7 Christmas Decor Picks Worth the Splurge

The following post is from Lindsey Roberts, a freelance writer covering design & décor:

Christmas tree outside
source: jennifer donley

Like many people, I am saving my pennies these days. And for holiday decorating, that means time-saving and money-saving moves: a glass bowl full of pinecones on my cocktail table; an evergreen garland from the grocery store instead of a Christmas tree; a branch wreath from Michaels on my door.

But equally as important to me as saving money is buying quality, classic holiday décor pieces that will last for generations. This is especially true when it comes to seasonal items, as they may be in stock one year and then gone forever. Here are my picks from this year’s Christmas products. If you find something you like, you have my permission: splurge, and then go frugal and natural for the rest of your home.

Twig stocking holderTwig Reindeer Stocking Holder,
$24, Pottery Barn
These twig stocking holders by Mary Pat Rowan are so popular that the silver ones sell out every year around October, before I get a chance to buy them. Brass and nickel are still available, but if you want silver, keep your eye out next year!

Ahna Holder Christmas stockingAhna Holder Stocking,
$30, Etsy.com
The perfect stocking  for any modern decor, these felt stockings by Seattleite Ahna Holder sell out fast. I could only find three on her store on Etsy.com, so come back next year, even during the summer, to see what her 2011 designs will be.

bone china pinecones
Bone China Pine Cones,
$14.95-$24.95, Crate & Barrel
These seasonal icons are handmade of fine bone china and finished in a soft, matte winter white for a modern touch to your holiday décor.

blanket
Winter Harbor Throw, Baker Furniture
A friend of mine found this blanket on sale last year for about $130, and I am here to tell you that it was worth it.  This is the softest, warmest blanket that I have ever had. It stayed out all winter last year, and I couldn’t wait to bring it out again this year. Call your local Baker showroom for availability.

glass ornaments
Soffio Ornaments,
$26 for four, UnicaCool
Truly collectible, these crystal ornaments are from Italy and come in a mixed set.

snowflakes ornaments 2
Santa Lucia Snowflakes Ornaments,
$50 for 21, Garnet Hill
I’ve had my eye on these for two seasons. Someday, they will be mine! Maybe when I have a tree.

Danbury gold ornament for 2010
Gold Christmas Ornament collection,
$29.95 for one, Danbury Mint
A dear friend of mine sends me a few of these beautiful gold ornaments each year. Last year, I had enough for my ornament tree and to sprinkle throughout my evergreen garland on my bookshelves.

What holiday décor have you found that is worth splurging on?

Lindsey M. Roberts has covered design, décor, and homes from Washington state to Washington, D.C., writing for publications such as Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Apartment Therapy, The Washington Post, and Preservation magazine and editing publications for Hanley Wood.
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