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For some reason whenever I have fresh flowers in the house I never seem to have the right size or shaped vase to put them in, it is either too small, too tall or just generally the wrong shape around the top, I needed something that was that was going to be suitable for all types of flowers no matter what the size. For my birthday one of my gifts from my parents was a large bouquet of pink flowers and with it a lovely clear glass vase, it was just the thing I had been looking for and was the perfect size and shape to accommodate all types of flowers. The vase I received was the Conical Vase from Homebase. The Conical Vase is made from a reasonably thick clear glass, the thing which makes it unique is its shape. The vase itself is a total of 12inches tall from the base to its tallest point, it starts off with a narrow base made from extremely thick clear glass, as you get towards the top the vase fans outwards to a very wide neck, the neck of the vase measure approximately 6 inches across, however this slopes downwards so that one side of the neck is higher than the other this makes it appear much wider than it is. The wide sloping neck of the vase is what makes it unique but it is also this shape that makes it extremely versatile, the wide neck means the Conical Vase is ideal for larger bouquets of flowers, the stems of the flowers can squeeze into smaller spaces however if the neck of the vase is too small the flower heads become too squashed together meaning you cannot display them nicely and also it could damage them, the extra wide sloping neck of this vase means that the flower heads have enough room to be displayed without being damaged. I did wonder whether the Conical Vase would be suitable for small bunches of flowers containing just a few stems, however I found that it could still be used and create a lovely display. I have had bunches of flowers (for examples Lilies) which often contain just a few stems of flowers, these few stems look just as good as the larger bouquets of flowers displayed in the Conical vase. Smaller bunches of flowers with flowers which have larger heads on them look particularly good in this vase as each stem has plenty of room for the flower head to open our properly. The fact that the vase is made from totally clear glass also makes it very versatile as well as its shape. The Conical Vase is ideal for any room no matter what the colour scheme, you can also place some coloured stone or pebbles at the bottom of the vase to add a bit of extra colour, or even if you just want your flowers to sit slightly higher in the vase. I have used my vase both with and without pebbles in the bottom of it and it looks very stylish both ways. If you are not using the vase over the Christmas period you can use it to make a pretty display for lights, placing fairy lights inside he vase along with colour co-ordinated baubles, the clear glass of the vase really sparkles and reflects the lights and baubles inside perfectly. I'm not sure how long you could leave the fairy lights on inside the vase just in case it got a bit too hot, however I did try this and it worked perfectly having them switched on for just a couple of hours at a times. The Conical Vase as I have mentioned is from Homebase, and although it was a gift I do know that it cost £12.99, I think that this is very reasonably priced especially as the vase is so versatile, ideal for all flowers as well as having other uses at the same time if you are willing to get a bit creative. The vase is also strong and durable, the glass it is made from is quite thick and seems pretty tough, personally I am not going to drop it to test this but I do not think it is flimsy glass at all that would break or crack easily, meaning the vase will last a long time. For me it is certainly worth the money. The Homebae Conical Vase is definitely something I would recommend, it is the perfect shape and size, looks stylish in any room and is also reasonably priced. This would be the perfect item for anyone looking for a vase designed to fit all flowers as I was, and also makes an ideal gift, I was certainly very pleased to receive mine as part of a Birthday present.