Christmas came early to the Dollar Spot at Target this year.

I may or may not have clogged in the aisle when I saw all the Christmas.

The Target team members were pulling them out of their carts and putting them into the bins in the Dollar Spot and I was grabbing them and putting them into my cart.

I couldn’t help it.


I wish you could have been there.

I wish you could have brought your cart right alongside mine.

So here’s the next best thing.

I’ll show you what I got and then you can stop by your Dollar Spot on your next shopping trip.

(total aside:  I really wrote this post because I got a new camera lens yesterday.  I couldn’t help myself.  I wanted to see how it worked and all that Christmas stuff was just sitting on my dining room table.

It’s amazing.


And the best part? 

It makes all my dollars I spent look like a million bucks).

1. These trees

They come in two different types and they are about 12″-14″ tall.

But the cutest thing is those wood stands.

They have galvanized metal edging with a wood box.

2. These stocking holders

They are really heavy and substantial.

The stocking holders come in two different colors.  This black and I think a white or gray?  The black looks like a basalt tile kind of and the wood is real wood.

They look really high end and would be so cute with a monogram or a letter glued to the front.

3. These wood tree ornaments

They are really nice quality for $1.

I think they’re about 5″ long.

The edges have this burnished gold treatment on them.

At the top, there’s a hole with a loop of jute twine to hang on the tree.

4 & 5. These felted wood buckets

Best find ever.

These buckets come in a plaid with faux leather handles.

A gray with faux leather handles.

A black with faux black leather handles.

They are a nice size (about the size of an ice bucket) and would be perfect for holding Christmas cards or putting a Christmas tree in or wrapping a present in.

6. This row of tin houses

These houses come in two colors.

White and galvanized metal.

They unfold and stand alone by themselves on the table.

They would be perfect on a bookshelf or a tabletop or a cute centerpiece for the dining buffet.

7.  This tiny tin house

This house makes anything cuter.

You could hang a single ornament from the top.

Or a jingle bell.

Or you could place a bottle brush tree inside with a Christmas tag.

8.  These star ornaments

These are a version of the trees except white and silver.

The wood is distressed and the edges have a silver glitter.

There’s a hole at the top with a piece of jute twine.

9.  This roll of boxwood garland

This a Dollar Spot staple.

I buy it every year and make tiny wreaths.

They make great place card holders and present toppers.

You can even wrap them with wire and make a monogrammed mini-wreath.

10.  This fuzzy hat

One of the twins, Whitney, had to have this hat.

She was wearing braids in Target and drinking Peppermint hot chocolate and it looked perfect on her.

The fuzzy topper is so soft.

There were so many other things—especially if you like color.

I just bought what worked with my Christmas this year.

The best part of this post though?

That camera lens.


Didn’t it do an amazing job of making everything look extra Christmasy?

I can’t wait to see how it tackles Christmas lights.

Merry early Christmas shopping to you. 🙂


  1. Image for Renae Renae

    My fave'll love it!! Thanks for the shares. My Targets are always out by the time I get to the Dollar Spot, but I'll give it a whirl!

  2. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    I guess I need to go shopping! And yes, the lens is perfect for beautiful pictures. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  3. Image for Libby Libby

    Last year in the dollar spot, Target had cut out wood pieces about 10-12" tall and 1" thick and they were shaped like ornaments and trees. They weren't raw wood like cutting boards but had a (maybe?) wood finished veneer on them. My friend bought some and added some beautiful vinyl Cricut cutouts and they were gorgeous! I think she was giving them as gifts.

  4. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Haha, we bought the same things this year! I have SO MUCH Target Dollar Spot stuff it's a little scary ;) Btw friend, we are in Texas now too...south of Houston!

  5. Image for ConnieB ConnieB

    The buckets are so cute! So many ideas swimming in my head. Thanks for the post. Your new camera lens did well. 🍁

  6. Image for Angie Angie

    I have already hit our dollar spot once and now o have to go back after seeing your post. I live in a small town so we don’t always get all the goodies at our Target. We did have the row of tin houses which I snatched up, ours had black, white, and metal. Love your blog, you make me laugh out loud! The post the other day where you got sidetracked was so funny and I was reading it in a public place which made it awkward, so worth the laugh though. Cheers!

  7. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    And that cute pink plaid blanket scarf, tiny wreaths, and bottle brush trees! (Was in Target Tuesday.) Nothing gets the adrenaline going better than the dollar bin at Target! lol Happy Thursday! Love your finds.

  8. Image for Christy H Christy H

    I was there yesterday and they didn’t have any of these things out - but there were stacks of boxes ready to unload. Now I need to make another trip!

  9. Image for Penny Penny

    Thanks for the great tips! I picked up some of those wooden ornament's with the gold edges for fall (leaf and pumpkin shaped) and used them to set décor on to create "lifts and levels". Plus they are great to place cute, decorative votive candles (real ones) on. Many compliments. Now off to Target to load up on the Christmas "woods". Thanks Karianne!

  10. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    Okay KariAnne, Never again will I leave your blog post to the very end! I was at Joanne’s, which is in the same massive shopping area as Target this morning after going to the gym. If I had only put you first then I would have gone there too and checked out all those Christmas goodies. With that said, I still am happy that everything I bought was on sale and I will be sewing a felt turkey for Thanksgiving and making a wreath for next month. Maybe I’ll be able to stop on Sunday after church, hope there is something left after you told everyone about what you got!


    What great Christmas buys! I sure wish we had a Target store here in Canada! Have a great day, KariAnne!

  12. Image for Teresa Teresa

    The dollar spot at Target is always a home-run! They have the cutest, most affordable stuff with every season. I love the white folding houses and need to visit my local Target ASAP!

  13. Image for maureen maureen

    The wooden tree and wooden star would make an adorable garland for the mantel or to lay across a table runner! I'm off to Target tomorrow! Love the new lens!

  14. Image for Cheryl W Cheryl W

    Your Target store must be about a day ahead of mine. I was there at noon today and they were just beginning to put out all of that cute stuff. I grabbed a couple of the mini toboggans - do you have them? Looks like I'll making another trip back there soon! (And often)

  15. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    What great finds. They are all so lovely. Those trees are perfect. Thank You for sharing your treasures. Marilyn

  16. Image for Loryl Loryl

    I was at Target the other day and bought a lot of the same things! My niece says she can NEVER have too much buffalo plaid so I bought her a bucket basket, washi tape and a tree skirt that is reversible plaid/cream and says BELIEVE on the cream side!! I 💕 those little houses but didn't know how to style them. I even said to my husband “I wonder what Karianne is gonna do with those?” Can’t wait to find out😉

  17. Image for CAROL CAROL

    It's 7:00, P.M, and I just returned from Target, a 16 mile trip, in the dark, 27°. Your blog did not disappoint and the shelves were freshly stocked! I also found mini pine brush trees and tiny brush wreaths, turkey hats for the grandkids, and small wooden sleds,wellie boots,skis for gift tags. All of this in addition to all you recommended. I'm thinking financially I should've purchased a new camera lens instead!!!!(wink) I'm fairly confident I was humming the whole time too!! Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas, you are a delight!!

  18. Image for Cindy in Oklahoma Cindy in Oklahoma

    I picked up the white metal folding screen yesterday and 3 of the white "porcelain" houses from last year, too! ….And tiny bottles of snowflakes.... and darling fabric sacks ….and so much more. It's kind of becoming my favorite treasure hunt these days.

  19. Image for Patti Patti

    I can only imagaine how exciting it was to find these “little items” on the shelves! Wish we had a Target here in Halifax!

  20. Image for Darlene Darlene

    I must be missing something, I never see cute stuff like this at our Target. I have a return there today and I will take a closer look. Just found your site and love it. I bought my first sea grass rug this morning fingers crossed! Happy Holidays All!

  21. Image for Peg Peg

    I agree with Darlene above!! I must get to Target too late and all the cute stuff is gone!! Running to Target!! xoxoxo

  22. Image for Ann in Kansas Ann in Kansas

    I rushed to Target as soon as I read your post. But alas, my miniature Target did not have the things I had set my heart most set on purchasing... the quaint wooden trees and stars with the gilded edges.😔 This is not to say that I didn't pick up a few of the other treasures you mentioned! Thanks for alerting the masses!!

  23. Image for Kathryn Kathryn

    Love all the things you chose. Went to our target today to check them out. Only a few at our store. The ones I wanted like the metal fold out houses, nope, hat, nope, house stocking hanger, nope. I asked a sales person and she said that no’s all that has come in. Guess Montana doesn’t count, again. Oh, it really more the $3 spot. Not so much a dollar. Ugh... love your posts and humor about life.

  24. Image for Rita Harder Rita Harder

    What fun finds, and yes, that new lens is amazing!! I got a "nifty fifty" for my 5oth birthday this summer. Best (and most appropriate) gift ever!:)

  25. Image for Dianne Dianne

    Do you have a link to how you’ve used the green mini garland in the past? I picked up 12 of them and love your ideas for mini wreaths on gifts....would love to see photos of your ideas. Thanks!!!

  26. Image for Nancy Nancy

    You solved a mystery. When I entered our Target last evening the Dollar Bin area was almost totally sold out. I couldn’t figure out what was going we know. SO SORRY I MISSED IT!

  27. Image for Tara aka Stilettos and Shiplap Tara aka Stilettos and Shiplap

    So first of all, I'm jealous of your Target Dollar Spot - I don't have one near me. Second of all - can you stop teasing me with that lens already and spill the details on what you got so I can get one too? Maybe if I had one of these lenses then my home would look like Christmas too! Probably not, but it's worth a try!

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