You know what you’re looking for. You need a Christmas gift that is perfect, clever and utterly unique. But, where in the world can you find that?
There are a number of fabulous places to buy great Christmas ornaments, but what about that “utterly unique” part? Actually, that isn’t so hard if you just know where to look.
• For the Christmas junkie, no place has quite the appeal of the largest retailer of Christmas ornaments, trees and decorations in the world, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan. If you live in the south or on the west coast, don’t despair. Bronner’s is online with plenty of its enormous inventory – 7.5 acres of it -available at the touch of a mouse – all year long.
• Of course, you may want one-of-a-kind unique, which may be a little harder. For that you may want to look at handmade. The online site Etsy is a great and easy place to start. A number of Etsy craftspeople sell a host of handmade and unique Christmas items.
Many local craft shops offer the work of well-known artists or artisans who create items either specifically for Christmas ornaments or that can be adapted for that purpose. If the prospective recipient of your gift loves crafts or is committed to supporting local craftsmen and women, all the better! Simply checking online for local craft shows or shops is a great place to start.
• If your gift recipient enjoys antiques, vintage and antique Christmas ornaments are quite collectible and often are one-of-a-kind. There are sections on most online selling sites including eBay and Etsy where you can find a wide range of vintage ornaments. You also can visit local antique malls or antique shows in your area. If you are on a focused hunt for only antique Christmas, a quick call should determine if there is a dealer who specializes in antique Christmas ornaments at that particular location.
• If you have an artistic flair all of your own and just a little time, you can also make wonderful ornaments as gifts yourself. No, you don’t need a home studio or a great deal of equipment. In fact, here are some great ideas from DIY guru Bob Vila. These are ideas for easy to make Christmas decorations created from everyday things.
• Perhaps the last –and for many, the best –possible ornament is one that touches the recipient personally. Something you make just for them says more than just “Merry Christmas”. From Hometalk comes these ideas for handmade ornaments that range from the amusing to the touching. That may be the best, and most unique way to say “Merry Christmas” of all.