Tips for choosing the right ornament
The first step in choosing an ornament is color consideration. “Christmas colors” are more sophisticated than the standard red, green, white and gold of the past. The sky is the limit at Snowflake Ornament - you’re not limited to one hue or group of hues. While exciting, this may be overwhelming. So here are a few thoughts to consider as you select an ornament for yourself or a gift:
- Are you/recipient involved with a sports team, club, school, church or any organization that has its own identifying colors?
- What about home décor? Are there particular colors favored in your/the recipient’s home? Remember that ornaments can stay out all year long, so encourage this by complementing home décor.
- For infants and children, consider the gender and age. Pastels are always a sure thing for babies. And for an expected mother who doesn’t know the baby’s sex go gender neutral with an ornament containing multiple pastels of blues, greens, pinks, yellows, purples, and pearl whites.
- Show American pride with the traditional red, white and blue. For military soldiers, a dark green camouflage combination is popular with their name and rank.
- Many popular color combinations are displayed on this website. If you cannot find that perfect ornament, create your own custom ornament. When entering your preferred colors, be as exact as you can if you want very specific shades of color. Reference a website that has the colors or even mail in color swatches.
- Finally, take into account personalization. This is very important. Currently ornaments may be personalized primarily in metallic gold, white and black. Gold writing on a gold ornament doesn’t “pop” like an ornament with no or few gold highlights. If you don’t plan to personalize the ornament, consider the more dramatic, eye-catching color mixtures that really get noticed. Modest or more muted combinations are elegant and create the perfect background for personalization. Generally you’ll want the personalized script to stand out on the ornament, so keep this in mind and see more below.
- After choosing the perfect ornament colors (be sure that you read step #6 above), tailor the ornament further with script. The most popular personalization is a person’s name or a family’s last name with the year below it. Wedding and baby gifts are well-liked, too. We suggest the name(s) on one “side” of the ornament with Our First Christmas 200x or Baby’s First Christmas 200x on the opposite “side.” See more ideas at http://www.snowflakeornament.com/CustomDesign.htm.
- There are no specific limits on the amount of text, but the “less is more” notion really holds true here. If the text can be arranged with two sides to the ornament, it enables more text without overwhelming. And if you do have a fair amount of text, strongly consider the modest or muted colors, or a box card insert (described below). By far the most popular ornament is the crème de la crème because of its neutral crèmes, whites and pale golds. Gold writing on this ornament is eye appealing and easy to read.
- Unless specifically requested in the order, script layout decisions are made by Snowflake Ornament. Every effort is made to create a balanced, readable, and stylish ornament.
- We prefer to select the script color for you, but you do have the choice of ordering gold, white black, red, green, or blue ink. Generally the script is done in a chancery calligraphy style. Unfortunately, permanent Inks with special calligraphy nibs that are reliable on glass are difficult to find. There are a lot of choices available, but great effort is made to use inks that will hold up (with care, of course) for years and years. With that said, we are limited to just a few colors. Hopefully more colors will be available in the future. In the meantime, if you really want a script color outside of those available, it’s possible that the calligraphy text can be outlined in your color choice. Determine if the outline color is available by contacting email@example.com.
- Don’t forget the crown. For an ornament with subtle, understated personalization, think about small text surrounding the crown (top) of the ornament. A repeated pattern of text, such as the year or names separated by small bullet points (dots) works very well for a modern look.
- Go to http://www.snowflakeornament.com/personalization.htm for a listing of personalization ideas. And if you have an idea that you’re not sure about, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help. If we can do a menu on an ornament, we’re willing to try about anything!
- Logos. Occasionally there are requests for an organization’s logo. Currently everything is drawn by hand but work is underway for creating templates for more exact reproductions of logos and basic images. Contact email@example.com to see if your simple image may be reproduced on an ornament. This is an additional charge for this.
Ribbons: the ornament’s final touch.
- Currently we are unable to offer you the option to select your own ribbons online. But if you favor a specific color(s), feel free to include your request in the Notes section of your online order. The Notes section is at the end of the ordering process. This holds true not only for an ornament with your selected colors, but also an ornament you are purchasing from our collection displayed on this website. For example, if you order black script on the red and white Candy Cane ornament, mention in the Notes section that you’d like to add a thin, black accent ribbon for balance. Every attempt will be made to honor your request.
Box Card Insert: What you want to say – just not on the ornament!
- Each ornament is packaged in a transparent gift box in a bed of iridescent shred. A product story card lines the front panel of the gift box. Customize the box with a lengthy message that won't fit on the ornament. For businesses, put your company logo with a message of thanks to the recipient. The gift box is perfect for storing the ornament. So every holiday season, when the recipient retrieves it from their stored decorations, you are sure to be remembered!
- Here are examples:
- A couple weds and gives their parents an ornament. The ornament displays their name and the wedding date while the box card insert contains a few sentences of gratitude.
- As a gift to a favored customer, an ornament with their name or a holiday message (or nothing, for that matter) with a box card insert that displays your company logo and a statement of appreciation for their business over the past year.
We hope this guide was helpful. As always, don’t hesitate to ask for help via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 260-437-1558. Thank you for your business.