The focal point of all your Christmas decorations is, of course, the Christmas tree. Whether it’s a tiny Charlie-Brown-Christmas-inspired tree or a 13 foot evergreen that fills your grand foyer, you want to dress it up with the prettiest ornaments possible. If you’re tired of the standard boxed globe ornaments you find at card shops, discount and home improvement stores, and are looking for more unique baubles to hang on your holiday tree, try these five stores. With ornaments as cheap as $1 all the way up to $150, you’re sure to find the right Christmas ornaments for your taste and budget.
The Museum Shop of The Art Institute of Chicago
There are no plain holiday trinkets at the Art Institute. Their small but varied Christmas ornament collection is designed by artists, and inspired by collections housed in the Art Institute. Look for blown glass Christmas ornaments featuring characters from the Renoir paintings, and hand-painted penguins “inspired by the designs of Linnea Riley, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute.” The Art Institute also offers an online gift guide, to help you select the perfect Christmas ornament or holiday collectible.
Prices: Mostly $10-$50, but up to $198
Shop in person at The Art Institute or online at The Museum Shop for unique Christmas ornaments.
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel has a breathtaking array of Christmas ornaments in a variety of styles. You’ll find bins full of traditional chrome and glitter globe Christmas ornaments, modern metal sculpture ornaments, ceramic pieces, old-fashioned crocheted people and animals, pine cone creations, and more. Many of the techniques and materials used allow for individual variations in each model, so you’ll truly have a unique Christmas ornament to hang on your tree.
Prices: Mostly $2-$30 (including ornament sets), but up to $75
Shop in store for unique ornaments or visit the Crate and Barrel online store.
Pier 1 Imports
Walk into a Pier 1 Imports store during the Christmas season and you’ll be overwhelmed with the glare of holiday bling. Along with holiday home décor, Pier 1 also has a beautiful array of individual Christmas ornaments. You’ll find traditional globe ornaments in bright metallics and glitter, glass and painted ornaments in the shapes of angels, cars, animals, fish and more. There are blown glass and hand-painted ornaments, and Christmas ornaments trimmed with beats and faux feathers, each with their own unique details.
Prices: Mostly $1-$10, but up to $20. A few sets of ornaments go up to $50.
Shop in store for unique ornaments or visit the Pier 1 Imports online store.
Attached to every Cracker Barrel restaurant is an old-fashioned country store, where you can buy traditional candy, collectibles, and toys. Each season and holiday brings in a flood of new merchandise, and the Christmas figurines and ornaments are different each year. Cracker Barrel specializes in traditional Christmas ornaments, so you’ll find plenty of angels, harps, French horns, birds, and Santas. Cracker Barrel also has quilted, wood, straw, and pine cone ornaments, each one with its own unique handmade qualities. If you’re traveling, stop in more than one Cracker Barrel, as the selection can vary by location.
Shop in store for unique Christmas ornaments, or shop Cracker Barrel online for Christmas décor.
Nothing sparkles more than an exquisitely cut Swarovski crystal, and your tree will shine like never before with these unique Swarovski crystal ornaments. Each year, Swarovski releases a special snowflake ornament and an angel ornament for that holiday season only, collector’s items that should increase in value as soon as this year’s supply is gone. Swarovski also makes Christmas ornaments in clear and colored crystal, from tiny pink hearts to red Christmas stockings to silver and gold mittens. Swarovski ornaments are more expensive than other shops carry, but these finely crafted, limited edition Christmas ornaments will be a unique and special gift, mantel display piece, or addition to your tree.
Prices: $21-$120 for single ornaments, up to $150 for sets.
Shop in a Swarovski store for unique Christmas ornaments, or shop Swarovski online.