Embarrassing confession: I have Christmas tree envy. Every year, my family goes to our neighbor’s house for a holiday dinner and their tree is always PERFECT. Like, center of Whoville status. As soon as I walk through their door, I go straight into Grinch mode.
Anyone with me? Our secret, I promise. Well, this year, let’s break the cycle and decorate like Mrs. Klaus.
After research and more research, we found that decorating is all about following these key steps, in this order:
- Hang the lights
- Add the garlands or ribbons
- Place the tree-topper on
- Ornament time
Now that you know the pecking order, let’s get to the fun stuff:
Before you start buying, it’s all about coming up with a game plan – Real Simple has your how-to. Now that you’ve done your reading, shop away. We’re getting all the lighting we need at Target. Don’t forget the power cord (or 3)!
Wayfair – the acme of housewares, they know their stuff. This is the place to get the fake plant based garlands.
Christmas Central – need I say more? Get your beaded or frilly garlands here.
Kirklands – ribbon central, and at a price you can afford.
Macy’s – this red ribbon is EVERYTHING.
The tree topper is like the icing on the cake – it puts everything together. Whether you want to get religious or not, get one.
Bronner’s – thinking religious? They have everything you could want… and with a price breakdown filter, you can make sure not to go too crazy.
Home Depot – I know, you wouldn’t think of them as a Christmas store, but their star toppers are gorgeous.
Christmas Tree Topper – I mean, with a name like that, you know they’re at the top of their game.
Pier 1 – great for the classics… and they’re offering 25 percent off. Amazing.
Etsy – if you’re looking for some vintage pieces, this is mecca.
Shutterfly – make an ornament from your favorite family photo… Mom and Dad will thank you, for sure.
Ornament Shop – live with roommates? These guys will let you write or caption any of their ornaments. Insert inside joke here.
Tiffany & Co. – because you fancy and you deserve it.
Side-note: before you start, make sure you have good hangers – they are a make or break for the perfect tree. Our office favorite is from Crate & Barrel, because they’re pretty and sturdy.