It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (yes, even if it is 32 degrees outside and the sun is streaming through the palm trees). Need a little help getting in the holiday mood? What better way than to transform your home into a winter wonderland complete with tree and a heap of festive accessories. It’s time to deck those halls with the best decorations in Dubai!
Whether you’re faking it or after the real deal, we’ve got the best spots to pick up your tree mamas!
If you stumble through the aisles at Ace Hardware and into a forest in Narnia, don’t worry mamas – it’s just their massive Christmas tree selection. Aside from the classic green in a number of heights, they’ve put a spin on the staple with artificial firs with pinecones and berries, as well as statement snowy trees that’ll positively illuminate your home. If you’re still longing for that good old Christmas spice, pick up some Scentsicles to hang on your tree which come in a number of festive scents like cinnamon, fir and more. Fake trees not quite cutting it? No worries mamas, skip past the artificial aisle and follow your noses to Ace Hardware’s real fir trees (which just recently arrived!). Shipped from North America, if you’re one of the lucky mamas who pre-ordered in mid-November then you’re guaranteed one of these babies. However you might as well try your luck and see if there are any still in stock!
Head over to Carrefour this year mamas for an affordable (yet stylish) artificial Christmas tree! With a number of different shapes and styles, you can opt for a classic green or feel the winter chill with snow-tipped version. Keep an eye out for their other quirkily coloured trees and break away from the standard colour scheme (flamingo pink anyone?).
One very clever mama decided to import the most delicious smelling Fraser pine trees from Quebec, Canada to our desert city and we love her for it! With beautiful dark green needles that don’t drop out the minute you get it home this choice is guaranteed to see you through December. Check out their site for more details and to drop them a message – there are often cancellations for trees so don’t be disheartened if it looks like they’ve all sold out!
Dubai Garden Centre
Oh Christmas trees, oh Christmas trees; your scarcity in the desert panics us! Don’t worry though mamas, Dubai Garden Centre has shipped in gorgeously scented Nordman firs this winter – at 2.5 metres tall, they’ll certainly make for the most impressive centerpieces! Get in while stocks last!
Kill two birds with one stone and grab one of Home Centre’s pre-lit Christmas trees! These gorgeous trees are between 6 and 10 feet tall (probably a better option for those of you with high ceilings) and all come in a deep luscious evergreen. Don’t worry if you haven’t the space though ladies, they’re doing glass trees perfect for your dining table or mantelpiece as well!
Well mamas, are you surprised Ikea has showed up again? With two different tree size options (150cm/180cm) along with a more modest one that comes in its own pot, they’re great quick fixes for your inner interior decorator. Trees not enough for you? Why not scoop up some of their simple artificial wreaths or holly sprays for some jollier greens?
Head to ‘Plant Street’ (that’s Al Hudaiba Street for anyone who hasn’t been) and take your pick from a number of little stores displaying their real trees on the pavements. If you’re really determined you’ll be able to haggle these guys down to a decent price although be prepared for some serious negotiation skills! Prices range anywhere from AED 350 to AED 700 depending on how lucky you are on the day. We love the Satwa option with the kids – many of the stores have large areas out back that are literally transformed into miniature evergreen forests for the festive holiday – if you close your eyes and breathe in the pine-scented air you can almost forget that you’re in the middle of a desert.
With a number of Spinneys supermarkets across Dubai, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re flying in a select number of Christmas tree straight from the USA to the desert city! Available now (but hurry they’re selling fast), treat your family to a festive fir this holiday season. And if you’re after a fresh pine wreath for your door then look no further – Spinneys are selling them for AED 85 – BARGAIN!
No we haven’t gone mad – one of our fave modes of transport is now delivering fresh trees right to your door for the bargain price of AED 350 including a stand! Partnering up with Oleander (a fab Jumeirah based florist), the trees are amazing quality mamas! This offer is limited – check the UberTREES option on the app to see if you can still grab it!
Mamas in the know used to swear by Warsan (or the Plant Souk – out in the desert just passed dragonmart) for bagging a real bargain every time Chrimbo rolled around but it seems that the guys here have realised that they were sitting on a gold mine and prices have increased hugely. Saying that, there are still some great fresh trees to be had – just make sure to haggle!
Okay, so you got the tree – now comes the fun part! Whether you’re a traditional kind of gal or you like to splash a bit of funky colour about there are some totally gorgeous decorations out there – and here’s where to find them.
This one’s a surprising secret mamas, Accessorize surprisingly has a sweet selection of tree ornaments! We adore their interactive wooden policeman ornament as well as their cosy knitted decorations, all of which will look fab on your tree. Skipping away from home décor for a moment, keep your eyes peeled for their puppy Christmas tree headband – who said your pets couldn’t get involved in the festivities?
Accessorize, See all locations here, www.accessorize.com
Who knew Christmas came in different colour schemes? With six varying Christmas décor collections ranging from Mistletoe (the traditional red, green and gold) to the very Frozen-esque Ice Crystal collection full of pale blues, whites and silvers, you’ll be able to grab tree ornaments, fairy lights, tinsel, table runners and even more at Ace Hardware. They even have a kids’ selection of personalised stockings and adorable wrapping paper – make sure to grab one of their quirky camel baubles to bring your tree a splash of the Middle East!
Ace Hardware, Dubai Festival City, (+971)(0)80 027 5223
Ace Hardware, Sheikh Zayed Road, (+971)(0)43 411 906
Christmas in New York? Yes please! Or just a shopping spree at The Big Apple’s most famous department store for all things festive – there are snow globes and stockings, tree ornaments and the most adorable soft jellycat reindeer that are guaranteed to melt any old scrooge’s heart.
What the scandi’s don’t know about being festive just isn’t worth knowing mamas – if you haven’t been to this Swedish store yet then be warned – you’ll be hooked! As well as all the handy stuff (kitchen bits and bobs, home accessories and appliances etc) there are decorations-to-die-for including the cutest tree accessories, lights and a cuddly gnome that just had to come home with us. Well worth a trip to Mirdif City Centre!
Crate and Barrel
This American furniture brand definitely knows how to do Christmas! We defy you to walk into any of their stores and not want to buy everything in sight (credit cards prepare for meltdown). The collection has a thoughtful focus on the sentimental aspects of Christmas: an insane collection of ornaments for you and the family to decorate your tree with, festive dining sets perfect for the traditional festive meal and even artificial mistletoe perfect for cheeky canoodling. Aside from the traditional fare, you’ll also find quirky reinterpretations like little nutcracker figurines and their very sophisticated and beautiful tree collars. Their miniature ornament trees are definitely something to write home about as well.
Christmas is all about the kitsch mamas, and Japanese export Daiso’s got a number of wallet-friendly options for ladies looking to decorate on a budget! With Santa-printed bunting, miniature wreaths and the sweetest little tabletop Christmas trees, your only problem will be finding space in your car to take it all home. Tip: hang little wreaths on the backs of your dining table chairs for an extra festive feast.
British mamas this department store needs no introduction – a fab one-stop-shop for all things home and fashion their seasonal decorations are divine – from door wreaths to baubles, tinsel to cute little ornaments and everything in between. Watch out for flash sales too!
This quirky Al Quoz set up sells amazing Christmas decorations from early October (some of us like to get started early you know) and although most of their best stock gets whisked off the shelves early on it’s always worth a roam around – and the kids will love digging around in this treasure trove too!
Literally one of our favourite spots for all things home, H&M have a fab range of festive items including serving dishes, tablecloths and candlesticks plus stuff to jazz up your tree and gorgeous sofa cushions to finish the look. Oh and their holiday themed tea-towels will even make doing the dishes feel more like part of Christmas than a chore on the big day!
Where better to decorate your home for the festivities than Home Centre? They’ve got something for every mama whether you’re looking for something a little more modern with crown Christmas toppers and Advent Calendar drawers or want to stick firmly to tradition with a selection of wreaths, good old Christmas crackers and glitzy baubles. With an affordable selection of products, they’ve even got a selection of jolly kids crockery and décor – for that extra Christmassy atmosphere mamas, grab an orange cinnamon reed diffuser and bask in the festivities. www.homecentrestores.com/ae
Oh, Ikea. What would the world do without you? This Swedish import full of great products impossible to pronounce is your affordable one-stop Christmas shop this year, with a collection of Christmas décor that you’ll be poring over for hours. We particularly love their Christmas tree decoration sets, full of multiple and colour coordinated ornaments that’ll help you stray away from boring baubles. Their candle collection is fab and they’ve even got a present wrapping section to die for, with prints to spare and even candy-cane striped ribbons for you to tie everything up in. For those of you mamas who can’t resist a festive party, there are even Christmas themed napkins, coasters and disposable cups and plates. (Merry Christmas indeed!)
The most gorgeous Chrimbo decs (with prices to match!) – this place isnt’ cheap but if it’s the wow factor you’re after then you won’t be disappointed mamas! If you’re planning to go then it might be worth leaving kiddos with grabby hands behind as everything in the store is delicate and too irresistible not to touch.
Marks & Spencer
This good old British go-to store has holiday decorations a plenty, from door wreaths to candles, baubles to cute tree accessories (plus fabbo stockings, fake trees, lights, garlands – in fact everything to get your home looking festive.) Oh and don’t forget to stop at their food section to pick up Christmas treats and edible stocking fillers!
When it comes to intricate festive details, Pottery Barn should definitely be a port of call. They’ve got the cutest Christmas ornaments (we’re loving the animal themed ones), and their icicle string fairy lights are a creative way to light up your tree. You’ll be able to get your hands on a range of decorated Christmas stockings (get in early and you can get them personalised), a seemingly endless collection of candles and, of course, door wreaths. For those of you with smaller homes, they’ve even got miniature trees for you to display on your coffee tables…cute!
Fashion for your home, The One is packed full of a mix of unusual and traditional accessories this festive season. We love their selection of fake flowers and foliage, from orchids to amaryllis and everything in between – add to vases and decorate with mini baubles or even weave into your tree.
Zara Home is one of our favourite stops for home decor and accessories whatever the season. Whether you’ve gone traditional with your Christmas decs this year or have a particular colour scheme to follow, head here for a selection of gorgeous options for your tree and your living space. The Zara Home scented Christmas candles and room sprays are a fab way to get your home smelling as good as it looks while their Christmas Jazz CD’s will get everyone in the holiday spirit and cute front door wreaths will set the tone for what lies inside (a whole lot more of Zara Home hopefully!).Head to Zara Home for inspiration on setting your Christmas table – from candelabras to tablecloths, napkin rings to beautiful dinner sets we want it all!
Looking for something truly unique this Christmas? Check out these ultra-festive, intricate ornaments. If you are in search of a beautiful talking-point for your mantlepiece, these little jars carry just the right combination of joy and class. Plus they even make a special gift for loved ones. Send in a private message directly, for more information, since the charges vary for different settings. They are taking orders now mamas, so lets not waste any precious time during this busy season!