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The 9 best Christmas decorations for 2021

Bring a bit of festive cheer into your home this holiday season with our selection of the very best Christmas decorations to buy this year.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 26, 2021

Christmas deocorations

From tasteful tinsel to full-on Santa's grotto, there's nothing like a few festive decorations to get you into the Yuletide spirit.

Here are the best Christmas decorations for 2021.

1. Best overall Christmas decoration: Icicle Lights

These stunning LED string lights come in bright white or warm white, and in several sizes too. They're perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, and have eight different effects to suit any mood.

For those choosing to put them outside, perhaps as a slightly more low-key alternative to inflatable reindeer (we're not judging), they've even got a timer function so you don't have to remember to switch them on and off daily – exactly what you need at such a busy time of year.

Price: £23.97

Buy now from Amazon  

2. Best budget Christmas decoration: John Lewis & Partners Impressionism Frosted Tree Scene Bauble

This beautiful glass bauble is as unusual as it is minimalist, with a wintry design inspired by Impressionist art.

It'll work particularly well with fairy lights, twinkling when the light hits it, but if this isn't quite your style, John Lewis & Partners have a huge variety of glass baubles to choose from.

Price: £5

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

Related: The best stocking fillers for kids

3. Best Christmas wreath: WeRChristmas Wreath

If you're not up for making a wreath yourself this year, this frosted Scandinavian option will definitely save you some time.

It's made with a metal frame, so won't break in the wind, and should last a good few years. The frosted finish makes it extra festive, and you can always add some Actual Holly if you want.

 

4. Best Christmas candle: Lily Flame Snowfall Candle

“Some of the Lily Flame ones are really strong and only cost about £9.”

It's not Christmas unless it smells like Christmas, right? This option from Lily Flame is a bit more gentle than your standard sweet and spicy Christmas candle, so if you prefer clean scents over gingerbread and cinnamon, this one's for you. Plus, it burns for ages.

Price: £9.75

Buy it now from Amazon

5. Best tinsel: Metallic White Tinsel

“Think explosion in a tinsel factory. Seriously.”

Sticking with the iridescent theme here. You could be all poncetastic and make homemade decorations or you could just cover everything you own in tinsel.

This metallic white tinsel will stand out on green Christmas trees and we love the iridescent effect.

Price: £9.99

Buy now from Amazon

6. Best Christmas ornament: Felt Carol Singing Reindeer

These adorable felt delights from Cox and Cox make a super-cute addition to any mantelpiece at Christmas, and come in a set of three. Because who doesn't love carol-singing reindeer?

Price: £25

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7. Best personalised Christmas decoration: Personalised Christmas stocking

It's simply not Christmas without stockings, be they hung tantalisingly from the fireplace, the stairs or even above the telly. Make your kids even more excited with these extra-special, customised stockings – and then there'll be no question over which Hatchimal is meant for which sibling.

Price: £16

Buy now from Not On The High Street

8. Best musical Christmas decoration: WeRChristmas Dancing and Singing Santa Christmas Decoration

“I've given up trying to keep it all tasteful after we won a singing Santa in a raffle. He also wiggled his hips and went on for about five minutes with no 'off' button.”

OK, so this singing, dancing Santa is perhaps a bit tacky silly, but it's guaranteed to delight small children – and, even better, annoy any Grinch-like relatives.

 

Related: The best Advent calendars for kids

9. Best for kids: Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar figurines

If you're trying to reduce your family's sugar consumption, this is the Advent calendar for you. This cute set is great for excitable kiddies, and once it's finished you're left with a wonderful festive scene to keep out as a decoration.

Price: £15.99

Quick and easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

Want to make your own Christmas creations instead? Watch our short video for quick and easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas.