Christmas trees and decorations
How and where to make your Swindon home fit for Christmas
So will you be going for fake or real this year?
If you've got children actually buying the tree is all part of the excitement of getting ready for the 25th.
Big, small, bushy or skinny, Toomers in Swindon have been selling Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes for over a hundred years.
Argyle Garden & Pet Supplies
Argyle Commercial Centre, Argyle Street
A whole range of Christmas Trees with non-drop firs are supplied here as well as other festive gifts including holly wreaths and various Christmas decorations.
Not forgetting our favourite essential item - mistletoe dangling in all the right places!
Quite obviously, you can't miss the tinsel and Christmas baubles on sale at your local Sainsbury's, but if you do want something a bit more authentic there are three shops nearby who sell the type of decorations that ooze just a little bit of class.
Their Christmas gift shop in Wood Street Old Town is currently selling an impressive range of traditional and modern Christmas decorations.
The Christmas Shop
Funnily enough, a place you can buy Christmas decorations, nearly all of which are beautifully made and sourced from Germany and Czechoslovakia.
The Guelder Rose
A shop that makes a real effort at Christmas with some really quirky and quality decorations.
Make your own
Studley Grange Craft Village
We like this idea. And at places like Sparkle Dreams and Pop in and Paint at Studley Grange, just off jnct. 16 you can design and make your own cards, festive banners and lots more - brilliant for kids.
Christmas Wreaths and flowers
There are times when a DIY Christmas just doesn't work and when it comes to flowers and a proper Christmas garland we recommend visiting your local flower shop.
They are bound to have a full range of festive foliage on offer.
Looking for inspiration?
May we suggest you pop down to Lydiard House over the Christmas period to see just how the Victorians - the people who really invented Christmas as we know it - used to do it.
Open until the 23rd of December, the house has been beautifully decorated with candles, ribbons, traditional baubles and handcrafted decorations.
You can even have a go at cake decorating and wreath-making yourself.