Snowbabies are collectible figurines produced by Department 56. Like many other types of collectible figurines, Snowbabies are released each year and retired after a specific amount of time. Retired Snowbabies with the original box they came in can be very valuable after a few years. Some Snowbabies that are part of special collections can be worth even more. Snowbabies were first released in 1986 by Department 56, a collectibles company headquartered in Minnesota. The idea for the collection came from the executive director of product design at Department 56, Kristi Jensen Pierro. Her idea was to depict the scenes of young children playing in the snow.