The Ultimate Finnish Gift 25: Experience The Magic Of Suomi!

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Are you looking for unique and authentic Finnish gifts for Christmas? Or do you need Finland gifts for someone’s birthday? Or perhaps you are looking for souvenirs from Finland to bring home for your friends and family. Whatever your case, you came to the right place! Today, we will bring you a hand-picked selection of 25 gifts that will transport you to a realm of magic and wonder from Suomi.

From the land that gave us the Nokia phone, Moomins, and the sport of wife-carrying (yes, that’s a real thing), it’s no surprise that these gifts from Finland are as unique and eccentric as the Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic sky. So, put on your reindeer slippers, grab a cup of steaming hot Salmiakki tea, and prepare to dive headfirst into a world where socks become works of art, and happiness comes in the form of a licorice-scented candle!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts from Finland by budget.

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#1 Finnish candy gift basket

Gift basket filled with candy from Finland
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Sweets are one of the most popular souvenirs from Finland. Because just like the Swedes, the Finns love candy too.

And one of the most popular candies in Finland is licorice and particularly the salty type called ‘salmiakki’ in Finland. And that’s exactly why this Finnish salmiakki and licorice gift basket is the number one gift on this list!

It includes 19 different variations of licorice and salmiakki that are perfect for Finns who moved abroad and miss home, or as Finnish souvenirs for foreigners.

Though for smaller gifts, you can also buy a package of four Finnish salmiakki bags.


#2 Marimekko gifts

Bed sheets with a floral pattern from the Finnish brand Marimekko
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Are you looking for Finnish gifts for stylish people? Or for people who know everything about famous designers and the latest fashion?

Then a gift from one of Finland’s most famous designers is a great gift idea.

Marimekko is one of the most well-known and influential Finnish brands. They are known for their floral patterns and simple style. It was founded back in 1951 and has been worn by many famous people around the world, which is part of the reason why the brand took such a prominent role in the Finnish design world.

Now, I can imagine that the floral print is not everyone’s style when it comes to dresses or shirts, but the Marimekko duvet sheets are great for everyone!


#3 Finnish language course

Complete Finnish course book
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This is one of the best Finnish gifts for people who love to integrate into Finnish culture or people who love learning languages; a Finnish language course.

Even though many Finnish people speak English really well, if you truly want to understand a country and its people, you should learn to communicate in their local language.

You can either go for the complete Finnish course on Amazon or for a book with short stories in Finnish and English for a lowkey way to practice a language.

Fun fact about languages in Finland

Finnish is actually one of the two official languages of Finland because part of the population speaks Swedish (referred to as the Finland Swedes). So you could also go for a Swedish language course.


#4 Finland ice hockey jersey

Jersey of the national ice hockey team of Finland
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Do you need Finnish gifts for people who love sports?

Then a Finnish ice hockey jersey is the gift you need.

Ice hockey is the most popular sport in Finland, so this jersey with two sticks is perfect.

One side note though. It’s a jersey that’s just for supporters, not the official player’s jersey, but for people who love Finland, it hardly matters, as long as they can show their love for Finland.


#5 Sauna gifts

Sauna bucket, spoon and hourglass
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Finland is the land of saunas. There are probably over 2 million saunas in Finland, which is quite impressive for a country with a population of about 5,2 million. Saunas basically make up part of the culture. Many people have a sauna at their home, and big companies have their own saunas as do the prime ministers and presidents.

It’s such a big part of their culture, that it’s completely normal to be invited into someone’s sauna, even for business contacts.

So if you are looking for traditional Finnish gifts, then anything related to the sauna is perfect.

You can either go for the typical bucket. Though it’s not made in Finland, it’s still a very Finnish gift.

Or you can go for a Finnish sauna gift that’s actually made in Finland, a sauna pillow from the Finnish brand Lapuan Kankurit.


#6 Iittala glasses

Set of two glasses from the brand Iittala from Finland
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Iittala glasses are another example of great souvenirs from Finland. Iittala is a famous Finnish glassware brand that makes beautifully decorated glasses, vases, and other types of ceramics.

It’s a bit of a pricy gift, but the high quality and unique design definitely make it worth it. And the fact that their products are still produced in the Iittala factory in Finland, makes it an even greater gift for people who are obsessed with Finland.


#7 Map of Finland

A vintage poster map of Finland
Photo courtesy of Nara Prints

Are you looking for Finland gifts for a traveler?

Then you can never go wrong with a map!

This vintage map of Finland is not only great for travelers, but for anyone who loves Finland and who loves to decorate their home in Finnish style. Though check out Etsy for more styles.


Finnish gifts for mid budgets

#8 Finnish vodka

Finlandia bottle of vodka
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If you are looking for gifts and souvenirs from Finland for people who love booze, then a bottle of Finnish vodka is the perfect gift.

Finlandia is one of the most popular Finnish vodka brands, so you can never go wrong with a bottle of Finlandia.

Or check out these 25 awesome vodka gifts.


#9 Finnish-themed water bottle

Water bottle with vodka text
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For more vodka-related gifts for people who love Finland, this water bottle is the perfect gift.

And for Finland gifts for people who don’t love vodka, check out the other 150+ Finnish-themed water bottles on Zazzle.


#10 Books about Finland

Book cover of 'Sisu: The Finnish art of courage'
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Sisu: The Finnish art of courage

If you are looking for Finnish gifts for people who are interested in personal development, this is a great book. Where the Swedes have ‘Lagom’ and the Danes have ‘Hygge’, the Finnish variant is ‘Sisu’. An untranslatable word that describes the Finnish lifestyle of courage, resilience, grit, tenacity, and perseverance


Book cover of 'Finnish nightmares: an irreverent guide to life's awkward moments'
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Finnish nightmares: an irreverent guide to life’s awkward moments

This is one of the funniest Finnish gifts for both locals and people who want to learn more about Finnish culture. The book covers typical situations that the Finns consider awkward.


Book cover of 'Tom of Finland: The official life and work of a gay hero'
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Tom of Finland: The official life and work of a gay hero

This is a book about the life of the famous artist known as Tom of Finland. His erotic sketches of men were first published in 1957 a time when being homosexual was still taboo. And have been a cult status in the international queer community for years.


#11 Finland-themed socks

Socks with print
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Socks are great small Finland gifts. If you buy one of the 90 Finnish-themed socks on Zazzle, of course!


#12 Lumene cosmetics

Lumene night moisturizer from Finland
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Are you looking for Finnish gifts for women?

Then anything from the Finnish cosmetic brand Lumune is a great gift idea.

You can go for the night moisturizer, or check out Amazon for all the other options.


#13 Typical Finnish wooden cup

Kuksa, a traditional cup from Finland
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This wooden cup is called a Kuksa, a traditional cup that originated somewhere in the Nordic countries (though the Finns would say in Finland).

It’s typically made from burl by the Sámi people of Lapland, and it’s used as a personal drinking cup. It’s particularly popular because it can withstand temperatures far below zero, as well as boiling water.

Nowadays it has somewhat of a status symbol among foragers, avid hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Which makes them great souvenirs from Finland for anyone who falls into one of those categories.


#14 Finnish cookbooks

Book cover of 'The food & cooking of Finland'
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The food & cooking of Finland

Are you looking for Finland gifts for someone who loves Finnish food? Then a Finnish cookbook is a great gift idea.


Book cover of 'Classic recipes of Finland: traditional food and cooking in 25 authentic dishes'
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Classic recipes of Finland: traditional food and cooking in 25 authentic dishes

This is a great cookbook for people who want to learn a few of the Finnish classic dishes.


Book cover of 'The Finnish cookbook: Finland's best-selling cookbook adapted for American kitchens'
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The Finnish cookbook: Finland’s best-selling cookbook adapted for American kitchens

This is one of the best Finnish gifts for Americans who love Finnish food. This book includes traditional Finnish dishes, but this time the recipes are adapted to be easily prepared in an American kitchen.


#15 Finland-themed passport cover

Passport cover with reindeer and Finland
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need practical Finnish gifts for travelers?

Then check out the 57 different Finland-themed passport covers on Zazzle.

I quite liked this cute one with a reindeer, but there are plenty of different options if you prefer something else.


#16 Finland travel guide

Book cover of the Lonely Planet Finland travel guide
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Are you looking for Finland gifts for someone who will travel to Finland soon?

And is that person a backpacker or budget traveler?

Then the Lonely Planet for Finland is the gift you need!

It’s the best guidebook for people who travel with a small budget.


#17 Finland jigsaw puzzle

Northern light jigsaw puzzle
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Are you looking for Finland gifts for someone who loves puzzles?

Then this jigsaw puzzle of the Northern lights is perfect!

And for more gift inspiration, check out these 25 puzzle gifts.


#18 Finnish-themed coffee mug

travel mug with Finland map
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need Finnish gift ideas for people who love coffee?

Then a coffee mug with a Finland theme is a great idea.

With nearly 300 different coffee mugs on Zazzle, I am sure you can find one that the recipient will love.


Finnish gifts for small budgets

#19 Sisu candle

A soy wax candle with a label that says "SISU"
Photo courtesy of Finnmaker

Looking for the perfect gift for a Finland lover?

Look no further than this Sisu-themed candle! This candle captures the essence of Finland’s indomitable spirit with its invigorating scent and unisex appeal. With top notes of bergamot and lemon rind, it’s like a burst of Finnish energy and the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates Finnish resilience and a good laugh!


#20 Moomin merchandise

A pencil case with a theme of moomin characters
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The Moomins are probably the most famous characters from Finland. They are characters from a comic book by Tove Jansson first publishes in 1945. And since then, they’ve taken over the world through more books, series, and films. There are even two Moomin theme parks (one in Finland and one in Japan).

So if you are looking for typical Finnish gifts for a child, any Moomin merchandise is a great idea. And if you are looking for Finland gifts for a woman who used to love the Moomins as a child, this small pencil or make-up case is a fun nostalgic gift.


#21 Finland wall-art

Finland travel poster
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Are you looking for Finnish gift ideas for someone who misses Finland?

Then Finnish wall art is a great gift idea.

You can go for this travel poster, or check out all the options on Amazon.


#22 Finnish-themed luggage tag

Luggage tag with the map of Finland
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With over 120 different Finland-themed luggage tags on Zazzle, you can surely find awesome tags for people who love Finland.

For example, this one with the map of Finland and two of the most typical Finnish things; sauna and sisu.


#23 Finland travel journal

Travel journal for Finland
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This is one of the best small Finland gifts for people who will travel to Finland soon. A travel journal dedicated to Finland!

For more inspiration, check out these 25 awesome travel journals.


#24 Finnish gifts for women

Map of Finland necklace
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Are you looking for Finland gifts for women?

Then this cute necklace in the shape of the map of Finland is perfect.


#25 Finnish-themed tote bag

A tote bag with "I love Finland"
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical and small Finnish gift ideas for sustainable people?

Then a tote bag with a Finnish theme is perfect, such as this cute “I love Finland” bag.


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Final note on Finland gifts

Alright, these were the 25 awesome gifts and souvenirs from Finland. Check out the editor’s top three gifts by budget if you haven’t decided which gift to buy yet.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!