Hallmark Merry Miniatureswere first introduced by Hallmark Cards, Inc in 1974. From 1974 through 1995 Merry Miniatures were sold as individual unboxed items. From 1996 through 1999 Merry Miniatures were offered as boxed sets. In 2000, Hallmark returned to the individual items and offered collections of complimentary items each year sold in clear "boxes."
Merry Miniatures offers seasonal items that are perfect for creating small vignettes or display scenes. They are indeed miniature as most average only around an inch tall, however, during the early years of production the items were larger. There are a number of pieces that were produced with variations that greatly affect their secondary market values.
The Merry Miniature Collection also included containers, early collections such as Hugga Bunch and Cosmopolitan Cats, as well as a line of boxed Merry Miniature "Greetings."