Eco Friendly Holiday Decor Gifts(79 items)
Welcome to the Eco Friendly Holiday Decor Gift Collection at NOVICA.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Featured Reviews on Eco Friendly Holiday Decor Gifts
My favorite gift for both family and friends
I LOVE Worry Dolls! They are part of my history with my grandmother. Her church supported some of the missions where the Worry Dolls were made. Occasionally, there would be a Fiesta with dancing from Native Countries and a Special Market. She was able to buy Worry Dolls then. The message of Give your worries to God, He will be up all night anyway! is inherent in the message of the Worry Dolls: This wreath looks beautiful anywhere!
I love my new wreath. I participated in a volunteer effort in Guatemala several years ago and have a soft spot for people in this beautiful but troubled country. This wreath brings back so many good memories of the wonderful people there that I met.
My first NOVICA order but not my last!
Worry dolls get an upgrade! Here they are a little larger than they ones I remember having in my youth, but they are perfect ornament size which is for what these are intended. They have cute, sparkly glitter foam wings in an array of colors. Oh, theyre so darling and JUST the thing these days to take your worries away for you on a 2021 Christmas tree. Beautifully made in a colorful guatemalan cotton print drawstring bag for storage. Just a great little set! Thank you.
Komang Sri Hand-carved wood and coconut shell ornaments and decor accents
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Popular Eco Friendly Holiday Decor Gifts
Set of 4 Javanese Coconut Shell Owl Figure Ornaments, "Hanging Owls"$14.99
Whether you believe in the tale of the wise old owl in some cultures, or believe the owl to be an omen of bad things to come, there is no denying that the wide-eyed bird is rife in symbolism in cultures across the globe. Balinese artisan Komang Sri crafts this set of owl ornaments using dark brown coconut shell. The body is painted in beautiful detail in a striking golden color and each ornament hangs from a gold-toned cord.
Cotton Worry Doll Wreath from Guatemala, "Quitapenas Happiness"$25.99
Guatemalan artisan Elias García offers this wreath that celebrates the tradition of or worry dolls. Perfect for the holidays, this wreath features an array of decorative quitapenas dolls wearing colorful clothing that is handwoven from cotton on the floor loom.