The tinsel alternatives includes
Eight ply yarn crocheted into a chain with a double crochet worked into the same place as the last chain stitch worked about every ten single chain stitches.
Eight ply yarn in single chain, work twenty chain, slip stitch into tenth chain from hook to form a loop and repeat.
A boucle yarn worked up as the previous loopy version.
A faux feather yarn worked into a single chain.
The same variations can be done in any colour and pretty much any variety of novelty yarn available.
Gold looks the best!