Shopping for Christmas Ornaments at Hallmark

Shopping for Christmas Ornaments at Hallmark

Every year since the kids were babies we’ve made it a tradition to pick out one special Christmas ornament or decoration each year. When the holiday season rolls around we get together as a family and decorate the tree and the house and we enjoy bringing out each of the previous years’ picks and the memories that they bring back. This year I took my two girls with me to our favorite Hallmark Gold Crown store at the mall and had a girls day out.

The girls and I found lots of beautiful ornaments and Christmas decorations at Hallmark but they were especially drawn to these Peanuts Gang Christmas Light Show figures. I didn’t realize until this super helpful salesperson explained to us that the five figures connect wirelessly to perform a synchronized light show. The girls both agreed that we should start with the Woodstock Christmas tree figure and come back for Snoopy when he’s available on November 27th.

Shopping for Christmas Ornaments at Hallmark

Both girls also insisted that we get something for each of the three brothers while we were there and they just fell in love with the Itty Bittys so they picked out Lucy, R2D2, Batman and Darth Vader.  Although I had to get my girls out the store before they decided that we needed one of everything, I’m planning to head back to Hallmark soon to pick up some Christmas cards. From November 21st through 29th they’re having the Thanksgiving Tote Event where you can get 20% off everything you can fit inside a specially priced $9.95 tote so that’s when I’ll be making my next trip.

6 Frugal Holiday Decorating Ideas

Pine branch with Christmas decorations

Now that the season is upon us it’s time to start thinking about sprucing up our homes with some seasonal holiday décor. If you’re looking for a few ideas to breathe new life into your seasonal decorating (without breaking the bank), look no further!

1) Go (Ever)Green

Bring the outside in—if you live near a wooded area or have friends with pine trees on their property, you can take a few cut pine branches, tie the end with a festive bow, and hang on your doors to add some holiday cheer on the cheap. You might also display a branch on the fireplace mantel along with some ornaments.

2) New Life for Christmas Ornaments

Do you have any Christmas ornaments that may be chipped or are just more than you want to put on you tree? Display them in a clear glass vase or bowl—the imperfections won’t be visible from inside the glass (or you can turn them so the imperfections can’t be seen), and you get a new, free to you decoration.

3) Pine Cones

Pine cones are a wonderful, inexpensive way to dress up your home for the holidays. Gather them on a nature walk (also free entertainment and exercise) and display them in a pretty basket or vase, spread them across a mantle or group them around the base of some candles (away from the flame, of course) to give your home a rustic holiday feel.

4) Old Sleds

Give an old wooden sled a new lease on life! It doesn’t have to be shiny and perfect to be pretty. Add a large bow or a pine bough to the front of the sled and lean it upright next to your doorway—it’s a fast, festive way to dress up the front of your home.

5) Oldies, But Goodies

Creating old-fashioned strings of popcorn and cranberries is not only quaint, but inexpensive AND a fun way to spend some time with family. Put on some holiday music, sip some eggnog or cider and string til your hearts content! They look so charming hung on trees or woven into garland.

6) Teddy Bears

If you have children (or if you have plush teddy bears around from the days when you USED to have children), there is a good possibility you may have teddy bears tucked away somewhere in your home. Huddle a few together, tie big plaid bows around their necks, and you have an instant nostalgic holiday display!

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Personalized Christmas Ornaments Just $2.49 Shipped!

Here’s a great deal on these beautiful personalized Christmas ornaments from ArtsCow – they’re just $2.49 for one sided ornament and only $3.49 for double sided ornaments, plus you get free shipping.  Use promo code ONMTS249 through November 24th to grab this low price.  Our family tradition is to pick out one new special ornament each year so I’m thinking about getting the kids to help me pick out one the many available templates, or maybe even let them each create their own.

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