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John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 2: A new bauble for your tree

Hunting for obscure Christmas baubles is somewhat of a tradition here at Mumsnet. What will your favourite be this year?

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Dec 13, 2023

John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 2: Browse unusual baubles with our guide

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Ever since a particular bauble caught the attention of Mumsnet users back in 2017, there has been an annual tradition of hunting for the most obscure, unusual and quirkiest bauble that John Lewis releases each year. 

In fact, they’ve been so different over the years that Gingernaut was left flabbergasted in 2019, asking if John Lewis had “gone for the outright bonkers?” 

The answer is yes, yes they have. And they still do. 

For 2023, the retailer has a variety of Christmas themes you can choose from to transform your home, with each offering up wonderfully ridiculous baubles to add to your collection. From Christmas cottage to winter fairytale, royal fairytale to polar planet and more - there’s quite a variety to choose from. We’ve found some of the funniest for you to adorn your tree with.

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The best one

Quality Street Green Triangle Glass Bauble, £7

Our verdict

This novelty bauble is part of a limited edition Quality Street collection. All are glass mirrored, excellent quality and perfectly catch your eye on your tree. Plus, bonus points for the nostalgia - and the fact that the green triangle is a favourite for many.

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A national dish

John Lewis Fish & Chips Bauble, £6

Our verdict

Display one of the country's most loved dishes with this novelty bauble from John Lewis - fish and chips with a side of mushy peas!

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Love with a twist

Alessi Cubik Love Christmas Tree Bauble, £20

Our verdict

Made from blown glass and hand-decorated, this love heart Cubik Christmas Tree bauble will add a fun, modern look to your tree.

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A new friend

John Lewis Winter Fairytale Beaded Owl, £8

Our verdict

Add this snowy owl to your Christmas tree for an added touch of white and gold.

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The conversation starter

John Lewis Beyond Christmas Glitter Crater Bauble, £16

Our verdict

If you're afraid of Daleks or have Trypophobia, this bauble might be one to avoid. It's certainly a conversation starter for friends and family, and will add some extra colour and glitter to your tree. It's no sperm bauble - but it could be, er, an egg cell bauble? We'll let you decide!

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For a modern twist

Alessi Cubik Santa Christmas Tree Bauble, £20

Our verdict

Made from glass in Italy, this Cubik Santa bauble from Alessi takes traditional Santa and gives him a fun, modern look that everyone will love. So much so, it almost looks like it belongs in an episode of Dr. Who… 

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Before the clock strikes 12

John Lewis Royal Fairytale Glitter Clock Bauble, £22

Our verdict

Add extra fairytale magic to your Christmas tree this year with this lovely clock bauble from John Lewis.

What is the John Lewis Advent calendar 2023?

For the first 12 days of December, we’re serving up Christmas inspiration, gift ideas and thoughtfully curated products that carry the seal of approval from our very own Mumsnet users. Make sure you check back daily!

About John Lewis

Known for much more than just those tear-jerking Christmas adverts, John Lewis is a department store that will accommodate all your needs. From home, garden, electricals, beauty, and fashion it's the perfect place to find a special gift for someone, or for yourself.

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she brings parents content designed to make life easier. As a mum-of-two, she knows all too well how difficult it can be organising Christmas. So, she's fully invested in finding the best Christmas gift ideas, offers and promotions for families this year. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.