The Best Christmas Cushions for the Festive Home

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This comprehensive guide to the best Christmas cushions in Australia will help you find all the finest products for decorating your home each December. Switching up your usual cushions for Christmas pillows is one of the simplest and most effective ways to freshen up your interior for the festive season, and can be a fun as well as affordable method of decorating.

There are plenty of options when it comes to Christmas cushion covers, whether you prefer the idea of bright red Christmas cushions, a slogan ‘Merry Christmas’ cushion, snowman throw pillows, a scattering of reindeer cushions or the more subtle look of a snowflake cushion.

Yep, festive cushions are most definitely a thing, but if they’re new to you there’s no need to despair! This guide will walk you through a whole new world of Christmas chair cushions, as well as Christmas throws and cushions to dress up your bed.

The latter can be used alongside festive bedding to brighten up kids’ or adults’ rooms, or throw them on just as they are for the quickest of seasonal fixes. In the living area you can go every bit as bold or as subtle as you like, from neutral toned White Christmas cushions or grey Christmas cushions to a cheery red Santa cushion or even luxury-look gold Christmas cushions.

Find all the best Xmas cushions for your home – or to give as gifts – with this complete guide to the most popular festive soft furnishings. After all, no December movie marathon is quite right without some Christmas scatter cushions to snuggle up with…

13 of the top Christmas cushions for the festive season

Let’s go! Whether you want small, medium or large Christmas cushions, we’ve tracked them all down to save you the legwork. From cheap Christmas cushions to plush velvet Christmas pillows, we have the right round, square or oblong Christmas pillow for you. So read on to find the ones you’ll be cosying up with when December comes along.

A snowflake cushion

Snowflake cushion covers are a seasonal classic. When used here in Australia, it leaves no one in any doubt as to what season it is, as they contrast beautifully with the sunny weather we have outdoors during the summer months.

For a subtle look, you can purchase simple white Christmas cushions decorated with a single snowflake, or go for a series of tumbling flakes in red, blue, gold or green. Some of the more modern takes are really stylish, featuring snowflakes set against a checked, spotted or plain background.

Snowflake cushions come in all colours too, from silver Christmas cushions to blue, gold or red designs. Pick a pack for a great value sofa facelift, or single rectangular snowflake cushions make some of the best Christmas cushions for dressing up a bed.

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Red Christmas cushions

No colour says festive quite like red. Whatever your preferred shade, there are red Xmas cushion covers and complete pillows to suit your sofa or bed.

You can even buy festive cushion covers in red that aren’t specifically Christmassy, such as plain, striped or plaid options. For a subtle but undeniably seasonal look go for snowflake cushions with one or a number of snowflakes set against a red background, or you could buy Nordic Christmas cushions in red to inject a dash of Scandinavian style.

There are lots of slogan designs to choose from too, such as a red ‘Merry Christmas’ pillow or one decorated with ‘Let it Snow’, ‘Joy’ or ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. The selection also includes a range of rectangular Christmas pillows.

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A Merry Christmas cushion

Xmas pillow covers don’t come much more obviously festive than a cushion emblazoned with ‘Merry Christmas’. It’s a simple way of spreading the seasonal cheer without going to too much effort – or breaking the bank.

You can purchase ‘Merry Christmas’ cushions singly or as part of a set. A typical set may include 4 cushions or covers, and you can often get the best value for money by ordering those that will fit over your existing cushions. That way you only need to store the fabric covers, too, instead of the whole shebang.

Many sets feature a mix of slogans and pictorial designs, so you can pick between the likes of ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Let it Snow’ or those with festive patterns, creatures, symbols or characters.

They come in all sorts of colours too – from a green ‘Merry Grinchmas’ set to those with traditional or contemporary designs in bright, neutral or even metallic shades. Ideal if you’re after a group of gold Christmas cushions for the lounge room.

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Reindeer cushions

One of the quintessential symbols of Christmas, there are so many kinds of reindeer cushion to choose from. If you simply want to see a good selection of styles, why not take a look at the range of Christmas seat cushions decorated with everyone’s favourite festive creature to get a good idea of what’s out there?

From blue Christmas cushions in deep, dark blue and white or duck egg, cream and red to traditional or modern takes on the reindeer theme, there are blue hues to suit all tastes. Then there are red Christmas cushion covers, grey Christmas cushions, rectangular Christmas pillows and much more.

Whether you prefer a simple antlers design in pure black and white or a pack of multicoloured covers, reindeer cushion covers are surely a festive classic.

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A Santa cushion

Again you cannot go wrong with Santa cushions – but you could well be surprised by the sheer range of designs offered. We love the ‘Santa Claws’ throw pillow decorated with a festive lobster, which would look great displayed in a coastal home.

You can order a cross stitch Santa cushion kit to complete yourself, which makes a great Christmas gift for crafty types. Order a throw pillow shaped like Santa’s butt – yes really – for a dash of festive fun, or go for a cartoon-style design to delight the younger members of the family.

Sets of Christmas sofa cushions may come as contemporary or more classic takes on the Father Christmas theme, and can include other festive favourites such as snowmen, reindeer or Christas trees.

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Christmas tree cushions

If you want a Christmas tree cushion, there are also plenty of styles to choose from. Pick a fairly simple square cushion decorated with a geometric fir tree, choose one patterned with a number of trees or go for a pack with a couple of Christmas tree cushion covers as well as other designs.

For a twist on the festive theme, you can even go for a slogan such as ‘Farm Fresh Christmas Trees – Choose & Cut’. Other options include a fir tree graphic alongside wording such as ‘Merry and Bright’ or ‘Joy’ or ‘Merry Christmas’.

Whether your style leans more towards the modern or the contemporary, there’s a large range of Christmas pillows and throws just waiting to be discovered. You can even buy a plush Christmas tree shaped cushion if you so desire.

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A snowman cushion

Shaped snowman throw pillows make much more sense than a snowflake shaped pillow, as the rounded shape is far more comfortable to rest on or cuddle than a snowflake with lots of angles and sticking-out sections.

You can purchase a snowman plush to use as a sofa or bed cushion during the festive season, or go for a traditional square throw pillow that’s decorated with a snowman theme.

Some of the multipacks of snowman cushions offer very good value, as you can dress four or even six of your existing throw pillows with a festive theme each December. Simply pack away with the Christmas decorations each year, so you can reuse them time and time again.

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Velvet Christmas pillows

If you’d like to add some dark, decadent jewel hues to your festive decor for a luxurious touch, then it’s hard to beat a velvet Christmas cushion.

Whether you want teal Christmas pillows, ruby red, glam gold or pure purple, velvet Christmas cushion covers give your home that cosy feel while adding a welcome dash of festive colour.

While some velvet throw pillows do have a festive theme, traditional Christmassy shades like rich red and deep green can be used to enhance your December decor – or indeed all year round. They’re also super cosy to snuggle up with.

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A nutcracker cushion

It may not be one that springs to mind immediately, but nutcracker cushions are perhaps a surprisingly popular pick. This kind of design really makes a statement, and can look classic yet contemporary at the same time.

Some nutcracker Christmas pillows look more military in style, being decorated with toy soldiers, while others have a more balletic theme, with a nod to composer Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite.

Whichever you go for, placing a bowl of shelled nuts and – of course – a nutcracker in the same room is practically obligatory. Well, you need something to munch on while enjoying those festive films, and it makes a welcome change from popcorn. As well as being a cool decorative feature.

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Nordic Christmas cushions

If you can’t quite decide between modern and traditional Christmas decor, why not add a splash of Nordic style? This Scandinavian look bridges the gap between old school and contemporary pretty much perfectly, and is available in so many attractive designs.

Whether you want red or green Christmas cushions or would rather go for a more summery hue of light or bright blue, there are Nordic cushions to suit all styles, homes and budgets.

Focus on fun slogans if you like – such as a pack comprising a Rudolph, cookie, Saint Nick and candy cane cushion, or opt for those typically Nordic designs featuring repeating lines of Christmas symbols such as reindeer, stars and snowflakes. From cool white to a red or navy Christmas cushion, these come in all sorts of colours and sizes.

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A gingerbread cushion

Surely one of the most universally loved symbols of Christmas, the gingerbread man calls to mind the smell of freshly baked cookies and the warm, fuzzy feeling everyone gets from sharing a classic children’s story.

So what better way to celebrate the festive season than by investing in a set of gingerbread cushions? Again they come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, and in every colour and design you could imagine. And then some.

A ‘Homemade GIngerbread Bakery’ cushion brings to mind glorious, spicy Christmas scents, while a photographic gingerbread design really does look good enough to eat. Who can resist ‘Gingerbread: Baked Fresh Daily’, or a cute gingerbread house?

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Rectangular Christmas pillows

For a slightly different take on things, why not seek out a rectangular Christmas cushion or two? That way you can add these alongside your usual throw pillows on the sofa.

An oblong Christmas pillow also lends itself very well to the bedroom, as it lies flat against where your doona covers the bottom edge of your pillows. Even adding just one to a single bed can give a kids’ room a festive feel, or combine rectangular and square shapes for a more interesting December display.

Design wise, the sky’s pretty much the limit – poinsettia, slogans, traditional or contemporary, the choice of style and colour is all yours.

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An elf cushion

A good alternative to Santa cushion covers, a ‘Merry and Bright’ cushion or a nutcracker cushion cover comes in the form of elf cushions for Christmas. These sometimes mischievous and hard-working little beings may also be used to report back to Santa on the kids’ behaviour when required…

Whether you prefer Scandi style, a cross stitch kit or even a 3D throw pillow complete with white elf beards, there are plenty of elf Christmas cushions to style your home with.

We also love the set of Christmas cushion covers featuring various festive ‘outfits’, including Santa, a snowman, a bear and of course a red and green elf.

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Which Christmas cushions in Australia will you buy?

There are certainly plenty of options when you want to find Christmas cushion covers available in Australia. From subtle grey Christmas cushion covers to a snowman shaped pillow or luxury Christmas cushions with a metallic finish or made from velvet fabric, we hope you find the perfect throw pillows to cuddle up with this Christmas.

While you’re visiting, why not check out our posts on Christmas tree skirts and stands, festive pyjamas or our complete guide to the Elf on the Shelf trend?

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Joanne Crane

Joanne loves speaking directly to people of all ages through the medium of writing, sharing tips and knowledge for families and kids to help everyone get the most out of life. Her focus is on the development of resilience, confidence and independence in children, and on helping families engage and create lasting memories. Self-esteem, self-respect and self-worth are vital skills that Joanne believes children need to learn early to help them grow as adults.

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