The 12 Best Christmas Tree Ornaments of 2021

Decorate your Christmas tree with this season's best ornaments

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There’s a lot to love about the holiday season, but one of the best parts of Christmas is—undoubtedly—decorating the tree. There’s no shortage of festive accoutrements, from string lights and garlands to tinsel and fake snow. And who could forget the most important piece of décor: the ornaments?

"With the right ornaments (and maybe a few extra strands of lights), you can elevate even the least expensive trees," says Jaclyn James, founder of home décor blog Jaclyn James Co. And while there's no right or wrong way to decorate a tree, it's true that some shapes, colors, and patterns look better when coordinated or used on certain trees.

To make things easier, James suggests deciding on a theme first. “Each year, I pick a color theme for the tree and find a collection of six to eight types of ornaments, and purchase or (reuse) 12 to 15 of each type. I stick to one or two colors, but then add ornaments with different textures, shapes, and lengths to achieve full coverage on the tree.” 

To help inspire your own search, we’ve scoured the internet for some of the most popular ornaments of various shapes and trendy colors. Here are the best ones that will help you make your Christmas tree sparkle.

Our Top Picks
This stunning crystal ornament with intricate details is a classic and stylish way to decorate your tree this holiday season.
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With 10 colorways to choose from and 86 different pieces, this set is all you need to give your tree a cohesive, chic look.
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Each of these snowflakes features a hidden, customizable name. They're a great way to add a personal touch to your tree.
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Hand-painted with a black and white pattern, these ornaments give off vintage European vibes that are sure to elevate your tree.
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Add a humorous touch to your tree! Family members will love the fun tradition of hiding and finding it on Christmas morning.
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These classic glass ornaments will add just the right amount of vintage charm as well as a pop of color.
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You can personalize this "letter to Santa" wooden ornament and give your tree both a rustic feel and some sentimental value.
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Small felt gnomes will make for a quirky addition to your tree—plus, they promise to bring good luck to your family.
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Featuring 24-karat gold detailing atop a porcelain finish, this stunning option is also great for gifting.
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This sentimental ornament will honor your little one's first Christmas.
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Best Luxury: Waterford Snowcrystal Ornament

Waterford Snowcrystal Ornament

Dimensions: 0.39 x 3.15 x 3.62 inches | Weight: 0.18 pounds | Material: Crystal, satin ribbon | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Sophisticated

  • Comes in a gift box

  • Can be engraved

  • Hanging ribbon included

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Too heavy for some trees

It doesn’t get much more classic than this beautiful crystal snowflake ornament. Also nice: Each year the retailer puts out a new version, so you can count on your collection growing over time. Eventually, you’ll end up with enough to really make your tree sparkle—plus, since each one has a Waterford-branded ribbon complete with a date tag, your collection is sure to capture specific memories from each year. This ornament is ripe for gifting, too, since it can be engraved and comes perfectly packaged in a sophisticated box.

Best Set: Sea Team 86-Piece Christmas Ball Ornament Set

Sea Team 86-Piece Christmas Ball Ornament Set

Dimensions: 14.17 x 4.92 x 9.25 inches | Weight: 1.3 pounds | Material: Plastic | Number of ornaments included: 86

What We Like
  • Includes enough to decorate the whole tree

  • Affordable

  • Contains a variety of finishes

  • Hooks and strings included

What We Don't Like
  • Not as upscale as some others

  • Smaller than some reviewers expected

If you love the idea of purchasing one item, you can’t go wrong with this 86-pack of ornaments. These colorful balls come in a variety of finishes—matte, mirror, glitter, and glaze—to give your tree some depth. Plus, the box contains enough to decorate your tree in one go. You can also opt to order a few packs in different colors to create your own mixed-and-matched style. Because they’re made of high-quality plastic, they’re an ideal (and stress-free) choice for anyone with kids and pets.

Best Personalized: Uncommon Goods Your Name in a Snowflake Ornament

Uncommon Goods Your Name in a Snowflake Ornament

Dimensions: 5 x 5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Plywood, ribbon | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Hanging ribbon included

What We Don't Like
  • Sold individually

  • Susceptible to damage from cleaning solutions

This wooden ornament allows you to showcase everyone in the family in a truly unique way. From afar, it may look just like a snowflake, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice your family member’s name hidden in the ornament’s intricate, laser-cut design. It’s a wonderful keepsake that’s sure to be in the family for generations to come. Bonus: The ornament comes packed in a box with festive tissue paper, so there’s minimal effort on your part if you’re gifting it.

Best Unique: CB2 Bordeaux Diamond Black and White Ornaments

CB2 Bordeaux Diamond Black and White Ornaments

Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.25 x 3.63 (wide diamond); 2.25 x 2.25 x 5.5 inches (tall diamond) | Weight: Not listed | Material: Glass, ribbon | Number of ornaments included: 1



What We Like
  • Hand-painted

  • Affordable

  • Hanging ribbon included

What We Don't Like
  • Sold individually

  • Susceptible to damage from cleaning solutions

These chic harlequin-style ornaments, which feature striking black and white stripes, are inspired by vintage European art and fashion. With gold-colored glass caps and sheer black ribbons, there’s no doubt these hand-painted glass ornaments will make your tree stand out. Alternatively, they’d look great as decorative objects or gathered together in a bowl.

Best Funny: Old World Christmas Ornaments Glistening Pickle

Old World Christmas Ornaments Glistening Pickle

Dimensions: 3.75 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 2 ounces | Material: Glass | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Handmade

  • Incorporates a fun tradition

  • Sparkles in the light

What We Don't Like
  • Very fragile

  • Does not include hanging string

It may seem funny to put a pickle on your Christmas tree—and it is—but the pickle ornament actually has quite an interesting history. According to the quirky custom, sometimes called Weihnachtsgurke, the first child to find the pickle Christmas ornament gets something special: the first present, an extra present, or the job of handing out the presents, plus good fortune in the coming year. This handmade version is extra special because the molten glass is mouth-blown into finely carved molds to give it a super realistic look.

Best Glass: Christopher Radko Christmas Confetti

Christopher Radko Christmas Confetti

Dimensions: 1.25 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Glass | Number of ornaments included: 20

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Set of 20

  • Vintage charm

What We Don't Like
  • Very fragile

  • Does not include hanging string

For classic Christmas vibes, you can’t go wrong with Shiny Brites from Christopher Radko. The glass ornaments have a truly nostalgic aesthetic that’ll not only transport you to holidays past but will also make your tree shine more brightly than it ever has before. What makes these colorful ornaments even more special: Despite the affordable price tag, you’ll get 20 high-quality, uniquely charming ornaments for your tree.

Best Wooden: WillhiteCrafts Christmas Wish Ornament

WillhiteCrafts Christmas Wish Ornament

Dimensions: 3.7 x 4.1 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Wood | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Personalized

  • Comes with hanging string

  • Interactive

What We Don't Like
  • Returns not accepted

This clever wooden ornament makes a great gift for any little one on your list since the envelope design features a dedicated spot for their own Christmas list. They’ll love tucking it into the envelope and leaving it on the tree for Santa to pick up and take back to the North Pole. You’ll love the way it looks on your tree—the beautiful wood is laser-engraved, plus it comes complete with a pretty red ribbon bow and twine for hanging.

Best Felted: Funoasis Christmas Tree Hanging Gnomes

Funoasis Christmas Tree Hanging Gnomes

Dimensions: 6.34 x 5.51 x 3.7 inches | Weight: 7.4 ounces | Material: Felt | Number of ornaments included: 10

What We Like
  • Set of 10

  • Don’t break easily

  • Come with hanging string

What We Don't Like
  • Bigger than some reviewers expected

Add a whimsical touch to your home during the holidays with this ornament set. The felted gnomes are said to be made of environmentally-friendly materials, and no two are exactly the same in size or weight—a great way to make your tree look truly custom. Also nice? These Christmas gnomes are said to bring good luck and happiness to the family who hangs them.

Best Angel: Lenox 2021 Heavenly Angel Ornament

Lenox 2021 Heavenly Angel Ornament

Dimensions: 3 x 4.75 inches | Weight: 6.4 ounces | Material: Porcelain | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Elegant style

  • Includes cord for hanging

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

  • Expensive

For a sweet and warm touch, this stunning porcelain figure is great for more traditional Christmas trees. The highly detailed angel features 24-karat gold detailing on her dress and wings, plus a tag with the year painted on it. Once you buy one, you’re sure to want more—and good news: Lenox releases a new Christmas angel every year.

Best Baby's First: Mud Pie 2021 My First Christmas Ornament

Mud Pie 2021 My First Christmas Ornament


Dimensions: 3.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Synthetic | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Makes a great gift

  • Comes with a hanging cord

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  •  Can’t be personalized

It's a great idea to pick up an ornament if your baby is celebrating their first Christmas—it makes a great gift for both parent and child since it’s sure to be in the family for years to come. The ornament is highly durable but looks especially sophisticated thanks to gold script and a gleaming hanging cord.

Best for Kids: Hallmark 2021 White Holiday Barbie Doll Ornament

Hallmark 2021 White Holiday Barbie Doll Ornament

Dimensions: 2.93 x 4.6 x 2.45 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Plastic | Number of ornaments included: 1

What We Like
  • Comes in a gift box

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t include hanging string

Every year, Hallmark puts out a special collection of holiday ornaments called “keepsake ornaments,” because, well, you’ll want to keep them in your collection forever. For kids, we especially love this year’s White Holiday Barbie. It’ll remind them of one of their favorite toys, plus there’s no denying how beautiful Barbie looks on the tree next to all of those twinkling lights. What’s more, the collectible comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift-giving, preservation, and storage.

Best DIY: IzzyKnitsLYS Christmas Ornament Needle Felting Kit

IzzyKnitsLYS Christmas Ornament Needle Felting Kit

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Wool, string, metal, cardboard | Number of ornaments included: 6



What We Like
  • Fun activity

  • Comprehensive kit

  • Includes detailed instructions

What We Don't Like
  • Requires felting skills

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than crafting your own DIY ornaments? Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, you’ll love this comprehensive kit. It comes with everything you need to make six ornaments: full color, step-by-step instructions; two felting needles; needle felting foam; seven colors of felting wool; and cotton thread to hang the ornaments.

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Waterford Snowcrystal Ornament because it’s a beautiful and collectible ornament that comes with a pretty satin ribbon for hanging. It also comes in a pretty box ripe for gifting. If you prefer something a little more affordable, you might prefer the Sea Team 86-pack. As you might guess, the set comes with 86 ornaments (enough to fill your tree) in a variety of interesting finishes, plus they're shatterproof, making them great for kids and pets.

What to Look for in Christmas Ornaments

Design

First things first: You need to figure out what types of designs you prefer, what matches your space, and what your overall holiday aesthetic is. For example, if you're all about bright colors and bright lights, then ornaments with varying colors, patterns, and elements make sense. If you have more of a formal or reserved style, then something less busy will be best.

Connection to Your Space

Along the same vein as design, the ornaments you choose should match your décor and space overall. Don't try to follow trends simply because they're trendy—embrace what works for you and what's functional in your space.

Price

Christmas ornaments vary in complexity, flashiness, style, and price. Something that's trending right now may cost more simply because it's a hot item. There are also "luxury" ornaments that feature fancy add-ons that increase their price range.

When it comes to finding your "just right" fit, consider your budget, your space (and the current theme/styles you have), and bragging rights. If you'd rather save money while still looking presentable, then ornaments on a budget make sense.

Some ornaments also come in sets, so that's something to consider when it comes to saving money while purchasing more than one item.

FAQ
  • What is the best way to store Christmas tree ornaments?

    Storing Christmas tree ornaments can be a drag to even think about, but one helpful tip is to declutter every year. It's natural that your ornament collection will grow each Christmas, so as you put your decorations away, make a pile of ornaments that you know you'll use for years to come, and get rid of anything that hasn't been used for a few Christmases or is broken. In terms of actual storage, we recommend investing in storage made for ornaments, as it will have the proper compartments for different sizes and shapes.

  • What is the most popular ornament on the top of a Christmas tree?

    Angels and stars are known to be the classic choices for Christmas tree toppers, but more modern traditions have experimented with anything from big ribbon bows to elaborate snowflake ornaments.

  • Which ornaments look best on a flocked tree?

    Gold and silver bring out the glitter on a flocked tree, but it's always fun and more than acceptable to add in a bright color or two, like red or varying shades of blue.

Why Trust The Spruce

This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has written and edited hundreds of home décor buying guides. To make this list, she considered each pick's material, as well as special touches like whether the ornament was handmade or had personalization options. Brigitt considered dozens of ornaments from dozens of retailers, carefully evaluating each one and reading customer reviews. All of the options featured here are well made, highly rated, and unique options for your tree. Additional reporting was done by Marisa Donnelly, a writer and editor with over 12 years of experience. Her work has appeared in Huffington Post, Bustle, BossBabe, Thought Catalog, and more.

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Marisa Donnelly is a lifestyle expert and writer with over a decade of experience sharing her knowledge about what home decor reveals about personalities. She also writes about small business, parenting, and education and her bylines have appeared on HuffPost, Bustle, and BossBabe. Marisa is the founder of an online homeschool program and a support site for blended families.

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