Christmas tree topper trend – this surprising decoration is this year's most wanted look

Forget an angel or a star, there is a new tree topper in (Christmas) town

Christmas tree topper trend
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The Christmas tree has, for centuries, stood as a proud centerpiece of the season. It embodies hope for the days ahead – and is the first thing your eyes are instantly drawn to – so it needs to be attractive.

But what is this year's hottest of Christmas tree topper ideas? Welcome the bow tree topper trend – 2021's most wanted Christmas tree decoration.

Bow tree toppers started to gather a celebrity fanbase last year adorning the trees of of the super rich and famous. This year the bow has already become a desired Christmas tree trend with bow tree toppers at retailers such as The White Company, Sears and Amazon already selling out way ahead of their star or angel rivals.

Christmas tree topper trend

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Christmas tree topper trend

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Up until now, the angel and star were considered the most popular Christmas tree toppers, which are generally viewed as symbols of Christ's nativity.

Today, one of the most popular Christmas tree ideas is the bow tree topper. 

Christmas tree topper trend

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However, this trend is not entirely new. Bow tree toppers were a pretty big deal back in the 90s, and it appears that they have made a huge comeback this year. Unsurprisingly, we are all feeling somewhat nostalgic as we hark back to the glory days of yesteryear.

According to Balsam Hill: 'The tradition of using Christmas tree toppers began in Germany in the 1800s. The Rauschgoldengel, or the tingled angel, was a shiny golden foil angel that became popular during this era. 

'The advent of patriotic accents in Great Britain eventually saw flags, such as the Union Jack, making their way to the tops of numerous Christmas trees.' 

The topmost ornament of the Christmas tree highlights the pinnacle of this story, and is the reason people continue to choose the best tree toppers to crown their own beloved trees.

How to style the bow tree topper trend?

Christmas tree topper trend

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These large, fashionable bows are easily put together using colorful fabric or ribbon. With their often sturdy and balanced base, these top ornaments are the lightest and easiest ones to place.

Christmas tree topper trend

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Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.