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
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.
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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Frosted greenery accents. Jute twine hanger. Part of our classic English Christmas collection, this rustic orb ornament is hand cr...afted of natural pinecone dusted with faux snow crystals for an authentic winter woodland look. Springs of realistic greenery add a finishing touch.Pinecone Orb Ornament features: . . read more
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After the holidays, use it for hanging earrings. Weighted base to prevent tipping. A fun way to show off your favorite ornaments a...nd create a holiday focal point at the same time. Gracefully shaped branches are lined with tiny loops so you can hang different size ornaments with hooks, twists of wire or ribbons. Crafted of iron with antique rust finish.Iron Ornament Tree features: . . read more
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Crafted of hand felted wool. Available in two lovable colors. Twine hanger. You don't have to be a Terrier lover to love this guy.... Part of our classic English Christmas collection, he says Merry Christmas! with a subtle British accent. Made of plush fuzzy felt with a happy expression.Felt Terrier Ornament features: . . . read more
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.
Durable, rust-resistant powdercoated steel frame. Lights are securely hand-wound around frame. Mount to a structure or stake in gr...ound. Polymer UV-coated domes shield lights from damage and fading. Stakes included. This Lighted Outdoor Gingerbread House transforms your outdoor lawn into a candy land fantasy that will get noticed from afar. The super-bright house is crafted by a company who specializes in commercial lighted displays.. . . . . UL approved. 4 ft. cord. Residential or commercial use. read more
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Construct your own 3D Gingerbread House Christmas Craft Kit with this cute holiday craft project! With candy cane and peppermint a...ccents these little foam houses make a great yuletide project for day care kids or preschool students. Set one or several of these cute gingerbread houses on a mantel or table for a unique homemade Christmas decoration! Gingerbread house kits 4 x 4 x 5 3/4 All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. We recommend using a hot glue gun foam glue or glue dots to help secure the house edges. OTCAge RecommendationAges 8 & Up Containing many pieces of all shapes and sizes and made from a variety of different sturdy materials some of which include sharp edges or points including glass beads ceramics or metals. Activity may require weaving beadwork knotting or special glue. read more
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Make any location into a gorgeous winter night in the mountains. This beautiful piece of holiday decor accents any Christmas sale ...store display or event. Plastic. (3 pcs. per set). Assembled 108 x 72. OTC read more
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When you want your decorations to stand out choose a Stand-Up! Perfect for a party this Gingerbread House Stand-Up is the quick an...d easy way to make an impact at your event. Decorate for a winter birthday Christmas party special event or everyday fun with this full-color quality stand-up. Cardboard. Stand-ups are one-sided with a brown cardboard back. 49 x 59. Special Shipping Information This item ships separately from other items in your order. No P.O. Boxes - item must ship to a physical address. read more
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.
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 spell, this sweet-faced Traditional Old World Santa Figure from Lynda Hawley is well suited for a shelf, mantel, or table. His soft wool beard, fur-trimmed suit, decorated wreath, and bag of gifts imbue St. Nick with plenty of holiday character.. . . . . read more
Handmade on Hilton Head Island, SC. Sculpted, hand-painted clay face. Sheep's wool beard. Soft sculpture body wired for stability.... Poly fiberfill. Dressed for a round of golf at the North Pole, this sweet-faced Making the Putt Santa Figure from Lynda Hawley tees off from a wooden stand. His soft wool beard, warm red suit, golfing tam, and golf club will satisfy Santa collectors and duffers alike.. . . . . Wood base signed by the designer. read more
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
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 spell, this sweet-faced Silver Star Santa Figure from Lynda Hawley is well suited for a shelf, mantel, or table. His soft wool beard, silver harlequin printed suit, decorated ornament, and sack of toys imbue St. Nick with plenty of holiday character.. . . . . read more
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.
Shop for Bowls and Candy Dishes from Hayneedle.com! Transform your Christmas buffet with this stunning Arthur Court Antler Centerp...iece Bowl. This generous 12-inch diameter bowl is raised up on the antlers of a richly-detailed deer s head with gem-like eyes. It expresses the rustic traditions of Christmas in a refined and elegant style. This centerpiece bowl is made of polished aluminum and designed to be chilled in the refrigerator or freezer or warmed it in the oven up to 350 degrees. read more
Shop for Plates and Dishes from Hayneedle.com! Bring out the main course in classic holiday style with the Lenox Holiday Platter. ...This beauty features a classic holly berry pattern accented in 24 karat gold and is conveniently dishwasher-safe. Perfect for your Christmas dinner table!About Lenox:The Lenox Corporation is an industry leader in premium tabletops, giftware, and collectibles. The company markets its products under the Lenox, Dans, and Gorham brands, propelled by a shared commitment to quality and design that makes the brands among the best known and respected in the industry. Collectively, the three brands share 340 years of tabletop and giftware expertise. read more
Shop for Dipping Sets from Hayneedle.com! Serve up a classic Christmas fiesta this year with the Arthur Court Antler Chip and Dip ...Tray. This Christmas chip and dip tray has ample space for your favorite party-pleasing dips, salsas, and chips. Its 18.75-length make it an attractive centerpiece to any Christmas table. It's made of polished aluminum and designed to be chilled in the refrigerator or freezer or warmed it in the oven up to 350 degrees. read more
Shop for Beverage Dispensers and Servers from Hayneedle.com! Be the talk of the Christmas party with this fun Arthur Court Antler ...Round Beverage Server. This quality glass beverage server features a polished aluminum lid detailed with an authentic-looking antler handle. Its simple twist spout makes it easy for people to fill up their favorite holiday drinks. read more
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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Christmas Nativity Scene Design-A-Room Pack. Celebrate the real reason for the holiday season with this Christmas Nativity Scene D...esign-A-Room Pack. It's perfect for decorating a Sunday School classroom or setting the scene at a church play this Christmas. Includes 1 sky background 30 ft. x 4 ft. 1 town background 30 ft. x 4 ft. one 9-pc. manger set and one 24-pc. Jesus set (two 3-ft. x 6-ft. sheets per set). Vinyl. (35 pcs. per set) Individual decorations must be cut out with scissors. Use your own wall adhesive for hanging. read more
Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! You'll love this exquisite handmade Richard Glaesser Intricate Natural Na...tivity Scene With Wisemen Pyramid year-round and especially at Christmas. This elegant Christmas pyramid is hand-carved from natural wood and made in the Erzgebirge region of Germany. With an elegant three-tier design it features a nativity scene with hand-enameled figures of the holy family three wise men and a shepherd and his flock.The heat generated by eight candles (not included) moves the blades and spins the pyramid. This wonderful pyramid is sure to become a treasured heirloom in your family. Candles not included. Dimensions: 21.5 inches.The Christmas pyramid is a unique article that originated in the Erzgebirge region of Germany around 300 years ago. It was very simple - often sticks tied together at the top and decorated with bright materials. To maintain an upright position the sticks had to be tied in such way that the base was broader than the top; hence the pyramid shape and the reason for their name.Over time flat round platforms were developed and a center shaft was put through the platforms; thus the platforms rotate. Ultimately wings or blades were attached at the top and candles were fitted to various parts of the pyramid. When the candles are lit on today's Christmas pyramids their heat moves the wing blades and propels the whole structure.The Richard Glaesser Company is located in Seiffen in the heart of the Erzgebirge in the former East Germany. This picturesque area is known for its handmade wooden toys pyramids and other collectibles. Richard Glaesser founded the company in 1932. Although he passed away in 1987 the tone and standards for quality that he set continue today.Founded in 1949 the Taron Company has been in business for more than 50 years. The company's focus has always remained the same: to bring unique high-quality collectible giftware handicrafts and toys to the U.S. marketplace. read more
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Use the stickers for your Advent countdown! Kids are sure to feel the magic of Christmas as they countdown the days until Santa ar...rives thanks to this festive Nativity Advent Calendar Sticker Scene! Includes 12 backgrounds and 12 sticker sheets (25 stickers per sheet) 11 x 8 1/2 OTC read more
Shop for Holiday Ornaments and Decor from Hayneedle.com! Mary Joseph and Jesus make up this LED 3 Piece Warm White Nativity Scene ...Set for your business home or church. The image is striking as well as fun and bright creating a perfect environment for holiday fun and reverence.Mary measures: 49 x 30 inches; 150 lightsBaby Jesus measures: 27 x 36 inches; 50 lightsJoseph measures: 51 x 36 inches; 150 lightsAbout Brite IdeasEstablished in Omaha Neb. in 1990 Brite Ideas Decorating Inc. has become a holiday lighting industry leader providing customers across the United States with durable cutting edge lighting displays for both residential and commercial applications.Featuring a full line of innovative LED products and uniquely designed displays Brite Ideas appeals to tradition modern simple and even ornate tastes. It is their mission to promote excellence in the holiday lighting industry. With that in mind Brite Ideas products go above and beyond the standard to create the best holiday atmosphere for you read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 Santa Hat Or Small Figurines (5?H) With Earmuffs, Blue Hat, Red Hat Or Reindeer Hat. We Add Any Name, Up To 9 Characters. Made Of Resin. read more
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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? Character With Any Name, Up To 9 Characters. We Hand Paint The Couch With Any Message On 1 Line, Up To 24 Characters. Figurines Measure From 1 To 2-3/4"H, Couch Measures 8"L X 3"D. Made Of Resin. read more
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Let your guests know that the magic of the season is celebrated in your house! This festive holiday door sign will make you love c...oming home to this stylish Christmas decoration. Wooden. 7L x 13W. Exclusive. Details: Red, Christmas, Wood, Winter, Religious, Faith, Inspirational, Sale read more
UMA Enterprises 2 Piece Flying Deer Figurine Set Features: -Material: Aluminum.-Finish: Silver.-Holiday: Christmas.-Quantity: Set....-Product Type: Figurines & Collectibles.-Theme: Reindeer.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 18.-Overall Width - Side to Side: small: 8.-Overall Width - Side to Side: large: 11.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.-Overall Product Weight: 1.98. 27677 read more
Fitz and Floyd Winter White Holiday Deer Figurine Conjure romantic memories of an alpine winter wonderland this season with winter... white holiday collection of seasonal dinnerware, serveware and home decor. Charming twists on classical themes surprise the imagination and the home with a host of holiday icons packed with function and fancy. Features: -Hand-painted.-Holiday: Christmas.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Product Type: Figurines & Collectibles.-Theme: Animals.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 16.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 6.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 16.-Overall Product Weight: 0.75. 29-702 read more
The Annual Toy Drive brings a spirit of giving to the folks in your village. The school children have contributed a slew of presen...ts to brighten the Christmases of the less fortunate. This Lemax Christmas village accessory will also coordinate with other Christmas villages in the same scale, such as Department 56 and Carole Towne. Dimensions: 2.83H x 5.04W x 2.99D. read more
Chicken Feeding, Set of 3. Grandpa looks on while this little tyke feeds the chickens. Watch those beaks, little girl! 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. Dimensions: 2.87H x 6.69W x 1.57D. Polyresin. read more
Set of 7. In the Countdown To Christmas the jolly snowman points out to his friends, a squirrel and a dog, that there are only 25 ...days left until Christmas. The doggie is thinking, Thank goodness. Then I can take off this stupid Santa cap! This Lemax Christmas village accessory will also coordinate with other Christmas villages. Dimensions: 3.94H x 5.71W x 2.95D. read more