IKEA Christmas gift guide – our top 5 picks for a stylish Scandinavian season

The most wonderful time of the year just got even better, thanks to the Swedish design house

IKEA Christmas collection 2021
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IKEA blesses our homes with Scandi-cool minimalism around the calendar, but we are on the verge of the most exciting season of them all. While visions of the festive period may still seem distant at present, the interior powerhouse has reminded us that Christmas is only a short time away. And, before the big day, you need to get ahead of the crowd. 

IKEA’s entire collection pays homage to the label’s heritage – and feature pieces that are designed to stand the test of time. Therefore, an investment this year will reshape your Christmas decorating ideas for years to come. 

IKEA's Christmas collection 2021 – Livingetc's top picks

Here are the five stand-outs you need to know about… blue bags at the ready.

1. STRÅLA LED 3-armed candelabra 

IKEA Christmas collection 2021

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Few furnishings radiate festivity quite like candles, but STRÅLA (opens in new tab) lets you celebrate with minimal risk and maximum style. These battery-operated candles are designed to sit anywhere in your home – without the thought of fire hazards or wires that connect to the mains supply. 

Plus, with their wooden sticks, these candles exhibit a traditional Christmas aesthetic that will struggle to lose its allure for holidays to come. 

2. VINTER Vase 

IKEA Christmas collection 2021

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In a subtle nod to the vibrancy of 2021, IKEA has colored their VINTER Vase (opens in new tab) in one of the most sought-after colors of the year: green. However, as recent color trend predictions have suggested, this organic tone isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon. Therefore, the VINTER vase is the fitting way to celebrate the year gone by – and ensure you stay in style for the seasons to come. 

And, while the vase works seamlessly amid a festive scheme, its enduring color will continue to elevate your scheme long after the celebrations conclude. 

3. VINTER Wreath  

IKEA Christmas collection 2021

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This year, IKEA has demonstrated an increased focus on sustainability, so it is only right that their Christmas collection mirrors their ethos. Enter the VINTER Wreath (opens in new tab) – an ethical twist on the classic interior (and exterior) decor. 

Here, they have used waste materials from Indian plant production to make this green wreath that will complete your scheme. It also looks great when styled alongside other festive plants (as shown above), so you can curate a natural Christmas haven in your home. 

4. VINTER Platter with stand 

IKEA Christmas collection 2021

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It’s true, not everyone likes Christmas cake – but it is hard not to love IKEA’s handmade VINTER Platter (opens in new tab)

The monochromatic staple is a minimalist Christmas table setting idea – showcasing enough intricacy to stand as a talking point without overpowering the scheme. The decorative edge means the stand is the ideal serving stand for the cuisine you do love. They’ll both go down a treat. 

5. VINTER Hanging ornaments 

IKEA Christmas collection 2021

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Thoughts of a Scandinavian-style Christmas are likely to feature smooth wooden accents – and the VINTER Hanging ornaments (opens in new tab) are exactly that. This set of four ornate decorations epitomize the collection from its natural origins to its varying hues that add a touch of traditionalism to a Christmas tree or a simple selection of branches in a vase by the window. We’re quite sure Athena Calderone would approve. 

Much of IKEA’s Christmas collection is exclusively available in-store, while some products can be ordered online. We’ll see you at the checkout. 

Megan Slack
News Writer

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA. 


Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.