Unwrapping the Perfect Ornament at an Ornament Exchange


Ornament exchanges are a festive holiday tradition between friends, family, co-workers, book clubs, and sports teams. Choosing the right ornament to bring to an ornament exchange involves a delicate balance of creativity, thoughtfulness, and a touch of holiday magic. You know we’re completely biased when it comes to Christmas ornaments. Old World Christmas simply serves up the best! Here are some great ornaments to make a statement and leave an impression at any ornament exchange.

1.  Dated Ornaments

If this year has been a significant year for the group exchanging ornaments a dated or personalized ornament could be a popular pick. We have a great selection of dated ornaments as well as many ornaments with space for personalization. If you order in advance, the Old World Christmas elves can personalize it for you or a permanent marker or paint pen works well if you want to do it yourself. Bring meaning and memory for years to come with a dated ornament this year.



2.  Let’s Get Creative

So many groups love to gather around a shared activity and we think if you’re exchanging ornaments with your creative group then you should exchange an ornament to match. Knitting or crocheting? Painting or writing? Wood work or carpentry? Your creative group deserves a creative ornament perfectly suited for them.



3.  Supper Club

Choosing ornaments based on a specific theme adds an extra layer of fun to the exchange. Consider bringing ornaments that celebrate the mutual love of cooking and eating. We have a bunch! For the chef or amateur chef, there are ornaments for food, drinks, and tools for any level of chef. Food pairs well with wine and our wine ornaments pair perfectly with our food and appetizer ornaments.



4.  Get a Move On

Are you a gym rat or a boot camp enthusiast? Maybe the great outdoors beckons every weekend. We’ve got ornaments to exchange with the people we move with. Breathing, sweating, and building muscle is a bonding experience. Hiking, kayaking, and camping create memories that live on forever. If you’re exchanging ornaments with the friends you move with check out our collection. 



5.  Friends You Laugh With

We think laughter is a great dose of medicine and we have some fun ornaments to exchange for a laugh. Your favorite junk food, toys, and funny figures are alive and well in ornament form and begging to be exchanged with your favorite friends. For the ones who need a pick-me-up, we’ve got an ornament for them!



Selecting the perfect ornament for an ornament exchange involves considering the group, the setting, and the theme. Old World Christmas ornaments add a personal touch and embrace the joy of giving. Your thoughtful ornament choice will undoubtedly make the exchange memorable for both you and the recipient. So, let your creativity shine, and bring a little extra sparkle to the holiday season by choosing an ornament that reflects the spirit of generosity and celebration. Happy ornament exchanging!

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Written by

Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.


I’m looking for a purse ornament for my mother. We have an ornament for each family member that describes them in some way. My mother is addicted to handbags! I had to buy her a margarita ornament instead, but I still want a handbag!

Laurie Saunders

Could you do a houseplant ornament

Nancy Lihs

I have so many of the old world christmas ornaments and I just love the uniqueness of each and every one.

Robbin Neher

would really love an old fashioned change purse/pocketbook.

Mary McFarland

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