Willow Tree Figurines for Christmas

Willow tree figurines make perfect gifts at any time of the year, but are an absolute treasure trove of gift ideas during the Christmas season. At this festive time, don’t find yourself stuck for ideas or rehashing the same boring Christmas presents – nobody really likes a bland thoughtless present and many simply get ‘re gifted’. This post explains the types of figurines which may work especially well for Christian family/friends/colleagues at Christmas time, more ideas for other folks,  and hints on how to package and wrap them to arrive safe, sound and looking beautiful. By the time you’ve read this, you should have a list of ideas as either a quick ideal gift solution or a starter point to explore the range more for that perfect present.

Willow Tree Figurines Nativity Set

Willow Tree Figurines Nativity Set

There are many figurines in the lines from individual figures, to groups, to a full nativity set. For a friend who follows the Christian faiths, the nativity set is an obvious choice but you be looking for a smaller gift (and price tag) but still need it to be special. Not to panic, there are also angels which are sold singly which are perfect Christian gifts.

Willow Tree Angel of Caring

Willow Tree Angel of Caring

Willow Tree Angel of Freedom

Willow Tree Angel of Freedom

There is the Angel of Healing, of Caring, of Freedom, of Harmony (playing a flute), of Healing and of Grace to chose from as stand alone figurines. Two more figurines, the Angel of Hope, and of Friendship are also available as ornaments to hang from the Christmas tree.

Willow Tree Angel of Hope

Willow Tree Angel of Hope

Willow Tree Angel of Hope ornament

Willow Tree Angel of Hope ornament

Then there is the special 2009 Christmas ornament, to symbolise peace and joy throughout the year. Finally, one more angel is simply called “a tree, a prayer” and is available as a stand alone figurine, a beautiful metal edged hanging ornament, embellishing a candle holder, or decorating a beautiful green “Memory Box ” for special momentos.

Willow Tree a tree a prayer memory box

Willow Tree a tree a prayer memory box

For many people though, Christmas is a more secular affair rather than a religious occasion, and you can still cater for them within the range in superb style.

If the person you are shopping for is either not following the Christian faith or someone you wouldn’t want to buy an angel for for some reason, start by thinking about their home life and their interests. There are many figurines that any parent could relate to, the picture here is of the closet you can buy to add figurines to year after year.

Willow Tree figurines closet to display them in

Willow Tree figurines closet to display them in

For people who don’t have children there are single figurines, such as ‘Welcoming Spirit’ which are great for home décor, or for those in relationships, why not think about the ‘Together’ figurines? Once you’ve chosen your figureines, there’s the question of how to wrap them for safe posting and for an impressive looking Christmas present.

In order to safely wrap for posting, try double boxing them. Take your first box and then place it in a second carton, packing the gap in-between the boxes with bubble wrap. Then seal the whole carton with packaging tape not regular clear sticky tape. Having said this, the figurines are made of resin so should be safer to post than porcelain in any case. For wrapping, take your gift paper and when you wrap, fold it over at the ends to create a ‘hem’ which will give a better outline to your parcel. You might also want to to invest in ‘invisible’ clear tape designed for gift wrapping for a professional touch. One easy way to pull of professional looking gift wrapping when you’re short of time is metallic gold or silver gift paper with wide gold or silver ribbon, the type that has thin wire stitched along each side of the width of the ribbon.

Wired type gift wrap ribbon

Wired type gift wrap ribbon

You can easily create beautiful bows with the ‘wired’ ribbon, even if you’re not a super-confident wrapper – the wires help hide a less than perfect bow shape and make the bow look more luxuriant. You may even be able to pick up a carton of the wired ribbon in “Pound Stores” (UK) or “Dollar Stores” (USA/ Canada”) – its not always expensive and really does transform even the clumsiest wrapped parcels into truly beautiful packages!

Wire bows make packages look beautiful

Wire bows make packages look beautiful

Another super fast tip is to use a pretty gift bag and fill it with shredded tissue paper then tie the bag handles with ribbon into a bow (again try the wired type ribbon).

Shredded tissue helps gift bags look great

Shredded tissue helps gift bags look great

Yes, there are special Christmas themed figurines and even tree ornaments available but really the range will lend itself to all sorts of gifts for all sorts of people. Each one is far more likely to be memorable git than a pair of socks or a bottle of wine but you can still order on-line, may be able to have it delivered gift wrapped to the recipient and save the hassle of a trip round the mall in lousy weather. From this point of view, Willow Tree figurines really are a godsend in the gift shopping department and you now have some ideas about choosing Christmas ones and how to wrap them. Hopefully this will inspire you to peruse the collection, choose the right figurines and cross through another name or two on your seasonal gift shopping list!

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