High End And Unique Christmas Ornaments
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.