The 12 Best Food Ornaments for Christmas in 2021

PSA: Don't eat these no matter how good they look

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You have your pick of 11 mouthwatering creations, from the most beloved carbs to finer cuisine.
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It’s an ornament with a surprising hidden meaning.
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The pineapple insinuates the home is full of friendship, hospitality, and warmth.
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A tree decked out in favored dinner fare, like sushi, is something we can definitely roll with.
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This glittery macaron set comes with three ornaments in three pastel colors.
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Celebrate your love for the best meal of the day with the right ornament: a few strips of bacon paired with a sunny-side-up fried egg.
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The handcrafted blown glass hot dog and cheeseburger duo look surprisingly elegant, thanks to their ornate nature and added glitter.
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The delicate glass-blown ornament looks just like the real thing, complete with little glittery granules of salt.
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Your favorite carb-lover will adore this pasta-themed ornament.
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Who doesn't love a few pickle chips on their burger—or their Christmas tree?
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A great way to differentiate your tree: Trim it with decorations that fit a certain theme. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen or a total foodie who loves to explore new restaurants, what better way than to do so with culinary-themed ornaments. Of course, you don’t have to go all-out on food; you could simply pepper your fir with some food items that mean something to you—like an everything bagel to symbolize your love of carbs. Here, the best food ornaments to add to your stash this year. 

Food52 Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments

Food52 Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments

There’s so much to love about these vintage-inspired food ornaments. For starters, you have your pick of 11 mouthwatering creations, from the most beloved carbs—an everything bagel with cream cheese or a box of doughnuts—to finer cuisine—caviar and big wheels of cheese. There’s even a six-pack of beer for all the drinkers of the bunch. Of course, you can also indulge yourself by investing in a set. Choose from options like fast food (includes four fun ornaments) or sushi (includes five delicious-looking baubles). 

Old World Christmas Store Pickle Glass Blown Ornament

The pickle is so much more than just a food ornament. It’s an ornament with a surprising hidden meaning: In a German tradition known as Weihnachtsgurke, the child to find the pickle ornament and place it on the tree will get good fortune—and the first present, an extra present, or the job of handing out the presents—during the upcoming year. So even if you aren’t going all out on the food theme for your Christmas tree, this is one you should definitely indulge in—if not to add just a little element of excitement for the whole family. 

Kurt Adler Noble Gems Glass Pineapple Ornament

Like the pickle ornament, the pineapple represents so much more than a pleasurable food. In the South, the pineapple is widely recognized as a symbol used to mean “welcome.” The pineapple insinuates the home is full of friendship, hospitality, and warmth—and what better time to celebrate all of those characteristics than during a season like Christmas? To make your message loud and clear, be sure to put this gorgeous blown glass ornament right in the center of your spruce. 

Old World Christmas Store Sushi Roll Glass Blown Ornament

A tree decked out in favored dinner fare, like sushi, is something we can definitely roll with. And this particular glass ornament is a truly special addition to your Christmas tree. It’s hand-crafted in an age-old tradition with special techniques—like blowing molten glass into finely carved molds and hand-painting with glittery paint—that originated in the 1800s. Though a modern design, the heirloom quality of this ornament ensures it’ll stay a family favorite for years and years to come. 

Kurt Adler Glittered Macaroon Set

Even if you can’t spend your holiday visiting and exploring a romantic, new-to-you European city like Paris, France, you can still play pretend by making sure your food-themed tree is peppered with cuisine from these places. This glittery macaroon set (it comes with three ornaments in three pastel colors) is a great place to start. In fact, the ornament versions of this classic French dessert looks so tasty, you’ll probably have to satisfy your craving by ordering some from a local bakery. 

Old World Christmas Store Bacon and Eggs Glass Blown Ornament

Brunch is often a big part of Christmas celebrations, so why not celebrate your love for the best meal of the day with the right ornament: a few strips of bacon paired with a sunny-side-up fried egg. The ornament is as special as it looks, thanks to its handcrafted glass construction and hand-painted finish. 

World Market Glass Burger and Hot Dog Ornaments

World Market Glass Burger and Hot Dog Ornaments

This ornament set proves that backyard cookout fare isn’t just for the summer. These favorites have a definite place during the holiday season too: on your Christmas tree. The handcrafted blown glass hot dog and cheeseburger duo look surprisingly elegant, thanks to their ornate nature and added glitter—a truly appetite-whetting addition to your tree. 

Old World Christmas Store Soft Pretzel Glass Blown Ornament

Whether you have ties to New York City, indulge in a pretzel each time you visit the ballpark, or just really love your carbs, the soft pretzel is a fun choice to add to your food-themed Christmas tree. The delicate glass-blown ornament looks just like the real thing, complete with little glittery granules of salt (ample salt!) atop a pillowy dough with a crispy crust. 

Kurt Adler Noble Gems Glass Pasta Boxes Ornament

We all know someone who loves pasta more than anything else in the world, and this is the perfect holiday ornament for them. The cute glass ornament displays a box of pasta and a box of spaghetti with the contents spilling out. It truly is adorable—though, it might make you hungry!

Old World Christmas Pickle Chip Ornament

They're green, they're glittery, and they're the perfect addition to your holiday tree. This stack of three pickle chips is hand-crafted from molten glass, and it's handpainted with adorable details, including seeds and glittery edges. If you're guilty of snacking on sliced pickles when no one is looking, this ornament deserves a spot in your home.

Old World Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookie Ornament

Who doesn't love a warmy, gooey chocolate chip cookie? We certainly do, which is why this glass ornament strikes such a chord. The sweet cookie-shaped decoration is made from hand-blown glass, and it's decorated with gold glitter for a touch of holiday flair.

Kurt Adler Plastic Sushi Ornaments

This set of three sushi-shaped ornaments is one of the most realistic-looking options on this list. Each ornament is just under 2 inches wide, and they're designed to look like different types of popular sushi. Plus, you can't beat the price for three ornaments!

Final Verdict

The Food52 Vintage-Inspired Food Ornaments come in several too-cute shapes, including an everything bagel, six-pack of beer, or black-and-white cookie. For those with more luxe tastes, the Kurt Adler Glittered Macaroon Set looks just like the fancy cookies you'd buy in Paris.

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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. She also holds a culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute. 

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