It never fails. Every year Eric and I spend a few hours happily trimming the tree… until it’s time to pull out the topper. We’ve got a number of sub-standard tree toppers in our box of ornaments, and pretty much hate them all.
I lean towards a sparkly silver star that’s of nice quality, but doesn’t have any lights (and gets lost on the tree); while Eric wants the well-lit plastic star that (to me) looks a little cheap. This year, we compromised – stacking the nice silver star right on top of of the lighted star (Stef’s idea) creating a nice halo of light around the silver star. Well, as long as you are looking directly at it – from the sides it’s a little wonky.
So this 4 for Friday I decided to check out the handmade and vintage offerings at Etsy for the perfect tree topper. Eric will receive a Christmas present I know he’ll appreciate, and next year the tree trimming party won’t end on an unsatisfying note. Let’s take a look at a few of my prospects!
• For a contemporary look, I’m digging this modern Christmas tree topper in silver. This cool topper is handmade to order out of laser-cut Latvian birch wood, then painted in your choice of gold or silver. Naturalists can order it with just a clear coat. $65
• If we want a vintage feel, it’s hard to get more retro then this Silver Angel in a Tinsel Wreath. This classic tree topper arrives in its original packaging (ideal for storing) and features a silver angel holding a candle surrounded by a wreath of silver tinsel with ten lighted stars. $17
• This one isn’t quite Eric’s style, but I’m charmed by this Traditional Double Sided Tree Top Bow. A handcrafted original design, this tree topper features faux silk green and red plaid ribbon paired with bright red velvet fishnet ribbon to trail vertically down the tree. It’s perfect for fans of of the shabby chic look. $56
• Finally, I’m loving the look of this simple but sweet Vintage Angel Tree Topper. This one has a bit of the shabby chic feel as well as she’s showing a teeny bit of wear and tear. The Christmas angel has a sweet faced porcelain head and mesh wings and skirt. $15
Readers – what type of decoration tops your Christmas tree?
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