With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about ways to bring the festive spirit to your home. With trees and garlands indoors and lights and wreaths outside, there are plenty of ways to bring the cheer this December. Best of all, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out this round-up of the best garden centers, tree farms and decoration supply locations to get started on your holiday decoration shopping this year.
5500 Blaine Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
A staple in landscaping and gardening in the Twin Cities, Gertens is also a premium spot to pick up beautiful indoor and outdoor holiday decorations. From Christmas lights to decorative villages, as well as wreaths, garlands and floral arrangements, there’s plenty here to satisfy your style. Gertens also hosts weekly Girls Night Out events on Wednesday evenings through November and December, featuring exclusive decorating ideas and special holiday shopping deals. Located in the south metro, this greenhouse store is an easy stop after work, so drop by and pick up a little holiday cheer.
With more than a century of experience in gardening in Minneapolis, Bachman’s is also a great option for getting ideas, inspiration and beautiful garden goods to help bring holiday cheer to your home. Visit Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House to get unique ideas for decorations and find the perfect pieces to complete your theme. The Ideas House is located at the Lyndale Avenue flagship store, but Bachman’s also has several other Twin Cities locations, making it easy to stop at a store near you.
Happy Land Tree Farms
(tree lot location – Dairy Queen parking lot)
143 N. Snelling Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Looking for a traditional Christmas tree or wreath to spruce up your home? Look no further than one of Happy Land Tree Farms’ metro-area tree lot locations to find the right tree for you. The St. Paul location in the Dairy Queen parking lot on Snelling Avenue is centrally located and easy to find. Alternatively, visit the tree farm in Sandstone (located about an hour and a half north of the Twin Cities) to pick out and cut your own tree. With sleigh rides on the weekends and free apple cider, it’s a trek worth making. With a variety of sizes, including some small enough for a tabletop or tall enough to fill the largest living room, Happy Land Tree Farms grows several types of trees including two different Pines and three different Firs.
B & J Trees
6400 Portland Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, you can stop by the Richfield Farmer’s Market to pick out your Christmas tree for the year. Stop in during one of the first two weekends after Turkey Day and enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride with the family as part of your purchase. Are you working with too small of a space for a whole tree? B & J Trees also sells wreathes, kissing balls, swags, garlands and tabletop trees. If you need a big tree, it also offers delivery service to homes and businesses for an additional fee. Trees start at $25.
Arc’s Value Village
6528 Penn Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
While the holiday season can be plenty of fun, it can also get stressful as you try to manage a budget while you celebrate. Enter Arc’s Value Village and Merry Thriftmas. Beginning on November 3rd and running through December 24th, this shopping event will allow you to decorate and celebrate without breaking the bank. What’s best of all is that your shopping gives back. Arc is a non-profit, United Way community partner and proceeds from this event go back to developmentally disabled individuals in the local community. If you have decorations you no longer need, consider donating them here and know that they will brighten several people’s holidays this year.
Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.