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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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Oriental Trading Company

Beaded Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Craft Kit. This holiday bring friends and family together with this sweet craft kit! Spread h...oliday cheer by inviting everyone to make these plastic beaded candy cane ornaments! Both young and old will love what an... read more

Oriental Trading Company

Beaded Wreath Christmas Ornament Craft Kit. Encircle your holiday dcor and doorknobs with these plastic beaded wreaths! Invite fri...ends and family to your home for a craft kit and tree trimming party by making these faux red berry and holly classics!... read more

Oriental Trading Company

The perfect craft activity for children that can be a treasured Christmas tree ornament for years to come. This goldstone cross tu...rns this festive wreath into a religious ornament and will be an inspired addition to Christmas trees and gifts. This cool... read more

Oriental Trading Company

Christmas crafts can be a great way for a family to bond during the holiday months. A Beaded Candy Cane Ornament can be a perfect ...kid's crafts that can allow them a project that is hands on. Many kids will find that this is an easy craft that is a lot... 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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BOC%20Select

A whimsical way to decorate for the Holiday season. With color changing LED's illuminating the windows and doorway. Embellished wi...th faux snow, glitter, white snow capped roof and evergreens. 9 Inches Tall At Tallest Point 9.5 Inch Wide 7 Inches Deep... read more

Raz

The most exciting new product for this Holiday Season !!! Two pieces can used separately or placed together to make a full circle.... Place any of our battery operated flameless pillers in the center to create a fabulous centerpiece for your Holiday... read more

Raz
Sterling

8.5 inch fiber optic "Visit With Santa" house with moving carolers is a must have for your holiday decor. Fiber optics throughout ...Moving Carolers Adapter Included Add any of our color changing LED paper houses. What a look the whole family can enjoy !!! read more

BOC%20Select

A hot new item for your Holiday decor. 17 inch weathered house with 10 lights, twigs, garland and red berries for that shabby chic... look. Looks fab on your mantle, and not to deep to fit in your window sills. Weather distressed appearance Hinged door... read more

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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Danbury Mint

An enchanting hand-painted Christmas sculpture brimming with charming details and Brooklyn Dodgers nostalgia.???Now batting for th...e Brooklyn Dodgers;Santa Claus.??? Back in the '40s and '50s, Santa donned his Dodgers jersey and spent his off-season at Ebbets Field, as one of the Dodger's most popular players!From his vintage jersey and his adorable teddy bear ???batboy,??? to his sack full of gifts for Dodgers fans, this superb sculpture captures the essence of Brooklyn pride! Crafted of cold-cast porcelain and skillfully hand painted with brilliant team and holiday colors. Officially licensed by Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Player???s Association and available exclusively from the Danbury Mint. Actual size approximately 9 in heig read more

Danbury Mint

An enchanting hand-painted Christmas sculpture brimming with charming details and Cubs pride.???Now batting for the Chicago Cubs?S...anta Claus.??? In his Cubs uniform, Santa has decided to spend his off-season at the stadium, and this clutch hitter is sure to become Chicago's most popular player!From his classic uniform and his adorable teddy bear ???batboy,??? to the gaily wrapped gift box brimming with fascinating Chicago icons, this superb sculpture captures the essence of Cubs pride! Crafted of cold-cast porcelain and skillfully hand painted with brilliant team and holiday colors. Officially licensed by Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Player???s Association and available exclusively from the Danbury Mint. Actual size approxima read more

Frontgate

Handmade on Hilton Head Island, SC. Sculpted, hand-painted clay face. Sheep's wool beard. Soft sculpture body wired for stability.... Poly fiberfill. Sitting comfortably for a night time story, this sweet-faced Bedtime Bear Santa Figure from Lynda Hawley is well suited for a shelf, mantel, or table. His soft wool beard, bright red pajamas, sleeping cap, and teddy bear companion will satisfy Santa collectors and bibliophiles.. . . . . read more

Frontgate

Handmade on Hilton Head Island, SC. Sculpted, hand-painted clay face. Sheep's wool beard. Soft sculpture body wired for stability.... Poly fiberfill. Sitting comfortably to exchange gifts, this sweet-faced Santa's Gift Exchange Figure from Lynda Hawley is well suited for a shelf, mantel, or table. His soft wooly beard, black velvet and tartan suit, and wrapped gifts imbue the figurine with plenty of holiday character.. . . . . read more

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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PersonalizationMall.com

Impress guests this holiday season with our Spirit Of The Season Personalized Appetizer and Dessert Plates.Custom personalized wit...h any name displayed within each of the four holiday designs. The set of 4 plates each have a different seasonal theme; Joy, Peace, Believe, and Family. Plates are quality crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Dishwasher & microwave safe. Set of 4 plates, each measures 7 1/2 in diameter. Each plate is individually gift boxed for protection and an elegant presentation! Makes an impressive, personalized hostess gift, or for a housewarming this holiday season! read more

Creative Converting

Bring a festive Christmas accent to any special event or catered occasion with the Painted Petals Dessert Plates. The premium 7 in...ch paper plate features a classic red poinsettia bloom with holly berries, deep green leaves and shimmering gold accents on a crisp white background. The durable leak proof paper plate combines festive holiday style with top quality performance to any Christmas event serving appetizers and desserts. Pair it with the Painted Petals Dinner Plates for a complete holiday ensemble that your dining patrons will love. The Painted Petals Dessert Plates are sold in bulk with 8 plates per package and 12 packages per wholesale case. read more

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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Dicksons

Beautiful 11 piece Natvity scene set Classic, traditional style A lovely choice for yearly Christmas-time diplay Details Nativity ...scenes make wonderful, faith-filled Christmas celebrations for the whole family. When they're displayed year after year... read more

Three Kings Gifts

Lighted Stable for 7 " Real Life Nativity set Authentic looking stable made of polymer resin Perfect backdrop for the timeless fig...ures and animals of this gorgeous nativity set Details Extremely sturdy and authentic looking, this lighted stable... read more

Christian Brands

8 Piece Nativity Set Traditional Christmas Decor Versatile size for mantle or tabletop A beautiful display of faith Details Sure t...o evoke a spirit of joy, this beautifully crafted Nativity set features rich tones with delicate expressions on each... 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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Personal Creations

Personalized Christmas Gift: Snowman Family Figurine. With Our Smiling Snowman Family, Winter Couldn't Get Any Cheerier! Display O...n Your Mantel Or Tabletop As A Darling Tribute To The Ones You Love. Please Choose From Large Figurines (7?H) Top Hat And... read more

Personalized Snowman Family Figurine
Personal Creations

Personalized Christmas Gift: The Original Snow Buddies Couch Figurine. Picture Your Wonderful Family Sharing A Quiet Moment On The... Couch. Choose Individual Figurines?Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Child, Cat Or Dog. We Hand Paint Each Snow Buddies?... read more

Personalized The Original Snow Buddies Couch Figurine
Roman, Inc

Helps to focus on the true meaning of Christmas Teaching tool for children "O Come All Ye Faithful" musical adds to the reverence ...Musical brings more Christmas ambience into your home Artistically crafted Details The Kneeling Santa collection... read more

Kneeling Santa Musical Figure
Roman, Inc

The Friendly Beasts Nativity Figure A wonderful Nativity display for kids One piece nativity scene Display on a mantle or shelf th...is Christmas Details A favorite holiday memory as a child is helping mom set out the Nativity scene each year. Invite this... read more

The Friendly Beasts Nativity Figure
Roman, Inc

2 piece Sheep and Donkey Nativity Scene Great interactive decoration for kids Feature on your mantle or shelf this Christmas Detai...ls An interactive way to bring the true meaning of Christmas into your home this Holiday season! This lovely 2 piece... read more

Sheep & Donkey Nativity Puzzle Figure
Roman, Inc

Bowing Santa Figure Phil 2:12 inscription Christ-centered Christmas with Santa Details The Kneeling Santa is a popular depiction o...f Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, kneeling before the infant Jesus as He lies in the manger. With the popular Kneeling... read more

Bowing Santa Figure with Star, 10"
Christian Brands

Nativity figurine Traditional home accessory Inspiring design for Christmas For your warm: welcoming home Details An inspiring add...ition to your Christmas collection, this nativity figurine turns our hearts and minds toward the birth of Christ. Warm... read more

A Child is Born Nativity Tree Figurine
Roman, Inc

Kneeling Santa figurine Detailed carving, neutral colors Details This Kneeling Santa figurine is a lovely Christmas decoration to ...feature on your end table or shelf this Christmas season. The level of detail in this Kneeling Santa figurine is truly... read more

Kneeling Santa Stable Figure
Best For Birds
$16.99 $33.27
at Walmart.com

JMH1018 Features Designed for the wren Best place to hang the nesting bag is a quiet and somewhat sheltered spot, not in the direc...t sunlight or on the side catching the rain and an obstacle-free approach route for the bird Protection to birds seeking shelter in severe weather conditions Animal Type: Wren Bird House Design: Hanging Bird House Style: Cottage Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 6 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 4 Inches read more

Best For Birds Nest Pocket Coconut Fiber Bird House
Lemax
$8.49 $16.99
at Boscov's

A couple celebrates their first Christmas together in Lemax's Caddington Village with a fresh tree and some help from their belove...d pet. This Lemax Christmas village figurine will coordinate with most Lemax Christmas villages and will also coordinate with other Christmas villages in the same scale, such as Department 56 and Carole Towne. Approximate size 3.03Hx5.04Wx2.95D. read more

Caddington Village-Our First Christmas
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