German Gifts - Erzgebirge Wood Crafts - Figurines and ornaments
Erzgebirge wooden crafts are handcrafted by artists and toymakers in Germany. The folklore art of Erzgebirge makes a great collector’s item to be passed down between generations, just like our Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Our selection of classic Erzgebirge bunny figurines and ornaments also makes the perfect gift for someone you love. You may have seen these wooden handicrafts at Christmas markets around the world and in souvenir shops in Germany. They are all handcrafted in Germany using the same craftsmanship that miners used in the Ore Mountains in the 18th century. Look for the trademark symbol “Echt Erzgebirge-Holzkunst mit Herz” on the product to make sure it’s not an imitation. This helps support the continued craftsmanship of handmade wooden crafts. Take a look at our diverse selection of Erzgebirge wood figurines and ornaments below.
The tradition of making wooden handicrafts began in the 1700s when miners in Saxony needed to make an income, and wood was plentiful. While the Christmas scenes, figurines, and pyramids are some of the most popular and well-known Erzgebirge crafts, the bunny or rabbit figurines with eggs hold a special place in German history. Rabbits are associated with springtime and fertility and became the symbol of Easter. We also have a wonderful selection of Christmas Erzgebirge figures that make a perfect addition to your Christmas decorations, like snowmen, carolers, and Wippels, that are rounded at the bottom, so they bounce back and forth and do not fall over. These would make a lovely centerpiece for your dining or entryway table or fireplace mantel.