The Real Homes Christmas decor wishlist: Here's what our editors are obsessed with

If you only grab one piece of Christmas decor, let it be an editor-approved pick

A collage of a disco ball ornament, bedding set, mug, and llama ornament on a bright background
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Listen, we know Christmas is an expensive time, and switching up your decor theme each year isn't always realistic. Rather than splurging on a full set of new decorations, we love the idea of slowly building up your collection each year by picking one item.

Not only is this more cost-effective, but it's also more sustainable. Some micro-trends can be fun to try, but the look doesn't always last forever. Sticking to just one piece means that if you do fall out of love with a look eventually, it won't be the end of the world or mean starting your Christmas decor collection from scratch.

The Real Homes team spends countless hours searching for the best pieces for you, and in all of our research, there are some gems that stand out. Each of our editors has found a top pick in Christmas decor this year, and with this wishlist, we're bringing you the best of the best.


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A set of disco ball Christmas ornaments on a mantel with eucalyptus

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Melissa Epifano

"While I normally opt for subtle and understated picks in my home, I've felt much more drawn to bold colors and splashy textures lately. Rather than a neutral Christmas tree, I'm going for a bright and sparkly disco theme this year. These dazzling orbs totally fit the bill."


Monogrammed mugs with letters spelled out of black and gold tiles

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Annie Collyer

"I have these adorable Anthropologie mugs at home already, and think they could be an amazing eco-friendly alternative to table names! Plus, you can gift them to your guests afterward, which feels like such a nice, thoughtful touch."


A fluffy blue llama Christmas ornament

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Camille Dubuis-Welch

"My decs are all pretty close to nature and minimal, but I keep my tree fun by buying one new ornament each year. I love this little llama for the cute uplifting color and fuzziness that we all need in December."


A festive bedroom with a candy cane striped bedding set in pink and red

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Louise Oliphant

"Go big or go home this Christmas, because I LOVE this bold pink and red striped sheet set. It channels total Barbiecore vibes but with that festive edge, of course. This means it'll look great year-round if you can't bare to put it away after the big day."


Swirly tree shaped candles

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Nishaa Sharma

"I love these Scandi-style, swirly candles that would fit in perfectly with a neutral and green color scheme. They're shaped like Christmas trees, but in a subtle way, and I think they'd look so cute on a Christmas tablescape. Plus, they come in vanilla, which is my absolute favorite scent for candles!"

Nishaa Sharma
Freelance social media editor

Hi! I’m the former social editor at Real Homes and a freelance social media expert bringing you the latest and greatest in home trends, interiors aesthetics, and celebrity finds. When I’m not scrolling or filming the best home decor for your small space, you can find me exploring the cutest villages and brunch spots, or snuggled up on the sofa with a new recipe, my husband, and our puppy, Ebble.