Little Christmas Touches: George at Asda and Joann’s Fabrics

I can’t be the only person who will frequently slow down to rubberneck at a house that is gaudily overdone for the holidays: multicoloured lights blink, a plastic Santa and his sleigh on the roof, perhaps a nativity scene in the front yard?  Yeah, it’s a bit over the top.

I love Christmas and the winter holidays, but for me, it’s about finding inexpensive but lovely bits to mix in to keep a bit of Christmas spirit without seeming like the house with the Christmas overload.  So the two places I really love to find things are George at Asda and Joann’s Fabrics – the former for homewares and the latter for crafty touches.  Our flat in London doesn’t really have a lot of space

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love this Christmas set – it’s a homey cake stand (with some of my homemade sugar cookies), a  Christmas-themed teapot and a cute mug with a hot cocoa recipe (probably my favourite thing ever, and just £2 – all for less than £15

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe gingerbread cake tin would be so cute for a gingerbread cake.  And this square springform pan would be perfect for baking Christmas cakes.  All less than £10 for some easy baking.

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My favourite are these pieces for a cute Christmas dinner – the lovely reindeer roaster for your turkey (or if you’re like the Beardy family, your roast beef.)  Ceramic and dishwasher safe, so to clean after the big day (when you have only limited tolerance for washing up!)  The Christmas Pudding salt and pepper shakers are adorable and a really easy way to add some holiday spirit to even the busiest table.  The snowflake cutlery (4 place settings) makes a cute addition to any Christmas china without being too silly.  These cute holiday highball glasses would be great for kids at Christmas – I know I was always jealous of fancy Christmas wine glasses and this is a fun way to celebrate with some juice or soda.  Again, none of this is over £10, so it’s an easy way to add some holiday touches to your table.

Joann’s Fabrics also has some great tools for working on your holiday decorations – as someone who loves NordicWare bundt pans and loaf tins, I was excited to see this shelf of NordicWare Christmas tins.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeardy Fiance fell in love with this advent calendar – of course, I’m going to be the one tasked with putting the sweets into the calendar, but it’s so adorable I don’t even mind.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso, they’re selling some great edible decorations and containers to put some holiday wrapping on your favourite treats.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, I was excited to see some Wiltons Candy Cane candy melts – I have a great idea for baking with them, so stay tuned!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese are all small things, but I’d recommend the little touches around your home and to dress up your treats for the holidays!

I received some items to review from George at Asda, but I’ve been a longtime fan, so all opinions are my own.

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