As you fill your cart with delightful holiday decorations, be sure to journey beyond the Lowe's Seasonal Area, and pick up a few helpful tools and products. You'll get your home into the holiday spirit more quickly and easily when you stock up on the following accessories.
1. Extension Cords
Why you need them: To set up decorations anywhere in your home or yard regardless of outlet placement.
What to look for: Measure at home first, and then choose the right length for the job. Cords for use indoors typically range from 3 feet to 25 feet; outdoor cords usually run 25 feet to 100 feet. Be sure any cords you'll use outdoors are UL-listed (Underwriters Laboratories) for this purpose.
2. Surge Protector
Why you need it: To power holiday decorations along with everyday lights and electronics regardless of outlet accessibility
What to look for: If your electrical decorations share an outlet with appliances or electronics, chose a surge protector rather than a power strip to guard against sudden changes in electrical current.
Why you need it: To save money and extend the life of bulbs
What to look for: Your timer needs to be programmable during a 24-hour cycle, with several opportunities to turn power on and off during the cycle.
Why you need it: Outdoor lights, wreaths and pine boughs need help to stay in place during windy or inclement weather.
What to look for: Green florist wire is easy to cut with pliers or heavy-duty scissors, and it's nearly invisible alongside evergreens and other dark items.
Why you need it: To avoid a holiday tumble or accident
What to look for: If you have low ceilings and mainly decorate indoors, a sturdy three-step stepladder may be adequate. For taller trees and outdoor projects, purchase a 6-foot stepladder or a longer extension ladder.
6. Labels and Markers
Why you need them: To easily access and organize the cords, boxes and containers that house your holiday decorations
What to look for: Double-check that labels will adhere to plastic containers and withstand changes in heat and moisture (if storing items in an attic or basement). All permanent markers should be water- and fade-resistant.
7. Cable Ties
Why you need them: To prevent knots or tripping hazards.
What to look for: A set of plastic ties in various widths and lengths allow you to tidy up a few extra feet of cord or bundle up items for end-of-the-season storage.
8. Adhesive Hooks
Why you need them: To hang holiday lights and decorations quickly and to protect walls and woodwork
What to look for: Read the specifications on the packaging to determine how much weight a hook can hold. Test it in a discreet spot if you're concerned it might damage walls or finishes.
9. Resealable Plastic Bags
Why you need them: To gather small items, such as hooks, replacement bulbs and ornaments
What to look for: Select various sizes of clear bags with easy-to-label areas, and then place in airtight, waterproof containers.
10. Storage Solutions
Why you need them: To store decorations safely and securely.
What to look for: Choose airtight containers made of water-resistant materials (like plastic or rubber) for long-term storage in attics, garages and basements. Look for containers with adjustable dividers, which enable you to organize the interior of each container.