Editorial Note: Forbes Advisor may earn a commission on sales made from partner links on this page, but that doesn’t affect our editors’ opinions or evaluations. Believe it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner—and may behoove you to get your preparation started early. While supply chain problems might interfere with holiday shopping plans, your winter decor aesthetic can still come to life just as you envision if you get started now. Mix and match these 2021 holiday trends to make the most of the holiday season this year. 1. Decorate Early
Time hasn’t always seemed so linear since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sometimes, it’s moved at a snail’s pace and other times it seems to be at warp speed. It has also opened society’s eyes to just how precious our time is. This newfound sense of time, paired with the amount of it that we’ve been spending at home, has led to one major holiday trend for 2021: decorating early.
There’s no need to wait until after Thanksgiving to put on the Bing Crosby and hang the mistletoe. Infuse a little joy into your home and decorate whenever you want. 2. DIY
The pandemic also gave rise to the DIY trend as we found ways to pass the time inside our homes with tie-dyeing and bread-making. The holidays are a great time to exercise your crafty side. Go traditional by stringing popcorn garland or modernize it by tying your own ribbon garland. Display your loved ones by arranging holiday cards in the shape of a tree on a bare wall, or splay paperback books on top of one another to build a tree. 3. Holiday Blooms
Indoor plants were also huge in 2021, and the holiday season is a great time to add some extra special blooms to your usual arrangement. In addition to winter weather flowers in vases, consider a poinsettia tree as a centerpiece, adding sprigs of holly to end tables or bookshelves and hanging wreaths on any door (not just the front one). 4. Eco-Friendly Options
Sustainability is top of mind across all sectors this year, and the holiday season is no exception. To reduce waste, consider using reusable wrapping paper—like wrapping cloths or even wrapping a toy in clothing that’s also part of the gift—or recycled wrapping paper—like using newspaper or buying wrapping paper made of recycled paper. If you’re sending out holiday cards, consider printing them on environmentally conscious materials, or opt out of paper entirely by emailing virtual ones instead.
If you’re getting a tree, take into consideration the pros and cons of real vs. fake. Real trees are a renewable resource, but they need to be disposed of properly so they don’t end up in a landfill; make sure you check your local disposal recommendations. The carbon footprint of a fake tree is much higher than a real one when it is thrown away, but if it can be used year after year without replacement, it can even […]