THE GIFT OF SAVINGS
Although several different smaller, regional chains nibble around the edges, Dollar General and Dollar Tree are the undisputed giants in the realm of American discount dollar stores. The two competitors now boast 15,000 stores each for an incredible 30,000 combined locations nationwide. The point is, no matter where you live, one or the other is almost certainly close by, and both chains are competing for your business this holiday season. Plenty of stores offer gift guides for ways to save on the things you buy for other people, but when it comes to the must-haves that you need to make the holidays work, give yourself the gift of savings this year with these deals from Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
Dollar General knows you can never have too much wrapping paper at Christmastime, which is why the store is offering four tubes for $5. Each pack contains a full 75 feet of the stuff that will serve as the exoskeleton for your gifts. There are four different options, each of which offers different themes and colors.
ELF-STYLE SANTA HATS
It's not Christmas without a Santa hat, but you can break tradition this year with souped-up holiday headwear that's certain to make you stand out. For just $1, you can get yourself a comfy elf-themed felt Santa hat, complete with elf ears and a pompom.
LED-LIGHTED CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Why tie individual strands of lights and garland around your door or railings when you could get it all in one package? Each $6 strip measures 12 feet long and comes with 20 LED bulbs, your choice of clear or multicolored. Either way, they're good for both indoor and outdoor use.
WINE BOTTLE GIFT BAGS
If you're giving the gift of wine this year, you've already got the market cornered on holiday cheer, so why not step it up a notch with a holiday-themed gift bag made just for your bottle? For just a buck, you can grab a festive and funny wine gift bag, available in three different themes with three different cheery messages.
If you've got a dollar to spare, then you can leave the Dollar Tree with a 16-count pack of festively decorated tissue paper for gift giving. There are four different themes, and each pack contains four different sheets, both printed and solid.
It's Christmas, which means presents, and presents need bows. Dollar General is offering 12-pack tubes of bows for just $1 this season, and you have the option of three different color themes. All come with easy peel-and-stick adhesive backs.
BOW-SHAPED GIFT TAGS
Get a four-pack of bow-shaped holiday gift tags at Dollar Tree for just $1 this season. They're dressed up in a metallic finish for extra shine, no matter whether you choose silver, red, green, or gold. Each pack has four different styles, all of which are die-cut and come complete with peel-and-stick adhesive backs.
LED COLOR-CHANGING ICICLE LIGHTS
For just $10, you can score a 6-foot strand of star icicle or snowflake icicle lights, each of which contains 30 color-changing LEDs. They won't break, fade or scratch, and you can connect up to 45 strands together. Both versions are decked out in cool white and blue, and both can be used indoors and out.
Santa hats not your thing? Worry not, festive Christmas-themed headband boppers let you get in the spirit without messing up your hair. For just a dollar each, you can take your pick between Santa, snowmen, Christmas trees, or reindeer.
GIANT STUFFED BEAR
A massive, oversized plush Teddy bear with a $30 price tag is a good deal, but nothing worth waking up Santa to report. Not, unless, it comes with a BOGO 50 percent deal. That's exactly what Dollar General is offering, in case you know two people who would love to get lost in the arms of a life-sized Teddy that stands 4½-feet tall.
Pick up an eight-pack of greeting cards at Dollar Tree this season for just $1. Each card comes in one of six holiday-themed designs and if you're feeling generous, these cards are perfect. Each one has an interior pocket where you can slip a check or cash.
FELT GARLAND BANNERS
Whether it's on the walls or strung along your staircase railing, felt holiday garland banners are always a nice touch — especially when they're on sale for just $2. Take your pick of festive snowflakes, Santa costumes, or "Ho-Ho-Ho," all of which are 3½ feet long. Can't decide? You could always just grab one of each.
MINI TREE TOPPERS
For just $1, you can pick up a glittery metal mini tree topper, which is available in gold and silver. Made by Christmas House, the star-shaped toppers stand 4.75 inches tall and are fit to serve as the finishing touch on any Christmas tree.
Just $5 is all you need to go home with a deluxe box of assorted ornaments. Several styles and colors are available, from bright purples and whites to classic red, gold, and green. No matter what you choose, you don't have to worry about you or your kids dropping a few off the tree — every single one is shatterproof.
TABLETOP CHRISTMAS TREE
Everything you love about Christmas trees in a tiny package, these tabletop artificials are just $1. Standing 18 inches tall, they come with 35 foldout tips, so all you need to do is set up the stand, fluff out the branches and decorate it just like you would the real thing.
CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT
For only $5 you can pick up a heavy-duty burlap tree skirt that you'll be able to use year after year, as opposed to the one-and-done plastic skirts you usually see at dollar stores. There are two options, both of which are rustic and decorative, but not enough to distract from the tree itself.
GLITTER BALL ORNAMENT LIGHTS
Decorate in glowing style this year with glittery, ornament-style string lights. Dollar Tree is offering six-count packs for $1 each or $28 for a case. They measure 48 inches each and come in three colors, so you can mix and match purple, orange, and yellow.
Two medium paper gift bags from Christmas Kraft are just $1 at Dollar General. Perfect for small gifts, crafts or party favors, each bag measures 7x9x3½ inches, and are available in assorted festive, holiday-themed packs.
All you need is $1 for an adorable felt character stocking from Christmas House. You can give them as gifts or hang them yourself, and you're not locked into just one theme. Choose from Santa, elf, and snowman, or just go home with all three.
NESTING GIFT BOXES
Just $1 is all you need to grab a set of round nesting holiday gift boxes at Dollar Tree. There are four different themes and color schemes available, all of which come with four boxes that fit conveniently inside each other so they won't take up too much space before you fill them with gifts and give them away.