Listen. I don’t like this any more than you do. If I had my way, the holiday season would only exist from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. But I’ve learned the hard way I can’t wait until Black Friday to start worrying about my holiday decorating. There just won’t be much left to decorate with. In fact, I’ve also learned that a lot of the most popular décor items tend to sell out before Halloween. And if it doesn’t sell out, then the prices go up—significantly.
So trust me when I say: plan ahead, store some holiday décor in a closet or basement for a month or two, and don’t stress-buy ugly garland in November because nothing is left but you HAVE to have garland. I’ve found that if I buy in October, and (start to) decorate in November, December is a much happier month.
There are certain categories of décor that sell out faster than others, though. Here are five kinds of décor that I recommend buying now, in October.
Last year when I posted my holiday mantel, I got so many requests for the garland I used to create it that I created a tutorial reel. But unfortunately, the main garland I used, the very popular real-touch Norfolk pine garland, was totally sold out for the season. But at the time I’m typing this, there are currently over 4,000 in stock! I bought a few more this year to use on my stairs, and I also snagged a couple of cedar garlands to use elsewhere in my home.
- Faux Christmas Trees
I’m always tempted to wait for Black Friday sales for big ticket items, but because of supply chain and shipping delays, I don’t recommend it for your tree. There’s a real chance you won’t get it in time to use this season! I’ve found retailers are offering great discounts now, in October, too. So don’t wait! I’ve broken them down into different categories, depending on what you’re looking for—traditional, less traditional (flocked, modern, etc.), and table top. And I found some really gorgeous options at a great range of price points.
I love a traditional tree. I love a real tree, too, but they can be tricky to decorate, so I definitely prefer artificial. But last year, we snuck a smaller real tree into our dining room, and I hope to continue the tradition of using at least one real tree. They just smell so good! For our living room tree, I wanted a timeless, and classic look, and it totally fits the bill. Quick tip: you want your tree to be at least 6 inches shorter than your ceiling height. In our living room, we have a 7.5 foot tree and our ceilings are 9 feet tall. I wanted to make sure there was room for a tree topper!
Here are some other of my favorite full-sized traditional trees at varying price points. I’m in love with this one. And this one too. Oh, and I’m debating snagging this one for our bedroom. Give me all the trees, please. Shop them all here.
Less Traditional Trees
I’ve also rounded up a few flocked and other non-traditional trees. I really enjoy having trees in multiple rooms, which also helps me get to try out different styles. I’ve actually never been a fan of the flocked trend, but this one might just win me over. (This one too!) Shop them all here.
Table Top Trees
And don’t forget about table top and mini trees…they’re always my favorite. I love placing them in a vase or planter for a higher end look. I’m eyeing up this one from McGee & Co. and am sure it will sell fast! And this one from Target is only $10! Shop my picks.
- Christmas villages
These cute little houses were everywhere on my Instagram feed last year, and by the time I realized I wanted to become a Christmas village person, they were all GONE. The most affordable options will absolutely sell out quickly! And the less affordable options will likely sell out too. I ended up purchasing this set (same set here without trees) from Target and I love that they’re battery powered. I also found a few individual houses for only $5 each! This wood village is another set that I just purchased.
There are quite a few options available right now! I plan to use them in my arched cabinet, so I may need to grab a few more soon.
People really love wreaths. They are always so hard to find come Thanksgiving! I ended up making my own last year because I couldn’t find what I wanted for a decent price. (For the record, I love how it turned out, so a DIY craft option is a great idea too!) I’ve picked out the ones that I think will sell out the fastest, at different price points (some as low as $20). Shop them all.
- Jingle Bells
The brass jingle bell trend it hot. And for good reason—they’re so pretty when used with garland, or hung by themselves on doors. You can even get the really big ones and place them on a fireplace hearth. Right now, you can find them from many different retailers for a reasonable price, but come November, they’ll either be sold out or double the price. I purchased two sets of these bells on Amazon for under $30 each. And you can shop the others I rounded up here.