Weekly Christmas Shop: Kitschmas

christmas decorations kitsch

Whilst browsing for a lamp shaped like a monkey (as you do) I stumbled across a brilliant page with ideas for alternative Christmas decorations. It was on Amara*, a designer interiors website that I buy home stuff from quite a lot – they do some really interesting brands and quirky little things as well as very posh towels and cutlery sets and chairs and bedding and so on. Anyway, they had called one of the themes on the decorations page Kitschmas. The header image showed a bright, flamingo-strewn scene that was pretty much the polar opposite of what you’d expect at Christmas. Hot pinks and disco glitter and twee woodland animals wearing party hats. Not a tartan bow or red ribbon or frosted bauble in sight.

Even though I feel that the world has reached Peak Flamingo/Cactus/Mermaid/Pineapple, there’s something irresistible about them – they have a certain retro charm. The same sort of appeal as an old, crumbling Route 66 motel or the chintzy little souvenirs you might find in the Florida Keys. At any rate, it’s all very jolly. And so if you’re stuck for decorating ideas this Christmas and want to inject a bit of fun into the proceedings (or perhaps it’s the first time you’ve had Christmas living away from home, in your own place) then take a look at the Kitschmas section here*. I’ve been scouring the internet for non-traditional bits and pieces – glittery cadillacs and pineapple fairy lights and so on – and my finds are below. Sunglasses on, please – it’s like Christmas with Liberace! (And also probably as expensive. Goodness, this level of glitz doesn’t seem to come cheap…)

christmas decorations kitsch

Fish ornament: Selfridges here* // Mermaid ornament: Selfridges here* // Flamingo ornament: Amara here* // Hundreds and Thousands Bauble: Selfridges here* // Zebra ornament: Accessorize here*

(Accessorize actually have loads of really kitsch and amazing ornaments starting at £5 and they are usually on a 3-for-2 offer – take a look online here*)

christmas decorations kitsch

Beehive ornament: Liberty here* // Doughnut ornament: Amara here* // Flamingo on a bike: Accessorize here*

christmas decorations kitsch

Flamingo snow dome: John Lewis here* // Cotton Candy ornament: Amara here* // Cactus ornament: Selfridges here* // Flamingo lights: Amara here* // Deer statue: ASOS here*

christmas decorations kitsch

Glitter flamingo ornament: Selfridges here* // Gingerbread man ornament: Accessorize here* // Pineapple lights: Amara here* // Ice cream cones ornaments: Amara here*

ohh deer christmas decorations

Ohh Deer have some great kitsch tree ornaments – I particularly like the Raccoon (here) and the Frog Prince (here) but they also have the mandatory flamingoes and some funky little food items. Find those online here.

kitsch christmas

And although not really in the same sort of vein as the glittery, Miami-style Christmas above, I do rather like these toadstool decorations from IKEA. They are kitsch in a completely different way – the sort of thing you’d find in your granny’s loft along with a Hungry Hippos game from 1987 and a load of Jackie magazines. You can find them online here.

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  1. Kirsten
    November 9, 2017 / 10:18 am

    So fun! love it!! Going to buy that beehive one! So cute. Not a fan of Christmas at all ,but I like those oldfashioned type eclectic baubles. Can stay up all year. These are reminiscent of those in color. Think Seletti has a monkey lamp.If you are still looking.

    • November 10, 2017 / 8:52 am

      That’s the one I was after! ; )

  2. November 9, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I am way over mermaids, but I guess I´d make a flamingo exception on Christmas.

  3. Stephanie-M-M
    November 9, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    :( you know, it’s sad…because I like every single sh*t of that :D. I am one of those stupid people who buy that stuff. I am the market. Should be illegal. Really!

  4. Promise Evans
    November 10, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Decorations and symbols of Pineapples will never go away. They are the international symbol for Hospitality. That’s why you especially see loads of them if you travel in the southern US…

    • November 12, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      I didn’t know that, thank you!

    • Jane
      November 25, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Actually, here in the UK, they are a symbol of wealth. This dates back to the 1700 and 1800s when incredibly wealthy people would have heated glass houses in which to grow them. They would be displayed at banquets to show off their wealth, some less wealthy people would rent a pineapple to display! Imagine renting a pineapple!

  5. Jennifer
    November 11, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Asda have a whole section of kitsch decorations instore, sadly not available on their website, and at a fraction of these prices!

  6. November 14, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Loving the idea of Kitchmas as an alternative way to decorate my house this year! I have always been so into kitch items but for some reason had never thought about starting form traditional decorations. I can’t wait to check out Amara too, sounds awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  7. Fe
    November 16, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Do not buy a monkey lamp!! I had the misfortune to be sat next to one in a restaurant with a baby recently and they are; A) Absolutely irresistible to small, smashy, people, and B) Breakable. Luckily mine only smashed a plate in the end but it was the level of stress that resulted in leaving midway through a glass of wine AND before food…

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