The Best Festive Websites in Dubai

13 Dec 2011
By Ahlanlive.com

Do Christmas from you couch with Santa’s online helpers

The tree
No one wants pine needles soiling their car’s back seat so if you want a real, fresh tree, DXB Flower (dxbflower.com) and Fresh Flowers Dubai (freshflowersdubai.com) will deliver it and set it up in your living room without you having to lift a well-manicured finger. They can even provide you with decorations with which to spruce it up. Prefer to fake it? Use your other plastic and place an order with Ace Hardware (aceuae.com) who can also drive your tree over complete with lights.

The decorations
You’ve got the tree sorted, but now the rest of your house looks boring. Turning it into a full-on Santa’s Grotto can be exhausting though, so why not let someone else do it for you? Call up Falcon Gallery (falcon-gallery. com) or Irony Home (ironyhomelifestyle.com) and let them use their festive season interior décor expertise to turn your living room into a winter wonderland.

The cards
Who doesn’t love receiving a Christmas card, eh? And there’s something even better about a personalised one. Moonpig (moonpig.com), Funky Pigeon (funkypigeon. com) and Zazzle (zazzle.com) allow you to design your own online, either from scratch or from an existing template. Just click on and create, then send it straight to your recipient. Simple.

The gifts
If the thought of trawling the malls makes you come out in a hot sweat, do a surf shop for your Christmas gifts instead. Any fashionistas in your life will adore goodies ordered from clothing powerhouse Boutique 1 (boutique1. com), while accessories-lovers will go gaga for the goodies from Sophie’s Closet (shopatsophiescloset. com). For practical pressies opt for Nahel (nahel.com), and Quick Dubai (quickdubai.com) is where to go if you’re stuck over where to even start.

The food
If you want to chow down but can’t be bothered to apron-up, take the pain out of your dinner preparations by ordering takeout. For turkey and all the trimmings, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel (jumeirah.com), Fairmont Dubai (fairmont.com), JW Marriott Hotel Dubai (marriott.com) and Le Meridien Dubai (lemeridien-dubai.com) all offer fantastic, luxurious spreads that can be delivered to your home. The Address Dubai Marina (theaddress.com) does a scrumptious bird with sides and desserts, and for something a bit less glam but just as gut-busting, Spinney’s (spinneys-dubai.com) also prepare a great ready-made turkey that you can slide right onto the dinner table with zero effort.

The music
Fed up of endless repeats of Noddy Holder? Stop your ears bleeding without having to go shopping by ordering one of these online;
1. Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
2. Merry Christmas II You by Mariah Carey
3. White Christmas by Bing Crosby
4. A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra by Frank Sinatra
5. Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album by Glee
6. A Swingin’ Christmas by Tony Bennett
7. Joy to the World by Pink Martini
8. Elvis’ Christmas Album by Elvis Presley
9. Christmas by Michael Buble
10. If On A Winter’s Night by Sting

The snow
Sometimes, the holiday just doesn’t feel the same without the snowy stuff. We understand. That’s why we’ve found some places where you can get your very own fake variety. VAT19’s Insta Snow Powder (vat19.com) is non-toxic, safe to play around with and the instructions are literally as easy as adding water to create heaps of the white stuff that will last for weeks. Hawkin’s Bazaar (hawkin. com) also makes a fabulous artificial option, and their Magic Snow can even be re-used. Rudolph would approve.

The outfit
If you really want to go all out, why not opt for a Santa costume? Available to rent from Mr. Ben’s Costume Closet (mrbendubai. com), or to buy from the Party Centre (mypartycentre. com), we can almost guarantee you’ll be the life and soul of any bash.

The morning after
Every professional party girl knows that preparation is key. No one wants to hit the sunlight after a day of hardcore celebrating so it’s wise to stock up on your medicine cabinet before you pop another cork. However, if you’ve had too many shandies to plan properly, Marina Pharmacy (marinapharmacy. com), Life Pharmacy Group (life-me.com) and Dubai Online Pharmacy (dubaionlinepharmacy.com) can all deliver their wares to your home so that you don’t have to do an unsightly slipper-shuffle of- shame come Boxing Day. Just don’t frighten anyone when you’re opening your front door…