Top 10 Holiday Decorating Must-Haves + Win American Express Gift Card!


It’s time to decorate for the holidays – my favorite time of year! This year is the first year I’ll be enjoying Christmas in Nashville so I’m very excited to decorate my home with lots of holiday decor. I know lots of young couples that are also enjoying Christmas in new apartments or homes or are on the search for a new home (I’m in this category!).

You’ll find lots of tips in this post for decorating your first home or looking for a new home thanks to Apartment Guide. They are also giving one lucky reader a $50 American Express gift card to use to decorate your home for the holidays.{enter below}

1.  Modern Red Candle Holders ($10.95, Crate and Barrel) – I love these for a pop of color in a neutral room. If you’re decorating a first home, these are affordable and great for year-round decorating as well. If modern is your style, check out these other tips for decorating modern-style!
2. Velvet Stockings ($16, Pottery Barn) – I ordered these velvet red stockings this year for my fiance and puppy dog too! They’re soft, gorgeous, and I love the monogram!
3. Fresh Cider Monogram Wreath ($39, Ballard Designs) – Add a touch of greenery to your door (or wall!) with this monogram wreath! {More front-door decor from Moving Today}
4. Frost 2-Tier Beaded Server ($29.99, Target) – I bought this holiday server last year at Target and I’m THRILLED that they have it again this year. I use it all-year round which is great for apartments or homes with little storage! This server is perfect for entertaining (more tips for throwing an apartment holiday party). Or enjoy the season with family and save the party-throwing for New Years – here are a few tips for Apartment NYE parties!
5. Novoli Holiday Pillow ($119.95, Z Gallerie) – Choose a fun graphic print for throw pillows to decorate your couches! These can be pulled out for the holidays but are suitable for year-round decorating as well!
6. Triangle Red Plates ($3.95, Crate & Barrel) – Chic and simple, these red and white triangle plates are perfect for enjoying those holiday cookies and cakes! For more tips on adding pops of color to your decor, check out this article on Moving Today!
7. Pinecone Candles ($7.98, World Market) – Candles add a glowing ambiance to small spaces and these pinecone candles double as festive holiday decor as well. Leave these candles on the mantle throughout the winter!
8. Pinecone Topiary ($39.98, Martha Stewart for Home Depot) – If you’re decorating an apartment or small space, opt for a smaller tree or topiary like this one by Martha Stewart! It’s perfectly suited for a corner or front door step too.
9. Dasher Candleholder ($17.95, Crate & Barrel) – This cute reindeer candle holder adds a touch of one of my favorite childhood stories – Rudolph + the reindeers!
10. Apothecary Jars ($29.99, Amazon) – Apothecary jars aren’t just for candy buffets! Use this filled with pinecones, extra sparkling ornaments, potpourri, cinnamon sticks, or other holiday decor!

1. Leave a comment below telling us YOUR favorite way to decorate for the holidays!
2. Earn an EXTRA entry by following @AptGuide on Twitter!



Congrats to our winner: Tiffany W!  Happy decorating!!!!

And when all the presents have been opened and Christmas has passed, use these tips for recycling your holiday decorations (great tips for apartment-living)!
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  1. 41

    Great decorating ideas!

    On a more sour note, I have a warning for you, my aunt had her house burn down because the Christmas tree caught fire! She gave a child a candle to hold and she got busy doing something else, next thing she knows the front room is ablaze because the child had lit the Christmas tree on fire. Keep fire AWAY from real Christmas trees, especially when they are dry! Dry Christmas trees burn VERY fast!

  2. 42

    I decorate my daughter’s little tree and hang white lights throughout our apartment.

  3. 43
    Kimberly L Willis says:

    I’ve turned our favorite way we love to decorate for the holidays into a tradition.. We pop in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” while we’re decking the halls. It’s just a classic! Watching this super funny movie while getting down to business makes it feel less like work & now our family tradition!

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