20 Best Dollar Store Buys for the Holidays
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20 Best Dollar Store Buys for the Holidays

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20 Best Dollar Store Buys for the Holidays
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America's biggest dollar store chains are running major ad blitzes boasting big holiday deals for shoppers on a budget. This list introduces you to some of the best deals of them all. Keep in mind that a name is just a name. Dollar General isn't a true dollar store, but more of a discount retailer. At Dollar Tree, on the other hand, everything is actually a buck or less. Also keep in mind that Dollar Tree tends to require bulk purchases online and Dollar General does not, although you can purchase most items individually in stores at both chains. (Here are 25 Things You Need to Know About Dollar Stores.)

Artificial Tree
Dollar General

Artificial Tree

Price: $15 from Dollar General
This artificial Rocky Mountain pine Christmas tree looks like the real thing but without the mess of shedding needles, water, and bugs. Available at Dollar General stores, it stands 6 feet tall and comes with its own tree stand, and it has 412 tips for hanging ornaments, tinsel, garland, and whatever else.

LED Solar Lights
Dollar General

LED Solar Lights

Price: $7 from Dollar General
For just $7 you can pick up this 17.2-foot-long string of LED solar lights. They come with 50 lights on each strand and charge fully even on cloudy days, which makes them perfect for the porch or patio if you don't have an outdoor outlet. Take your choice between warm white and multicolor.

Mini Snowman Tree
Dollar General

Mini Snowman Tree

Price: $12.50 from Dollar General
Unique and festive, this 2-foot-tall tabletop decoration is a classic snowman on the top and a snowy white holiday tree on the bottom. Complete with your choice of wool hat or top hat, it comes with a stand and a scarf and is adorned with three ornaments that stand in as old-school snowman coat buttons.

LED Icicle Lights
Dollar General

LED Icicle Lights

Price: $5 from Dollar General
A mother-daughter duo invented icicle lights in the mid-1990s, and they were an instant hit. A quarter-century later, they're still everywhere. For $5 you can pick up this set, which can be used both inside and out. Available in warm white and multicolor, each strand's 70 bulbs are durable and built to resist both breaking and chipping, and you can connect up to 45 sets in total. Costing just 50 cents per foot, the total length is 10 feet, nine of which are lighted.

Poinsettia Ornaments
Dollar General

Poinsettia Ornaments

Price: $1 from Dollar General
For just a buck you can pick up two unique ornaments that put the traditional Christmas poinsettia right on your tree. Available in gold or classic red, two come in every pack. They're available both online and in stores, but they're popular, so check with your local store before you go.

Stringed Gift Tags
Dollar General

Stringed Gift Tags

Price: $1 from Dollar General
For just $1, you can have 18 paper gift tags complete with hanging strings. They come in a variety of colors, themes, and sayings, ranging from playful ("Dear Santa, I Can Explain,") to classic ("Merry Christmas"). No matter the style, all of them measure 2.5 x 4 inches.

Rustic Christmas Ribbon
Dollar General

Rustic Christmas Ribbon

Price: $2 from Dollar General
Whether you use it for your tree, a wreath, as a decoration, for gift wrapping, or just part of a rustic holiday theme, this spool of ribbon stands out from the rest. There are three options. Two are printed with words and themed images — they measure 2.5 inches by 9 feet. Then there's a solid color option, which measures 4 inches by 9 feet.

Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper
Dollar General

Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper

Price: $1 from Dollar General
Perfect for crafts, gift-wrapping, and plenty of other holiday fun, this assorted pack of wrapping paper measures 35 square feet. It's available in-store only and includes both winter flannel patterns and classic themed images like Santa and snowmen.

Paper Gift Bags
Dollar General

Paper Gift Bags

Price: $3 from Dollar General
If wrapping isn't your thing, you're going to need to invest in some gift bags. This four-pack costs just $3 — less than $1 each — and each bag measures 9 x 12 x 3.5 inches. Images include winter wonderland forest scenes, a snowman, and an old-time pickup truck carrying a tree back home.

Fountain Gift Bows
Dollar General

Fountain Gift Bows

Price: $1 from Dollar General
Break the common bow mold this holiday season with 5-inch fountain bows, which can make any package pop and add a little bit more flare. Each two-pack is just a dollar, and they come in your choice of either maroon, gold, or silver, although selection might vary by location.

Expressions From Hallmark Gift Wrap
Dollar Tree

Expressions From Hallmark Gift Wrap

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree is currently pushing its relationship with Hallmark hard in its online marketing campaign — and for good reason. Hallmark's Expressions line of wrapping paper, which includes an impressive range of choices, is in stores now for just $1 per roll.

Greeting Cards
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Expressions From Hallmark Cards

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree is also promoting a holiday line of the very products that made Hallmark famous — cards. Cards in the Expressions line are a dollar each, and the Heartline line is two for $1. In select stores, you can also find specialty card lines from Hallmark, including Tree of Life, Vida, and Mahogany, which celebrate Jewish, Latino, and African-American culture, respectively.

Holly Berry Dinnerware Collection
Dollar Tree

Holly Berry Dinnerware Collection

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
There are nine items in the Holly Berry Dinnerware Collection, including stoneware dinner plates, side plates, mugs, and bowls, plastic chargers, and clear glass goblets, wine glasses, and glass coolers. Each cost $1, so you can build a set from as much of the collection as you like, but if you order online, there are unit minimums for each item.

Reversible Sequin Christmas Stockings
Dollar Tree

Reversible Sequin Christmas Stockings

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
These are cool because they're brand new for 2019. They're also cool because they come in four different colors that all share the same general theme, which means your family can match without getting their stockings mixed up. Unless you need 36 of them, however, buy them in person at your local Dollar Tree.

Cartoon Character Tote Bags
Dollar Tree

Cartoon Character Tote Bags

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
Instead of regular no-name discount retail totes, these bags feature popular cartoon characters. Shaped like stockings, their themes include "Paw Patrol," "Justice League," and "Minions." You can't buy fewer than two dozen if you shop online.

Lidded Christmas Tins
Dollar Tree

Lidded Christmas Tins

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
If you're the type of person who bakes their gifts, you're going to need some tins, so why not get tins that could double as gifts on their own. The tins in this set are 3 inches deep and 6.75 inches in diameter, enough to cover the goods whether you're known for your brownies, cookies, or whatever else your friends look forward to every winter. You can buy as few as eight online or pick them up individually in your local store.

The Cobblestone Corners 2019 Christmas Village Collection
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The Cobblestone Corners 2019 Christmas Village Collection

Price: $13 for the set at Dollar Tree
The Cobblestone Corners 2019 Christmas Village Collection contains 28 individual plastic and polyresin pieces, which you can buy in stores one by one — or you can buy the entire package in one complete set for $13. You can add LED tea candles to the buildings in this small-town Christmas scene diorama, which includes a house, bakery, church, and a post office.

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Christmas-Themed Potholders and Oven Mitts
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Christmas-Themed Potholders and Oven Mitts

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
Unless you need a whole lot of potholders, it probably makes sense to pick and choose from this set a-la-carte in the store. The heavy-duty, black-and-white checkered set comes with 13-inch oven mitts and 7" x 7" potholders. Available design phrases include "Deck the Halls," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "Winter Wishes."

Motion-Activated Snowglobe Ornaments
Dollar Tree

Motion-Activated Snowglobe Ornaments

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
These ornaments have a 3D feel to them that makes them look like spherical snowglobes. The music they play is motion-activated, which means they sing their jingle every time someone walks past, so make sure you're ready for all that before you pull the trigger. They're available in Santa, snowman, penguin, and reindeer designs.

Solar-Powered LED Window Candles
Dollar Tree

Solar-Powered LED Window Candles

Price: $1 from Dollar Tree
A candle in the window is a hallmark of the holidays, and now you don't need an outlet to light up the night. These LED windowsill candles look like the real thing but don't come with the easy-to-trip-over cords of old. That's because they gather their power during the day from the sun so they'll be ready to shine at night.