18 Nostalgic Christmas Decor Buys for Your Home

'Tis the season to recreate Christmases of yore with our favorite nostalgic holiday decor.

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October 25, 2021

Ready to trim your tree, flock your front porch and deck your halls for the holidays? Bring the wonder and whimsy of your childhood Christmas memories into your own home this year using decorations steeped with sentimental charm. All you need to add nostalgia to your holiday design are a few cozy and classic accessories scattered throughout your space — most of which are red and green.

Join us on a snowy walk down memory lane and snag these heartwarming Christmas finds. Trust us: You’re going to want to shop these sentimental accessories for your home ASAP.

$69 (Set of 4)
Pottery Barn

Serve holiday guests a healthy helping of classic Christmas charm with the help of this nostalgic stoneware plate set. Each set includes four stoneware plates with each dish featuring a unique seasonal motif inspired by illustrated storybooks you'll surely know by heart.

$39.50 (Set of 6)
Pottery Barn

The key to creating the ultimate nostalgic Christmas tree? Skip the pearly white, glittery gold and champagne baubles this year and trim your tree in a sea of red and green accessories. Snag this timeless mercury glass ornament set to jump-start your tree design.

Crate & Barrel

Bring sentimental memories and merriment to your entry console with this vintage-inspired table tree. Ceramic Christmas trees with glowing rainbow light were once a seasonal staple at grandparents’ homes, and we think it’s time to make it one at your home, too. This miniature ceramic tree adds massive charm to any holiday vignette and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face throughout the season.

Grandin Road

White tree lights are lovely, but their glow doesn’t compare to that of classic red-and-green string lights. The vintage light strand features a mix of shapely, flame-style glass bulbs in alternating red, white and green hues. Each cheerful strand measures 15 feet and is approved for indoor and outdoor use. Snag a set to illuminate your mantel or grab three to frame your front door with nostalgic Christmas flair.

Grandin Road

Doesn’t this ruby bow encapsulate Christmas between the years 1980 and 1999? The voluminous, multipurpose bow is pre-tied and adorned with gold beading, making holiday decorating effortless. It also comes with a metal hook and gold string for hanging. Fasten the bow to the back of your dining chairs, add it to a fresh pine wreath or use it as a topper for wrapped gifts to create a heartwarming and happy Christmas appeal.

Grandin Road

Bring back the magic of the holiday with Santa’s toy bag. The darling sack doubles as an Advent calendar with embroidered, numbered pockets for each day of December. Use the toy bag to store wrapped gifts or holiday essentials like throw blankets, pillows or pet toys throughout the season.

Pottery Barn

Wrap your Christmas tree in all-the-feels with this warm and welcoming velvet tree skirt. The quilted skirt comes in a few cozy Christmas color variations, but we’re partial to the classic red-and-white design inspired by Santa’s suit. Personalize it with your family name in your choice of 12 unique font options and 14 thread colors.

Pottery Barn Kids

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in a snow globe? It doesn’t get more nostalgic than this. Treat your little one (or yourself) to this magical, personalized globe for their nightstand or dresser. Customize the frosty design with the recipient's name in one of six fonts for a sentimental touch.

Pottery Barn Kids

Crank up the Christmas nostalgia about 10 points with these Grinch-adorned tumblers. Build a set of your own with your choice of four nostalgic motifs: the Grinch with gifts, the Grinch at dinner, Max with antlers or Cindy Lou Who with a wreath. Keep it cohesive with one motif or mix and match for a well-rounded charm at your next holiday brunch.

Pottery Barn Kids

Recreate the feeling of having your nose pressed against the TV to watch early-morning Christmas cartoons with this darling Mickey Mouse throw pillow. The festive pillow features a holly-red trim, black-and-white poms at each corner and an embroidered scene of Disney’s golden couple trimming a Christmas tree. Style it with a black accent pillow and a ruby tartan blanket to create a cozy holiday corner in your home.

$22 (Set of 2)
Pottery Barn

Classic, timeless and traditional — these are just a few words that come to mind with this dreamy tree-adorned guest towel set. The tailored towels are made from white organic cotton and finished with a holly-red border for a crisp contrast. Each towel showcases a colorful tree motif complete with lively baubles, golden garland and a golden star tree topper.


Perhaps the most nostalgic Christmas decor item on this list: the needlepoint stocking. If you were born between the years 1980 and 2000, you either had one growing up or knew someone who did. These iconic stockings are crafted with cotton yarn and come in seven heart-warming motifs: winter cabin, dogs sledding, red truck, reindeer, snowman with puppies, snowman with kids and woodland animals. The piece de resistance of any classic needlepoint stocking is, of course, the embroidered personalization. Take your pick of script or block font to customize. Script font is more reminiscent of the stockings of yore, so if nostalgia is what you’re after, that’s the way to go.


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Mark & Graham

Grab one of these seasonal ceramic catchall dishes for your bedside table, then grab a few more as stocking stuffers or gifts for long-distance friends. Choose between four festive designs: a handsome nutcracker, a ski pro, a tree-toting truck or a stately holly wreath. Be sure to take advantage of the optional personalization and add your monogram or family name as a custom touch.

From $33
Etsy | LinenAndIvory

What better location to show off this iconic quote than your bedroom? This linen holiday pillow cover features a magical lettered motif with the first lines of Clement Clarke Moore's famed poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas. Pair the pillow cover with a white blanket or plaid quilt on your bed, accent chair or bench.

From $30

Make your Christmas movie marathon cozier than ever with a fresh set of classic and cozy flannel sheets. The festive, cotton flannel sheets from Eddie Bauer are fan favorites for the unmatched warmth and whimsical nostalgia they invite to bedtime during the holiday season. Each set includes a fitted and flat sheet, plus two coordinating pillowcases to round out your space. Choose between 25 prints — from playful penguins to polished plaid — to best suit your style.


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From $29.50
Pottery Barn

Christmas cheer is all in the details. Take an understated approach with small accent pieces woven throughout your evergreen furnishings. The sweet tartan frame adds charm to your bedside tables or dresser with ease and looks lovely with neutral and bold holiday interiors alike. Red not your hue? Achieve the same effect with the navy and forest-green frames instead.

From $79
Pottery Barn

Grab these vintage-style Santa sheets for your kids’ beds and remind them that St. Nick does, in fact, see them while they're sleeping and knows when they're awake. Alternative suggestion? Buy them for yourself because you deserve all the comfort and coziness they have to offer. Each set comes with a fitted and flat sheet and a pair of matching pillowcases. The bundle is made from ultra-soft organic cotton and sold in five unique sizes to best suit your space.

From $79
Mark & Graham

Corral the clutter taking up valuable real estate on your dresser with this plaid lacquered tray. The traditional tartan pattern adds a cheery touch to any space, and the heirloom-quality design will last for several holiday seasons to come. Add a personal touch with a custom monogram in your choice of nine lettering styles and 17 font hues.

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