That will be C for Christmas then :o)
And I really didn't think I would be muttering anything about Christmas till December 1st but hey, it's what hit me when I popped in to Matalan the other week.
Now I actually have a soft spot for Christmas paraphernalia at Matalan. It all punches above it's weight in terms of price. Last year I was spotting baubles in there which wouldn't have looked out of place in Anthropologie but at a third of the price. Only thing ... I was too late for the ones I really wanted. But this year, I'm starting early.
So I bring you Christmas in October. Sorry. But you'll thank me later. And this is nothing about clothes so you can stop reading now if you want. But if you like decorations .... read on!
The first thing that really grabbed me. Really really grabbed me. The wall stickers. The one below is not online so I can't show you a stock picture of how it would look on a wall but I love the Christmas tree design on this. All kind of scribbly and all kind of Quentin Blake'y. You get two sheets as well so double the fun. This is more than perfect for those persons who have little room space and can't fit a tree in but might have a blank wall which is crying for a little something. I actually have a wall which is perfect for one of these .... so I've bagged a set!
They also do a more traditional styled one which is online :
And these are the ones they do have online currently which are £8:
Oh yes, we also have baubles. Big baubles. They are £3-4 a pop but these are weighty numbers. If you're the kind of person, who likes to buy a new bauble each year to add to the tree, you would do well to look here. I just took a few pics of the ones I saw in store :
But there are plenty more unusual and contemporary ones online which are worth a look :
There are more traditional styled ones too but those above are the ones which jump out at me for being a little more unusual.
I know there are a few ladies out there who like a more gentle homely look and the soft greys in this felt garland is pretty :
And although not strictly Christmas, I was rather drawn to these cushions and the throw. Matalan have definitely gone big on the neutrals and alphabet items this year and I'm loving it.
And anyone like these big letters? I do. Only £3 each. Anyone got a shelf to spell out XMAS on?
A wander through the gift wrap section yielded these rather cool gift tags, paper bows, washi tape and raffia and twine!
Another item worthy of a mention are the alphabet wine bags.
Now I didn't see these online but I bought something similar a few years back. I love that you can get a 45 pack of these snowflakes for £6. Don't restrict them to the tree - tie them on your presents as an extra finishing touch.
In a similar vein, these are rather different for the tree or tied to a present.
And because I'm a mum, I like the look of these for the little ones. The packaging is rather cool :
And then I was running out of time because I spent too long in the candles section. I found these lovely initialed candle holders and I spent way too long faffing trying to make my name in them but alas, no matching E!
.... but I'm not a quitter.
So Christmas in October - sounds daft but I know there's a few of you who like to start early and if you start early, you can pick up some goodies now before they sell out. Because Christmas is only 77 sleeps away! You have been warned!