The 10 Best Christmas Decorations to Buy in 2017

Decorate your home for the holidays with our festive picks

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When it’s time to deck your house for the holidays, it’s okay to want to be the most festive house on the block or stay subtle with just a bit of cheer here and there. But whatever approach you choose, you want to make sure you pick beautiful items that will last for many years to come.

Even though they’re tucked away in an attic for 10 months of the year, your Christmas decorations should stand the test of time. From gorgeous garlands to cozy and chic stockings to humorous decorations that will...MORE make your guests chuckle, there are nearly endless options to bring the Christmas cheer into your home.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve rounded up the most Santa-approved Christmas decorations for every part of your house. Our picks range from budget-friendly to splurge, and should appeal to everyone (including the resident Scrooge) in your family.

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    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...MORE 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.

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    If you’re dreading getting your ladder out, untangling your Christmas lights and precariously nailing them to your house this season, then this is the product for you. The 1byone light is the simplest way to light up your whole house in a matter of minutes. This projector comes with a long stake that you can easily nail anywhere in your yard (just make sure you can extend a power source far enough) and provides up to 2,100 square feet of light coverage. While you can only choose between red,...MORE green or a combination of both, reviewers say the festive options are more than enough to keep your house bright all season.

    For less than you’ll pay for most outdoor Christmas lights that cover your whole house, you can compete with your neighbor’s impressive light show and never really lift a finger. Some owners do suggest buying two if you have a lot of house to cover or you want the lights to shine very, very bright, but this is the perfect decoration for anyone who’s tired of a Sunday wasted untangling old Christmas lights.

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    Some Christmas decorations need to come down on January 1st, but these wintery snowflake throw pillow covers are great throughout the whole winter season. The covers fit over an 18-inch pillow (the insert isn’t included), and are purchased separately. They’re perfect for neutral living rooms and cozy guest rooms (or that ski chalet you’ve been dreaming of) that need a bit of holiday cheer without going overboard. Reviewers comment that they appreciate the workmanship of the pillow, noting the...MORE delicate piping and high quality materials. Since these covers are easily removable and tossed in the washer, you don’t have to worry about using white in busy rooms.

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    While tall candlesticks and festive centerpieces are great for a large dinner table, we adore these woodland reindeer tea light holders for buffet tables, side tables, bookcases and anywhere else you could add a bit of ambient candlelight. Each one is 4.8 x 1.8 x 5 inches, and the whole set comes with six whimsical iron reindeer. They hold any standard tea light, including LEDs if you’re nervous about having an open flame around children. We love these the simplistic design of these reindeer...MORE because they can fit any decor aesthetic.

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    Garland is a classic choice for the holidays, and we found the best choice if you’re looking to give this timeless look an 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...MORE 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.

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    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...MORE brick wall or a window, and lends a joyful country feel to any space this holiday.

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    This season, spruce up your mantle and hang a stocking that’s both 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...MORE 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.  

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    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...MORE 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.

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    If you want to channel Santa without necessarily adorning your toilet with him, this elegant throw blanket does the job. Made of sherpa (a faux fur blend of polyester and yarn) and velvet, this throw looks great tossed on a chair or over a guest room bed. It’s 50" X 60", so it’s not too small to keep an adult warm or cover a twin bed. The Genteele throw comes in three colors, but the red and off-white version is perfect for Christmas.

    Many reviewers agree the blanket keeps even the...MORE chilliest family members toasty and proclaim that washing it doesn’t cause a lot of pilling or lint.  

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     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...MORE 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.

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