Why are Gnomes Called Gonks?

The creature that looks so much like Santa was not originally a Christmas icon. Gonks are inspired by gnomes and hobgoblins found in Scandinavian mythology, who would make their home near farms where they could find food for future generations among livestock or other...

Why do we Have Gonks at Christmas?

The tradition of Gonks everywhere! These little creatures make a comeback at winter time, when they’re thought to bring good luck and protect your home from all sorts solstices. The gnome-like figurines have their faces covered by large hats with fluffy beards (you...

What’s a Gonk Toy (1960s & 1970s)?

The gonk toy is different from the gnome-style gonk and is a novelty toy that was invented in the 1960s by Robert Benson and has a furry texture, small, spherical body and googly eyes placed just above halfway up its body. They would often be dressed in themed outfits...

When did Gonks come out?

The first mention of a gonk dates back to the 1600s in Norway, and possibly even earlier than that. A well-known motifs of Nordic folklore the gonks part protector/elf on shelf who watched over homes from evil while also being mischievous...

Are Gonks Scandinavian?

Yes. The first mention of a gonk dates back to 1600 in Norway, and possibly even earlier than that. A well-known motifs of Nordic folklore the gonks part protector/elf on shelf who watched over homes from evil while also being mischievous themselves but had...