The perfectly adorable gift for Christmas

Snowbabies by Department 56

Early Snowbabies

Snowbabies have been around since 1864. Originally produced by Hertwig And Company of Thuringia, the adorable little ‘babies’ were at first made of candy and used as Christmas decorations. Later Snowbabies ornaments and figurines began being produced using bisque porcelain, which is an unglazed white porcelain that has a matte finish.

Modern Snowbabies

Today these are charming little figurines all have hand-painted faces and hand-applied bisque crystals. Knitted hats and shiny colors of green and red have been added to give them even more distinction and color. Since 1987 the figurines have been exclusively and lovingly designed by artist and Executive of Product Design for the Department 56, Kristi Jensen Pierro.

Pierro herself says her inspiration for each Snowbaby has come from watching her own children and thinking about her childhood experiences.
They appeal to a similar collector type as Charlie bears, which would make a superb gift this Christmas for collectors and those who simply love quality teddy bears.

Early 20th Century Snowbabies
An Early 20th Century Snowbaby piece by Hertwig and Company of Thuringia
Browse our 2015 Snowbabies Collection

The love that goes into the design of each unique figurine and ornament is evident to all who collect these delightful little creatures. She keeps a note book handy to sketch out ideas that come to her when she is out and about. Her sketches are sent to the brilliant sculptures who then meticulously capture every detail!

These adorable figurines will put a smile on your face from the moment you see them. Their little cherub faces, sparkly blue eyes and adorable facial expressions have the power to warm even the most cynical heart! We are absolutely positive no matter who is on your gift list, these adorable figurines will convey the genuine care and thoughtfulness you put into giving this gift.

Each Snowbaby has a story to tell and the title of each piece explains what that story is. From the “You’re The Best Gift Of All”, an adorable Snowbaby leaning up against a smiling snowman, to the “Play Date With Santa” which illustrates a Snowbaby wearing a real red knitted hat being carried on Santa’s shoulder, Santa with his own real red knitted stocking cap and an adorable reindeer looking up at them.

With Christmas right around the corner, now’s a great time to buy a heartwarming and enduring Snowbaby figurine for your someone special.

Snowbabies truly are some of the most enduring and adorable gifts and whether you’re receiving them or giving them they will be cherished for a lifetime. Each individual figurine has the ability to take it’s owner back to the fun filled days of being a child or bring back memories of watching your own children or grandchildren playing or experiencing that ‘first’ in life. From playing in the snow, building a snowman, leaving Christmas cookies out for Santa, giving a sibling a hug or simply experiencing the wonder of winter through the eyes of a child there is a cherished memory attached to each one.


We at The UK Gift Specialist believe in giving a gift that has special meaning to the receiver and giver alike. We are proud to offer Snowbabies for these gift giving occasions, and with Christmas right around the corner, we also want to give a little something back.


Save 10% when you buy 3 or more!

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