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20 Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas from Our Stylists

Why stop at your tree when decorating for Christmas? Our Taste of Home stylists are here to show off their favorite Christmas kitchen decor items for 2021.

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Why should your Christmas tree have all the holiday decorating fun? This season, bring the holiday cheer into your kitchen with these Christmas kitchen decor picks from our Taste of Home stylists. We’re pretty sure Christmas cookies taste at least 10 percent better when their baker is fully in the holiday spirit, after all.

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Snowflake Cookie Jar

This Crate & Barrel cookie jar isn’t just a cute piece of Christmas kitchen decor, it’s multifunctional, too. Use it to store freshly-baked treats for your family—its silicone-sealed lid means they’ll stay fresher for longer—or use it as a creative way to package a homemade food gift.

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Fa La La Stripe Cutting Board

We dare you to find a better Christmas season charcuterie board backdrop than this one. The Fa La La cutting board can also double as your table’s centerpiece or hang on the wall for an easy holiday update.

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Striped Red & Green Rug

When decorating for the holidays, don’t let your floors miss out on the fun. This red and green striped rug is a festive choice for below the kitchen sink. But we really love that it also comes in one-color red or green striped options, too, which can make it a more versatile rug past Christmastime.

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Boxwood Wreath Set

For a not-too-obvious piece of holiday decor, go with this set of three pretty heart-shaped wreaths. Each comes with a ribbon, but Taste of Home Executive Director of Visual Production, Stephanie Marchese, notes that it can easily be removed. “Replace it with a black and white buffalo plaid or gingham for a true modern farmhouse feel,” Stephanie says. “Hang them on your cabinets, from your window locks or your kitchen chairs for a truly festive look.”

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Christmas Table Runner

If your Christmas aesthetic trends towards traditional, go for a gorgeous plaid table runner like this one. Its classic red and green colorway ensures it’ll match the rest of your decor, and it’s a piece that comes in handy in case of dinnertime spills.

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Gingerbread Chef Santa

“If you really want to splurge and give your shelves some joy from the jolly old elf, add this baking Santa to the mix!” Stephanie says. It would also make an adorable—and appropriate—gift for the baker in your life.

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Plaid Alphabet Mug

This stylish stoneware mug pairs perfectly with these treats for hot chocolate lovers. Just make up some hot cocoa on a chilly day, curl up with your favorite Hallmark movie and have yourself a merry little Christmas.

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Faux Red Berry Branch

There are so many ways to use this chic faux berry branch. “Use this as part of your centerpiece or on your countertop for a beautiful and elegant pop of color,” Stephanie says. “Place the stem of berries in a mason jar or pitcher for a fun farmhouse feel.”

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Zinc Reindeer

Black holiday decor is “in” this year according to Stephanie, so this statuesque (and inexpensive) zinc reindeer will add a contemporary feel to your space. Display it with the gold, silver or white options to mix things up a little.

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Green Forest Salad Plate

Good luck trying to pack away these forest green salad plates after Christmas is over. They’re part of a matching set at Crate & Barrel, complete with a bowl, mug, trivet and napkin. Stephanie recommends placing the set in a high-visibility area, like a bar cart, so your family doesn’t forget to reach for them.

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North Pole Milk and Cookies Sign

Among the cutest kitchen signs you can buy is this sweet North Pole version. The wooden sign is made from your choice of birch or pine, and its small size won’t take up too much counter space.

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Joy Wreath Kitchen Mat

Kitchen mats are splurge-worthy—and just because they save you from back pain, doesn’t mean they have to be ugly. This festive wreath kitchen mat is low profile to prevent tripping or stopping doors, and comes with a non-slip backing.

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Buffalo Plaid Napkin Set

Whether you’re setting your table for a formal dinner or just grabbing a quick supper, using cloth napkins can elevate the experience. This set of four cotton napkins comes in a chic buffalo plaid pattern, and they can be tossed in the washing machine for easy cleaning.

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Multi Stripe Flour Sack Kitchen Towel

Among our favorite Hearth & Hand with Magnolia products is this simple yet seasonal kitchen towel. It’s just $4, making it one of the most inexpensive Christmas kitchen decor items on this list.

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Holiday Plaid & Stripes Potholder Set

Yet another great Hearth & Hand with Magnolia pick, this set of two potholders is both pretty and useful. Stephanie notes that they make for great pattern mixing and matching with the towels above.

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Merry Christmas Kitchen Towel

While this kitchen towel may be more decorative than utilitarian, it makes a statement when hung from your oven or dishwasher handle. “It also makes a nice gift all by itself or as a wrap for a bottle of wine,” Stephanie says.

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Christmas Cardinal Kitchen Collection

“These little cardinals are just the thing to add to your Christmas kitchen decor,” Stephanie says. “Not only are they functional, but they mix in well with your other decor and they will make you smile every time you see them.” The collection includes salt and pepper shakers, towels, a utensil crock and more.

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Plaid Spoon Rest

This plaid spoon rest is a subtle, inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer to your kitchen. And since it’s so useful, it makes a great gift for foodies, too.

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Wood and Marble Serving Board

Once you’ve determined how to build a charcuterie board (these charcuterie board books should help), you’ll want to make sure you’re laying out your spread on a gorgeous board. This wood and marble board is simple, so it won’t detract from your food or fall out of fashion.

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Green Forest Trivet

This tree-patterned trivet is from the same collection as the Crate & Barrel salad plate above, so they make a gorgeous pair. And Stephanie is impressed with the various ways the trivet can be used: “Put a plant or mason jars of candy on it for fun! Or a stack of napkins…anything goes!”

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Megan Mowery
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