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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
A pair of these next to your front door would be really pretty, plus this is a terrific price for the size.
A tree skirt I love is another holiday item I have never found. This one is really pretty, and it comes in different diameters.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
*This post is sponsored by Home Decorators. All opinions, thoughts, sentimentalities, and stories are my own.