Where do you find unique, unusual and/or interesting Christmas decorations?

(41 Posts)
DSJamesHathaway Fri 16-Aug-13 20:51:30

I'd like to get some new decorations this year but I don't want to go down the route of a few packs of bog-standard baubles and some tinsel. Where can I find interesting and original decorations? Ideally I'd like one or two of each one so the tree is really interesting when you look at it and you can spend a while as there are lots of different things on it to see (if that makes sense).

DSJamesHathaway Wed 28-Aug-13 21:15:14

Thank you everyone for soe great ideas. I found some nice wooden cut out ones today whilst on holiday so following girlywhirly's advice I bought 3.

I am also planning on buying some plain wooden shapes and decorating them thanks to shimmeringinthesun

BiddyPop Tue 27-Aug-13 10:29:33

Thank you Blue from me too - I have a new thing to put on the tree this year!! (I did science, DH is an engineer, and DD likes both (v logical aspergers kid) and we ALL love TBBT!!). grin

fuzzpig Mon 26-Aug-13 22:20:52

Wow thanks blue! grin

littleoaktree Mon 26-Aug-13 22:14:25

Make them yourself grin - seriously though there are some lovely ideas on Pinterest, I made quite a few last year.

Sass and Belle had some lovely ones last year, doesn't look like they have any on their website for this year yet but definitely one to watch.

GemmaTeller Mon 26-Aug-13 21:57:13


WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 21:56:20
WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 21:56:11

Not really what you're looking for but someone might be.

Krampus tree ornaments. for scaring the children.


Oldraver Mon 26-Aug-13 21:36:33

Oooh I've bookmarked the Newbridge ones.

The Christmas Shop website isnt showing as many things as previous years..I think it may of been sold recently and the site in different but thay have masses of stuff in store.

I have the first 6 of these Crown Derby ones. They look much nicer in real life.

DoItTooJulia Mon 26-Aug-13 20:28:54

Macy's do some gorgeous ones.

Great if you know someone going to NYC, but you can order online!

Blueboys2009 Mon 26-Aug-13 19:47:23

Fuzzpig - not a tree ornament, but here's a small Isaac Newton bust that you could probably wedge between a couple of branches and hope nobody touches the tree balance ever so carefully on the tree. Alternativey these are actual tree ornaments (gues who's got a geek for a husband!?))

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 19:33:48

Vatta, I think the swaddling babe hanging from the tree is my favourite.

newpup Mon 26-Aug-13 19:29:08

I have a huge tree and love it covered in different individual ornaments. I have hundreds of different ones and have been collecting them for 17 years. My favourites are ones that have come form America, they are lovely and I always buy one whenever we go.

Museum shops like the V&A have lovely ones, garden centres and craft fairs are great.

Those newbridge ones look lovely chloe2.

Chl0e2 Mon 26-Aug-13 19:09:07

I love the newbridge silver ones. I buy one or two each year and have done for about 7 years so the tree looks amazing now. they are gorgeous. not sure if I can link at this time of year.

oh yes, here's the link

Vatta Mon 26-Aug-13 19:03:44

Omg waffly those were disturbing!

Have saved the page to freak DH out nearer the time smile

fuzzpig Mon 26-Aug-13 18:43:38

What I really really yearn for on my tree is a golden bust of Sir Isaac Newton, like Sheldon hangs on his tree on Big Bang Theory. Never been able to find one though!

lade Mon 26-Aug-13 18:23:22

Another vote for the Christmas Shop (link above). They have some lovely stuff in there.

I also like John Lewis Christmas Decorations too.

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 11:43:32
BiddyPop Mon 26-Aug-13 11:35:03

OOh yes, I just saw someone mentioned an art gallery - Art Galleries and Museums often have some quite interesting decorations in their gift shops. And because lots of people avoid those shops, they are not that commonly seen!!

And I have seen trees where the cookie cutters have been hung (either kept as decorations only or cleaned and hung after use), which can be lovely.

BiddyPop Mon 26-Aug-13 11:31:15

I've gotten a few over the years (for ourselves and lots of both Christmas and Wedding presents) from Trim the Tree which have all been lovely.

I buy in the sales in January and summer, to get a few (again, for ourselves and as presents) from companies like Belleek china, Waterford crystal, Newbridge silver etc. So they work out not nearly as expensive but fabulous heirlooms. While I tend to get Irish companies, there are lots of UK companies that do similar (I know I've seen Royal Worcester, LLadro and a load of other campanies over the years - they may not have a lot each, but one or 2 interesting ones are all you need) - look on their websites for inspiration and then check out high end stores as they often reduce them heavily at times.

I get a new decoration every year on holidays - I look for quirky things in the places we go and almost always find something.

Look in craft and design shops - not arts and crafts, but more lifestyle homewares crafts. You will often find lovely baubles and decorations that you can buy individually, so just get 2 or 3 of an interesting designed bauble, or a single decoration.

The internet is great. For ideas (to make or hunt out) and buying. Look at places like Martha Stewart or other home decor, or Christmas websites for inspiration. Some may sell too. But also places like Etsy, ebay, amazon, and lots of smaller sites too, will have quirky things as well as mainstream baubles. Even places like Primark can have interesting things if you look past the big packs of 100 red and gold plastic round balls!! grin

I have 3 long teardrop shaped glass baubles, that add length to the bottom end of the tree, then I have a few different round glass ones that are reasonably large, quite a few "regular" sized glass ones moving through the middle, and then a few in 2 smaller sizes as we get to the top. And then I have a big variety of various animals, a fairy trapped in a glass jar, a crib carved into a Christmas tree decoration, glass Santa Claus and glass snowman, straw stars, pewter chorus of angels, pottery snowman, Snoopy sitting on a tree light bulb, a steam train, a New York cab, Santa climbing up Notre Dame, mushrooms, pine cones, stars (various ones, made of wire, glass, straw, pottery, paper), mini stockings (that I sometimes put candy canes into).......all sorts. But I ave been gathering my collection for the past 14 years. I hide some things in the depths of the branches, some quite hard to spot, others have a bulb from the lights put near them to hightlight them (I love a bulb behind glass ones, giving them a glow).

Oldraver Sun 25-Aug-13 21:26:24

I've just started working for a company that is owned by Libertys... I did joke to my boss if there was a company discount

Just remembered, I bought some lovely Scandinavian style ones in Lidl a couple of years ago, lots of different shape ones woven out of straw (like corn dollies etc) and decorated with red ribbons and threads.

jamtoast12 Sun 25-Aug-13 18:48:19

Tkmaxx always has lovely Scandinavian style decorations. I get a couple each year from there as one offs

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 13:01:29

Not sure if they do them online, probably. They won't have them in store until around Nov/ December.

Do you work there oldraver?

Oldraver Sun 25-Aug-13 12:54:47

Liberty ? no stock showing online yet I suppose they will be at the usual Christmas fare.

<wonders if I can get a staff discount>

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 12:22:18

Liberty, but expensive. We have many then buy a few each year to top up.

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