The 11 Best Christmas Tree Ornaments of 2020

Decorate your Christmas tree with this season's best ornaments

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Lark Manor Glitter Snowflake Ornament at Wayfair

"These snowflake-shaped ornaments are coated with glitter."

Best Tree Topper: Lit Birch Angel Topper at Pottery Barn

"This delicate angel topper is hand crafted from genuine birch bark."

Best Ornament Kit: Sea Team Shatterproof Christmas Balls at Amazon

"Decorate a whole tree with this 72-pack of shatterproof bulbs."

Best Splurge: Livin' La Vida Locomotive Ornament at Nordstrom

"A colorful locomotive enveloped in glitter that will surely stand out."

Best Animal: Felt Penguin Ornament at West Elm

"This felted wool penguin makes for a fun addition to your tree branches."

Best Character: Elsa Decoupage Christmas Ornament at Target

"This plastic Elsa ornament is perfect for kids and Disney enthusiasts alike."

Best Keepsake: Clay Hand Print & Footprint Keepsake Kit at Amazon

"Mark a new baby’s arrival or remember your beloved family pet."

Best Traditional: Kurt Adler 12-Days of Christmas Set at Amazon

"Each bulb contains a different image for one of the 12 days of Christmas."

Best Un-Christmas Ornament: Pickle Ornament at Crate & Barrel

"This bright green pickle adds a bit of lore and humor to your tree."

Best for Kids: Personalized Gingerbread Christmas Ornament at Walmart

"This charming, custom ornament can be engraved with any name."

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    Best Overall: Lark Manor Glitter Snowflake Ornament

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

    The perfect ornament for your Christmas tree should be bright, decorative, and affordable. Checking all of those boxes (and more!) is the Glitter Snowflake Christmas Ornament from Lark Manor. This top-rated set includes 24 snowflake-shaped ornaments, which are made of plastic and coated with glitter. They're affordably priced, and come in 20 different colors so you can pick the best shade for your holiday color scheme.

    According to reviewers, the ornaments are “absolutely beautiful” and the “perfect size and shape." Despite the price, the snowflakes feel sturdy, not flimsy and cheap-looking. The Lark Manor Glitter Snowflake Christmas Ornament set will undoubtedly add a glitzy dash of color and shine to your Christmas tree this year. 

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    Best Tree Topper: Lit Birch Angel Topper

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    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    If you’re looking for a seamless, classic addition to your Christmas tree, this birch angel tree topper is a great option. It’s handcrafted from genuine birch bark and detailed with 24 mini LED lights—with over 240 hours of battery life. Simply plug the topper in and attach it to the top of your tree.

    Note that the topper requires three AA batteries, which are not included with your purchase.

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    Best Ornament Kit: Sea Team Shatterproof Christmas Balls

    The holidays can be a busy, stressful time of the year, and sometimes you simply don’t have the spare time to buy enough ornaments to cover a whole tree. If you’re looking for a solution that takes minimal effort but won’t look like you took a shortcut, this 72-pack of shatterproof bulbs is perfect. The set comes in gold, rose gold, red and silver, and each kit includes 17 different styles ranging from the standard sphere to a stocking to a simple heart. This is also a great idea if you tend to favor monochrome tree decorations, and would look gorgeous with either clear or multicolored lights.

    Many reviewers agree that there are enough ornaments in this set to decorate an entire tree, even that monstrous one you cut down every single year. Plus, pet owners (and parents of toddlers) will appreciate the shatterproof nature of these ornaments next time Fluffy decides to climb up the Christmas tree. 

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    Best Splurge: Livin' La Vida Locomotive Ornament

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    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    Radko has a long tradition of making Polish glass ornaments, each meticulously crafted by hand using Renaissance-era techniques. The result? Heirloom-level pieces that bring a traditional, vintage-inspired look to your holiday decor. And this festive piece, which features a colorful locomotive enveloped in glitter, is certainly no exception. It also makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, and Nordstrom offers free in-store gift wrapping to make gifting even easier.

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    Best Animal: Felt Penguin Ornament

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    Courtesy of West Elm

    Handmade in Nepal, this felted wool penguin ornament is fair trade certified and makes for a fun addition to your tree branches. It measures 4 inches high, so it can be nestled into your tree branches or added to an eclectic mantel arrangement. This ornament also goes towards a good cause. Each purchase helps support Nepalese communities as they continue to rebuild their homes after the last earthquake.

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    Best Character: Frozen 2 Elsa Decoupage Christmas Ornament

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    Courtesy of Target

    Perfect for kids and Disney enthusiasts alike, this Hallmark ornament is a great addition to either your main tree or a smaller version in a kid’s bedroom. This plastic decoupage Elsa ornament shows the Frozen heroine in her signature purple dress and long braid—ready to adorn your Christmas tree.

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    Best Keepsake: Clay Hand Print & Footprint Keepsake Kit

    The holidays are all about making memories and creating family traditions, so why not keep the imprint of this holiday with you forever? This clay hand and footprint keepsake kit is a sentimental way to mark a new baby’s arrival or remember your beloved family pet. The 15 ounces of clay are enough to make two ornaments running 4 inches in diameter, and comes with everything you need to mold, glaze and hang Fido’s paw print on your Christmas tree year after year—no special tools or kiln required. Though we can’t promise you won’t shed a tear when you take these out each holiday, reviewers say that the clay materials are durable for many years.

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    Best Traditional: Kurt Adler 12-Days of Christmas Set

    If you’re someone who favors traditional over trendy, this Kurt Adler set is for you. Containing 12 glass ball ornaments, these Kurt Adler pieces are classic and unique. Each bulb contains a different image for one of the 12 days of Christmas, like turtle doves and pipers piping, and would add an elegant touch to any Christmas tree. We love these ornaments because they won’t go out of style, and each one is detailed and ornate. Owners suggest carefully packaging them when you store them away in your attic, as the glitter can be a bit messy.

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    Best Un-Christmas Ornament: Pickle Ornament

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    Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

    The Christmas pickle is a tradition that started in the late 19th century and is said to bring good fortune to anyone who finds the hidden ornament on a tree. If you believe in good karma or you just really love pickles, we found the ornament you’ve been looking for. This pickle is made from Molten glass, so your other ornaments may feel a bit inferior next to this half-sour beauty. Reviewers love the quality of the glass and vibrancy of the colors and say the ornament looks just as beautiful as its non-pickle neighbors on the tree.

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    Best for Kids: Personalized Gingerbread Christmas Ornament

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    Courtesy of Wayfair.

    At Christmas time, it’s all about creating wonderful, lifelong memories for the youngsters in your life. And the Personalized Gingerbread Christmas Ornament is the perfect way to commemorate your child’s pet—this charming, custom ornament can be engraved with any name up to eight characters and is available in both cat and dog design. You can even have your child's name engraved on this charming ornament! Boasting bright, festive colors and eye-popping details, this gingerbread ornament is made of durable resin; with the right love and care, it’s sure to last for many years.

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    Best DIY: Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter Christmas Ornaments

    Making memories is what this season is all about, so we propose decorating your tree with DIY ornaments that you and your children will love making. While these Melissa & Doug glitter ornaments probably won’t last more than one Christmas, the set is affordable enough that you’ll get more than your money’s worth out of the fun of making them. The set makes six foam ornaments and comes with seven sheets of glitter paper, so you won’t spend the next century finding glitter in crevices you didn’t even know your home had. Reviewers state that the ornaments can keep a child busy for up to an hour, and the finished product is surprisingly vibrant and professional-looking.