Turn your home into a Christmas wonderland
THERE'S nothing like the appeal of a real Christmas tree to bring the festive season into the heart of your home – and there are plenty available on your doorstep.
This Saturday and Sunday and on the weekend of December 8-9, Ikea Nottingham in Ikea Way, Giltbrook, will be selling real Christmas trees for the first time in years – with a present thrown in for shoppers.
If you pick up a Christmas tree for £25 you will receive a £20 coupon which can then be redeemed in store between January 6 and February 3, 2013.
So, after Christmas, you can snap up a bargain for your home with £20 off, which means that fabulous festive tree only cost you a fiver.
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Iain Neal, marketing manager at Nottingham's Ikea store, said: "We haven't sold real Christmas trees in the UK for a number of years.
"Cutting down real trees is a hot topic and we are a company that takes green issues and recycling very seriously. We recycle 83% of our waste."
Consequently, Ikea is bringing trees to you in a way which supports the British economy and helps avoid landfill issues afterwards.
Iain said: "We have sourced a supplier in Scotland who is growing the trees and in January (6-13) we will be running a tree recycling service.
"We would only have done this in an environmentally friendly way.
"We will be selling 3,000 trees over the course of the next two weekends. They range from 5ft to 7ft in height – people can pick whichever one suits them. Basically, if people take advantage of our offer they will be getting a real Christmas tree for a fiver."
And if you need any decorations for it, or your home, Ikea can help with that too.
It has some 90 festive items in store including gift bags, wrapping paper and Christmas lights.
Another great place to hunt for the perfect tree is Derby's Markeaton Garden Centre, which has thousands of trees to chose from, priced from £16.99.
While you are out and about, look out for Christmas fairs as you will find lots of decorations, gifts and cards.
For example, Denby Visitor Centre is holding a festive event from December 7-9 with more than 40 stalls selling gifts and food. Derby's Eagle Market is also awash with gift ideas and its Santa's Grotto opens tomorrow.
Meanwhile, if you're worried about the state of your home before the big day, why not get Derby's Cleaning Fairies to come to the rescue? You can even book a Cleaning Fairy as a Christmas gift!