer
3 for 2 on trees & decorations
Homebase Half Price trees & lights
BHS have 20% off all decorations
Sainsburys have 1/3 off Christmas tableware
Asda have 25% off decoration, decor, cards & wrapping paper

Here are some colour themes to give you some ideas…

White Christmas – mix silvers and white for an ultra cool, winter look. Creates a magical glow in the evening when all lit up.

Create the look…5ft Ice white tree from Homebase £14.99, 50 piece bauble set from Next £10, Flower lights from BHS £6, Spiky wreath from John Lewis £10, Reindeer light from BHS £25, Silver charger plate form Sainsburys £1.99$product154x214$$list4$$product154x214$$medium150$

Purple & Blue - these rich jewel colours will create a really luxurious yet cosy feel in your home.

Get the look…Teal pre-lit butterfly garland from Next £24, Satin baubles from John Lewis £9, Purple wine glasses from Sainsburys £12 for 4, Blue Christmas crackers from Homebase £3.99 for 12, 6ft tree from Next £60, Pink glitter reindeer from John Lewis £8$list4$$large240$$list4$

Red & White – this look is so traditional but this year give it a Scandinavian twist with modern patterns and crafted pieces.

Create the look…Christmas stocking from Laura Ashley £14, Red berries wreath from Sainsburys £9.99, Red glitter word tree from BHS £4, Scarlet berry runner from Next £16, Hangin paper snowflake from John Lewis £18, Fabric angel tree topper from M&S £12,$medium150$$product154x214$$list4$,BottomRight,1,1_SX182_CR0,0,182,0_SH35_SH35_.jpg

What to get the kids for Christmas – this year’s top toys & games

This Christmas there are some great toys to choose from for the kids – these are some of the new toys and games that are going to be really popular this year, there’s something here to make the perfect gift for kids of all ages…

Air Swimmers – these look amazing fun, remote controlled inflatable shark or clown fish, these will entertain kids and grown-ups. Click here to find out more and watch the video.,0.5,0,0&rgn=0,0,2000,2000&scl=5.208333333333333&id=hcUqI2,0.5,0,0&rgn=0,0,2000,2000&scl=5.208333333333333&id=y95rx1

AppBlaster iPhone Gun – this it tipped to be the hottest gadget this year. The gun houses your iPod or iPhone and uses the camera on your device to change your environment into a battleground. Come with a free App, works with iPhone 3GS or 4 and iPod Touch 4th generation. Click here to find out more.

Doggie Doo Game – this one will really make you laugh, yes it’s a dog that poos! Okay so maybe not hours of fun, but the kids will find it hilarious, and it’s only cheap. Feed the dog, throw the dice and take turns pumping the lead, if it poos on your turn you get to collect it (nice). Watch the advert and find out more.;jsessionid=9FD9A6493038D0D956DBDA1A781E1824.app25

LeapFrog LeapPad – this is a learning tablet with built-in camera, video recorder and microphone, 100′s of games and apps for fun learning, reading and art. Comes with a stylus for writing skills. Suitable for ages 4 and over, comes in green or pink. There are so many great features, click here to read all about them.

Moshi Monsters – the latest craze in collectables for kids, there is a huge range of toys, video games, clothing and other merchandise to choose from, whatever your budget there is something here the kids will love. See the full range here.

Nerf Vortex Nitron Gun – this is the first fully automatic blaster gun from Nerf with electronic scope, plusing light-up tracking scope and 20 disc ammo clip. For ages 8+. Click here to see this and the full Nerf range.

25% off Laura Ashley furniture – order now in time for Christmas

If you want to order any furniture for Christmas this year then Laura Ashley are offering 25% off all of their express range, but you need to place you order by the 27th November deadline. The express furniture range offers a great selection from the Laura Ashley range with best-selling sofas and armchairs in a range of fabric and leathers as well as cabinet furniture. Click here to find out more.

Christmas offers at Debenhams – up to 40% off plus a 15% off voucher

This week Debenhams have launched their Christmas Spectacular which includes huge savings on all departments including…

Up to 40% off womenswear
Up to 40% off menswear
Up to 20% off toys
Up to 20% off gifts
10% off all beauty & fragrances
Up to 40% off furniture and homewares

Plus get a 15% off voucher for future purchases when you spend £50 of more from 28th November until 11th December. Find out more here.

Stylish Christmas dining ideas from Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley have put together 3 themes for festive dining which look gorgeous, so if you’re thinking of sprucing up your dining table this year, these accessories are guaranteed to look great, and last for many years. They have created some stunning table settings – glasses, table mats, table cloths and runners.

The first is ‘Calm’ with whites and creams set off with metallic trim accessories and mirrored placemats. It’s all very sophisticated and if your anything like me, a bit of a calming atmosphere around the Christmas dinner table will be most welcome!

‘Refined’ has rich luxurious cranberry reds which work really well if you have a more traditional home, and if your dining table is in a darker wood. This candelabra will make a great centre piece for your table set off with red candles.

Here’s something a bit different for Christmas, ‘Jolly’ is bright and cheerful, and would certainly make a fresh change on your home this year. This is one I think that the kids will love and would work really well if you are having a more informal gathering this year.

Creating the perfect dining room for Christmas

Time to start thinking about this years festivities – there are lots of ways to create the perfect festive atmosphere in your home this Christmas, decorating your dining room and dining table for Christmas day doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some simple ideas…

Personalise dining chairs with ribbons and evergreen foliage…

Create a simple table runner with a strip of fabric or use long lengths of red ribbon over a white table cloth.

Create a simple focal point for your table using flowers in dark reds and purples, mix these with some evergreen foliage from your garden to enhance the look…

Why not go for cool whites in your dining room and mix white with silver and a splash of green foliage.

Why not have your christmas tree in the dining room this year…