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The most wonderful time of the year will be here before you know it, and there's no better (or easier) way to get yourself in the holiday spirit with some Christmas decorations. After all, it's amazing what some garland, wreaths, and mistletoe can do to your space.
One of the best things about Christmas decorations is that there are plenty of options to suit any space. Still, you should always consider your space, style, and budget before you take the plunge. While there are plenty of store-bought options, you can also save some coin by making your own from scratch. And, above all, it's important to take stock of the Christmas decorations you already have. After all, nobody needs multiple boughs of holly. To get you started, here are the best Christmas decorations.
Best Overall: GOER Merry Christmas Burlap Garland Banner
For the Pinterest-lover who doesn’t have time to DIY, this garland is a whimsical and classy way to decorate this holiday. Made out of burlap with red-painted letters, it’s 106 inches long and ideal for when you need to fill a little blank space. It’s often easy to find Christmas decorations to cover your mantel or your staircase railing, but if you want to add some cheer to an entryway or above a buffet table, this is a great solution. One owner also used this banner for adorable Christmas card photos, an idea you and your family should definitely steal.
Some reviewers mention the banner’s strong smell, so you may want to purchase this a few days before you hang it to give it some time to air out — but for the price the quality is superb.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Gerson International 3 Piece Nested Glitter Tree Set
The 3-Piece Nested Glitter Tree Set is the perfect indoor decoration for the holidays. This set consists of three trees that are constructed of sturdy wire and topped with silver glitter accents. They have a creamy white trim and bright, energy-efficient LED lights that have three functions (steady, flashing, and off). The Nested Glitter Tree Set comes in three sizes, so you can use it anywhere in your home: large with 35 LED lights, medium with 20 LED lights, and small with 10 LED lights. This set has garnered many positive reviews from customers who say that the trees are stunning in their home.
Best Pillow: Nourison Home For The Holiday Christmas Tree on Car Multicolor Throw Pillow
Add a touch of holiday cheer to your home with this whimsical throw pillow! This multicolor throw pillow is the perfect size (18” x 18”) for a couch or bed, and it's a great piece for those who are trying to decorate on a budget. Featuring a carefully stitched scene of a bright green Christmas tree and cherry red Volkswagen against a cream-colored backdrop, this hand-hooked throw pillow will undoubtedly spark joy and holiday cheer in your home. It's crafted from 100% wool, so it’s spot clean only.
Best Garland: Loon Peak Carolina Pine Pre-Lit Garland with 100 Warm Lights
Garland is a classic choice for the holidays, and we found the best choice if you’re looking to give this timeless look a modern upgrade. This gorgeous pine cone and light-adored garland can be used either inside or outside, and is 108 inches long. Reviewers rave about the quality, agreeing that the faux pine needles look as real as the genuine article. While the set comes with spare light bulbs in case any burn out, we appreciate that the rest of the strand will stay lit, even if one bulb breaks.
While owners remark that the garland may require a bit of fluffing and handling to really shine, the quality and durability surpasses any you’ll find your local drugstore. This is a great choice for the Christmas-lover who wants to splurge a little to make their home look the best this holiday.
Best Wreath: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Preserved Wreath
You don’t have to be crafty to love this Boxwoods Preserved Wreath — but if you are, it offers the perfect base for ribbons, ornaments or lights. Made from real boxwood leaves and artificially preserved, this wreath is 24 inches from side to side and should only be used indoors to maintain the vibrancy of the green. This charming wreath adds a bit of rustic flavor to any home, and many reviewers state that they kept the decoration up all year long.
We think it would look stunning sitting on a brick wall or a window, and lends a joyful country feel to any space this holiday.
Best Stockings: Kunyida Unique Burgundy and Ivory White Knit Christmas Stockings
This season, spruce up your mantle and hang a stocking that’s useful and chic. These burgundy and ivory knit stockings come in a set of four and are totally stunning. Each stocking is about 10 inches long, so they run on the smaller side, but they’re a great option if you’re looking for something stylish to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. We especially love the cable pattern and the rich colors. Since these stockings are both affordable and high quality, they make a perfect gift bag for coworkers or teacher you want to treat to a surprise. The classic patterns and colors will last throughout the year, and won’t go out of style like some other trendy options.
Best Bathroom Decor: D-FantiX 3D Nose Santa Toilet Seat Cover and Rug Set
We love classic details and beautiful decor as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun every once in awhile. Your kids (and the kid-at-heart) will get a kick out of this hilarious Santa Claus toilet seat cover. This bathroom decoration set comes with a plush, 3D seat cover, a tank cover with a built-in tissue box and a bath rug. If you’re searching for a budget-friendly way to add some humor to your house this holiday, you can’t go wrong with this set. The seat cover should fit any standard toilet seat and is about 12 inches wide.
Imagine the laughter and surprise when your spouse or teenager walk into the bathroom and find Santa waiting there to greet them. Reviewers agree that the quality is good for the low price, and found the items easily washable.
Best Blanket: Pottery Barn Lynbrook Plaid Throw Blanket
Softer than silk and richly colored in deep reds and greens, the Lynbrook Plaid Throw from Pottery Barn is the ideal blanket for cozy movie nights and chilly winter evenings spent snuggling on the couch. In addition to being soft and comfy, this luxurious, colorful plaid throw is a stylish look for virtually any room in your home. Made of 100 percent polyester and Oeko-Tex certified, it's made without any harmful chemicals or dyes. The Lynbrook Plaid Throw can be easily cleaned in your washing machine, and the product’s high-quality yarn will retain its color after washing.
Best Advent Calendar: Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
It’s simply not Christmas without an advent calendar counting down the days until Santa’s arrival. This 16-inch Melissa & Doug wooden calendar is an adorable way to watch the December days fly by and get your children excited for the holiday. While it’s technically a children’s calendar, it’s neutral enough to appeal to the whole family. The large magnetic wooden pieces are perfect for little hands, and there’s a catch-all tray for extra items. The quality is great for the price, and while you won’t get a chocolate treat by counting down the days, the bright colors are cheerful and fun. We think this calendar is a great way to start a family tradition that will last year after year.
What to Look For in Christmas Decorations
It doesn't matter if you live in a tiny studio apartment or sprawling country abode, every home can use a hefty dose of holiday cheer. But, your space's configuration will ultimately dictate the decorations you buy. For example, anyone who lives in a smaller home might buy just a few decorations that's won't swallow up too much precious real estate. However, someone who has more square footage may feel empowered to fill their home to the bring with festive fripperies.
As the saying goes, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder — and Christmas decorations are no exception. When selecting Christmas decorations, it's important look for pieces that match your home's aesthetic. For example, lucite Christmas trees and gilded accessories are a perfect match for contemporary spaces. But, if your personal style skews more rustic, feel free to double down on wooden or traditional accents.
Christmas decorations are available in range of different price points, so it's important to pick up items that fit comfortably in your budget. While you can spend top dollar on your Christmas decorations, there are plenty of retailers that offer budget-conscious alternatives. Or, if you want to get really crafty, you can always make your own ornaments.
How can you make Christmas decorations?
Ready to flex your DIY muscle? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make striking Christmas decorations from scratch. From popcorn-laced garland to paper ornaments and snowflakes, there's a good chance your tools are already lurking in your home. But, if you need some inspiration, check out these standout Christmas tree ideas.
Where should I buy Christmas decorations?
Come the colder months, you'll be in no shortage of Christmas decorations. While many dedicated retailer sell festive accessories year-round, many smaller shops will unveil their inventory once fall rolls around. Ultimately, where you buy your Christmas decorations all boils down to your style and budget.
When should I take down Christmas decorations?
According to English tradition, the best time to remove your Christmas decorations is on the Twelfth Night, which typically falls on January 5 or January 6. (Yes, there is a connection to Shakespeare's popular play.) Legend has it, this date marks the end of the winter festival and the beginning of the Epiphany, when the Magi visited baby Jesus. But, beware! It's considered bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up past the Twelfth Night.