if you’re on a budget like we are (young and married with a baby on the way, y’all!), you might be stressing about how to make your space feel cozy and Christmasy in the coming weeks. I totally get that. seriously.
as someone who loves Christmas… no, really LOVES Christmas… feeling that holiday cheer and nostalgia is a huge part of the season for me. plus, decorating is just so much fun, am I right?! for me at least, the decorating process itself is part of the magic and some of the most memories made and traditions kept! 😉
so when my pockets aren’t all too deep (and I’m attempting to decorate almost four times the square footage as what I had before), here’s where I go for the best Christmas decor that doesn’t look or feel cheap… even though it is! (but we’ll just keep that between you and me, okay? good. 🙂 )
1.) TARGET DOLLAR SECTION & END-OF-AISLE CLEARANCE
seriously. so much good stuff here! this year, I spent $7 in the Target dollar section and walked away with a sweet plaid bunting set, chalk for Christmas signs, some black and white twine for an advent calendar DIY I have in mind, and a small pillow. you seriously cannot beat that. as for the end of aisle clearance sections, I snatched up a pair of green marble candle holders to grace our dining table for $2 each (marked down from around $10!!). in case you’re counting, that brings my target total to $11.
2.) MICHAEL’S, AC MOORE, HOBBY LOBBY
okay, so that’s a three for one right there (sorry, I just can’t stop with the deals!) 😉 this time of year, almost ALL of their Christmas items are 30%-50% off! this is when and where you want to grab those larger-ticket items, like lights, wreaths, and garlands. for anything not already on sale, make sure to utilize their online coupons- usually 40% or 50% one regular price item. things like large spools of ribbon are great multi-purpose decorating tools that you can use to make just about anything look Christmasy. I believe I spent about $30 between each of these places for two spools of ribbon, a large chalkboard, lit garland, long string of sleigh bells, and a couple more small items.
3.) HOME GOODS
grab items like candles (taper, tea lights, or jar varieties are all unbeatable price-wise!), wrapping paper, paper straws and napkins for your cocoa bar, and Christmas-friendly storage items (think wire baskets for firewood) here. and don’t forget to pick up some great stocking stuffers at this store, while you’re at it 😉 the huge wire firewood basket, napkins, and white taper candles that I bought here all rang in under $16.
there you have it! my favorite spots to snatch up Christmas decor without breaking the bank or reaching too deep into shallow pockets.
if you’re thinking of DIY-ing your Christmas decor this year… me too! 🙂 tomorrow I’ll be sharing a super fun project that I’m really excited about… and revealing a surprise to come at the end of the month!! don’t miss it!