Handmade Christmas accessories and decorations that will add colour to your home seem to be high on demand this year. If you are looking for the perfect star to add to the charm of your Christmas tree, a reindeer or a bright red Santa Claus, you might want to consider buying personalised handmade products.

Saritha Ashok, founder of Rainbow Bunting, said that she has designed a wide variety of handmade products that could add colour to your home this Christmas. “I have decided to make the usual favourites such as the gingerbread man, candle cane, bells. However, I have added different star-shaped buntings to give it a different look,” she said.

She said that her hangings can be placed on the tree or even placed on window sills. Apart from Christmas decorations, Ms. Ashok has Christmas-themed earrings in shades on green and red.

But Ms. Ashok’s latest creations are “up-cycled” wine bottles that are decorated with bells, a handmade reindeer and colourful green ribbon. “These can be gifted to family and friends after inserting a note and sharing the season’s greetings,” she added.

Another group of women consisting of Berna George, Margert Bhattacharya and Prema Sundaram, who also make handmade Christmas goodies such as Christmas towels, table clothes, cushion covers, table mats and napkins, started making preparations for Christmas sale in June.

Ms. George said that all the products are designed to “pep up” the Christmas spirit. “Our fabrics are imported from Canada and Dubai, and we try to add Christmas designs on the fabrics and make it a Christmas product.”

Asked about her favourite Christmas product, she says, “Last year, we made a skirt for the Christmas tree which was our attraction.”

Although these decorative items are more expensive than readymade decorations, Ms. Ashok, whose innovative products have registered good sales this season, said that she has a large customer base for good quality products. “I sit and design each piece myself. I also customise the products according to the customer’s demands,” she added.

Ms. George, however, said, “Anything ‘Christmasy’ sells.” As much as 85 per cent of her products, which included towels, face towels and tablecloths, were sold in her first sale.

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