The leftovers are long gone and Thanksgiving is officially wrapped, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, you’ll want to decorate your apartment, but your bank account can barely accommodate one Christmas sock. No problem. Here are a few ways you can decorate your apartment for the holidays without spending a ton of money.
Christmas tree. Technically, you can decorate for the holidays without a tree. But if you really want to achieve the ultimate level of holiday cheer, you probably need a Christmas tree. You can find relatively well-priced and reusable trees on Amazon. If you want to opt for a real tree, you may end up having to splurge a little bit on this one, and it may take some research.
If you live with roommates, this could be the bonding experience you’ve been waiting for. Research various tree farms and hop in the car with your roommate(s). Nothing will bond you like trying to strap a tree to the roof of your car and praying to God the entire way home that it doesn’t fall off.
Ornaments and tree decor. You can also find some well-priced decor on Amazon, or you can just make it yourself. There are plenty of tutorials online, and DIY-ing ornaments can be part 2 to your roommate bonding extravaganza.
Candles. Have you been to Bath and Body Works? If you’re a single dude, probably not. Find an excuse to get yourself to a BABW stat. The candle sales are always outrageous (we’re talking BOGO, people), and your entire apartment will smell like the holidays. If your apartment complex has a strict “no candle” policy, you should probably move, but if you’re not into that, you can find inexpensive plug-ins that will make your apartment smell good without the probability of catching it on fire.
Stockings. If your roommates are really against the holidays for some reason, you can do something simple, like put a stocking on the door of your bedroom. You can get stockings for $1 at the dollar store.
Blankets and throw pillows. These are very underrated. These can take your apartment from 0 to 100 with very minimal effort. Grab a bright red fleece blanket and drape it over the corner of your couch and boom. Festive. You can also find some pretty fairly priced throw pillows at Target or places like Homegoods.
Lights. If you’re going for something as minimal as possible, string up lights in your apartment. Not only will your apartment look extremely festive, it will look great once Christmas is over as well. For less than $10 you can get 100+ counts of multi-color or simple white lights.
Wreath. These can really break your bank if you aren’t careful. Visiting somewhere like Hobby Lobby can save you. These are pre-decorated and will bring the holiday spirit to your home from the moment someone walks through the door. If you want to decorate it yourself with ribbon and trinkets from craft stores, you can find an inexpensive pine wreath here.
Overall, keep this in mind: You live in an apartment. This isn’t your first home with your family. You have the ability to make this space as you as you want. So pop some popcorn, throw the Grinch on Netflix and deck your halls the way you want to.