The best Christmas decorations for the home

Bring a bit of festive cheer into your home with this selection of Christmas decorations as rated by Mumsnetters

NOEL lights, £16.99

NOEL lights, £16.99

This marquee-style Noel sign will instantly impart festive vibes to any windowsill. It's battery powered too, so it can go anywhere without the need for cables. Plus, the built-in timer can set itself to softly glow for six hours every evening – leaving you all the more free to drink mulled wine wrap presents.

Buy now from Tesco

John Lewis wreath, £25

John Lewis wreath, £25

We suspect some of the homemade decor mavens of our annual Poncetastic Christmas thread may baulk at an artificial wreath, but hear us out. It'll last forever, and if you fancy, you can “supplement it with real holly and twinkly lights”.

Buy now from John Lewis

Yankee Christmas tealights, £6.99

Yankee Christmas tealights, £6.99

There's nothing like a scented candle, or 20, twinkling merrily away while you all hunker down in front of the telly for a family film. Yankee's Christmas scents are spicy and long-lasting. “They remind me of Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue in New York.”

Buy it now from Amazon

Icicle lights, £14.98

Icicle lights, £14.98

We're not here to cast aspersions on whether inflatable reindeer are tacky or not, but we do know that icicle lights are a really popular way of illuminating houses at Christmas time. You can also bring them inside for strewing across doorways and the like – instant, glowy bliss. “I love our icicle lights. All the neighbours have the same in our close, and they look lovely.”

Buy now from Amazon

Personalised Christmas stockings, £14

Personalised Christmas stockings, £14

It's simply not Christmas without stockings, be they hung tantalisingly from the fireplace, the stairs or above the telly. Make your kids even more excited by decorating with special, customised stockings – so there'll be no question over Santa confusing which sibling was getting which Hatchimal….

Buy now from Not On The Highstreet

Light up nativity scene, £19

Light up nativity scene, £19

Go traditional with a little crib or nativity scene to teach your children the Christmas story. This one from Not On The High Street lights up with a small LED, so could double as a nightlight. It also has the added bonus of being small enough to fit just about anywhere in your home.

Buy now from Not On The Highstreet

Elf on the Shelf, £29.95

Elf on the Shelf, £29.95

However you feel about him, Elf on the Shelf is a permanent part of Mumsnet Christmas lore. If you've not yet discovered the wonders of this temporary household guest – and the effect his benevolent gaze can have on misbehaving DCs – head to the Talk board, stat. “The kids loved finding the elf each morning and seeing what he'd been up to. It's just a bit of fun.”

Buy now from Tesco

Candle Advent calendar, £8

Candle Advent calendar, £8

Whether you're trying to avoid yet more chocolate or just fancy creating a new family tradition, this alternative Advent calendar candle is a lovely way to help you count down to Christmas, and is a bargain at only £8.

Buy it now from John Lewis

Singing Parachuting Santa, £37.99

Singing Parachuting Santa, £37.99

“I've given up trying to keep it all tasteful after we won a singing Santa in raffle, that also wiggled his hips and went on for about five minutes with no off button.” This singing, parachuting Santa is tacky but guaranteed to delight small children (and annoy Grinch-like relatives.)

Buy now from Argos