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These days, there are collectibles for everyone and every occasion. For some people, the Christmas tree is the perfect place to display years of accumulated ornamental decorations. Maybe it started with a “First Year Married” Christmas tree decoration and progressed into a “Baby's First Christmas” ornament, and so on. They make great gifts and perfect keepsakes.
Not sure where to start? It can be overwhelming considering the number of keepsake Christmas tree decorations on the market. You'll find everything from special event pieces (Mommy-To-Be, for example), cartoon themes, angels, religious decorations, and ornaments made from any number of materials including specialty glass, pewter, sterling silver, and handmade wooden Christmas tree decorations. The options are endless. If you know what your friends and family collect, you can consider your Christmas shopping list practically done. All you need to do is pick up their favorite Christmas tree decoration collectible and they'll be thrilled. If they don't collect any Xmas tree decorations, this is the year to get them started!
Take into account whether the recipient has any children (glass ornaments are probably not a good idea), if their decorating tastes lean more to the country cabin style (think wooden, hand-made or hand-painted ornaments) or if they go for glamour and glitter (think shiny stars). Whatever you choose, they're sure to love it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|