Putting up beautiful Christmas decorations for your home is a classic way to prepare for the holiday. While the tree is usually the centerpiece of attention, there are plenty of other ways to dress up your abode come this time of year. After all, it wouldn’t feel like the big day without Christmas stockings for Saint Nick to fill or garland for guests to admire. If you’re on the hunt for fabulous décor ideas that will make your house the jolliest joint on the block, you’ve come to the right place.
Why Christmas Decorations for the Home Matter
Hanging lights and ornaments is all well and fun, but did you know that Christmas decorating is also good for your health? It’s true! Putting up Christmas decorations up earlier could potentially make you a happier person, according to psychoanalyst Steve McKeown.
Additional research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 1989 showed that that folks who put up holiday décor were found to be more accessible by their neighbors — a discovery that’s consistent with the study’s other finding, which says that people typically perceive holiday décor enthusiasts to be friendlier than those who don’t trim their lawns.
As if those weren’t reasons enough to get in on the Christmas cheer, decorating also offers up a valuable opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Décor goes far beyond aesthetics — it’s about spreading joy to those around us and filling others with spirit. Essentially, it’s an easy way to show your friends and family members that you care as you open up your door to greet them.
In short? Putting up Christmas decorations could mean that you’ll not only feel happier, you’ll also make others feel happier too. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to start decking the halls!
The Best Christmas Decorations of 2019
From tabletop fixtures and window dressings to garland and outdoor inflatables, we’ve searched the internet over to find a selection of Christmas decorations you’ll want to put up, stat. Scroll down to find Women’s World’s picks for the best Christmas decorations of 2019.
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Best Christmas Wreath
Holiday Magnolia Wreath
Where to buy: $99, Harry & David
Nothing gives your houseguests a proper holiday greeting quite like a Christmas wreath, and this Harry & David magnolia one, which is decorated with real noble fir, magnolia, and pinecones, plus faux apples and berries, does just that. With a pop of burgundy from its elegant bow, this wreath is festive yet unique, setting your front door apart from the neighborhood pack.
Best Christmas Wall Art
The Holiday Aisle Winter Christmas 4-Piece Pop Art Set
Where to buy: 159.99 (Originally $604.99), Wayfair
This modern Christmas wall art set, which depicts a stocking, Santa hat, candy cane, and a bow, lets everyone that comes into your home know that it's filled with nothing less than the most enthusiastic holiday spirit. It also makes for a creative way to set your décor apart from other folks whose focus lie in more traditional means of decorating. This set is also available in a non-framed version ($113.99, Wayfair).
Best Traditional Christmas Stocking
Imperial Home Santa's Toys Stocking
Where to buy it: $12.99, Amazon
Are the Christmas stockings on your mantle starting to look a little worse for wear? This festive three-piece set can provide a quick refresh with its embroidered reindeer, snowman, and Santa Claus designs. Each one boasts traditional, bright and cheery Christmas colors, plus a sturdy loop for hanging.
Best Christmas Sculpture
The Bradford Exchange Disney 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Sculpture
Where to buy: $139.99, Amazon
Disney lovers the world over will delight in this gorgeous Christmas house sculpture, which features beloved characters including Snow White and Cinderella; Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. But aesthetics are only one part of the appeal of this 9-inch piece — it works with an AC adapter or three AAA batteries (from $7.16, Amazon) to recite "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in Mickey's voice from start to finish as it simultaneously lights up!
Best Christmas Banner
Oriental Cherry Merry Christmas Banner
Where to buy: $8.99 (Originally $10.99), Amazon
Wish visitors a "merry Christmas" without ever saying a word with this cheerful fireplace banner. Comprised of 14 paperboard card letters that stretch out between 54 inches (when hung in two rows) to 84 inches (when hung straight across), it can be strung from its included green ribbon or taped up with ease.
Best Christmas Garland
Hillstar Christmas Illuminate Garland
Where to buy: $24.99 (Originally $32.99), Amazon
If you like the look of real evergreen, but not the cleanup, check out this 8.86-foot-long artificial garland strand. Embellished with colorful red flowers and ornaments and soft white LED lights, which work with three AA batteries ($15.98, Amazon), this strand will not deck not only your halls, but your walls, your cabinets, your mantels ... need we go on?
Best Christmas Inflatable
Home Accents Inflatable Santa in Sleigh
Where to buy: $129, Home Depot
You know how your neighbors are always the talk of the town with their super-fun inflatable Christmas decorations? This year, it's your turn. Wow the crowd with this impressive 14-foot long Santa sleigh decoration, complete with three reindeer. This light-up display self inflates in seconds without any tiresome huffing and puffing and deflates just as easily for storage. All grounding stakes and tethers are included.
Best Christmas Table Décor
Reindeer Tealight Holders
Where to buy it: $21.99, Amazon
Tea lights are always a beautiful way to illuminate a room, and these ones have a special holiday twist — they double as adorable reindeer! Perfect for people who prefer minimalistic holiday décor to over-the-top designs, these metal tabletop decorations, which come in set of six, will have all your dinner guests oohing and aahing as they dig into your delicious homemade Christmas sweets.
Best Outdoor Christmas Decoration
Home Accents 360 Degree Pixel Tree
Where to buy: $349.30 (Originally $499), Home Depot
If wow-worthy holiday décor is what you're after, look no further than this 7.5-foot tall LED pixel tree. It gives off a 360-degree light show from its 568 RGB smart bulbs at the touch of its included remote. What's more, it has a built-in speaker that will play five different Christmas songs, including "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World," "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls," and "The First Noel."
Best Christmas Window Cling
Moon Boat Snowflake Window Clings
Where to buy it: $10.99, Amazon
Whether you see a white Christmas this year or not, these pretty snowflake Christmas window clings will make you feel like your entire home has been transported inside a snow globe. Coming complete with six sheets of 120 flake "flowers" and 87 dots that can be left up on the windows long after Christmas is over, these decals stick without adhesive. They can also be peeled off and stored away for future use.
Best Christmas Magnet
JUMBL Snowman Magnet Set
Where to buy it: $13.99 (Originally $14.95), Amazon
As the most appropriate place to put Frosty, your fridge will be the talk of the holiday season with these hilarious easy-cling snowman magnets. The set comes with 13 cutout components to make a top hat, eyes, mouth, scarf and nose. They're crafted from heavy-duty die-cut vinyl and work on any fridge.
Best Curtain Lights
OPOLEMIN Window Curtain Lights
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
This 9.8-foot string curtain light set is every bit as magical as it looks. Waterproof and safe, it can be used for indoor or outdoor Christmas decorating and quite literally light up your whole space. It's also got four different light show effects and 16 different color options, all of which can be controlled with the included remote. These lights work with a USB port.