The holiday season inspires a sentimental, nostalgic cheer in all of us. We get to bust out the old boxes of decorations, tried-and-true family recipes of endless creamy, cheesy casseroles, and who can forget those oversized Christmas sweaters?
Each Christmas, we use ornaments to remember past Christmases, but we also add ornaments every year to make new memories. Millennials, here’s a chance to represent your hipster style!
There are plenty of vintage Christmas ornaments that fit into that outdated, obscure, so-ugly-its-cute hipster mold, and we’re here to show you some of our favorites.
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments and Tree Decorations
Perhaps the most emblematic symbol of Christmas is the Christmas tree; the Christmas tree is not just an object, but a whole experience that symbolizes the spirit of sharing and passing traditions from generation to generation.
We go with our families and friends to pick out the perfect tree, then through the awkward ordeal of tying it to the car and subsequently trying to fit it through our door. That sweet pine-needle scent just smells like Christmas!
We spend hours decorating the Christmas tree, remembering the occasion in which we made or received each ornament. Here are our top 15 vintage Christmas ornaments and tree decorations that put a hipster twist on this year’s Christmas memories in the making.
1. Connectable Vintage Christmas Bubble Lights by Minetom
connectable vintage christmas bubble lights
Christmas Bubble String Lights with 7 Multicolor bulbs - UL listed, Vintage Christmas Lights for Christmas Tree Celebrations Lighting, Indoor String Lights Decorations, Green Wire.
These multi-color, bulbous, spin-top looking lights come in an assorted set of 9 red, yellow, and blue bulbs. Bulbs come with a green wire so you can string them together to wrap around the tree or hang from a mantle place. Each bulb also comes with a separate clip if you’d rather place them on your tree like an ornament.
These lights are unique to modern generations yet harken back to the days of old. You can impress your friends and remind your parents of their childhood Christmas tree lights at the same time! Pair these lights with your favorite 70’s style.
2. Snoopy and Charlie Brown String Lights by Urban Outfitters
snoopy and charlie brown string lights
Out of the doghouse and into the holiday spirit with these Snoopy string lights. Featuring light-up Snoopy figures along a green strand.
These cute 12 ft. string lights come in your choice of Snoopy, or Charlie Brown figured bulbs. There’s plenty of length to wrap these lights multiple times around the Christmas tree.
We all know Charlie Brown’s Christmas musical is some of the only Christmas music we can stand on repeat. Why not get some lights to accompany this Christmas classic?
Bring back your childhood memory with these Charlie Brown lights.
3. Burlap Flannel Country Christmas Ornaments by AgeXinjo
burlap flannel country christmas ornaments
These burlap Christmas Tree ornaments are sure to be the perfect touch to your holiday decorations. Add them as accents to a tree, accents to packages, to take as a unique gift at an ornament swap or as party favors for your Christmas party.
This package of 8 burlap and flannel ornaments comes with two each of bell, stocking, tree, and ball shapes. They proffer an old-fashioned feel with their rugged, outdoorsy materials.
Flannel is the veritable uniform of the modern hipster, even if they’ve co-opted it from the wintery lumberjack. What says hipster more than flannel?
Flannel shirts, flannel jackets, why not flannel ornaments? After all, they represent the colors of Christmas.
4. Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, Nifty Fifties Set
hallmark keepsake ornament
Honor holiday traditions with this nostalgic Christmas tree ornament that features three favorite Keepsake Ornament designs in vintage 1950s style. Created to look like they're nestled in retro packaging, this fun decoration pays homage to classic Mischievous Kittens, Puppy Love and Cozy Critters series pieces.
This 3-pack ornament set comes with three distinct blown glass figurines of warmly dressed dogs and cats. These ornaments’ weathered texture and 1950’s style makes them appear to be long-held family heirlooms.
The box they come in is equally old-fashioned and worth displaying. These ornaments appeal to the hipster crowd for their classic, granny-like essence.
These lights are best served with your favorite, homemade meatloaf.
5. SUNBEAUTY Tissue Paper Honeycomb Christmas Ornaments
sunbeauty tissue paper honeycomb christmas ornaments
Makes a great christmas party or house decoration. Paper Christmas tree and bells come flat, you need open up before hanging them.
SUNBEAUTY’s 6-pack offers two ornaments each of red, white, and green tissue bells and trees. Their cardboard core facilitates easy folding for storage.
These ornaments scream elementary-school décor and are obnoxious enough to deem cool.
Put them on the tree or make a garish tissue bouquet for the kitchen table. After letting your mom showcase this school art on the fridge, go ahead and hang these up on your tree.
6. Retro Pixie Elves Christmas Tree Ornaments by PentaBeauty
retro pixie elves christmas tree ornaments
Made of felt with vinyl heads, this pair of cheeky elves can get up to almost any kind of trouble depending on how you want to pose them. Both feature bendy arms and legs with gripping velcro hands, so you can place them on the branches of your tree, use them as unique gift wrapping accessories, or pose them on a mantle, shelf or table as cute holiday accent pieces.
This whimsical pair of Christmas Elves have long bendy arms and legs so you can manipulate their pose. One red elf and one green elf hang by their long, pointed Christmas hats to the Christmas tree.
Who knows, maybe you will entwine their arms and bend their legs as if they are jumping into a warm Christmas embrace.
We can think of a ton of different prank-like games you could play with these fellows at your Christmas party.
Use your imagination! Add these to your nice list.
7. WorldMarket Glass Vintage Santa Moon
worldmarket glass vintage santa moon
Trim your tree in retro, romantic style with our vintage-style ornaments, featuring St. Nick's friendly face on a crescent moon. Handcrafted of glass with a glittering mercury finish, these celestial Santas in red and green beam with old-world charm.
WorldMarket keeps it classy and budget-friendly with this set of two different handmade glass Santa ornaments. It says a lot that we only have one Santa Claus ornament on our list.
Believe us, there are a lot of Santa ornaments out there to choose from, so this particular Santa ornament is especially unique.
These glossy, glittery Santa’s come in “full” and “sliver” moon-shaped faces, beards, and hats giving them each distinct facial characteristics. A skinny Santa; who knew?
Let’s get these guys some cookies.
8. Tree Buddees Retro Wind-up Toy Cymbals Monkey Funny Christmas Ornaments
tree buddees retro christmas ornaments
This funny Christmas ornament is of the iconic old wind up cymbal Monkey toy. He's made to look just like the retro toy and even has the brass colored wind up on his back!
Tree Buddees’s retro monkey ornament made with resin and hand-painted with meticulous attention to detail comes with an equally retro wrapping box.
Talk about a blast from the past; this old-school cymbal Monkey toy turned ornament awakens the child in all of us, even if it comes from our grandparents’ generation. You won’t know whether to hang it or play with it!
9. Tree Buddees Retro Tape ornament
tree buddees retro tape ornament
This fun, retro Christmas ornament decoration will take you back to the 80s and 90s! We left the Index area blank so you can add a personal touch to the ornament.
Tree Buddees outdid themselves with this retro ornament in the shape and style of an old cassette tape.
Millennials rejoice! This ornament will give you the ultimate hipster cred, as there is no denying the utter awesomeness of a cherry-picked mixed tape. You could even write the name of your mix on the ornament for authenticity.
Buy it for yourself, or your biggest crush this holiday season.
10. Tree Buddees Retro Video Game Controller Christmas Ornament
retro video game controller christmas ornaments
This fun, retro video game ornament is one that most people will recognize. The throwback gaming controller is straight out of the 80's.
Third Tree Budees’ a charm with this hand-painted retro controller that harkens back to the first days of Nintendo. Tree Budees claims this pays homage to the ’80s, which is also a favorite decade for hipsters.
An added hipster bonus is the irony of paying around 14$ for an ornament so rudimentary in appearance that you could just as easily make it yourself with cardboard, a sharpie, and a red pen.
Buy it here, but be warned; Nintendo not included!
11. MoMA LED Glass Prism Christmas Ornament
moma led glass prism christmas ornaments
Prismatic glass Christmas ornament by MoMA equipped with interior LEDs to illuminate with an ethereal glow. Finished with a top loop for hanging.
This beautifully asymmetrical prism ornament with iridescent pastel colored sides catches light effectively, casting that same light like an artsy daytime disco ball. Not only does it catch outside light, it has an LED light inside to really make it pop at night.
With its neon pinks, blues, and mercurial greys, this ornament assumes an 80’s color palette. So there’s another one for you 80’s -loving hipsters.
12. World Market Retro Deer with Bow and Bell Ornaments
retro deer with bow and bell ornaments
Lend a retro vibe to your holiday decor with our prancing quartet of candy-colored ornaments. Wide-eyed and vintage-inspired, each glossy deer is outfitted with a satin bow and a festive bell.
World Market’s cheerful, glossy set of frolicking retro reindeer ornaments come in a set of four. With big, baby blue eyes and ears, and body colors reminiscent of a 1950’s Tupperware set, these deer could hang from a Christmas tree just as easily as they could adorn your fridge or hang on your kitchen wall.
These are certainly the most unique looking-even secular- Christmas reindeer ornaments we’ve seen. Add them to your sleigh, or your tree!
13. Lava Lamp Christmas Ornament
lava lamp christmas ornaments
Add a groovy touch of psychedelia to your holiday look with this glass lava lamp Christmas ornament that will make every celebration of the season so rad.
This glass lava lamp Christmas ornament in psychedelic colors is a fun piece of 60’s flashback memorabilia. Either you had one as a kid, or it’ll be a good conversation starter with your nostalgic boomer parents.
Feeling groovy? Buy this lava lamp ornament for a psychedelic Christmas.
14. Retro Vintage Style Wood Christmas Ornament by Largemouth
retro style wood christmas ornament
Retro Christmas Ornaments Assorted Retro Wooden Christmas Ornaments. Sold Separately. Product Includes: 1 Wooden Ornament Product Details: Color - Red Measurements - 4.5" Tall Type - Ornaments Material - Wood Theme - Seasonal/ Holiday.
Largemouth offers a choice of 6 different vintage style wooden ornaments (sold separately): snowman, reindeer candy cane, reindeer hug, jolly Santa, gift girl, or pajama boy.
These ornaments look like they’ve been carved out of 1950’s Christmas billboards. They are all quite endearing images, but we like pajama boy the best.
Check them out to see which one is your favorite.
15. A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Ornament by Hallmark
christmas story leg lamp ornament
Relive a hilarious moment from the beloved holiday movie, "A Christmas Story, " with this quirky ornament. Mr. Parker's prized leg lamp makes a whimsical addition to any Christmas tree.
We’ve saved the best for last with this classic Leg Lamp Ornament from the ultimate Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.” If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you!
Made in the ’80s and set in the ’40s, every generation starting with Millennials grew up watching it, and every generation before Millennials identifies with it. Needless to say, this ornament, like the movie, is a major crowd-pleaser.
This ornament comes in a retro-style gift box with the movie title printed on the top in case the ornament itself isn’t an obvious enough clue. Hanging that leg lamp up in the tree will surely spark those characteristically hipster bouts of esoteric, cult-classic movie references.
Get your prized leg lamp here.
Our list of the top 15 vintage Christmas ornaments gives you an eclectic, multi-generational selection within an affordable price range. These vintage ornaments fuel your nostalgic holiday spirit in the coolest, most ironic way possible.
Whether you’re giving them as gifts or need to beef up your collection, we’re sure any one of these vintage Christmas ornaments is worthy of laughter, admiration, joy, ridicule, or all of the above.