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Start an Annual Christmas Ornament Gift Giving Tradition

Updated on June 30, 2011

Do you like the idea of beginning a gift giving tradition? Do you want to do something special for a few (or many!) of your friends and family members during the holidays that can become an annual event? Giving a certain type of item each holiday season is a great way to start a signature holiday tradition that the people who care the most about will start to look forward to each year.

Christmas ornaments are a great annual gift choice! Consider giving a lovely Christmas ornament to some (or all) of the people on your holiday shopping list this year, to be followed by additional ornaments each year moving forward. What a great way to build a little excitement for each holiday season among your friends and family members!

Ready to Start Your Own Tradition? Choose a Theme

If you like the idea of starting a gift giving tradition with Christmas ornaments, there’s no better time to get started than this year. Before rushing out to purchase the first year’s ornament, though, spend a little time thinking about how you want the tradition to unfold.

Before purchasing the first ornament, think beyond the current year. It’s a good idea to select a gift giving theme that can easily carry forward from year to year. The idea is to look for something consistent, so that the recipients begin to amass a themed collection of ornaments given by you the years that will develop great sentimental value and possibly even become an heirloom.

For example, you may want to give a Hallmark Heirloom or Swarovski crystal ornament each year. Alternately, you may like the idea of selecting a brass or silver item for your friends or family members each year.

Other ornament giving theme ideas include purchasing annual ornaments from a local nonprofit organization, selecting ornaments representing favorite college or professional sports teams or opting for handmade ornaments purchased from an arts and crafts show or that you create yourself.

The possibilities are endless. You are limited only by your own imagination – and of course your budget. Be sure to select a style and type of ornament that you can afford to purchase each year for the same group of people.

Special Traditions, Special Memories

Establishing special traditions such as gifts of annual Christmas ornaments can be a great way to reinforce bonds and create special holiday memories with the people who are most special in your life. Your loved ones are sure to think of you and smile each year when they unwrap the ever-growing collection of ornaments they’ve received from you!


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    Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I love making my own. My kids and I did this every Christmas when they were young