Merry and bright

Want an excuse to buy yourself some new Christmas decs? Buy them as presents – then you have every legitimate reason to pop an extra one in your cart for yourself.

This year, it’s all about rainbow brights. The poshest of the bunch are the classy Pantone baubles from Firebox.com, above. Okay, so at £8.99 (the purple one has 20% off at the moment and is £7.15), they’re hardly a bargain, but if you’ve got an arty friend, they’ll go down a storm.

On the more affordable side, B&Q (www.diy.com) have got some gorgeous decs in their new Carousel range, also above, £2 each. I particularly love the kitsch flocked reindeer and the big fat balls of multicoloured jingle bells.

But if traditional is more your style, head to M&S (www.marksandspencer.com). I’m secretly coveting the white china reindeer with silver antlers, £8 for my Christmas table, and the laser-cut white snowflakes, £8 for a box of eight. All their decorations are on 3-for-2 at the moment, and start from just £1, so you can afford to go a bit wild in the aisles.

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