With the holiday only weeks away, it’s officially time to bust out those trees — and the Christmas tree toppers that go along with them. Whether you opt for a real version or an artificial tree this season, decorating its branches is a beloved tradition, and one that isn’t complete without a great tree topper: the one element that can bring everything together. We’ve scoured the internet to uncover a host of options we think you and your family will love this holiday enough to pass down for generations to come.
History of the Christmas Tree Topper
Have you ever wondered why we top off our trees in the first place? It seems we have our neighbors across the pond to thank for this festive tradition. The history of the Christmas tree topper — most notably, the angel — dates back beyond the 1800s. Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, were the first royal family to bring a Christmas tree to Windsor Castle, decorating it with every bit, bobble, ornament, candle, and piece of tinsel imaginable — including an angel sitting at the very top, as illustrated in an 1848 December edition of the London News. With Queen Victoria being a particularly popular royal, the tradition quickly became adopted by those in Britain and eventually, those in American high society.
Types of Tree Toppers
Over the years, you’ve likely come across scores of tree toppers. We rounded up three categories of tree toppers adored by holiday lovers the world over.
Angel tree toppers: Angel tree toppers are the most common type of tree topper — it was an angel that adorned that famous first royal tree, after all! These toppers, which usually consist of an angel and some lights, are a favorite of many to this very day.
Star tree toppers: A topper rooted in Christmas mythology, star toppers call to mind the story of Christmas and are inspired by the North Star, which played an integral part in the story of the three wise men as it guided them on their journey to greet the baby Jesus. Star toppers are also a stunning way to bring a little sparkle into your décor.
Holiday tree toppers: For those who prefer a less religious theme, holiday tree toppers are a popular option. From elf-inspired hats ($18.74, Pier 1) to toppers that double as a welcome beacon for Santa ($24.50, Target), the options are truly endless.
The Best Christmas Tree Toppers
Whether you’re shopping for your first ever tree topper or replacing an old classic that’s on its last legs, if one of these decorations is on your shopping list this holiday, we’ve got your back. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for this season’s best Christmas tree toppers of 2019.
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Best Christmas Tree Toppers Angel White
Best Angel Christmas Tree Topper
The Holiday Aisle Angel Tree Topper
Where to buy: $48.99 (Originally $75.99), Wayfair
Nothing tops a tree quite like an angel, and this one from The Holiday Aisle is a stunner. Trimmed in ivory holiday fur and gold accents, this angel is ready for winter — and the top of your tree. It features two delicate candlelights and measures 14 x 10 inches.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Black Angel African Americas
Best African American Angel Christmas Tree Topper
The Holiday Aisle African American Angel Tree Topper
Where to buy: $26.99 (Originally $39.95), Wayfair
For a more diverse Christmas tree topper, we love this hand-painted angel from The Holiday Aisle. With a dress made of gold-trimmed lace and delicate, feather-adorned wings, this topper, coming in at 14 x 8 inches, will make for a stunning addition to any holiday design.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Gold Star
Best Gold Star Christmas Tree Topper
The Holiday Aisle Glitter Star Tree Topper
Where to buy: $16.50 (Originally $32.97), Wayfair
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough this Christmas with this glitter star tree topper from the Holiday Aisle. The perfect complement to any tree, this is one classic that will never go out of style. It's also available in silver and measures 9 x 3 inches.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Snowflake
Best Snowflake Christmas Tree Topper
Wondershop Lit Gem Snowflake Christmas Tree Topper Silver
Where to buy: $17.50 (Originally $25), Target
Create your own white Christmas this year with this gem snowflake Christmas tree topper from Wondershop. Elegant and opulent, this jeweled pick, which comes in at 10 x 7 inches, will turn your home into the ultimate winter wonderland with its 10 incandescent lights. Simply plug it in and revel in its beauty as it lends an ethereal touch to any room.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers With Lights Lighted Santa
Best Santa Christmas Tree Topper
Wondershop Lit Santa Stop Here Christmas Tree Topper
Where to buy: $24.50 (Originally $35), Target
There's no way the man in red can miss your house with this adorable welcome beacon from Wondershop, which will help light the night for him. This clip-on topper is adorned with a red-and-white star affixed to a striped pole that projects brilliant multi-colored lights across your ceiling. It measures 12 x 7.88 inches and works via a simple plug.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Snowman Hug Funny
Best Snowman Christmas Tree Topper
Gift Boutique Christmas Tree Topper Snowman Hugger
Where to buy: $14.95, Amazon
A Gift Boutique best-seller, this snowman hugger tree topper is one of the most imaginative finds we've come across. With arms that wrap around the top of your tree, this cheerful felt snowman brings holiday joy, one hug at a time. Donning bright red mittens with a cute snowflake pattern and a matching scarf that drapes down the front of your tree, this little guy, which measures 14.8 x 9.4 inches, just might be the cutest topper around.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Glass White
Best Starburst Christmas Tree Topper
Wondershop Lit Acrylic Starburst Tree Topper White
Where to buy: $17.50 (Originally $35), Target
For fans of intricate tree toppers, we recommend this plug-in acrylic starburst tree topper from Wondershop. Designed to look like glass crystal and fitted with 37 warm LED lights, this icy find measures 13.5 x 12 inches and will fill your home with a brilliant glow well into the New Year.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Vintage 1950s Star
Best Vintage Christmas Tree Topper
Vintage Christmas Tree Star
Where to buy: $20, Etsy
In the mood for a little nostalgia this holiday? Then pick up this colorful plug-in vintage Christmas star light from Roy's Trading Post. Straight out of the 1980's, this eight-point topper mimics stained glass, illuminating your home in shades of red, orange, blue and green. It measures 12 x 8 inches.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Birds Rustic
Best Bird Christmas Tree Topper
Gold Wire Dove Tree Topper
Where to buy: $14.99 (Originally $19.99), Pier 1
Avian fans rejoice — we've found your perfect Christmas tree topper! Made from iron wire, this gold dove tree topper from Pier 1 is the ultimate symbol of the season, serving as a reminder of the core Christmas values of peace and love. Delicately handcrafted, it measures 9.45 x 7.87 inches.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Red Santa Hat
Best Santa Hat Christmas Tree Topper
Whimsy & Wonder Santa Hat Tree Topper
Where to buy: $18.74 (Originally $24.99), Pier 1
Santa's hat is easily one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas, and now, it's about to become your new favorite decorating element. Covered in a soft velvet and complete with a single jingle bell, this 20-inch polyester hat-shaped tree topper is a bright, fur-trimmed addition to any tree that's sure to be adored for years to come.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Hats
Top Hat Christmas Tree Topper
Holiday Time Holiday Top Hat Tree Topper
Where to buy: $9.98, Walmart
One of the biggest trends in tree toppers as of late is also one of our favorites — hats! We're especially fond of this version from Holiday Time. Reminiscent of the silky hat worn by a particularly famous frosty friend, this black velvet design, which measures 7.5 x 10 inches, adds just the right amount of Christmas magic.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Silver Star
Best Silver Star Christmas Tree Topper
Kurt Adler Silver Glitter Wire 3-D Star Treetop
Where to buy: $47.99 (Originally $59.99), Kohl's
For those who prefer their sparkle be sterling, this glittering star tree topper is a must-have. Covered in silver glitter, it provides the perfect amount of bling with its multi-point design, and is made entirely from silver-colored wire for a complex, three-dimensional look. It measures 15.5 x 4 inches.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Religious Star Bethlehem Star
Lighted Star Christmas Tree Topper
Kurt Adler LED Capiz Shell Bethlehem Star Christmas Tree Topper
Where to buy: $47.99 (Originally $59.99), Kohl's
The North Star is the brightest star in the night sky and a big part of the story of Christmas, but this year, it's taking on a new role — tree topper. New from Kurt Adler, this 10.8 x 7.1-inch LED capiz chell Bethlehem star is one decorating piece you and your guests will enjoy marveling at all season long. It boasts 10 LED lights that give off a delicate amber glow.
Elf Christmas Tree Toppers
Best Elf Christmas Tree Topper
Whimsy & Wonder Elf Hat Tree Topper
Where to buy: $18.74 (Originally $24.99), Pier 1
Santa wouldn't be anywhere without the help of his elves, so this Christmas, celebrate their tireless efforts with this elf tree topper. Candy-striped and complete with a jingle bell trim, this 17.50-inch design, which has a sturdy wireframe to keep its shape, will be the talk of the town this holiday season.
Best Christmas Tree Toppers Unique Blue Peacock Star
Best Blue Christmas Tree Topper
Kurt Adler 16.5-Inch 8-Point Peacock Star Tree Topper
Where to buy: $26.17 (Originally $27.63), Amazon
Looking for a unique way to top off your tree this year? Get colorful with this blue peacock topper from Kurt Adler. Styled in classic blue, purple, and gold colors, this 16.5-inch pick is covered in jewels and paper mâché for a gorgeous, handcrafted look.