15 Great (& 3 Stupid) Swedish Gift Ideas for Sweden Lovers

Swedish Gifts for birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion

You know someone who already went several times to Sweden and has totally fallen in love with the country? That person’s birthday is coming up soon, or maybe there is some other celebration on the way like Christmas or a housewarming party?

You might ask yourself what can I buy to make a Sweden fan happy. The answer is near…

Below you will find a few suggestions and ideas what could you give to a Sweden lover as a gift… and in the bottom of this page, there are 3 awkward presents you should never give to a Sweden lover.

Great present ideas for all who love Sweden

In this Gifts List as far as possible I would like to dispense an advertisement of a usual tourist kitsch, that is typically found in a gift shop and on other websites that is advertised as a Swedish gift. Proven classics are here, but of course, still, as you can see on the very first example – one of the most popular symbols for Sweden, the Dalecarlian Horse:

1. Dalecarlian horse, Dalahäst

Swedish Dala horse – Credits: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

It’s one of the classic Swedish Souvenirs. There are various types and often cheap copies. The best comes from the Dalarna region and therefore it is also called a Dala Horse. Even if it is almost a little bit tacky, it is still a nice decorative object and gives each visitor to ask, “Aha, you were already in Sweden? How was it?”

Original Dalahorse from the region Dalarna, here

2. Swedish flag


Schwedenfahne Messing

Sweden Flag, brass, buy here

If your friend is a Sweden fan, he already has one, or? For the case that there is still no flag on the wall or a small flag in the pot or on the desk, here is a selection of various sizes.

Precisely on the walls of the dorm room you will find the large flag of exchange students the then at the end of the semester abroad is signed by the fellow students in the room and then at home is used as a memento and wall decoration.

Sweden flags are also standing on my desk- at home and in the office.

Large (for the wall): Flag, large, 90 x 150 cm, here

Medium (for the table or shelve): Swedish Table-Flag, brass, here

Small (for the flower pot – or the tooth gape) Small Sweden Flags 50 pcs pack, here

3. Typical Swedish alcohol – for thirsty party animals

Absolut Vodka GeschenkideeAbsolut Vodka

Most of you probably don’t know that Absolut Vodka comes from Sweden. But if you look closely at the label, you’ll see in curved Scripture “country of Sweden”. I noticed only after some years.

Absolut Vodka small bottles, buy here on Amazon

4. Books about Sweden

For the bookworm

How to be Swedish - by Matthias Kamann
How to be Swedish – by Matthias Kamann

How to be Swedish – A Quick Guide to Swedishness – in 55 Steps, now on Amazon

There are the books about Sweden – travel guides and image bands. Then there are books, such as novels or thrillers that play in Sweden.

If your Sweden fan is a bookworm and does not yet have the latest book by well-known Swedish writers in the rack or on the bedside table, there is an overview of the most popular Sweden crime novels (New Books and bestsellers):


5. ABBA You Can Dance or Karaoke

For those with an undiscovered dancing- or singing-talent

This Playstation or computer game is with younger Swedish students very popular.

On the Campus in Växjö Pre-party time you hear just on weekends – between 18 and 22 o’clock – that Swedish students for example, sing out “Gimme Gimme Gimme” of the windows or belching and have a huge fun.

Buy here, on Amazon


6. Wool blankets, tea towels and covers with Sweden motive


Blankets remuneration from Klippans wool factory (is meant Klippan, the city, and also has been named after the IKEA Sofa). “There is perhaps something for older people”, would you think. But the felt blankets from Klippan man does rarely see in the stylish Swedish living rooms. It is particularly popular with the typical Swedish patterns and motives. These ceilings and remuneration is perhaps a little gem.

Buy Swedish decoration and interior design, here


7. Bird house – in classic Swedish cottage house style

For Sweden fans with garden or balcony

Vogelhaus Geschenkidee für Schweden-Liebhaber

Nice object for the garden or balcony. If there are the blue-yellow Blackhawk feeds – Jackpot! :)

Buy a Swedish birdhouse, here

8. Swedish language course

For the talkative Sweden lover

Speaking Swedish
Speak Swedish – (Photocredit: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se)

The Sweden fan will soon make a semester abroad in Sweden or for the Swedish vacation a few broad guidelines of the Swedish language to learn to speak better with the front desk or with the Swedish girl or the Sweden boy behind the bar to flirt, offers a simple Swedish language course. There is something for the beginner and advanced – a book or online course.

Hej, hur mår du? – Hello, how are you?

Free Swedish online course, here


9. Swedish sweets

For the sweet tooth

Göteborgs Ballerina

Ahlgrens Bilar

Cloetta Kex Choklad 

Above a list of classic Swedish candy and cookies. Even after regularly repeated testing and quality controls I can confirm… all of those are really delicious.

Swedish Sweets on Amazon, here

10. Homemade Swedish cakes

Schwedische Prinzessinentorte Prinsesstårta Rezept

Why not baking a typical Swedish cake or pastry yourself? For example, the Princess cakes (Prinsesstårta) or the Swedish cinnamon rolls (Kanelbullar).

If you are too lazy to do so, you will find deep frozen ones at IKEA… ;)

Original Swedish kanelbullar, cinnamon buns, recipe

11. IKEA gift card

IKEA Schweden

So that the matter is a bit more serious, here is the well proven IKEA voucher. So it is probably safe. There are at IKEA Yes also not only furniture and furnishings but also delicious food in the restaurant or behind the health insurance The Swedish specialties and delicacies. Because surely there will each Sweden fan surely find a suitable gift. Here’s the Voucher from the order page of IKEA.

Buy IKEA gift cards, here

12. Spotify gift card

For the music enthusiast


Maybe you didn’t know it yet, but Spotify is actually a Swedish company. Of course you find ABBA, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia on Spotify as well…

Buy a Spotify gift card, here

13. Outdoor equipment

For the outdoor fans and survival specialists

Allemansrätten in Schweden, Camping
Allemansrätten in Sweden – (Photocredit: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se)


Sweden is known for its impressive nature. Many Swedes and Sweden fans love to go hiking or camping. In order to be prepared for all weather conditions, robust outdoor products are very popular. 

Fjällräven, Swedish outdoor brand (with the fox), here

14. Viking chess, kubb

Gift ideas - Geschenkideen Kubb

Great fun to play during a barbecue or when you spend time with your family and friends in the garden or park. Everyone can play it.

Buy kubb at Amazon, here


15. Trip to Sweden

For those who want to see and experience something really beautiful (or exciting)

Schweden Stockholm nach Sonnenuntergang
Stockholm sunset

Why not traveling to Sweden for a weekend? Stockholm and Gothenburg are perfect for shopping. The regions Småland and Norrland are great for outdoor experiences.  This gift for Sweden fans doesn’t have to be expensive at all…

Find the perfect hotel, hostel or flight to Sweden, with Booking.com here

Things you should definitely NOT give as presents for Sweden lovers

If you don’t like the person who you are supposed to buy a present for, consider one of the following options. Enjoy the Sweden fan’s facial expressions and failing acting skills when they open the present…

Silly 1: Keychain with Swedish flag

Kitschyyyy! Worse than a cinema gift card. ;)


Silly 2: This Fridge Magnet

Geschenkidee für Schwedenfans Kühlschrank-Magnet

This is only suitable for Sweden fans who are male, and in the age between 15 and 17.


Silly 3: Moose Stickers for the Car

This is one of the most typical Swedish Gifts.

Only ok, if the Sweden fan has a shelve in the living room, decorated with beautiful miniatures of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

I hope you found these gift ideas inspiring? Which present idea would you add to to the list?

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4 thoughts on “15 Great (& 3 Stupid) Swedish Gift Ideas for Sweden Lovers

  1. trying to organise a christmas cheese and wine hamper to send to my son who is living in sweden What internet site would it be possible to do this from

    • Hej, Esmae! Unfortunately, I don’t know where to get those from. But if you have found a good online shop or other source where to find a Christmas cheese and wine hamper, you’re welcome to share it here in the comments. “God jul!”

    • Yeah, funny, isn’t it? It’s probably only habitable by species the size of bugs. Which makes it the perfect food storage for the birds ;)

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