FOR KEEPS: 9 CHRISTMAS BAUBLES TO TREASURE

Some say decorating the tree is the best part of Christmas.It certainly brings back special childhood memories for many – the dusty box of decorations coming down from the loft, the tree going up... After the first advent calendar doors have been opened, it usually signals the start of the season.

So this year, don't skimp on the sparkles. Make sure your baubles do you proud and add to your decs with some artisan and handmade baubles you'll want to bring out year after year.

See this year's best artificial Christmas trees.

From handblown glass and ceramic baubles to charming wooden trees and London's most iconic Christmas shopping destinations immortalised as motifs for your tree, these are investment buys you'll want to keep forever.

Welcome your guests with these gorgeous Christmas wreaths.

aspen wood tree, £6, raj tent club

aspen wood tree, £6, raj tent club

This charming decoration was hand made from aspen wood in Poland.

aspen wood tree, £6, raj tent club

aspen wood tree, £6, raj tent club

This charming decoration was hand made from aspen wood in Poland.

ceramic bauble, from £12, marmor paperie4622_602913701

ceramic bauble, from £12, marmor paperie4622_602913701

This ceramic bauble is hand-marbled in delicate rose and navy with shimmering golden veins.

LIBERTY BUILDING, £39, LIBERTY

LIBERTY BUILDING, £39, LIBERTY

Drop some hints about where you'd like your gifts to come from with this chic decoration.

handblown glass bauble, £10, SALT glass studios

handblown glass bauble, £10, SALT glass studios

Each Bauble is hand blown using two colours to create a unique glass bauble for your tree.

Eldan beaded bauble, £10, HABITAT

Eldan beaded bauble, £10, HABITAT

Handmade in India, this beaded design incorporates blacks, golds and pinks, for a contemporary Christmas colour scheme.

victorian whale, £16, petersham nurseries

victorian whale, £16, petersham nurseries

Made from glass with a pearly sheen, this quirky decoration features a smiling whale with a glittery water spout.

FORTNUM'S MINI HAMPER, £18, FORTNUM & MASON

FORTNUM'S MINI HAMPER, £18, FORTNUM & MASON

Fancy a hamper stuffed with champagne and caviar? Start small with one of these cuties.

MONICA FÖRSTER GOLD-PLATED WINTER BIRD, £45, GEORG JENSEN

MONICA FÖRSTER GOLD-PLATED WINTER BIRD, £45, GEORG JENSEN

This charming ornament is made out of 18-carat gold-plated brass and comes with a dark green or red ribbon.

CUORE E CUORE, £32, ALESSI

CUORE E CUORE, £32, ALESSI

Drape your tree in love, with these heart-shaped, hand decorated porcelain baubles by Marcello Jori for Alessi.