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Gift Guide: Glittery Accessories That Will Help Jazz Up Anyone's Christmas Wardrobe

Gift Guide: Glittery Accessories That Will Help Jazz Up Anyone's Christmas Wardrobe

By Megan Kearney
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While the 2020 holiday season is looking quite a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's no reason that quarantine should keep you from enjoying the fun of a few holiday accessories. What better way is there to perk up the year’s end than with some fabulously festive outfit enhancements that put you firmly in the mood to embrace holiday fun? Whether you show them off during Zoom parties with coworkers, a socially distanced trip to the grocery store or around the house to brighten your own day, there's something about a great holiday accessory that spreads some much-needed happiness.

Get into the spirit with surprisingly elegant, affordable jewelry and some hilarious novelty items that are sure to bring smiles to the faces of everyone in your family. Want to spread some holiday cheer and take care of recipients on your "nice" list? The goodies we’ve rounded up also make great gifts that are easy to ship to friends — no sleigh needed. Whether you're looking for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater or some great stocking stuffers for the kids, these merry accessories are sure to delight.

Festive Pins and Brooches to Complete Any Outfit

If you're looking to instantly add a touch of holiday cheer to your party outfit — or even an everyday I’m-running-socially-distanced-errands getup — don’t underestimate the power of a well-placed brooch. They offer a great way to share in the festivity of the season without spending a ton of money on a reindeer-emblazoned sweater set you’ll only haul out once a year. To build a fun wardrobe of holiday-themed pins, the FERVENT LOVE Wreath Brooch, Candy Cane Brooch and Bells Brooch are a great place to start.

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If you find yourself enjoying the holiday brooch approach, it makes sense to create a whole collection to wear throughout the season. This Gift Bow Holiday Pin Set and the YSD Jewelry Christmas Brooch Set will have you looking and feeling appropriately sparkly for the season. Having a collection at your disposal is a great way to keep the variety going and make sure you have different options to go with various outfits, too.

Not only are brooches a great way to add a seasonal touch to any top, bag or scarf, but they also make great gifts — and really amazing wrapping decorations. You can use them as stocking stuffers or secret Santa presents, of course, but they’re oh-so-easy to pin to the ribbon tied around a big Christmas gift, and they’re guaranteed to bring your recipient some extra excitement.

Holiday Scarves, Hats and Face Masks That Jazz Up Any Look

Who says accessories can't be both festive and functional? There are plenty of great holiday-themed items out there that can easily help you spread good cheer during FaceTime calls to friends or essential excursions outdoors. Given that face masks will probably be necessities for some time to come, you might as well rock them in holiday style. Check out options like this cool rhinestone-studded Christmas Snowflake Face Mask, which is designed with high-quality material that's both breathable and soft, and this reusable Plaid Face Mask, which is a great choice for sprucing up an outfit even after the holidays pass.

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You'll also find plenty of fun holiday accessories out there that can help keep you warm when winter does its worst. Take, for instance, this super fun two-pack of Christmas LED Light-up Knitted Beanies that come with three different flash modes and this hysterical Christmas Tree Beanie that’ll help you spread smiles. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a classic Santa Hat, which serves as an instant outfit change for any holiday-themed party or event.

Last but not least, check out these lightweight Vivian & Vincent Holiday-Themed Infinity Scarves. They're a great way to jazz up your own wardrobe or a perfect one-size-fits-all gift idea for anyone on your list — who doesn’t want to be warm this time of year?

Earrings and Necklaces That Are Sure to Be “Sparkling and Bright”

If you’re ready to go all-out with the sparkle, it’s time to dive into the deep end of holiday bling. Christmas jewelry offers a great way to add extra pops of sparkly fun to your holiday season. Fortunately, there are plenty of great choices out there, ranging from surprisingly elegant to shamelessly over the top. Take a note from Santa's sleigh and deck yourself out with the Your Little Lovely Jingle Bells Necklace, Bracelet & Earring Set. The bells actually work, creating a satisfying jingle-jangle as you move, which makes the set a great gift to give to small children — you'll never have to worry about being able to discover their hiding places around the house again.

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If you're looking for something a bit more elegant, these gorgeous EVER FAITH Austrian Crystal Winter Party Snowflake Dangle Earrings should do the trick. They’re subtle and relatively understated — aside from being big snowflakes — so they’ll go perfectly with almost any outfit. If your style’s a bit more mod or boho, rock the gift wrap look with the Gift Bow Stud Earrings Set, which is available in a variety of fun colors. Both are a great way to add a little bling to any winter outfit without being too assertive in their Christmas-ness.

Looking for something more along the ugly-Christmas-sweater-party line? Step out in this shamelessly fun Windy City Novelties Original LED Light Up Christmas Bulb Necklace. Who says houses should be the only ones to enjoy the fun of getting all decked out in lights each year?

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters That Will Make You the Star of the Party

No self-respecting Christmas accessory list could ever be quite complete without including a selection of deliciously hideous Christmas sweaters. Over the years, the ugly Christmas sweater has clawed its way into the pantheon of Christmas tradition to sit proudly among greats like eggnog and mistletoe — and we can't get enough of the ridiculousness.

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If you're ready to go all out, feast your eyes on the AIDEAONE Light-Up Ugly Christmas Sweater, which comes complete with actual lights. Not only will you fit right in at any ugly Christmas sweater gathering, but you'll also be able to enjoy late-night bike rides all season long without the aid of a reflective vest. If looking like a shocking melange of Christmas motifs isn’t exactly your schtick, keep things a bit sassier with the "Ya Filthy Animal" Ugly Christmas Sweater. This choice will gain you plenty of second looks and nods of approval from fellow Home Alone fans at your Zoom Christmas parties.

Looking to wear something that's respectably ugly without going overboard? The V28 Reindeer Christmas Sweater is a great choice that’ll take everyone back to the days before Christmas sweaters truly embraced their hideous nature — the days when this winterwear was cheesy without being ironic. Want something that’s really not ugly at all — and actually kind of cool? Don themed Christmas sweaters featuring characters like Deadpool and Black Panther to create a look that’s truly Marvel-ous, merry and bright.