Unique Gifts: Holiday Decor and Ornaments(180 items)
Trim the tree and decorate with global style. NOVICA's unique collection of Holiday Decor and Ornaments features hand crafted decorations in traditional and modern designs. Enjoy exploring our hand picked collection to find that special addition to your holiday tradition.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Featured Reviews on Unique Gifts: Holiday Decor and Ornaments
Color & pincel master!
Wow, the tiniest detail is beautifully painted. These were given as individual gifts for my “lunáticas” group of girlfriends. They were all in love with their moons asking where I got them! So I told them :) I must say though, that despite the super careful eco packaging, two of the moons arrived each with a corner broken. (Crazy glue works magic.) Nonetheless, something to keep in mind in future shipments. Anyway, gracias! Eres un absoluto y real artista.
A new heirloom
This beauty is now included in my mothers collection of nativities. It is a precious and well made scene. Perfect size and color to fit in with most decor.
These are charming and colorful ornaments that are
These are charming and colorful ornaments. I display them all year because they are well made and beautifully painted.
Ashish Mehta Wood carvings and brass sculptures
"I became interested in carving when I was a child and wondered how a wooden elephant was made."
"I lost my father when I was 12 years old. My mother worked hard and struggled so that my siblings and I could have a good future. I am very proud of her.
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Red and Yellow Floral Star Ornaments from India (Set of 4), "Holiday Bouquet"$29.99
A riot of blossoms brings festive cheer to this set of 4 holiday ornaments from Sajad in India. The star-shaped ornaments are crafted of weeping willow wood and painted by hand with myriad flowers. They hang from golden cords.
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Yellow birds and colorful flowers ring-in the holiday season in a set of ornaments from India's Syed Izaz Hussein. The set of four includes bells carved from weeping willow wood and painted by hand with festive detail. Each includes a ringing brass bell.
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Stars glow with the bright colors of the holiday season in a set of ornaments from Jose Arriola, in Guatemala. He crafts them of ceramic and paints them with acrylics. Each of the six ornaments hangs from bright red ribbons, and the set arrives in a traditional cotton pouch woven on a treadle-loom.