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Christmas 2020 Is here!

So it will be a secret to absolutely nobody at this point that Christmas has been live on the site for a good few weeks already, and my brain has been 90% in Christmas mode since about September. Usually I’d pick a “launch date” to start sharing Christmas with you all, but what with 2020 being the year that it has been, I’ve had a lot of my Christmas products live for a good few months already at your request!

Still, it’s finally “close enough” to Christmas that I don’t feel silly shouting about all-things festive, and it felt only fitting to continue in my tradition of sharing the launch of the new collection once November came around, so I’ve put together a quick roundup of everything that’s new in for Christmas this year!



It wouldn’t be an ADS Christmas without new festive card designs and I have really pushed the boat out this year! Typically I add 1 or 2 new designs, but this year I’ve opted for a pretty little capsule of 8 new festive designs to choose from! Inspired by vintage christmas cards and my long-standing love of florals and foliage, there’s a Christmas card to suit every decor style this year! As always, you can stock up with 3 for 2 on all of my Christmas cards by using code XMASCARDS at the checkout! 

Wrapping Paper

Earlier in the year I introduced some brand new wrapping paper designs to the shop - so it only made sense to carry that over into Christmas! I picked two card designs that extended perfectly over into wrapping paper - perfect for adding an extra special touch to the most important gifts on your shopping list this year.


Two candles in black jars decorated with illustrated floral labels on a gold tray surrounded by christmas decorations


A super exciting introduction to the shop this year that I’ve been desperate to create for years now! I’m so excited to see my designs transferred into the most beautiful soy wax candles to bring a gorgeous look and a delicious scent to your festive decor this year. Each candle was hand poured by a brilliant candlemaker, so you can be sure they are made with the utmost care and experience - and it shows! They smell gorgeous, burn beautifully, and look blooming beautiful! They are finished with a lovely cotton gift bag which makes them perfect for gifting- but they are a limited run so be quick! 


A floral illustrated calendar turned to "april", hanging on a noticeboard above a desk

Another product I’ve been dreaming of making, and the lovely Katie finally gave me the confidence to make this year is Calendars for 2021! If you ask me, they make a wonderful gift, or the perfect little thing to start planning ahead for the new year. 

Add Gift Wrapping and Send Direct:

gift wrapped orders with illustrated christmas paper, with gold satin cord and a handwritten note


Knowing we’re facing a rather peculiar Christmas this year, so I’ve added a new option to the checkout for more long-distance Christmas gifting. You can now Choose to add gift wrapping to your order at the checkout and send a gift directly to your recipient, along with a handwritten message on a crisp, gold foiled notecard. Click here for the full info. 

Returning Favourites:

A rose gold enamel pin in the shape of a sprig of Mistletoe, pinned on a soft white jumper
two christmas cards, illustrated with snow covered buildings with teal envelopes on a grey background, surrounded by pink velvet ribbons and mini white pompoms

Aaaaand on top of all the newness, there are as always, some returning favourites to the shop! This year I’m bringing back the gorgeous gold foil festive prints to bring a little extra glam to your christmas home decor, as well as some long-standing card designs, and of course your most-loved Mistletoe pin!

Gold foiled christmas print propped on a cabinet decorated with candles, and a tray of christmas treats

Even though things look set to feel different this year, I’m still excited for all the festivities in whichever way we can enjoy them this year, and I’m so pleased to share this year’s entire Christmas collection with you. As always, they are made with all of my festive love and devotion, and I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying them so far!

Be sure to check out the full collection here - happy festive shopping!