This holiday season, you’re going to be decking the halls as a married couple for the first time. And as you trim the tree together, chances are you'll want something special to commemorate this landmark moment in your relationship. The answer? A personalized ornament that will remind you of your first married Christmas every time you hang it on the tree (for many years to come!).
Meet the Expert
Nicole Reid is the Vice President of Hallmark’s Ornaments and Gifts Department.
With all the options out there, you may feel like you need a Christmas miracle to find the perfect ornament for your tree—so here it is. We spoke to the experts and put together an assortment of ornaments that suit all kinds of tastes and styles. Whether you’re looking for something rustic like Liv Love Learn Maple Leaf Couple’s Ornament or personalized like Violet and Pine Minimalist Typewriter Ornament, we’ve got you covered. So, don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.
Read on for the best newlywed Christmas ornaments.
Violet and Pine Minimalist Typewriter Ornament
This cute and classy ceramic ornament is just what you need for a very vintage Christmas. In its square form, the ornament looks like an old polaroid; its typewriter-style font is also a nod to the past. Personalize it with your initials, wedding year, and one of your favorite wedding photos. The message at the bottom reads “merry + married,” but you can customize that too.
Price at the time of publish: $21
Lovely Rustic Weddings First Christmas Photo Ornament
No matter where you are, you can have a white Christmas with this sweet and whimsical ornament. An ethereal glass disc features a photo of the two of you resting on top of a little bit of “snow", and is finished off with a flowing white bow. Does it get any more romantic?
Price at the time of publish: $28
Shop Salt and Sparkle “Our First Christmas” Jingle Bell Ornament
Ring in your first holiday season together with this incredibly cute jingle bell ornament. The bell comes with an aluminum tag that reads “Our First Christmas” and includes the year. It also has a red, satin ribbon that makes it pop. The ornament comes in gold or silver, and you can customize the message too if you like.
Price at the time of publish: $35 "Our First Christmas" text
New Embers “Our First Christmas” Ornament
For a couple of starry-eyed lovers, this ornament is perfect. It’s engraved with a scattering of stars, the text “Our First Christmas,” and your names and wedding date. Select from Eucalyptus, European Poplar, or MDF woods for a rustic look. For something more modern choose one of the acrylic options: clear, mirrored silver, mirrored gold, or mirrored rose gold.
Price at the time of publish: $18 eucalyptus wood
Rubi and Lib First Married Christmas Ornament
This glossy, aluminum-coated ornament is a lovely token to remember your “First Married Christmas” by. The front features your wedding date, names, and an image of a bride and groom holding hands (from the back). The reverse side bears the message of your choice. Customize the image to make it resemble you and your partner, and select your favorite font to create a keepsake that’s just right for the two of you.
Price at the time of publish: $18
Liv Love Learn Maple Leaf Couple’s Ornament
Nature lovers will fall in love with this gorgeous maple leaf ornament. The artist makes them by hand, using fallen maple leaves to create an impression in polymer clay. She then stamps them with the text of your choice and paints them to look like they’re fresh off the tree.
Price at the time of publish: $20 for one
Susabella’s “Our First Home” Ornament
Are you celebrating your first married Christmas in your first home? If so, this one’s for you. This house-shaped ornament is carved out of clay and is fired twice for durability. It reads “Our first Home” and includes the year and address. Choose from white, black, silver, or gold text to make it your own.
Price at the time of publish: $30 in white
North Pole Treasures Marshmallow Couple Personalized Christmas Ornament
Warm their heart with a cup of hot cocoa and the world’s cutest pair of marshmallows this holiday season. This ornament is personalized with your names, the year, and the message of your choice. It arrives in a gift box with a red ribbon attached, ready to be placed on the tree. What a sweet way to celebrate this year.
Price at the time of publish: $20
Timeless Notion Weight Lifting Couple Christmas Ornament
If you can lift each other up both literally and figuratively, this weightlifting ornament is perfect for the two of you. It’s made of birch and laser engraved with an image of a groom lifting a bride on a barbell while she, in turn, lifts a dumbbell. The ornament features your first names, family name, and the year you were married. It’s a fun way to show everyone just how well you work out as a couple.
Price at the time of publish: $27
West Elm Just Married Ornament
Take yourselves back to your wedding day with this "just married" car ornament. It’s a great way to commemorate the beginning of your journey together. This intricate, painted glass ornament will be a beautiful and unique addition to your tree.
Price at the time of publish: $15
Gabi and Tali LGBTQ Christmas Ornament
Those that like to make the Yuletide gay in a literal way will really get into the holiday spirit as they add this decoration to their tree. On this circular, glass ornament, a wreath encircles the couple’s names and their wedding date. At the center is a rainbow-colored heart because love is love is love is…
Price at the time of publish: $29
Ornament Shop Travel Suitcase Christmas Ornament
Relive your honeymoon with one of these colorful suitcase ornaments. These delicate glass pieces are painted with the name of your honeymoon destination and some major landmarks you may have seen there. You can find suitcases for Thailand, the Bahamas, Mexico, and more—it’s a wonderful reminder of your first major adventure as a married couple.
Price at the time of publish: $35
Unifury Personalized Dog/Cat and Couple Ceramic Christmas Ornament
Would Christmas feel incomplete without your fur babies? Then include them with this adorable family portrait of you and your cat or dog gathered around the tree. Personalize it so that the portrait looks just like you and your fuzzy friends. As your family grows and changes, you’ll be able to look back on where it all started each Christmas.
Price at the time of publish: $25
Personalized Wedding Cake Ornament
The cake is one of the best parts of the wedding, so make a toast to that with this personalized wedding cake ornament. It's skillfully laser engraved with the couple's first names on the heart and wedding date. The ornament is Handcrafted from colorful resin with glitter accents and 3D detail and comes with a ribbon for easy hanging.
Price at the time of publish: $24
What to look for in a newlywed Christmas ornament
There are plenty of great pieces specifically made to memorialize your first Christmas together. You can create a beautiful personalized ornament that features wedding photos, your wedding date, your names, like the Violet and Pine Minimalist Typewriter Ornament from Zazzle. These ornaments honor a momentous occasion in your lives together, and they can be passed down from generation to generation without anyone missing or forgetting their meaning.
On the other hand, an ornament that has special significance only to you and your partner is a sweet symbol that the two of you can share privately every year. Maybe the ornament is related to an inside joke between the two of you or to a memory or experience that is important to both of you. Ornament Shop Travel Suitcase Ornament is a great way to remind yourself of one of your favorite vacations. Ornament like this offers a moment for just the two of you when you hang it every year.
Do you need it to withstand your cat’s annual tree-climbing excursion? You or your partner’s butterfingers? The roughhousing of small children? If so, consider getting something made of aluminum, acrylic, or wood like New Embers “Our First Christmas” Ornament, so that it won’t perish in an unfortunate accident. If you and your partner don’t have to worry about any destructive forces in your home, it’s safe to get something made of a more delicate material like glass or porcelain, like Lovely Rustic Weddings First Christmas Photo Ornament.
Try to choose something that fits with the style of your home and the theme of the other ornaments you already have. If you’ve got a set of decorative pinecones to put in the tree, a rustic piece like Liv Love Learn Maple Leaf Couple’s Ornament, would blend in wonderfully. If your ornaments are vintage, pick something retro to go with them, like West Elm Just Married Ornament. If you like to deck your tree out in simple, contemporary bulbs, something modern might be the way to go.
Why should we get an ornament for our first Christmas as a married couple?
They’re a great way to make the tree-decorating tradition your own. With a newlywed ornament, you’ll have an opportunity to reminisce about your newlywed Christmas as you decorate your tree each year. If you get a commemorative ornament with your wedding photos and/or details on it, like Violet and Pine Minimalist Typewriter Ornament, Christmas also becomes a time to remember your wedding day.
As Nicole Reid, the Vice President of Hallmark’s Ornaments and Gifts Department, puts it, “Why not have another way to remember your special day every year when you put up your Christmas tree?” She explains that ornaments can be a “wonderful way to commemorate and celebrate that memory [your wedding day] year over year.”
What do most couples want in an ornament?
According to Reid, “Most of our consumers that we hear from love to look for something classic and pretty in design with the year and date. That last part is the most important as you want to remember the year! Often they also want something in a more premium material—like ceramic, metal, or glass with beautiful finishes like pearl and occasionally some gemstone attachments. We also hear that people like to have an ornament that holds a photo from their wedding day.”
Should we get a personalized or custom ornament?
If you think your partner would find a traditional ornament to be too stuffy, go for something a little more quirky and unexpected. On the other hand, if your person likes commemorative items, go ahead and personalize a more formal ornament with your wedding date or photos, like in Lovely Rustic Weddings First Christmas Photo Ornament.
Or, you could follow Reid’s advice: “I’d vote for both! Get one to celebrate your nuptials, and another to celebrate other wonderful experiences, memories, or adventures you had as a couple.”
Why Trust Brides
Mckenzie Eggers loves all the sentimental holiday traditions and knows how important something as small as an ornament can be. Years ago, she purchased stockings for herself, her partner, and their dog—embroidered with their names—as a gift to her partner. Every holiday season, when the stockings are hung, they make the house feel even more like home.