Tis the season to share presents, deck the halls and be jolly. To make the festive period extra merry, we’ve come up with some money-saving methods to help you save funds on Xmas decor! Our tips can help you spend less of your hard earned cash, while creating decorative items that are unusual and personal rather than generic. A bit short on time to create your own items? We also give you a rundown of the best online discounts to buy additional items you may need, at a fraction of the usual cost.

Recycle

It’s unlikely you’ll have no decorations at all from last year, so dig deep into storage and find all the pieces you’ve previously used. It could well be that last Christmas’ artificial tree, the lights, tinsel and tree ornaments could work very well this year as well. You could tweak how you do up your tree, where you place it and the lights to create a completely different look. You may even be surprised that items not designated specifically for Xmas can also be used for decoration. Why not borrow some of the kids’ toys to make nativity scenes or cute decorative characters?

Repurpose

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Sticking with the idea of using decor from Xmas’ past, plenty of decorations can be repurposed or altered to make them seem brand new. Make a wreath from older decor, perhaps having it look brand new by using some silver or gold paint. Hand paint last year’s baubles in different colours and designs to make them look completely different. If you’re feeling really creative you could try hand painting your own table runner as well. In fact, the possibilities for personalisation are vast; add an applique, a hand painted motif, some satin ribbon or decorative laces to Xmas stockings, or instead of investing expensive candles, light up some inexpensive tea-lights in hand-painted jam jars.

If DIY seems like the best decor option for you, stock up on materials from Hobby Craft. Current discounts include 10% student discount vouchers, free shipping on orders over £30 and decor items from just £1. Likewise, Craft Superstore stocks Christmas kits and other Christmas crafts for less. If you order costs more than a certain amount you can take advantage of free shipping.

Retail Therapy

Sometimes spending cash will be the only option for getting your decor just right. If this is the case take advantage of retailers such as Tesco, who offer a great number of offers including 3 for 2 on single hanging decorations. Argos is another online retailer with excellent offers for the season. You could save up to 50% on Christmas decorations, lights and trees. Festive Lights is another store where you can shop for some brilliant Christmas decor: trees, lights, battery lights, connectable lights, solar lights, other home lighting solutions and even commercial solutions.

Offline, an excellent tip is to wait until Christmas Eve before purchasing a live tree. It can be risky, but stores may be willing to practically give them away if they still have them in stock by this point.