Best for a Mantel
Lit Crystal Garland
Bedazzle a tree or pretty up a masculine fireplace with silver beads and crystals that catch the glow of tiny white bulbs.
To buy: $29 (50 lights, 6 feet), potterybarn.com.
G40 Globe Party
Bright, vivid hues (including sort-of-shocking hot pink) make the bold marquee-light shape even more fun and unexpected.
To buy: $23.50 (25 lights, 25 feet), sivallighting.com.
Best Retro Update
Holiday Living Clear C7 Light Set
Feeling sentimental? These plastic models are less fragile replicas of classic glass lights. Indoor-outdoor.
To buy: $27 (4 sets of 25 lights, 25 feet each), homedepot.com.
White Dove Lights
Imagine these birds nested in the branches among colored lights, or as the stars of the show on an all-white tree. You can connect up to three sets.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is not available, but find other styles at bronners.com.