Monday Must Haves for Christmas


Welcome to this week’s Monday Must Haves, where I share a collection of things that have caught my eye lately and today is all about items for Christmas! Plus, each week I will be featuring a small shop for you to check out. Nothing is off limits!

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Monday Must Haves for Christmas

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Monday Must Haves for Christmas (In July)

  1. Isn’t this 4.5 foot tabletop Christmas tree just darling? I recently bought this pre-lit Dunhill fir tree for a round table in our entry and I am in love! I should have shared it in my round up of the best artificial Christmas trees for 2022 and I think I will add it now! hee hee And I am here to tell you if you need a smaller, yet fuller tree then I can’t recommend this one enough. The price point is fair as I know it will last a very long time. Click here to see what vessel I set it in!
Tabletop Christmas tree

2. These clip on battery operated candles are one of my Christmas must haves this year! I have these on the darling tabletop tree I shared above and they are perfection all by themselves! Would you believe I have had these for a few years and I am just now using them? Ugh That might mean I have way too much Christmas decor. But is there such a thing? According to my husband , yes there is. Ha! Anyways the remote is so handy and they are easy to move around where you want them on the tree because they just clip on. Just a special touch to make your tree standout. I ADORE them!

3. Ok this is hard to see in the picture but this is a brass metal Merry Christmas banner. (sadly I think this is sold out) I have it and bought it this year for our mantel. It was the first thing my sister noticed when she came over the other day and she loved it! This banner has such a beautiful patina to the metal and is strung on gorgeous velvet ribbon. It is a statement piece that I will have for a long time! It would look so pretty not only on a mantel but also over a bed, windows or even garland on a banister! So many options for this beauty!

4. How pretty is this red plaid blanket? For Christmas this year one of my must haves is definitely plaid! I have a fun plaid blanket collection and you will see them in full force every year when it comes time to decorate for Christmas. I am always looking for pretty yet affordable plaid blankets and this one is a beauty! The price and the ratings are nice as well. It would be fabulous inside or outside. If you like more of a vintage style plaid blankets you can see some fun ones listed over on Etsy here!

plaid blanket

5. Who doesn’t love a classic Santa mug? We have had ours ever since the boys were little and I have one for all 6 of us now! I plan to send them with the kids when they officially move out and maybe they can carry on the tradition as well. You can also find gorgeous vintage ones here on Etsy as well as newer ones here and here!

Santa mugs

6. SMALL SHOP SPOTLIGHT: This week I want to share the small shop With Lavender and Grace! I have bought pillows and stockings from this shop for several years now. Each year I look forward to seeing her holiday collections. The stocking you see in the picture above is what I bought last year. Sadly they are currently sold out, which is great for this small shop! But don’t worry there are a ton of other beautiful options. The owner Bianca is very talented and not only sells stockings and pillows but other handmade items that you will want to see for yourself. She even offers a 15% discount when you sign up for her email. Enjoy!

plaid stocking

You can see all previous Monday Must Haves here!

More Monday Must Haves for Christmas

Also, there were so many other Christmas items I wanted to share with you all but I only had room for 6 . So as a BONUS I am sharing this extra graphic with all of the items I used for Christmas last year in my decor. I have them all and recommend them all!!! (the red velvet ribbon is off the charts amazing and the item that could have been added above!) I can’t wait to show them to you in the next few weeks. Let me know of you have any questions!

Christmas Must Haves

All Is Bright Pillow // Battery Operated Taper Candles // Matte Red Ornaments // Gold Wooden Beads // Knit Stocking // Frasier Fir Candle // Plaid Chargers // Juniper & Cypress Candle // Silk Raw Edge Red Velvet Ribbon // Light Up Branches // Norfolk Pine Real Touch Garland // Faux Bamboo Flatware // Plaid Pillow // Green Block Print Tablecloth

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  1. I love it ALL but those Santa mugs are tooooo cute!! Would be so cute hanging in my kitchen for hot cocoa or coffee! Happy Holidays!!🎄❤️

  2. Some great Christmas must haves! The velvet ribbon looks amazing, it can be used in so many ways!

  3. I love all the plaid!! It would be hard to choose between the chargers, the blanket and the throw pillow and of course that tree…gorgeous!

  4. The battery operated clip on candles and the battery operated tapers are on my list this year! I also love the Norfolk pine garland, and have two of them ready to go up the day after Thanksgiving. Why am I waiting?

  5. The clip on candles are a nod to the nostalgia I have from my grandma’s Christmas tree. She always used clip on metal candle holders but with real skinny red candles. Of course we never felt safe burning them but adding them always provided a finished touch to decorating.

  6. love the Santa Mugs, takes me back to my childhood with Hot chocolate every Christmas Morning.
    Over the years my family’s set of mugs have disappeared. Would love to bring this tradition back for grand kids. Is it too early for MERRY CHRISTMAS.? Don’t think so. We all need more Christmas in our lives and with thanks to you it has already started!

  7. Oh my word, those tree candles are so lovely! The PB pillow is gorgeous, too! Snow here in Indiana is making me think of Xmas!

  8. I love the Norfolk pine garland but the website says it is out of stock. I also adore those clip on candle lights. How pretty they would be on the tree!

  9. The the Santa mugs! My daughter just got married and a set will make a great Christmas present for them! Also loved looking at all the beautiful items in With Lavender And Grace! Have signed up for the email updates and will be doing some shopping for hostess gifts with the Wine Bags. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  10. There were so many great products and ideas…..I think my favorites are the clip on candles and the plaid blanket. Both of these would be beautiful for Christmas decorating!

  11. I always look forward to your posts! So many ideas and very cute. I love the candles on the. T red and of course love the Fraser fur candle. I’ve never been able to afford any of the Fraser fur products but love to smell them in a store.

  12. I love the clip on candles! I recently saw them at a craft fair and loved the old timey look they had. So perfect!

  13. I’m mad for plaid, so of course I chose the red plaid throw. The brass Merry Christmas banner is a VERY
    close second . All choices are great!

  14. The clip on candles are beautiful and I love that they are battery operated. I want them for our tree😍


  15. I love the Merry Christmas garland. We live in a small home. I don’t have a lot of space to decorate. I would hang the garland above my dining area window for everyone to see. Great Monday must haves!

  16. Love all the must haves, but the All is bright pillow from PB is just so classy. That would be my pick.

  17. Oh what an awesome list! I want one of everything! But I just ordered the Norfolk Pine Garland and plaid pillow and blanket! Thank you so much for such an inspiring collection! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  18. Oh😃,the Christmas tree is perfect and exactly what I’ve been searching for. I have the perfect spot waiting for it’s beauty🎄.

  19. I would love the LED candles for the tree. My Swedish grandmother always had candles on her tree and I was awe struck as a child! Such great memories ! Thank you

  20. I am loving that metal Merry Christmas mantel sign ( it is sold out on Amazon🥲).
    Thank you for your posts; I am getting in the Holiday mood thanks to you.

  21. Thank you for all you do sharing such amazing ideas and also wonderful testimony about your life. Although I love all of the items you discussed this week, I think the candles would be an addition that not too many people have (which I love to have things like that!!) so I would choose those, and besides they could be used on so many things, not just the tree, but maybe even green garland on the mantle or something, who knows! I’d love to experiment with them and send you a pic of my creation if I win! Thanks again for everything you do for all of us, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, since it’s right around the corner!

  22. I love the traditional Christmas look, so I would totally go for the clip on battery operated candles! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Since our son got married 5 years ago, I’ve been saying we need new Christmas socks so I’m selecting the small shop spotlight. Thank you!!

  24. So hard to choose just one, but if I had to then it would be the table top tree. You can never have too many trees – right!

  25. Hi Kelly!
    Oh I definitely would go with the table top tree. It is so full and pretty. 🎄You could even wrap the red blanket around the bottom to make it more cozy and festive. 😊

  26. Tough decision, very nice items! I think I’d choose the Santa mugs. They bring back memories of days gone by!

  27. I love the clip on candles! I would use it to mark the Christmas story in a large vintage Bible. Christmas Blessings!

  28. That’s a tough decision but I really love the clip on candles. What a great touch of nostalgia to add to the tree.

  29. So many beautiful things….it’s hard to choose. I’m a sucker for anything red plaid, especially at Christmas time.😊 But those clip-on candles win me over. Grew up with candles on our tree, but of course they were never lit because of the fire hazard. But, as a kid, I do remember thinking how lovely it would be to look at the tree with the candles glowing in the dark. I still love sitting in the dark with the tree lights lit. 🎄 I’m new to your blog and so glad I found it. Thank you. And A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

  30. I just love and look forward to The Tattered Pew.
    I love your style of decor and your relationship with your momma too. Similar to my daughters and I.
    As far as my favorite on the Monday must haves hmmmm… Very good choices each of them but I must choose the sweet lil tree as I would place it on my lanai. We live in Florida and can enjoy that outdoor space even through the holidays. I have not added a tree but this size is so perfect
    Thanks for all your posts. Always looking forward.

  31. Kelly, I love your selection of Christmas items! I’d love to have that tabletop tree! It would be perfect in my family room that has very low ceilings (7ft!). Thank you for this list.

  32. What great ideas for Monday Must Haves….I ordered the candle set. It is just what my small tree needed with dried orange slices. I also signed up for the small business. Love her wine bags and lavender sachets for gifts.
    THANK YOU so much!

  33. I have always wanted a nice soft swag for my mantle. The one you show is great!!!
    Love the help you give on your blog??thx!

  34. So many pretty finds, Kelly. You know I love plaid, and I’ve been eyeing those candle lights. I may need to snag some!

  35. Love the red plaid blanket. It is so festive for the holidays and being Scottish, ,it looks like a tartan that I could leave out all year! Thanks for being so generous.

  36. What a great way to kick off this year’s winter holiday season, Kelly! Thanks for your many ‘must-have’ offerings! They’re all pretty perfect! Having said that, despite all of the tempting choices, I ‘must-have’ the beautiful Dunhill Fir tree! It’s been way too many years since we’ve had a Christmas tree and I would love to display this beauty on my vintage marble candy-making table in the sun room, right off our kitchen. Whomever wins, I know you’ll keep on sharing your great commentary which I’m sure lights up every day for your readers!

    Best wishes and hope you have many, many lovely holiday moments. Regards, Sandra

  37. We really need a new little christmas tree for my bedroom. I would love that 4.5 foot one – it looks really nice!

  38. I’m a new subscriber and love your blog! I Christmas tree would be a “must” for me! Thank you for this fun chance to win a special treat!

  39. I have been coveting Santa mugs for awhile now. I can taste how wonderful hot chocolate would be in one of these.

  40. Kelly, you have curated wonderful items for your giveaway! What fun! The Tree, Norfolk Pine Garland, clip on candles, and red plaid blanket are top on my list. Thanks for some holiday excitement to get us in the spirit!

  41. Love posts. It fun to see what’s going on on the other side of our great country. All your Monday must have looks great , I especially love the “all is bright pillow”. The small shop you featured is a good one. Thanks for focusing on small businesses ☺️

  42. I love them all. Too bad I already have enough Christmas trees, lol. Can always use a cozy red plaid blanket though, so that would be my choice. You have such wonderful ideas. Good luck to all and an early merry Christmas.

  43. I am a fan of the Candles…They remind of Christmases from long ago before electricity !! Just seem so homey.

  44. Hi Kelly!! I always look forward to your blog. Your mixed media is just amazing. These are such wonderful must haves and it is heard to pick just one. It was a toss up between the Merry Christmas banner and the tree but since I only have a scrawny Dollar tree tree I would love to have the tree. It would be nice to get out all of my ornaments again. Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful prize . Keeping my fingers crossed

  45. I love them all but I would pick the Santa mugs or the tree . I’m fairly new to your blog and love it, wish I would have found it earlier.

  46. I love the red plaid blanket! I have a problem with buying blankets, I like to change the ones in living room out weekly😊

  47. I love the plaid pillow and blanket! They would be perfect to add to any home not just for Christmas…but I’m a sucker for plaid so I would keep them out all year long!

  48. I love all your must haves! Due to building on to my home and the project being six months behind, the tree would be perfect! Enjoy all your treasures!

  49. Hi Kelly- I am loving your Monday must haves! This week the battery operated clip on candles caught my eye! What a great way to add nostalgic charm to the tree!

  50. Hi Kelly,

    I would love the little Christmas Tree ~ IF I could have a Christmas Tree in each room of my home I would be overjoyed! Even small trees today are so expensive though.
    Wanted to let you know I am also a big fan of Church Pews and recently bought one for my entry and it just makes me smile every time I look at it!
    Enjoy your blog,
    Thank you!

  51. Oh, I’d definitely LOVE the red plaid! It looks so cozy and I am beginning to collect plaid too!

  52. Love your “Must Have Mondays” — there are always items to spice up my decor! With Christmas looming in the very near future, I find the smiles on the Santa mugs to be so inviting. They seem to be a little mischievous while promising some fun! They would look festive and inviting with a canister of hot chocolate and candy canes!

  53. Hi Kelly. This was a hard one, you certainly chose some really good must haves. But I would be interested in the candles. My husband built a fancy chicken coop and I found an old chandelier that I would like to put in the auto candles in it. This would be perfect. Thank you for gifting

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