Making Your Home Holiday Ready + $100 GIVEAWAY!

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.

  • Jamie Laman
    Posted at 21:02h, 08 November Reply

    Love, love, love the star tree topper!

  • Julianne Anderson
    Posted at 21:47h, 08 November Reply

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

  • Madeline
    Posted at 22:05h, 08 November Reply

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

  • Madeline
    Posted at 22:05h, 08 November Reply

    I follow you on Instagram (shala6).

  • Madeline
    Posted at 22:06h, 08 November Reply
  • Madeline
    Posted at 22:08h, 08 November Reply

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

  • Ashley H
    Posted at 06:43h, 09 November Reply

    We could really use a new tree topper!

  • TaraO
    Posted at 11:33h, 09 November Reply

    I LOVE those lavender fire starters! Great idea 🙂

  • April D.
    Posted at 14:00h, 09 November Reply

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

  • D Schmidt
    Posted at 19:24h, 09 November Reply

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

  • Lauren R.
    Posted at 20:37h, 09 November Reply

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

  • Britni Bradford
    Posted at 21:03h, 09 November Reply

    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.

  • Megan Laird
    Posted at 23:57h, 09 November Reply

    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 🙂

  • Megan Laird
    Posted at 00:00h, 10 November Reply

    I liked and follow you on Facebook!!

  • Nanette
    Posted at 00:01h, 10 November Reply

    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.

  • Megan Laird
    Posted at 00:01h, 10 November Reply

    I started following you on instagram (themrslaird)

  • Nanette
    Posted at 00:01h, 10 November Reply

    I follow on Facebook!

  • julie lawson
    Posted at 09:41h, 10 November Reply

    I love the simple lines of pillows. Lovely items.

  • Sheila Wheat
    Posted at 09:52h, 10 November Reply

    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!

  • Carrie Guy
    Posted at 10:21h, 10 November Reply

    Love the reclaimed wood tree topper!

  • Stefani Thomas
    Posted at 10:45h, 10 November Reply

    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.

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 10:51h, 10 November Reply

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

  • KWolff
    Posted at 11:05h, 10 November Reply

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

  • KWolff
    Posted at 11:06h, 10 November Reply

    I am a follower on Instagram! 4wolfmom

  • KWolff
    Posted at 11:07h, 10 November Reply

    Long time follower on FB!

  • Stacey
    Posted at 11:17h, 10 November Reply

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

  • Vivian
    Posted at 13:39h, 10 November Reply

    Love the simple tree skirt!

  • Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door
    Posted at 15:43h, 10 November Reply

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

  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:38h, 10 November Reply

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

  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:40h, 10 November Reply

    I follow you on Instagram as norma_watson.

  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:40h, 10 November Reply

    I also like you on Facebook as Cindy Aiton.

  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:42h, 10 November Reply
  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:42h, 10 November Reply
  • Cindy A.
    Posted at 16:44h, 10 November Reply
  • Carla Davis
    Posted at 17:46h, 10 November Reply

    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 🙂

  • leah wall
    Posted at 15:41h, 11 November Reply

    I like you on FB 🙂

  • leah wall
    Posted at 15:42h, 11 November Reply

    I LOVE the tree topper and the Christmas stockings.

  • jackie
    Posted at 13:04h, 12 November Reply

    I love Home Decorators – what a great giveaway

  • amanda whitley
    Posted at 20:44h, 12 November Reply

    i love the Antique Silver Taper Holder.

  • Sherry Lykins
    Posted at 06:04h, 13 November Reply

    I would love to have some holiday pillows!

  • Mary P
    Posted at 22:36h, 19 November Reply

    I love those pillows and stockings,

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