The 14 Best Holiday Decorations to Buy for 2018

Shop the best holiday accents for the season.

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When the holidays roll around, ensure you’re equipped with everything you need to show your enthusiasm for the season. Sure, a couple Christmas lights or a nutcrackers will do, but when it comes to impressing friends and family, having a game plan that includes some of the best accents around is key.

First, start with the basics, like a top-rated Christmas tree adorned in LED lights. Ornaments are obviously a must, too, so summon some flashy options to finish the job.

The details are just as important, so opt to display a classic collectible or nativity scene on your nearest mantel for all to see. Or, if you’re up for starting a new tradition, Elf on the Shelf is another novel way to bring delight to the season.

Whichever way you play it, embellishing your home in all of the festive touches is a great way to celebrate this time of year. Take a look at some of the best decorative options below to create your own beautifully decorated home.

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    Best Tree: Choice Products 6' Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree

    The most eye-catching addition in your living room? The classic Christmas tree. Since it’s so symbolic of the holidays — and comes with stellar reviews and a superb price point — this pick is our best overall choice to bring into your home this season.

    At six feet high, it’s hard not to notice this full-bodied, genuine Christmas tree. Backed by a sturdy metal base, there’s no need to worry about unwanted spills throughout the duration of the season.

    Customers love how real-looking this tree is — especially for its price. They also claim how easy-to-assemble it is, which can often be the biggest burden of all when it comes to an artificial option. It detaches into three pieces, so assembling, dismantling, and storing year after year will make this purchase worth it alone.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best artificial Christmas trees

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    Best Wreath: National Tree 24 Inch Crestwood Spruce Christmas Wreath

    When it comes to your doors and mantels, make sure they are clad in the finest of wreaths. This choice by National Christmas Tree brand is the holiday accent that gets this job done. Pre-strung with lights, and trimmed with all of the festive toppings, it’s sure to look good inside or outside.

    While the pine cones, red berries, and glitter certainly add extra flair, what makes this a real winner is the safeness and durability it provides. Since it’s fire-resistant and non-allergenic, you can apply the “set it and forget it” mentality when hanging. However, customers do note to make sure it’s situated close to an outlet since plug-in is required. They also mention that at 24 inches in diameter, some rearranging is needed to get it in its full ornate shape before using.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best holiday wreaths

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    Best Tree Skirt: The Holiday Aisle Ruffled Linen Christmas Tree Skirt

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    It’s easy to forget about the details beyond the tree. This year, make your tree skirt part of the entire holiday decor story. This ruffled red tree skirt by the respected home retailer, Wayfair, adds an old-world feel to any room — even before being covered by gifts.

    Made of polyester, cotton and linen, it looks as traditional and timeless as the customs behind it. Plus, the ruffle with white pleating gives it a bit of modern flair so it’s still relevant for your room. At four-and-a-half feet, it scales perfectly with most sized trees. Plus, the slit with tie closing makes it a breeze to slip on and off. Reviewers rave about its classic style and quality, ultimately making it a delight to pull out year after year.

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    Best Garland: Lit Pine Pottery Barn Garland

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    Dawn your home in a lush garland covered in bright white berries and small pine cones. Strung with tiny lights, it brings the festive holiday cheer your room craves during the season.

    Since it’s hand assembled and constructed of durable vine and wire, it’ll maintain its integrity even after being stowed away all year. Just don’t forget to replace the batteries on the 35 LED lights woven through the garland. Lucky for you, since no cord is required, it makes hanging this accent inside or outside hassle-free. Simply switch on the battery box and you’re left with a dazzling display.

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    Best Lighting: Brightech Ambience Pro LED Commercial Grade Outdoor Light Strand

    Just like a tree, having some luminous decor handy is essential to any holiday party. These energy-efficient LED lights are our pick since they not only look beautiful, but are long lasting, too.

    This set contains 3,000 heavy duty LED lights built with durable Weather Tight technology. Translation: They are built to withstand extreme conditions — from hot to cold — all year long. Which means taking them down at the end of the season isn’t required.

    Additionally, they are much more efficient than your typical incandescent light bulb. At 30 watts total, these lights never get hot — even after burning for hours. Thus saving you money on your power bill and more budget towards gift buying!

    Brightech also offers a three year warranty to back their lights. Combined with users who claim the product is “awesome, good quality, and SUPER bright,” this is a light set that’s certainly worth investing in.

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    Best Collectible: ITOMTE Handmade 16in Swedish Scandinavian Gnome

    Sometimes the details are just as important as the bigger items. In this case, the bestselling ITOMTE Handmade Swedish Scandinavian Gnome is an accent you won’t want to be caught without this season.

    According to Scandinavian folklore, gnomes are known to bring luck to homes and children everywhere. Continue this tradition with an adorable handmade doll crafted by a Swedish Artist. At 16 inches tall, it’s the perfect accent for a mantel or tabletop. Not to mention, with its own little box, it makes for a very sweet gift, too.

    Peruse the hundreds of reviews to see why readers are raving about the quality — and cuteness — behind this special holiday trinket.

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    Best Ornament Set: Kurt Adler Clear Glass Icicle Ornament Set

    Ornaments are a timeless way to preserve memories of the holidays, year after year. This icicle set is one of the highest valued options around to keep the Christmas customs alive.

    Each ornament in the 24 piece box features a realistic dripping design, to recreate an elevated wintry scene in your home. Made of clear glass and etched with the finest details, this set dazzles in any area it’s placed — especially when paired with lights. Ranging in size from three to five inches, these icicles will bring a beautiful touch that won’t go unnoticed on your tree.

    If you’re looking to mix-up your classic ornamental bulbs, or just enhance them with an elegant addition, the Kurt Adler Clear Glass Icicle Ornament Set is certainly the way to go.

    Check out our guide to the best ornaments​ you can buy today. 

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    Best Religious Item: Demdaco Willow Tree Nativity Set

    Tell the wonder of the Christmas story with a nativity set made by the renowned brand, Demdaco. The six-piece set is sure to withhold family traditions, while looking beautiful in the process.

    Since the year 2000, customers have fallen in love with this scene that’s both simple, yet elegant in nature. At less than 10 inches tall, the entire recreation is tiny, yet timeless for all lucky enough to receive. Since it arrives in a gorgeous gift box, it makes the ideal gift for newlyweds, family or friends wishing to honor the meaning behind the season. Users have turned to Willow Tree for quality designs through the years. And here’s one more item in the line that just reaffirms how truly fantastic the pieces are.

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    Best Stockings: Kurt Adler Red and Cream Knit Stockings

    Savor the sweet celebration that comes before the gifts are even opened. These vintage-styled Kurt Adler Red and Cream Knit Stockings will make the stocking opening process fun to enjoy — while still looking good in the process.

    The set includes two knit stockings clad in red and white and embellished with adorable pompoms. Designed exclusively for their customer base, Kurt Adler created a product that looks good hanging on the fireplace, while serving as a functional way to store goodies to open on Christmas Day.

    Customers love this product for both its durability and style during the season. However, they do mention to be cautious of the condensed interior that makes stuffing the stockings a bit more of a challenge.

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    Best Tree Topper: Kurt Adler Gold Wire Star Treetop

    Complete your tree with a top-rated gold star on top. When it comes to the best one to choose, this wire rendition is backed by lots of positive word of mouth.

    At just over 6 inches, the star is a perfect way to accent almost any sized tree. Made from iridescent materials and a gold wire skeleton, the item glows on its own with no lights needed. Plus, with a sturdy wire coil, it stays put in place front and center for all to see.

    The most notable aspect of this product is how well it proportions to the size of the tree. Both small and large varieties alike seem to complement the accent well, which is almost unheard of among other tree-topping accents.

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    Best Mantle Clips: The Original MantleClip Stocking Holder

    Fastening those stockings to your mantle can pose quite a challenge. Each year you try a new trick — but your often left with sad looking stockings on the floor each morning. This year, score a pair of cute mantle hooks that are 4" — so they'll fit on most mantles, — while they slip easily onto your ledge for a season free of stocking slips. 

    Included in the set is four hooks, plus a piece of chalk, so you can write out everyone's name for Santa to see. 

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    Best Candle Holder: 8" Silver Reindeer Candle Holder

    The holidays are not complete without some festive candlelight. Line your dinning table with a few sets of these reindeer candle holders that will greet family and friends with their warm, sparkling glow. Standing at 8" tall these aren't that large so a few sets will make a big impact or use them alone on an entry table or on a small shelf.

    Made of nickel plate, these candle holders will need a good polishing each season when you take out your holiday decorations. Holding six candles each, you need to purchase your own and reviews say 1/2" by 4" tapers would look best here for their size and fit. 

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    Best Nutcracker: Kurt Adler 16-Inch Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Nutcracker

    Nothing says holiday decor more than a Christmas nutcracker. This figure knocks you with even more holiday spirit with it's gingerbread theme, that conjures up thoughts of sugar plum fairies and more. 

    Standing 16" tall and made of solid wood this nutcracker will be your new favorite decoration for years to come — or perhaps a perfect gift for the Christmas lover. 

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    Best Novelty: Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

    We couldn’t end the round-up without featuring a new tradition everyone in the family will enjoy. This #1 bestseller with over 2.5 million products sold surely deserves a spot in your home. 

    The North Pole pixie scout (aka “Elf on the Shelf”) keeps young ones on their best behavior for the duration of the season. After all, they don’t want Santa’s helper reporting back to place them on the “Naughty List.”

    The set includes a plush rendition of the Elf, right from the story, to place around the home as an element to delight children. Children can even register their elf online to receive an official certificate and a letter from Santa to truly make the tradition come alive. With so much hype behind it, adding it to your home is worth all of the joy and laughter that are sure to ensue for the season.