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The scent of pine trees fills the air, twinkly lights illuminate the sky, classic carols play everywhere you go and decorating your home with cozy accents is just par for the course. The holiday season is underway!
No matter what you celebrate, filling your house with festive decor is a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit. We’re diving headfirst into all things Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with 27 products that'll help you ring in a happy holiday season.
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1. A pie dish for sweet holiday treats
If you’re looking to make some delicious pies this holiday season, we recommend using the Emile Henry Modern Classic Pie Dish, which is the best pie dish we’ve tested. It is dishwasher, microwave and high heat-safe. Plus, it is extra large, making serving up pie for several guests easy as, well, pie.
2. Beautiful garland to spruce up your home
Adorn the home with greenery and twinkling lights with festive garland. This artificial Christmas garland is large enough to drape on fireplaces, staircases, dining room tables and more, and is sure to bring holiday joy to your home in an instant.
3. An artificial Christmas tree to light up the room
While some people have had their trees up since the beginning of November, we’ve got you covered if you’re just beginning to decorate for the season. If you're in the market for a new tree, we recommend the Twinkly App-Controlled 7.5' Fir Tree, as it's the best artificial Christmas tree we've ever tested. Avoid any messy real Christmas tree clean-up with an easy-to-assemble tree that looks just as good as any actual pine tree.
4. Matching pajamas for the family
For festive photo ops all season long, consider buying everyone in the family matching pajamas. Don't worry—you or your relatives are never too old for this adorable holiday tradition. For a selection of matching pajamas that are cozy and cute, Old Navy is the destination this holiday season. Shop from a variety of plaid, stripes and print pajamas that are perfect for wearing all throughout December (or throughout the year—no judgment).
5. An ugly sweater to provide some laughs
Ugly holiday sweaters never go out of style. There's just something so comical and fun about wearing a festive sweater so ridiculous that you wouldn't be caught wearing it any other month of the year. There are plenty of over-the-top sweater options for everyone at Tipsy Elves, including this bright and cheery garland sweater that's hard to miss from the crowd.
6. A holiday wreath to adorn your front door
It’s time to break out your holiday wreath. We love a classic pine branch wreath, and this artificial wreath from Wayfair is sure to bring some Christmas joy to your home. For something a little less overtly Christmas-y, the Live Orange and Cinnamon Wreath at Crate & Barrel is a gorgeous option that features real dried fruit for a sweet, rich scent you'll notice every time you open the door.
7. A set of cozy flannel sheets
Cold nights are here, so why not swap out your light summer sheets for something a little heavier? Flannel sheets are a necessity for keeping you warm and cozy when temperatures begin to drop. After testing several sheets, we determined the best to be the five-ounce velvet flannel sheets offered by Land’s End. These sheets are soft, fuzzy and warm—the perfect combination for a cozy night's sleep all winter long.
8. A fun Advent calendar to count down to Christmas
Advent calendars are some of the hottest gifts this year. While you may be a little later to start one, they're still a fun treat to last you through the rest of December. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love this Lego Advent calendar throughout the Christmas season. For something a little more classic, the Elf of a Shelf Holiday Train Advent Calendar features 24 train carts full of miniature gifts.
9. A baking sheet for making tasty treats
What’s a holiday without some sweets? Chocolate chip cookies, snowball cookies, molasses cookies, sugar cookies. All, the cookies, really. Yes, even those frosting cookies from the supermarket that no one can agree on whether they’re good or not. Treat yourself or your favorite baker to a new cookie sheet this holiday season that'll be perfect for baking delicious, evenly-cooked cookies and desserts. We found the Nordic Ware Half Sheet to be the best option out there as it's large, lightweight and extremely versatile for all baking needs.
10. A candle to fill your home with seasonal smells
Goodbye pumpkin patch candles, and hello holiday candles. Get in the holiday mood by lighting a festive candle. The Tree Lighting candle from the Homesick brand is a must-have for filling your home with warm, fruity scents that'll transform your mindset. All of Homesick's candles are made from natural soy wax and premium cotton wicks and are made without any toxic substances for a safer candle option.
11. A charming doormat to welcome guests
Even if there isn’t snow on the ground where you all (fingers crossed for a White Christmas), there's nothing wrong with swapping your regular doormat with something that'll put a smile on guests' faces. This adorable snowman doormat from Wayfair is perfect for the holidays—it adds a pop of color to the front entryway that blends perfectly with the rest of your holiday decor.
12. A smart speaker to play holiday tunes
Alexa, play "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on repeat. To play all your favorite Christmas songs with your preferred streaming service, we recommend getting a smart speaker. It doesn’t get any better than the Bose Home 300. This nifty device can connect to Bluetooth and is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
13. A quality pan for your cooking needs
For cooking up your favorite holiday dishes (even if it's a little early for that), the Always Pan from Our Place is a reliable choice that adds a fun pop of color to the kitchen. This cult-loved, aesthetically-pleasing pan is designed to replace eight different kinds of cookware. It's able to tackle anything from deep-frying chicken wings to stir-frying veggies.
14. A streaming device to watch classic movies
Whether you stick to classics like "Home Alone" and “Elf” (or “Die Hard,” if you consider that to be a Christmas movie), a streaming device is the best way to watch all the best holiday films this season. The Roku Ultra is the best streaming device we've ever tested. It provides access to your favorite streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max. The Roku Ultra features 4K/HDR and Dolby Vision, supports Apple AirPlay and basic HomeKit smart home functionality and the remote is the best in its class for an intuitive user experience.
15. A gingerbread house kit for a sweet family activity
Is there a more quintessential Christmas activity than gingerbread house building? Gather your loved ones and show off your design skills with this fun family activity. This gingerbread house kit from Williams Sonoma makes it easy, supplying pre-cut gingerbread cookies, icing and plenty of colorful candies for exciting gingerbread creations.
16. Blank letters to write to Santa
Holiday gifts are sure to sell out quickly this year—so why not send Santa your gift list a little earlier this year? I'm sure he'll appreciate it. Get the little ones together to write letters to Santa using adorable stationery like this traditional-looking set from Amazon. This activity is sure to excite the kids and make precious holiday memories that everyone will look back upon.
17. A gorgeous new menorah for the mantel
To get into the holiday spirit, consider treating yourself to a new menorah for the home. This beautiful marble menorah from West Elm is perfect for any minimalist or design-savvy homeowner who can appreciate a modern twist on a classic holiday item.
18. Fun socks to keep you warm and spread holiday cheer
While there may be a running joke about how socks are a bad holiday season gift, we wholeheartedly disagree. Warm, quality socks are the key to keeping cozy and are perfect items for getting into the holiday spirit. One Reviewed staffer couldn't recommend Bombas socks enough, writing that they're must-haves for comfort, style and warmth.
19. A new roll of wrapping paper for the season
If you're all done with holiday shopping and ready to wrap your gifts to keep them away from prying eyes, you need to stock up on quality wrapping paper. On the other hand, if you accidentally wait until the last minute to wrap your gifts, at least you'll have plenty of wrapping paper stored and ready to use. Shop this beautiful Hanukkah-inspired wrapping paper from Etsy to get you in the holiday mood. Another option is this gorgeous, top-rated gold foil wrapping paper that will twinkle beautifully under Christmas lights.
20. A set of dish towels to liven your kitchen
An easy decorative touch for the home is festive dish towels, especially when you're getting into holiday-time cooking. These Christmas tree dish towels from Crate and Barrel are subtle accent pieces that'll add a little bit more merriment to your home.
21. A cozy holiday blanket to snuggle up in
Stay warm and cozy all season long with a festive throw for the living room or bedroom. This cute, knitted throw from Wayfair has plenty of glowing reviews, making it a great choice if you're in the market for yourself or as a gift.
22. Inflatables to decorate your yard
There are fewer things more festive than decorating your yard with large inflatables to show everyone your holiday spirit. The best part about them is that they don’t just make you feel good, but everyone that passes your yard as well. The Maoyue Christmas Inflatables with LED Lights are the best Christmas inflatables because of their great variety, durable fabric and built-in LED lights.
23. A set of mason jars for holiday drinks
Something about mason jars brings such a classic feel to the home—which makes them so perfect for the holiday season. Whether you're making holiday beverages or a flavored iced coffee, these mason jars from Wayfair are adorable additions to the kitchen during the holidays. Plus, they make great storage for leftover food and beverages.
24. An on-theme coffee mug for hot cocoa and more
Celebrate egg nog and hot chocolate season with a mug that'll make you happy. Etsy features an amazing variety of festive coffee mugs that'll make morning coffee and hot cocoa sipping that much more special. This particular mug from the Simonds Creative Co. Etsy shop features rave reviews for its beautiful yet sturdy design.
25. A kinara set to celebrate Kwanzaa
If you’re celebrating Kwanzaa this year, you don’t want to forget the kinara—a seven-pronged candle holder with candles for each of the seven days and principles of Kwanzaa. Not only can you use it for Kwanzaa, but it makes for a unique and beautiful decoration throughout the month. This kinara set from Etsy comes with Kwanzaa-colored candles, a Mkeka mat and an Umoja cup.
26. Window decals to give your home a wintery flair
Window decals are a simple and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays. This highly-rated decal set from Amazon will make your home look like a winter wonderland as you sit cozily indoors. The design is perfect for lasting throughout winter, long after the holidays are over. The decals are made with material that is easy to apply and remove—you can even store them for next year when you’re done.
27. Golden cutlery for an exquisite holiday meal
Looking to give your holiday brunch or dinner a fancy flair? You won’t want to skip this swanky, golden utensil set. This flatware set by Cambridge Silversmiths comes with glimmering knives, spoons and forks for four people a set. Reviewers praise the set for its durability and luxurious feel—all for an affordable price.
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