The 25 Best Scandinavian Gifts For People Who Love Scandinavia

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Are you looking for Scandinavian gifts for Christmas? Or do you need Scandinavian gift ideas for someone who is obsessed with Scandinavian home decor? Or is your friend moving to Scandinavia and would like some Scandinavian-themed gifts for their home?

Whatever your case, you will find 25 awesome Scandinavian-inspired gifts in today’s post!

Are you short on time?

Check out the editor’s top three Scandinavian-themed gifts by budget.

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Nordic versus Scandinavian gifts

Before you check out all the awesome gifts in this post, I just want to clarify something.

Today, I will mainly focus on Scandinavian gifts, not Nordic gifts.

The terms Scandinavian and Nordic countries are often used interchangeably, even though they’re not the same. But I guess it makes sense because, for a large part, the terms both refer to the same countries.

However, if we’re being correct, Nordic countries include Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. Whereas Scandinavia only refers to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

Now in today’s post, I mostly stuck to Scandinavian gifts. However, in some cases, I came across awesome Nordic gifts (for example the board game Ticket to Ride), and I just HAD to include them.

So, yes this is a post about the best gifts for people who love Scandinavian countries, but it also includes a few gifts for Nordic country lovers too.

And trust me, once you’ve seen these gifts, you will forgive me for my incorrectness.

Scandinavian gifts for large budgets

#1 A trip to a Scandinavian country

Northern light sky
Photo by Lightscape on Unsplash

Let’s start this list with what’s probably the best gift for people who love Scandinavian countries.

And that is a trip to one (or more) Scandinavian countries!

Check out Skyscanner for a flight and hotel or head over to Viator to find the best tours in Scandinavia. One example of such a tour is a Northern light expedition, which is a bucket list experience for many people.

And lastly, if you want to play safe, check out the Global Experiences Gift card which gives the recipient access to all Viator tours. Or head over to my post about the best gift cards for travelers.




#2 Nordic countries board game

Ticket to Ride Nordic countries

If you are looking for Scandinavian gifts for someone who loves board games, then this is the gift you are looking for.

I know, I know. It’s not limited to only Scandinavian countries. But trust me, Ticket to Ride is such a fun game, they’ll forgive you for that mistake.

It’s actually one of my favorite board games. And I am a huge game lover, so that really means something. The aim of the game is to collect points by building railways. It always sounds a bit boring if I try to explain it, so I am just going to ask you to trust me and believe me that it’s an awesome game.




#3 Norwegian sweater

Dale of Norway sweater

One of the most iconic clothing items from Norway (and Scandinavia, in general) is the typical Norwegian sweater. A wool sweater with a geometrical print. And one brand that truly mastered the art of making Norwegian sweaters is Dale of Norway.

So if you are looking for Scandinavian gifts for someone who loves good quality sweaters, this is the gift you need.




#4 Scandinavian sweets

candies
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Are you looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for someone who has a sweet tooth?

Then this is the gift you need!

A collection of three different Scandinavian sweets; sour kitties, fruity kitties, and sour octopus.

If you didn’t know yet, Scandinavians love candy. I talked about it in my country-specific gift guides too. But the Swedes have candies in all shapes, colors, and sizes. And the Norwegians and Danes are not very different in that regard.




#5 Scandinavian outdoor gear

Fjallraven backpack

Scandinavian countries are blessed with wild and beautiful nature and locals love exploring it as much as tourists do.

So, it’s no wonder you can find plenty of amazing outdoor brands from Scandinavia. They could use their backdoor to gain inspiration and test their products in the field.

One of those brands is the Swedish brand Fjällräven. And their Kanken backpacks are the most popular backpacks tfor daily use.




#6 Scandinavian baking class

Cinnamon bun
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This is one of the best Scandinavian gifts for people who love the Swedish Fika culture or for people who love baking.

It’s an online masterclass that will teach them how to make a traditional Scandinavian cinnamon bun (a DIY kit is included) and a shortbread.




#7 Scandinavian style fruit bowl

Fruit bowl
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

One thing the Scandinavians are famous for around the world is their interior style. Especially, the Scandinavian home design. In case you are unfamiliar with the Scandinavian design, it’s a minimalistic and simple, yet warm style. It’s often paired with different textures and clear lines, such as this fruit bowl.

For more Scandinavian design gifts, check out #13 and #15.




#8 Hygge home gift set

warm slippers and candle
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Are you looking for Scandinavian gifts for her? Then this hygge home gift box is perfect!

Hygge is a word that describes the Danish culture of coziness, comfort, and a feeling of contentment. And this gift box creates exactly that feeling with a sheepskin, comfortable slippers, and a candle.

It’s probably one of the most expensive Scandinavian gift ideas on this list, but it definitely creates that Scandinavian home feeling.




#9 Scandinavian cheese basket

Gourmet basket

This is one of the best Scandinavian gifts for people who love cheese, a collection of four different kinds of cheeses.

It includes Danish blue cheese and cream cheese, Swedish vadenost cheese, and Norwegian gjetost cheese. Plus some other snacks to pair with the cheeses.




Scandinavian gifts for mid budgets

#10 Scandinavian Christmas ornaments

Christmas gnomes

Are you looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for someone who loves Christmas?

Then these Swedish Tomete gnomes are the perfect gift to bring Christmas to their home!




#11 Books about Scandinavia

The Viking heart

The Viking heart: how Scandinavians conquered the world

This is one of the best Scandinavian gift ideas for people who are interested in history and the Vikings.


Scandinavia dreaming

Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic homes, interiors, and design

This is a great gift for people who love the Scandinavian simple and minimalistic style.


The Nordic theory of everything

The Nordic theory of everything: in search of a better life

This book provides an interesting comparison between the American and Nordic ways of life. Particularly about the political influence when it comes to living a healthy and happy life.


The almost nearly perfect people

The almost nearly perfect people: Behind the myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

This book provides a sharp contrast with the previous book. It actually covers the question of whether Scandinavians really are that perfect. As the author journeys through Scandinavia, he writes about what being a Scandinavian is really like and how they think of themselves and each other.




#12 Scandinavian-themed beer cooler

Sweaters as beer coolers
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

I love these cute Scandinavian beer coolers. They are great gifts for a white elephant gift exchange evening. Or just as a funny gift for someone who loves beer and Scandinavia.




#13 Scandinavian throw blanket

Throw blanket

Are you looking for more Scandinavian gifts for people who love the home design of Scandinavian countries?

Then this throw blanket with geometric print is perfect.




#14 Scandinavian travel guides

Fodor Essential Scandinavia

Fodor Essential Scandinavia

Are you looking for Scandinavian gifts for someone who will travel to Scandinavia soon? Then a guidebook that covers all countries is perfect. Fodor’s Travel guides are great for all types of travelers.


Lonely Planet Scandinavia

Lonely Planet Scandinavia

If you are looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for budget travelers, then the Lonely Planet Scandinavia is the guidebook you need.




#15 Donut-shaped vase

Vase in the shape of a donut
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

This is another one of the great Scandinavian gifts for people who love Nordic design. A clean and simple, yet elegant vase. The vase is made from  100% recyclable PLA material, so it’s also a perfect gift for people who live sustainably.

Plus, it’s the shape of a donut, who wouldn’t love that?




#16 Scandinavian cookbooks

Scandikitchen Fika & Hygge

Scandikitchen Fika & Hygge: comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love

This is one of the best Scandinavian gifts for people who love baking.


Scandinavian comfort food

Scandinavian comfort food: embracing the art of hygge

If you are looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for people who love cooking, this is the gift you need.




#17 Scandinavian cookie roller

Cookie roller

Are you looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for someone who loves baking? And for someone who loves Scandinavian Christmas time?

Then this is the gift you need. They can bring a bit of the feeling of a Scandinavian Christmas to their home with this roller as it creates beautifully embossed cookies.




#18 Scandinavian lifestyle wall art

Posters

Another thing the Scandinavians are known for is for being the happiest people on earth.

In pretty much every happiness research, the Scandinavian countries score best. There are plenty of theories about why this is. And the Scandinavian lifestyle is often mentioned as one of those reasons.

For the Danes, this lifestyle is best summarized by the word Hygge. For the Swedes is Lagom and Fika.

So if you are looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for someone who could use a bit of happiness in their lives, these posters to remind them of the simple Scandinavian lifestyle are great gifts.




Scandinavian gifts for small budgets

#19 Scandinavian-themed gifts: luggage tag

Luggage tag with Northern light sky
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need practical Scandinavian gift ideas for travelers? Then one of the 300+ Scandinavian-themed luggage tags on Zazzle is the gift you need!

And for someone who is obsessed with Northern light, the luggage tag with the Nother lights sky is perfect.




#20 Viking-themed keychain

Viking keychain

The Vikings are one of the main reasons why the Scandinavian countries share so many similarities. They are part of their shared history. So anything related to the Vikings is a good gift for a Scandinavian lover. And if you need small Scandinavian gifts, this keychain is a great option.




#21 Scandinavian phrasebook

Scandinavia phrasebook

This is one of the best Scandinavian gift ideas for people who are going to travel to different Scandinavian countries soon.

With this book, they can learn some of the basic phrases in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Faroese, and Icelandic.




#22 Scandinavian socks

Warm socks

Do you need Scandinavian gifts for someone who loves the Nordic print and who is always cold?

Then these pairs of socks are perfect.

It’s a pack of five super warm wool socks, that will even keep the most cold-sensitive person warm.




#23 Scandinavian coloring book for adults


Are you looking for Scandinavian gift ideas for people who love being creative? Or for people who seem a bit stressed out?

Then this Scandinavian-themed coloring book for adults is perfect!




#24 Vintage map of Scandinavia

Map of Scandinavia

This vintage map of Scandinavia is one of the best Scandinavian gift ideas for history lovers and travelers. Because travelers love maps and especially if it’s a map of a place they really love.




#25 More Scandinavian-themed gifts: tote bag

Tote bag with moose riding a bike
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical Scandinavian gift ideas for sustainable travelers?

Then a tote bag in Scandinavian theme is perfect.

I loved the one with the moose, but you can find over 300 different options on Zazzle.




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Final note on Scandinavian gift ideas

Alright, these were the 25 best Scandinavian-themed gifts! Do need some more help? Check out the editor’s top three by budget.

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