If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, and you are stuck on what to get those last names on your list, consider gifting handmade Christmas ornaments made by artists around the world. Handmade Christmas ornaments are a thoughtful gift that are likely to be cherished, treasured and actually used--unlike that tie that plays “Jingle Bells” when you press Rudolph's nose.
Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade Christmas ornaments, so we pulled together a list of some of our favorites. We made sure to choose shops who make the ornaments themselves, as opposed to designing and outsourcing the work. A true artisan or crafter made ornament is much more of a unique gift.
And whether you are looking to finish up that last little bit of shopping, or you are in the market for some handmade Christmas ornaments for your own tree, we do hope you enjoy our handmade picks.
Handmade Christmas Ornaments
1. Handmade Pottery Mittens from Tasha Mckelvey.
Tasha is a Richmond, Virginia-based potter who makes a whole line of handmade pottery ornaments including an arctic fox, Santa, elves, gingerbread men, and more. They are available in a range of colors, and the prices range from $12-16 per ornament.
2. Handmade Lasercut Snowflakes from light & paper.
Light & Paper offer a variety of laser cut tree ornaments made from brown laser cut board and based off of hand-cut paper cuttings. Each piece is carefully crafted in downtown Toronto. Prices run from $5 to $29 and offerings run the gamut from snowflakes and acorns to Amsterdam-style row houses to a “Merry Fucking Christmas” wall hanging.
3. Custom State/Country Tree Slice Silhouette from Cuppa Color.
Choose the colors and state or country of your choice from the Texas-based Cuppa Color The price for these hand painted birch tree slice ornaments is $24 per ornament. A great gift for those loved ones who live across the country, or across the world.
4. Vintage Lace Textured Houses from PrinceDesignUK.
Elizabeth Prince is a Manchester, England-based potter and artist who offers a collection of very sweet vintage lace textured white ornaments. There’s houses, pineapples, hearts, pears, doves, and more. The prices range from $16-$35 for multiples of 4-8 ornaments.
5. Embroidered Felt Vintage Caravan from PuffinPatchwork.
Puffin Patchwork makes hand embroidered felt ornaments in Dingle, Ireland. Choose from owls, homey cottages, hearts, and more. Prices run from $14-$27 for 1-3 ornaments.
6. Mason Jar Snowglobe from drop cloth design co.
This one if actually for a kit to hand make your own mason jar snow globe. The kit includes a mason jar, Chevy BelAir toy car, bottle brush tree, red bells, faux snow, and instructions on how to assemble it. The price is $27 from the Chicago-based shop.
7. Blue Reindeer from ArtKvarta.
ArtKvarta is based in Pärnu, Estonia and is made up of the two-person team of Yu and Ed, who work the Tiffany technique with fused glass. You can find angles, reindeer, and snowflakes fused glass ornaments in their shop that range in price from $11-$29.
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