There was every kind of gilt hanging-thing, from gilt pea-pods to butterflies on springs. There were shining flags and lanterns, and bird-cages, and nests with birds sitting on them, baskets of fruit, gilt apples, and bunches of grapes.

Lucretia P. Hale from The Peterkins’ Christmas Tree

I am the member of my family that is in charge of dressing the Christmas tree. Ever since I can remember I have always be the eager one pleading with my father to put up the tree, weeks before it’s reasonable to do so. I am a big kid at heart and love the sense of nostalgia and familiarity that this activity brings. It is also an opportunity for me to rustle through our ornaments, most of which are still in prime position on our tree from our childhood Christmases’. From paper chains made at school, to Santa’s sleighs and crisp golden bells, I know every single one of these festive decorations intimately.

As I’ve gotten older I have begun to collect my own Christmas baubles, flitting between shops to find unique, bold and unusual designs. This hereditary activity passes down from generation to generation. There are some wonderful creations available this season – here is our roundup for some inspiration:

Skiers, by Nancy George-Michalson – Harrods

Skiers Bauble

Fur Pom Pom – Harrods

Orange Furry Bauble

Snowstar by Waterford – Bloomingdales

 

Snowstar Bauble

Pine Cone by Michael Aram – Bloomingdales

Pine Cone Bauble

Black Tie Collection by Waterford – Bloomingdales

Black and Gold Bauble

Artifactually, by Selfridges – Selfridges

Selfridges Christmas Decoration

Miss Kitty Kat by MacKenzie Childs

Kitty Kat Tree Ornament

Painted glass bauble by Dolce & Gabbana – Net a Porter

Dolce and Gabana Christmas Decoration

 

Image credits: 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=christmas+baubles+background&espv=2&biw=1278&bih=634&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKs5jDzdbJAhVFSBQKHT-4AYUQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=OSR2Iv2VrHEf4M%3A

http://www.harrods.com/product/skiers-bauble/nancy%20george%20michalson/000000000004846708

http://www.harrods.com/product/fur-pom-pom-decoration/harrods/000000000004880328

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/waterford-annual-snowstar-ornament?ID=1563453&CategoryID=3865&LinkType=&linkModule=1#fn=BRAND%3DWaterford%26spp%3D20%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D434%26cm_kws%3Dwaterford%20%26pn%3D1%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D434%26cm_kws%3Dwaterford%20%26pn%3D1

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/michael-aram-pine-cone-ornament?ID=1552357&CategoryID=1004076#fn=spp%3D46%26ppp%3D180%26sp%3D1%26rid%3D%26spc%3D454%26cm_kws%3Dmichael%20aram%20%26pn%3D

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/waterford-holiday-heirlooms-black-tie-collection-bow-tie-ball-ornament?ID=1563474

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/artifactually-victorian-blue-raised-bauble_200-3004231-VRRXLBG45/

http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/642633/dolce___gabbana/painted-glass-bauble?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-*nqQe6nBevg-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=.nqQe6nBevg-biT1xlxIz5fhmxHOKCVCqA