Every year around the holidays, my mom takes out her mother’s set of Dutch glass ornaments. They’re made of fine mouth-blown glass in bright colors or quirky tin shapes dusted in silver. Growing up, I remember pulling them out of their faded cardboard boxes and feeling like they were relics from another world.
Now, thanks to Internet shopping, I can start my own collection and expand on my mom’s with handmade ornaments sourced from all over Europe. Here are some favorites.
Above: From Merci in Paris, the Golden Brass Oak-Tree Leaf is $11.65 for a medium-size ornament. Above: German company Krebs Glas Lauscha makes hand-blown Lauscha Clear Crystal Globe Ornaments; €2.10 ($2.50) each at Manufactum. Above: Made in Belgium, the Olive Glass Ball Ornaments with cotton ribbon are $8 each at March. Above: From Finland, Iittala’s Aalto Glass Ball 2017 is this year’s tree ornament from the company. It’s made of clear, thin glass decorated with gold wavy patterns; $24.85 at Finnish Design Shop. Above: Artilleriet in Sweden makes the Christmas Balloon Ornament available in five colors; 200 SEK ($24 USD). Above: This year, Terrain is selling a range of colorful German Polished Glass Globe Ornaments for $8 each. Above: Made in Germany exclusively for Schoolhouse Electric, the Wooden Starburst Ornament is $18. Above: The European Metallic Disc Bauble, available in anthracite, silver, and gold, is £8 ($10.73) at the Conran Shop. Above: The Brown Tin Dog Ornament is made of tin; 100 SEK ($12 USD) at Artilleriet. Above: The Danish Gold Magnolia Leaf Wreath Ornaments by Spanish artist Helena Rohner is made of 24k-gold-plated brass; $30 to $65 at March. Above: The Green Spectrum Ornament Set is made in Germany of hand-painted mouth-blown glass globes; $24 for a set of six at ABC Carpet & Home. Also available is the Pink Spectrum Ornament Set for the same price. Above: Danish company Skagerak makes the Spruce Tree Decoration in brown (shown) and green from ash wood and leather; $14.50 at Connox. For more ornaments, see our posts: Above: Ferm Living’s Ceramic Ornament, shown in Sand, is handmade with a reactive glaze on ceramic; €10 ($12).