11 best Christmas decor items to spruce up your home this holiday

11 best Christmas decor items to spruce up your home this holiday
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Christmas is upon us once again, and despite the year’s seemingly endless onslaught of pandemic disaster, it’s time to conjure up as much joy possible if only to spite the Hellscape we’ve all trudged through in 2020.

One quick way to get into the spirit of things is through decorating your home. Stringing up lights and tinsel, strewing festive bobbles around, and hanging ornaments on a plush green tree are time-honored traditions many of us carry year to year in order to fully celebrate the togetherness and love the season can bring.

Keeping this in mind, we chose some of our favorite decor items for sale this year. Whether your style lines up with the red and green color scheme typically associated with the season or you like a streamlined, modern take on the festivities, you’re sure to find something here that will help elevate your yuletide mood all throughout December.

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Tabletop Fawn with Wreath by Ashland®

Of all the various Michael’s Christmas collections this year, these dainty deer with cartoonish big eyes and precious spots are the cutest offerings on the table. They’re perfect for tucking into any corner that could use a little sprucing up, whether that’s on the kitchen counter or between some gifts under the tree. Michael’s has plenty of coupons and sales running as well, so grab one now for a significant discount off the original $16.99 price tag.


Place & Time Christmas Tree Shelf-Red

Whether you hang this shelf or place it on a mantle, countertop, or next to the tree, it’s a lovely place to store smaller tchotchkes that might otherwise be lost among the tinsel. Bundle up a few light strands throughout the shelves and you can create a beautiful diorama where holiday characters collected through the years mingle and light up a small corner of your home.

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Best Choice Products 15in Pre-lit Ceramic Christmas Tree w/ Cord, Hand-Painted Decoration - Peppermint Candy Cane

If there is a “most trendy item of Christmas 2020,” it’s the vintage inspired ceramic light-up tree. While the green, white, and cream-colored variations are lovely and play into a sense of holiday nostalgia, this peppermint striped version is positively wonderful and freshens up the familiar object.

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Peroptimist Cute Wooden Christmas Train with Snowman

Cute Wooden Christmas Train with Snowman, Mini Train Decor, Christmas Train Ornament Toys for Kids Gift Home Decoration

An old-fashioned Christmas train is wonderful to keep on hand if you have children helping you decorate the house. It’s made of non-toxic, wooden material that’s safe for use as a toy, but it also looks adorable sitting on a countertop adorned with extra pine trimmings or loose ornaments.


Spinning Wheel Do Good Deeds Decorative Figurine Red - Wondershop™

Spinning Wheel Do Good Deeds Decorative Figurine Red - Wondershop\u2122

This is another one sure to delight kids and kids at heart alike that functions as both decor and a fun plaything: the “Good Deeds” spinning wheel that allows you to spin and land on a number of activities such as singing a song, reading a story, or donating a toy to those less fortunate. The wheel is an excellent tool for teaching children empathy and introducing concepts of giving at a time when the “gimme-gimmes” can be high. They’ll also learn to associate manners and kindness with fun, a bonus lesson that will carry throughout the year.


Beaded Garland White & Natural - Wondershop™

This beaded garland is perfect for the minimalist who prefers a clean color palette and just a touch of merriment, rather than a full-on red and green Christmas look. The natural tones of the wood and simple geometric lines give a cool, wintry feel to any wall or tree they adorn, and loops on either end make them a cinch to hang.


Ceramic Church Decorative Figurine White & Black - Wondershop™

In keeping with more rustic, neutral tones, we suggest snagging one of these simple ceramic churches for just $5. There are a variety of sizes so you can collect a whole village for under $30, and when paired with equally homey accents like the wooden garland above, you’ll have yourself a farmhouse Christmas straight from the snowy flatlands no matter your real world location.


Gemmy 81246 Airblown Grinch with Present Christmas Inflatable 4 FT TALL

Not quite feeling the spirit this year? Maybe this Grinchy blow-up decoration is for you. Standing four feet tall and weighing in just under three pounds, this outdoor decoration easily lights up even the grouchiest homeowner’s porch and reminds them to let their heart grow a few sizes during the happiest season of the year.


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Figures - Bring the Story to Life - Ideal for Holiday Decorating, Cake Toppers, Playtime - Includes 2” Figure of Rudolph, Hermey, Bumble and More - 8 Piece Figurine Set

Rudoph, The Red Nosed Reindeer figurines

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer remains a cross-generational Christmas classic. This set features the majority of the major players of the film, from the titular reindeer himself to a handful of misfit toys straight off their island. They’re great for displaying or recreating famous scenes with little ones who are new to the film, so keep a set on hand to entertain any younger fans who just can’t get enough of the famous claymation flick and its kooky cast.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Santa Jack Figural Mug

Hot Topic is well known for their young, alternative clientele’s preoccupation with The Nightmare BeforeChristmas, so of course they have the go-to collection of related products ideal for a spooky-fun holiday season. Wake up each morning to a cup of coffee sipped slowly from the pumpkin king’s spirited alter ego, and feel the joy of the season warm you to the bone.

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13.78’’ Christmas Wreath Door Wall Ornament Garland Decoration Christmas Ball Ornament Party Xmas New Year Decor (Multicolor, 13.78’’x13.78’’)

A wreath made entirely of tree ornaments in a vivid color scheme is simply fun and exciting to look at, especially if you’re into unorthodox methods of decorating for the holiday. Blue, purple, and orange Christmas balls are clustered together delightfully in and reflect the ambient light surrounding them, so hang one on your door or wall and let the glow wash over you each evening of the season.

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