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12 Pretty Snow Globes That Perfectly Capture Winter’s Beauty


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It’s finally happened — we’ve officially crossed over from fall into the treacherous territory of winter. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! The coldest season of the year comes with a few perks of its own: Namely, the sheer splendor of freshly fallen snow, icicles, and even the starkness of the trees against the whitened backdrop. Since we’ll be stuck in its clutches for the next several months, why not celebrate winter’s beauty with a beautiful snow globe that perfectly captures its essence? Take it from author Sarah Addison Allen, who wrote in her novel, The Sugar Queen ($13.03, Amazon), “Snow flurries began to fall … It was magical, this snow globe world.” 

What is in a snow globe? 

Snow globes, or models of scenes set in liquid that appear to “snow” when tiny particles found within are  shaken up, may be made from a number of components. Most have a base of water, though some add glycerin or corn syrup to thicken its consistency and make “snowflakes” (typically crafted from plastic particles) from falling too quickly. Others may use small amounts of antifreeze to keep the water from freezing during shipping. 

The History of Snow Globes 

The origins of snow globes are a bit dicey. Though many credit Austrian Edward Perzy of Original Vienna Snow Globes with the invention circa 1900, others claim to have seen the wintery treasures on display decades prior at the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition. 

It wasn’t until the 1940s, however, that these cherished mementos began to gain steam, thanks to a movie called Kitty Foyle, in which Ginger Rogers’ character shakes a snow globe. They have since become major collector’s items that can be displayed all season long — and beyond!  

The Best Snow Globes 

Whether you’re looking for a little inspiration for a last-minute Christmas gift or just a seasonal way to decorate once the trimmings have been taken off your tree, you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best snow globes on the market. 

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