The best of cheap Christmas decorations 2012

The best of cheap Christmas decorations

Thrifty Christmas decorations feel right at home here at Thrifty Towers because that is all we’ve ever had. We moved in together in 2005 with only our student pots, pans and books and come that December we were newly engaged with a teeny tiny £2.50 Christmas tree and a cluster of charity shop baubles.

From there we’ve gone on to add Christmas-y bits and bobs each year however we needed to buy more than usual this year because some of our lovely goodies (but thankfully not memories) were destroyed in our garage earlier in the year.
So I set about finding some sweet little festive decorations and trimmings on a very lean budget. I popped out to the cheap and cheerful shops near to Thrifty Towers where I found some lovely things on a very low budget.
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Here are just a few of the things I found (more in the video) with the cheapest item at 14p and the most expensive at just £4

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poundland christmas decorations cheap christmas decorations– – Red & white bell wreath, WILKO, £1.50
Perfect little jingle bells to adorn a door handle.

– Wooden stag, WILKO, £1
I have somewhat of a problem when it comes to stuffing my home with deer and this chap can head up the herd with festive splendour.

– Wooden nativity scene, WILKO, £2.50
I’ve been looking for a sweet nativity scene for ages but all the ones I’ve liked have come in at the £100+ price tag which is unsuitable for me. This had a little LED light in it which lights it up at night.

– 25 mini silver baubles, POUNDLAND, £1
Teeny, tiny baubles to fill glasses, scatter on shelves and generally go overboard with.

– 36 Candy canes, POUNDLAND, £1

– Silver crackers, POUNDLAND, £1
8 in a packet and the perfect size to fit on our tiny dining room table, especially when stuffed with serving dishes. These come with reindeer and ivy patterns in silver and white.

– Door wreath, POUNDLAND, £1
On their own these wreathes could look a bit sparse but team it up with another and secure with ribbon and you could have a beautiful wreath for little money or effort.

– Disco baubles, B&M, £1.99
Look how cool these are! Perfect for adding to a gift tag for really special wrapping.

– Red tin, POUND WORLD, £1
I still can’t believe this tin was only £1. I’m already seeing it stuffed with Christmas biscuits or peppermint creams for guests to nibble on. I think it looks much more expensive that then £1 I parted with for it.

– 6 Silver reindeer, POUND WORLD, £1 

I’m going to attach these to my wall and give the front reindeer a red nose because that’s the way I roll.

– Crochet robin red breast, THE PIGEON’S NEST, £4 
This tiny little robin is by fellow blogger Shiny Pigeon. He stands up all on his own and his red breast is heart shaped, I’m not sure he could be cuter if he tried

Don’t be scared by the piles of tat in the cheap shops. More often than not, if you wade through the crud you’ll find a diamond in the rough just waiting for you to pluck it out and take it home. Also be sure to check out your local charity shops because we’ve been very lucky to find huge bags full of vintage goodies for very little money whatsoever. Take a peek at the work of handmade craftspeople, their prices are far more reasonable than you can imagine and they have a really alternative, personal take on things.

P.S. Have you found many festive bargains yet this year?
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  1. What a fabulous post! Absolutely love the nativity scene decoration from Wilkinson. x

  2. This is really sad but i have just purchased christmas pudding bin bags from Poundland!!

  3. I’ve been very impressed with Wilkinsons this year, I got some gorgeous white reindeer and 2 rolls of wrapping paper for £3 in red with white spots (very cath kidston).

  4. Wilko rocks this year for decs :) I am like you and add to our stuff each year 😀

  5. In previous years I heaven’t really been that into decorated my room but with decorations that cheap, i haven’t really got an excuse! With defo but popping down to the local wilko. x

  6. I’ve bought a whole family of robin’s from shiny pigeon, can’t wait for them to arrive! Last year I brought lots of felt decorations from good old wilko they are lovely. We have a nativity brought from a charity shop, it’s missing a shepherd but it adds to the charm of it!

  7. Wilkos decorations are amazing this year and so well priced too.

    X x

  8. I’ve already raided wilkinsons, the pound shops will be my next stop. Thanks xxx

  9. LOVE IT! I always hit ‘B&M’ when I’m up North LOL!!

    Also, if your town has a ‘Tiger’ shop… some fab bits for £1-£2!!

  10. So looking forward to my trip to Wilko’s tomorrow! xx

  11. Great post, Thanks for finding great bits. Each year my children choose one
    decoration for our tree each. When they were young it was all snowmen and santas. But now it is more tastful. The snowmen and santas are still there and the tree is full of memories.

  12. i brought those wreaths because of you, i brought 4!! gonna make a nice full one

  13. i brought those wreaths because of you, i brought 4!! gonna make a nice full one

  14. Wilkos this year in one word FAB!!!!! I love the wooden trees which are £4.00, but still a bargain in my eyes!!! B and Q also have some nice Decs, they are 3 4 2 so I spent £6 om 3 different decs. I love the Sweedish look. My hubby is a Sweede and they are the bees knees in Xmas style!!! Allie Jane

  15. I got 10 vintage 1950s baubles for 99p in a charity shop earlier this week. The shop assistant thought I was crazy for buying them because they had piles of shiny modern ones, but I just LOVE the old battered ones.

  16. After watching your video on this I popped into poundland and Wilkos on the the way home last night. I can’t believe the amount of lovely Christmas decorations and gifts in Wilkinsons this year. I’d have never thought to have looked there so thanks for opening my eyes Thrifty 😀


  17. I am LOVING all the wilkos tree decorations this year. I might pick a few up to give to my family as mini stocking fillers!

    Also does anyone know where I could get some cheap felt stockings??

  18. Homebase have the most beautiful open glass baubles with different items or scenes in them that look so expensive and cute, only £2.50! i bought one today with a snowman and 2 foxes in it, was very tempted by one with a snowman and a boy making a snow angel in it…they are just like one i bought in leeds for nearly £10 :|!
    And I bought the cutest owl bauble in wilkinsons (love wilkos!) reduced already! had £1 off him making him £1.50 or £1.75… i couldnt leave him there poor clearance owl… x

  19. Off to Wilko to buy the stag – thanks! 😉

  20. Some great finds :) xxx

  21. I bought my own little treats from wilko’s at the weekend!

  22. I have just found your blog and I love it. Thank you for all the time you must spend on your research.

    I bought a christmas wreath and a garland from Wilkinsons years ago and they still look like new. I love decorations that last and last as not only is it money saving but it’s more environmentally friendly when it doesn’t end up in a landfill site a few weeks later.

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