Best Places For Unique Christmas Ornaments In Washington DC

December 10, 2013 7:00 AM

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It’s hard to go overboard when it comes to holiday decorating. A 2012 article, “Best Places To Start Your Holiday Decoration Shopping In DC,” can help in determining where to start on your shopping trips. Decorating the Christmas tree is a family tradition for most that entails celebrating each and every ornament placed on the tree. Ornaments carry a story and have sentimental value. They also make great gifts for friends and family. Pick up a few special ornaments this year for yourself and others from these DC-area shops.

All Fired Up
3413 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 363-9590

At All Fired Up customers can use pottery to make their own Christmas ornaments. The ability to choose different pieces to paint creates endless options and leaves room for creativity. It is important to remember not to choose an item that is too heavy for a tree. Decorated ornaments also make good gifts for loved ones. As a local family-owned shop, All Fired Up has a welcoming atmosphere. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink and encouraged to enjoy their experience with friends and family.

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America Store
1100 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 415-5252

The nation’s capital is a proud city. Display your nation’s pride on the tree with ornaments like no other. These ornaments feature DC scenery and are mainly patriotic themed. For those who collect White House ornaments, find them at America Store. There are many store locations in the DC metro area.

Betsy & Cornelia’s
1355 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 448-0881

Located in the building connected to Preppy Pink Pony, Betsy & Cornelia’s is overflowing with vintage treasures. The consignment shop has over 10,000 items. Scour through them to discover an ornament that suits your taste. You’ll likely find the next family keepsake here as well.

Preppy Pink Pony
1355 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 556-3237

Located in the quaint heart of downtown McLean, Preppy Pink Pony is an exceptional gift shop known for customization and hard-to-find merchandise. Ornament selection includes various items that can be monogrammed and personalized. One option is a three-inch enamel ornament by Fornash that hangs with a satin ribbon. The enamel is blank, available in many colors and comes with vinyl. Vinyl is a sticker that is used for decorating objects. Monograms, shapes and icons and family names are most commonly ordered. For example, one can order a black ornament with a gold vinyl sticker that has a dog and the dog’s name underneath. The options are endless. Preppy Pink Pony asks that customers who wish to order custom vinyl ornaments allow two to three weeks for turnaround time.

The Christmas Attic
125 S. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-2829

The Christmas Attic is home to over 9,000 different types of ornaments – talk about a wide variety. Glass ornaments, handblown and often painted, are the most traditional and common. Ornaments are sold year round for collectors and tourists, or those who simply wish to stock up during quieter months. Typical Christmas characters like Santa and snowmen are unique at Christmas Attic because the inventory caters to an abundance of personalities and styles. Approximately one third of the ornaments are handmade – made in Europe and Russia.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at