Nothing spells Christmas more than a big green tree laden with decorations. This year, make it extra special with handmade ornaments. Pick from embroidered cotton buntings and alpaca wool toys to Russian-themed collectibles made with traditional glass-blowing techniques. These unusual yet nostalgic pieces are sure to get the conversation started.
— Rini Baby Thottil
Online portal Novica’s exclusivity lies in the fact that it’s association with the National Geographic allows it to source and promote fair trade with local artisans in countries all over the world. These sequinned lizard (front and back) ornaments are made by kashmir-based designer Seema. Bedazzling with its golden zari and zardozi embroidery work, they are available in three colour combinations—comprising red, gold, lemon green, turquoise blue and silver. Priced at approximately Rs 2,888 for a set of six. Details: novica.com
Add a touch of Taarkashi, the fine filigree jewellery craft to your Christmas tree with parrot and leaf tree ornaments from Good Earth. These ornaments are made of silver plated copper wire and are handcrafted by the artisans in the eastern state of Odisha. Priced at Rs 700 per piece. Details: goodearth.in
Of snow flakes and flowers
Kanzashi two-tier and three-tier flowers are handcrafted using satin and pearls to add sophistication to your Christmas ensemble this season. They also have snow flakes All of 2.5 inches in width, this can go on to your Christmas tree or even as a add-on on gift boxes that give it a special look. It comes in a pack of 20. Rs 200. At Box Em. Details: 99458 99993
Make way for Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer from Channapatna brought to you by the Bangalore-based Varnam. Handcrafted by the artisans, the wooden Christmas ornament is made using the traditional lacquer ware turning technique and are coloured with traditional non-toxic vegetable colours, making it completely an eco-friendly choice. Priced at Rs 350.
Santa’s little Yelper bulldog ornament in the Diva Dogs series from Joy to the World is adorable and will definitely showcase your love towards furry friends. Detailed and true-to-life ornament, it is accented with unusual and colourful coats and is made of Austrian crystals, and are decorated by hand by skilled European artisans. Also available is Welsh Corgi. Priced from Rs 1,813 onwards. Details: houzz.com
Decorate your tree with some Kashmiri touch this season with gold star paper mache ornaments designed by ShalinIndia. Featuring both Eastern and Western designs, it comes in yellow gold has a white star motif over top and the integrated loops makes the hanging process hassle free. Sold as a set of 11, it contains trees, bells, balls, stars and a bird. If you are looking for a better gifting option, then you should definitely try this. Also available are silver, purple, turquoise blue and floral variants. Priced at Rs 3,712 for a set of 11. Details: artfire.com
Garden of Eden
A large apple reminiscent of Adam and Eve is styled with blossoms to represent the garden of Eden and sinful apple within. It is handcrafted in special porcelain with a glaze and the handcrafted pattern twined around it with delicate flowers and buds. It is crafted in silver-plate and zircons. 24k Gold gilt adds to it luxe and can make for an eye-catchy Christmas ornamental, either in front of your Christmas tree or at your bar. Rs 96500. Available at Frazer and Haws in Delhi: