Snow Globe Gifts
Like so many collectible Christmas decorations, snow globes are beloved and widely known. But their history may be a bit of a mystery to most. For example, did you know that the oldest description of a snow globe-like object dates to 1880? Perhaps not as vintage as a nutcracker or even Christmas stockings, but definitely a contender for an oldie-but-a-goodie gift classification.
Then there’s the fact that snow globes weren’t originally intended as Christmas décor. That first snow globe-like object was a paperweight filled with water and a little man carrying an umbrella that protected him from the white snow-like powder inside the knick-knack. The next globe featured a miniature of the Eiffel Tower. And the first to carry the patent awarded to Erwin Perzy made a wintery scene around the Mariazell Basilica in Austria.
But let’s get to the point here. Snow globes are everywhere! They’re a decoration favorite the world over. And in our selection of snow globes, you’ll find more than glittering Christmas scenes to display around your home and gift to collectors or wide-eyed kiddos. When you shop with us, you’re set to discover unique globes that thrive on the decoration’s kitsch nature and hold everything from Santa to Jaws in their sparkling waters. So, come with us and see what magic we have in store for your holiday or just-because gift shopping!
Christmas Snow Globes
We know we just said snow globes aren’t only for Christmas. But, in the same breath, it’s impossible to deny their connection. Perhaps you grew up admiring grandma’s snow globe collection. She’d line them all up on her mantle, just out of reach, begging to be shaken. When you were allowed to give it a whirl, the minute-long snowstorm held your attention better than anything else. It was pure magic. Snow falling inside a tiny world tugged on your imagination.
And now, whether the snow globe lets white flakes drift or iridescent sparkles float in its water, you’re tugged by nostalgia right back into grandma’s sitting room. As the holidays are all about reminiscing and creating new memories, snow globes are a must-have piece in your decorating. And whether you surround them with evergreen trims and Christmas lights or not, our available water dazzlers can help create plenty more Christmas cheer!
Musical Snow Globe
Décor might be the first thing you think of when you consider what makes Christmas stand out. But chances are your brain quickly moves to carols. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. And it’s darn near impossible to deck the halls with boughs of holly without some jolly fa la la la las ringing in your ears. A musical Christmas snow globe combines the two parts into a whole lot of fun! Mesmerize every youngster—and everyone young-at-heart—with a sparkling display of snow that falls to the gentle tin tap sounds of We Wish You a Merry Christmas or any preset tune in our selection of musical globes.
Snow Globe Latern
If we’re going to talk about snow globes as Christmas décor, we’d be remiss to exclude lit snow globes. Just like a Christmas tree and its baubles look more spectacular with twinkling fairy lights, a snow globe’s snow shines brighter in the light. But a snow globe lantern is a bit different from the underlit globes you may be familiar with. As the name suggests, these water dazzlers look like a lantern. And there’s something about the warm glow they cast that recalls nights that required comfy sweaters, cocoa, and a crackling fire to thaw out. Harness that powerful sense of hygge all winter when you add an available lantern snow globe to your décor!
Santa Snow Globe
What’s Christmas without Santa? His bowl-full-of-jelly belly shaking with a laugh, or his rosy cheeks and nose making his face look extra merry are iconic on the holiday scene. Not to mention his red and white suit! That uniform is so well-known that you’ll spot just about every other pop culture character trying their hand at playing Santa. And you best believe they’ll find their way into Christmas snow globes as well! Treat yourself or someone on Santa’s nice list to a visit from the magical man in red when you shop our selection. From traditional, white-bearded Santa to this charming Snoopy ringing in the holiday season, there’s a Santa for everyone!
Nativity Snow Globe
Perhaps instead of Santa and snowmen, Nativity scenes pull your Christmas memories to the surface. Advent Sundays were spent lighting candles at church, and you saw each flickering flame as a sign Christmas was a week closer. Each December night may have been spent opening an Advent calendar. Each tiny gift or prayer more thrilling than the last. Even if not though, you likely saw your parents’ delicate Nativity scenes as a favorite playset. With baby Jesus sleeping in the center and animal figurines crowding around, you were intrigued, and the symbol continues to draw you in. Bring the feeling home again when you buy a Nativity globe!
Disney Snow Globes
If we asked you to guess who was featured in Disney’s first snow globe, would you say Mickey Mouse? Maybe their first leading lady, Snow White? Great guesses! But when Disney officially hit the snow globe scene in 1959, they gave the world Bambi in a snowy setting. We have zero doubt it was a charming collectible. After all, Bambi’s first romp in the snow and when the baby deer tried to cross a frozen pond is the perfect inspiration for a snow globe!
As the kitsch of snow globes blossomed, however, Disney and many snow globe makers mixed it up. From cute Disney darlings and Santa Mickeys, Disney snow globes grew to include villains and beloved oddballs like Jack Skellington and Sally. And in our selection of Disney décor and collectibles, you’ll find the snow globe to complete your Nightmare Before Christmas-themed holiday display or the newest addition for your Disney-obsessed cousin’s collector’s shelf!
Glitter Snow Globes
You’re sure to enjoy our more seasonal Disney snow globes. But if you’re shopping for a collector, you may want something with a more year-round vibe. Of course, we’re not telling you to put that Christmas-y Stitch back. We’re only suggesting you grab something like this Maleficent water ball. Filled with iridescent green glitter, the shimmering decoration makes Maleficent’s notoriously lime-green magic look more enchanting than frightening. And sans snow, any water dazzler feels ready for everyday display. Discover glitter of every color in our selection. From a royal purple for the haughtiest Disney villains to shapes in gold or silver for other pop culture legends, there’s something sparkly for everyone!
Harry Potter Snow Globes
We’re not sure if there are many other ways to say snow globes are magical. So, instead, here are some Harry Potter snow globes to simply demonstrate the magic. If imagining exploring the miniature winter landscapes in grandma’s snow globes was your favorite part of Christmas and you’re a certifiable Potterhead that pictured each scene of the book as a live-action moment (before the movies existed) then our Harry Potter selection is sure to transport you to the Wizarding World in one! Want to feel whisked away on the back of a dragon? Have a kiddo that just fell in love with your favorite book series? Need a unique gift for your friend’s collection? Then these dazzlers are required shopping! From Chibi Hedwig and Harry snow globes to glistening options featuring everyone’s favorite train platform, gazing into our crystal balls reveals which snow globes are destined to join your collection!
Hogwarts Snow Globe
Just starting your Harry Potter collection? Or maybe you want to help a friend complete their own. Ain’t no place safer to begin or end that journey than Hogwarts! The halls that educated your favorite witches and wizards and broadened your imagination more than anyone could have expected is a must-have for any Harry Potter fan. And inside a snow globe, the iconic castle comes to life. In place of “snow” glitter floats inside the water globe. Hogwarts glistens and whether lines up next to classic Christmas snow globes or left to decorate a shelf stocked with the Harry Potter books, a Hogwarts dazzler casts a cozy feeling throughout the room.
Snow Globes for Kids
As much as we adults enjoy the gently drifting snow and glitter inside a snow globe, children are the biggest fans. We’ve hit that trigger a few times. So, you more than remember the allure of the glittering balls and their tiny worlds propped on filigree adorned stands or resting on cotton snowdrifts your mom had expertly laid on the mantle. Sure, the style of snow globes may have changed, but children haven’t. They’re still intrigued by the simple spell each version of the tchotchkes cast. And they want to stir up the glitter and snow just as much as you did; they want to explore the tiny cabin or hang out with the tv character living inside. So, while mom or dad may have told you not to touch without supervision, our selection of unique kid’s décor includes snow globes that practically beg kids to touch. Discover the ready-to-be-shaken dazzler for the kiddo on your list when you shop with us!
Lighted Snow Globe
Nightlights are great! Even for adults, they serve their purpose. Though maybe not used to fend off monsters in the closet, a decorative light in the hallway or living room offers comfort. Now imagine if it also offered a place to drift to sleep in. Not literally, of course, but by inspiring dreams the viewer can’t wait to escape into. A lighted snow globe offers that to a child with little effort! With a soft yellow glow and friendly face smiling out from glittering water, this Harry Potter light-up snow globe is sure to bring peaceful lighting to a child’s room. And whether it banishes nightmares or simply encourages dreams, it’s sure to be a favorite!
Funny Snow Globes
Few sounds are nicer than children laughing. Especially around the holidays. The sound of joy bubbling over as gifts are opened or they’re given batter-covered spatulas to lick is almost necessary to a holiday’s soundtrack. Luckily, Christmas décor, stuffed stockings, and cookie jars with fresh treats ensure homes with kiddos hear the lovely carol. Carry the music into the rest of the year with funny snow globes that make even the hottest summer day feel magical! From unique figures like this mermaid for your little one to an A Christmas Story leg-lamp snow globe to delight the young-at-heart, our selection is sure to tickle every funny bone!
Snow Globes FAQ
If we’ve done our job well, your mind is now a flurry with snow globe ideas. But you may still have a couple of general questions about those sparkling water balls. Or you may have skipped down to this section because you wanted the TL;DR version of snow globe fun. Either way, we’ll round out the snow globe festivities below by addressing a few frequently asked questions about one of the world’s most pervasive tchotchkes.
What is a Snow Globe?
A snow globe is a clear container, typically spherical, that is filled with liquid and artificial snow. Gentle shakes make the snow fall around a miniature scene or figure inside. Though commonly seen at Christmas, variety and entertainment value make snow globes popular year-round.
What Liquid is Inside a Snow Globe?
Originally, snow globes held plain water. However, a mix of water and glycerol created a fluid that helped slow the “snow’s” falling, so most snow globes now feature the two-ingredient mixture. It is never a good idea to ingest the liquid inside a snow globe.
How to Refill a Snow Globe?
Refilling snow globes can be tricky and is best left to professionals. However, some snow globes come with plugs on the bottom. If true of yours, refilling the snow globe can be done using a plastic syringe to inject the correct fluid into the globe.
Can I shake the snow globe?
Collectors disagree on this one. Snow globes show their snowfall when given a gentle shake. But shaken too hard, the liquid creates bubbles ruining the snow globe’s look and snowfall performance. Think soft turns and tilts not earthquakes when you shake your snow globe.