By Madison Alcedo
December 11, 2018
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Thanks to pop culture influences (like Amazon Prime’s beloved TV show Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and a few household brands’ obsession with nostalgia (like KitchenAid’s take on an old-fashioned stand mixer), it’s clear that anything retro is having a moment, and Christmas decorations are no exception.

If you’ve ever helped decorate your grandparents’ Christmas tree, you might have noticed unique mercury glass bauble ornaments, finial tree toppers, and even tinsel, which were popular tree trimmings in the 1950s and 1960s. While it might be hard to replicate that chic old-fashioned tree with today’s plastic, mass-produced decor, there are ways to bring back that feeling of tradition and originality.

It’s true that what’s old is always new again, and retail brands brands like Anthropologie and World Market have picked up on this vintage craze to recreate modern versions of those kitschy old-fashioned baubles. If you’re a fan of all antique things, our vintage Christmas ornament picks below will warm your retro-loving heart.

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1 Retro Kitchen Mixer Ornaments, Set Of 3

Take your love of baking and KitchenAid to a new level with these miniature mixer ornaments.  

To buy: $22;


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2 Just Married Celebration Ornament

The perfect gift for newlyweds, this old-fashioned car ornament is adorably charming with its “Just Married” sign and cans hanging off the back.

To buy: $7 (was $14);

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3 Miniature Retro Ornaments, Set of 20

Fill your tree (big or small) with this set of mixed bauble glass ornaments designed with vintage-inspired pastel colors.

To buy: $27 (was $38);

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4 Kurt Adler Early Years Reflector Ball Ornaments

These ball ornaments are a staple to begin recreating a retro tree.

To buy: $40 (was $52);

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5 Shiny-Brite Ornaments, Set Of 12

Talk about nostalgia—Shiny-Brite’s first ornaments were created right before World War II. Today the company is offering new, mid-century inspired recreations of their classic pastel striped ornaments at West Elm.

To buy: $9 (was $19);

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6 Pickle Ornament

If you really want a special ornament this year, the pickle ornament is considered to be “lucky.” The German legend behind the pickle claims that it is always the last ornament to be hung on the tree, and the first child who finds it on Christmas morning gets an extra present.

To buy: $6 (was $8);


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7 Shiny-Brite Tree Topper

Add a final touch to your tree with this topper that was designed after Shiny-Brite’s antique ornaments.

To buy: $12 (was $24);

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8 Mercury Mini Santa’s Workshop Ornament Set

Give your Christmas tree some variety with this set of ornaments that contains three Santas, eleves, trees, and presents.

To buy: $17 (was $25);


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9 Festive Glittered Car Hanging Figurine

With this glass ornament, celebrate the timeless tradition of going to a Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect tree.

To buy: $17;

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10 Retro Bottlebrush Tree On Ball Ornaments, Set Of 4

Bottlebrush trees were a household Christmas staple in the ‘50s, and these colorful ornaments might be just as cute as the originals.

To buy: $16;