I know this is just a little thing, but I love using lots of the same object to fill a container or a few to use as decoration, instead of displaying just another Santa figurine. It's modern and budget-friendly.
This is 3 packs (or $9 worth) of small red Christmas ornaments from Target as filler for a tall glass vase I had (from HomeGoods). I love red for Christmas.
I could expand it by filling multiple varied vases ...but, sometimes, my budget doesn't allow for more. Something like this...
I also created a centerpiece that I posted about before. (Read it about here.) It uses small silver jingle bells.