The holidays are a great time to spruce up your home and with the variety of options available in (and out) of stores, there are plenty of ways to do so.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money with most of these basics, some you use from year to year, others you can make at home. Don’t forget that thrift stores are full of décor this time of year, you can save tons of money by shopping secondhand! 

The Christmas Tree 

When most people think of Christmas, the first thing that often comes to mind is a tree. There is, of course, the traditional option which is to purchase a real tree which requires watering and maintenance but also provides the wonderful smell of fresh pine. A lot of big companies sell trees for charity as well, so you’re doing a good deed as well. Alternatively, there are a huge variety of artificial tree options available; pre-lit, white, green, almost any variety you could imagine you can find in store. Either way, there are options for all tastes and don’t worry about size, even the smallest Christmas tree can make a huge impact. 

Front Door Wreath 

Wreathes are a great way to decorate and can also be a fun holiday craft for you and the family. For some great ideas, check out our DIY wreathes post. If you aren’t feeling crafty, however, you can also find a host of options in store in various colours and looks. Whichever method you choose, they are a great way to add some spice to your door this holiday season. 


Inflatables are becoming all the rage over the last few years and are a great way to show your Christmas spirit. They also come in all kinds of sizes ranging from massive 12-foot-tall Abominable Snowmen to a sleigh complete with Santa and his reindeer. Have some fun this holiday season and pick out one or two with your kids from your local department store. Remember when I wrote that you can thrift your décor? I’ve seen lots of inflatables for sale second hand! 


Another common craft around this time of year are centerpieces. There are, of course, numerous choices when it comes to these as well featuring everything from candles to ones that display any Christmas cards you have received. One especially fun idea is to collect a bowl full of vintage or leftover ornaments that are no longer used on your tree. 


Popcorn and cranberries are the old fashioned go-to but craft stores abound with great ideas for how-to’s. Most of them also have pre-made garlands in almost every material you can think of from feathers to pinecones. 


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