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The best Christmas decorations to buy for home and garden

We round up the best Christmas decorations to buy for the home and garden this festive season

Focus on making your house a warm and beautifully decorated home this Christmas with the help of these festive decorations. Most mix the traditional with the new in beguiling contemporary designs. And there’s still room to make your own decorations from the garden around you. Don’t forget to read our features on making your own wreaths, table decorations and more on our Christmas hub page.

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And don’t miss our bumper guide to 55 of the best gardening gifts for Christmas. 

Gardening gifts: Merino wrist warmers

Tula Garland

Gardening gift: Nkuku Tula Garland

We realise we’re a bit biased, but botanical decorations really are the best. And if you’re on the hunt for a gardening gift for a gardener that has everything, botanical decorations may be a good way to go. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they’re long-lasting too, making them a gift that keeps on giving. This particular Tula Garland from stylish home and lifestyle brand Nkuku would make a great choice for style-savvy gardeners looking for a natural, rustic look for their home this festive season.

This delicate winter garland is a wonderful blend of botanical inspiration and high-quality craftsmanship; it is made up of intricately metal leaves and berries all hand-crafted and hung from a brass wire frame.

The garland measures 130cm in length.

Cost £34.95

Buy from Nkuku

Plant Green Fabric Christmas Tree Decoration

Gardening gift: Oliver Bonas plant decoration

Looking for a gift for a houseplant lover? This dinky, pretty plant tree decoration from Oliver Bonas would make a great stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. The plant is modelled after a Prayer Plant, and would definitely be a welcome addition to the home of any plant parent or green-fingered enthusiast.

Much easier to maintain than an actual plant, this plant decoration will add some botanical charm to a Christmas tree, or could be hung up year-round for a daily dose of plant joy. Each plant decoration is beaded by hand, making it extra special.

The decoration measures 14cm in height and 6.5cm in width.

Cost £7.50

Buy from Oliver Bonas

Felt Koala Decoration

Gardening gift: Kenny the koala decoration

This charming decoration would make a fab garden-themed stocking filler and will definitely be a winner as a gift for nature lovers. Handmade in Nepal from fair trade felt, Kenny the Koala looks nice and content with his generous helping of eucalyptus.

Hung either as a Christmas tree decoration or a hanging decoration in its own right, it’s hard not to warm to this adorable Koala decoration, particularly if you’re a wildlife lover. You could even hang him from a eucalyptus wreath or amongst a botanical garland for a full, nature-filled scene.

Kenny the Koala measures 9cm in height and 5cm in width.

£9

Buy from Camperdown Lane

Eucalyptus & Laurel Christmas Wreath

Gardening gift: Mixed Foliage Christmas Wreath with Hessian Bow

Bring the outdoors in with this stunning fabric Christmas wreath from decoration experts Lights4Fun. The soft fabric leaves are amazingly life-like, giving the appearance of freshly picked Eucalyptus and Laurel, while the delicate linen bow adds a stylish decorative finish. Give your guests a festive welcome by hanging the wreath on your door, or it could be hung on your wall, or even lain flat on the dinner table as a striking Christmas centrepiece. Make sure to complement it with some festive fairylights to complete the Christmas look.

This botanical Christmas wreath would also make a wonderful garden-themed gift which loved ones can bring out year after year, without having to worry about any unhappy, crispy leaves!

The wreath measures 50cm in diameter.

Learn how to make your own garden wreath here

Cost £34.99

Lights4Fun

Gold Stem Wall Sconce

Gardening gifts: Gold Stem wall sconce

If you have someone in mind who’s in the process of doing up their garden or outdoors area, this beautiful hand cast, gold stem wall sconce will look stunning and provide a gorgeous candle-lit ambiance for any occasion.

It has a lovely gold finish and rustic texture to its surface, yet will look elegant and classic in an outdoor setting. The product comes with the fitting at the back, all that is required is a nail or screw in the wall in order to slot the fitting over. It’s a great excuse to buy more candles this winter!

The sconce weighs 824g and is made from aluminium with a matt gold finish and has a height of 57cm.

Cost £35.00

Buy from Curious Egg

Kikkerland Ivy String Lights

Gardening gifts: Ivy Stringlights

A great addition to brighten up any outdoor or indoor area, these remote controlled ivy-inspired string lights by Kikkerland will add a gorgeous level of comforting light to any room or outdoors area at home. Guaranteed to make rooms feel cosier in the evenings and less up-keep than real ivy!

The lights are 10 feet long and features eight different animation settings that you’re able to toggle between using the remote control provided. Batteries are also included for the remote control when you buy the string lights and all is required is a USB port to plug the lights into.

Cost £15.00

Buy from Urban Outfitters

Snowball votive

Kosta Boda snowball Votive candleholder

A lovely nordic design inspired by a Swedish snowball. This will light up any corner, indoors or outdoors and the rippled, glassy effect will help to infuse the light with a lovely sense of wintery atmosphere. This particular lantern was designed by Ann Warff in 1973 and comes in several different sizes (small is 6cm). It’s also a lovely hand made item.

£22, Nordic Nest

Seedhead wreath

Concrete Christmas trees

Bells and Whistles Make Concrete Xmas Tree Green

Deck your halls with lots of botanical-themed Christmas decorations this year. Why not plump for these stylish, modern-looking Christmas trees, made from concrete and perfect for a sideboard or table. These are handmade, so no piece is the same, and they come in three different colours, gold, white and green.

£20.00 for three, Bells and Whistles Make

Antique brass hanging mistletoe

Brass mistletoe hangings

If you’re looking for decorations you can rely on year in, year out then look no further. This antique brass hanging mistletoe decoration from Crocus means you can avoid hanging slowly wilting mistletoe in the house and instead offer up a funky, modern twist on the traditional. The decoration includes the ribbon, for ease of hanging in any of your secret, or not so secret corners.

£8.99, Crocus

Talini Brass Wire Wreath

Crocus Talini Brass Wire Wreath

A beautiful wreath which can act as a simplistic wreath just as it is, or as the basis for something more experimental. Bring the outdoors in and tuck in fir, holly, berries and more to the wire. It is 47 cm x 7 cm deep and could also be used on a table as part of your table decorations. For more table decoration inspiration head to our feature on making your own. 

£29.00, Crocus

Dagari Star Christmas Decorations

Nkuku Dagari Star Brass Decoration set of 3

About as cute and simple as Christmas decorations come, these three Dagrari stars will look dainty and perfect hanging off your tree or mantlepiece. Part of Nkuku’s range that are created by hand and comes with hanging twine included.

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£14.95, set of three, Nkuku

Head to our Christmas hub for more ideas and inspiration