Contributed by Denise McGill, Info Guru

On a budget for your Christmas decorating this year? These whimsical, yet affordable ideas will have your home decked in holiday spirit in no time.

Although, you can’t quite compete with the extreme holiday décor buffs, your home will say Merry Christmas none-the-less. From a snowman toilet paper holder to stained glass lights, these decorative…and some slightly wacky items… can be purchased from under $25. So don’t worry about breaking your budget for Christmas decorating; there will be plenty of money left over to buy fruit cake for Uncle Harry and Aunt Martha.

10. Pinwheel tea lights

Safe, child proof and striped like a holiday peppermint. These tea lights make a quick and easy centerpiece for an end table or window display. (No need to worry about catching the drapes on fire as the flameless candle is an excellent alternative to regular candles). Family and friends will have candy canes dancing though their heads with this economical display.

9. Snowman pillow

Transform an everyday couch or armchair with festive holiday pillows. Frosty, Rudolph or Santa will be sure to put a smile on your face as you curl to watch a favorite holiday special. Budget Christmas decorating has never been as easy as throwing a plush pillow on a piece of furniture and you’re done!

8. Snowman stained glass lights

Stained glass has come around to new dimensions as far decorating for Christmas goes. A bright blue scarf supports this snowman’s luminous head topped with a holly berry fringed hat. Use as a handy nightlight or a decorative centerpiece that sparkles like an old-fashioned disco ball!

7. Santa Paws doormat

With a doormat like this, there’s a good chance this house is reindeer friendly! Welcome guests with Santa-hat clad pooches that sit patiently at the doorstep waiting for Kris Kringle. Decorative and useful year after year, this mat dresses up the front stoop. There are lots of holiday designs in doormats – look for something festive, bright and cheerful.

6. Snowman refrigerator magnet

Not quite the abominable snowman, but close enough as it covers the span of the refrigerator yet brings some budget Christmas decorating to the kitchen. You can’t miss him when you turn on the light and reach for an extra slice of pumpkin pie. Find one large magnet that makes you smile, build a collection, or have your kids make them!

5. Bird feeder lawn statue

For those of you from Palm Springs that have to deal with snowy winters because you now live in the Snow Belt, this is a great way to let your feathered friends know where to find you. Decorate your yard to let everyone know: this house knows how to bring in Christmas.

4. Snowman TP holder

A smiling snowman with a carrot nose and top hat is there to give you a hand while you hang out in the bathroom. Budget Christmas decorating has never been more fun! Variations on the toilet paper valet – look for elves, reindeer, etc – will make your guests smile when they visit the powder room.

3. Santa dog

Forget dressing up the kids as elves; let Fido make a contribution towards holiday spirit. With his tail wagging, and somewhat of his dignity still intact, he can greet family and friends and get a big smile from everyone dressed in doggie holiday clothes. Because Fido is free to roam about the house, he brings Christmas décor to every room.

2. Santa toilet seat cover

Who doesn’t want a merry Ho Ho Ho as they sit upon the throne? A simple seat cover and rug fashioned after Santa’s jacket is a quick and easy way to decorate a bathroom on a budget. (Place the Snowman TP holder next to Santa and you have really made a fashion statement).

1. Chimney Santa

What a sight when you walk in the room! Santa is stuck as he tries to make his quick escape after delivering all those gifts. (Maybe Santa needs a complimentary pass to the gym)

You can have a lot fun decorating for Christmas on a budget. Whether your decorative items are a great conversation starter or bring a touch of nostalgia, don’t forget this is a magical time of year for all.