When it comes down to it, decor is what transforms this time of year from drab to bright and exciting.

Create the type of christmas awesomeness we marvel over in malls and department stores - on your own, in your home - with the following tips and products:

*If you want to avoid the hassle and safety hazard of stringing christmas lights, opt for something different. Decorate built-in shelves and tabletops with a unique item like this

Or DIY something similar by placing lights in a gorgeous glass vase where they’re less likely to break or get tripped on or yanked by little hands or pet’s paws.

*In lieu of a real tree (which can be messy, expensive and won’t last), select a sleek and modern alternative

*Use one of these as arresting centrepieces (perhaps one between every 4 or 6 guests)
*Sprinkle your guest bathroom with some holiday cheer with one of these sweet sets

*Engage guests with this delightful piece by inviting them to select the festive wine charm of their choosing.

*Literally light up the room with these glitter tree candles. Decorate them on a tray surrounded by chestnuts, pine cones or whatever other festive items you have or can think of.

*A small touch bound to go a long way. Place these “little lovely tree” napkins on your coffee table, along with nuts and other nibbles, to serve before the main meal.