Yes, this round-up is back. Updated and expanded, this is my pick of the retro Christmas tree decorations and baubles currently for sale.
But one word of caution. Judging by last year, a number of the retro Christmas tree decorations featured sold out quickly. So if you see something you really love, act quickly or be disappointed.
With that word of warning out of the way, here is the full list.
1. Charlie Brown and Peanuts tree decorations
Yes, I love Peanuts, so of course I went looking for some decorations featuring the Charles Schulz characters.
I found these on eBay, featuring most of the gang and although not huge, they do have the benefit of being on the affordable side, going from just £1.99 each on eBay, with free delivery on some of the range too. Lovely little things.
2. Retro boombox Christmas ornament by Inge-glas
Sadly the one I spotted last year is no longer available. But thankfully, this one is.
It is every bit as good as last years offering. Perhaps more appealing with added colour. Around 8cm in size, it has all the details and is part of a mini range full of other quirky offerings.
If you want one, it sells for £7.84.
3. David Bowie Christmas decorations
There’s no shortage of Bowie ornaments and decorations this year. So with that in mind, I’m featuring two.
The one above is the premium offering here, the work of Cody Foster and a take on Aladdin Sane, coming in at around 11.5cm tall. It sells for £17.99.
If you want more value with your Bowie decorations, you can get the Bowie bauble set from the Baltic Gallery. This is part of an ongoing project with local designer My World, which has created different Bowie baubles each year. You can now get the full set of hand-painted designs together, selling for £55.
4. Retro arcade machine Christmas decoration
Back in 2018, you could get a Nintendo cabinet for your tree which looked amazing. Sadly, it was a limited edition, but you can get this arcade machine Christmas decoration.
A more generic offering, this is a glass bauble that’s perfect for the retro gamer in your life. Or you if you happen to be a fan of arcade machines.
£8.51 is the price.
5. VW Campervan with tree Christmas decoration
As you can see, this is quite a sizeable thing.
It is what it looks like, a classic Camper with a tree on top for a touch more festive appeal and a hanger so it can go straight on the tree. £11.95 if you want this.
6. 1920s Kit-Kat clock Christmas decoration
A design classic, but one that fits on your Christmas tree.
This is a miniature version of the classic Kat-Kat Clock, an icon of early 20th-century design and still in production now. Not bad for a design from the 1920s.
The new aspect is this version for your tree, which is the work of Cody Foster and the kind of ornament that gets attention and will do year after year. If you want one, it sells for £15.99.
7. Handmade rock and indie Christmas decorations by Florence and Belle
You might recall these as I featured them on the site a couple of weeks back.
So you probably know the score here. Handmade leg-like dolls featuring a wide range of indie and rock acts. Everyone from Joy Division to The Beatles, with The Who above featuring at some point in that spectrum.
Available as both individuals or full groups, they are priced between £10 and £35. But note there are handmade, so give yourself and the seller some time to get them made.
8. Prince Christmas ornament
Like the Bowie, there was one a couple of years back that is no longer around. But this Prince ornament is available right now.
It’s another at the Baltic store, sized about 10cm tall and of course, dressed in purple. If you are a fan, this design from Cody Foster is an obvious one to buy.
£15.95 if you want it.
9. Vintage record player decoration by Sass and Belle
Know someone who loves vinyl? This could be a lovely gift. Or just keep it for yourself.
This is a mini replica of the kind of record player you might expect to see in a bedroom in the 1960s. Think Dansette or a similar brand. For something so small, there really are some lovely details on this. Plenty of colours too.
Want one? You are looking at £10.
10. Miffy Christmas decorations
Dick Bruna’s Miffy character has been entertaining kids (and adults) since 1953. But the move to a Christmas decoration is rather more recent.
You can buy them individually but I rather like this set of two as they offer better value. Made from glass, the ornaments are mouth-blown, hand-painted and decorated with the ‘greatest care’.
If you want them on your tree, the price is £27.49.
11. Festive Mini And tree Christmas ornaments
Take your pick from gold, red or silver for these classic retro Christmas decorations.
The appeal here is the Mini of course, with the tree adding in some seasonal good cheer. Made of glass, they sell for £8.95 each.
12. 80s Mixtape Christmas tree bauble
I don’t think it gets more retro than this one and if you love the 1980s/1990s and home taping, this is the ornament for you.
Memories of a classic mixtape and cassette brands all wrapped up in this glass decoration, which is another Cody Foster design. £13.50 for this one, which is slightly cheaper than the price a couple of years back.
13. Retro Glass Space Baubles at Marks and Spencer
Not just one, you get the full set of these, courtesy of M&S.
It’s a retro take on space, courtesy of the planet, the flying saucer, the spaceman and the shooting star, all of which appeal to the eye – and the wallet.
£12.50 for these, which is around £3 per decoration. Good value there, but I suspect they will sell out fast.
14. Retro television set decoration at Paperchase
To be honest, I tend to expect more of Paperchase. But they don’t seem to have as many retro decorations as in previous years. But they do have this retro TV.
I could probably do without the writing on it, but the design itself is to be commended. A detailed recreation of a vintage TV in miniature and in glass.
It sells for £10 and is included in the retailer’s 3 for 2 promotion.
15. Lego baubles by Bits and Badges
If like me, you love a bit of Lego, then you might want some retro Christmas tree decorations made out of the stuff.
These baubles are made from brand new Lego bricks and plates in the colour of your choice and look pretty stunning when built. They work well as a group in different colours too. They sell for around £9.95 each.
Note that there are some official Lego decorations too.
16. The Beatles Christmas decorations by Kurt Adler
Kurt Adler used to do different decorations each year featuring the Fab Four, but the label hasn’t done any for a while now. However, you can still buy past decorations online if you hunt around.
The best place is eBay, which has a range of retailers selling previous designs. If you see one you like, jump on it as item right not be around for long. Personally, I’m rather keen on the Yellow Submarine, which is available for as little as £11. But prices do vary across the board.
Note that there are also some wonderful Beatles decorations by Christopher Radko too. On the downside, they aren’t easy to find in the UK (which isn’t an issue if you are reading this in the US) and they are quite pricey.
The Magical Mystery Bus pictured above is just over $60. You can see them all at the Christopher Radko website.
Also, check out the standalone John Lennon Christmas tree decoration by Cody Foster, which is available for £17.99.
17. Doctor Who Daleks Christmas ornaments set
Not just one Dalek, you get four in this set.
Alternatively, go for the Dalek range here, which offers a gift set of four officially-licensed decorations. Made in plastic rather than glass, but that is reflected in the price of around £12.
18. Zoltar machine Christmas decoration
Fan of the movie Big? Then you will want this on your tree.
Note the same one as I featured previously, but not far off. This is still a mini replica of the Zoltar machine. Yes, the one that wasn’t plugged in and turned the boy into Tom Hanks in the timeless movie. So much detail on this one too. Made of glass and plastic, it is hand-crafted and sells for £18.63.
19. Subbuteo player decorations by Home & Glory
The seller doesn’t actually use the word Subbuteo, perhaps because of a trademark issue. But that’s pretty much what you get with these retro Christmas tree decorations.
Choose your team and a player in those colours will appear in an acrylic bauble at your home, ready to hang. If might get pricey if you want a full team, but at £9.50 they are not badly priced for one or two.
20. Classic indie and rock decorations by Mrs Bojingles
Whether it’s classic rock or more obscure indie, there should be something in this range for you.
Of course, we have flagged up the Primal Scream Screamadelica decoration above, but you can choose from The Pixies and Teenager Fanclub through to Neu!, Lou Reed and Bowie. These handmade designs are great as a gift for a music lover too.
£15 each as a guide.
21. Volkswagen Beetle Christmas decoration
Well, I featured a Mini, so it seems right that the other leading light of retro cars is featured too.
The VW Beetle in its original incarnation and in a rather fetching green colour. I think you can get other shades, but the green is a nice change from the obvious red. It is made of glass, sized around 14cm across and sells for £12 online.
22. Santa on a Vespa tree decoration
Yes, a little bit kitsch, but I don’t see that as a bad thing when it comes to retro Christmas tree decorations.
A classic Father Christmas riding a Vespa scooter with presents gathered on the back. Could it get more festive? £24 for this glass decoration, although you can get it cheaper with the discount code featured on the retailer’s website.
23. Retro Christmas jumper decorations
That’s right, you can get little festive sweaters for your tree.
Best of all, they come as a set of three, which puts them into the better value category of this rundown. Each one is unique and hand-finished and with the kind of kitsch appeal that will create a talking point.
£12 for the set if you want them.
24. Pac-Man Christmas tree ornaments set
Another good value set, especially if you have a love of old school gaming.
Yes, you get the full set pictured here. That’s six 3D-printed Christmas tree decorations, with nylon thread hangings. Lightweight and colourful, they will certainly brighten up any tree and room.
A set sells for £16.99.
25. London Icons Christmas decorations at Marks and Spencer
Timeless and with retro appeal, this is a great set of decorations from M&S.
Instantly recognisable, you get Big Ben, a London bus, a black cab and a Tube carriage. That’s it really. Although it is with adding that they are made from glass and finished with glitter highlights. Sold in a lovely gift box too.
£12.50 makes these a bit of a bargain.
26. Freddie Mercury Christmas ornament at House of Hackney
Something 1980s and more than a bit kitsch. This Freddie Mercury decoration.
A glass ornament, this is the Queen frontman comes dressed in the flamboyant crown and military jacket he wore for the band’s famous performance at Wembley Stadium in 1986.
If that’s your kind of thing, £24 is the price.
27. Sass and Belle Ricky robot-shaped bauble
I really couldn’t do this round-up without featuring a robot. Thankfully, Ricky came along.
Ricky is an unashamedly retro robot with bags of character and colour. Other robots are available, but this one walks that fine line between cool and kitsch pretty well.
He’s available for £12.96.
28. Bob Ross Christmas tree decoration
Now this one is very niche. But all the better for it.
Bob Ross. Yes, the man with the big hair and big canvases, known for his wonderful The Joy Of Painting show in the 1980s. It’s currently being repeated on BBC4 if you want to get acquainted or reacquainted with it.
If you love it and love the man, you can get him for your tree, complete with his easel, for £11.99.
29. Little Treats Christmas decorations by Bombki
They look good enough to eat. Which is pretty much the point of these Little Treats.
A set of five glass decorations, which apparently represent the treats the designer’s Nanny and Grandad use to give him as a child. The Battenberg one is a dream.
But you don’t have to pick out your favourite as you get all five for £25.
30. Personalised guitar Christmas tree decoration by Oakdene Designs
Love a classic guitar? This could be for you – or a gift for someone who does.
Choose from eight different guitars and colours, with each guitar cut and printed onto hardboard with a gloss finish. Personalised too, so you can have a name printed onto it.
£12 if you want one of these on the tree.
That’s all for now. If I see anymore, I’ll update here or on the site. If you see any interesting retro Christmas decorations, please do get in touch.