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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.