A quirky Xmas

Silken Favours Marvelous Menagerie cushion

Silken Favours Marvelous Menagerie cushion

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Christmas doesn’t have to be a time for tradition. It is an opportunity to let those creative juices flow.

Here is a small selection of gifts for the home that are a little bit out of the norm.


This quirky owl lamp will inject some warmth and character with its decorative, carved wooden base and velvet turquoise lampshade, trimmed with pom-poms.

:: Abigail Ahern Brown Flocked Owl Lamp, £76.50 (currently reduced from £85), Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)


The finishing touch on a desktop or side table, this metal globe will give his study or living room a stylish update, and could even inspire a winter break or last-minute holiday.

:: Linea Oversized Globe Ornament, £35 (currently reduced from £50), House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)


For the finishing touch, grace the table with these vintage look candlesticks. Their curvaceous glass bases will add some rosy cheer, especially if you wrap them up with two matching pink candles and dress the holders with a sprig of holly.

:: Pair Candle Sticks in Paget Pink, £50, Out There Interiors (www.outthereinteriors.com)


Stylish storage is made easy with these on-trend trunks and tuck boxes, which are far too good for actual luggage. Instead, pack them with make-up and toiletries, or use them to store magazines, bulky items and even some tinsel.

:: Trees And Tents Steamer Trunk, £225, Trees And Tents Tuck Box, £135, Anorak (www.anorakonline.co.uk)


Decorated with some of our favourite animal friends, this striking cushion will bring colour to a neutral room and could mark the start of a collection with other creatures from the range.

:: Silken Favours Marvelous Menagerie Cushion, £95, Heal’s (www.heals.co.uk)


With a nod to the Caribbean, when the scent of limes and aromas of basil has melted away, this golden pineapple will still be bright as brass and can be used to store trinkets.

:: Neroli Lime & Basil Pineapple Scented Filled Candle, £15.60 (currently reduced from £19.50), Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

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