WITH Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us, there is no stopping the festive consumerism onslaught - sorry, 'most wonderful time of the year'.

Yes, Christmas is just seven weeks' away and if you want to bring some early Yuletide cheer into your home - without resorting to tinsel and baubles - then why not try this new 'Gingerbread Man' scented candle from Glasgow-based Shearers?

It burns for an average of 40 hours and fills the room with spicy, biscuity scents of ginger, sugared cardamon and candy cane.

If your taste is more towards fresh, fruity perfumes then this might not be the scented candle for you.

But as winter draws in, there is something comforting in these heavier, richer notes. To be honest, it reminded me of a Christmas pudding whenever I walked into the room.

And that was no bad thing.

Gingerbread Man Scented Candle - Shearers Candles, £8