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High End And Unique Christmas Ornaments

Updated on September 26, 2012

My family has a Christmas Eve tradition that has been going on for generations. Since my kids were born (and as my Mom did for me, and her Mom did for her, etc.), each Christmas Eve I give them a Christmas tree ornament that is reflective of their interests or experiences during the year. As they leave home, get married and start a family, they already have a whole set of ornaments that have some family history to them and tell a story.

This has resulted in some very unique Christmas ornaments on my tree. Over the years, we've had pink flamingos, lots and lots of purple ornaments and many shoe and purse ornaments. My son's ornaments are pretty boyish with lots of soccer, basketball, cars and trains, and there are the obligatory "baby's first Christmas" ornaments thrown in there as well.

Our family has always opened Christmas gifts on Christmas morning, so the ornament exchange was a nice way of kicking off the holiday with a gift on Christmas Eve. As the kids (and guests) come to the dinner table, they find each place setting adorned with a beautifully wrapped ornament from Mom and Dad. The center of the table holds a large basket that everyone puts their wrapped ornaments for the others in.

As you start thinking about what ornaments you think are a good fit, be sure that they are reflective of the person's personality, hobbies or tastes. Make them special, and make them unique. Your children will be sure to thank you when they go off on their own.

Sci-Fi Christmas Ornaments

Aliens and martians and spaceships -- oh my! If you've got a sci-fi addict on your list, you're in luck. You should be able to find a host of Star Trek, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica ornaments available. For the younger set, think Marvin the Martian, ray guns, aliens and spaceships.

Girly Girl Christmas Ornaments

Shopping for teen or 20-something girls can be fun and a bit challenging at the same time. The Christmas ornaments that these girly girls will appreciate will revolve around shoes, purses, jewelry or anything pink or purple. Bling is in, and you'll get extra Mommy points if you manage to snag a Coach or Tiffany ornament in any shape, size or color.

Retro Christmas Ornaments

If you have a Boomer on your Christmas list, take them on a trip down memory lane. Look for 1950s television figures, singers, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and the like. Or you can head to the 60s and look for peace signs, lava lamps, nehru jackets and tie dye. Either way, the giftee will be tickled pink, and will definitely thank you for the trip down memory lane.

High End Christmas Ornaments

When you have to buy for the person who has everything, head directly for the high-end ornaments. Faberge, Jay Strongwater, Biedermann, Waterford or Wedgewood should be in your sights. If you're on a limited budget, look for ornaments that reflect things on their wishlist, like a private jet or Ferrari, or that reflect their pricier passions, like high-end cigars, fine wines, yachting or international travel. Whatever you do, just make sure that the ornament is unique and you'll see smiles on their faces.

International Christmas Ornaments

When all else fails, turn to your heritage. If you're of German descent, a pickle ornament on your tree is a must-have. The legend of the Weihnachtsgurke (Christmas pickle), although some claim it's not true, states that each family hides a glass pickle ornament on the Christmas tree. The first child to find it gets a special treat or an extra present. Although this isn't practiced much currently, a hundred years ago in the United States it was tradition for the man of the house to get up after Christmas dinner and break a pig-shaped peppermint candy inside of a velvet bag. This was meant to bring good health and good luck to the family. Many Americans still hang a glass pig ornament on their tree every year reminiscent of this Christmas tradition.

Unique Christmas Ornaments for Teens

What do all teens have in common? A love of fast food, cell phones, video games and their new driver's license. Need I say any more? For teen girls, think Hello Kitty, glitter, shopping and Tiffany. For the boys, go anime, anything directly or indirectly related to cards and just about any sport.

Sports-Themed Christmas Ornaments

Basketball, baseball, soccer and football Christmas ornaments are fairly easy to find, making your shopping just a little bit easier. Don't worry if your loved one is into more more obscure sports. Whether you're looking for a scuba-diving Santa or or a "ruck on" rugby ornament, trust me -- it exists somewhere and is waiting for you to bring it home.

Career-Themed Christmas Ornaments

Whether you're buying for a doctor, lawyer, fireman or lumberjack, there are many unique Christmas ornaments available to reflect their profession. Many of the ones you will find, however, are made from ceramic or clay rather than glass, so make sure that you don't purchase one that's too heavy to hang on the tree. If you want to be sure to find a true glass ornament, think of things that go along with the profession, such as a gavel for a judge, a hammer for a carpenter or a calculator for an accountant.

He-Man Christmas Ornaments

You just have to love the backyard-grilling, fishing, beer-drinking, golfing, sports-watching, remote control-hogging set. They are a breed of their own and deserve the best of the best to hang on the Christmas tree. For these guys, think tools, cars, boats or any of the activities listed above.


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      Anilvk 7 years ago from Dubai

      One more Christmas has been gone. But the trees and stars are in us for the next Christmas. Come with more ornaments in the Christmas 2011.

      Wish you a Happy 2 0 1 1

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Last year, Michael's had the most awesome Christmas Ornaments. I felt like I could of spent $500 dollars, if I had been rich! The Ornaments, were so beautiful and artistic:)

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great idea for celebrating a Christmas ornament tradition.

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      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      My family also did the Christmas pickle. When I was little, I thought it was strange. Now I think it's a great tradition and I did it with my kids as well. Thanks, KK.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      A few years ago I had a boss who always put a Christmas Pickle Ornament on her tree. She said it was a German tradition. The youngest child always put the pickle on the tree as the first ornament placed on the tree.

      I always gave each one of my girls an ornament each year to have for their own tree when they grew up. It's a wonderful tradition.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you General and K. And yes, bspider, they will make ornaments for just about anything you can think of! :)

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      K Partin 8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      very good hub. Love our ornaments. When my wife and I first got married 38 years ago I worked nights and she made all these handmade ones that we still use today. Thanks for sharing the info. Kerry

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      bspider 8 years ago

      It seems that they will make a Christmas ornament out of anything these days... :)

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      A perfect hub Irohner and timely too... Unique attack initiated and you are indeed resourceful and very creative...

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      A perfect hub Irohner and timely too... Unique attack initiated and you are indeed resourceful and very creative...

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      A perfect hub Irohner and timely too... Unique attack initiated and you are indeed resourceful and very creative...

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      William Tan Seng 8 years ago

      Time is running extremely fast and Christmas is coming soon. This is the time to prepare some ornaments to family members, friends, workmates, etc.

      My company also organize Christmas gift exchange every Christmas celebration. Sometimes, we will receive some very unique gifts because people like to create some excitement for each others.

      I am looking forward the day to come, may I wish you and all your family members, friends and all readers happy Christmas.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      I like ornaments and this hub is very helpful!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Lovely hub - an excellent example! Love the tradition - I have given one of my sisters a "blue" ornament every year for ages, and I have a small collection of old world Santa ornaments and a few funky angels. Love your layout, too.

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      LEWJ 8 years ago

      Nice hub, thoughtfully presented.

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      awesomeness79 8 years ago from UK

      Great hub. Love the idea of a unique centre piece filled with the ornaments that have been made.

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      ChloeAliceWilson 8 years ago from Spain

      That is such a unique idea. I've always just stuffed on the baubles etc that everyone else has, other than a few Winnie The Pooh ornaments when my son was younger, but this seems kind of fun. Not long til Christmas now so I'll give it some thought. Thanks for sharing.

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Merry Christmas Irohner! =)

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      GeneralHowitzer 8 years ago

      GeneralHowitzer (I log out already) --- hehehe what a way to get traffic, promote and have a decent hub... Nice work here... Maybe I'll borrow this ideas in some of my hubs in the coming days... Great Hub Irohner Keep it up...

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      What a wonderful idea! I have been thinking about starting a tradition of getting the children Christmas ornaments, but didn't even know where to begin. Their interests are such a wonderful starting point.

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      What a wonderful thing!! I am glad I found this hub as I have already started thinking about Christmas...This is a wonderful tradition!!! And great idea for Christmas gifts too! Thank you for writing this hub!!!

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      Weazl rules 8 years ago

      My mom started this tradition with the first grandchild. Now each grandchild gets an ornament from both her and their parent. When my oldest set up her first tree as an adult, she called to let me know how special it was and how many conversations it started with her college friends. Then she reminded me that even though she was grown...she still expected Santa to visit each year with his ornament!

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      Janet21 8 years ago from New York

      We have a similar ornament tradition in our family as well...even made a hub on it! Great minds think alike.:) Nice job on the hub. Love the unique ornaments.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Meschill and Tracy. And ATD, you are a hoot!

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      Appletreedeals 8 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

      I wanted to do a hub on this because my family had the same tradition, almost, in our case the orns. were given to the kids and then put on the family tree. Each year when the new orns. are placed on the family tree, we reminice (sp?) with a lot of "remember when stories". But alas I will leave it to you, you have set the bar too high for competition

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      Tracy711 8 years ago

      What a wonderful story. I think that is a wonderful tradition also. I'm a newbie and don't know what hubs to read first so I pick them by content. I'm glad I found this one. Thank you for your wonderful video too. Now I can start a new fun project with my god daughter.

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      Meschill 8 years ago from Central Texas

      We also have have this tradition but even the adults, well I guess we are all adults now, give each other ornaments. One year my daughter gave my mom a huge glitter ball knowing she would have to add it to her tree. It was pretty funny. I'm also thinking about Christmas this weekend; I'm working on handmade Christmas cards.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Dohn, that story is priceless!!!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      There are so many different kinds of Christmas tree ornaments out there, Irohner. Growing up Buddhist, we ironically celebrate Christmas due to our sponsor's practice of Christmas which was introduced to us in the early years when first my family came to the United States. I was once so angry at my own family one Christmas Eve that I decided to go out to the backyard and "get" my own Christmas tree. I told everyone that I didn't need them to enjoy Christmas. They all laughed in my face and told me,"Good luck getting presents!" Hey, I was 5, okay?

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      happysoul 8 years ago from Bangladesh

      wow!!!! very nice:)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks Madame! Seriously, it's been going on for generations on my Mom's side of the family. It was really wonderful when I got married and put up our first tree and there were lots of sentimental ornaments instead of the usual store-bought Christmas balls!

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      Madame X 8 years ago

      Your tradition is wonderful! I'm not even thinking of Christmas yet but I know it will be here before I know it. Fun hub!!

      ps- still LOVE your avatar :)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Isn't it a great tradition, AE? Yes, I've found it very difficult to concentrate on Christmas on this Labor Day summer holiday weekend!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I do the same thing only I have made them for all of my nieces and nephews what a wonderful hub and we are only 100 or so days away. I love Christmas but we are definitely not ready, but then again who is? lolololo :)

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      I know! Can you believe we're creeping up on the holidays already!

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Aww, very nice, can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Thank you for the great advice.