Christmas Bauballs

Here at CR we receive some odd things in the post around this time of the year, but perhaps none quite so strange as a Christmas tree decoration in the guise of a pair of shiny red testicles

Here at CR we receive some odd things in the post around this time of the year, but perhaps none quite so strange as a Christmas tree decoration in the guise of a pair of shiny red testicles

Our Christmas Bauball is in fact one of a number of such handmade items being sold by ad agency Fallon to benefit Orchid, a charity fighting male cancer. As well as raising funds, the idea is that the baubles will encourage men to check themselves for possible signs of testicular cancer – ho, ho and indeed, ho.

So, if you feel like making a worthwhile donation to a very good cause while also thoroughly freaking out any elderly relatives peering too closely at your Christmas Tree, visit Available to buy from December 10.


UPDATE: It seems another ad agency, Albion, is doing a very similar project, this time to benefit Everyman. You can by theirs here. Thanks ‘purpleisme’ (see comments)



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  • purplesime

    Albion are doing exactly the same idea – but obviously not sent you a present. Yet.

    Their site is here:

  • PatrickBurgoyne

    @ Purpleisme

    Thanks- we’ve added that to the story. Great minds etc

  • Sheila Kapur

    The Albion one is far too good. Great craft there.

  • Felipe

    A bit awkward at the beginning but definitely brilliant. Thank you CR.

  • james

    Albion surely missed a trick by not naming the snowman one snowballs ??

  • Johanna

    Great idea, except a bit awkward to hang in your tree 😛

  • nick elliott

    that’s the nuts. In Germany we have the same idea, but as the other one is in the Albert Hall, they just go unnoticed.

  • James Wallace

    Nice idea…I want to see the reaction of their clients receiving them!