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From embroidered cotton bunting and alpaca wool toys to Russian-themed collectibles, choose your tree ornaments carefully and give handmade its due

Make yours the craftiest Christmas tree this season, with homestyle ornaments and baubles fashioned using traditional glass-blowing techniques. While the season has much to offer—from Starbucks’ miniature red cup ornament to trees in every size (try Raave’s or Evergreen), don’t forget to arm yourself with a festive stocking. Here’s our pick of what to buy.

Sequin crawl

Online portal Novica’s exclusivity lies in the fact that its 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. Vibrant with its golden zari and zardozi embroidery, 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

Double shine
How about a bauble that transforms into a gift? The dancing penguin pendant from Mirari is crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. With black and white diamonds, this pendant is accentuated with black, white and red enamel. There are pendants in other Xmas themes and we like the tiny golden deer.  Priced at Rs 69,000. Details: mirarishop.com

Of snow flakes and flowers
These two- and three-tier Kanzashi 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, they can go on to your Christmas tree or even on gift boxes for a special look. It comes in a pack of 20. Rs 200. At Bangalore’s Box Em. Details: 09945899993

Santa’s pet
Santa’s little Yelper bulldog ornament in the Diva Dogs series from Joy to the World is adorable. Detailed and true-to-life, the ornament is accented with unusual and colourful coats and is made of Austrian crystals, decorated by skilled European artisans. Don’t miss the Welsh Corgi. Priced from Rs 1,813 onwards. Details: houzz.com

Felt impact
Adorn your Christmas tree with these simple craft ideas made of felt cloth. Eco-friendly too, they are made by the Coimbatore-based Tejal Sangani. The hangings are handcrafted using the buttonhole stitch, giving them a traditional touch and are embellished with buttons. Included in the line are stockings, mittens, gingerbread man, snowman, reindeer and the Christmas tree. They are available in traditional white, brown, green and red. Also provided are freebies such as the owl, elephant, chick and airplane made of felt.  Rs 750 for a pack of eight. Details: 770855966

Take a bite
A large apple is styled with blossoms to represent the garden of Eden. It is handcrafted in special porcelain with a glaze, with delicate flowers and buds twined around it. It is crafted in silver-plate and zircons. 24k gold adds to the luxe factor. It can make for a delicious Christmas ornament, either under your tree or at the bar. Rs 96,500. Available at Frazer and Haws in Delhi. Details:  24647818, 24627818

Wooden ridevarnam

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 with traditional non-toxic vegetable colours, making it score high on the eco-friendly metre. Priced at Rs 350. Details: varnam.com

Russian story
Make this Yuletide Angel by MacKenzie Childs your tree topper this Christmas. Inspired by fairy tales and traditional Russian Yuletide, the 6.75-inch tall ornament is hand-crafted using glass and metal, and is made in Poland. Also, available in the Yuletide line are sulking frog-jesters, Mr and Mrs Claus, gingerbread houses, portly-dressed animals and nutcrackers. Rs 7,072. Details: neimanmarcus.com

Say it with wool
Known for his carpets and home furnishing ideas, the sketch-artist turned entrepreneur Rajesh Ghelot has some new stuffed-toy Christmas ornaments such as the set of doves, ducks and reindeer which come in red and off-white shades. Hand embroidered in cotton and wool, the artistic animal figures are stuffed with polyester. Priced at approximately Rs 1,745 for a set of four. Details: market.unicefusa.orgwooldove

Crystal clear
After the poinsettia in Xmas colours last year, Swarovski has a Christmas bell to go on your tree. The hand-blown glass bell comes with a clear crystal clapper dangling on a sliver chain. Meanwhile, there are also baubles with tiny booties and a bright red ribbon, making it an ideal festive ornament. Rs 5,460 onwards. Details: swarovski.com

Llama love
Add some winter charm to the tree with the fluffy llama ornament wearing a seasonal stocking cap. The three-inch ornament has been specially handcrafted by an artisan group in Peru and is made of alpaca, wool and acrylic. Priced at Rs 553. Details: crateandbarrel.com

Glitter on
The tin glitter soldier by the UK brand, Accessorize, is cheery as usual. Made of wood, the ornament has a shiny hat and red outfit. It comes with a metallic cord to hang from a tree. It can also be attached to windows and hooks. Not in stores this season but at approximately Rs 500 online. Details: uk.accessorize.com

Beaded sock
Adorn your Christmas tree with Kim Seybert’s Fair Isle Scottish stocking embellished with sequins and beads designed keeping the festive colours in mind. About 50 cm long, it has enough room for your Xmas goodies. Check out Harrods for other decoration ideas. Priced at approximately Rs 7,407. Details: harrods.com

Golden boughs
Give your tree a Kashmiri touch this season with gold star paper mache ornaments designed by ShalinIndia. Featuring both Eastern and Western designs, it comes in yellow gold with a white star motif on top.  Sold as a set of 11, it contains trees, bells, balls, stars and a bird. If you are looking for an unusual gifting option, do 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

Mini scape
These Christmas tree decor solution from Chamiers are handcrafted in felt cloth, and embellished with beads and sequins. Several options available such as the angel, bell, brown hearts, Christmas tree, gingerbread doll, gingerbread house, Minion, Olaf and penguin. At the Chamiers gift shop. Priced at Rs 199 each. Details: 24311496

Crochet perfect
These crochet hangings from Mayya Creations in Kochi celebrate crafstmanship this festive season. Sprinkled with the season’s colours of red, green and white, the intricate designs by owner Mariamma John cover Christmas trees, bells, bows and stars. At Rs 380 per piece, the limited edition pieces are made of export quality crochet wool. Details: 9895720002

Tracing silver
Add a touch of Taarkashi craft, seen in the fine filigree jewellery by artisans in the eastern state of Odisha. Adding to last year’s tigers and elephants, this season has the parrot and leaf taking pride of place at Good Earth. Made of silver plated copper wire and handcrafted. Priced at Rs 700 per piece. Details: goodearth.in

— Rini Baby Thottil

—With inputs from Sneha Jalan, Nandini Kumar & Arya P Dinesh

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