20 Scandinavian Gift Ideas

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Are you interested in buying something different than the typical gifts found in the big box stores? Scandinavian style gifts come with a taste of heritage and family traditions passed down through  generations. Below we list a selection of gifts that are inspired from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

1.  Consider buying a Dale Of Norway Sweater – Dale of Norway is a world leading designer and manufacturer of premium knitwear, and is available on Amazon  All of its garments are knitted at Dale, a small village by the west coast of Norway, located between beautiful steep mountains, waterfalls and fjords.  The company was established in 1879, and has since then developed many innovative yarns and knitting techniques, creating beautiful designs made of 100% pure, high-quality wool.

2. Make Your Own Norwegian Mittens and Gloves: Over 25 Classic Designs for Warm Fingers and Stylish Hands by Annemor Sundbo This gorgeous collection showcases traditional Norwegian mitten and glove patterns, providing an accessible format for new and old lovers of knitting. Presenting a beautiful selection of 29 classic figurative concepts, this array is a fashionable representation of Norway’s history of the craft. Used From $12

3. Create Your Own Nordic Gifts: 35 Projects Inspired by Scandinavian Style by Mia Underwood – Add a touch of Scandinavia to your home and your wardrobe. Scandinavian style has never been more desirable, with its emphasis on natural materials, light and fresh colors, and classic motifs. Mia Underwood inherited her love of making things from her Danish grandmother, and she understands both the techniques and the heritage of crafts from Scandinavia. In Nordic Crafts she presents 35 new projects which reflect the traditions of the Scandinavian countries, with a modern twist. Projects for the home include a novel bread basket, and a gorgeous bird mobile. For a child’s room, there is a beautiful baby blanket, and a woodland scene to hang in the window. For playtime, felt animal masks will fire your child’s imagination, while nisse – mischievous elves – are easy to make from scraps of wool. The Danish love of coziness and comfort – ‘hygge’ – is reflected in patterns for felted slippers, embroidered mittens, and snoods for both adults and children. Buy New from $16

4.  Can You Knit?  Make Traditional Scandinavian Knitting Gifts (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) by Sheila McGregor lassic guide to the styles of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands. Vibrant patterns for an array of garments include jerseys, gloves and mittens, stockings, and caps. Illustrated with 191 black-and-white and 20 color pictures, this volume is well known and prized among longtime practitioners of the craft.- Buy Used From $5

5. Our Nordic Heritage Ingalill Snitt-Our Nordic Heritage presents the 18 sites in the Nordic countries which have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List – the cultural and natural heritage of mankind. Areas with this status represent outstanding and irreplaceable cultural and natural treasures. They are important to us as sources of experience and understanding of our manifold historical, cultural and natural background. Buy It Used From Amazon $18

6- Gifts For Little Girls- Scandinavian Girl and Boy Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) by Kathy Allert and Paper Dolls (Aug 17, 1993) Two dolls, 32 traditional, accurately detailed folk costumes. Full-color renderings of a Norwegian bridal ensemble, Finnish Lapp outfits with colorful “four winds” hats, Swedish Lapp summer garments, Danish bridal apparel with a floral crown, an Icelandic folk-dancing costume, and more. Includes map showing countries and regions represented  – Buy Used From $1

7.  Have a Baker In The Family?  Or Consider Baking Scandinavian Style.  Scandinavian Classic Baking by Pat Sinclair and Joel Butkowski- Shows you how to do Scandinavian coffee breads and cakes to cookies and tarts.  This gorgeous cookbook offers forty-three recipes, along with photographs, history, musings, and stories. Buy it new from $13 on Amazon

8.  Make Something Out Of Paper For A Gift– Norigami: The Art of Norwegian Paper Folding by John Roth Buy Used From $2

9. Classic HOW To Nordic Needlework-Scandinavian Needlecraft: 35 Step-by-step Projects to Create the Scandinavian Home by Clare Youngs and Sarah Hoggett – Incorporating the finest elements of Scandinavian crafting traditions, inspiration is taken from a range of backgrounds including classic folk art and local needlework, as well as more contemporary sources. These delightful designs, each with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, will have you itching to get stitching. Buy used from $5

10.  Swedish Cooking Guides – In Kitchen of Light readers are transported to Viestad’s Norway—fishing for cod, halibut, and salmon; gathering chanterelles, porcini, and wild berries. More than 100 recipes emphasize fresh, simple ingredients in delicious and elegant dishes such as Pepper-Grilled Oysters and Scallops and Roast Dill-Scented Chicken with Leeks and Potatoes. This inspired cookbook, a companion to the public television series New Scandinavian Cooking, is perfect for home cooks, armchair travelers, cultural food enthusiasts, and anyone who yearns for the simple life. New From $17 on Amazon

11.  The Knitter’s Directory  150 Scandinavian Motifs is an inspirational collection of favorite motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands. New From $16 on Amazon

12. Embroidery Books- Scandinavian Stitch Craft: Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery – Highlighting traditional Swedish embroidery techniques and featuring easy instruction, Scandinavian Stitch Craft will be an inspiration to modern crafters. Through thirty inspiring projects, Holmberg highlights many of Sweden’s traditional embroidery stitches and uses them in new and exciting combinations. The projects can be used to make new buys more personal, to embroider clothes that you already have in your wardrobe, or to brighten up a flea-market bargain. Also included is information about materials used, tips and tricks, descriptions of the various stitches, and removable pattern templates which can be used to create your own works. Buy it new from $15, Used from $11 on Amazon

Scandinavian Gift Ideas

13.  Buy New Kitchen Baking Accessories From Nordic Ware. Here are my favorites:

-Nordic Ware Platinum Acorn Cakelet Pan $33 Amazon

-Nordic Ware Non-Stick Cast Aluminum Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan $22 on Amazon

– Make Traditional Danish Pancakes with an ebleskiver pan $22 Amazon

-Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Bundt Pan $14 On Amazon

-Nordic Ware Cake Pops Baking Pan $14 on Amazon

– Nordic Ware Popover Pan $29 Amazon

-Nordic Ware Snowflake Shortbread Pan, Silver $22 Amazon

-Nordic Ware Norwegian Krumkake Iron Buy it for $50 On Amazon

-All Season Cookie Impressions $31 on Amazon

-Egg Waffle Pan $57 On Amazon

Swedish Gifts

 14. Buy From Fjallraven- Fjällräven develops products that make it easier for people to enjoy the countryside. Åke Nordin developed a backpack frame that sowed the seed which would go on to become the Fjällräven company. And ever since its Örnsköldsvik beginnings in 1960, Fjällräven has continued to produce innovative, functional products which are appreciated by generations of outdoor enthusiasts across the world – and which have also received a number of distinguished awards over the years.

15. Geometric Knitting Design Book-  Nordic Knitting Traditions: Knit 25 Scandinavian, Icelandic and Fair Isle Accessories by Susan Anderson-Freed Traditional Scandinavian and Icelandic designs are given new life in the projects found in Nordic Knitting Traditions. 25 projects feature original floral, star, feather and geometric motifs, all knit in fresh and modern colors. With a diverse collection of hats, tams, mittens, gloves, socks, knee-highs and legwarmers, you’ll find plenty of jaw-dropping, colorful accessories to knit for yourself and the ones you love. Buy Used From $10

More Knitting Books

20 Contemporary Accessories Inspired by 4 Traditional Sweater Patterns -Traditional Nordic patterns can be seen everywhere, from the catwalk to the high street. In this book from new knit designer Eline Oftedal, four iconic Norwegian knitting patterns – Marius, Voss, Setesdal and Fana – are given new shapes and forms. Includes stories about the inspiration and traditions behind each of the patterns, charting their origins and exploring what it is about these patterns that so appeals to knitters all over the world. Buy on Amazon from $17

Quick Nordic Knits: 50 Socks, Hats and Mittens- An accomplished designer’s signature patterns for hats, gloves, wristbands, socks, and ankle-warmers are collected in this enticing project book. Using two-ply yarn in an array of colors and including both color photography and black-and-white charts to illustrate the designs, this guide gives comprehensive instructions for following the patterns within. Buy used from $5

 Norsk Strikkedesign: A Collection from Norway’s Foremost Knitting Designers by Margaretha Finseth -A colourful, lively and practical book which showcases the variety represented by some of Norway’s best knitwear designers. The designers featured in this book have influenced Norwegian hand and commercial knitting during the last fifteen to twenty years. – Buy Used From $34

-Make traditional pizzelles or cannoli in minutes here,

– Make 18 triangle shaped ravioli at a time -CucinaPro 127-18 Raviolamp Tortelli $18 Amazon

– Make classic Swedish crepes with CucinaPro 12 Inch Griddle & Crepe Maker,$50 Amazon

-Cucina Pro Ravioli Attachment $79 Amazon

-CucinaPro Krumkake Baker $47 Amazon


17.  Swedish Styled Stamps- View My Selections “Rococo Gustavian Stamps And Accessories- 70 Ideas For Your Home or Business” here

Swedish Gifts

Uncle Goose Swedish Alphabet Wooden Blocks $36 Amazon

20.  Buy Real Wood Toys From Uncle Goose.  – Very few companies still manufacture wood toys.  This company still makes the wooden blocks we have come to enjoy, and never get tired of.  Buy their products on Amazon

Tove Adman Concrete Candlesticks; $42.45 at Scandinavian Design Center.

Tove Adman is a Swedish designer, well known for her products in concrete and aluminum. Her products often looks like something one might find in a home, but different somehow, and with a function not expected! Her company is located on the island Gotland, all concrete objects are made in Järna, Sweden. Products in aluminum are sandcast in Moradabad, India.
Scandinavian Gift Ideas
Buy New Kitchen Baking Accessories From Nordic Ware.
Scandinavian GiftsDale Of Norway Sweater Look Though Pages of Stunning Sweaters on Amazon

Swedish Furniture From St Barths- Buy A Quilt For A Gift.

BirdhousesBirdcages- housemartin.typepad.com

Swedish TreatsSwedish Crisp Bread Recipe from Lotta Jansdotter — Visit sweetpaulmag.com

Swedish Treats

Swedish fika on a four tiered serving stand “Fika” – The Swedish coffee hour, or fika break, is a combination of coffee and chatting. A “fika” is not complete without buns, cookies or cakes, and has been popular since the second half of the 1800s. Swedes consume most cardamom in Europe and put it in buns that go with the coffee. Location: Grythyttan, Västmanland

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Swedish Costume Ideas

Walter Pfeiffer‘s use of pattern within his work, is always intriguing and his colorful editorial for January’s Vogue China is a real treat. The story features Edita Vilkeviciute looking sophisticated in festive pieces chosen by stylist, Anastasia Barbieri.

Scandinavian Gifts

Norwegian Wedding Cake The Knot

Krumkake Iron Visit google.co.uk

Springerle Rolling Pin

Carved Norwegian Spoons-Visit plumo.com

Martha Stewart ScandinavianThe Sweets of Sweden A selection of Scandinavian candies included salted licorice pastilles, chocolate nonpareils with arrack liquor, and Swedish marshmallows called sockerbitar.

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KransekageKransekage – Visit karenklarbaeksverden.blogspot.com

 Swedish Christmas Toffee. Spoil friends and family with this yummy treat. Visit kikki-k.com Swedish Christmas Toffee. Spoil friends and family with this yummy treat. Visit kikki-k.com

AebleskiverAebleskiver Visit stephs.com

Norwegian krumkake cookiesNorwegian krumkake cookies-  Visit stylishcuisine.com

Pink Champagne Cake Pops Seen At Sweetapolita BlogPink Champagne Cake Pops Seen At Sweetapolita Blog

Nordic Ware Cake Pops Baking Pan $14 on Amazon

Swedish Sandwich CakeSmörgåstårta: 15 Savory Sandwich Cakes

Smoked fish, tender seafood, fresh veggies, creamy binders and soft fresh baked bread; Layer it all together and what do you have? Smörgåstårta. It’s a Swedish staple that’s perfect for parties, brunches, and those days where your family never seems to eat at the same time. Plus, come on — it’s a cake made of sandwich! You know you want it! A Smörgåstårta isn’t quite cake and it isn’t quite sandwich. Read More at www.thekitchn.com