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House & Garden

The 10 best Christmas decorations

With less than two weeks to go until the big day, you may have got the tree up but make sure the rest of the house is equally festive

1. Scandinavian-style bunting

This pretty Scandinavian-style bunting is nicely festive without being garish. The 12 double-sided flags, which are 3m long, are made to last – bring them out year after year to Christmas-up a fireplace or banister.

£20, thefairground.co.uk

2. The White Company Sage and Snowberry Garland

Time to toss out the tinsel. This beautiful, top-quality garland looks both handmade and real. The dense mixture of natural-looking herbal leaves is peppered with fake frosted snowberries, each of which is hand-painted in off-white.

£70, thewhitecompany.com

3. Armstrong Ward Felt Reindeer Head

If you’re after something a bit more left-field to decorate your house with this Christmas, how about this characterful reindeer head, which is handmade from grey or brown felt, with a berry nose and an impressive set of antlers. It’s ethically produced and handcrafted.

£59.95, notonthehighstreet.com

4. Marks & Spencer Twiggy Heart with Berries

Here’s a Christmas decoration that’s sturdy and sizeable enough to make a real statement, even if you don’t have much or anything else going on in the room. Made from wooden twigs, it  will look great hung from a wall or an internal door, whether your home is rustic or modern.

£15, marksandspencer.com

5. Early Learning Centre Christmas Paper Chains

You can’t beat paper chains at Christmas. Not only are they wonderfully traditional, but kids love putting them together and seeing the instant results. This pack contains three designs and has a whopping 90 gummed paper-chain pieces in total.

£1, elc.co.uk

6. The Letteroom Ceramic Dishes

These elegant yet dishwasher-proof ceramic letter dishes are a great way to serve nibbles or seasonal chocolates during the festive season. If you don’t fancy the word Noel, simply choose your own letters from the drop-down menu.

£9.95, notonthehighstreet.com

7.  East of India Hanging Sign

This thick wooden sign is a fun way of letting the big man know you’re home and ready for him to visit. Children will love hanging it up on Christmas Eve, if not before, and it’s a good decoration to keep going for years to come.

£1.50, johnlewis.com

8. Fortnum & Mason Cherub Table Bomb

If you want something a bit different for the centre of your table this year, why not go for this table bomb, which is decorated with cheerful Christmas cherubs and which will surprise guests by providing an explosion of streamers, masks and mirth.

£30, fortnumandmason.com

9. Selfridges Noma Lites

Made from finely detailed, laser-cut wood, this delightful decoration comprises an illuminated backlit church and two houses. Capturing the magic of Christmas, it will add a warm glow to the room and provide a nice little ornament to pass down the generations.

£25.95, selfridges.com

10. Lakeland NOEL Pails

Spell out Noel with a festive glow with these four little red metal pails, each of which you fill with a tealight. They work in pretty much any room of the house, adding a seasonal lift to your decor. Don’t forget to buy the candles to go in them.

£16.99, lakeland.co.uk