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 to Sweden a couple of times 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 maybe 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 you could give to a Sweden fan as a gift… and in the bottom of this page, you find three awkward presents you should never give to a Sweden lover.

Great present ideas for all who love Sweden

In this gift idea list I would like to show you a wide range of diverse typical Swedish products. Some can be found in a typical Swedish gift shop and some are a bit more exraordinary. Let's start with one of the most popular symbols of Sweden, the Dalecarlian Horse:

1. Dalecarlian horse, Dalahäst

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

It’s the number one classic Swedish souvenir: The Dala horse, or Dalecarlian horse. Originally it comes from the region of Dalarna. (That's why it's called a Dala Horse.) Even if it's almost a little bit too tacky, it's still a nice decorative object. When your friends spot it in your shelve they will probably ask, “Aha, you were already in Sweden? How was it?”

Original Dala horse from the region of Dalarna, here

Learn more about this red horse from Sweden

2. Swedish flag


Schwedenfahne Messing

Sweden Flag, brass, buy here

If your friend is a Sweden fan, he or she might already own one. If you haven't seen one on their desk or on the window sill, a Swedish flag might be a good gift idea.

Here are different sizes for various demands and budgets. For example, the large flag can be found in dorm rooms of international students in Sweden, or in former exchange students' rooms in their home country. A great souvenir for all those great memories that were gathered during the stay abroad.

I also have Sweden flags, decorating my desks at home and in the office.

3. Typical Swedish alcohol – for thirsty party animals

Absolut Vodka GeschenkideeAbsolut Vodka

Many people didn't know that Absolut Vodka comes from Sweden. But if you look closely at the label, you'll see in italic letters “Country of Sweden”.

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 very popular among Swedish.

Let's sing “Gimme Gimme Gimme” together with your friend!

Buy here, on Amazon


6. Wool blankets and covers with Sweden motives

moose-blanket-sweden-giftsThese blankets from Klippans wool factory (Klippan is the name of town in the south of Sweden. There is also the Ikea sofa with the same name.) You might think, these blankets are mainly for older people, but they are actually very popular among young Swedes and Sweden lovers as well.

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)

If the Sweden fan will go to this country any time soon, for travels, studies or work, a course to learn some basic Swedish might come handy. This Swedish course helps beginners and advanced learners to practice their Swedish, so they can impress any Swede at the hotel's reception desk, in the office or at the bar.

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 very 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

Of course, you can always fall back to an IKEA gift card. You can buy it in any IKEA store or order it online. Very convenient if you find yourself in the situation that you have to get a present within the next 10-15 minutes or so. Just print it out and hand it over to your Sweden lover friend. I can not imagine that there is any person on earth who would get an IKEA gift card but won't find anything fitting at IKEA.

Buy IKEA gift cards, here

12. Spotify gift card

For the music enthusiast


Maybe you didn't know it yet, but Spotify is 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 going 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 to 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 – “Oh! That's great! Thank youuu!” – 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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5 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 ;)

  2. My family liked hand-carved butter spreaders and östhyvels. These took little space in the luggage. Dala horses for the barnbarn, of course!

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