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Well it seems 2017 is nearly over somehow, and Christmas is FAST approaching, so we thought we’d get into the Christmas spirit and offer some quirky no-clutter gift ideas plus also some hints and tips if you are thinking of selling your home over Christmas. 

Every week in Bristol we seem to have another Christmas market that pops up on the street, which is of course, lovely, but it can also get a bit overwhelming the sheer level of stuff / things out there to buy to gift to your friends and family. Shiny and or edible things at Christmas are so hard to resist…

But really…no-one is a fan of clutter…so here are a few present ideas that won’t break the bank; don’t take up much space and all under £30 

 

For the family why not order your own personalised family poster from £20 

poster

https://www.posterhaste.com/item/family-portrait/

(image credit www.posterhaste.com)

  

For the person who loves a tipple why not get them these gin-filled festive baubles (plus consumable = less clutter – win win!) 

gin baubles a

https://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/gifts/gin-baubles.htm

(Image credit www.gettingpersonal.co.uk)

 

For your plus one who loves to laugh…a comedy experience for two 

2 for 1 comedy 173545

https://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/comedy-night-sp241

(Image credit www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk)

 

And if you fancy splurging just that teeny tiny bit more….how about this deluxe summer house at just under £19k...

sphere

https://www.johnlewis.com/farmer's-cottage-deluxe-summer-house-sphere/p231124972

(Image credit www.johnlewis.com)

 

Staging your house if you are looking to sell over Christmas and New Year 

Should you be looking to sell your house over Christmas and are worried about not being able to follow the usual “rules” of depersonalising / decluttering before viewings then here are our three top tips to ensure you manage to enjoy your home at Christmas whilst still maximising viewing opportunities; 

1. The Tree - firstly if we are selling your house we will make sure to have taken photos using wide-angled lenses to make the space look as big as possible even with a big tree in the corner of the room, and whilst on the tree theme, do make sure the tree is suitable for the size of your rooms and not dominating the whole room

2. The Décor – use what you have and love, then maybe reduce it by a third, subtle is best, and beware of ceiling decorations, they can make ceilings look lower than they are, but equally enjoy your home, and people will expect to see decorations in viewings over Christmas so as long as you try for elegance and understatement rather than a 10 foot high flashing Santa singing Ho Ho Ho on repeat…you should be ok. 

3. Lighting – can be actually great if you have a small or somewhat darker home with not much natural light, you can justify having lovely warm twinkling lights on at all times in December, just go for clear or gold warm lighting and a gloomy December room at 9am can be instantly transformed. 

And don't miss NEW on our website we now have an online instant valuation tool so if you are thinking of selling now or next year and just want an idea of your property value click here to do the valuation; it takes 1 minute and is instant and free 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Bristol Property Centre