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Budget Friendly Christmas Decor

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Decorating for Christmas is just so fun! I love doing it with my family, and it was so cool to also get to decorate my own space this year. Even though both my sister and I don’t live at home anymore we still go over to my parents house and decorated as a family. My mom purged so many of her boxes and passed some stuff (especially ornaments) off to the two of us. However, decorating your own house can get expensive! I wanted so many things this year but knew I had to resist. As my husband said “You can’t have 20 years of Christmas things in year 1.”

In one of the rentals I lived in we had a fire place which is like a dream come true! First house I’ve ever lived in that has one. I was so excited knowing I could get a garland for it. Michael’s does 50% off their Christmas decor which is where I scored this one. I also bought a magnolia leaf one that Carly talked about. This year I went on the hunt for Targets little white houses earlier than last year. I found that if you wait to long for Target Christmas decor it sells out. Last year I settled with the galvanized ones. I think a mix of both actually turned out pretty cute.

In years past I really focused on the mantle. This year I created a “mantle” on our entry table. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the house. I chose the houses and garland knowing once I moved I could use them in different locations as well. I think picking one piece of the house to buy for that first year was key. It limited my spending, and kept my ideas from getting to out of control.

Still looking for decor ideas? Head over to my Pinterest. I definitely brainstormed from there.

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photos by Tiffany Maudlin

First posted December 2019. Updated December 2021.

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  1. Reply

    I love the way your husband thinks. Very practical (even if it’s hard to hear sometimes haha). This is my fourth year decorating for Christmas in my own place – and first time in a house I own – and it can be tough to not have a TON! But it’s still special to add little bits and pieces each year to the collection πŸ™‚ My favorite part of my decor is my holiday village and those have been adding up since I was a little girl!

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    I love that the decorations aren’t so big and will be overwhelming after putting them all together. Looking forward to decorating with my family for the holidays as well!

    • Neely Moldovan
    • November 22, 2021
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    So many great finds! I love finding unique christmas decor that doesnt break the bank!

  3. Reply

    I love the ideas you shared! Especially doing a mantle-type decoration on another surface. I don’t have a mantle, but I will be doing that decoration on a buffet I have in my dining room. Thanks for the fun ideas!

    • Jenn
    • November 22, 2021
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    Brilliant and simple, but still adorable Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  4. Reply

    I absolutely love how you decorated your home for the holidays. It’s simple and beautiful and festive. So perfect for when you’re shopping on a budget as well. I appreciate all the budget tips I can get, that’s for sure!

  5. Reply

    These are all really great gift ideas! I always do all of my shopping if not most of my shopping at Target because I can get great gifts without crushing the budget.

  6. Reply

    The houses are so cute and festive!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Anna
    • December 7, 2020
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    Target has been my one-stop-shop for holiday decor this year!

  7. Reply

    i did some serious damage in the Target holiday decor section and got some similar things!

  8. Reply

    Ah very inspiring and helpful, thanks for posting πŸ™‚

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Lee
    • December 7, 2020
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    Cute finds! Target crushed it with their Christmas decor this year!

  9. Reply

    These are great ideas to get started on the decor. Gotta love holiday spirit.

    β₯ tanvii.com

    1. Reply

      I love how you decorated simple that gives more of a crisp and clean look. So many great finds for more an affordable price and can buy lots! Thank you for sharing these ideas❀️

    • Rach
    • December 7, 2020
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    This is so cute and festive!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  10. Reply

    I love these ideas! Such a nice way to start building a Christmas decor collection!

    • Lizzie
    • December 7, 2020
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    This is all so cute! We just moved like… last week lol! And our new place has a fireplace – I am over the moon excited to decorate it!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Jamaria
    • December 17, 2019
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    I love your decor! So beautiful! Xo

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Jamaria! It was so fun to decorate my own space.

    • Nailil
    • December 17, 2019
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    It looks great! I love all the decor.

    Xx, Nailil
    thirtyminusone.com

    1. Reply

      Thanks Nailil!

    • Laura Leigh
    • December 17, 2019
    Reply

    You look too cute in these Christmas pjs! And I am all about some budget friendly Christmas decor!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://louellareese.com

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Laura!

  11. Reply

    So many great pieces are perfect price points and love those pjs!

    1. Reply

      Hope you had a lovely holiday Amanda!

    • Kristina
    • December 15, 2019
    Reply

    So cozy! Love those PJ pants, girl!

    1. Reply

      They were just perfect for Christmas!

    • Jessica Camerata
    • December 13, 2019
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    I wish I had a fireplace, they’re so cozy and great for decorating! Love how your decor came out for the holidays.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    1. Reply

      This is the first house I’ve lived in that has one. It’s so nice!

  12. Reply

    Too cute! Great finds πŸ™‚

    1. Reply

      Thanks Steph!

    • Em
    • December 12, 2019
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    These decor pieces are too cute

    1. Reply

      Thanks Em! Merry Christmas!

    • cate
    • December 12, 2019
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    I adore this selection you made! I love having a color scheme when deciding my decorations (:

    Cate // 35mminstyle / only 3 days left – win 2 Beauty & Skincare Advent Calendar

    1. Reply

      I’m just getting the hang of it. I love when people do themes though.

    • Lizzie
    • December 11, 2019
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    It all looks so cute! Such a fun and festive set up1 You did a really great job πŸ™‚

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Lizzie! So sweet of you.

    • Stephanie
    • December 11, 2019
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    I love how you made the focal point your beautiful mantle! It’s stunning with the decorations you chose. Here’s to cheery holiday decor!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Stephanie! Merry Christmas!

    • Kara
    • December 11, 2019
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    Your holiday decor is beautiful! Decorations always put me in a festive mood. I’m terrible though at decorating haha

    Kara | Politics of Pretty

    1. Reply

      This was my first year in my own space. I think it’s going to take some time getting used to.

    • Rach
    • December 11, 2019
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    These holiday decor is so cute!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    1. Reply

      Thanks Rach!

  13. Reply

    I am loving your Christmas decor, Mariah! I wish we had a mantle at our apartment so I can decorate it but for now, I’ll live vicariously through yours. OBSESSED!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    1. Reply

      It’s my first year with a fireplace! I was so excited!

    • Brooke
    • December 11, 2019
    Reply

    I love the little white houses. They are so cute!

    1. Reply

      I had to hunt them down!

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