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10 Subtle, Yet Gorgeous Holiday Decorations

Left to right: a LED birch tree, a plaid and burlap banner, and geometric reindeer.
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Not all Christmas decorations have to be bright red, glittery, and full of chuckling Santas. We’ve compiled a delightful collection of wintery décor that celebrates the holiday season without being too over the top.

Now, if you do want to go over the top this year, definitely check out these amazing Christmas inflatables to wow your neighbors and friends. Or, you can always aim for a mix—wild Christmas decorations outside with a calming, serene interior. It’s your holiday, so go forth and have some fun!

Snowflake Window Clings

Turn your windows into a true winter wonderland with this magical window cling set. It comes with nine sheets of gorgeous snowflakes in various sizes, as well as a cheery Santa and a smiling reindeer.

They’re easy to apply, leave no residue after removing, and can be used for several years. Just make sure to save the backing and store the sheets flat after Christmas.

LED Fairy Lights

We love this high-quality, battery-operated set of fairy lights because they’re so versatile. Use them this Christmas and keep them up through New Year’s. They can also light the pathway to your home for Halloween next year, or you can save them for special events.

Each strand is 20-feet long, so you can cover some serious space. The two sets come with remote controls, allowing you to switch them from flashing to a gentle glow. You can also set a timer. These lights are essential for creating a dreamy Christmas vibe in your home or yard.

Flameless Candles

Close up of flameless candles glowing.

Want to keep your Christmas décor super simple? Add some sleek flameless candles to create a warm, cozy vibe throughout your home.

This set includes nine battery-operated candles, ranging from four to nine inches in height. They’re also made from real wax and come with a remote control for ease of use.

Not only will they brighten up your Christmas, but they’re also suitable for any party, a romantic date night at home, weddings, anniversaries—you name it!

Or, place them around the tub for a relaxing post-holiday, stress-reducing soak.

A Burlap Holiday Banner

Nothing says rustic better than burlap! This stocking-shaped banner spells out Merry Christmas and is attached to a twine cord, with wooden pegs that hold up the hand-stitched letters.

When you hang it, it can stretch as far as nine feet across. It’s a rustic, yet elegant, way to add some Christmas décor without being too over the top.

A Eucalyptus Wreath

There are plenty of gorgeous wreaths out there, and they’re all designed to bring a fresh, festive feeling to the holiday season. We especially love this eucalyptus wreath because it embodies the Christmas spirit of delight and joy, without the glitter or bright red of traditional wreaths.

In fact, it’s totally okay to keep this wreath up long after the snow melts to welcome spring.

Reindeer Statues

These sleek, modern reindeer sculptures will look stunning on your mantle, desk, dining table, or even outside in the garden. They’re made from a wear-resistant and durable synthetic resin, and built to last for years. The set includes two reindeer: one standing and one resting on the ground.

Snowflake Throw Pillow Covers

White snowflake pillow on a beige couch.

It’s fun to decorate your house inside and out. These snowflake throw pillow covers are an excellent way to sprinkle some winter joy in your living room, bedroom, or guest room.

This set includes two machine-washable, embroidered pillow covers made from soft, durable cotton. Each measures 18 x 18 inches and has a hidden zipper. They’re the perfect companion for these plush pillows.

They also come in blue, red, or gray if you’re not a fan of white.

Twinkle Star Lighted Birch Tree

Looking for something different than the traditional Christmas tree? Or, just want an extra tree for your porch, bedroom, or kid’s room? This exquisite star-lit birch tree is six-feet tall, with 96 LED-illuminated branches. It’s subtle, yet breathtaking.

The sturdy base makes it easy to move from room to room, or even to display outside. The branches can also be bent to create a unique shape or look. It’s a wonderful addition to any elegant Christmas scene.

A Wooden Christmas Sign

This beautifully designed, rustic wooden Christmas sign looks adorable hanging by a front door, over the fireplace, or anywhere else you want to add a little holiday cheer. It measures 40 x 10 inches and has a keyhole for easy mounting.

Kindred Hearts 40"x10" Merry Christmas Shiplap Wall Sign, White

Adds the joy of the season anywhere you need it!

Wooden Snowmen

This trio of wooden snowmen is a sweet way to add some Christmas excitement to your home. Made of durable wood, these hand-painted super-jolly snowmen are complete with hats, scarves, and carrot noses. How cute!

You can display it on a bookshelf, counter, table, or your front porch.

Christmas décor doesn’t have to be glitzy, red, or totally in-your-face. We love these selections because they incorporate winter themes, while using more natural materials. They’re perfect for creating a warm vibe that works all year.

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Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »
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