Christmas essentials with Gill Gauntlett


As Christmas approaches shops become busy and there seems to be so much to do – present buying, card writing, and just as importantly getting our home perfect for the festive season! Jobs just can’t wait until January! Right?

We caught up with guest presenter and ‘Face of Christmas’ at QVC, Gill Gauntlett, to get some handy hints and tips on how to get you and your home ready for the main event. Her first piece of advice? “Sit back, take a deep breath and start enjoying it; don’t make more work for yourself than is needed!”…

Gill Gauntlett Christmas decorations 2

This time of year is always the busiest for me, being a Christmas guest I have a full schedule at QVC so the best way I cope is to pace myself and try and to enjoy the moment.

I love Christmas for many reasons and am always so excited when the time comes for putting up the tree and seeing the decorations shimmer.

I like to create the right impression for my family and visitors, which means having a home that is clean and welcoming. So I do tend to get rid of the clutter I’ve collected through the year!

Hallway Christmas tree and dog

Once that’s done I go to town and have a good clean through. The Vax carpet shampooer comes out and everything gets a makeover! My very busy life means this is something I can’t always do as thoroughly as I want – what do they say? Clean house, dull life!

I try to aim for the 1st December to start with the decorations, I usually do it over a few days, it’s a working progress to get it right.

My tree is of course Bethlehem Lights and pre-lit and it’s mostly silver and white. My daughter, Ella loves to put the decs on and always insists she put the last one on the top. We also have one of the slim trees as last year Ella was away at college and I wanted her to feel at home, she’s a home girlie!

Gill Gaunlett and her Christmas tree

I do believe Christmas is the one time nothing is over the top! I love glitter and lights, always have. I attach garlands on the stairs, and around my mirrors and dresser. I have wreaths on the fireplace and on doors inside and out!

I love the fact that the Bethlehem Lights Christmas decorations are battery operated and on timers, because this makes them so easy to put up! My wreath and garlands are many years old but as good as new, the new style this year is. The teardrops from Bethlehem Lights are also a fab way to add that touch on a hall table, coffee table, window etc.

Front door Christmas decorations

I have my trees either side of my front door lit by a set of 50 clear lights on each. This year I have also bought a white wreath from QVC to add a different touch to the bathroom and a reindeer head to hang in the downstairs loo!

The only thing I miss is the smell of a real Christmas trees, so I get a handful of eucalyptus and pop it in amongst my tree, garlands and wreaths. I also go to the tree farm and get a few off cuts from the tree to make a display in my dining room…

Dining table with Christmas decorations

I always have my dad to stay as he is the main cook, with the rest of us helping (not bad for 85). We always have Turkey, from the local butchers and beef… Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without sausages wrapped in bacon and Brussels sprouts. My dad makes lovely honey covered carrots and the best ever home made stuffing! I do love cranberry sauce, homemade of course but also must insist on bread sauce!

Christmas pud is always a tradition in our house; my husband loves brandy cream, I don’t like it so always have either pavlova or trifle as well… we still put the coins in the dish though!

Dining table chair

I set the table Christmas Eve, this is my job! Never forgetting the crackers, as I do love posh crackers I usually wait until the last minute to get them when they are generally half price! After dinner we sit around the table and play whatever new game I managed to get! The men in the house wash-up, excluding dad! (I know the girls get it easy but we do all the groundwork in my house)

Over the years wrapping has changed for me, I now wrap presents as I go, I used to leave it until, Christmas Eve with my husband when we would sometimes be wrapping until the wee hours, but as the children grew it’s changed slightly!

When they were little my husband would talc the bottom of a welly and make snow footprints at the fireplace, even told my children it was magical snow that didn’t melt! Those where the days!

Christmas for me is all about getting together with family and friends and I do appreciate I am lucky to have so many. I always try and make sure everyone dear to me has a place to go at least a dinner to eat!

Boxing Day is always cold meat, ham cooked in coke, turkey and beef with big hand cooked chips and pickles! Cards and games all the way. It’s probably the one time of year the TV is only on in the background!

Over the years we’ve had a few dramas at Christmas time but I can honestly say we have a wonderful time and could never imagine being anywhere else but at home!

Thanks to my mum who recently gave me a necklace with the perfect words my new motto from now on is, “Think less live more!”

Happy Christmas
Gill x


  1. Debbie December 8, 2014 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Gill just to say youre home looks stunning elegant&classy yet cosy&homely love love love it when you are on you set the mood with you’re enthusiasm and give all us viewers much appreciated inspiration , i am building my collection of bethlehem lights every year and they to me are a must have the fact that they are on a timer and the batteries last so long is a real bonus thank you so much for all youre hard work you are a fantastic presenter really genuine and honest love youre shows on the run up to christmas ( and also all the solar light ones in the gardening shows) hope you are with QVC for many years to come i wish you and all youre family a happy healthy peaceful christmas .Love Debbie x

    • Gill December 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Debbie, happy Christmas to you xxx

  2. Carol December 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gill, this year I decided to update my christmas decorations, I have to confess I went a bit mad buying loads of Bethlehem lights, now they are all up and I could not be more pleased everything looks wonderfully festive I have followed lots of your tips and now it even smells like the old fashioned Christmases of my childhood , thank you for all your inspiration and I wish you and your family a very happy christmas x

    • Gill December 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

      Carol you’ll have the Bethlehem Lights for many years and love them, have a fabulous Christmas xx

  3. JULES December 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    It was really nice to read your tips Gill.I have a big family and we all have christmas together .it changes as the children grow up as you say. Iwill be adopting your tips for one ore two things so thanks again. ps my green seasons order has just been delivered as I write this. Merry Christmas

    • Gill December 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jules, I hope you get to see your big family this year..Have a lovely Christmas, it will definitely be tasty! x

  4. Anne Marie Mason December 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    I love all the products you bring us and your home is fab! Would you please try and find us some flameless tealights that have the timer option on them?

    Thank you.

    • Gill December 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

      I am going to try to see if we can get T lights with timers for next year Anne Marie, happy Christmas x

  5. Gill Gauntlett December 15, 2014 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Thanks for your lovely comments, its very kind of you… Jules I have got my Green Seasons hamper and can’t wait to start cooking!! Anne Marie I will ask about T Lights with a timer for 2015, its a great idea…. Have a Merry Christmas xx

  6. Yve Johnson November 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Could I please ask Gill Gaunlett where did she buy her tassle bracelets from?

  7. susan jones December 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    gill you are an absolute treasure, you inspire so many of us how to decorate our homes not only at Christmas but all year long, you have a stunning home and work so hard at qvc, keep up the good work merry Christmas love sue

  8. Wendy McIvor December 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gill,
    Can you tell me please what batteries I get for my belehem string lights which I put in my small trees outside? I have quite a few sets but last year I replaced them with the D batteries from (Duracell) but after a couple of days they didn’t work.
    Do I need to buy a special kind of battery for these lights e.g. Ni-Mh rechargeable ones and if so do I need to buy a charger for them. Hope you can help Gill.


    Wendy McIvor xx

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