Well, it’s that time of year again. Christmas is upon us and another year is coming to an end. If you’re anything like me, you still have some last minute gifts to buy.
As a new resident of Stockholm, I’ve been looking for some creative and unique Swedish inspired gifts to get for my loved ones. So, while doing my own digging, I have compiled a list of Christmas gift ideas for anyone looking for Swedish gifts, minus the viking horns and other touristy items.
1. Dala Horse
One of the most iconic images associated with traditional Sweden is the Dala Horse. You can buy them in all different sizes and variations. They can be used as a home decoration or as a child’s toy. You can find them in numerous shops through out the city.
2. Pippi Longstocking Books
For all the tiny book worms out there, Pippi Longstocking is a classic story, written by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a girl with super human strength, who likes to tell tales about her travels. The numerous books centered around Pippi are perfect gift for kids. Pick them up at the English Book Shop In Gamla Stan.
Easily one of Stockholm’s most recognizable fashion brands. Acne is known for its minimalist, yet edgy clothing. The clean denim, and quality leather goods will be a huge hit with any young, trendsetter on your list. If you’re looking for pieces that are even more unique, I would suggest shopping at the archive location, where you can find older, more rare pieces from past Acne collections.
Acne Archive, Torsgatan 53, Stockholm
4. Spotify Subscription
Spotify, originally created in Sweden, is taking over the world. It’s an extremely easy way of have music at your fingertips and in your headphones. This option is particularly good for last minute gifts, or just for those who don’t want to venture outdoors and into crowded Stockholm. With a click of your mouse you can choose from a month subscription, or up to a year worth of free music.
5. Brio Labyrinth
This Labyrinth game is a refreshing change from the technology driven games that most children will be asking for this year. Created in the 1940‘s, it is one of Brio’s top selling products. This Brio toy is both entertaining and stimulating for children and adults.
6. Svenskt Tenn Textiles
If you’re looking to splurge on some extremely vibrant and beautiful Swedish textiles, this is the place for you. They carry everything from furniture to hand bags, most of which are created with their beautiful textiles, and put onto quality fabrics. As a bonus, they guarantee Christmas shipping within Sweden up until the 20th of December.
7. H & M
Also in the category of iconic Swedish fashion, H&M is a good place to find a fashionable gift on a budget. You are sure to find something for any age in the numerous stores around Stockholm.
8. Rörstrand Mug
A great gift for any tea or coffee drinker. These mugs are beautiful and feature an iconic Swedish print. You can find the whole collection at Åhléns City.
This toy car is perfect for any parent who isn’t so fond of the usual brightly coloured and often Disney themed toys. It is very minimalist, which is sure to please a lot of parents, while also being a blast for small children.
10. Tiger of Sweden
If you’re looking to treat a particular man in your life, Tiger of Sweden is the place to go for some quality men’s clothes.
11. Bengt & Lotta candelabra
These stunning candelabras are the perfect gift for any candle lover. These works of art find inspiration in old Swedish folk art. Created by couple Bengt and Lotta, this is a unique purchase, supporting independent artisans in Stockholm.