As the countdown to the festive season begins, Pinterest has compiled a list of the top trends for this year - what is inspiring people on the platform for the upcoming celebrations from personal gifts and self-care to sustainability and making memories.
See Christmas styling ideas (opens in new tab) from Come Down to the Woods.
People head to Pinterest to plan (in fact, some Pinners apparently begin looking for Christmas ideas as early as June!). Yes, we thought that was a little early too, but hey, there's nothing like being organised!
For most seasonal moments such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year, according to Pinterest, people start searching for inspiration for what to cook, how to decorate (opens in new tab), and what to buy up to three or four months in advance.
This time of the year seems to become more and more important for people around the world, as searches on Pinterest for Christmas inspiration (opens in new tab) went up 220% globally.
The key themes this year are personalisation, self-love, sustainability and making memories.
So with gifts in mind, here are the most popular festive ideas that Pinners are looking for this year and our suggestions:
Searches for homemade scented candles as gifts were up 461%. So why not head to a 90 minute candle making workshop at Earl of East (opens in new tab) to nail your Christmas shopping?
During the class an expert candle maker will take you step-by-step through the candle making process, including testing a selection of fragrance and essential oils – and you will make your own 6oz scent soy wax candle.
Or better still buy the Scented Candle-making book, or a workshop for someone else, so you can learn together and make memories (another popular gift search) at the same time.
Searches for self-care package gifts were up 134%. At The Drug. Store (opens in new tab) they offer a plethora of premium CBD products from the world's best brands; from those that help you sleep and relax to those that will give you glowing skin. This is the gift that keeps on giving.
Alternatively, it's hard to beat a spa treat. If you really want to spoil someone The Little Bothy at Heckfield Place (opens in new tab) will do the job.
Set in ancient woodland and surrounded by gardens and meadows, with a biodynamic menu to boot, this place offers total relaxation before you can even say fluffy towelling robe.
Searches for sustainable gifts were up 118%. So if you want something beautiful that will please long after Boxing Day, head to Small Batch Goods (opens in new tab) where you'll find plenty of gorgeous gifts to choose. This purveyor of small batch homewares has an edited assortment of goods focused on quality, craft, design and simplicity.
Using avocado pits that would otherwise be thrown away these hemp/organic cotton napkins are naturally dyed to achieve their soft pink colour - no harsh chemicals. Hand-stitched and made to order to minimise waste.
These wooden chopping / serving boards are handmade in the U.K from sustainably felled English Sycamore from the Castle Howard estatein Yorkshire
See our round up of Christmas Wreaths. (opens in new tab)
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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