4 Expert Tips To Choose Inflatable Outdoor Holiday Decorations

It's getting close to the end of the year, and you know what that means! Outfitting the outside of your home with jingle bells galore is a fantastic way to ensure that you feel like you're in the holiday spirit, no matter where you are.

However, it can sometimes be difficult to discern the best type of inflatable holiday decorations to choose; you definitely want them to feel like yours, after all. Let's go over some of the basics in terms of what you should look for when you need some inflatable outdoor holiday decorations in your life.

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What inflatables can I get for different holidays?

Although many thinks of inflatable outdoor holiday decorations as a Christmas-specific event, keep your eyes peeled the next time you're driving through your neighborhood around Halloween or Easter! As it turns out, no matter the holiday, inflatables are an option for you to show some holiday cheer.

Wondering what your options are for each holiday, specifically? Here's a quick breakdown of what you might see available:

  • Christmas: Santa, elves, presents, trees, Nativity scenes, reindeer, and more!
  • Halloween: Ghosts, monsters, Jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, bats
  • Thanksgiving: Pumpkins, cornucopias, turkeys
  • Easter: Easter bunnies, eggs, Resurrection-themed-inflatables
  • St. Patrick's Day: Four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold
  • Graduation: Year-themed inflatables (numbers), graduation hats
  • 4th of July: Eagles, Uncle Sam, flags

Think carefully about which holidays mean the most to you, and choose inflatables to match that holiday accordingly!

Christmas Dog Inflatable Decoration
Halloween Hunted Tree Inflatable Decoration
Turkey Thanksgiving Inflatable Decoration
American Flag and Eagle Inflatable Decoration
Christmas Santa Claus Holiday Inflatable
Unicorn Birthday Inflatable Decoration

What size of inflatable outdoor holiday decorations should I choose?

Because inflatables are such a great way to enjoy the holidays, it can be easy to get carried away with festive holiday cheer! However, for safety and practicality, you have to make sure that you don't buy inflatables that are too large (or too small) for your home.

A good way to start is by simply measuring the amount of room in your front yard that you have available. Mark off the parts of your yard that you will need to have accessible for everyday use, and then measure the rest of it - the part available for decoration - to see the approximate square footage that you'll be working with.

When you're shopping for inflatables, keep an eye on the dimensions section of the product details. Anything larger than the amount of space you have available should be dismissed without a second glance!

Wondering how to stay away from buying decorations that are too small? Decorations that are too small are a much more aesthetic issue than is buying decorations that are too big. Instead of making your yard difficult to navigate, you'll be looking at a holiday decor situation that can't be seen from the road.

To combat this, take out a few different items from your home that are of various sizes: for example, a bucket that's 18" high, an outdoor chair that's 3 feet tall, and so on. If you have friends or children that want to participate, this could be a fun way for them to help! Have them stand in your front yard approximately where you'd want holiday decorations to go (or place your props in those places).

Then, go stand across the street, and see what you're able to observe. If you can't easily see your props or friends, then you won't be able to easily see an inflatable with similar approximate dimensions. If this is the case, sizing up might be a good idea.

Small Pumpkin Boy Skeleton Inflatable
Small Witch with Cauldron Inflatable Decorations
Medium Christmas Santa Claus Driving Motorcycle Decoration Inflatable
Medium Spider Halloween Inflatable Decorations
Large Saint Patricks Day Beer Mug Inflatable
Small Santa Claus on Sleigh Inflatable Decorations

What number of inflatable outdoor holiday decorations is best?

When you're considering the number of inflatable outdoor holiday decorations you should buy, there are two main things that you need to think about:

  1. How much room you have in your front porch and front lawn area. Having a large number of inflatable outdoor holiday decorations may be fun, but you definitely need to be able to still access your front yard and be able to see your home from the street, for safety and practicality.

  2. You should also consider the nature of the inflatable outdoor holiday decorations you're looking for. If you have your heart set on a realistic Nativity scene, you'll need to buy at least three inflatables to make it recognizable. If you want Santa and his reindeer, you're going to need to buy several! If you're looking for standalone inflatable outdoor holiday decorations, stick to themed inflatables that don't require accessories or other elements to make the scene make sense.

If you've decided to purchase more than one inflatable outdoor holiday decoration, you need to arrange them in a way that makes sense for the story they're trying to tell, and you need to make sure you don't block your view from your home.

Single Large Inflatable Halloween Colorful Skull
Multiple Pumpkin Patch Inflatable
Two in One Santa in Hot Air Balloon Inflatable
Palm Tree Holiday Inflatable Decoration
Single Snowman with Sign Inflatable
Multiple Halloween Pumpkin Witches Inflatable

What features should I look for in an inflatable outdoor holiday decoration?

When you're looking for an inflatable outdoor holiday decoration, you need to assess a few things to make sure that it'll be perfect for your home. For example, is it important to you that it lights up at night? If so, you'll need to figure out exactly how you're going to power the holiday decoration and make sure that you have an outlet, or an extension cord available to make that happen.

Here are a few other features to look out for:

  • Music: Some inflatables come with their own soundtrack to make the tableau even more festive! This might be a good idea if you live in a remote area, so that ambient noise from businesses and other households don't get in the way.

  • Self-Inflating: If you don't want to have to worry about a pump or inflating the inflatable by yourself, get a self-inflating model. It'll save you a lot of time and energy.

  • Automatic Timer: With timed inflatables, you can set them to light up or start playing or moving when you choose (for example, when it gets dark out). This just removes one step from your day, so you don't have to worry about remembering to turn them on.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.