Solar power doesn't just have to be bright outdoor lights or pond pumps - it can be fun little products that don't require much power to run, are great gifts and can be placed on your desk or car's dashboard dancing & bobbling away with no running costs.

Novelty solar toys make great gifts for any age, and are often supplied with a self adhesive sticker on the base for placing inside your car on the dashboard.  With hundreds of different options, I am going to be covering the novelty solar dancing toys, otherwise known as "wobblers".

We can all remember the dancing flowers from the 1990's, and it's great to see such a wider range of designs & styles making their way into solar powered toys, back then, they did require batteries and were terribly non-efficient meaning most people just let the batteries die.. and with it the sunglasses wearing sunflower no longer danced 😢

I feel one of the major benefits of these solar gifts is the price, they are very cheap, can wrap up lovely for Christmas / birthdays, and require no batteries to be installed - they are powered by the ambient light in your home.

Having quite a collection of solar powered toys, my UK home is quite the happy place, and I am not ashamed to say that many have made it into my bedroom and car.  The maintenance of the dancing toys is pretty minimal only requiring an occasional dust, and my dancing friends are alive with movement once again.

My desk also has quite a few of the small solar delights, much to the judging eyes of my wife, but once they start dancing, it's all smiles.  We've all seen the US Office with Dwight's obsession with bobble heads... well take it from me, nothing makes me crack a smile more than seeing my dancing snowman!

Placing solar powered wobblers anywhere there is a bit of sun light is also often quite the game in itself, the kitchen window, my dashboard, and even the shelves in my living room are all graced with the happy go lucky solar figurines.

Solar Powered Dancing / Bobble Toys

Whatever the season, I am sure there will be a solar wobbler waiting with your name on it.  Designs range from simple cute flowers, to Christmas themed characters.

Solar Powered Dancing Christmas Tree 🎄

Solar Powered Dancing Christmas Tree
Solar Powered Dancing Christmas Tree
  • Material: Resign
  • Design: Christmas Tree with a smiley face
  • Height: 10.5cm
  • Base Colour: Red

Christmas Elf and Snowman Solar Powered Bobble Toys ☃

Christmas Elf and Snowman Solar Powered Bobble Toys
Christmas Elf and Snowman Solar Powered Bobble Toys
  • Twin Pack
  • Design:  1 x Christmas Elf, 1 x Snowman
  • Material: ABS Plastic
  • Size: 10cm
  • Colour: Elf: Light Green Base / Snowman: Pale Green Base

Dancing Flamingo (Solar Powered)

Dancing Flamingo (Solar Powered)
Dancing Flamingo (Solar Powered)
  • Design: Pink Flamingo with hat and sunglasses
  • Solar Powered (no batteries required)
  • Flaps his wings when placed in sun light
  • Size: 13cm height
  • Base Colour: Green

Solar Powered Mr Bean bobble wobbler

Solar Powered Mr Bean bobble wobbler
Solar Powered Mr Bean bobble wobbler
  • Design: It's Mr Bean... haha
  • Material: Plastic
  • Great unique solar gift for Mr Bean fans
  • Action: Body moves from side to side along with the head
  • Size: 10.5cm high
  • Base Colour: White

Skeleton / Skull Solar Dancing Toy

Skeleton / Skull Solar Dancing Toy
Skeleton / Skull Solar Dancing Toy
  • Design: Skull (I got this as a gift for a friend who plays Fortnite - it looks just like the Skull Trooper skin)
  • Action: Arms and Body move / dance in sun light
  • Size: 11.5cm high
  • Base Colour: Black

Dancing Sunflower Solar Toy

It might not be like the original, but this is one of the closest I can find to that retro dancing sunflower.

Dancing Sunflower Solar Toy
Dancing Sunflower Solar Toy
  • Cute Happy Dancing Sunflower
  • Action: Petals/Leaves/Head move
  • Colours Available: Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Orange & Yellow
  • Size: 10.5cm high

Solar Novelty Desk Golf Gift

Solar Novelty Desk Golf Gift
Solar Novelty Desk Golf Gift

An amazing present for the avid golfer. Remind them of the fun they could be having on the golf course instead of sat working at their desk.

  • Material: Plastic
  • Size: 12cm high
  • Action: When placed in the sun, the golfer will move his club like he's putting the ball.
  • Base Colour: Green

Final thoughts from Professor Power

So there you have it, my top list of solar powered novelty toys.  There are literally hundreds of different styles each with their own merit.  I would not recommend buying these dancing solar figures for children of a young age due to their fragile construction, however if placed out of arms reach - they are so much fun to have on a shelf / desk.

If you're looking for a solar car novelty gift, then these pretty much fit the bill - they are light, and can be attached to your dashboard with either the enclosed sticky pad, or with some blue tack / double sided tape.  The other added bonus of using them in a car/truck/van is... when you're vehicle is moving it will automatically bobble the little wobblers naturally.

I hope you enjoyed this article, if you have any comments - I would love to read them, especially if you have managed to find an original dancing sunflower from the 1990's (but it must be solar powered!).

All the best,

Professor Power