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Christmas stocking filler ideas, where to buy holders and how to create a fireplace display

WITH Christmas quickly approaching, the to-do list seems to get longer and longer. Tick one thing off the list with these handy stocking filler ideas and tips for making your fireplace look festive…

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WITH Christmas quickly approaching, the to-do list seems to get longer and longer.

Tick one thing off the list with these handy stocking filler ideas and tips for making your fireplace look festive.

 Finding fun gifts to fill your stockings can prove tricky.Getty – Contributor Finding fun gifts to fill your stockings can prove tricky.

Christmas stocking ideas

Finding fun gifts to fill your stockings can prove difficult.

We previously revealed a few cheap and cheerful ideas for under a fiver – including a Beauty and The Beast Lip Gloss Trio, £4, Superdrug, a Furry Fun Hair Scrunchie, £2.45, Accessorize and Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Faces Chocolate Tube, £1, ASDA.

Toy store Hamleys also revealed a selection of must-have playthings under a fiver.

These included Harry Potter Top Trumps, £5, TY Mini Boos Collectibles, £4 and Goobands, £4.

 Beauty and The Beast Lip Gloss Trio - Superdrug, (£4)Superdrug Beauty and The Beast Lip Gloss Trio – Superdrug, (£4)

 

 Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Faces Chocolate Tube - Asda (£1)Asda Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Faces Chocolate Tube – Asda (£1)

 

 Harry Potter Top Trumps is a great gift muggles who are celebrating 20 years of the wizarding world Harry Potter Top Trumps is a great gift muggles who are celebrating 20 years of the wizarding world

For adults, Fabulous also recommended the perfect pressies – from lash curlers to mini tequila bottles.

And if you’re on a budget, B&M have some great products for either Secret Santa or your stockings. 

 

 

 Cookie barrel mug, £2.99, B&MB&M Cookie barrel mug, £2.99, B&M B&M

Where can you buy holders for your Christmas stockings?

To hang your stockings, you will first need either hooks or stocking holders for your mantle piece.

When it comes the style of your mantle clips, you can either go plain and traditional or more ornate.

Festive-lights.com have a set of four, plain, shiny brass clips for £19.99, while Wayfair.co.uk has a more decorative snowflake stocking holder for £15.99.

Shoppers can also find all kinds of designs and sets, of varying prices, over at eBay.

 Festive-lights.com have a set of four, plain, shiny brass clips for £19.99festive-lights.com Festive-lights.com have a set of four, plain, shiny brass clips for £19.99  Wayfair.co.uk has a more decorative snowflake stocking holder for £15.99wayfair.co.uk Wayfair.co.uk has a more decorative snowflake stocking holder for £15.99

How to create a fireplace display this Christmas

How your fireplace looks this Christmas is all down to your personal taste.

Adding your stockings, hung via special clips or holders, is a good start – but may still look a bit bare without additional decoration.

However, there are a few tips and tricks to make your display look seasonally festive.

 Laying a long wreath or garland along the top of your mantelpiece and adding candles will make your fireplace look instantly festiveGetty – Contributor Laying a long wreath or garland along the top of your mantelpiece and adding candles will make your fireplace look instantly festive

Tips include:

  • Hang a wreath above the centre of your mantelpiece
  • Adorn your mantelpiece with lights or a long, horizontal wreath or garland
  • Add candles – but make sure you do’t leave them burning over night
  • Create a figurine display with Christmas favourites such as Rudolph
  • Display your Christmas cards, or hang them along the top of your mantelpiece
  • Hang baubles, that match your tree, along the top of the mantelpiece

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Here’s how to look like Lana Del Rey in a Gucci inspired dress without breaking the bank

LANA Del Rey wowed fans with her style when she first came out with the big hit Summertime Sadness. The 32-year-old singer’s style has only improved with age, as five years on she looks still…

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LANA Del Rey wowed fans with her style when she first came out with the big hit Summertime Sadness.

The 32-year-old singer’s style has only improved with age, as five years on she looks still looks smoking hot.

 The singer oozes style in this 70s inspired frock, £25, Boohoo The singer oozes style in this 70s inspired frock, £25, Boohoo

Here’s where you can copy the look and pay high street prices for her celebrity style.

How to look like Lana Del Rey

 Brooches, £12 for two, Accessorize Brooches, £12 for two, Accessorize  Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, £25 Hourglass Film Noir Mascara, £25

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There’s now Harry Potter activewear… perfect for a sweaty game of Quidditch

AUSTRALIAN fashion brand, Black Milk Clothing, has released a new range of sportswear, inspired by everyone’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter. Team Hogwarts activewear will go live on December 18 – …

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AUSTRALIAN fashion brand, Black Milk Clothing, has released a new range of sportswear, inspired by everyone’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter.

Team Hogwarts activewear will go live on December 18 – so get your wands ready.

 Wands at the ready, especially with this Harry Potter activewear in towBlack Milk Wands at the ready, especially with this Harry Potter activewear in tow

Courageous Gryffindor, creative Ravenclaw, dedicated Hufflepuff or sly Slytherin, pick your house then choose your tank top.

Pieces start from £40 (AUS$70) and include leggings, tanks, sweatshirts and even dresses.

The leggings are a particular favourite, as they allow you to proudly show off your favourite wizard house.

Alternatively, you can choose a subtler style which still comes with a very handy pocket for your wand.

 When you like Harry Potter, but when you like it subtle. Still, there's room for your wandBlack Milk When you like Harry Potter, but when you like it subtle. Still, there’s room for your wand

It’s been twenty years since the first Harry Potter book, but enthusiasm for our favourite wizards has never waned.

The activewear collection is perfect for those sweaty Quidditch games – a sport which has grown increasingly popular since the first instalment J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

 Choose your house then choose your tank topBlack Milk Choose your house then choose your tank top

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Demure, daring and downright dangerous dresses for your Christmas party

WHEN it comes to picking your Christmas party dress, how much do you dare to bare? A midi, long-sleeve or high neckline can see you through that festive function then dinner with the in-laws. Or if…

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WHEN it comes to picking your Christmas party dress, how much do you dare to bare?

A midi, long-sleeve or high neckline can see you through that festive function then dinner with the in-laws.

Or if you believe less is more, you could take the plunge in a low-cut frock or pull on a thigh-baring mini to frock around the tree.

The High Street is awash with styles, so there’s bound to be something to suit every occasion.

Here, SIOBHAN O’CONNOR has picked nine very different dresses, ranging from demure, all the way to daring.

So take your pick and see if you’ll be on the naughty or nice list this Christmas.

Cover up for Dec 25 with Gran

 Long-sleeve velvet midi, £30, Nastygal.com; heels, £32.99, New LookStewart Williams – The Sun Long-sleeve velvet midi, £30, Nastygal.com; heels, £32.99, New Look

Put glam back into lunch with in-laws

 Scoop-back dress, £25, Isawitfirst.com; earrings, £7.99, New Look; heels, £64, OfficeStewart Williams – The Sun Scoop-back dress, £25, Isawitfirst.com; earrings, £7.99, New Look; heels, £64, Office

Stand out in sparkles at the office party

 Sequin dress, £55, Dorothy Perkins; courts, £19.99, New Look; bag, £5, PrimarkStewart Williams – The Sun Sequin dress, £55, Dorothy Perkins; courts, £19.99, New Look; bag, £5, Primark

Look a cracker for your date night dinner

 Sweetheart- neckline dress, £18, Miss Selfridge; heels, £69, OfficeStewart Williams – The Sun Sweetheart- neckline dress, £18, Miss Selfridge; heels, £69, Office

All thighs on you for Christmas Eve drinks

 Sequin blue dress, £55, Asos.com; heels, £25.99, New LookStewart Williams – The Sun Sequin blue dress, £55, Asos.com; heels, £25.99, New Look

Dare to bare for a girls’ night out

 High-neck dress, £20, Missguided.co.uk; bag, £26, Topshop; heels, £40, Missguided at SchuhStewart Williams – The Sun High-neck dress, £20, Missguided.co.uk; bag, £26, Topshop; heels, £40, Missguided at Schuh

See in the New Year in nothing butt this

 Sheer tassel dress, £15, Boohoo.com; heels, £16, PrimarkStewart Williams – The Sun Sheer tassel dress, £15, Boohoo.com; heels, £16, Primark

Add the sex factor to evening activities

 Dress, £40, Ohpolly.com; embellished courts, £120, DuneStewart Williams – The Sun Dress, £40, Ohpolly.com; embellished courts, £120, Dune

Bring the party to the bedroom in sequins

 Sequin dress, £40, Prettylittlething. com; earrings, £7.99, Bershka; heels, £30, Missguided at SchuhStewart Williams – The Sun Sequin dress, £40, Prettylittlething. com; earrings, £7.99, Bershka; heels, £30, Missguided at Schuh

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