Poland is one of the world’s biggest exporters of Christmas decorations, with prestigious customers including the UK’s prestigious Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, Le Bon Marché in Paris and Bloomingdales in the USA.
Data from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) shows that in 2019, the value of Polish exports of Christmas goods reached EUR 80.4 million, two and a half times more than in 2015.
PIE said: “This puts Poland in third place in the world. Only China exported more (the world leader in sales with a market share of over 80 percent) and Germany.”
The report also shows that in 2019, Polish Christmas baubles were delivered to 71 countries on all continents, with almost half of them going to Germany, and 18 percent to the United States.
The decorations, which are hand blown from glass and then hand-painted, are produced by several traditional manufacturers and sold in the world’s most exclusive department stores, such as London’s Harrods.
Jakub Grubiński, president of GabiGlass in Gniezno, who have been making baubles for export for 8 years, said: “The English love shaped baubles. It is for them that we create baubles in different forms like cars, Santa clauses and Christmas trees.”
Americans also favour shaped baubles. Maciej Mostowski, the third generation of a family factory which first started producing baubles in 1945 and have produced baubles for the Kremlin Museum, American sports teams, Spanish royals and the White House said: “American’s are more colourful and can easily have something like Santa Claus on a surfing board.”
A more unusual American tradition are baubles in the shape of cucumbers, with Polish company Vitbis sending one hundred cucumber shaped baubles to America each year.