You've probably all seen the start of Christmas products creeping into supermarkets for the last couple of months - it's finally time for people to start stocking up for the most wonderful time of the year, and there's no better place to start shopping early than Dibor.
There's so much to think about around the festive season, isn't there?
You need to organise advent calendars, Christmas stockings, decorations - it's enough to make you lose your hair, and then, of course, the moment you log onto Facebook you're met with one of those 'chipper' friends declaring it's so many days or sleeps away. We don't think that's entirely fair; there's still plenty of time! And that means, if you start now, you can spend the back half of December relaxing while your friends and family are rushing back and forth.
It's true that the festive season seems to come around faster and faster every year. But relax! Sit back, have a nice hot chocolate and we'll help you out. There's no need to panic - we have everything you need here.
To make things that little bit easier, we even have a new promotion - you can pick up a FREE Christmas Sack worth £12 with any Christmas order over £30 - just dive into our Christmas section, add what takes your fancy and you can tick something else off of your list for absolutely free. You'll also apply for free standard shipping!
So, let's see - what comes first? Well, why not start off with a wooden advent calendar. They may be more expensive than those cheap things in the pound shop, but they're perfect to use year upon year, look fabulous and can be filled with gifts of your choice. We think that's a win-win situation, so we'd like to offer one of our favourites from the latest line of Christmas stock. This soft fabric Christmas tree calendar easily hangs from doors, picture hooks and more, and represents fantastic value at only £17!
Of course, that's only the beginning. You may have the kids' advent calendar sorted - perfect! But what about their Christmas stockings? There's so many on the market this year it's quite possible be unable to see the wood for the trees - we get it, it's not easy! There's a lot of stockings out there but you don't always want something bright red hanging off of your mantelpiece; it can get very distracting, can't it? Why not try this trendy Tweed alternative. With layers of brown, cream, dogtooth and plaid, this unusual Christmas stocking is a great alternative style that's a little bit more grown up and interesting.
There, that's your second step completed. What next? Well, your home requires festive decorations, naturally - and there's nothing more traditional than a wreath hung upon the door. We've got a great range of these this year - but to match our nice, country feel theme we think there's only one wreath that's sure to work, and it's so beautifully traditional you may wish to keep it out all year!
There - three steps closer to an ideal Christmas. Now it's time to relax with a glass of mulled wine. What's that? You don't have any nice mulled wine mugs? Panic not - we've plenty...at only £4.95 for a pair, this set is an absolute steal - and that's more money you can spend on the Christmas Turkey. (I'm afraid we can't provide that one.)
There’s no greater luxury in winter than curling up with a loved one – or by yourself (no cold feet!) under a warm, soft fur throw. Our range of luxurious faux fur throws and blankets has been a favourite with Dibor customers for as long as we can remember, so it’s just as well we’ve restocked before the chill really sets in.
We sell these by the container-load as winter rolls in, and with their range of natural and unusual finishes, it’s little wonder. They make ideal gifts for family members - or for yourself - and look as superb as they feel; there's not a single interior that can't be improved with the gentle colours and textures of our luxury faux fur, and we're confident that there's simply nothing out there that can rival us and our pricing for such a premium product.
Make no mistake, these are the best of the best!
Our first recommendation for you today is this wonderful Polar Bear fleece throw. At a generous 200cm x 150cm, this extra-large, extra thick fur fleece is the perfect addition to any interior and makes for a wonderful companion on the cold winter nights.
You’ve spent most of your life cuddling teddy bears; why not continue the tradition with this forest bear effect blanket? With its soft brown and grey tones and superb quality, this blanket doesn’t break the bank and will last for years and years. At 170 x 130cm, it’s still large enough to cover a decent sized sofa. Ideal for a pyjama day!
For something with richer, darker hues – without losing that soft, gentle comfort - this Tundra Oxen blanket is the perfect buy. Ideally suited to darker nights and interiors, this beautiful blanket is perfet for armchairs. Though you may have difficulty keeping pets off it!
Finally, we have one of our true Dibor classics – this silvery smooth Arctic fox design is one of my favourites; and I’m sure you’ll love it too! With layers of silvers, greys, whites and browns, this convincing fur blanket will set you right into a wood chalet in the mountains. Pure comfort and bliss.
It’s cold, it’s raining and the heating is on at the Dibor West Yorkshire Mill. It may only be October, but Winter is here to stay, and the Dibor Winter Collection has arrived right on time to coincide with the bite of the damp, chilly outdoors.
It’s the season to stay at home – and while we’re not quite ready to throw Christmas at you yet (that’ll probably be in a couple of weeks, though!) we do want to help you get that little bit more comfortable as the weather sinks its teeth into the great outdoors!
The Dibor Winter Range is a collection to be proud of; everything from luxurious fur throws to fireside accessories and lamps. There’s something for every household, and with our great selection of prices, and free standard delivery on orders over £30, there’s no reason to deny your home those little luxuries that make winter a beautiful time of year.
The first thing to get yourself ready for a cosy night in? Surely a luxurious, faux fur throw. Silky, soft and beautifully warm, this Alaskan Snow Lynx blanket features a stunning patina and a generous size for any chair or sofa. The main problem will be keeping pets off – but with this lovely fur throw being machine washable, even that’s not the end of the world.
If you’re going to be using the hearth a lot this season – and weather forecasts hint that you may well need it – there’s nothing better for a style refresh than a brand new fire screen to protect your carpets, family and pets from the fire; while adding a new, luxurious style to your living room. This stunning, majestic firescreen is built into an antique scroll design, and with it a luxurious Edwardian feel that’s never going to go out of fashion. This stunning fire guard is the ideal companion to an old fashioned country fireplace, and is one of our most popular fire screens in the range. With a fireside range as large as ours, that’s an impressive feat!
We’ve got the must haves; but to add a warming glow to a room you might as well spruce up your surroundings with a brand-new lamp. With a simplistic frame and a minimalist feel, this modern little table lamp creates a beautiful, rustic atmosphere with a charming country heart motif. It fits into any interior with ease, and with those classic shades of rustic wood and brown linen, this is a charming little addition you simply can’t go wrong with!
Now, all you need is a fine little tipple; mulled wine is a delicious treat for any month, not just December, and with our enormous range of Mulled Wine Glasses, you’re spoilt for choice with glasses and mugs. I had a bit of a job rifling through our collection to find my choice for this week, but, in the end, I’ve settled for this. Seamlessly blending the contemporary and traditional, this beautiful glass mug sits inside a nickel-plated base, with handle – ideal for clutching by the fireside and relaxing with a loved one. Easy to clean, and comfortable to hold – not to mention manufactured from superb quality tempered glass – this is the ideal way to relax for the evening for a warm night in!
Now, it’s only fitting we match these glasses up with a Mulled Wine recipe; and if you fancy sitting with a glass on an evening – but don’t want to waste time with saucepans when you get home – we recommend this lovely slow cooker recipe!
While Summer has long gone, the nautical theme remains an enduring part of the British identity. For centuries, we’ve loved and visited our iconic coastline: be it the stunning, Gothic cliffs of Whitby, or the vast, hot sands of the Cornish coast. Lighthouses, seafood and shipping have always been a fascination for us, and whether it’s for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or even preparing your summerhouse for the next year.
The sea isn’t just for summer – and even if the closest you’ve gotten is fish and chips in the centre of Birmingham, there’s no easier way to bring to the coast into your home than with our fantastic range of accessories and décor that are inspired by the ocean.
Our first recommendation is brand new. I’m a huge fan of seafood – there’s nothing better than a good Whitby baked crab – and this set of two enamelled serving plates conjure up all kinds of tasty ideas for a dinner party or formal meal. With a very retro – and very recognisable – colourful print, these serving dishes are something unique, and they make a great addition to your serveware arsenal. I’d be tempted to serve up a whole range of seafood here; try an unusual shellfish platter, arrange some langoustines? The list is endless. At only £26.00 per tray, I’m content that these rather generously sized trays make for excellent value.
Our next choice is classic Dibor; our range of Jute doorstops is a bestseller: people can’t get enough of them, and there’s no wonder. With a traditional Monkey Fist knot shape, this stone doorstop is surrounded by high quality, nautical jute rope. It fits into any interior as a rustic addition, of course, but placed in a nautical environment, this door stop really flourishes and creates a charming atmosphere. It’s a natural decision for any household. Only £19.00, and at 2kg, it’s built to last for a considerable amount of time!
There’s nothing more “Dibor” than our range of antique brown cast iron – and nothing more fitting of the durability of the metal than a tough, hard wearing bottle opener. We have an enormous range of designs available, but the most fitting has to be our Lobster or Mermaid designs. These go perfectly with any home bar, and are inspired by traditional Victorian novelties; when the seaside was an exotic location for many! With both under the £10 mark, it’s no wonder they’re swimming off the shelves.
These are superb gifts for him and are pretty much guaranteed to handle even the toughest bottle!
And, if you need to keep an eye on how long you’re cooking that shellfish for, how long you’ve been drinking or even how long you’ve spend reading our blog posts (humour me here!) You’re going to need a matching clock. It was a tough pick, but this decking design with a detailed sealife print is getting a tip of the hat from me. At only £6 – yes, only £6 – this clock is ideal for your home!
Now, it's recipe time - and, having being a popular starter since the early 1960s - and remaining a kitschy favourite today - we think it's the perfect time to offer a modern twist on a traditional prawn cocktail. After all, Christmas is about two months and a bit away. If you give it a go, let us see!
October has reached us, and as the nights get darker, the weather gets cooler and the trees begin to glow in orange, red and brown, it’s time to remember the simpler things – Harvest Season is underway, and if you have a vegetable plot you may well be preparing to open up the fruits of your labour.
The Harvest Festival is something that has been celebrated since the time of the Pagans, and it’s one of many traditions that endures even today; the time of a rural retreat may have long since disappeared, but with so many allotments and patches in the United Kingdom, there’s plenty of ways to host your own, condensed variety of this age-old tradition. It’s also the middle of our Autumn sale; and as luck would have it, Dibor has lined up a whole host of products to support the autumn harvest – with some fantastic prices, too!
At only £12.80 in our Autumn sale – usually £16.00 – this durable vegetable crate is ideal for a display, or carrying your produce back and forth between the kitchen and the garden. It’s of superb quality, and at a price that can’t be beaten!
For exactly the same price, we have this beautiful alternative to a traditional spice rack; keep your herb garden’s results in these stylish, handled mason jars. perfect for keeping everything from cinnamon to sage nice and fresh and great for a busy kitchen which loves to use home-grown herbs!
Of course, Autumn is ideal soup season – so it’s always worth sitting back with a nice mug of a warming home recipe on an evening; ideal as a simple, light dinner. We have a fantastic range of soup bowls and mugs, but these are my personal favourites. (I also use them for my office coffee – ideal for a caffeine addict!)
We also have a beautiful autumnal tablecloth – ideal to refresh your kitchen for the darker, cooler seasons. Usually £49.00, you can pick up this wonderful piece of table linen for only £39.20! At a generous 150x250cm, it’s ideal for a large table in the kitchen or dining room.
The weather is miserable, it’s bucketing down with rain, we’ve just passed the Equinox and we’re receiving ever-increasing numbers of Christmas orders. Make no mistake; autumn is here. With wet pavements come muddy floors, and, as a result, our Autumn Collection is filled with boot scrapers, umbrella stands and coat hooks. We’ve got some superb, stylish little additions lined up for your hallway that are guaranteed to impress visitors and prove incredibly functional too.
These are some of my favourites; why not have a look below – we’re sure there’s an accoutrement or two to elevate your hall above and beyond.
Combining a grand Parisian structure – scrolled and ornate to replicate a French street’s finery – and an incredibly versatile level of storage space, this charming wrought iron coat rack is a strong, eyecatching solution for any vintage home. With several hooks on assorted levels, two storage baskets and a strong, well balanced frame, this vintage coat stand is an ideal way to bring some grandeur to your winter coats, hats, scarves and more.
Our next suggestion is one of our most popular umbrella stands at Dibor – and it’s easy to see why. With a decorative, charming umbrella design in strong, durable metal, this dry-brushed umbrella caddy is perfect for adding a touch of individuality to your interior. Quirky, unusual and still oozing that Dibor grandeur and fashion, this unusual Umbrella Stand is flying off of our shelves – but we have plenty more for any late adopters!
Of course, it wouldn’t be Dibor without a truly luxurious option ready and waiting for those who desire it, and we’ve got a wonderful item here. Hand painted, in designs reminiscent of classical era marquetry, this beautiful umbrella caddy brings back the days of Pullman carriages, luxurious afternoon tea and the renaissance of style and interior fashion. Made out of the highest quality materials in a superb umbrella design, the true attraction of this unique holder is its ornamental, botanical paintwork, in an aged, textured gold. It breathes that luxurious sense of home comfort that only we can provide.
Of course, all of these products are excellent – but can’t stop muddy bootprints. The bane of mums and dads everywhere, they’re a strong symptom of the cold, wet weather. This cast iron boot scraper and brush is a simple solution, but beautiful and effective. With strong, coir bristles and a superb, ornate cast iron frame, this scraper’s brown paintwork is weatherproof and makes this an ideal, useful addition to your home no matter the season. Ideal for a gardener’s gift!
Finally, there’s only one great autumn enemy to combat – you’ve tidied your coats, stored away your brollies and scraped your boots. How do you get rid of the draughts? Shockingly (!) the answer is a draught excluder, and our range of draught excluders is absolutely superb – ideal to suit every interior theme, colour scheme and room. It was quite a task choosing one, but our decision falls to our Bien et Chaud design. Like the rest of our range, it’s made of high quality materials, and the design is instantly eyecatching, rustic and loveable.