Scandinavia—comprised of Norway, Sweden, Denmark—has many things to be proud of, including a thriving minimalist chic design scene, happy hygge culture, and a high-end culinary talent. If you're looking to bring something back from your trip or a great gift for a fan of Scandinavia, it won't be hard to find. Here are five great ideas for Scandinavian gifts and souvenirs that range from some neat practical gifts to crafts and typical toys.
The number one Scandinavian gift is a pair of wooden clogs. Take a look around. You see people wearing clogs all over Scandinavia, and it is here that the clog has been made popular and comfortable enough for daily wear. Today, Scandinavian clogs come in all shapes and sizes and are available in various materials, from soft rubber to the traditional wooden clog. A popular brand for Scandinavian clogs is Dansko, which was founded in Denmark.
Another very popular Scandinavian gift is a real Norwegian sweater, which travelers can find all over Scandinavia. If you want to order online, look for Norwegian sweaters from Selbu and Dale of Norway. Both sell Norwegian sweaters made with great materials and quality from an authentic Norwegian company. Norwegian sweaters are cozy and warm and come in various styles and sizes.
While originating in Scandinavia, angel chimes have made their way around the world and are now available in many places at low prices. The heat from the candles turns the top of the chimes, and the angels move across the small bells attached, making a beautiful—but subtle—tinkling sound. This Scandinavian holiday decoration involves no electricity but lots of tradition and ambiance instead.
A Dala Horse is a unique Scandinavian gift inspired by Swedish handicraft. The name comes from its home province, Dalarna, in central Sweden. The favorite ones are the red-orange horses from the little village of Nusnäs near Mora. If you don't have the option of picking up your own Dala Horse in Sweden, you can find them online as well. They are even available in chocolate!
Yes, even tobacco is a typical Scandinavian gift—but make sure the recipient likes chewing tobacco or uses a pipe. Chewing tobacco is very popular in Scandinavia, and so are pipes. Plus, they're not expensive gifts. Tobacco lovers even buy these as gifts to themselves while in Scandinavia. If you want to splurge, buy a hand-carved wooden pipe (some of which originate back to the Viking days).