After spotting these adorable little Christmassy creatures, we had to look up the word wichtel to find out that they're house imps (or gnomes, depending on your sources) that leave presents and surprises at Christmas time. That's our kind of imp!
We found these little guys made by Flickr user Revoluzzza, who also sells them -- along with a myriad of other unbelievably cute stuffed critters -- in her DaWanda shop (the German equivalent of Etsy). She also keeps a fantastic must-bookmark craft blog, also called Revoluzzza.
Photos: Suse Bauer