1. Travel
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

10 Great Scandinavian Gifts & Souvenirs


What are typical Scandinavian gifts or souvenirs from Scandinavia? Here are 10 great ideas for which souvenirs are typical Scandinavian gifts to bring back from your trip, or to order online for a Scandinavia fan. These unique ideas range from some neat practical gifts to Scandinavian crafts and typical Scandinavian toys:

1. Scandinavian Clogs

Scandinavian Clogs Shop
M. Miller
The #1 Scandinavian gift? 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.
Compare Prices

2. A Norwegian Sweater

Daryl Hannah in Norwegian Sweater
© Doug Benc / Getty Images
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.
Compare Prices

3. Framed Photography or Art Prints

Nothing changes the feel of a wall more than a beautiful scenic photography, and Scandinavian decorating style emphasizes this with prints and photos in every home. Besides numerous stunning photos from the Scandinavian region, Art.com also has prints and photos from everywhere else, all available in various sizes and with or without frames.

4. Music & CDs from Scandinavia

© Pricegrabber Image
A gift from Scandinavia for all ages and tastes. There are quite a few songs about Scandinavia, and it's not all ABBA. Not at all! This list shows you in a fun way my choices for the best Scandinavia-related music and provides links to the cheapest prices. You can even vote for your favorite Scandinavia song or music (or submit your own)!

5. Angel Chimes from Scandinavia

Angel Chimes from Scandinavia
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 angles 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.
Compare Prices

6. A Dala Horse

Dala Horse made in Sweden
© TAM-10/2007
A Dala Horse is a unique Scandinavian gift inspired by Swedish handicraft. 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!

7. Books About Scandinavia

Scandinavia Guide Book
© CoverData
Books are useful gifts for Scandinavia travelers - or you can make it an interesting present for family at home, so they know what Scandinavia is like! Take a look at the best books about Scandinavia here, and compare their prices directly online.

8. A EUrail Train Pass

Train tracks in Scandinavia
© S. Agoland
The EUrail Scandinavia Pass offers a flexible and reasonably priced transportation option for travelers exploring one or more countries of Scandinavia by train, on just one train ticket. These practical train passes can be easily purchased online.

9. Local Scandinavian Artwork

Stockholm Shopping Street
© Licensed to About w/Courtesy of WCities
Shopping locally in Sweden? Look for design and artwork items. The Scandinavian functionalist artwork style, with its clean lines and colors, dates back to architect Gunnar Asplund and the 1930s. If you happen to visit Stockholm, here are the best local artwork & design stores in the Stockholm area...

10. Pipes & Snu (Chewing Tobacco)

Tobacco Pipe in Denmark
© Bisgaard Pipes

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.

  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. Scandinavia Travel
  4. Shopping in Scandinavia
  5. 10 Great Scandinavian Gifts & Souvenirs

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.