Small Wonders: Must-Have Holiday Decorations That Make a Big Difference

By Cathleen Freedman

Holiday preparation can leave you in an overwhelming holi-daze. It’s all too easy to overlook the details when you’ve got presents to shop for, annual family cards to send out, and countless parties to attend. Whether your tinsel is stowed away in some dusty storage corner or your favorite ornaments have begun to chip over the years, your decorations could likely use a refresh. But fret not: When it comes to decor, it’s best to start small, literally, with little touches that make a big difference. After all, with a few key trimmings, your holiday will be peaceful, merry, and bright. The most wonderful time of year, indeed.


Whether you prefer a matching assortment or a hodgepodge of shapes and sizes, thoughtfully selected ornaments will spread good cheer and spark conversation. Keep things classic with Tricia Lowenfield’s handmade 12 Day of Christmas set. Or create a truly elegant display with artisan-crafted glass baubles tied with velvet ribbons from Issy Granger. For a more playful feel (and serious star power), Cody Foster & Co.’s ornaments boast iconic pop culture figures, like Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and Diana Ross.

Gift Wrap

This season, give the gift of print and color with beautiful wrapping paper. St. Frank features geometric textile prints with a patchwork effect that will instantly elevate any present. While Caspari’s assortment includes an array of joyous tones and designs, including eco-chic options that are perfect for the environmentally-conscious recipient on your holiday shopping list.


Adorn the stairwell or mantel with precious stockings and hang them with care. Look to Bauble Stockings for miniature versions sized for hanging on the tree—and in keeping with tradition, where the “last but not least” gift is located on Christmas morning.


Warm up from long winter nights with glowing candles. While votives are always a timely hostess gift, have extras on hand for holidays at home. For your next meal with family and friends, try placing a candelabra on the table with incandescent lighting.


Whether you’re setting the table for Christmas dinner or laying out cookies for Santa, festive plates and place settings will keep spirits bright. Incorporate napkins and linens made from wintry textiles, like tartan prints and deep hues from cranberry to forest green.

With all of these details covered, you’re well on your way to turning your home into your very own winter wonderland. All that’s left to do is drape boughs of holly and place a sprig of mistletoe.

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