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14 Best Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays for 2021

Samantha Huls

Samantha Huls

Making your home look festive and warm for the holidays doesn't have to be difficult. PropertyNest put together the best and essential ways to decorate your home that will wow your family and your guests. Find out which products and projects made our holiday decorating list.
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The holidays are nearly here, and with family and friends coming to visit you must create a warm and inviting space for everyone to relax and celebrate.

There are lots of ways to decorate your home for the holidays.

Consider a theme: do you like a classic red and green color scheme? Or are you into a more rustic style of decor?

Thinking of what you would like your general theme to be is a great way to get started on putting together decorations in a way that looks coordinated and pleasant.

For your decorations, you could use classic pine tree accents, display a holiday village, put up a Christmas tree, or hang up a wreath.

There are more involved decor projects, like making Do-It-Yourself ornaments, or if you are short on time, you could consider easy to place decor like a holiday porch sign.

Regardless of your time or money limitations, there are holiday decor options out there for you.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to decorate your home for the holidays, helping you create a warm and comfortable environment that’s perfect for spreading holiday cheer and hosting the ones you love.

Holiday Craft Classic Tree Kit: Best DIY Holiday Ornament Decorating Kit

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Looking for a fun Do-It-Yourself project that will also give you some new holiday decor?

Try this DIY Painting Kit of Christmas Tree Ornaments from Etsy.

Let your creativity shine this holiday season by designing your ornaments, followed by hanging them around your home.

DIY projects are a great way to get into the holiday spirit while also getting your house ready for holiday guests.

Bonus: if you have guests coming for the holidays, consider doing a DIY project with them!

This gives them a fun take-home gift and creates more decor for you to display for years to come.

Pros and Cons of DIY Holiday Ornament Decorating Kit
ProsCons
Easy to decorateRequires a bit of time to finish
Pre-cut ornaments

Winter Wonderland Light-Up Village: Best Holiday Village Set

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If you’re looking for a captivating little winter village, the Winter Wonderland Light-Up Village by Anthropologie Home will bring feelings of antique whimsy to your holiday.

The wooden cut-outs give this display an old-world country feel.

This customer favorite is top-rated and ready to use! Decorating is as easy as finding a shelf to display it on.

Because of its narrow profile, you won't need a ton of counter or shelf space in order to house this holiday village either.

Winter villages are nostalgic and beautiful, making them family heirloom pieces that will be used for years to come.

Pros and Cons of Winter Wonderland Light-Up Village.
ProsCons
Lights upMay be too small for some
Antique styleMore expensive than other villages
Doesn't take up too much space

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

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The nutcracker is not only a beautiful holiday decoration, it’s a functional piece of art! If you’ve ever had a holiday craving for a fresh walnut, be sure to add this Kurt Adler 16-Inch Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Nutcracker to your collection.

Aside from being classic holiday decorations, all Nutcrackers have individual personalities and flair.

This Kurt Adler piece features an apron-wearing baker with his gingerbread creations surrounding him.

You’ll also spot adorable little peppermint accents, adding pops of color to our tan and white nutcracker.

Pros and Cons Kurt Adler Wooden Christmas Nutcracker
ProsCons
A functional piece of artNot designed for cracking nuts (these are made for decoration purposes)
Unique

Dunhill Fir 7.5' Green Artificial Christmas Tree with 1000 Lights: Best Pre-lit Holiday Tree

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The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of the winter holidays, and with this 7.5' Dunhill Fir Christmas Tree, you can rock around the tree all holiday season long.

Tree lighting and stringing are always a pain, but a pre-lit tree will save you time and frustration.

This tree features a ‘light string base lock’, which keeps lights from falling out.

Anyone who has ever struggled with wrapping lights around a tree can tell you how convenient and easy it is to have a pre-lit tree ready to decorate.

Going with an artificial tree is a great choice for busy people and budgeters alike. Because it is artificial, you can pack it up and store it for next year, saving you time and money in the long run.

Pros and Cons of Dunhill Fir Green Artificial Christmas Tree
ProsCons
PrelitArtificial (no pine tree smell)
Replaceable bulbs
Large size

Merry and Bright Pillow: Best Holiday Decorative Pillow

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When it's time to bring the holiday pillows out, you’ll adore cuddling with these Merry and Bright Pillows by Kirkland's.

This holiday pillow encapsulates that fuzzy holiday feeling into a simple, yet eye-catching, embroidery that reads “Merry and Bright” in stark white letters on a holiday-green fabric.

Pros and Cons of Merry and Bright Pillow
ProsCons
Eye-catching designThey are only sold individually.
Bright color

Holly Embroidered Table Runner: Best Holiday Table Runner

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Making your dining table look festive is easy just by adding a table runner. With the Holly Embroidered Table Runner from Crate & Barrel, classic style meets modern through an updated take on a traditional holiday symbol, the Holly plant.

Runners are easy to re-use and store, and if you happen to have a few messy guests, this runner is machine washable.

Pros and Cons of Holly Embroidered Table Runner
ProsCons
Machine washableExpensive compared to other runners
Easy to re-use and store
Traditional

Canadian Pine Light-Up Garland: Best Holiday Garland

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A good holiday garland can give your space warmth and tie all of your holiday decors together.

The Canadian Pine Light-Up Garland from West Elm recreates a holiday classic with its artificial pine needles and light string, ready for any area of your home that could use a little more holiday cheer.

The garland features a light strand with replaceable bulbs and it plugs in with a 16” cord.

Garlands are great for tables, fireplace mantles, shelves, or doorways. With a light-up garland, however, be aware that you’ll need a plug nearby.

ProsCons
Classic Canadian Pine garlandOnly has a 16” cord, meaning you’d need a plug nearby
Includes light strand with replaceable bulbs

24" Lighted Wreath by Three Posts: Best Holiday Door Wreath

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Wreaths are inviting, welcoming, and a great way to show your neighbors and friends that you are ready for this holiday season.

This 24” Lighted Wreath by Three Posts is perfect for creating that inviting holiday atmosphere, starting with your front door.

The frosted accents are reminiscent of fresh winter snow, giving you frosty winter vibes all season long.

The wreath also features holly and pine cones, traditional accents that bring the piece together and make it feel like home.

Because it is made of artificial material, it stores easily and will be reusable for years to come, making it a truly excellent purchase.

Pros and Cons of 24" Lighted Wreath by Three Posts
ProsCons
Polyvinyl is easy to clean and maintainNot real pine (no pine smell)
Large size (would fit on a large door)

Vancleave Metal Reversible Welcome Porch Sign: Best Holiday Sign Decoration

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Porch signs are really popular right now and if you’re gearing up for any food-related holidays, feast your eyes on this Vancleave Metal Reversible Welcome Porch Sign sold by Wayfair.

This sign sits directly next to your front door, adding a charming element to your front porch.

Porch signs are easy to put up, easy to store, and easy to reuse, making them a classic reusable decoration for years to come.

This one is made of metal and has a vintage Christmas look. The small wreath at the top gives it a more festive feel.

There is no easier decoration to have on your porch; making this a must-have for busy folks.

Pros and Cons of Vancleave Metal Reversible Welcome Porch Sign
ProCons
Easy to set upSome customer complaints about defective product.
Easy to store
Sturdy

Pointsettia (Red), 1-Quart 5-Pack: Best Classic Plant Holiday Decoration

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The Poinsettia is widely known as a ‘Christmas flower’, and is primarily sold during the holiday season.

Poinsettias are a bright red color and make for beautiful natural decor either inside or outside your home.

Pick up a five-pack of beautiful Poinsettias from Lowe's to use as indoor decoration around a fireplace or near a doorway.

As a fun bonus, you could even give them to your guests as presents!

Pros and Cons of Pointsettias as Holiday Decoration
ProsCons
Classic holiday flowerAs with all live plants, some maintenance is required (watering, sunlight, temperature)
Affordable plant decoration

Woodland Buri Christmas Ornaments: Best Holiday Ornament Set

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If your style is more on the rustic side, consider adding these adorable Woodland Buri Christmas ornaments by Crate & Barrel to your holiday garland or tree this season.

The twelve-piece set features an owl, a fox, a bunny, a hedgehog, a deer, a squirrel, a deer, an acorn, a pinecone, two toadstools, and a decorated tree.

This ornament set is hand-painted and made with Buri fibers and twine.

Pros and Cons of Woodland Buri Ornaments
Hand made and hand-paintedCons
Rustic themedDelicate material
Affordable ornament set

Snowy Path Christmas LED Wall Canvas Art by Clever Creations: Best Holiday Wall Art Piece

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Holiday art should be eye-catching and mystical, which perfectly describes this wintery Snowy Path Wall Canvas from Clever Creations.

The LED lights are embedded into the canvas, adding a beautiful and subtle twinkle to a snowy winter scene.

Because it uses batteries, you are not restricted to where you hang this piece, giving you plenty of options when deciding where to place it in your home.

Pros and Cons of Snowy Path Christmas LED Wall Canvas Art
ProsCons
Battery operatedMight be too small for some decorating purposes
Beautiful LED lights
Classic design

LED 120-Light Wire Reindeer Outdoor Christmas Decor: Best Outdoor Yard Holiday Display

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If you are gearing up to welcome Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer this year, consider decorating your yard with some of his friends.

These 52 in. LED Wire Reindeers from The Home Depot capture the majestic nature of the animals with a classic holiday spin.

It's also easy to set these up; they come in a few pieces that snap together with stakes that secure them into the ground.

They are 4’ tall and made of metal wire, giving them increased durability to the outdoor elements.

By creating a little winter wonderland on your lawn, you’ll guarantee that your neighbors and holiday company will be in awe of your outdoor holiday decorations.

Pros and Cons LED 120-Light Wire Reindeer Outdoor Christmas Decor
ProsCons
Great price per deerRequires a plug (you’ll need an outdoor extension cord)
Easy to set up

100-Light Smooth LED C9 Super Bright Red and Green Christmas Lights: Best Outdoor String Lighting

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Looking to make things merry and bright on the outside of your home?

Pick up a few spools of the 100-Light LEDs, featuring red and green bulbs. These lights are top-rated by customers for being bright, beautiful, and easy to store.

The bulbs are replaceable, and the light string comes on a storage spool making storage for next year simple.

Lighting the outside of your home doesn’t have to be a competition; but if it becomes one, you’ll be prepared by having these lights at the ready.

ProsCons
LED BulbsOnly 100-lights per string, meaning you’ll need to buy multiple for most projects
Replaceable bulbs
Storage spool included

How We Decided

We chose these holiday decorations based on customer ratings, availability, and popularity. All of the holiday decor on this list are highly rated in customer satisfaction and is sold by mainstream, reputable retailers.

For each chosen product, we reviewed the following criteria: product accessibility, price, customer and professional reviews, and product features/options.

Product Accessibility

We chose products that were easily accessible through local or online retailers.

These brands are either available directly through their retail stores or online retailers such as Wayfair.com, Amazon.com, or The Home Depot.

Price

The products in this list have generally affordable prices and stay within a reasonable amount.

Decorating your home for the holidays does not have to be expensive, and this list reflects that price should not be a deterring factor in decorating your home for the holidays.

Customer Reviews

We chose products that had generally good reviews on the listing. These reviews are written by real customers, giving you insight into real people’s experiences with the product itself.

Determining factors in reviews and rankings include product durability and cost.

Product Features/Options

We included highlights of certain product features that could give insight into the functionality of the piece and what makes it a great find for your house.

By reviewing the product’s webpage, we selected the most unique product features that set the selected product apart from other similar products.