The best Christmas bauble and tree decorations revealed
The most stylish, the most polished, the most kitsch - these baubles will make Christmas.
There are some surprisingly fierce debates around Christmas trees (and the best Christmas baubles and tree decorations to go on it).
Real ones can look nicer, but they shed a lot, and end up having to be unceremoniously dragged out of the house come January.
Fake ones, on the other hand, lack the rustic charm of an authentic tree, but can be easily shoved in the attic again for next year – making them more economical, too.
Some people are fiercely anti-tinsel, decrying it as tacky and tasteless; others see it as an essential part of the festive season.
But however you like your tree, we can agree on one thing: you're going to need some baubles. And from stylish monochrome chicness to kitsch ridiculousness, we've picked the best of the bunch. Now get decorating!
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The best baubles for your coolest Christmas tree ever
1. Glass aubergine decoration
The aubergine isn't a traditional Christmas vegetable, no. But if you have a saucy sense of humour, you'll probably love this glass decoration from Paperchase.
2. Tree on Car Decoration
The idea for this one is so simple, yet so effective. To be honest, living in the UK the tree we usually get can be held in one hand and has to be balanced on a big, hidden table for it to look mighty. But, boy, one day do we dream of having a tree so big that you have to strap the thing to a car to get it home. Until then, having it in miniature form is a good substitute.
3. Glass Skiing Dinosaur Christmas Decoration
There's not much to say about this one, except that it's freakin' dinosaur on skis. Look at it! It's a work of art. We can't quite work out if it's happy in skis or not, but this one is making us very happy indeed
4. Sass & Belle Christmas Cheer bauble set
If you like a drink at Christmas – or any other time, for that matter – have we got the decorations for you. This colourful and bold set of four baubles is sure to brighten your tree.
5. Gum ball machine ornament
This one is really nicely designed and reminds us of a Christmas when our brother got a gum ball machine. Before the Queen's Speech was finished, the gum was gone. There's a tale about greed in that story but we aren't going to pick it apart, instead marvel at this mini Christmas tree ornament.
6. Art of Japan Fan Bauble
John Lewis always do some seriously good baubles. Its latest takes its inspiration from the wonderful fans of Japan and has a lovely bit of intricate detail on its body.
7. Personalised wooden house bauble
If you prefer the rustic look, there's a lovely little decoration in this personalised wooden bauble. You can have any house number or name engraved onto the piece, making it a good gift for someone in a new home, too.
8. Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble
If you like your baubles with a side order of beauty, this L'Occitane tree decoration will tick all your boxes. A gorgeous red, the decoratio also contains three cherry blossom scented beauty products - a shower gel, a body lotion and a hand cream. You and your tree will be looking as good as each other.
9. DIY Fillable Baubles (set of 10)
It might look empty, but that's the point. This DIY bauble set can be filled with gifts, glitter, or other decorations – making it the most personal thing on your tree. Just wrap a ribbon in the top to attach it to your tree.
10. Gisela Graham Glittery Tiger Hanging Christmas Decoration
London Zoo is probably not where you'd head to first if you were looking for homewares. But as this gorgeous bauble shows, they may have a few tricks up their sleeve. It's a glittery lion's head which is the sort of kitsch we like.