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Christmas tree

We know it’s too soon to put the Christmas tree up (even though we really want to) but that doesn’t mean we can’t go shopping for decorations.

Decorating the tree is one of the sweetest Christmas traditions and we’ve found the most magical decorations that Harry Potter fans will adore.

These adorable Harry Potter trinkets will add even more magic to your tree this year. Can you even handle how cute the Dobby ornament is?

There are six ornaments to choose from, including Ron, Harry and Hermione flying on their broomsticks, Hedwig. The Sorting Hat and Dobby. 

The Hallmark ornaments would make the best early Christmas gift for the Hogwarts lover in your life.

Watching Harry Potter is one of our favourite Christmas traditions, even though it isn’t the most festive film.

There’s nothing we love more than curling up on the sofa on Stephen’s Day with a tub of Roses beside us and Harry Potter playing on the telly.

You can find the decorations on Amazon here, but we’d order quick because they’re bound to sell out in no time.

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Gift wrapping is serious business, and cannot be taken for granted.

Whether you can’t wrap a present to save your life or are the Wrap Queen of 2018, these cute ‘n’ chic ways to package your parcels this Christmas are the bomb.

Y’all are welcome, if you wrap gifts like these then you’ll earn some MAJOR brownie points…

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1.  The Car

All you need is brown paper, some string and a mini-tree (cut part of a bush and spray paint the tips white). Honestly this is just too adorable, the present outside of the gift is just as good as inside.

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2. Animal style

Why give a regularly wrapped gift when you can create a zoo of animal presents with some coloured paper, googly eyes and markers.

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3. The Colour-Me-In

Why give them store-bought wrapping paper when you could let their inner Picassos shine through?

So much paper is wasted when it comes to wrapping gifts, it would be lovely to create something artistic with the material.

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4. The Music Sheet 

As Madonna once sang; “Music…makes the people…come together…yeah.”

This applies for wrapping presents too, FYI. Try using music sheets to package your gifts, and you’ll be the new musical diva of Christmas.

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5. Santa Paws

This one is a slightly unusual tactic to take this festive season, but maybe it’s worth a shot? Unless PETA hear about it…*winces*

Surprise a loved one with a wrapped up kitty kat this year, unless Santa Claws rips her way out first.

6. Marvel at the Marble

Some gold and paint on white paper mixed with watery dark tones can create a marble effect like MAGIC.

It’s honestly looks so sophisticated, we can’t even cope.

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7. The Chalkboard

Get yourself some black wrapping paper and white makers to create the chalkboard effect, and you could even write a cute lil’ message especially for your loved one to read.

If its a sibling who you constantly squabble with, you could also just write: ‘Santa prefers me.’

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8. Flower Power

If you’ve got a penchant for origami, this is the gift wrapping idea for you.

We’re going to assume that most of you don’t, in fact, have an obsession for origami.

Nevertheless, you can craft flowers by watching some decent Youtube tutorials, or just using cut up coloured sugar paper layered on top of one another, and using black fringed paper for the centre.

It’s probably harder than it looks, but it could be worth a try…

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9. Calendar girls

Why not mark the special occasion by…literally marking the special occasion. On your present. Genius or what?

It also helps the environment from unnecessary waste if you decide to use this year’s calendar for wrapping your gifts. EUREKA.

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10. Fairy lights

Light up your loved one’s lives (yes, we actually said that) with this adorable gift wrapping idea.

All you need for this one is some brown paper and markers, and add glitter to spice it up. Simples.

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We’re definitely going to try and tackle some of these gift wrapping ideas, they’ll add a creative and personal touch to anyone’s Christmas.

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Enjoy gals, let these be the guidelines for your future career as a Wrap Goddess.

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Have you ever wanted your own personalised snow globe, tailored to you or a loved one? Of course you have, personalised gifts are oh so extra special.

Luckily for us, Kilkenny Nassau Street are offering FREE personalisation of snow globes with every purchase, so you can get the most adorable Christmas gift with a special touch.

The offer is just for December 1, 8 and 15, so make sure to mark it in your Santa calendars. Only one day away until December, gals.

Be it a message of love to your significant other, or just a cheeky joke for your best mate, this is a stunning idea if we do say so ourselves.

John Coughlan is the man behind the messages, and Santa's shoppers can choose between a snowman, Christmas tree, musical or nativity themed globe for their gift, this is getting us so excited for December.

Kilkennyshop.com are also offering complimentary engravings on every snow globe which is more expensive than €29.95 from now until December 5, another date to remember.

Personalised gifts are part of a huge Christmas trend, and a snow globe is a classic winter treasure that will last a lifetime.

Ornaments like these are just made to be cherished, and even passed down the generations.

What would you ladies write in your messages? 

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Ikea is our go-to for home storage solutions, vegetable-shaped soft toys and insanely affordable decor. 

Now, the Swedish home ware giant is doing an amazing deal on Christmas trees, and it's almost too good to be true. 

Ikea are selling real trees for €30 – but with every tree purchased, you get a €20 Ikea voucher. Yes, really. 

The voucher has to be used after the Christmas season, so ideal for when you're Spring cleaning and want to add new accents to your home. 

The tree must be purchased between 22nd November 2018 and 24th December 2018, and the offer is available from the Ballymun Ikea store, Dublin. 

Ikea's top tips for caring for your real Christmas tree? Read on:

'• Leave the tree outside or in a cold garage for a day for acclimatization. An area that provides protection from the wind and sun will help the tree retain its moisture.

• If the tree needs to be stored for several days, make a straight cut across the base of the trunk about 3cm from the original cut. This new cut will help the tree to take up water.

• The tree will need planty of water in the first few hours – approximately 3L. Check daily and supply fresh water if needed. Store the tree upright and place the butt end in a container of water.

• Before bringing the tree into the house, shake off any loose needles

• When bringing the tree indoors for decorating, make another fresh cut across the trunk 3cm from the previous cut.

• Use a tree stand that holds plenty of water. Afterwards, check daily and supply fresh water almost every day keeping the base of the tree almost in water.

• Place the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other heat sources.'

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Since the moment the clock stuck midnight on October 31, the Christmas season is upon us.

Well, some people argue that December is the only month allowed for the Santa hype train to leave the station, but we totally disagree. The Christmas tunes are blaring, ChristmasFM is almost back up and running, and the greatest jumpers are already in stores right now.

Finding the funniest, most glamorous or just plain ugly Christmas styles can be a tricky task. We've only gone and done you the favour of finding all the best ones. Thank us later, a Christmas card will do. Or maybe some mulled wine and mistletoe?

THE EXCITEMENT.

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1. The drinking game jumper

First up, we've got an actual drinking game in woolly jumper form. There literally is nothing else as magical. Tipsy Elves have gifted us with this joy, order it from Amazon for €45 and you'll be the life of every festive party. 

They even have the rules for the game printed on the back so you won't forget, and it comes with six balls for you and your pals. Hint: the bulls eye results in the entire party drinking. Good luck with that one…

2. The Jesus jumper

Up next, we have a Jesus Christ birthday jumper from Uppers and Downers, the current price is €59.

To be fair, the Christian holiday is supposed to be celebrating the religious day of Jesus' birth, so the fact that his face is on a jumper isn't unheard of.

It is most definitely unconventional however, especially seeing as he is sporting a birthday hat, a red balloon and a dove. To each their own, we say.

3. The Tupac tribute

Next, we've got an actual Tupac Christmas jumper. We didn't think it was possible either, but Tipsy Elves have only gone and done it.

Get your official "Only Santa can judge me" jumper for €35.50 from Amazon, and rest assured you will be the talk of the hip-hop town.

The resemblance between Tupac and Mr. Claus is uncanny… sort of…

4. The gin-lovers jumper

Gin lovers, this one is going to rock your world. Not On The High Street have released an exclusive Christmas jumper dedicated to a stunning gin pun.

GINgle Bells: we truly want to shake hands with whoever thought of this as a Christmas jumper concept, it's pure GINius.

It won't break the bank either, the website are releasing it for just €37, excluding shipping from the UK.

Get on this one ASAP, we have a feeling plenty of Bombay Sapphire, Cork Dry and Hendricks fans will be racing to purchase it..

5. The glow in the dark jumper

This next festive fashion piece looks pretty normal at first glance. That is, until the lights go off. The white material turns fluorescent green and the red material reverts to black, so there will be no difficulty in spotting you once night falls.

Yes, Jolly have legitimately created a GLOW IN THE DARK Christmas jumper. For an absolute steal as well; it's only €32.

If you are desperate to light up the party, this is the one for you. 

6. The Brexit jumper

This next offer is tongue-in-cheek with a heavy dose of politics: Teespring have created a jumper based around Brexit. Seriously.

It's currently priced at €32.16, and has already gained traction online due to the controversy of the UK situation.

Will you be that person at the Christmas party who has one glass of mulled wine and engages in serious political debate throughout the night?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. The Make Christmas Great Again jumper

This next one is yet another political figure reference, wear it if you dare.

Yes, someone genuinely took it upon themselves to design a jumper around Donald Trump. As if his face doesn't bombard us in every other domain…

Cloud City 7 appear to want to stoke some light-hearted Christmas cheer through a dash of controversy, for just €31 (delivery not included.) Keep the change, ya filthy animals.

 8. The Game of Thrones jumper

We are MAJOR fans of this next one, inspired by Game of Thrones, of course.

Funky Christmas Jumpers online are releasing this magical themed jumper for just €44.99

The twist on the classic phrase 'Winter is Coming' has us GASPING for Christmas (and the final ever season of the show, no biggie). 

We recommend try building a Jon Snow-man to match the jumper, just' a thought.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. The selfie jumper

The next joyous jumper we discovered is also from Funky Christmas Jumpers, and is about as millennial as they come.

A JESUS SELFIE jumper has indeed been created. Even more absurd, a COUPLES JESUS SELFIE jumper.

Stop the world, we're getting off.

10. The Tesco Value jumper

Last but not least, the Tesco Value Christmas jumper.

For those Christmas fans who want to keep things on the cheap, this offering is perfect for you.

We wonder if Supervalu, Dunnes Stores, Lidl or Aldi will release their own versions? Competition is healthy, folks.

There you have it, 2018's latest and greatest Christmas jumpers.

Grab yours in time for December you can wear it 25 days straight, that's our plan. 

Which will you choose? Happy shopping, gals.

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Christmas is the perfect time for having a few drinks… But one Antrim woman found out the hard way that when you're drunk, you should never dance with a Christmas tree.

What looked like a load of fun ended up in the poor tree being smashed to the ground… and we can't help but laugh. 

The video has gone viral in the past 24-hours and Emma captioned it "My ma is going to kill me. Why do I drink?"

Ah Emma, we've all been there. 

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Things always get quite hectic around the house after Christmas and trying to get everything organised might seem like a nightmare- it doesn’t have to be though.

Here are quick fixes for the problems you and many others face around this time of the year.

Problem 1: Where to put the Christmas tree?

It’s a problem every year. Try getting a special storage box for your tree that can be left outdoors rather than the usual prone-to-tearing cardboard box you bought it in.

Problem 2: Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows are everywhere!

You can use empty gift boxes for this. Label and store them away for the next time.

Problem 3: Christmas lights are all tangled up

We all know this feeling! Rather than getting frustrated about this, try wrapping any strings of Christmas lights around boxes rather than just throwing them in.

Whoever would have thought these annoying problems could have such simple solutions!

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