Gift Guide: For the Swede or Lover of Swedish Culture

21 Dec

With Santa living in the Lapland (the Finnish side), give a gift from Scandinavia is a wonderful way to make Christmas festive!  Here are a couple ideas from Sweden or inspired by Sweden.  If anyone knows any authentic Sami vendors, please add them in the comments section.


 For the person who loves Swedish crime literature:::


The Millennium Trilogy Series (starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larsson






The Inspector Van Veeteren Series (starting with The Mind’s Eye) by Hakan Nesser






The Kurt Wallander Series (starting with Faceless Killers) by Henning Mankell






The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson







Box 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom






Red Wolf by Liza Marklund





Bonus tip! — If you can afford it, give the whole set!  If you’re not sure the person will like the book, you may want to give one of the books plus a gift card to their favorite bookstore.  You can also accompany the book with a coffee mug and Swedish coffee, a book lamp, or a cozy blanket from Swedish chain IKEA.


Gift ideas for the Swedish food lover:::


Swedish Breads and Pastries by Jan Hedh










Sweet and Savory Swedish Baking by Leila Lindholm











Hash by Torgny Lindgren









Swedish coffee basket by Anderson Butik

Coffee and sweets gift box by Anderson Butik

Swedish pancake basket by Anderson Butik

Bonus tip! — Select a coffee and food product that naturally go together and give them as a pair.  The gift baskets make shopping and wrapping easier!

Gifts for the Swedish home:::

Swedish table prayer tile

Iron candle holder with hearts

Iron candle holder with wild horses

Swedish blessing

Algfamilj tea towel

Bonus tip! — A gift card to IKEA would go nicely with any of these.  A lovely handwritten message or something that is personal and has sentimental value is also nice to give with gifts for the home.


Gifts for people on the go:::

Carrie Swedish lace bicycle basket

A Volvo

Bonus tip! — A nice key chain would go well with either of these.


God Jul! Merry Christmas!

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