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The Best Glass Ornaments

🕚 Updated November 2021

When it's time to decorate your house for the holidays, you might unpack the same ornaments and trimmings each year or freshen things up with new styles and color schemes. Either way, glass ornaments will make lovely additions to your tree.

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  For Dog Lovers Best Icicles Traditional Fun Classic Glitter Balls Best Variety Set
  Old World Christmas
Glass Blown Ornaments
Glass Icicle Ornaments
Old World Christmas
Pickle Glass Ornament
Kurt S. Adler
0.78 inch Glass Ball Ornament Set
Kurt S. Adler
Petite Treasures
Our SummaryThese ornaments will tug on your nostalgic heartstrings just like your lovable pooch.These icicle ornaments are so pretty, you’ll want to keep them up throughout the snowy months.Continue this fun tradition or start it fresh for your family with this classic pickle ornament.Add dainty holiday cheer and sparkle to nearly any space.Add classic ornaments to your holiday decorations with this assorted pack.
ProsHand-crafted and hand-painted, eight breed options, high-quality.Packaged well and can reuse protective elements when taking down decor, elegant shimmer.Hand-crafted, traditional design and color.Perfect for small spaces, fun shimmery colors, festive.Cute and classic variety, 24 ornaments, comes with string loop for hanging
ConsDelicate and easy to break.Delicate, long, easy to break.Easy to chip the paint.No hooks, missing some key colors, glitter can spread.Poor paint quality, not as cute up close.
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The Best Glass Ornaments

A glass ornament with floral detailing hangs from a pine tree branch.

Buying Guide for Glass Ornaments

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Why should you buy glass ornaments?

Glass ornaments have been around for a long time. Technically, they’ve been used for home decor in the U.S. since the mid-1800s. They come in a variety of styles, appealing to almost every age group and decorative theme you could choose for the holidays. They add a bit of nostalgia and festiveness to the decor. Their delicate, hand-crafted, skillful designs make them all the more enjoyable, and you can create a beautifully decorated tree with glass ornaments.

These timeless ornaments are also fantastic options to give as gifts. You can find a style or theme to fit nearly anyone on your list—a coworker, child, parent, friend; you name it.

What should you consider when buying glass ornaments?

  • Gifting: Glass ornaments are a great gift. Since they come in just about any shape you could want, you can find the right novelty ornament for almost anyone on your list. They’re also the perfect gift to turn into a tradition; you can create a beautiful collection over the years for a loved one or yourself. Some people will pick one ornament each year that resonates with a significant experience they had that year to build a collection of memories that way.
  • Decor Theme: Some glass ornaments are fancy, while some are whimsical. You can find various moods and color schemes to match the decor you’re using.
  • Size: Glass ornaments come in various sizes. You can find large ornaments that may fit a window display, standard sizes for hanging on a tree, and miniature ones suited for a small tree or decorative space.

What are some popular collections of glass ornaments?

Glass ornaments come in a wide variety of designs. From movie themes to precious pets, yearly milestones to decorative icicles, or favorite foods to bedazzled balls, you can find a glass ornament to fit your style or theme. And these are just some of the glass ornament collections that people enjoy compiling. Ultimately, go with ones that make you smile or mean something to you, even if they don’t have an obvious theme.

Our Picks for the Best Glass Ornaments

For Dog Lovers

Old World Christmas Glass Blown Ornaments

These ornaments will tug on your nostalgic heartstrings just like your lovable pooch.

Pros: Hand-crafted in age-old traditions that date back to the 1800s, these glass ornaments add true character and originality to your decor. Coming in eight dog breeds, these hand-painted and glittered ornaments are carefully created to accurately represent humankind’s best friend, the dog.

Cons: These ornaments are extremely delicate. Be sure to handle them carefully, keep them out of reach of children (and furry friends), and store them securely with bubble wrap.

Bottom Line: If you want a piece of nostalgia to represent or commemorate your pup, these traditional glass ornaments are a great way to do that for the holiday season.


Best Icicles

Klikel Glass Icicle Ornaments

These icicle ornaments are so pretty, you'll want to keep them up throughout the snowy months.

Pros: Each pack of these ornaments comes with 36 icicles, and each icicle is ready to hang with a thin wire attached. These are small, tasteful ornaments that add delicate, shimmery beauty to your decorations. They are packaged safely, and the thoughtful protection can be reused when you repack them at the end of the season.

Cons: These glass icicle ornaments are also very delicate and thin, so they must be handled extremely carefully.

Bottom Line: These icicle ornaments will bring the shimmer of icy beauty into your holiday decorating. Use them in your windows or on a tree; just keep them out of reach of curious children so that you can enjoy their sparkle all season.


Traditional Fun

Old World Christmas Pickle Glass Ornament

Continue this fun tradition or start it fresh for your family with this classic pickle ornament.

Pros: Hand-crafted in age-old traditions that date back to the 1800s, these glass ornaments add true character, originality, and even a bit of humor to your decor. If you haven’t heard about it before, there’s a tradition that exists with putting a pickle ornament on a tree among the other ornaments and trimmings. The child that finds it first is to be awarded the first present to open, an extra present to open, or the honor of handing out the presents, depending on the family.

Cons: Handle this ornament carefully so that the tradition can go on. The bumps on the pickle could chip.

Bottom Line: The fun tradition of parents hiding a green pickle ornament in green boughs lives on! Reward the child or person who finds this silly ornament however you’d like; just make sure they don’t break it in the excitement!


Classic Glitter Balls

Kurt S. Adler 0.78 inch Glass Ball Ornament Set

Add dainty holiday cheer and sparkle to almost any space.

Pros: This multi-color sparkly set will add holiday cheer to decorations big and small. The set of 25 ornaments includes shimmery red, blue, purple, silver, orange, and pink balls. The added sparkle is visible with or without lights on the tree and makes them stand out nicely. They are the perfect size for decorating a kid’s tree or making an office desk festive. They also work great as fill-ins for empty spaces in your tree.

Cons: They don’t come with hooks to hang, so be sure you have them on hand. They also don’t include as many colors as some would like. The glitter on them could leave sparkly messes on your hands and clothes after handling them.

Bottom Line: These classic glitter balls are miniature-sized, making them great for adding holiday cheer to smaller spaces or spots on your tree.


Best Variety Set

Kurt S. Adler Petite Treasures

Add classic ornaments to your holiday decorations with this assorted pack.

Pros: This set comes with two packs of 12 assorted ornaments. Get a candy cane, snowman, Santa, snowflake, angel, wreath (and more) in this multipack. Each ornament comes with a string loop to hang on your tree. These delightfully cheerful ornaments will brighten your home with the good feelings of the holiday season.

Cons: Some painting on the ornaments is on the sloppy side. Instead of looking hand-painted with care, some look like mass-produced products, and you may not admire them as much while up close.

Bottom Line: These miniature ornaments capture the cheerful essence of the holiday season. They are cute and fun holiday ornament staples.

Final Thoughts

Glass ornaments are a timeless holiday feature. Their beauty and nostalgia inspire joy for millions around the world. No matter how you like to decorate your home or who you plan to give them to, glass ornaments are an underrated highlight of the season.

Michelle Carellas Michelle Carellas
Michelle Carellas has had a love for writing from as early as her primary school years. Her writing career took her to journalism, copy editing, and email and digital marketing, and for the past 11 years, she's kept writing a strong focus with freelancing for local businesses and national marketing agencies. When Michelle isn't writing, she's homeschooling her four kids and embracing the country life with her husband in a small Texas town. She and her husband own and operate a small garage gym, the perfect endeavor for a couple who met and fell in love at a gym! Read Full Bio »
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