If tree skirts and stockings were actual skirts and socks, they'd probably have spawned their own version of the "ugly sweater party" by now.

If tree skirts and stockings were actual skirts and socks, they'd probably have spawned their own version of the "ugly sweater party" by now. Selecting these holiday home decor items from among the gaudy sparkling and snowflake-covered options can be tricky - and tree skirts can be pricey - so consider your choices carefully.

Here are a few tasteful possibilities to ponder.

Tree Skirts:


Flights-of-Fancy tree skirt, $168

Anthropologie at Easton Town Center

This green sateen number brings holiday cheer through hummingbirds and butterflies instead of snowmen and candy canes. If you're looking to draw attention downward, try this on for size.


Red ribbon tree skirt, $25 on sale

Target locations

Gift-wrapesque trim - like strands of sequins and bright ribbons - line the edge of this shiny polyester tree skirt. If your tree is heavy on ornaments, lights and beads, this skirt will add color without being distracting.


Winter scene tree skirt, $145

No. 693, 693 N. High St., Worthington

This modern take on a classic Christmas design gets its sharp contrast from delicate cutouts of white felt. It's sure to attract attention encircling the base of your tree.

Stockings:


Bright harlequin stocking, $5 on sale

World Market locations

Get all the color of a decorative stocking with, well, none of the sometimes-gaudy decorations. This simple diamond pattern, available in several color combinations, would brighten up the mantle.


Striped knit stocking, $45

No. 693, 693 N. High St., Worthington

Go throwback with a knit, striped version made in the spirit of vintage stockings. All sorts of colors and trims are available, although this one reminds us of Santa's beard. The boutique also has hilariously oversized - 3-plus-foot-long - versions.


Cutout swirls stocking, $16

Wren House Gifts, 695 N. High St., Worthington

The easy elegance of this crisp design will make a statement even from across the room. Of all of the selections we found, this one might be best suited as standalone holiday decor if you already have family heirloom stockings.