My current decorations have been used for the last eight years maybe more. I remember buying them from Matalan after Christmas in the sale and they were ridiculously cheap, if not I wouldn't have bought them as I was quite happy with the red and gold I had before.
So the ones I have now are gold, orange and purple they are biggest at the bottom and gradually get smaller. I love them and complete with gold tinsel they cost about £8.00 for the lot and fill a 7 ft tree!
The ones we were looking at in the garden centre today were gorgeous but they were between £2- £4 per bauble! Let me tell you the queues were long in the Christmas shop so many people did not find this expensive but that is ok my focus is on how I manage my money.
Another decoration that I love that comes out again and again is this little Christmas village that lights up, it used to go on a coffee table but it sits in front of the fire now and it is very cosy to look at.
I think it looks better in real life, the flash on the camera spoils the effect.
I have a star on my tree that my 16 year old made in Y1 and a couple of baubles at the bottom that they painted when they were tiny. These things did not cost a lot but they are very special I don't think we need to be updating Christmas do you? It should be recycled every year.
If I did ever need to start again with the decor I would hope that I could make or purchase it all as frugally as possible. Some of the best rooms I have seen online have been done with such style, a lot of imagination and creativity but not cost.
I would recommend looking at the gorgeous Christmas decorations of junkaholique in fact look at the whole blog, I also love her work shed. She has lovely touches around her home that spring from recycled items, nature and handmade. I think these are always the best sources and you get a unique feel. She has some snow scenes in jars which I may have to have a go at, I have some jars I have saved, I was thinking I might use oasis so I can preserve the greenery though, I will have to look around and see what I can find.
We don't have a lot of people to buy for as we all opted out years ago (the family members that is) we buy for the children and a couple of friends and that's it. A lot less stressful, the wrapping I do use is usually recycled gift bags and we have a few Christmas boxes that we have used for the boys stuff for years now. We carefully fold them down and put them away for the following year. We have had the odd roll of paper but we try not to go over board, beautifully wrapping something for it to be thrown in the rubbish really bothers me. I would urge everyone to use gift bags if they can as people often keep and re-use these.
There are plenty of ideas on eco wrapping out there and a few here on inhabitat
Yesterday a quick look in the charity shop resulted in this CD (yes I still buy CD's )
£1 bargain! Some really good tracks on here.