Christmas Countdown:

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Selection of Christmas items from Notonthehighstreet is one of the best online destinations for handmade & personalised Christmas presents and decorations. It’s an easy to navigate site; well-curated, quality stock with lots of choice – you’re sure to find that perfect gift!

  1. Christmas favour boxes pack of eight: £6.50
  2. Christmas tree wall hanging: £90
  3. Vintage style storage boxes: £33 each
  4. Family Christmas rules tea towel: £10.50
  5. Partridge and pear crackers: £58
  6. Tweed Christmas robins: £6 each
  7. Eight scented fire lighters: £13
  8. Grey felt reindeer head: £59.95

Wednesday Wish: Birdhouse key holder

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lime green birdhouse keyholder
Sparrow In Birdhouse Key Holder: £12.50, Notonthehighstreet

The little wall-mounted hooks just inside our front door where we hang our keys went AWOL during the redecoration of our little porch area.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m at home, I need to keep my bunch of keys in EXACTLY the same place… AT ALL TIMES… or else cataclysmic chaos ensues prior to attempting to leave the house!

I thought this little fella would look great perched in our porch –  available in 4 colours – pink, black, yellow and green.

Doggie draught excluder

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dachshund-shaped draught excluder handmade in Harris tweed by Queenie on Notonthehighstreet

We already have one dog that guards the door. Fudge our Weimaraner is ever alert to everything – from potential intruders to the morning post – reacting with equal madness to both! But just in case he needs back-up, here’s his new partner.

dashund shaped draught excluder handmade in Harris tweed by Queenie on Notonthehighstreet still wrapped in its plastic packaging

It’s always good to receive items in the post that combine excellent packaging with that nice personal touch. Once released, he was ready for action. In addition to assisting Fudge in the security detail, his main duty will of course be to keep out those nasty winter draughts!

dtail of postcard enclosed with the dashund shaped draught excluder handmade in Harris tweed by Queenie on Notonthehighstreet

We found our new doggie draught excluder in Queenie by Margo Elder’s shop on Notonthehighstreet. He’s beautifully handmade from genuine Harris tweed and comes in a variety of colourways. Here he is pictured with a few of his friends.

multicoloured collection of dashund shaped, Harris tweed draught excluders handmade in Harris tweed by Queenie on Notonthehighstreet

Margo Elder is just one of thousands of independent traders to be found at Notonthehighstreet. So if you’re looking for those individual household touches or a special gift, it’s a must visit site.

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Christmas Countdown: Not on the High Street

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selection of festive, personalised Christmas items available on the website

Not on the High Street has only been around for six years or so, but they’ve gathered together a growing group of British designers and crafters who produce very high quality, handmade objects. The website is full of items that can be personalised with the names of friends, family members, special dates etc… perfect for gift buying!

1. placemats | 2. mugs |3. rubber tamp

4. chocolate bar | 5. gift bag | 6. sloe gin