9 Home Experts Share Their Favorite Holiday Decor Finds, and They’re All Under $100

published Nov 29, 2021
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If you’re looking to update your holiday decor (without breaking the bank), you’ve come to the right place. Because there’s truly so much inventory to sort through when it comes to wintry accents, I turned to some of my favorite home experts on Instagram to see what they swear by each holiday season. Their picks all come in at under $100 each and are pretty darn stunning. Happy shopping!

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1. A 50-pack of ornaments

“To create an easy layered look on your Christmas tree, start with garland or ribbon and then add a base layer of solid colored ornaments before adding your family’s sentimental and collected treasures. I love Target’s 50-count packages of basic ornaments, and I buy a few every year. They come in a variety of color combinations, ranging from sparkly neutrals to neons, they’re shatterproof, and they’re only $15!” — Kate Dreyer, blogger at Kate Decorates

Buy: Wondershop 50 ct 70mm Christmas Ornament Set, $15.00 at Target

2. Jingling bell decor

“I know not everyone loves bells as holiday decor, but I love them. This set from Crate & Barrel is a fun combo of glam and minimal. You can’t beat the price for a piece that’s so classic!” — Lowe Saddler, Instagrammer at Hot Sunday Home

Buy: White/Gold Bell Swag, $29.95 from Crate & Barrel

3. A chunky knit throw

“I love adding an extra dose of coziness during the holiday season with an extra chunky knit throw. It looks great wrapped around the base of the Christmas tree as a skirt or adds a beautiful texture to any sofa or bed.” — Lidia Salazar, Instagrammer at Everyday Home

Buy: Your Lifestyle by Donna Sharp Chunky Knit Throw, $62.24 from Overstock

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4. A marble menorah

“As a Jew, I celebrate Hanukkah (the festival of lights!), and as such, I am on the hunt for a beautiful menorah to display on my counter for the eight nights in which I light the candles. The simplicity of this one from West Elm (under $60!) speaks to me! With raw marble and brass, it fits perfectly into my overall decor. — Sarah Jacobson, Instagrammer at The Grand Apt

Buy: Marble & Brass Menorah, $36.00 $60.00 from West Elm

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5. Zinc village houses

“This year, I’m really loving these zinc village houses for decorating. I love that you can incorporate just one into your decor or create a village using them.” — Mallory Fletchall, Instagrammer at Reserve Home

Buy: Concordville Zinc Row Houses, Starting at $78.00 from Terrain

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6. A versatile vase

“As the weather gets colder, I’ve found value in a hurricane vase from CB2 that I’ve been able to style year-round on my coffee table. In the warmer months, I’ll style the vase using dried floral arrangements to create a vibrant centerpiece. In the winter, I’ll swap out my dried plants for a candle I can place in the center to light on cozy nights. I love how versatile it is!” — Breanna Young, Instagrammer at Breanna In Brooklyn

Buy: Coco Smoked Glass Hurricane Large, $24.95 from CB2.

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7. Mini Christmas trees

“I love subtle decorations that you can reuse for many holidays to come. I got a big bag of mini Christmas trees with different sizes at Michaels and bust them out every year. You can put them in multiple spots around your home for a little pop of holiday cheer. Add in some fake snow for an extra special touch.” — KC Cibran, Instagrammer at The Casa Verde

Buy: Miniature Green Trees by ArtMinds, $7.49 $5.00 from Michaels

8. A mix of taper and pillar candles

“Holiday decor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Let the holidays be ‘lit’ with a big assortment of candles on a single surface. Whether that’s in your fireplace, on a dining table, or in my case, on a credenza, I love to vary height and size to create an organic arrangement that isn’t too fussy or overly complicated.” Brady Tolbert, creative director at Bobby Berk and Instagrammer

Buy: Royal Imports Unscented Taper Candles, $15.99 from Amazon

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9. Festive salad plates

“I’m loving this spruce salad plate, and for $7.99 each, you could get a several for under $100, layer them with your basic white plate, and have a beautiful Christmas table setting that doesn’t break the bank. You’ll also save on storage if you don’t have room to store an additional setting of dinnerware by just adding in a couple of holiday specific pieces.” — Nicole Blackmon, Instagrammer at Sweet Domicile

Buy: Pier Place Snowy Spruce Salad Plate, $7.99 from World Market

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10. A vibrant garland

“I can’t resist a fun felt ball garland. They are perfect for decorating playrooms and kids’ bedrooms, or combine a few strands with traditional green garland and wrap it around a stair railing for a fun, whimsical pop of color. I own about a dozen strands of this rainbow felt garland from Crate & Kids.” — Kate Dreyer

Buy: Rainbow Felt Ball Garland, $29.00 from Crate & Kids

11. White twinkly lights

I’ve got a serious soft spot for all-white twinkly lights (NO green around these parts — all white or nothing!). Come holiday season, I love to drape them over my kitchen window for a bit of extra sparkle.” — Sarah Jacobson

Buy: 21 FT Bright LIDORE Indoor String Light, $10.99 from Amazon

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12. Colorful string lights

“I’ve been in love with these playful, bubble-shaped string lights from CB2 for two holiday seasons now. They’re perfect if you want to inject just a tiny pop of color into a more neutral winter decor scene. I think they look just as sweet wrapped around a TV console as they would draped on a mantel.” — Lowe Saddler

Buy: Mini Pebble Colored Glass String Lights, $39.95 from CB2

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13. Starburst Lights

“These starburst lights are festive and versatile! They are battery operated so you can add them to your mantel or console table, layer over pretty garland, or toss them in a bowl to add some magic to your coffee table!” — Nicole Blackmon

Buy: Glitter Starburst LED Garland, $40 from West Elm