12 Easy (Super-Affordable) Ways to Make Your Home Warm, Cozy and Inviting for the Holidays

  • Nov 1, 2019
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There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Target has everything you need to transform your everyday space into a winter wonderland for celebrating the season with family and friends—all at an amazing value. From traditional reds, greens and plaids to warm whites, winter blushes and natural finishes, you’re sure to find (or mix and match) a look you’ll love. And when your home’s aglow with details like vintage-inspired glass, classic bottle brush trees and luxe velvet trimmings, your guests may never want to leave.

“So many incredible holiday moments happen at home—it’s a warm, inviting setting for family dinners, epic gift openings and quiet cocoa-sipping with friends around the fireplace,” says Jill Sando, Target senior vice president and general merchandise manager, Apparel and Accessories and Home. “We’ve designed our holiday Home assortment to help guests set a festive scene to celebrate their favorite traditions—and make new memories together. With more than 2,000 new only-at-Target finds and a beautiful range of decor that evokes a stroll through a holiday village or a cozy night snowed in, it’s never been easier—or more affordable—to create that magical holiday glow at home.”

As anticipation for the holidays build—and to nod to our new collection of fun ways to countdown to the holidays—we’re sharing a few tips and tricks we’ve picked up from our in-house experts and partners. Without further ado, here are 12 easy, elegant and super-affordable ways to deck the halls and let your home shine all season long:

From Target’s Jill Sando…
Get the whole family involved. When it comes to making your house feel like home for the holidays, let your loved ones get in on the fun. And if the kids are less than enthused about hours of decorating (hello, teenagers), start a fun, attainable tradition like decorating the mantel together (try one of Target’s curated mantel kits that’ll set the perfect scene in a snap), and letting each family member pick a stocking that speaks to them. Target has tons of mix-and-match options with plenty of personality.
From Hearth & Hand with Magnolia’s Joanna Gaines…
Add touches of (faux) winter greenery to bring the outdoors in to your décor. Nothing says the holidays are here more than garland. Frame it around your door, drape it around your stair posts and rail or complement your table runner with a garland centerpiece.
Giving special keepsake gifts for your loved ones is a tradition worth treasuring. Kiddos will love a durable wooden treehouse you’ll be proud to display inside, and for the adults, it’s game on with a classic chess and checkers set.
From the wrapping experts at Sugar Paper
Let your gorgeously-wrapped gifts double as décor. Love a luxe look but aren’t quite a wrapping pro? Sugar Paper has you covered with beautiful coordinated papers, ribbons, gift boxes and bags and more. And with details like ready-to-go bows and ornament accents, those packages will be so perfect that they’ll double as décor right up until the moment you delight that lucky gift recipient. Arrange gifts under your tree, around the hearth and throughout your entry and living room for maximum holiday impact.
Elevate your table—and make cleanup a breeze—with chic disposable tableware. Setting an effortless, elegant table has never been so easy. Start with a few amazing pieces you’ll use time and time again, like Sugar Paper’s scalloped chargers and festive fabric napkins, and layer with candy-stripe disposable plates for the perfect pop of red. Add strands of faux popcorn garland, fresh florals and tea lights and you’re golden. Cheers to spending less time cleaning up—and more time enjoying your guests!
From Target’s design team…
Go ahead, get nostalgic. When creating this season’s holiday gems, Target’s talented design team set out to evoke warm memories of holidays past. One designer drew on a fond childhood memory—their grandparents’ eclectic collection of mismatched plates—to create a selection of mix-and-match, traditional holiday-inspired melamine dinnerware. With these stylish-yet-practical finds, each place setting will be just as varied and beautiful as the guests around your holiday table.
Give your favorite traditions a fresh twist. Take your “cookies for Santa” routine from ho-hum to ho-ho-holiday-level perfection with an adorable mug that holds a fresh cookie and our new night before Christmas kit. Our designers explored the magic of the season from a child’s perspective to create a fun little package, complete with a sign so Santa knows where to stop, treat cards for the jolly old soul and his reindeer, a charming cookie plate and a customizable note that will spark kids’ imaginations. And to really set the scene, try a Santa was here kit, too (we think you’ll agree that our designers’ poem is enchanting).
From Target’s in-house artists…
Use little pops of print and pattern to bring some major festive flair. Those oh-so-adorable tiny cookies, candy canes, trumpeters, nutcrackers, trees and Santa prints you see peppered throughout our assortment? They’re the work of in-house artists, who use paints, brushes, pencils and more to bring a handmade vibe—and some extra joy—to any holiday décor. After guests fell in love with old-fashioned Santa finds last year, our artists created a pretty, retro print that captures that spirit, but is even more inclusive, featuring Santas in a variety of skin tones. Layer the Santa print runner down the center of your table, serve your treats on a cute tray or gift a jolly little votive candle set. 
From entertaining guru Camille Styles…
Architect a super-sweet get-together. Looking for the perfect way to get your friends, family and favorite little ones together—without the fuss? Break out the baking gear (or, grab a few ready-to-go kits) and throw a gingerbread decorating party. It’s all the charm of the holidays, without the stress of a big production, which means more time to enjoy your company.
And when you’re the guest, treat your host to a scent-sational gift for less than $20. Wrap an opulent, jewel-toned mercury glass candle (the “fireside glow” scent is divine) in tissue paper, or tie a ribbon around our unique countdown to Christmas pillar candle (just $9.99) and you’re set. Or choose a vintage-inspired cut glass tree or hurricane votive for an extra-elegant touch.
From style expert Emily Henderson…
Roll out the welcome mat. A few little details can go a long way in helping any guest feel welcome in your home. Add a bit of greenery and lantern glow to the front porch, and layer chunky throws and textured throw pillows throughout your space so that from the moment they grace your door until they settle in next the fire, they’re wrapped in cozy comfort.
Make the warm, glowing vibe last all season long. By leaning into neutral creams, frosty whites, and touches of evergreen, you’ll let your décor take you through the holidays and into the depths of winter in stylish ease.

Ready to create your own winter wonderland at home? Grab your favorite pieces at Target or Target.com, then settle in for cozy nights in with those you love.

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