I LOVE Christmas ornaments. I love collecting them. I love gifting them. I love how special they feel, and how comforting it is to pull out the same ornaments year after year from storage and remember where you got it or who gave it to you. And as a result, I’ve now managed to start multiple Christmas ornament traditions with my family and friends.
Today, I’ve put together a TON of colorful Christmas ornaments I’ve come across recently, all from small businesses. I broke them up into two categories: breakable and plush or non-breakable. Or better known in our house as “the ones that go at the top of the tree” and “the ones that go at the bottom.” Ha!
But in addition to sharing these amazing ornaments, I also wanted to talk further about some of the ornament traditions I cherish. Maybe it will spark an idea for you to start with your loved ones this season!
Unique Christmas Ornaments from Small Businesses
Ceramic ornaments, hand carved ornaments and a whole lot of Santa ones (my fave, apparently).. I’ve come across so many beautiful handmade ornaments from artisans around the world. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Painted Ceramic Ornaments
- Pastel Zebra Ornament
- Santa Face Ornament
- Ballerina Ornament (They have ones from all different ballets!)
- Bird + Fruit Ceramic Ornaments
- Festive Dino Ornament
- Colorful Glass Bulb Ornaments
- Ceramic Tree Bell Ornament
- Hand Painted Ceramic Ornaments (Note: These aren’t listed yet, but the previews I’ve seen are STUNNING! Wanted to get your eyes on them before they go live because I think they’ll go fast!)
- Teacup Mouse Ornament
- Santa Bell Ornament
- Ceramic Peace Sign Ornament
- Black & White Cookie Ornament (They have other super cute food ornaments, too!)
- Flocked Santa Ornaments (I have a whole rainbow of these and I LOVE them!!)
- Ceramic Vintage-Inspired Ornament
- Glass Women We Admire Ornaments
- Acrylic Santa Face Ornament
- Fancy Snowman Ornaments (These actually aren’t breakable, but do have lots of tiny delicate details!)
Non-Breakable Ornaments for Kids
We have a ton of non-breakable ornaments we love, both for our family tree and the tree in our son’s room that he gets to decorate all on his own. Most of ours are plush or felt, and I’ve rounded up a bunch of favorites below!
- Nutcracker Felt Ornament Set (They sell these both in a set, and individually, and in multiple skin tones. I got these this year and I could not be more in love with them. IN LOVE.)
- Felt Tiger Ornament (Lots of other animals, too!)
- Heart Tassel Ornament
- Strawberry Fairy Ornament
- Plush Scented Sun Ornament
- Christmas Taxi Ornament
- Reindeer Ornaments
- Kamala Harris Ornament (This shop has SO MANY felt ornaments of incredible people. RBG, Mr. Rogers, The Obamas, David Bowie, Maya Angelou… SO MANY!)
- Velvet Mushroom Ornaments
- Felt Jellyfish Ornament
- Plush Scented Gnome Ornament
- Sequin Salt Ornament (They have lots of other food/drink themed ones too, so fun!)
- Rainbow Ornament
- Felt Dino Ornament (With personalization options. They have tons of other animals too!)
- Embroidered Felt Initial Ornaments
Start an Ornament Collection for Your Child
This is a tradition I stole from my best friend’s family! Every year we gift our son a new special ornament. Usually it will represent something he really loved that year, and we’ll write the year on the bottom of it. The goal of this is to build him his own ornament collection so that if and when he has his own tree some day, he’ll have a set of ornaments that have a long history and meaning to bring with him! *Excuse me while I sob thinking about this.*
Make An Ornament of Your Child’s Halloween Costume
A TON of you mentioned this tradition and I think it’s so smart!! Every year, you make an ornament inspired by your child’s Halloween costume that year! I love the way this ties two holidays together and keeps the Halloween magic alive long after October ends!
Buy An Ornament at the Same Place Each Year
We go to Disneyland several times every year, and it’s one of the most meaningful places for our family. They always have great ornaments so we started picking one out at our annual holiday visit. And again, we always write the year!
This would be great if you go to the same beach spot every summer, the same local museum, or anywhere that holds special meaning for your family!
Bring Home An Ornament from Your Travels
A lot of people have told me that they make it a point to buy an ornament at any new place they travel to. That way, their tree is decked out with ornaments from all over the world and each one can bring back memories of that trip!
Some of my favorite ornaments on my tree are ones that my family members picked up while traveling and now they’ve been passed down to me.
Exchange an Ornament with Your Partner or Friend
The first Christmas ornament tradition I started was an ornament exchange with y husband. Now I do one with my best friend too! Doing an ornament exchange is a great way to take the guessing out of what you’re going to buy someone (or if you’re going to buy for each other that year), and it allows you to pick out a fun ornament for someone else based on something they love or a major life milestone!
Photos by Jeff Mindell
You can find other, non-ornament holiday traditions here! Do you have any Christmas ornament traditions in your family? I’d love to hear them!