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6 Tips for Buying Christmas Ornaments

Choose your decorations wisely with these handy tips


Ornaments add a warm Yuletide cheer to any space. To help you choose the right ones, here's a list of things to remember when you shop for last minute decorations.

Main photos from: SeventhandJ and Whatever Blog.

Make the right choice between glass and plastic pieces

If you change your décor theme every year, buy affordable plastic ornaments. But if you love collectibles and don’t mind repeating decors, make an investment and buy the quality glass ornaments, they never go out of style. 

Photo from SeventhandJ.

Don’t invest on paper-based decors (e.g. tinsel, paper lamps)

Tinsel tarnishes and goes out of trend easily. They are also hard to store and maintain.

Choose good quality ribbons

Look for fabric wired ribbons as these are easy to manipulate and attach. Aside from visiting your favorite stores, you may also want to visit Divisoria for finds.

Photo from The Fancy Shack.

Go classic if you can't finalize the colors of your decor

Having the gold, red and green palette every year is always safe, and it looks the most Christmas-y.

Consider different sizes when buying decor

Ideally, have a maximum of four kinds of ornaments (balls, ribbons, teardrops and showers for example) and play with different sizes of each.

Photo from Whatever Blog.

Approximate how many ornaments you need

List down how many trees, wreaths or garlands you have to decorate so you will know how many ornaments to buy. 

Photo from A Soft Place to Land.

This snippet originally appeared in the December 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now. Log on to for more details.

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