Christmas Gift Ideas
I love Christmas! No, I’ll rephrase that I love the idea of Christmas. I look forward to cosy evenings with my loved ones watching Christmas movies in front of the fire. I love wandering aimlessly through Christmas markets taking in the aroma of roasted chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine. I love getting caught up in the whole excitement and buzz and warmth that surrounds the festive period. I love the excitement of giving gifts….but….every year I find it more and more difficult to find that special Christmas gift. What I think of as a magical time can end up being quite stressful, and even as I hand my gifts over I still feel an element of uncertainty. Will my present be appreciated or will it just be put to one side and forgotten about? I scroll through the internet and gift guides searching for something to jump out at me. Now maybe it is just me, but I think deep down that everyone is searching for that something special.
So to maybe help you out a little, we thought that we would put together a few ideas that are a little different.
Just for you we have put together a series of gifts, this is the first of our Christmas range and is especially aimed at those who want to send a few plants to their loved ones. They come with special ‘Merry Christmas’ labels, each with a picture and plant details. These are packed carefully with a hand written greeting of your choice on a gift card and a bow/ribbon to seal the deal. Delivery can be to anywhere in the U.K. and Europe on a ‘next day’ service. We feel that this will take some of the stress out of the festive season and allow us to provide that gift, delivered and personalised for you stress free. Just place your order and email your message. The selections are of our choosing but if you require anything special, colours etc. give us a ring and I’m sure we can sort something out for you. Alternatively you can use our ‘Click and Collect’ service and pick them up from the Market, Nursery or Shop. We can send these in the days leading up to Christmas however we are in the hands of the couriers.
If you wanted something bigger, then our special and value plant collections may be more suitable. These, however, are sold without the christmas gift wrappings. What could possibly be better than a selection of hand picked plants picked out just for you. They are all top quality plants and as we are able to save time looking for individual varieties we are able to sell them a little cheaper than buying them individually, so you get more for your money. Our collections vary in size with between 6 – 10 of our 2 litre pots . Or collections of 10 9cm pots. There really is a collection for everyone. We have the following available now Alpine Primula, Carnivorous Plants, Hardy Chrysanthemum, Crocosmia, Geum, Hardy Impatiens, Hellebore, Hemerocallis, Hosta, Living Roof, Primula auricula, Primula sieboldii, Salvia, Sarracenia, Schizostylis and Sempervivum Collections. We can also accomodate most requests so if there is a collection that you would like but we haven’t got it listed then give us a call and i’m sure we could help. A wonderful way to give the gift of plants. The plants could just be part of the gift. The display of plants is getting more and more fashionable, with more and more people taking to instagram and pinterest to display their creations. How about creating a Primula auricula theatre or an alpine stack or terrarium.
We have quite a selection of handmade wreaths to purchase online, at our nursery, shop and at Carmarthen Market, they are all handmade, come in various sizes from 10″-18″. We make them with several types of decoration. Mainly made with a conifer base (which will last for months) we add real Holly and/or Ivy to give that special Christmas feel. Optional orange peel and cinnamon sticks just add to the attraction. As they are made at the nursery we can usually accommodate any special requirements that you need. As they are handmade and unique you can choose whether you would like snowy pick decorations and can have ribbons in either red, purple or green. Available the last week of November, or earlier by request.
If you visit us in the Nursery we have quite an assortment of pots in various sizes. Garden ornaments ranging from artistic statues, ornamental animals, bird baths and benches. We even have stumps, which look fabulous planted with Sempervivums or when bringing a little authenticity to a woodland area. We also have a selection of ornamental sun dials and taps and sprinklers. Bird boxes and bug houses.
If you are still unsure what to get then you can always opt for a Farmyard Nursery Gift Voucher, we are able to post out our own vouchers for use in the shop, nursery or market, or we can send out a code by email for use on our website.
A Fun Fact for you! In Iceland, every night from the 12th December the children leave a shoe out and every night a different Santa (or Yule Lad as they are known) comes down from the mountain to leave a gift, fruit or sweets if they have been good or a rotten potato if they have been bad. These Yule Lads go by the names of Sheep-Cote Clod, Gully Gawk, Stubby, Spoon Licker, Pot-Scraper, Bowl-Licker, Door Slammer, Skyr Gobbler, Sausage Swiper, Window Peeper, Door Sniffer, Meat Hook and Candle Beggar. On reading this I was quite relieved that we only have one Santa. Christmas Gift
Merry Christmas from the Farmyard Nursery Team