100 Greatest Gifts of the Century

As many of you may already know, Department 56 has been in gift business since 1976 when The Original Snow Village was first introduced and since then we have developed other Villages as well as many giftware lines that are popular among our collectors. It seems like a long time to us, but there are other companies who have offered giftware a lot longer.

Recently, “Gifts and Decorative Accessories” magazine, a leader in our industry came up with a subjective list of the 100 greatest gifts of the last century – celebrating the 100 year anniversary of this retail trade magazine. We are proud to share portions of the article that names the best of the best – and we are ranked #2 with Department 56 Villages and #5 with Snowbabies.

Perhaps you will find some of your other favorites on this list as well.

 

 

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Beach Babies

After a particularly chilly winter in Frosty Frolic Land, the Snowbabies are going coastal– to the beach, that is! Surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, these Snowbabies are going to spend their days basking in the warm sunshine and making memories that are sure to last a lifetime. “It was different and exciting to think about trading in the arctic chill of winter for some sunshine,” explained Snowbabies artist Kristi Jensen-Pierro. “I loved adding the red and white stripe details. It’s neat to be able to do something a little bit different.”

Beach Babies

Fun in the sun

The Beach Babies collection features red stripe accents that are the perfect pop of summer color to refresh your home decor with. Mix and match any of the pieces to make a charming addition to any bookshelf, centerpiece, or end table. Each Beach Baby is adorned with the bling of a crystal rosette on their adorable swim caps. Whether on sand or water, these Beach Babies have a sense for style and glam.

Keeping Above Water
Floating with Friends

The Snowbabies have shrugged off their winter blues and are ready to take on summer! Interested in creating a fun scene with your Beach Babies like those featured in this blog? The Beach Babies cabana is the perfect backdrop for fun in the sun. Click here to purchase.

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Snowbabies: It’s All in the Details

Kristi Jensen Pierro

This year celebrated Kristi Jensen-Pierro’s 30th year with Department 56, which also marks celebrating 30 years of playful Snowbabies. Her personal experiences are artfully designed into each Snowbabies piece and carefully named to ensure a sentiment of love, friendship or inspiration.

“Each piece I design tells its own story. It’s the story that makes each Snowbabies’ figurine special and unique.”

She further explains that “I love to talk to collectors at the many open house events I attend each year. My work reflects my own experiences with my children and my own childhood, but the evolution of many of my designs comes from the inspiration of the thousands of enthusiasts and collectors everywhere. You tell me what you like, and what you don’t. And I listen.”

Each Snowbabies piece has a unique story with exceptional detail. Kristi shares that “My favorite piece this year is “Artistic Endeavors” which features a Snowbaby artist talking to a friendly dog who has just made a mess. The creative look of the figures’ faces is perfect. Wondering what they are going to do next – clean up the paint or get down to work on their masterpiece. I was inspired by our cat, a huge, grey, lazy cat who lives in my studio at home. The cat pretends to allow the artists to use the space twice a week! If I leave my oil paint pallet on the large work table, the cat walks through it leaving colorful, oily footprints all over the table surface. This was my ‘idea’ for Artistic Endeavors.”

Snowbabies Classic Collection, Artistic Endeavors

Some of the new pieces this year also feature beautiful, internally lit accents. Simply add a sisal tree and faux snow accents to create a magical scene on any end table. Creating a fun display that catches the attention of your guests has never been easier!

Snowbabies Classic Collections, Welcome Home

The glazed porcelain bisque finish on some of the new pieces, such as Blessed Child Nativity, look exceptional with the warm light glowing from within. The glaze finish featured on many of the new Snowbabies Snow Dream pieces gives a bit of a retro feel to them. Also pictured, Light the Way, doesn’t lack in detail either! Holding a Yule log with three lit candles and wearing a hat with rhinestone detail, this piece will look great paired with any of the pieces you currently own. The bronzed glitter on many of the Snowbabies Snow Dream pieces makes them extremely easy to mix and match in any holiday display.

Snowbabies Snow Dreams, Light the Way (left) and Blessed Child Nativity (right)

Snowbabies really do say it all! The care and attention to detail that Kristi puts into each piece make them perfect gifts. Even 30 years of designs later Kristi does not disappoint with the new 2017 additions! If you’re interested in seeing more of the new Snowbabies pieces, make sure to click here.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Mother’s Day was first celebrated locally in 1908. Anna Jarvis, daughter of peace activist Ann Jarvis, began to campaign to make it an official holiday in memory of her mother after her passing in 1905. However, it took until 1914 to become an official national holiday. President Woodrow Wilson dedicated the second Sunday in May for the holiday to be celebrated in the United States.

World’s Best Mom

Mom’s are there to teach us how to tie our shoes, how to fold our laundry, how to cook a well-balanced meal, how to apply make-up and so much more. Show your mom how much you love and appreciate her with this sentimental ornament. This ornament even arrives in a gift box!

Hug, Please!

A big bear hug from a loved one has the power to make any day brighter and Mom’s always know when you need one! This figurine features hand-knit stocking caps.

 

I’m Too Old For Kisses

A mother’s love knows no limits. From the time you’re a baby and far beyond, they will always shower you with love and affection. Any mother will tell you, you’re never too old for kisses. This figurine features two tutu skirts.

Precious Messes

Mom turned her back for just a minute this Snowbaby has turned lunch into a messy new hat. No one claimed that Motherhood was easy…or clean!

I’m Here for You

This porcelain bisque figurine pair tells it all — “I’m Here For You”. Mom’s make the best therapists, teachers, and friends. Show mom you’re there for her as well with this fun piece!

Each Snowbaby is created and detailed to tell a story. Get mom more than a card this year to show how much you really appreciate her. CLICK HERE to shop all Snowbabies designs!

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