Looking for the perfect Swedish gift idea for a friend, family member or student? Inhabitants of this Nordic land enjoy tasty specialties and distinctive style. We’ve identified 12 gifts that capture the essence of this magical Scandinavian country:
1. Kubb, the traditional Swedish game – Perfect for all ages, this game is played outside and involves knocking down your opponents’ kubb blocks by throwing a wooden cylinder. Great for the back yard or beach, teach your family and friends something new, fun and different.
2. Swedish language lessons (Pimsleur) – There are scores of Swedish language books and courses available, but many do a poor job teaching the language efficiently. The Pimsleur tapes are on the pricey end, but win rave reviews thanks to their organized teaching style, with each new lesson building its foundation on the previous. They can often be found pre-owned on sites like Amazon for less. Includes 15 total hours of instruction broken up into 30 minute lesson segments.
3. Bringing it Home: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of Sweden in Your Home – If you’ve traveled to Sweden, you may have been captured by the quaint homes that evoke a distinctly Swedish style. This book helps you bring some of that charm into your own home — wherever you may live. Readers give it 5/5 stars.
4. Swedish flag shirt – Sport your cultural appreciation with a smartly designed Swedish flag t-shirt that feels as great as it looks. Be prepared for compliments.
5. Swedish movies – There’s no better way to become immersed in Swedish culture than visiting in person, but the next best thing might be Swedish film. Sweden has a strong film-making tradition, with many great options to choose from. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series are the most popular Swedish films of the last decade.
6. Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap – This unique soap includes marine algae that acts as a great moisturizer for sensitive skin. Smells wonderful.
7. Book: Swedish Folk Tales – Beautifully illustrated by renown Swedish artist John Bauer, these fantastical tales will take you on a grand adventure. Titles include “The Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years” and “When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing.” These are not only fun stories but will help give adults and children alike a deeper understanding of Swedish culture.
8. Magnetic Poetry in Swedish – If you’re learning Swedish, there’s no better daily vocabulary reminder than fridge magnets. Arrange the words differently daily for a fun way to reinforce the language. If you’re familiar with basic grammar already, you’ll be pleased to know you can add different add verb and noun endings.
9. Fajllraven Kanken Daypack – Designed in collaboration with the The Swedish Guide and Scout Association in 1978, this pack has endured thanks to its timeless design and sturdy, practical construction. In fact, this style of pack has recently started to come into fashion among the trend setters. Comes in over 36 colors.
10. Modern-Day Vikings: A Practical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes – Whether you’re living or just traveling in Sweden, it can take some time to fully appreciate the unique cultural quirks of Swedes. Understanding the intricacies of the Swedish mindset will not only make you more aware, but will give you a great starting point for conversations with locals. They’ll appreciate your interest.
11. Swedish preserves – Nothing says Sweden like a jar of lingonberry jam. But have you tried cloudberry or gooseberry? Get a six pack and have a Swedish jam tasting tea party.
12. Swedish sweets cookbooks – A couple dessert cookbooks stand out including Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats, a deliciously sweet journey through Swedish coffee culture. And Swedish Cakes and Cookies, choc full of great recipes that will make your holiday cookies ones to remember.