If your kids are anything like mine, then putting up lots of Christmas decorations is one of the key ingredients in creating that perfect festive feeling.
For our family there are two sorts of Christmas decor, bought and homemade and we like to have a nice combination of both.
Like most families we have lots of nice but fairly inexpensive decorations, but over the years we have built up a collection of unique Christmas ornaments as well.
Some of these have been gifts, some we have brought back from our travels and some we have bought because one of the family thought they were particularly attractive.
Every year we try to add a few more of the special ones to the collection so that we can slowly move away from the mass produced cheap ones.
One store that I’ve only just come across, that stocks an excellent selection of unique decorations the dotcomgiftshop. Their hand painted wooden Christmas tree decorations are perfect for decorating in a traditional way that will give a real Dickensian feel to your home.
I also like their retro 1950s Advent calendar. Behind each date is a little drawer, opened by a red ribbon, which you can put sweets or toys in. Perhaps its best feature is that it can get used Christmas after Christmas, so once bought, you need never buy a new one.
It’s also handy if you have more than one child, because instead of having to buy them an Advent calendar each, you can put multiple sweets or trinkets in one drawer.
As I mentioned at the beginning, we like to have a combination of both bought and homemade Chrsitmas decorations. The homemade ones come from things we make at home as well as the ones that the kids make in school in the run up to the Christmas holidays.
In addition to these, you can now get homemade Christmas decoration kits from the dotcomgiftshop as well. Two that especially come to mind are the Christmas paper chains and the homemade decoration kits, as both are things that the kids can get involved in making.
The handmade Christmas paper chains have some really festive designs and putting them together is something we can do together as a family. They’re not hard to make so even very young children can get involved – and they are much better looking than just cutting up strips of coloured paper.
The other homemade decorations are the Christmas craft sets. There are lots to choose from including wooden peg soldiers, angels, Christmas owls, Mr and Mrs Santa, Elves and my personal favourite, pictured on the right, the make your own nativity scene kit.
The other nice fact about the dotcomgiftshop is that the prices are very reasonable – some decorations are as low as £1.00
For more information and to look at their full collection visit dotcomgiftshop.com.
All opinions in this review are our own, however, we may be compensated should you make a purchase through the links provided.