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Gathering up the perfect Christmas ornaments is more than a pastime, it’s a way of life. Whether you’re starting from scratch or adding to an already impressive collection, prefer delicate or indestructible, these ornaments will make your tree the toast of the season.
Personalized Christmas ornaments
Custom ornaments lend your tree a more personal touch, and they’re ideal presents for the holiday enthusiasts on your list.
Uncommon Goods Your Name in a Snowflake Ornament ($35; uncommongoods.com)
Admire this ornament’s design, and see if you can spot the subtle script repeated throughout.
Free People Zodiac Ornament ($36; freepeople.com)
These laser-cut brass ornaments are dotted with each star sign’s constellation.
Baby’s first Christmas ornaments
A special ornament can help you remember the magic of that first Christmas.
Glitzby First Christmas Ornament (starting at $28; etsy.com)
Engraved with the details of your choice, this classic block will no doubt double as a favorite toy.
2021 Baby’s First Christmas Frame Ornament ($12.50; potterybarn.com)
Slip your favorite photo of your little one into this sweet, chic frame.
HickoryHollowDesigns Baby’s First Christmas Ornament ($14.40, originally $24; etsy.com)
Illustrated with sweet woodland animals, this wood disc ornament can be engraved with your baby’s name.
iCustomLabel Baby’s First Christmas Ornament ($14.40, originally $16; etsy.com)
If you want to go the extra mile and get your baby’s adorable face printed on an ornament, this one allows you to do just that. Just send in your favorite photo of your little one and the seller prints it onto an aluminum ornament. Reviewers rave about the quality.
Vintage Christmas ornaments
Vintage and vintage-style ornaments add a certain jolt of Christmas spirit, mixing the old with the new.
Grannysbox 1950s Vintage Indent Ornament Set ($68, originally $85; etsy.com)
The indent design of these ornaments is a favorite of midcentury design. Order a handpicked set of 12 or 18.
KingsKountry Vintage Satin Miniature Ball Ornaments ($9.99; etsy.com)
These miniature ornaments are unbreakable and come in a variety of finishes, including this peppermint look. Yes, the ‘90s are vintage now.
Cody Foster Stress-Free Face Mask Spa Ornament ($25; nordstrom.com)
Looking this unbothered and stress-free knows no time and place. It’s a plane of existence everyone can aspire to.
Meg Moorhouse Negroni Cocktail Ornament ($20; uncommongoods.com)
An old-timey cocktail that’s come back in a big way, the Negroni is here to stay. This piece from Uncommon Goods is hand-blown painted glass.
Christmas ball ornaments
Whether you prefer unique styles or robust sets that leave no branch unadorned, there’s no such thing as too many ball ornaments.
Wondershop Christmas Ornament Set, 50-Pack ($15; target.com)
If you’re looking for a real bargain this holiday season, check out these 50-packs of globe ornaments from Target, which come in matte, shiny and glittery finishes. You can take your pick from shades like champagne, red and gold, jewel tones and even neon.
West Elm Multi Glass Boxed Ornaments, Set of 9 ($40; westelm.com)
This glass set from West Elm features non-traditional holiday colors that give off a certain richness, all for a reasonable price.
Cody Foster Velvet Holiday Baubles, Set of 6 ($40; food52.com)
To add a little texture to your tree, check out these gorgeous velvet ornaments in rich colors like dusty pink and hunter green.
Grandin Road Midnight Jewel Mini Ornaments, Set of 32 ($49.50; grandinroad.com)
If you like the idea of lots and lots of tinier ornaments to fill up your tree, this set from Grandin Road has 32 mini, ultra-shiny ornaments in all the gorgeous colors you’d expect.
Sea Team Shatterproof Clear Plastic Christmas Ball Ornaments (starting at $24.99; amazon.com)
This glimmery set of 30 brings the hues of a snowy day to the warm and dry indoors.
Christmas ornament sets
In addition to good value, ornament sets can lend your tree some welcome cohesion.
Sur La Table Gummy Bear Glass Ornaments, Set of 5 ($22; surlatable.com)
Candy canes may be the chosen sweet of the season, but gummy bears are forever. This set from Sur la Table is made from mouth-blown glass and hand-painted.
Frontgate Peppermint Dreams 40-Piece Ornament Collection ($399; frontgate.com)
A splurge? Yes. But keep in mind that if you buy this, you’ll never have to buy another nice ornament in your life. This set here is all about classic Christmas and peppermint dreams, but Frontgate’s got a ton of options in other colors to pick from, including peacock-inspired sets and even one that’s all gold.
Balsam Hill Beaded Snowflake Ornaments, Set of 12 ($89, originally $99; nordstrom.com)
Glitter, beads, sequins and crystals — oh my! These snowflakes bring the shimmer in a set of 12.
Christmas ornament storage
Putting ornaments away isn’t nearly as fun, but storing them properly is key to longevity. Your tree next year will thank you.
Handy Laundry Christmas Ornament Storage ($13.99; amazon.com)
This Amazon no. 1 bestseller stores up to 64 ornaments with adjustable dividers.
Zober Plastic Christmas Ornament Storage Box ($36.99; amazon.com)
Another Amazon customer favorite, this case holds up to 128 ornaments. Removable trays make managing volume easier, and the vinyl case protects contents from moisture.
West Elm 3-Tray Ornament Storage Bag ($60; westelm.com)
This bag from West Elm holds up to 72 pieces, and has a front zippered pocket for additional storage.
Frontgate Ornament Storage Box ($269; frontgate.com)
More of a luxury vehicle, this storage box from Frontgate has stackable trays, a soft fabric interior and refined finishes that hold up next to the tree.