Making Your Home Holiday Ready + $100 GIVEAWAY!

making your home holiday ready

I would imagine many of you are like me in that you tell yourself every year that you are going to get ahead of Christmas.  Presents will be ordered ahead of time, meals and activities will be planned far in advance, and your Christmas decor will be waiting for you to put it up the day after Thanksgiving.  (or before for some of you : ) )

As many years as I have told myself this, I am never that person.  Holidays sneak up on me, and again and again, I am dealing with yet another year where my youngest child has a stand-in Christmas stocking that does not match the others, and my dreams of Christmas sheets for the kids, a tablescape fully pulled together, and no semi-frantic Christmas Eve shopping are dashed.  Of course, we always have beautiful holidays, and none of the “stuff” really matters.  Truly.  I think what I want to avoid this year is the feeling that I don’t have it together as well as I should.  Know what I mean?

To help us all get ahead, I have teamed up with the Home Decorators Collection and scoured their site for items I need (and you might too) to get “Holiday Ready”.  Keep in mind that not only are ALL OF THESE ITEMS ON SALE, they are also FREE SHIPPING!!!  F.R.E.E.  Love that!

christmas tree star Reclaimed Wood Star Tree Topper

We have never had a proper tree topper, and I typically do something different every year with the top of our tree.  I find tree toppers really tricky…I just cannot find one I like.  But this one, I could use year after year.  I love that it is made from reclaimed wood, and I love that it is simple.

christmas sleigh bells

Silver Sleigh Bells On Rope

When my husband and I were first married, my in-laws gave us some bells on a rope for our front door.  They are quite sentimental now, and it just would not feel like Christmas if I wasn’t opening a frosty front door and hearing their little dings as I accept Christmas packages.  It’s a small tradition, but it brings the feeling of Christmas for me.

mismatched stockings

Traditional Stockings in Variegated Stripe Patterns

I really like this stocking set because they are a little different for each special person.  I added different trim to each one of mine to give them each a personality with my family members in mind.

driftwood tree candle holder

Driftwood Tree Candle Holder

This candle holder would look so pretty on a coffee table, and it is a great size at 22″ long.  I would cut foliage from my yard and put it in the little cups rather than candles to change it up a little.  Elegant and simple.

stripe pillow stripe pillow stripe pillow

Variegated Stripe Holiday Pillows

I do have a few special holiday pillows that make their appearance during Christmas time.  I think it brings an extra festive feel and changes up the look of my upholstery.  Choose different stripes for a more collected look.  These are $35 with free shipping – includes the insert!!

porcelain deer heads

Porcelain Deer Heads – SET of 2

This set of deer heads would be appropriate year round, but I would love them on a pair of doors with small boxwood wreaths around their necks, or flanking a fireplace.

copenhagen spruce plant

2′ Copenhagen Pre-Lit Spruce Plant

A pair of these next to your front door would be really pretty, plus this is a terrific price for the size.

tree skirt

Simple Tree Skirt

A tree skirt I love is another holiday item I have never found.  This one is really pretty, and it comes in different diameters.

golden foliage dinnerware set

Golden Foliage Dinnerware Set

What I love about this porcelain set besides the fact that it is around $100 for a SET FOR FOUR PEOPLE, is that you could use it for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.  A simple change of napkins and setting the dinner plates on red or silver chargers makes them instant holiday ready.


simple table runner

Simple Table Runner

I like this table runner because you could use it for Christmas and whip it out again for Valentine’s Day.  Plus I prefer a simple table runner for the main textile so I can layer a smaller piece of fabric or sentimental table runner on top.  I have an antique white linen table runner that is very delicate from my grandmother.  It is not very big, and it would look nice layered on top of this striped runner.

antique silver taper holderAntique Silver Taper Holder

On top of the runner, I would love a pair of these taper holders.  I would get smaller tapers so your guests can see each other, but these would be so lovely for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

woven winterberry pre-lit garland

Woven Winterberry Pre-lit Garland

Woven around the above taper holders, I would place this pretty lit (nine foot!) garland down the center of my holiday table.  I would also place some fresh foliage throughout to give it a fresh, outdoorsy feel.

wrapping supply organizer

Wrapping Supply Organizer

I LOVE to wrap gifts, and I have a ton of gift wrapping supplies.  I have an organizer right now for all of this, but I will admit, it is overflowing.  If I had this, I could put all of my holiday gift wrap, tissue paper, and tags in here and store it until the next year.  While writing this post, I did buy a few of these things, and this was one of them!

lavender fire starter

Lavender Fire-Starter SET OF 3

Okay, so I had never seen these before, but these pretty lavender wraps are fire starters that contain lavender, cedar, and lemon balm!  Basically, they make your house smell amazing when you burn them in your fire, BUT I like to have little bundles of lavender with a little note as welcome gifts for my guests on their bed.  I will take my set of three and use them for both purposes this year!

burlap pom pom ribbon

Burlap Pom-Pom Ribbon

Although apparently this ribbon was part of Home Decorator’s Halloween line, this ribbon is less than half the original price at $8.99 for TEN YARDS!!  I would definitely use this as holiday ribbon with some pretty metallic paper or even craft paper with a beautiful tag.  I would also take some fresh cuttings from the yard and place it on top to make the gift look especially pretty.

So now that you are brewing with ideas and feeling festive, Home Decorators has offered up an $100 Home Decorators Gift Card to one of my readers!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!  Tell me about one of the items that you love (are you also missing a tree topper in your life?), or a holiday tradition you are looking forward to. (like sleigh bells on your front door)  If you follow me on Instagram or like me on Facebook, you can enter extra comments for those follows, too.  (Share this post on social media and get extra entries also!)  The winner will randomly be chosen on Monday using an automated system!

If you are the winner, you will receive the gift card before Home Decorators starts their Black Friday promotion The 12 Days of Deals!  HDC wants to help you get your home holiday ready in the most beautiful and most affordable way possible, so each day for twelve days they will be offering an awesome deal on one of their holiday items.  Click here for more information and to sign up for notifications about the 12 Days of Deals!

Oh, and by the way, you will want to check back on Monday for the $100 Home Decorators Gift Card Winner, AND I have an awesome reveal and DIY for you!

Written by Grace

*This post is sponsored by Home Decorators.  All opinions, thoughts, sentimentalities, and stories are my own.

91 Responses to “Making Your Home Holiday Ready + $100 GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Jamie Laman November 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Love, love, love the star tree topper!

  2. Julianne Anderson November 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    I am searching for some new stockings this year! Would love this!!

  3. Madeline November 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I’d love to have a wreath for our door, and I love the Deluxe Holly and Greens Wreath!

  4. Madeline November 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I follow you on Instagram (shala6).

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  6. Madeline November 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

  7. Ashley H November 9, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    We could really use a new tree topper!

  8. TaraO November 9, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I LOVE those lavender fire starters! Great idea 🙂

  9. April D. November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I’m making a new door wreath this year and it involves a deer head so that pair of deer heads would be perfect!

  10. D Schmidt November 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Visited and I really like Hammered Faux-Copper Beverage Tub and Stand

  11. Lauren R. November 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I would definitely love the winterberry garland! Love your idea for a holiday table vignette!

  12. Britni Bradford November 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    we have an Advent calendar from a wooden frame and muslin bags that spell out “For unto us a child is born” that I love putting together each year for Advent.

  13. Megan Laird November 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    I am in love with the red stripe on the table runner, pillows and tree skirt but I the porcelain deer heads and sleigh bells make it feel like Christmas to me 🙂

  14. Megan Laird November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    I liked and follow you on Facebook!!

  15. Nanette November 10, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I, too, have children with mismatched stockings! I love these stockings..simple but still unique!
    One of my favorite new traditions is our New Year’s Eve drive to see Christmas lights…we load up the kids and pick up deep dish pizza on the way home.

  16. Megan Laird November 10, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I started following you on instagram (themrslaird)

  17. Nanette November 10, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I follow on Facebook!

  18. julie lawson November 10, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    I love the simple lines of pillows. Lovely items.

  19. Sheila Wheat November 10, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    I just adore the woven winterberry pre-lit garland! It would look lovely on my front porch in a festive planter with some lovely greenery! I follow you on facebook and love it!

  20. Carrie Guy November 10, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Love the reclaimed wood tree topper!

  21. Stefani Thomas November 10, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I love the tree topper but would put a little paint in it then while it off for a distressed look. Maybe even rough looking silver or gold leaf? Love it. Versatile.

  22. Kathleen November 10, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    What a great way to start the holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. KWolff November 10, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Thanks for this opportunity! I would love some new stockings. Mine are extremely old and my youngest doesn’t even have his own yet.

  24. KWolff November 10, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I am a follower on Instagram! 4wolfmom

  25. KWolff November 10, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Long time follower on FB!

  26. Stacey November 10, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I follow your FB page! Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Vivian November 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Love the simple tree skirt!

  28. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door November 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m like you – the holidays always creep up on me. Love all of these items – especially the pillows and the trim!

  29. Cindy A. November 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    The star tree topper and pillows are definitely on my favorites list! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  30. Cindy A. November 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I follow you on Instagram as norma_watson.

  31. Cindy A. November 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I also like you on Facebook as Cindy Aiton.

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  35. Carla Davis November 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    So, I never win but I most likely always enter. It’s my birthday Thursday so maybe this is my week to be a winner 🙂

  36. leah wall November 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    I like you on FB 🙂

  37. leah wall November 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I LOVE the tree topper and the Christmas stockings.

  38. jackie November 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    I love Home Decorators – what a great giveaway

  39. amanda whitley November 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    i love the Antique Silver Taper Holder.

  40. Sherry Lykins November 13, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    I would love to have some holiday pillows!

  41. Mary P November 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    I love those pillows and stockings,

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