The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear — or maybe just adding some festive trinkets to your humble abode. You don’t have to splash out on over-the-top Christmas trees and decorations to celebrate the holiday spirit, which is just as well given that long list of gifts you have to buy. Just take a look at the gorgeous (and affordable) goodies that we’ve spotted around the city.
1. Rotera Lantern from IKEA
We’re a huge fan of IKEA’s gorgeous candle and lantern range all year round, but this festive red Rotera Lantern is perfect for the holiday season, especially given the subtle star design engraved on the glass. For under $50, you can pop in a tealight and light up your home or balcony with a cosy glow. Better still, you can go all out and buy a few to dot around your home. Available in various colours, including white and black, these lanterns are just too lovely not to snag.
Rotera Lantern, $39.90 from IKEA (measured 21cm)
2. Scented Candles from H&M
It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without the gorgeous scents of the season wafting through your apartment. This beautiful Christmas Florals Scented Mini Candle Set is perfect as a gift for friends or a little treat for yourself this holiday season – and at only $149 for the set, it would be rude not to! With four fragrances to choose from, including Hyacinth, Hellebore, Amaryllis, and our favourite, Mistletoe, your humble abode will be smelling delicious all season long.
Christmas Florals Scented Mini Candle Set, $149 from H&M
3. Set of 6 Metallic Flutes and Bucket
Pop the champagne corks in style this Christmas with this gorgeous set of six metallic flutes from Next. Complete with a glass bucket to keep them upright and sitting pretty, this makes for a fantastic present for anyone who enjoys a bottle (or two) of bubbly, or a practical and stylish centrepiece for your dinner table when hosting friends during the holidays.
Set of 6 Metallic Flutes and Bucket, $179 from Next (measure 30cm tall)
4. Jewelled Candles from Cotton On
You can’t beat a little bling around the festive season, and these pretty pink and blue glass Jewelled Candles not only look gorgeous, but smell gorgeous too. Light up these glistening gems and let the heavenly Cashmere Plum fragrance fill the room as the sparkles take you back to childhood memories of snow – which we will sadly never see in Hong Kong!
Jewelled Candles, $119 each from Cotton On (measures 8cm x 7.5cm)
5. Festive Cushions from H&M
Christmas time is all about relaxing in the comfort of your own home, and these gorgeous cotton weave cushion covers from H&M’s amazing Home range are sure to add a touch of festive magic to your bed or sofa. The eye-catching star print designs and cheerful slogan are sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside – and the best part is they’re super affordable at under $100 each. You can also pick up an inner cushion from the store for around $60.
Cushions from H&M
Slogan cover: $49.90 (measures 40cm x 40cm)
Whiter star cover: $99.90 (measures 50cm x 50cm)
Red star cover: $49.90 (measures 50cm x 50cm)
Inner cushion: $59.90 (40cm x 40cm) and $49.90 (50cm x 50cm)
6. Studded Reindeer from Overstock
So now we’ve established that we like bling, we couldn’t resist including this super sparkly Studded Reindeer decoration from online retailer Overstock into the mix. Measuring 20 inches in height, and made 100% from polyfoam, this lightweight creature is the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to your home this holiday season. It’s also available in gold, so you could even buy a pair and use them as bookends!
Studded Reindeer, $310 each from Overstock.com (measures 18in x 7.5in x 20in)