Sunday People

Cut costs by hiring Christmas

If you want to save money (and space and the planet), renting festive essentials could be the solution for you


You’ve heard about how the Grinch stole Christmas, but might he have been less grumpy about the whole thing if he’d been able to save some money? With the cost of living crisis showing no signs of easing, and with sustainabi­lity at the forefront of our minds, more people are looking at what they can hire instead of buying outright.

In the UK, the re-commerce economy – which covers buying secondhand items, renting products or reselling pieces – is worth a staggering £7 billion, with renting items contributi­ng £1.07 billion to that figure.

And while you can rent products all year round, with Christmas being such an expensive time, hiring festive goods could be a clever way to cut costs. But what does hiring your Christmas really mean, and what sort of things can you hire?

“You can rent almost every aspect of Christmas,” explains Hannah Bartlett, cofounder of Jolly Festive. “From tableware – and the table itself – to festive decoration­s, Christmas clothes, and even the toys destined to be wrapped under the tree. The world of rental services is evolving at pace with tremendous variety and ingenuity.”

People turn to renting for a whole host of reasons, from environmen­tal worries and space constraint­s to financial concerns.

“The decision between renting or buying depends on an individual’s motivation­s, and different products and services will appeal to different people,” Hannah adds. “Hiring Christmas offers an appealing solution for items only used once a year and where rental services may offer a more environmen­tally friendly alternativ­e.”

With that in mind, let’s take a look inside

the world of Christmas for hire…


If you’re tired of using the same old decoration­s, renting your baubles and tinsel could be the way forward. After buying expensive decoration­s only to have them in storage for 300+ days of the year, Monty Key created Decorative Deliveries to provide customers with “specifical­ly curated” decoration­s for as little as £20.

“Lots of people have limited storage so having boxes of baubles to store all year round isn’t practical,” he says. “Also, by renting they can choose a different colour scheme each year to suit their mood or current living situation.”


Picking a real Christmas tree each year may be a tradition, but it comes with the hassle of how to discard it afterwards.

“Renting offers the chance to enjoy a fresh tree at home each year without the environmen­tal impact of cutting a new one down each time,” says Hannah. “Many families opt to rent the same tree year on year, creating a wonderful tradition and nostalgia for the children.”

With prices typically slightly higher than purchasing real trees (depending on the size), this option has the benefit of allowing the tree to be replanted. Google a local tree hire place, as keeping it local is better for the planet.


If you’re hosting Christmas and need to splash out on bigger, more expensive pieces like furniture, you could save cash by seeing what you can rent via platforms such as Fat Llama. “When it comes to large items like extra furniture, renting can be a tempting and sometimes necessary option,” says Hannah. “The price difference between renting and purchasing substantia­l items is more significan­t, and we don’t want these ‘for one week only’ bulky pieces taking up space in our homes come January.”

You can rent everything from a table to tinsel and toys


It may sound ludicrous to suggest, but with the average Brit spending £430 on gifts at Christmas, opting for rented items can prove handy. “With the cost of living crisis still a concern, we’ve seen an uptake in parents looking for alternativ­e, more costeffect­ive ways to provide their children with the best toys, books, bikes, prams and baby equipment on the market,” says Sanam Saghir, one of the owners of toy and baby equipment rental service Whirli. Elsewhere, platforms including Musicmagpi­e allow you to rent items such as smart watches and phones.


Whether Christmas to you is a pyjamas-all-day opportunit­y or a glitter and sequins affair, renting out clothes from outlets such as John Lewis, By Rotation and My Wardrobe HQ can give you access to stylish pieces on a pay-per-day basis.

“It can provide access to higher-quality brands and products than could otherwise be afforded,” says Hannah. “And when it comes to the little ones, renting Christmas clothes makes practical sense given they’ll probably have outgrown their festive outfits by next year.”

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