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Nutcrackers Buying Guide

Immortalized by the famous ballet The Nutcracker, nutcrackers have a much longer history as holiday decorations. Because of the ballet's popularity, nutcrackers continue to be a unique addition to a variety of spots in the home. Some can be quite valuable, while others are appreciated for their unique style.

Types of Nutcrackers

Types of Nutcrackers

As with virtually every holiday decorating element, nutcrackers are available in a range of types. Some are functional, like the nutcrackers created for households centuries ago, while others are purely decorative. The types of figures depicted by the nutcracker have also changed over the years, as have the materials used to create them and artistic style. Whatever your preferences, there is a nutcracker to complement your holiday decor.

Material

Many nutcrackers are carved out of wood, and some of the most prized are still created in Germany by a small number of artisans. Still others are made from metal, while some decorative versions are crafted from porcelain, glass, or other materials.

Style

Styles of nutcrackers vary from folk art-inspired to highly detailed and intricate. Some nutcrackers are elaborately painted and have fabric accents, while others are unpainted.

Figure Type

Centuries ago, most nutcrackers were created as soldiers, kings, and knights. Today's nutcrackers represent a much broader spectrum of personalities, including Santa Claus and historical figures.

Decorative vs. Functional

Many nutcrackers are designed as simple holiday decorating accents, while some serve their original intent: cracking nuts.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Nutcrackers vary widely in creation, and their origins certainly affect price. Before you purchase a nutcracker, investigate any care requirements, including its sensitivity to light and heat. You should also consider size in relation to its placement in your home, as well as any storage needs the nutcracker may have. All those purchase considerations will affect your enjoyment of the nutcracker.

Care

Many wooden nutcrackers are fairly easy to clean with a dust cloth; others may have finish elements, such as hand painting, that require special care.

Size

From petite to nearly life-size, nutcrackers can be found in all sizes. Before making a purchase, consider where you will place your nutcracker.

Storage

Many nutcrackers of small to medium size can be safely stored in protective wrapping and containers. Larger or more delicate nutcrackers may require additional shelf space and preservative boxes.

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Balsam Hill
$199.00 $179.00

Our Soldier with Drum nutcracker measures 16.3 inches high and 6.3 inches wide. Handcrafted in Germany from linden, alder, beech, ...and maple wood, this Christmas nutcracker is a beautiful rendition of the timeless toy soldier figure. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$131.99 $114.99

Christian Ulbricht 32-637 Features: -He keeps a sharp lookout.-Binoculars to look for fires.-Handmade.-Finish: Natural wood and st...ains.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Brown.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 4.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.5. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$188.99 $160.99

Christian Ulbricht 32 - 812 Nothing says the holidays are here like new decorative nutcrackers! Christian Ulbricht Natural Wood Nu...tcrackers are exquisitely constructed and offer a new and creative spin on the traditional holiday favorite. The Red Drummer Solider Nutcracker is finely crafted and offers rich, bright colors! Features: -Red Drummer Solider Nutcracker.-Nutcracker is finely crafted with rich bright finish!.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Multi.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 16.5.-Overall Product Weight: 3.75. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$339.99 $309.99

Christian Ulbricht 0/455 Features: -With toys in hand.-Limited edition of 1000 pieces.-Natural wood finish.-Quantity: Individual I...tem.-Color: Multi.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Theme: Santas.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 18.75.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 8. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$167.99 $149.99

Christian Ulbricht 32 - 350 Nothing says the holidays are here like new decorative nutcrackers! Christian Ulbricht Natural Wood Fi...nished Nutcrackers are exquisitely constructed and offer a new and creative spin on the traditional holiday favorite. The Natural Wood Finished Medium King Nutcracker is finely crafted and offers rich wood colors! Features: -Natural Wood Finish Medium King Nutcracker.-Nutcracker is finely crafted with rich wood finish!.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Brown and White.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 14.5.-Overall Product Weight: 2.35. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$169.99 $144.99

Christian Ulbricht 32-539 Features: -Holds a toy horse.-Hand-painted.-Color: Black and white.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Bl...ack and white.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 17.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 5.5.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 7. read more

Santa's Workshop
$105.00 $89.99

Santa's Workshop 70756 This set of three nutcrackers are cute. They are painted pink with glitter on them to sparkle. Each hat has... a different cupcake on top. All of them are holding a wooden spoon and have red accents. They are standing on a pink round base which is also glittered. Features: -Material: Wood.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Pink; White.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Theme: .-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Incense Holder: No.-Life Size: No.-Lighted: No.-Animated: No.-Musical: No.-Primary Material: Wood -Primary Material Details: ..Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 3.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.-Overall Product Weight: 2.4.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: .. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$111.99 $101.99

Christian Ulbricht 32 - 643 Decorative Nutcrackers have long been a staple of the holiday season. Christian Ulbricht Nutcrackers a...re exquisitely constructed and offer a new and creative spin on the traditional holiday favorite. This line of nutcrackers offers specific options for every interest! The Large Santa Nutcracker is finely crafted and hand painted! Features: -Large Santa Nutcracker.-Nutcracker is finely crafted and hand painted!.-Color: Multi.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Theme: Santas.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 12.-Overall Product Weight: 0.75. read more

Jeco Inc.
$399.99 $328.98

Jeco Inc. SN6001 Large wooden nutcracker standing at attention, dressed with black cape, red velvet fabric jacket, painted blue pa...nts and black boots, wearing a golden crown and holding a golden staff. He is mounted on a painted, red base. Accents include gold trim, cloak, glitter and jewels. Features: -Made of solid wood.-Accents of gold trim, cape and jewels.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Multi-colored.-Product Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Incense Holder: Yes.-Life Size: Yes.-Lighted: No.-Animated: No.-Musical: No.-Collection: Delux.-Number of Items Included: 1.-Pieces Included: .-Swatch Available: No.-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: Yes.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: No.-Product Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 60.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 11.4.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 11.8.-Overall Product Weight: 30.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: No -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: .. read more

Christian Ulbricht
$114.99 $95.99

Christian Ulbricht 32-611 Features: -Drummer playing his drum.-Finish: Natural wood.-Quantity: Individual Item.-Color: Multi.-Prod...uct Type: Nutcrackers.-Holiday Theme: Yes -Holiday: Christmas..-Seasonal Theme: Yes -Season: Winter..-Musical: Yes.-Country of Manufacture: Germany.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 7.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 3.25.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.25. read more

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