You Need These 11 Retro Ornaments and Lights This Holiday
So, you’ve got your tree. Now, it’s time for the fun part: trimming! Retro ornaments and lights are a fun way to express that holiday spirit while keeping in tune with your modernist or kitschy decor. From glittering starbursts for those minimalist types to shining hula skirts that will please the Hawaiiana fanatic, here are 11 must-have ornaments and lights this Christmas season!
The first step to trimming your tree is always the lights! For a true midcentury look, go with Opaque Multi-Colored Lights and get ready for some real funky ornaments!
Who remembers these bad boys? And who remembers opening their box of Christmas lights every year to find a few broken ones? Bring the bubblers back with some Multi-Color Bubble Lights and remember the good old days!
If you’re starting your ornament collection from scratch, you’ll need a larger set to get yourself going. For that classic midcentury vibe with traditional Christmas sparkle, nab yourself a set of Kurt Adler Early Years Mini Ball Ornaments.
Not everyone is a Kitschmas person, and to those ultra-classy modernists, we say “shoot for the stars!” In this case, shoot for this beautiful mix of glittery yet retro Kurt Adler 5.5-inch Acrylic Nordic Starburst Ornaments.
Who doesn’t remember these cheerful (and slightly scary) little felt elves? Arguably the original Elf on the Shelf, these cute Festive Elf Ornaments add a unique nostalgic touch of kitsch to your tree.
For those who love midcentury print ads and signs, there’s a set of ornaments just for you. This set of 3 Retro Christmas Tin Ornaments has that happy, funky vibe of the advertisements of yore!
With it’s lustrous shine and great silhouette, it doesn’t take much of a leap to imagine a classic Airstream trailer as an ornament on your tree! Complete with candy-cane stripes and a wreath on the door, this Vintage Trailer Ornament may just be your favorite of your retro ornaments on the tree this year.
For those ardent collectors of tin toys from the ’50s and ’60s, you need an ornament that reflects your favorite pieces. If you love tin robots as much as we do, then you need to get the Striped Head Robot Ornament on your tree, stat!
Say “Aloha!” to Christmas with festive tiki décor. There are plenty of ways to show your Hawaiiana holiday spirit, but nothing is quite as iconic as the Hula Dancer Ornament.
Lovers of sputniks, behold! This 11.5-inch Starburst Christmas Tree Topper is the atomic explosion of holiday cheer you’ve been looking for.
You no doubt know (or have) Radko ornaments, but do you have the topper to complete your set? Colorful, curvy and totally unique, this Vintage Celebration 9.5-inch Decorated Finial with Reflector by Christopher Radko is the perfect way to top off your tree.
Your Collection of Retro Ornaments
Do you have some Radko of your own? How about a vintage piece you’ve hung up every year since childhood? Show us your favorite retro ornaments as you trim your tree this year by sending us some photos at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
By Elise Portale
Lead Photo by Jickie Torres