8 Christmas Affiliate Programs

Hello there Sea Changers. Welcome back to my series of program lists to assist those of you looking to fund your sea change with affiliate marketing. Today we are going to step out from under the mistletoe with my 8 Christmas affiliate programs to unwrap in 2020. We all know how popular Christmas is within those countries that celebrate it whether it be an opportunity to celebrate religious beliefs, spend time with family or to simply swap gifts. Regardless of its meaning to you however, it is also usually a fairly expensive time of year as well leading to increased opportunities to those of us in the affiliate marketing game.

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Before we begin, I am conscious that there are a number of different areas or sub niches within this subject hence the quantity of affiliate programs to choose from may be just as large. So how have I picked my best 10? Well… I really just wanted to give you a good cross section of what is out there so I did some searching around and checked a few out and chose them by looking at:

  • What they offer
  • Commission rates
  • Payment terms
  • Cookie duration
  • Application processes
  • Affiliate/Marketing materials provided

Before we start however, let’s have a look at what I mean by the term ‘Christmas’ and how it can be incorporated within an affiliate marketing website…

What do we mean by Christmas?

As I have already mentioned, Christmas is a time of the year that invokes so many different feelings and emotions for so many people. For this post however, we will be looking at it purely from a sales and marketing point of view (which I know some will say is how Christmas in general has become) with a list of options available for those looking to provide access to all of those Christmassy items that many of us purchase online at that special time of year.

So for this post, I have tried to cover a good cross section of Christmas affiliate program options covering:

  • Trees
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Gifts

And of course anything else you can think of when it comes to the Christmas side of making money online… So, if you are looking to set up an online business in this space, let’s see how we can promote them…

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What can affiliate marketers promote?

There are essentially no real barriers to what affiliate marketers can promote when it comes to Christmas. There are however some things to be aware of as you run your eye over Christmas affiliate program possibilities that may suit your site. These are:

  1. Know your audience, some are looking for specifics and want the best whilst others are hoping to just get their decorations and supplies on a budget. Choose your affiliate sites accordingly.
  2. Those who are passionate about Christmas and everything that comes with it will not take risks if they don’t trust you or your affiliate site. Make sure the programs you choose are reputable and have good recourse options if the purchaser is not happy.
  3. Those purchasing as part of the celebration of their faith will need to know exactly what they need and that the products you are promoting will fit in with their requirements. Make sure your programs can provide the products to back up the information that you are covering.

That said, stats show that people will spend money on Christmas related products online if it can make their lives easier so as long as you are meeting their needs and solving problems, then you are on the right track. And to give you a boost, let’s have a look at 8 programs that I have found below:

1. Balsam Hill

Christmas affiliate programs - Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill is your one stop Christmas decoration shop offering a huge range of decoration options for the Christmas season for both the tree and the house including (but definitely not limited to):

  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Wreaths
  • Garlands
  • Decorations
  • Stickings
  • Snow globes
  • Nativity Scenes
  • Candles
  • Lights
  • Faux Florals

There is also a smaller range of outdoor decoration and lighting options as well.

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This site may be one that you could build an entire affiliate marketing business around if you are focusing on the Christmas decoration side of things however it would also be a great companion/add on to just about any Christmas or holiday related niche possible – and maybe even for those dealing with garden or home decor too.

Commission Rate: 2%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 30 Days

Application required?: Yes, the Balsam Hill’s affiliate program is managed by Share-a-Sale. You will be required to apply for an account then for the Balsam Hill affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional plans and platforms to be used.

Marketing material provided: Coupons, extensive creatives, and product datafeed

Join the Balsam Hill affiliate program here


2. King Of Christmas

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King Of Christmas is another nice Christmas related site providing access to just about everything to do with the iconic Christmas tree including:

  • Artificial Christmas Trees
  • Wreaths
  • Garlands
  • Ornaments
  • Lights

Trees can be ordered in relation to colour, height, shape or price.

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There is maybe not enough here to base an entire affiliate business around however it would certainly make a great addition to any Christmas or holiday related site. And for those looking to discuss different aspects of Christmas tree purchase and setup, there is a good blog providing extra information for your readers and post ideas for you.

Commission Rate: 6%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, the King of Christmas affiliate program is managed by Share-a-Sale. You will be required to apply for an account then for the King of Christmas affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional plans and platforms to be used.

Marketing material provided: Banners, text links

Join the King of Christmas affiliate program here


3. OrnamentShop.com

Christmas affiliate programs - Ornamentshop

OrnamentShop.com is not a technically Christmas specific site as such however as the name suggests, they offer a great range of Christmas tree ornaments and decorations including:

  • Santa
  • Snowmen
  • Angels
  • Elves
  • Religious/Christian
  • Hallmark
  • Traditional
  • The Nutcracker
  • Our First Christmas
  • New Home
  • Baby Girl’s First Christmas
  • Baby Boy’s First Christmas
  • Family

And for those looking at any of the other gift-centric niches, they also offer ornaments in the following areas:

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Again this site could probably not be utilised to build a generalist business around however it would be a fantastic addition to any Christmas based site as well as any of the other categories listed above.

Christmas affiliate programs - Ornamentshop affiliate

Commission Rate: 5%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes, the OrnamentShop.com affiliate program is managed by CJ Affiliates. You will be required to apply for an account then for the OrnamentShop.com affiliate program. You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional plans and platforms to be used.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners

Join the OrnamentShop.com affiliate program here


4. Handmade X-MAS

Christmas affiliate programs - Handmade xmas

Handmade X-MAS is a cool little Christmas site that specialises in hand made ornaments and other Christmas tree paraphernalia including:

  • Handmade ornaments
  • Bells
  • Icicles
  • Pinecones
  • Tree toppers

Products are purchased in sets ranging from 4 to 39 pieces.

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There is not enough on this site to base an entire affiliate marketing site around however it could again be added to any Christmas niche – or maybe a hand made craft one as well.

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Commission Rate: 11% (4% on specials and incentives)

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 60 Days

Application required?: Yes, You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional plans to apply.

Marketing material provided: Banners, Text Links

Join the Handmade X-MAS affiliate program here

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5. Christmas Village Shop

Christmas affiliate programs - Christmas Village Shop

The Christmas Village Shop is a cool little site offering a selection of miniature Christmas village houses, figurines and all the accessories required to turn individual village pieces into full town landscape designs. They also offer other standalone decorations for that complete indoor Christmas feel including:

  • Lighted Trees
  • Lighted Accessories
  • Table Accents
  • Nativity Scenes
  • Nutcracker
  • Facade
  • Sights and Sounds
  • Santa Figurines
  • Snowman Figurines
  • Christmas Trees Figurines
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This is a great add on site for those working directly within the Christmas niche or just about any other hobby based site as well (electric trains etc.).

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Commission Rate: 5%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes – You will need to enter personal and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, banners

Join the Christmas Village Shop affiliate program here


6. UglyChristmasSweater.com

Christmas affiliate programs - Ugly Christmas Sweater

In my opinion, Christmas is not Christmas without an ugly knitted jumper (just ask Bridgette Jones). Luckily, UglyChristmasSweater.com has us covered with a huge range of knitted Sweaters and other seasonal fashion items including:

  • New Sweaters
  • Women’s Christmas
  • Men’s Christmas
  • 3D Sweaters
  • Jackets
  • Leggings
  • Lounge Pants
  • Pajama Jumpsuits
  • Plush Toys
  • Christmas Inflatables
  • Custom Ugly Sweaters
  • Custom Family Jumpsuits

Basically, if you are looking to cover anything to do with dressing the family for the big day’s celebrations, then this is the site for your program.

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Obviously this site would work best as an add on to any Christmas related site especially as a great gift idea or for within the fashion or gift niches. And to be honest, with their range of themed items (such as TV shows and Pop Culture), this is one site that you will be able to promote year round. There is also a good size chart as well as fantastic blog that appears to be focused on all things Pyjamas…

Christmas affiliate programs - Ugly Christmas Sweater Affiliate

Commission Rate: up to 15%

Payment Terms: Monthly.

Cookie Duration: Not Stated

Application required?: Yes – You will need to enter personal and website information as well as promotional strategies to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links and banners

Join the UglyChristmasSweater.com affiliate program here


7. Uncommon Goods

Christmas affiliate programs - Uncommon Goods

Whilst not solely a Christmas focused website, Uncommon Goods allows affiliates to cover the gift side of yuletide festivities with a great range of weird and wonderful present ideas including:

  • Fun and activities
  • Home style gifts
  • Kitchen and bar
  • Art
  • Jewelry
  • Women
  • Men
  • Kids
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This would make a great addition to any Christmas related affiliate business for those looking to promote gift ideas. Their range also allows for inclusion on just about any other niche where gifts are a normal process such as:

Christmas affiliate programs - Uncommon Goods affiliate

Commission Rate: 10%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 30 Days

Application required?: Yes – You will need to enter personal, business and website information to apply.

Marketing material provided: Text links, creatives

Join the Uncommon Goods affiliate program here


8. Thorntons

Christmas affiliate programs - Thorntons

And finally we look at another site that whilst is not directly related to Christmas, it does fit neatly into the chocolate eating behaviors and gift giving ideas associated with this time of year. Thorntons is “Britain’s largest chocolate maker and one of the nation’s best-loved chocolate brands” that offers boxes of chocolates designed for all occasions (such as Christmas) or as personalised box sets for that perfect Christmas gift. Other Christmas related offerings include:

  • Christmas boxes
  • Advent calendars
  • Christmas hampers
  • Christmas flavour boxes
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If you are in the Christmas niche you would probably not be able to base an affiliate program on this one however there are obvious add on opportunities for all Christmas based sites and needs. And best of all, there are plenty of non-Christmas time sales opportunities here with chocolate boxes and gifts for most other special occasions and holidays.

Christmas affiliate programs - Thorntons Affiliate

Commission Rate: up to 8%

Payment Terms: Monthly

Cookie Duration: 30 days

Application required?: Yes – Application via the email address on the Affiliate page.

Marketing material provided: Text Links

Join the Thorntons affiliate program here


Amazon Associates

Alternatively, should you wish to set up your site up with a range from a few different brands or companies on the same site then you can do so via Amazon. Amazon provides access to a good range of Christmas related products and has a fairly good affiliate program as well. So if you wish, join the Amazon Associates program, locate the best products relevant to your site within Amazon itself and you can post links on your own site as per below:

Amazon’s commission rates are not too bad and some prefer this avenue due to the sheer amount of traffic and trustworthiness that comes with a company site of this size.

How to find your own affiliate programs

As stated earlier, by outlining the sites above I have really just tried to give you a good cross section of the types of programs that are out there by listing the really good ones in each ‘category’. That does not mean that you cannot find affiliate programs that better suit what it is that you are trying to do within this space especially as I could never even begin to cover every Christmas related requirement or sub niche in the one post. Luckily for us, there is a simple way to find these programs online.

All you need to do is enter “affiliate: niche type” into your search engine (substituting ‘niche type‘ for whatever product it is that you are choosing to sell).

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There are Christmas related affiliate programs for everything else that we have listed at the top of this page as well – you will just need to have a look around until you find one or two that suit your site. Once you have completed your searches, you can look through and find programs that:

  • Relate to your niche/problems that you are solving.
  • Have quality products – your brand can be severely damaged if you promote poor quality products.
  • Have solid payment and customer service arrangement.
  • Pay decent commissions.
  • Have good testimonials covering commission payouts and quality of product.

In most cases, you will need to apply for the program before you are allowed to promote their products – don’t take this step lightly or you will be rejected. Affiliate programs will generally want to know:

  • Your website name.
  • Traffic levels.
  • Why you want to join – (so I can make money by selling your Christmas Trees is unfortunately not generally a good enough answer).
  • How you plan to promote their products.

Conclusion

So… There are 8 of the best Christmas affiliate programs to unwrap in 2020. I hope it has been helpful for you as you commence your own Christmas based affiliate marketing business and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share. Oh, and especially comment if you have any experience with these, or any other programs as well.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

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