Picking the Perfect Christmas Ornaments this Holiday Season
That time of year is almost here! Christmas! I know, I know, get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first. But if you wait too long, certain things are more challenging to obtain before Christmas. Specifically, Christmas ornaments! Personalized Christmas ornaments have been all the rage over the years, becoming more popular each holiday season.
Popular Reasons People Buy Personalized Ornaments
- Announcing a new baby or pregnancy
- Commemorating a new marriage
- Celebrating the purchase of a new home
- Memorializing a loved one
- Remembering a noteworthy year
Many use personalized ornaments to announce big news like the addition of a new family member or to mark another holiday season. But, with so many options, how do you choose the best one? Let us help you pick the perfect Christmas ornament this year!
The History of the Christmas Ornament
Believed to have originated in 16th-century Germany, the history of the first Christmas ornament doesn’t even compare to what we know today. Small evergreen trees were decorated with items such as candles, apples, nuts, and even berries. Over time, Christians integrated these decorated trees into their homes, which eventually started spreading across Europe.
In the late 1840s, Queen Victoria was celebrating Christmas with her German-born husband, Prince Albert. They decorated their evergreen tree that year and moved to a “fashionable” option, using their wealth to add fancier items to their tree for decoration. This trend was quickly adopted by wealthy Americans and thus began the potential of what the Christmas ornament could become.
Over time, companies like Hallmark have taken the Christmas ornament idea and ran with it. Offering collections, characters, and everything in between, they have become one of the biggest sellers of Christmas ornaments and continue to be a top contender year after year. However, in recent years, online retailers for those who create their own Christmas ornaments or personalized ornaments at home and sell them have become more popular, as many people want to support others and focus on a particular want for their tree, including very specific personalized ornaments.
How Do I Choose the Right Ornament?
It Fits Your Theme
Since Christmas trees have become extremely popular over the years, many homes even have more than one. A new trend of choosing a theme for your Christmas tree has become more popular over the years. An entire black-and-white tree? No problem, look for all black-and-white ornaments. A Disney tree? There are endless ornaments to choose from for your tree. The possibilities are endless. If you have the desire, choose your theme and start researching ornaments that will fit the look.
You are Giving a Gift
Are you offering a gift to someone celebrating something? A new baby or a new home? Personalized ornaments are able to document just about any occasion or memory. Being able to add personalization to your ornament is a bonus.
When gifting an ornament, it doesn’t always have to be personalized. You can find ornaments based on the interests of the person you are giving a gift to, their pet, or even specific-colored ornaments. As Christmas ornaments have continued to grow and become more popular over time, there are thousands of options that can meet just about any need you may have.
You are Celebrating a Milestone
Milestone ornaments are one of the most significant reasons people have been buying personalized ornaments in recent years. Just got married? Buy a personalized ornament and add the date and your new joint last name! Having a baby? Buy a personalized ornament showing there is a bun in the oven. You can even do this and gift it to someone to let them know you are pregnant. Graduated law school? There is a personalized ornament for that, too!
You are on a Budget
While there are many options, the cost is still a significant factor for many. At the same time, you may want five Christmas trees in your house, each with a theme sure to wow anyone that visits during the holiday season, which can become costly. Make sure to set a budget and stick to it if starting from scratch. There are so many options out there today, so knowing precisely what you are working with will help turn your vision into a reality.
You are a Collector
One of the best parts about all the ornament options offered today is that you can collect ornaments for just about anything. Remember the Hess toy truck that was offered every year? Certain places offer similar Christmas ornaments that state the year, and many will make sure to visit that business to add it to their collection.
You Need a Gift Topper
Looking to add an ornament to a gift? Ornaments are the perfect present toppers to add some personalization to your gift. You can thread it through a ribbon or bow and let it hang on the front of the gift. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and a unique and thoughtful addition to someone’s gift.
How to Choose the Right Personalized Ornament
While there are tons of options to choose from, it depends on how personalized you get your ornament. Many places online will specify anything you can think of to make the ornament as personalized as you would like. First, however, it is essential to decide what you want it to look like and how it will fit within the theme you are aiming for.
Don’t forget to focus on the person you are buying for, even if that person is yourself. You may see an ornament and realize how beautiful it is and buy it, only to get it home and realize that it doesn’t look right with the rest of your collection. Make sure to ask yourself the same questions you would ask if buying a Christmas ornament for someone else. This will ensure whatever you choose is the right option!
That’s it! Start with a plan and execute it. The exciting part about decorating a Christmas tree is there are no rules. You can do whatever you want. It is your tree, and decorating it however you want is entirely up to you. While it is crucial to choose the proper ornaments so that everything flows together as you decorate your tree, focusing on the reason for your purchase is the way to go. Now decorate that tree and become the envy of your family as they swoon over your perfectly themed tree!
- Rachel May