German Gifts - Erzgebirge Wood Crafts - Nutcrackers
Erzgebirge crafts are well-loved wooden art pieces from Germany that not only make the perfect gift but are also a collector’s item that can be passed down — just like our Black Forest cuckoo clocks. The German-made nutcracker is one of the most well-known wooden crafts to originate from the region. Their popularity grew in the 19th century and became synonymous with Christmas time. You may have seen all types of Erzgebirge wooden handicrafts for sale at Christmas markets around the world and in souvenir shops across Germany. While the early nutcrackers were functional and used to crack nuts, many of them sold today are purely decorative. Take a look at our unique selection of Erzgebirge nutcrackers below, which come in various sizes and colorful costumes.
The tradition of making wooden handicrafts began in the 17th century when the people in the Erzgebirge region of Germany needed to make an income, and wood was plentiful. Erzgebirge is world-famous for handmade wooden products that keep the artisan tradition alive. The nutcracker was meant to protect your house and also bring you good luck. The Nutcracker ballet gave the wooden nutcracker a resurgence in the US, so they have been a prime choice for Christmas gifts across the western world. Look for the trademark symbol “Echt Erzgebirge-Holzkunst mit Herz” on the product to make sure it’s not an imitation but a real handmade craft from Germany. Your purchase also helps support the continued craftsmanship of handmade wooden crafts in the Ore Mountains.