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How To Have An Amazing Christmas For Under $100

That includes decorations, gifts, and general holiday cheer.

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Fact: Christmas is the best.

Other fact: It can also be insanely expensive. By the time you've decked the halls and made your way through the naughty or nice list, chances are you've spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 million*.

*ish.

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We decided to hit up a local dollar store (where, naturally, most things cost more than a dollar) in order to decorate a co-worker's apartment for less than the cost of a moderately wild bar tab.

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We also bought and decorated gifts intended for four people: two parents, a teenager, and a young child. Clearly you can mix and match these ideas as befits your family/friend group/Secret Santa/Illuminati gift swap.

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We also bought and decorated gifts intended for four people: two parents, a teenager, and a young child. Clearly you can mix and match these ideas as befits your family/friend group/Secret Santa/Illuminati gift swap.

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We also bought and decorated gifts intended for four people: two parents, a teenager, and a young child. Clearly you can mix and match these ideas as befits your family/friend group/Secret Santa/Illuminati gift swap.

Here's everything we got for $100:

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2 Packs of Lights: $4

Tinsel: $1

Ornament Hooks: $1

Placemat (DIY Tree Skirt): $1

3-foot White Tree: $15

3 Pillar Candles: $3

Back Scratcher: $2

Playing Cards: $1

Sunglasses: $4

Ornaments: $7

Headphones: $4

Pashmina: $5

Woolly Willy: $1

5 Votive Candles: $5

Dopp Kit: $2

Frame: $1

4 Felt Stockings: $8

Metallic Temporary Tattoos: $2

Stuffed Hippo: $3

Single Ornament (DIY Tree Topper): $1

Hat & Glove Set: $4

Mug: $3

Phone Case: $4

Giant Bow: $5

Felt Placemat (DIY Trim for Stockings): $2

Non-Dollar Store Items:
Gold paint: $5 at Michael's

Alphabet Stamps: $1 at Michael's

Embroidery Thread: $0.50 at Michael's

Fishing Line: $3 at Michael's

Sticker: ~$1 (Ours came from a glass jar at BuzzFeed)

TOTAL: $99.50

The crowning glory of our mantel was this gigantic bow.

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It got glitter all over everything else, lending a festive sprinkling to the occasion. A cluster of simple tea candles added a touch of classiness, and we did a few simple DIYs to step up our pillar candle game.

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Use tape to block off geometric patterns on inexpensive jar candles, then paint them.

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Spray paint works best, but any festive paint will do.

Pro Tip: If you're using spray paint, wait until it dries to remove the tape. For any other kind of paint, remove the tape while it's wet.

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We filled this hurricane vase we had with the leftover plastic ornaments for an extra festive touch. You can use anything you have — a vase, a bowl, a pitcher. Just toss them in and you're done! [Unless they're glass... then carefully place them ;)]

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The only stockings we could find were a little tacky and didn't fit with our color scheme (aka GLITTER EVERYWHERE), so we gave them a makeunder.

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After turning each stocking inside-out, we trimmed along the edges to even them up. Then, we cut out trim from this funky textured placemat and glued that to the top. Lastly, we traced and attached felt letters to make each stocking a little more personal.

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After turning each stocking inside-out, we trimmed along the edges to even them up. Then, we cut out trim from this funky textured placemat and glued that to the top. Lastly, we traced and attached felt letters to make each stocking a little more personal.

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After turning each stocking inside-out, we trimmed along the edges to even them up. Then, we cut out trim from this funky textured placemat and glued that to the top. Lastly, we traced and attached felt letters to make each stocking a little more personal.

Pro Tip: Fishing line is the perfect way to hang stockings without having to drill any holes.

Just wrap the line around the mantle (we did it twice for extra strength) and tie it tightly on the end.

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We used fishing line to secure a glittery gold ornament to the top of the tree.

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It cost way less than a tree topper and gave the fake white tree some personality. (Sadly, it's pretty much impossible to go real when you only have a hundred bucks total — but this way you can spend even less next year!)

For the tree skirt, we cut a gold placemat in a straight line to the center and wrapped it around the base.

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The feet of the tree were sticking out a little, so we used the gold paint on the edges to make them blend in better.

TL;DR: Gold paint makes everything better.

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This was the fun and slightly up-to-chance part; we found a lot of fun, inexpensive gifts at the dollar store, but also found some simple items that we punched up with easy DIYs.

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We embroidered the gloves to make them cute and personal. Get a basic embroidery lesson here. (And feel free to get as swear-y as you want, as long as your gift isn't going to a 4-year-old.)

Pro Tip: Use chalk to draw the letters you want to embroider on the gloves, then dust it off when you're done.

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We painted the temples of the sunglasses gold for a little sparkle using a paint pen, and added a rad sticker to the back of the phone case (Mod Podge it for extra permanence).

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