As Christmas approaches, you will want to be injecting some festive spirit into your home, especially if you’re hosting this year.
Sprucing up your interiors and purchasing decorations alongside gifts, food and drink may seem like an expensive task at first glance…but it doesn’t have to be.
There are plenty of ways you can spread the festive cheer without breaking the bank. From DIY wreaths to artificial Christmas trees, we have come up with a few ways you can stay within budget and be prepared for the next few years too!
Do it yourself
As DIY trends continue to grow, there are plenty of shops as well as tips and guides out there to help you make your decorations yourself.
A great activity to do with the kids, why not go foraging for branches, pine cones, holly and greenery in your garden or local woodland. Bring them home and begin piecing together to create a rustic, festive table centre piece, fireplace garland or front door wreath.
You could also try a bit of upcycling – reuse old glass bottles or jars and fill with warm fairy lights and some leftover foliage to create a wintery ‘firefly’ lantern.
When it comes to choosing your Christmas tree, it isn’t always necessary to splash out on a huge, real pine tree. Yes, they look and smell wonderful in the corner of your home but they can be rather pricey and only last a month or so.
Instead, invest in an artificial tree that has a few years of life in it. In the past, these have often been seen as tacky, however, there are now some great options on the market. Places like Argos offer a range of trees in different sizes and designs with the option to either go for a smaller, cheaper one or invest in a slightly more expensive one that you can reuse over and over again.
You can even buy pre-lit trees if you’re looking to keep it simple and not fork out extra cash for lights and baubles.
XMAS HACK: Once your artificial tree is in place, light a pine-scented candle and no one will know that it isn’t real!
Steer clear of fancy stores
There is no need to shop in expensive, independent garden centres or boutique stores for your Christmas decorations. Supermarkets, Primark and Wilko plus local pound stores have plenty to offer.
You could also save up vouchers from the past year and use these when it comes to the festive period and if you’re tight for cash. Our Love2Shop vouchers are accepted in over 20,000 High Street shops meaning there is something for everyone.
Preparing for Christmas in advance really allows you to sit back and take in the festivities when the time comes instead of stressing about whether your gifts are sorted or your house is decorated enough. Plus, this can help make your décor look seasonal without having to go over the top.
Wrapping presents early and placing them under the tree is the perfect way to fill out the room and build excitement for the big day. To add to this, place your family’s advent calendars all along the countertop in your kitchen and bake a traditional Christmas pudding, leaving it to mature in time for the 25th.
Create a wintery atmosphere
Lighting is the best, easiest way to create a wintery atmosphere. Out with the cool-toned LED lights that create a fresh ambience in spring and summer, and in with the warm-toned lamps, fairy lights and candles.
Why not try some Christmas scents to really emulate a cosy, festive sensation?
Input pops of colour
Small bursts of festive colours; golds, whites, greens and reds will change the whole look and feel of your décor.
This doesn’t have to be super pricey but if you happen to have any leftover budget, spruce up your soft furnishings with red or white cushions and a throw. Or place sophisticated gold lanterns beside your winter fireplace.
Christmas can be a tough time of year for many when it comes to finances. If you are struggling to make ends meet but still want to spread the festive cheer, contact us to discuss our loan options.