What’s the best thing to give anyone and everyone on your list this year? (Assuming, of course, that your Christmas list doesn’t include any of those holiday-hating heathen folk who don’t bother putting up a tree.) Answer: ornaments! They’re small and cute and come in every animal-shape and eye-blinding-color. So, to help you out, Brian and I have rounded up the indisputable top 10 Christmas tree ornaments for holiday gift giving and decorating this year. These are the best of the best, including mostly handmade and truly unique branch baubles with just the right amount of irreverence.
10. Stuffed Shark
Image above: Stuffed Shark Ornament handmade by Broderpress $16.00/ea.
Ah, the fierce and majestic shark. This plush ornament is not for the faint of heart or the bland of tree.
Image above: Clay Popsicle Ornaments handmade by Sugar + Frost $8.05/ea.
What’s more wonderful than a popsicle, I ask you? Well, two popsicles. Also, three popsicles, And four. Should I keep going…?
Image above: Good Fortune Palmistry Hand Wood Ornament made in the USA $10.00/ea.
Whether you’re gifted with a connection to the spiritual world or are just really into this “hand” trend I’m seeing everywhere, you’ll love this laser-engraved birch wood ornament.
7. Monster Friend
Image above: Ceramic Monster Ornament handmade by DragonStarArt $40.00 (only one available!)
Just look at that sweet squiggly smile! This odd fella would add some real interest to any quirky tree.
6. Mini Weavings
Image above: Woven Loom Ornaments handmade by All Roads Design $14.00/ea.
Anthropologie has ALL THE PRETTY THINGS! Case-in-point, these little loom weavings. They’re so tiny! Gimme.
5. Deviled Eggs
Image above: Deviled Eggs Glass Ornament handmade in Poland $13.96/ea.
Did you know that the deviled egg dates as far back as ancient Rome? That means this platter of deviled eggs is probably the classiest ornament you could have.
Don’t question it.
4. Christmas Pickles
Image above: Jar of Pickles Ornament Set hand-blown in Poland $8.00 for 9
If you don’t partake in the Christmas pickle tradition every year, stop reading this blog post and don’t come back until you’ve bought a pickle ornament and committed yourself to this beautiful custom. I’m making it a requirement of all Westervin readers. Seriously, get out of here.
3. Banana Bunch
Image above: Banana Bunch Wood Ornament handmade by Alice Oehr & Rittle $13.00
Brian doesn’t actually enjoy eating bananas, and I just can’t understand that. They’re sweet, have a bright, happy color, and are fun to mush around in your mouth as if you’re a baby monkey learning to eat. And they have an interesting history. Bananas are wonderful, I say, and perfect for any Christmas tree!
2. Fancy Flamingo
Image above: Fancy Flamingo Paper Mache Ornament $19.95
This guy is too fabulous for any old tree, and he knows it. Just look at that cheeky side-eye.
1. Cheerful Cactus
Image above: Plaid & Velvet Cactus Ornament handmade by Dotter Studio $18.00
And finally, topping the list is this one-of-a-kind cactus ornament made with salvaged vintage velvet and plaid wool. Because nothing says, “white Christmas is so last year,” like a desert dwelling succulent.