15 Vintage Christmas Ornaments For The Nostalgics At Heart

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There are plenty of vintage Christmas ornaments that fit into that outdated, obscure, so-ugly-its-cute hipster mold, and we’re here to show you some of our favorites. 

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

Bubble Lights, Connectable Vintage Christmas Lights, Indoor String Lights for for Christmas Tree Fireplace Mantel, Old Fashion Christmas Decorations (9 Bulbs)
  • Multicolored: 9 Light bulbs with variety vibrant color make your Christmas tree fun and full of vitality
  • Nostalgic: Many of our customer says these old fashioned lights bring back childhood memories of Christmas pasts
  • Great Decoration: Having them on the fireplace mantel along with greenery, wrapping them on a Christmas tree. The red, yellow, blue lights go nicely against a green tree

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 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.

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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

8Pcs Burlap Christmas Tree Ornaments, Rustic Vintage Decorations,Christmas Tree Decorations, Christmas Stocking, Ball, Tree, Bell Holiday Party Decor
  • ✦ DURABLE MATERIAL : Made from burlap with cotton inside, can serve for a long time.
  • ✦ RUSTIC DESIGN:Cute vintage style, will bring a nostalgic country charm to your tree. Perfect for country theme tree decoration.
  • ✦ FREE COMBINATION : -Assorted styles and colors, varies colors for DIY, decorate it as you like.

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, Nifty Fifties Set, 3 Count
  • Nifty Fifties Keepsake Ornament shows off 3 series favorites in retro packaging. Mischievous Kittens, Puppy Love and Cozy Critters are all boxed up in this cute Christmas...
  • Artist crafted by Anita Marra Rogers, this Christmas tree ornament comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2019 in copyright.
  • On ornament: Make your holiday shimmer and shine! Add a touch of “glass” to your tree with Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. Graceful, Timeless, Stylish.

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 Pack of 8 Christmas Decoration Tissue Paper Honeycomb Christmas Bell and Honeycomb Tree Hanging Decor (Bell and Tree)
  • Package included:6pcs 16cm(6.4inch) christmas honeycomb bells(red, white,green each 2pcs),2pcs 26cm(10.4inch) christmas honeycomb trees(1pc green,1pc white)
  • Makes a great chrismas party or house decoration.
  • Combine several together to make a different look.

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

Set of 2 Retro Pixie Elves Christmas Tree Ornaments-Bendy and Flexible
  • Set of 2 holiday elves-one red and one green.
  • Each measure 8" high.
  • Bendy arms and legs, and gripping velcro hands.

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

Glass Vintage Santa Moon Ornaments

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.

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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 Wind up Toy Cymbals Monkey Funny Christmas Ornaments
  • Theme: 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...
  • Made of: Hand-painted quality resin. We use resin instead of blown glass to add durability to the ornament. Each ornament is hand painted to make sure every detail and color...
  • Size: This funny retro themed toy ornament is 3" x 2" - Making it a great size for any xmas Tree.

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 Cassette Tape Unique Christmas Ornaments - Personalizable
  • Theme: 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.
  • Made of: Hand-painted quality resin. We use resin instead of blown glass to add durability to the ornament. Each ornament is hand painted to make sure every detail and color...
  • Size: This unique ornament is 2.5" x 3.5" - Making it a great size for any xmas Tree.

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

Tree Buddees Retro Video Game Controller Christmas Ornament
  • Theme: This fun, retro video game ornament is one that most people will recognize. The throwback gaming controller is straight out of the 80's
  • Made of: Hand-painted quality resin. We use resin instead of blown glass to add durability to the ornament. Each ornament is hand painted to make sure every detail and color...
  • Size: This computer ornament is 3.5" x 1.5" - Making it a great size for any xmas Tree.

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 Ornament

Prismatic glass Christmas ornament by MoMA equipped with interior LEDs to illuminate with an ethereal glow. Finished with a top loop for hanging.

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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 here’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.

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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 Ornament

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.

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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 Vintage Style Christmas Wood Ornaments (Reindeer Candy Cane)
  • Retro Christmas Ornaments
  • Product Includes: 1 Wooden Ornament
  • Measurements - 4.5" Tall

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

Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, A 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...
  • Made of resin, this Hallmark Ornament measures 1. 5 x 3. 75 x 1. 5 inches. The ornament is ready to hang on your Christmas tree with a hanger attachment.
  • Great gift for fans of the Old Man Parker's leg lamp from "A Christmas Story. "

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. 

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Summary

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. 

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