I started collecting Precious Moments about 27 years ago, when my daughter was born. My mom gave me my first figurine of a mother rocking her baby. I have loved them and collected them ever since. The nativity set I own is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Sam Butcher is the artist that created the Precious Moments. In the early 70's he started out selling cards and posters of his artwork, until he was approached by a company named Enesco to make figurines of his characters. In 1978 the first 21 original Precious Moment figurines were made, and they were an instant hit with the public and continue to be popular. There is even a club that you can join to get special members only pieces.
The pieces are made of bisque ceramic and are beautifully painted in soft hues. They have literally hundreds to choose from and even carry Disney themed pieces. They start at around $20, so they are very affordable. You can buy these at stores like Hallmark and stores that sell collectibles and also online.
These make perfect gifts, because they have figurines for so many different occasions, from holidays, to birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. In addition to the figurines, there are also dolls, ornaments, books and plush animals to name a few.
Check out the website, preciousmoments.com I'm sure you can find something you like and maybe you will even start your own collection.