Give Your Home a Cozy Holiday Makeover with These Dollar Store Finds

Get into the spirit of the season with these easy dollar store decorations that are super cheap—but look extravagant.

The holidays have arrived, ushering in glad tidings and a heaping dose of Christmas cheer along with them. From frosted windowpanes to twinkling lights, it's the time of year when everything feels extra cozy, and settling in for a long winter's night with friends and family is what it's all about.

When it comes to seasonal decor, don't expect your tree to do all the work. After all, it's the little accents and added touches that can help transform your home from simply festive to totally fabulous.

As everyone knows, the most wonderful time of the year is also one of the most expensive. Between shopping for gifts and gatherings, not to mention all the trimmings, getting into the spirit of the season can turn into a serious budget buster.

Luckily, transforming your home into a winter wonderland is as easy as stopping by the dollar store and stocking up on these affordable finds that are sure to make bells on bobtails ring without leaving coal in your bank account.

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Warming Station

Warming Station
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Take the chill off winter days with a charming hot chocolate bar. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, it's as simple as setting out the usual ingredients, along with a variety of fun toppings to choose from—marshmallows, candies, and other embellishments. Serve up cocoa in these cheery, plaid dollar-store mugs, along with candy cane and chocolate mixing spoons (also at the dollar store).

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Tiny Christmas Tree

Tiny Christmas Tree
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How can you go wrong with this snack-sized, tabletop Christmas tree? At 18 inches, it's perfect for your bar cart, countertop, or any place else that could benefit from a dose of whimsy. Don't forget to throw a mini tree collar in your cart, along with fairy lights and tiny ornaments—like these too-cute retro campers, and you'll be rockin' around the (mini) tree at the Christmas party hop.

Related: 3 Budget-Friendly Ways to Create DIY Christmas Tree Collars

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Snowflake Wreath

Silver and White Ornament Wreath
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These snowflake ornaments are stunning in their own right, but set onto a metal wreath levels them up to gorgeous. Repurpose them into a holiday wreath with a few dabs of hot glue, a bell ornament for the centerpiece (also from the dollar store), and you've got an elegant display for $12 in less than 10 minutes.

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Gold Ornament Wreath

Gold Ornament Wreath
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If gold is more your aesthetic, these embellished ornaments set on a gold form work perfectly to create a stylish, art-deco-inspired wreath.

Related: 54 Pretty DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas to Make Right Now

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Mini Holiday Cookie Charcuteries

Holiday Cookie Charcuterie Mini
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Originally used to display meats and cheeses, French-inspired charcuteries have evolved into pretty much anything you can think of arranged on a serving board. Most recently, holiday cookies have been given the charcuterie treatment, and these mini dollar-store cutting boards offer a new twist on the old-world tradition. Perfect for individual charcuteries, no sharing is necessary, and everyone gets their own dessert cookie board to sample.

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Gnome for the Holidays

Gnome for the Holidays
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According to folklore, gnomes are mythical creatures charged with guarding treasures of the earth. These gray and white dwarves are doing their job, keeping close watch over whatever treasures Santa decides to stash in these sweet stockings for your little elves to discover on Christmas morning.

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Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times
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This holiday season is all about nostalgia. From retro farm trucks to vintage RVs, everything old is new again. Bring home the charm with these quaint signs—guaranteed to evoke happy memories of days gone by, while creating new ones at the same time.

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Faux Flower Accents

Faux Flower Accents
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If it's your turn to host or you're looking for some floral inspiration, don't be afraid to mix and match faux blooms from the dollar store with the real ones. Combining the two not only adds texture, volume, and variety to your arrangement, but your lush centerpiece will likely last longer and cost less.

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Mad for Plaid

Mad for Black and White Plaid
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This year it seems like everyone's ditching the traditional tree in favor of the latest craze: flocked trees. Decked out in layers of faux snow, they instantly transform your living room into a cozy winter wonderland (worth it, even if they are way messier than the standard version).

These black and white plaid ornaments will make your flocked tree positively magical, giving the North Pole a run for its money, while spending only a few dollars of yours.

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One is Silver, and the Other Gold

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Metallics make everything look good, and these silver and gold ornaments from the dollar store are no exception. Embellished with sparkling accents and glitter, they're sure to make your tree look shiny and bright.

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, they appear far more sophisticated than their $1 price tag suggests.

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Mini Chalkboard Easels

Mini Chalkboard Easels
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You'll be hard-pressed to find place cards more stylish than these—great for table assignments or labeling food at the buffet. For easier writing and a crisp appearance, use an erasable chalk marker. You only need to wipe them down before using again.

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Gift-Wrapping Accessories Galore

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Before heading off to your favorite retailer for gift wrap and supplies, make a stop at the dollar store. You'll find a treasure trove of bags, bows, wrapping paper, tissue, and more. Why spend big bucks when everything you need is available for a fraction of the cost? Many gift bags come in packs of two or three, bows in packs of two for $1, and single rolls of paper are also just a buck.

Related: How to Wrap Gifts Like a Pro

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Snowflake Candleholders

Snowflake Candle Holders
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If the weather outside is frightful, cozy up inside with these glittery snowflake candleholders. Ideal for a votive, tea light, or flameless candle, they'll help set your home aglow on cold winter nights.

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Globe Ornaments

Globe Ornaments
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The possibilities are endless when it comes to these clear, plastic ornaments; essentially a blank slate waiting for you to customize them. A tiny strand of fairy lights is a game-changer when inserted inside (hide the on/off switch in the back), turning your tree into a luminescent superstar—no additional ornaments required.

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Cabin Plaid Ornaments

Cabin Plaid Ornaments
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Who doesn't love a rustic, comfy cabin vibe? These ornaments will take you there. Furry little ice skates, pinecone embellishments, and warm jute tones will have you channeling that cozy, snowbound, sitting-by-the-fire feeling without having to leave your own (presumably non-woodland-cabin) house.

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Nothing Like the Present

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Skip the roll of sticky peel labels this year and use these ornaments to dress up your gifts instead. Cute-as-a-button skis, a welcoming front door (tiny wreath included), and Merry Christmas wishes all look great hanging on the tree—and make even better embellishments. Brown paper, plaid paper, and jute string are all also available for easy, one-stop shopping.

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Dressed-Up Wine

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These tea towels make bringing the wine a lot more fun than just dropping it into a bag. Not only does your dressed-up vino look like you went the extra mile, it also doubles as a hostess gift. Better yet, it'll cost less, too.

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Make-Your-Own Menu

Make-Your-Own Menu
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With frames in every size, shape, and color, the dollar store is your go-to for adding some sophistication to your soiree. Impress your guests by placing a framed menu displaying the details of your dinner party at each seat. Create your own and print it off, or download a digital menu template from Etsy or other online retailer.

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Santa Plants

Santa Planters
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Go green this holiday season by dropping a plant (not included) into one of these mini metal Santa buckets. They're perfect for that just-a-little-something you're looking to give with a gift card, or a gathering you don't want to show up empty-handed to.

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Into the Woods

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Burlap, fuzzy, and plain adorable, these owl ornaments are available in three different styles. Whether you're a nature lover, an Audubon member, or just like owls, these little woodland creatures are sure to cozy up your tree.

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Perfectly Pink Tablescape

Perfectly Pink Tablescape
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Pink is the new red this holiday season, so serve up your rosé in these holly-berry decorated glasses. Available in goblets or standard drinking glasses, they're so fabulous you can build an entire tablescape around them. Berry florals, gold chargers, placemats, and green dessert plates are also dollar-store finds.

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