Hint: Here’s how to get festive without spending a fortune.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated October 26, 2018
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Christmas Trends 2018, mantel with decor
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Ah, the holiday season; it's the most wonderful time of the year—and it's also the most expensive. Between the presents, the parties, and the decorations, the holidays can really take a toll on your annual budget. But while you can't go cheap on your present for Great Aunt Becky, you can cut corners on the decor without anyone noticing. If you want your home to look on-trend without overspending, check out these four Christmas trends for 2018 and get each look for less than $50. Add these trendy little touches to the holiday basics you already have stashed in the attic or basement to make holiday decorating incredibly easy.

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Bronze decorative reindeer
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1 All-Metallics-Everything

The holiday season is the perfect time for a little extra glitz, and this year, metallics are adding their shine to everything from candlesticks to ornaments to garlands. Set a couple brass reindeer on your living room side table ($11 and $13, crateandbarrel.com), then add a metallic berry garland to the fireplace mantel or staircase banister ($15, worldmarket.com). Deck the tree with golden pinecone ornaments ($8 for 2, worldmarket.com). 

Minimalist Christmas Tree linen wall hanging
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2 Scandinavian Minimalist

Scandi minimalism has been a trend for a while now, but this holiday season, Nordic style shows no signs of stopping. To get the look, start with a space-saving, wall-hanging Christmas tree (from $34, LinenIsLove.etsy.com), then add some sleek star ornaments ($12, PinnsvinStudio.etsy.com). To make your presents match the decor, wrap all of the gifts with this downloadable, printable wrapping paper ($3.50, JJLynnDesign.etsy.com) featuring a Scandi-inspired pattern.

Retro decorative Santa
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3 Retro Christmas

If the holidays are making you nostalgic for the golden glow of Christmas past, lean into the trend with a few retro touches. Pop a retro Santa figurine on the mantel or side table ($15, worldmarket.com) and string up some multi-colored lights using modern LED bulbs ($15, worldmarket.com). Bonus: Sip hot cocoa out of these old school holiday mugs like it's going out of style ($20, worldmarket.com). 

Macrame Christmas tree ornaments
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4 Boho-Holidays

According to the trend experts at Etsy, bohemian style is still going strong this holiday season. Step one: Adorn a fir tree with adorable handmade macrame ornaments ($15, PineRoseAndCompany.etsy.com). Next, wrap the tree (and mantel and door frames) with white pom-pom garland ($4, factorydirectcraft.com) and order an on-theme fringed stocking ($30, worldmarket.com) to complete the look.