Swedish Gifts & Souvenirs 101: The Ultimate Gift Guide For Every Occasion!

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Bridge in Stockhol, Sweden

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect souvenir, a unique present for a friend, or just want to indulge in a little Swedish gift whimsy, you’re in the right place. We’ve scoured the country (from the comfort of our internet connection, of course) to bring you a collection of 25 delightful, charming, and downright irresistible gift ideas from Sweden that’ll make you feel like you’ve been teleported to the land of ABBA and fjords.

From DIY cinnamon buns, caviar spread, and other Swedish food gifts to unique Swedish home decor ideas (that are not from IKEA), you will find it all here!

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

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25 Swedish gifts from Sweden

Swedish gifts for large budgets

#1 Fjällräven backpack

Black backpack from the Swedish brand Fjällräven
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Fjällräven is one of the best Swedish brands when it comes to backpacks. So if you are looking for gift ideas from Sweden for people who want to travel in style, the känken series from Fjällräven is the best option to go for.


#2 Swedish outdoor games

Kubb game for outdoors from Sweden
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Are you looking for fun gifts from Sweden for people who love games?

Then this is the gift you need!

Kubb (or Viking’s Chess) is a traditional Swedish game, and it’s actually one of my favorite outdoor games. In short, you play with two teams and you have to toss wooden batons at the other team’s wooden blocks. It’s super easy to learn and a great game to play outside during a picnic or at the beach.

Check out the full explanation of Kubb here.


#3 DIY Swedish bread kit

DIY bread kit
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Are you looking for Swedish food gifts for someone who loves cinnamon buns?

Then this kit to create a delicious Fika snack at home is perfect. Do you want to know what a fika snack is? Check out #11.

For more DIY food kits, check out these 25 international food kits.


#4 Water bottle

Water bottle with text
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need Sweden souvenirs for eco-minded people?

Then one of the 214 different Sweden-themed water bottles on Zazzle is perfect. My favorite one for people who speak Swedish is the one with “SVENSKA (noun): Normal language, but cooler.”


#5 Swedish outdoor clothing brands

A black shirt from a Swedish outdoor brand
Photo courtesy of Haglofs

As you might expect from a country where temperatures below the freezing point are not uncommon, Sweden is home to many great outdoor brands. One of those brands is Haglofs. And basically, anything you buy from that store is bound to keep you warm at any temperature.

For example, this merino wool undershirt.


#6 Dala horse

A wooden horse from Dala, a traditional souvenir from Sweden
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If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir from Sweden carrying the rich culture and tradition of the country, then this Dala horse is the best choice!

It has a long history in Sweden and dates back to the 17th century. It originated in the Dalarna region of Sweden which is widely known for its traditional craftsmanship.

Skilled artisans traditionally hand-carve the Dala horse from wood, a process that has been passed down through generations and has become a symbol of Swedish culture and heritage.


#7 Swedish language course

Complete Swedish course book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is one of the best Swedish gifts for people who love to immerse themselves in Swedish culture. Because the best way to immerse yourself in a new country is by speaking the local language.

I selected two options for this gift; a complete language course on Amazon or an online conversational Swedish course on Udemy.


#8 Modern traditional Swedish shoes

Sandal from a Swedish brand
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If you are looking for traditional gifts from Sweden, clogs are a great option. Especially the modern clogs that are produced by Swedish Hasbeens. The shoes are still handmade in the traditional way, but they just look more appealing. So the recipient can wear them without feeling like she stepped back in time.


#9 Phone case

Phone case with Glad Midsommar
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The Swedish-themed phone cases on Zazzle are great gift ideas for people who are addicted to their phones!


Swedish gifts for mid-budget

#10 Map of Sweden

Colorful map of Sweden poster
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This colorful map of Sweden is one of the best Swedish gifts for travelers at home. Travelers love maps, especially a map of their favorite country!

For more Swedish gifts for the home, check out #21.


#11 Swedish cookbooks

Book cover of 'The little Swedish kitchen'
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The little Swedish kitchen

Are you looking for gifts from Sweden for people who love food? Then a cookbook is a perfect gift! This little Swedish kitchen book includes more than 100 recipes from Sweden.


Book cover of 'Fika: The art of the Swedish coffee break'
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Fika: The art of the Swedish coffee break

Fika is a Swedish word that refers to Swedish coffee breaks. And the Swedish fika is not like your regular coffee break. It’s truly embodied in Swedish culture. It may even be the best word to describe Swedish culture. And with this cookbook the recipient can bake typical fika snacks at home, to recreate the Swedish coffee break anywhere.


Book cover of  'Traditional Swedish cooking'
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Traditional Swedish cooking

This is another one of the great Swedish gifts for people who want to make traditional Swedish food, such as meatballs.


#12 Swedish socks

A package of socks from the Swedish brand Happy Socks
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I love fun and colorful socks. And one of my favorite sock brands is actually a Swedish brand; Happy Socks.

So if you are looking for fun and happy gifts from Sweden, go for Happy Socks!


#13 Swedish gifts for her: necklace

A golden necklace with a pendant in the shape of the map of Sweden
Photo courtesy of Reluum Jewelry

Do you need Swedish gifts for women?

Then this necklace in the shape of the map of Sweden is a great idea for her! It’s a cute, small, and subtle way to show her love for Sweden.


#14 Sweden travel guides

Book cover of  'The Rough Guide to Sweden'
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The Rough Guide to Sweden

Are you looking for gifts for someone who is traveling to Sweden soon? Then travel guides are great gift ideas. The Rough Guide is great for outdoor and adventure lovers.


Book cover of 'Lonely Planet Sweden'
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Lonely Planet Sweden

Generally speaking, Sweden is an expensive country to travel around. But with the Lonely Planet, even Sweden becomes accessible for budget travelers.


Book cover of 'DK Eyewitness Sweden'
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DK Eyewitness Sweden

The DK Eyewitness is a great guidebook for the slightly less adventurous traveler.


#15 Gifts from Sweden: alcohol

Bottle of Akvavit
Photo courtesy of Total Wine

If you are looking for Swedish souvenirs for people who love a drink, then you are in good luck!

The Swedes love a good drink themselves too, so you have a few options.

The two most popular spirits include Akvavit and Absolut Vodka. As you can imagine, Absolute Vodka is a Swedish vodka brand. Akvavit is a type of Swedish gin and is thus perfect for gin lovers.


#16 Books about Sweden

Book cover of 'How to be Swedish: A quick guide to Swedishness in 55 steps'
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How to be Swedish: A quick guide to Swedishness in 55 steps

This is a great funny gift for someone moving to Sweden or someone who wants to learn more about what it means to be Swedish.


Book cover of 'Almost perfekt: How Sweden works and what we can learn from it'
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Almost perfekt: How Sweden works and what we can learn from it

This is one of the best Swedish gifts for people who are interested in the political and societal history of Sweden. And how we can learn from Sweden’s policies on societal issues such as immigration and sustainability.


Book cover of 'Modern-day Vikings: a practical guide to interacting with the Swedes'
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Modern-day Vikings: a practical guide to interacting with the Swedes

This is another one of the best gifts for people moving to Sweden or who are living together with a Swede. Where the first book is more meant to be entertaining, this one is slightly more in-depth.


#17 Typical Swedish food gifts

A package of Swedish meatballs
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Thanks to IKEA, the entire world knows about traditional Swedish meatballs. But did you know that the Swedes have plenty more typical foods they eat? What about caviar for breakfast? Or crispbread for breakfast or lunch?

So if you are looking for gifts from Sweden for people who love Swedish food, go for one of these options.

The three options I selected for you are:

  • Meatball seasoning mix. So the recipient can add traditional Swedish flavors to any dish (even vegetarian balls)
  • WASA crispbread. WASA knäckebröd is a Swedish brand that’s also available in my country and I love those crackers.
  • Kalles Kaviar. This is the most famous Swedish brand for caviar from a tube

For more Swedish food gifts, check out #20.


#18 Tote bag

Bag with "it's time for fika"
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This is one of the best Swedish-themed gifts for someone who loves the Swedish fika-culture.

For other designs, head over to Zazzle.


#19 Passport cover

A passport cover with a print of the Swedish flag
Photo courtesy of Dreams by Madee

This passport cover is the ultimate gift for a Swedish travel enthusiast!

Not only does it scream “I’m from Sweden,” making customs a breeze, but it’s also a subtle flex of national pride.


Swedish gifts for small budgets

#20 Swedish candy

Package of Swedish fish candy
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Did you know that the Swedes eat more candy per capita than Americans?

They are actually in the top 10 countries that eat the most candy around the world (source)!

And if you see the variety of sweets that the Swedes have available, you may understand where this high number comes from.

One of the most famous Swedish candies is Swedish fish, a chewy candy in the shape of a fish. But if you are looking for more Swedish food gifts for sweet tooths, here are some more options.

  • Bilar. Bilar literally means car, and it’s another chewy kind of sweet, but this time in the shape of a car. It’s sometimes also referred to as Sweden’s best-selling car.
  • Daim. This is one of the most popular Swedish chocolate brands, making it one of the best souvenirs from Sweden for chocolate lovers.
  • Salty licorice. This is a type of candy that’s also immensely popular in The Netherlands (where I am from). It’s a type of chewy candy and in this case with a salty taste.

#21 Sweden wall art

Stockholm skyline poster
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need Swedish gifts for someone who loves Stockholm?

Then this poster with the skyline of Stockholm is perfect.

Or check out Amazon for more Sweden-themed wall art options.


#22 Swedish Christmas gifts

A Swedish Christmas gnome
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Tomte is a mythical creature in Swedish folklore. It has evolved over the centuries and is still a common sight in Swedish homes, especially during the Christmas season.

In modern Swedish Christmas folklore, Tomte delivers gifts to children on Christmas Eve (just like Santa Claus does in other parts of the world) which makes this handmade Swedish Tomte decoration a perfect Swedish gift for the Christmas season!


#23 Luggage tag

Luggage tag with horse
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for practical Sweden gifts for travelers?

Then this luggage tag with the typical Swedish red Dala horse is the gift you need.

Or check out Zazzle for other options. They have nearly 200 different designs to choose from.


#24 Sweden-themed coloring book for adults

Sweden coloring book for adults
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for Swedish gifts for creative people or for people who seem a bit stressed out?

Then this coloring book for adults is perfect. As research has shown that coloring books may help to reduce stress.


#25 Sweden travel journal

A travel journal for Sweden
Photo courtesy of Apex Artisan Store

Travel journals that are specific for people traveling to Sweden are one of the best gifts for someone who will leave for a trip to Sweden soon.


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Did you save these Swedish souvenirs and gifts on Pinterest yet?

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Final note on gifts from Sweden

Thank you for checking out my post! Since you are still reading this article, I’ll assume you haven’t bought a gift yet. So let me share the top three Sweden gifts from the editors to inspire you some more.

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!