Are you looking for the best Nordic gifts for Christmas? Or do you need Norse gifts for someone’s birthday? Whatever your case, you will find the 25 best Nordic-themed gifts on this list! From unique Norse mythology gifts to Viking gifts. And from funny gift ideas to interesting books about Nordic countries. There is something for any type of recipient on this list.
Are you short on time?
Check out the editor’s top three Nordic-themed gifts by budget.
- Large budget: Nordic-themed board game (#2)
- Mid budget: Nordic home decor items (#10)
- Small budget: Nordic-themed coloring book for adults (#22)
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Scandinavian versus Nordic gifts
Alright, one small side note before we can start the list.
You may have come across my Scandinavian gift guide before. And now you might be wondering whether this list of Nordic gifts will just include all of the same gifts.
But don’t worry, it doesn’t.
I can’t deny that you may find one or two similar gifts. These are the gifts I loved so much, that I couldn’t resist. Such as the board game Ticket To Ride. But for the most part, you will find completely new gift ideas.
And that makes sense. Because even though the terms Nordic countries and Scandinavian countries are often used interchangeably. Technically, that’s incorrect.
Scandinavian countries are
The Nordic region or Nordic countries also includes these three countries plus:
- The Faroe Islands
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s continue to our 25 Nordic gifts!
Norse gifts for large budgets
#1 A trip to a Nordic country
The first gift on this list is also the best Nordic gift; a trip to one (or more) of the Nordic countries!
Someone who loves the Nordic region will never get enough of it. So even if they’ve visited these places a thousand times, they will still love it the thousand and first time.
Plus the who region includes eight different countries, so there will always be a place they haven’t visited before.
There are three ways in which you can gift an awesome trip to a Nordic country.
The first option is by booking a flight through Skyscanner. The second option is best for people who already have a flight to the Nordic region. And that’s to buy a cool tour through Viator. For example, an excursion to see the northern light.
And lastly, the safest way to gift a trip is by buying a Viator gift card (global experiences card) which allows the recipient to pick an excursion him or herself.
For more gift card ideas, check out these 25 awesome travel gift cards.
#2 Nordic countries board game
Are you looking for Nordic gifts for people who love board games?
Then this is the gift you need!
Ticket to Ride is by far one of my favorite board games. It comes with a beautifully decorated board that includes railway connections between the Nordic countries. The aim of the game is to win points by building particular routes on the board.
#3 Nordic sweets
I already talked about this in my Swedish and Scandinavian gift guide, but boy, do the Norsemen and women love their candy.
So if you are looking for traditional Norse gifts for people with a sweet tooth, this package with candies from Sweden and Finland is the perfect gift.
#4 Norse-style sweater
Icewear is one of the most famous Icelandic brands when it comes to warm Nordic sweaters.
So if you are looking for typical and warm Nordic gifts, then Icewear’s sweaters are perfect. They are made in Iceland from local Iceland wool.
#5 Map of the Nordic region
This wooden laser-cut map of the Nordic countries is a beautiful piece of wall art and one of the best Norse gifts for someone’s home!
#6 Norse-themed water bottle
Skiing is big in the Nordic region. And with that much snow and that many hills, there are plenty of good places to go skiing or cross-country skiing.
So if you are looking for Norse gifts for someone who loves skiing, this stainless steel water bottle with the text “Piste mode” is perfect.
And for more options, check out Zazzle.
Norse gifts for mid budgets
#7 Norse-style hat
These cute knitted hats are great Norse gifts for people who are always cold. Or for people who will travel to a cold destination soon. Even though they are handmade in Nepal, they follow the typical Nordic style and that’s what makes them such fun gifts for people who love the Nordic region.
#8 Jigsaw puzzle in Nordic style
Jigsaw puzzles are great gifts for travelers who can’t travel. They can transport themselves mentally to a beautiful place laying a puzzle.
So if you are looking for Norse gifts for someone who misses the region, this jigsaw puzzle is an awesome gift idea.
For more puzzle inspiration, check out these 25 puzzle gifts.
#9 Nordic-themed passport cover
Do you need practical Norse gifts for travelers?
Then one of the 40+ Nordic-themed passport covers on Zazzle is the gift you need.
#10 Nordic home decor items
This cool oak bird is one of the best Nordic home design gifts for someone who is obsessed with the Nordic interior style. For more Nordic home design gifts, check out #11 and #13.
#11 Nordic-style vases
These three vases are another example of great Nordic home decor gifts.
They are simple, elegant, and fit perfectly in any Norse home.
#12 Books about Nordic countries
The Monocle book of the Nordics
Are you looking for Nordic gifts for people who love home design and lifestyle items? Then this book is perfect. It’s filled with photographs that provide insight and inspiration from Nordic countries for living a better life.
The Viking heart: How Scandinavians conquered the world
Are you looking for Viking gifts for someone who loves history? Then this book about how the Vikings conquered large areas of the world, is a great book tip.
The Nordic theory of everything: in search of a better life
This is a funny book that compares living in the USA to living in the Nordic region. It’s a great book for anyone who wants to understand why Nordic people are the happiest people on earth. And how to achieve this ins the US.
#13 Nordic style poster
This poster is another cool Nordic home design gift. It’s a typical minimalistic and simplistic style poster that fits perfectly in a Nordic home.
#14 Nordic style beer coolers
Are you looking for random Norse gifts? Maybe for a white elephant gift exchange or another fun party?
Then these beer coolers in a Norse sweater style are the gifts you need.
#15 Norse mythology gifts: book
This book with illustrations and translations of some of the most epic Nordic tales is one of the best Norse mythology gifts for people who are into history and myths.
#16 Nordic cup
If you are looking for traditional Nordic gifts, you should go for this wooden cup. It’s called a kuksa and it’s traditionally made by the Sámi, the indigenous people of Lapland.
#17 Nordic cookbooks
The Nordic cookbook
Do you need Norse gifts for someone who loves cooking and Nordic food? Then a cookbook is a great idea. This cookbook includes 700 different traditional Nordic recipes!
Fire & Ice: Classic NordicCooking
This is a slightly cheaper, but still amazing book with over 100 different Nordic recipes.
The Nordic baking book
The last cookbook on this list is one of the best Norse gifts for people who love baking. A book with no less than 450 different recipes to bake at home.
#18 Nordic-themed table runner
This Nordic table runner is a great Nordic Christmas gift for someone who loves Christmas. And particularly, Nordic Christmas decorations. The table runner is actually in Nordic winter style, meaning that it can also be used outside the holiday season.
For more Nordic Christmas gifts, check out #24.
#19 Travel guides for the Nordic region
Bradt guides: Northern lights
Are you looking for Nordic gifts for someone who wants to see the Northern lights? Then this is the perfect guidebook for them.
Top 20 Northern Europe travel guide
This is a great gift for someone who is planning on visiting Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in one trip. They only need this one travel guide!
Norse gifts for small budgets
#20 Norse-themed luggage tag
Just as the passport covers, luggage tags are great practical Nordic gifts for travelers.
You can find over 300 different options on Zazzle. And if you don’t feel like browsing through them all, simply go for the Nordic winter-themed one I picked.
#21 Viking gifts: necklace
The Vikings have a history in each of the eight countries that make up the Nordic region. This is part of the reason why you find some similarities in architecture and culture. So all Viking gifts are great gift ideas for people who love the Nordic region.
One example of a cool Viking gift is this necklace with the tree of life and some ancient runes.
#22 Coloring book for adults
Coloring books for adults are my favorite gifts for people who love being creative. And for people who could use a bit of quiet time.
Research has shown that coloring books for adults can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which is why they are also a popular meditation gift.
And if you need Nordic gifts for people who seem a bit stressed out, this coloring book with a Nordic wilderness theme is an awesome gift idea.
#23 Nordic pattern socks
Are you looking for Norse gifts for people who are always cold? Or for people who live in a country with cold winters?
Then these Nordic print socks are perfect. They are super warm and the print will remind the recipient of their favorite region in the world.
#24 Nordic Christmas decorations
There is something about Christmas in the Northern regions that makes it such a beautiful time.
Sure, the snowcovered landscapes, pitch-dark skies, and low temperatures contribute to that classic winter wonderland Christmas atmosphere. But the typical Nordic Christmas decorations definitely also help. And these six Northern gnomes are fun Nordic gifts to bring a bit of that atmosphere to someone’s home.
#25 Nordic-themed tote bag
With over 600 different Nordic-themed tote bags on Zazzle, you will surely be able to find one the recipient will love.
I quite liked the tote bag with the Northern light and a reindeer, because those are two of the most typical Nordic things.
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Final note on Nordic gifts
Alright, thank you for checking out this post! Do you need a bit of inspiration for your Norse gifts? Here are the editor’s top three by budget.