BTS balls, sweet finds from Dapitan and other cool and quirky Christmas decorations

From rattan trees to K-pop balls, here are a few ways to make your Christmas decoration stand out from others!

MANILA, Philippines – Decorating your home for Christmas is a great way to mark the holidays and make the season a little more special. And while there is nothing wrong with the usual green Christmas tree and twinkling lights, there are plenty of ways to play to make your vacation home stand out.

Whether you want something kitsch that screams Christmas, or something that blends in perfectly with your existing decor, here are a few ways to decorate beyond the holiday basics.

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Artificial pines are beautiful and all, but if you want to add a Filipino touch to your vacation, you can go for a “tree” made from local materials. A rattan Christmas tree is not only one of a kind, but it is also (theoretically) easier to decorate, clean and store. Check out Quezon Handicrafts or Dapitan Arcade for rattans. Plus, nothing says Pinoy Christmas like Santa Claus in a barong – available as a Christmas tree ornament on the Tesoro Handicrafts site.

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Turn your home into a candy country, with dessert-themed scoops like these ice creams from Dapitan Arcade. These would look especially beautiful on a Christmas tree or on garlands, but they could also serve as a decoration all year round.

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If you’re feeling upbeat, skip the usual Christmas baubles and ornaments and opt for plush toys or dolls in whatever theme you like. You can choose characters you really like (like Pokémon) or take inspiration from Ruffa Gutierrez, who filled his tree with lots of polar bear stuffed animals.

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The holidays are yet another time to honor your K-pop idols, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate them into your decor. The Christmas Factory sells ornaments with BTS, EXO, and BLACKPINK, for example. If you are in another group, you can also DIY a decor by printing photos of them and hanging them on your tree. You might even dare to include your K-pop product in the festivities – maybe give this glow stick the pedestal it deserves by making it the star of your Christmas tree.

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If you want something more subtle, you can get rid of all the usual Christmas decorations and instead add little holiday nods with handmade pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in a gallery. art or museum. You can opt for a gilded wood carving of a nativity scene, sculptures reminiscent of medieval iconography, or wooden angels that you could keep even after the holidays. Check out Chrysara Nest’s selection for ideas. –

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