I have to confess. Dollar Tree really is one of my favorite stores. I buy so many things there, including beauty products, cleaning items, and even travel essentials. But one of the best ways I find to save money during the holiday season is by buying Christmas supplies there. Check out this list of dollar store Christmas items and enjoy some massive savings!
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There are some Dollar Tree items that are especially useful at Christmas time. I really wouldn’t buy many of these items anywhere else. Paying more than I have to just isn’t my cup of tea. Here are some of the best dollar store Christmas items!
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1. Gift wrapping supplies
You’re simply not going to find gift bags and Scotch tape cheaper anywhere else. All the gift bags at Dollar Tree are always just $1, and the tape is sold in a pack of two for the same price. They even have double sided Scotch tape, and sometimes I find Scotch pop-up tape dispensers there. They’re not quite as economical as rolls of tape, but boy do they make gift wrapping easier.
I also like buying Christmas wrapping paper at Dollar Tree. It’s not as thick as more high quality paper you’ll find at fancier stores, but I’m not super picky about it. They have pretty, modern designs, as well as character paper that works well for wrapping kids’ gifts.
I always pick up bags of bows and To/From gift tag stickers while I’m there. They usually have a few different styles to pick from, and they’ve worked well for me.
2. Christmas cards
Whether you just send a few cards to the most special people in your life, or mail out stacks of Christmas cards every year, Dollar Tree has you covered. They have lovely individual cards that sell for either $1 or two for $1, depending on how fancy they are. They also have boxed sets of cards that are great for mass mailings.
I’ve seen boxes of Christmas cards at other stores for $15 or more. Dollar Tree really has a nice assortment with a wide variety of designs.
Related: Here’s my How I Saved Series, where I document how I’m saving money on everything I possibly can, so we can pay our mortgage off 12 years early.
3. Decor and ornaments
You’d be surprised at the charming ornaments available at the humble Dollar Tree. My husband and I got married in December, and we coordinated our wedding on a very tight, small budget. For wedding favors, I made batches and batches of peppermint bark, which I put into small cellophane bags.
We also bought some beautiful bulb ornaments at Dollar Tree (sold in packs of two for $1) and tied one on each bag of peppermint bark with ribbon. The ribbon was also purchased at Dollar Tree. Ten years later, I still get compliments from our wedding guests on those ornaments. They enjoy them every year, and nobody has any idea they came from a dollar store.
Dollar Tree also has a wide variety of holiday home decor. Garland, small trees and wreaths, retro-looking hanging signs, and decorative bows of all sizes are some of the options. They get new merchandise every year, and even throughout the season, so I make sure to check out their selection every time I go.
4. Disposable pans, baking supplies and gift tins
I am always impressed at the enormous assortment of foil pans at Dollar Tree. If you’re making a dish to take to a potluck-style Christmas party, consider bringing it in an aluminum vessel. The host won’t have to worry about cleaning it and returning it to you, and you won’t have to worry about transporting one of your breakable casserole dishes.
The parchment paper from Dollar Tree is perfect for baking cookies. The cookies don’t stick, and there won’t be a pile of sheet pans to wash afterward.
Wax paper is also useful to have on hand for items that need to cool or set up (but not bake) such as Muddy Buddy mix and no bake cookies.
Do you like to give out tins of goodies to friends, neighbors, or coworkers? Hit up Dollar Tree for cookie tins. They have a variety of shapes and sizes.
They also carry packs of decorative cellophane bags to give out smaller amounts or use for Christmas party goody bags.
5. Inexpensive stocking stuffers
There’s nothing worse than a limp, half-empty Christmas stocking. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. But you can easily bulk up a stocking with items you find at Dollar Tree.
From fuzzy socks and gloves to cute hair accessories and nail polishes, there are simply oodles of options.
If your stockings are big enough to hold a book, they also carry a wide variety of books, including coloring and puzzle books.
I’ve given books from Dollar Tree on more than one occasion. I usually just check out the book title on Amazon (using the app on my phone) quickly at the store, to make sure it has at least a 4 star review.
Books are usually so expensive, so paying only $1 is a total steal.
6. Gift basket fillers
Aren’t themed gift baskets the coolest? You can really put together some inexpensive gift baskets.
Just pick up a $5 dvd from Walmart or Target, or a Redbox gift certificate, and fill the rest with popcorn and candy from Dollar Tree. They have an entire aisle of candy, including the movie theater style boxes you pay $5 for at the theater.
Grab some Sno-Caps, Red Vines, and Sour Patch Kids, and a few boxes of microwave popcorn. They even have the red and white popcorn-themed plastic tubs you can use as the ‘basket’ component of the gift. Or you can use one of their many plastic storage organizing-style tubs as the basket.
A girly spa basket is another idea you can put together with Dollar Tree items. You could make a manicure gift basket with nail polish, files, cotton balls, and nail polish remover. They even sell little manicure sets with clippers, etc. And I’ve found OPI and other brand name nail polishes there on several occasions!
You can also buy individual facial masks, bath bombs, candles, scented lotions and body sprays there that would make a nice pamper gift basket.
7. Cleaning supplies
Ok, so this isn’t necessarily very Christmas-y, but you need to clean your house if you’re having company over, right? I swear by quite a few cleaning items from Dollar Tree.
Two of my favorites are their disinfectant wipes (similar to Lysol) and Awesome. I have yet to find anything that takes out stains like that stuff. If tipsy Aunt Doris spills her red wine on your white tablecloth, saturate the stain with Awesome, and it will most likely completely disappear.
8. Serving pieces
Want to save yourself time having to wash tons of plates at the end of your party? Consider using the decorative plates from Dollar Tree.
They have a variety of festive plates and napkins to choose from. If your party is on the casual side, you could also use plastic silverware and plastic, paper, or styrofoam cups.
If you don’t want to go the plastic or paper route, Dollar Tree also sells an assortment of real glasses, wine glasses, mugs, and ceramic dinner plates.
You can also buy plastic trays to display baked goods or hors’ d’oeuvres. I purchased a couple plastic trays that look like crystal several years back, and I use them every year.
So there you have it. You can make more room in your holiday budget by buying some dollar store Christmas items. Have a very merry Dollar Tree Christmas!
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