“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams. And I have to agree.
People seem more cheerful, everything is on sale and homes are dressed up to the nines in Christmas decorations.
Christmas is also a time where many reflect on the year and be grateful for their blessings, and I have to count IKEA as one of them. I was invited to be an IKEA ambassador earlier this year and that was a fantastic experience. IKEA is also a lifesaver for busy people like me during the Christmas season.
Pei Chyi and I are both business owners, and life doesn’t stop during the Christmas season. I’ve been racing to complete projects in December, so that I can have a peaceful year end break. Throw a hyperactive 2-year old in the mix and you have a recipe for mental meltdown!
So with limited time and opportunity to shop, I need someplace that has everything I need to decorate my home for Christmas, and to grab a few gift items too. And not to curry favor with IKEA, I honestly say that I am thankful to them for solving this problem for me.
For our Christmas decor this year, we bought a FEJKA Christmas tree and JULMYS decoration baubles in assorted colors. What I liked about the FEJKA tree is that it looks more realistic than your run-of-the-mill artificial trees. I bought one from Jusco 2 years ago but didn’t like the wire-brush style pine needles. The FEJKA tree is realistic enough that some people thought it was real when they saw my Instagram ;)
Conveniently, IKEA sells tree decorations too. Zack had a fun time helping with decorations, and we personalized the tree further with handmade ribbons.
This year, Pei Chyi was inspired by the IKEA gift wrapping catalog to “Make it almost too good to open”. We bought some plain brown SNÖVITA gift wrap to wrap our gifts and added some twine and paper flowers. Check out Pei Chyi’s handiwork, I think they stand out don’t you?
IKEA 2012 Christmas Range
So really, I urge you to check out IKEA’s Christmas range. IKEA is also one of of the only places where you can get live Christmas trees in KL (the other being Floristika). Live Christmas trees have a great scent – when Zack is old enough not to pull it apart, we’ll get one for ourselves one day. My friend Juan (@qwertyjuan) bought a live tree and decorated it beautifully.
In addition to trees and gift wrap, you can also find Christmas themed lighting, and kitchenware (dishes, tablecloth, napkins, etc) for your Christmas party. IKEA also publishes a gift guide (view it online) to give you ideas of what to buy for friends and family. At the very least, you’ll get some Christmas decoration and gift ideas.
And speaking of gifts, IKEA is putting on their annual Småles soft toy campaign. From 4 Nov – 29 Dec, IKEA will donate RM2 to the Shelter Home for Children when you use your Smålish dållars. It’s a great opportunity to spread the joy to those less fortunate during the season of giving. Drop by Småland (kids play land) in IKEA for more details.
On top of that, IKEA’s annual Soft Toys for Education campaign is also currently ongoing. It’s a collaborative effort between IKEA and the IKEA Foundation to raise money and awareness of how childhood education can break the cycle of poverty. And it’s all made possible by IKEA customers: for every soft toy or children’s book they buy at IKEA during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation donates €1. Details at www.IKEA.com.my/softtoys
Happy Christmas shopping! And wishing you a very Merry Christmas too!