Christmas Collectibles Buying Guide

Perhaps you have one or two Christmas collectible items and you're interested in adding more. Maybe you inherited a set and want to complement it with a few new purchases. Or maybe you're just starting from scratch to build a series that you, too, can pass down as heirlooms. Whatever your motivation, here's your guide to shopping for Christmas collectibles.

Types of Christmas Collectibles

Types of Christmas Collectibles

Just as each of us has our likes and preferences when it comes to everyday decor, so too does each of us have our likes and preferences when it comes to Christmas collectibles. What is valuable and sought-after by some is not the same for others. A prized collection might include sentimental offerings accumulated through the years. Others might cherish a set that includes some older pieces accented with newer items. To assemble your own personal and treasured Christmas collectibles, start by reviewing the types: ornaments; villages and buildings; characters and figures; plates; and Nativity scenes.

Ornaments

There's an ornament to suit every style, with a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and costs available. These collectibles range from simple colored orbs to very elaborate (and expensive) figurines.

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Michael Aram
$60.00

Christmas ornament made of oxidized, gold-tone, silver-tone, and copper-plated metal. 3.5W x 1.5D x 6T. Ornament stand not include...d. Imported. read more

Home Accents Holiday
$14.98

Put the finishing touch on your tree-trimming with this 9.5 in. Red Star Christmas Tree Topper. Compatible with most evergreen tre...es, the five-point star adds subtle shimmer to your seasonal scene. Weighing under 1 lb., it won't put too much stress on... read more

Martha Stewart Living
$34.98

The Martha Stewart Living collection offers this amazing array of Alpine shatter-resistant ornaments designed in bright holiday co...lors. A beautiful mix of shiny, matte, glitter and hand-painted designs were made to dazzle the eye this holiday season.... read more

Martha Stewart Living
$24.98

From the Martha Stewart Living collection comes this amazing array of ornaments in dazzling colors. Designed with a mix of shiny, ...matte and glitter finishes, the 80-piece assortment offers a variety of shapes and sizes. These colorful ornaments are a... read more

Villages and Buildings

A newer category of Christmas collectibles, villages and buildings are designed and decorated to represent Christmas scenes in a town or in the country, such as houses, churches, and stores. Smaller accent pieces include a variety of items, including people, pets, and even light poles.

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Characters and Figures

Character Christmas collectibles can be anything from a small statue of the beloved Santa Claus to a plush toy handed down from generation to generation. Characters can be used to adorn mantels, tabletops, counters, or other key spots in the home.

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Plates

Plates that are prized as Christmas collectibles are typically ceramic or porcelain; pieces in a set may depict a series of related scenes, or they may show stand-alone images.

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Nativity Scenes

Some Nativity scenes are fairly simple wooden figures, while others are elaborately painted and fairly fragile. Most Nativity scenes can be added to over time.

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Carolina Weavers
$219.99 $175.99

The detailed imagery and warm colors make this Georgic Beige Rug perfect for cozy places throughout your home. This rug pairs soph...isticated, traditional, and casual design with its organic natural hues to make it versatile for any decor. Features Soft heat-set yarns Variety of styles Rich color palette Primary materials: 100-percent Polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.33 inches Style: Lodge/Southwest Primary color: Beige Secondary colors: Brown, black, ivory, red Pattern: Lodge Tip: We recommend the use of a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place on smooth surfaces. All rug sizes are approximate. Due to the difference of monitor colors, some rug colors may vary slightly. Overstock.com tries to represent all rug colors accurately. Please refer to the text above for a description of the colors shown in the photo. Size: 8' x 10'. read more

Carolina Weavers
$127.99 $102.39

The detailed imagery and warm colors make this collection perfect for cozy places throughout your home. From traditional panels to... southwest lodge, the Nativity Collection is versatile enough for any room in the house. With a nostalgic design and subtle nature-inspired tones, this Nativity rug calls to mind images of rusticity and earthy, natural living, creating a warm aesthetic in your home even if you live in the middle of the city. The inclusion of rich greens, moody browns, and stark blacks in the design guarantees that no one misses this piece when they enter the room. Features Soft, heat-set yarns Variety of styles Rich color palette Primary materials: 100-percent polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.375 Style: Transitional Primary color: Green Secondary colors: Beige, brown, black Pattern: Southwestern/tribal Size: 5'3 x 7'6. read more

Melissa & Doug
$29.99

An interactive wooden nativity set encourages children to learn the story of Christmas. The easy-to-assemble, four-piece set compl...ete with 11 figurines will help create a family tradition for the holiday season. Color(s): brown. Brand: MELISSA AND DOUG. Style Name: Melissa & Doug Wooden Nativity Set. Style Number: 5054693. Available in stores. read more

Fontanini
$139.98

Bethlehem Inn Part of the 5 Inch Scale Fontanini Nativity Village Lights up with LED lights Working water pump Batteries included ...Made in Bagni di Lucca, Italy Approximately 10.5 inches tall (27 cm) Includes original manufacturers box and packaging... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Some people are avid researchers, figuring out where and when their Christmas collectibles were created, how valuable they are, and how many copies exist. Others assemble a beloved set of Christmas collectibles with no heed to the provenance of items, but rather with an intuitive feel for what they like or want. Both approaches—and the middle ground between them—are absolutely acceptable routes to Christmas collecting. Whatever your motivation, though, it's important to review certain product features, either for your own edification or simply to know best how to preserve the items you're paying for. Those include edition or year number; new or used; and materials.

Edition or Year Number

For people who are interested in specifics about the creation of their Christmas collectibles, the edition or year number is an important piece of information to help determine the current and future value.

New or Used

For true collectors, many important Christmas collectibles are purchased as used pieces in good condition. However, many types of Christmas collectibles are available as new pieces.

Materials

Depending on the type, Christmas collectibles may be as varied in material as they are in design—fabric, ceramic, wood, glass, metal, and many others are available.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Because some are highly sought after, certain types or styles of Christmas collectibles will have purchase considerations that rank more important for some than for others. But no matter the Christmas collectibles' origin or market value, assembling a set requires certain purchase considerations. For example, cost will be a factor, as well as condition. Even the most ordinary items will have certain care and storage requirements in order to extend their life—and their value to you and your family. Here's what to keep in mind.

Cost

Obviously, Christmas collectibles that are highly prized will be more expensive. But a Christmas collection can be assembled from those things that are important to you, whether they're expensive or simply momentous, such as a first set of colored holiday orbs purchased for your very first tree.

Condition

Particularly when purchasing used, merchandise should be carefully inspected for cracks, chips, wear and tear, or damage to the finish. That will affect both the current and future value.

Care and Storage

Some Christmas collectibles may not have specific storage requirements, but others—in order to protect them from light, heat, or damp conditions—may need special boxes or particular places in the home.

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Carolina Weavers
$219.99 $175.99

The detailed imagery and warm colors make this Georgic Beige Rug perfect for cozy places throughout your home. This rug pairs soph...isticated, traditional, and casual design with its organic natural hues to make it versatile for any decor. Features Soft heat-set yarns Variety of styles Rich color palette Primary materials: 100-percent Polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.33 inches Style: Lodge/Southwest Primary color: Beige Secondary colors: Brown, black, ivory, red Pattern: Lodge Tip: We recommend the use of a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place on smooth surfaces. All rug sizes are approximate. Due to the difference of monitor colors, some rug colors may vary slightly. Overstock.com tries to represent all rug colors accurately. Please refer to the text above for a description of the colors shown in the photo. Size: 8' x 10'. read more

Carolina Weavers
$127.99 $102.39

The detailed imagery and warm colors make this collection perfect for cozy places throughout your home. From traditional panels to... southwest lodge, the Nativity Collection is versatile enough for any room in the house. With a nostalgic design and subtle nature-inspired tones, this Nativity rug calls to mind images of rusticity and earthy, natural living, creating a warm aesthetic in your home even if you live in the middle of the city. The inclusion of rich greens, moody browns, and stark blacks in the design guarantees that no one misses this piece when they enter the room. Features Soft, heat-set yarns Variety of styles Rich color palette Primary materials: 100-percent polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.375 Style: Transitional Primary color: Green Secondary colors: Beige, brown, black Pattern: Southwestern/tribal Size: 5'3 x 7'6. read more

Novica
$41.49 $37.34

This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic. Product description: Carved... stone nativity scene is a beautiful piece made from milky white stone Handmade carvings are great pieces of world art to... read more

Melrose International
$66.01 $52.94

Various sizes included in set. Constructed of sturdy polyresin. Playful holiday foxes. Select an available color. Meant for indoor... use. The Melrose Santa Fox Figurine Set is a truly adorable way to add Christmas cheer to your space. These three sweet... read more

Alexander Taron
$169.99 $133.85

Dimensions: 5.5W x 4.5D x 15H in.. Wood construction. Natural finish with painted details. Single piece. Handmade in Germany. Stan...ding proud in regal style, the Christian Ulbricht Blue King Glazed Nutcracker brings its holiday charm in spades. This... read more

Alexander Taron
$111.99 $96.99

Dimensions: 4W x 3D x 12H in.. Wood construction. Natural finish with painted details. Single piece. Handmade in Germany. Let the ...Christian Ulbricht Santa Toy Maker Nutcracker take a break from his workshop to enjoy the holidays in your home. Detailed... read more

Alexander Taron
$184.99 $117.42

Dimensions: 6.5W x 5.5D x 17H in.. Wood construction. Natural finish with painted details. Single piece. Handmade in Germany. The ...Christian Ulbricht Frog King Nutcracker is ready to reign over your home this Christmas season. This nutcracker has a... read more

Melrose International
$90.01 $48.99

Various sizes included in set. Constructed of sturdy polyresin. Features exceptional detail. Santas in classic red with various co...lored accents. Meant for indoor use. The Melrose Jolly Christmas Santa Figurine Set are sure to put a smile on your face... read more

Christian Ulbricht
$185.00 $151.31

Stands 17 in. tall. Red soldier decorative nutcracker. Crafted from wood. Hand-crafted and hand-painted. Made in Germany. Add colo...r and classic charm to your nutcracker collection with the Christian Ulbricht Red Soldier with Rifle Nutcracker. This... read more

Melrose International
$130.01 $69.99

Dimensions: 6.25L x 7.5W x 16.75H in.. Crafted of resilient polyresin. Exceptional detail on classic Santas. Santas in classic red... with various colored accents. Meant for indoor use. The Melrose 16.75 in. Vintage Santa Figurine Set lends your Christmas... read more

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