How to make Christmas better than any year before

What’s the most exciting part about Christmas for you? Is it having that first sip of warming, woody mulled wine, seeing the Christmas lights for the first time in your town, or wrapping presents for loved ones? Ours is popping on a Christmas playlist and transforming the house into a magical, glittering winter wonderland followed by an evening in front of a gorgeous Christmas film, accompanied with chocolate coins.

This year we have upped our Christmas game to the next level and we cannot wait to show you what’s in store. From elegant Christmas home décor inspiration and ideas to create your own German market at home, you will find a grotto of festive delights to enhance the Christmas spirit this year. First of all, let’s put the tree up and create a Spotify playlist of your favourite Christmas songs, here’s a list of our favourites.

Christmas Spotify Playlist Ideas

In the office:

Ian – So this is Christmas, John Lennon

Catherine – Driving home for Christmas, Chris Rea

Sophie – All I want for Christmas is you, Mariah Carey

Chloe – Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses

Wendy – Fairy-tale of New York, The Pogues

Tiffany – Last Christmas, Wham!

Anya – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Michael Buble

In the warehouse:

Lisa – Rocking around the Christmas tree, Brenda Lee

Elaine – Silent Night

Jane – Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus

Once you’ve created your playlist it’s time to start decorating!

Unique Christmas Tree Inspiration

Every year at The Basket Company we love creating themes for our Christmas tree and decorations. From woodland themed trees to nordic inspired trees, once our minds get going, we grab our boxes of decorations and let the creativity flow!

First up is our enchanted “Frosted” Christmas tree. Escape to the north in your mind and fill your home with elegant, wintry inspired decorations. Nothing boasts Christmas more than a “frosted” feel and with the elegant added touch of rustic pinecones, silver, white and golden accessories, your home will be transformed into an elegant, wild wintry escape.   

To create this look you will need:

 A frosted Christmas tree
A selection of silver, white and subtle gold baubles
Christmas tree lights
Our Grey & Buff Rattan Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt
Our Vine Wicker Reindeer

Choose a tree with the “dusted snow” effect and begin by adding your tree to a large Grey & Buff Rattan Wicker Tree Skirt, to cover up bare metal legs with style. Now it’s time to decorate the tree. Start by adding large baubles first, followed by medium baubles and fill any little gaps in the tree with small baubles to achieve the “full” look we have created. Then for a little rusticity, fill the space with pine cones!
Complete your look with scampering woodland reindeer to add wilderness charm and why not place a few frosted miniature trees into rustic Christmas wicker planters for an extra wintry touch. 

A Royal Christmas Tree

This year in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have decided to dedicate our Christmas tree in our office to Her Majesty. In true royal colours, we have chosen a red, white and royal blue theme for our tree, complete with Union Jacks, to pay homage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The perfect way to remember Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Christmas.

To create this look you will need:

 A green Christmas tree
Royal blue baubles
Red baubles
White and silver baubles 
Our Large Grey & Buff Round Rattan Tapered Wicker Planter
Our White Wicker Christmas Star
Union Jacks

A Christmas Movie Night In

One never needs an excuse to stay in and watch a Christmas film and with plenty of long, cosy evenings ahead, enjoy this hibernation season and snuggle in your cosy Christmas sanctuary with as many movies as you like. What is your favourite Christmas film? Do you love a romantic comedy like “The Holiday” or do you prefer a magical Christmas tale such like “Santa Claus: The Movie”?

Send a special Christmas package

If you want to make someone’s Christmas extra special this year, send a close friend or relative a gift from afar. Fill up one of our pre-made hamper kits with some indulgent hot chocolate, marshmallows, fluffy socks and a Terry’s chocolate orange. To make this gift extra special, leave with a note saying that you’re thinking of them this Christmas and that they deserved a cosy night in on you. It’s such a thoughtful idea and they will love it. Our pre-made hamper kits are the perfect combination to help you create your special hamper. Our collection of hamper kits include a basket, paper shred, a gift bow, a gift tag and a heat shrink wrap, all you have to do is fill them with their favourite treats!

Create your own Christmas German Market

Fill your kitchen with the familiar scents of nostalgic Christmas smells such as succulent bratwursts with delicious fried onions to accompany the warming flavour of some home-made mulled wine. To complete your evening at your very own German market at home, rustle up some sweet treats like sumptuous crepes or some delicious light, fluffy warm cinnamon swirls. The best part? There will be no queues to wait in!

Create a stall for your food and set up a rustic wicker display theme including lights and a festive plant display. Our wicker food baskets make for the perfect storage staple, not to mention that they are durable and can be used as storage baskets forever more once Christmas is over. To complete your evening, wrap up warm and create a firepit and toast marshmallows under the stars, surrounded by all the twinkly lights in your garden, with a hot cup of hot chocolate with baileys to warm up the hands and soul.

Make a memory diary of Christmas 2022

Be sure to treasure every moment. Take photos of everything you make, including your food displays at your very own German market and print them to stick into a memory scrapbook that you can keep to look back on in years to come.

Finally (and perhaps most importantly) don’t forget to leave out milk and cookies for Santa!

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