We're always on the hunt for emerging trends, and this is what we think will be popular for Christmas 2021. Plus, get our best tips and inspiration to help you transform your home for the holidays.

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One of our favorite seasonal traditions is hauling our holiday boxes out and decorating the house with trees, garlands, and twinkling lights as Christmas music plays in the background. And after skipping a lot of our favorite Christmas traditions due to the pandemic last year, we're more excited than ever to bust out the ornaments and start wrapping gifts. 

This season we’ll be decking our halls with bright colors and recycled materials in addition to some of our annual favorites (like Grandma’s vintage ceramic Christmas tree). We're also seeing an increase in searches for budget-friendly decor and gifts due to the financial strain caused by the pandemic. But that doesn't mean people are cutting back on Christmas cheer. In fact, people are more excited than ever to get all of their decor out (us included!).

We’ve rounded up the most popular themes from Pinterest, Instagram, Google, and the editors from Better Homes & Gardens to bring you the top holiday trends of 2021. Plus, we'll show you how to blend these ideas with the classic decorations you already have, so you can save most of your holiday budget for stocking stuffers and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

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Credit: Jacob Fox

Recycled Materials

This season we’re embracing going green: We’re wrapping gifts with fabric instead of paper and purchasing eco-friendly decor items whenever we’re able. Sustainable Christmas products are top of mind this year (Google searches for ‘sustainable Christmas’ are up 117% over the past five years) and an easy way to make an impact is to switch up your traditional wrapping routine. Stay on-trend while supporting the environment by ditching paper and investing in furoshiki wraps or use cloth gift bags (here are some of our favorite options you can buy online). 

Have a Merry Little Christmas overlapping hanging pictures
Credit: Adam Albright

Inexpensive Decor

For the most part, we set out the same holiday decor every year because it’s easy and practical. But incorporating new holiday decorating trends doesn’t mean you have to do a complete overhaul of your existing decor. This year, we won’t be spending a lot of money on new decor pieces—rather, we’ll be repurposing our existing pieces and pairing them with inexpensive DIY Christmas decorations so we have more budget left for a big holiday meal and travel expenses to see far-away family we missed seeing during the pandemic.

Best Sugar Cookies christmas trees
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Holiday Baking

According to the Pinterest Predicts report, users are searching for holiday content way ahead of schedule—and we can see why! After a year where nothing felt normal, people are really embracing the normalcy of their favorite holiday traditions, like baking Christmas cookies together. It’s an activity you typically do at home with your immediate family members, so no matter what the situation looks like this winter, this is one tradition that won’t have to change.

personalized Christmas place setting with snowflake dish
Credit: Adam Albright

More Is More

According to our editors, people are going all out for the holidays this year. Because we had to keep celebrations small last year, folks can't wait to bust out as much holiday decor as possible, bake all the Christmas cookies, and host a big family dinner. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 10 meaningful ways to celebrate Christmas to help you get started. 

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Credit: Aniko Levai

Farmhouse Neutrals

Whether it’s farmhouse whites or mid-century modern blacks and greys, neutral decor isn’t going anywhere this year—which means neutral Christmas decorations are decidedly in. According to Google Trends, searches for farmhouse Christmas ideas are up 400% over the last five years. The best Christmas decor is the kind that matches your existing color scheme. You don’t have to go all out on red and green if that’s not your normal year-round aesthetic: White, black, navy, natural wood tones, and other neutrals can all look just as festive as more traditional Christmas colors.

green and copper table setting with lantern centerpieces
Credit: Adam Albright

Home for the Holidays

Pinterest’s holiday predictions show that people are already searching for ways to celebrate the holidays at home. Last year we had no other choice but to spend the holidays at home, and while we certainly wish it had been under different circumstances, it was a nice change of pace from the crazy-busy holiday seasons we've been used to. It also made us realize what's really important: Spending time with our loved ones around the kitchen table. This year, we'll be skipping holiday parties and events we don't really want to go to, and spending more quality time at home together instead.

movie still from A Christmas Story of the character Ralphie
Credit: Courtesy of A Christmas Story movie

Holiday Classics

Last year the pandemic changed how we celebrated, but it also brought us back to one of the most classic holiday traditions: Watching Christmas movies together as a family. Since we were celebrating at home with nowhere to go, we turned to the traditional holiday films we grew up on, like A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. After all, it’s not really Christmas until Clark Griswold puts the Christmas lights up! Plus, Hallmark is airing year-round Christmas movies, so you don't even need to wait until December to start indulging. 

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Nostalgic Decor

Living through a global pandemic has made us appreciate the small things in life, so we’re fully embracing the nostalgic trends, like the iconic ceramic Christmas trees that have made a major comeback over the past few years. According to Instagram, we aren't the only ones scouring Grandma's attic for vintage holiday decorations: There are more than 13,000 posts tagged #CeramicChristmasTree, and people are already sharing this year's finds.

Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 18, 2020
I also enjoy smaller stay at home Christmas traditions. We love watching Christmas movies together and crafting. I think making breakfast together sounds like such a great holiday treat my 3 year old would love that.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 16, 2020
I love keeping Christmas "simple" as it's a holiday that can quickly grow out of hand. My holiday memories would include doing crafting projects with the family. One year we made a wreath from my mother's work punchcards(LOL), and one year a diorama Christmas village. To make it even simpler you could decorate the dinner table together with leaves, pinecones, fruit, or acorns. Stringing popcorn and cranberries is a classic. If you want holidays to have richer memories of the family then you'll have to create some rituals together. My preschooler contributed to Christmas breakfast by squeezing the fresh oranges with a hand juicer($2) and each of us got a small but tasty sample. I remember him saying that his contribution to breakfast was the best! It sure kept him deliciously busy with the parents cooked the rest of the meal. Happy Holidays!