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.

[Read more…]


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!

Photo Credit: iClipart


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.

Disclosure: This post contains one or more referral links that may yield commissions for Shopper Strategy without any additional cost to you. See our disclosure statement for more details.


Follow by Email