Shopping in Stockholm: 18 Amazing Swedish Souvenirs!

If you’re planning some Scandinavian travel, shopping in Stockholm for some awesome design items and Swedish souvenirs might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

However, that would be a serious oversight on your part – and I’m here to make sure that it’s a mistake you don’t make! The capital city of Sweden is actually a prime shopping destination, whether you’re after your typically Swedish products and kitsch ABBA goodies, or whether you’re looking for some stylish Scandi design for your home. You can take it as read that you’ll find plenty of shops in the city center, all containing those perfect items you’ll lovingly place in your house, recreating that cozy Swedish style.

Or you can do what I did, and buy a load of slightly mental Swedish souvenirs involving moose, piles of yummy candy, and a bunch of food items, because that’s how I roll! Let’s face it: design items are all well and good, but everyone wants the fun stuff.

Let’s take a stroll through the best areas for shopping in Stockholm, before we make a grab for perfect Stockholm souvenirs!

Visiting Sweden? Check out my guide on things to do in Stockholm in winter, and where to find the best Swedish meatballs in Stockholm!

The colorful houses of Gamla Stan, an excellent area for shopping in Stockholm

Where are the best areas for shopping in Stockholm?

Stockholm shopping can turn into a major part of your trip – especially if you’re a lover of Scandinavian design. The city center, including the area around the central station, and Södermalm with its trendy hotels and restaurants, is home to the flagship store of many a beloved Swedish brand. Department stores are a-plenty, and contain swanky items for your oh-so-chic apartment that’ll rival anything you can pick up in New York or Paris.

Although you probably don’t want to spend your entire trip traipsing around stores, even if they are awesome, it’s well worth checking out some of the main shops when you’re shopping in Stockholm. Design is a big aspect of life in Scandinavia – look how IKEA took off around the world, if you want one obvious example – and so seeing what local artisans have to offer is part of the Swedish experience.

Let’s take a look at some of the best-loved shops, shopping areas, and markets! 

Svenskt Tenn

The interior design shop of Svenskt Tenn is found in Strandvägen 5, and is best known for its luscious fabrics and wallpapers, although it actually started life as a pewter company. Think Liberty of London, but with a cool Scandinavian twist. Understandably, you can find oodles of cool pewter decorations for your home, and if you’ve got a generous weight allowance from your airline, they’re fine items to bring back – who else is going to have one? But the textiles and wallpaper is where its at: gaze longingly at matching floral patterns with are bright, colorful, and definitely not something your granny would own.

Birger Jarlsgatan

Love your luxury goods, and want to do some high-end shopping in Stockholm? Then Birger Jarlsgatan is for you! It’s one of the longest shopping streets in Stockholm, and starts right in the city center – if you’re traveling in by public transport, head to Östermalmstorg metro station. This lovely, tree-lined avenue with stately buildings is home to some of the best shops in Stockholm, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and any luxury brand you care to mention. You can even buy a Rolls Royce from their shop at the northern end! The place to go for serious cash-splashing.

MOOD Stockholm

Want the best shopping mall in the city? Then you’ll be wanting MOOD Stockholm! Located not far from the central station, this building is thoroughly devoted to the pursuit of shopping pleasure. The residents of Stockholm are notoriously trendy dressers, and this is by far the best place to pick up some Scandi fashion, with brands such as Rodebjer and Maxjenny leading the way. Exhausted by all that browsing and trying on of outfits? Not a problem: you can relax in one of eleven cafes and restaurants, before hitting the shops again.

Ostermalms Saluhall

A stone’s throw from Birger Jarlsgatan is the Ostermalms Saluhall, a food hall which has stood proudly on this site since the 1880s. It’s most certainly the best spot for food shopping in Stockholm, and a great place if you’re trying to stay on a budget. It’s basically a large covered market, where you can go and grab some lovely fresh food – including seafood which is straight out of those chilly northern seas! Traditional Swedish food is the focus, and you can help yourself to samples – including moose and reindeer meat. Try not to feel too guilty at Christmas…

Gamla Stan

Although it’s not a shopping district as such, shopping in Stockholm wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the city’s Old Town. It’s by far the best area to grab Swedish souvenirs (which we’ll see in glorious, loving detail below!), but there’s also a few good classy shops for the fervent shopper. Antique shops abound, as well as cute craft stores such as Makeri 14, wonderful toy shops like Krabat & Co, and affordable outdoor clothing at Slottshemmet. There’s also a number of weird and wonderful places to poke around – need a wig shop, or a store specializing in stetson hats? You’ll find them here.

The street of Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm, a good place for find more expensive Swedish souvenirs

What are some good souvenirs to get from Stockholm, Sweden?

Okay, on to the main event! As enjoyable as shopping in Stockholm for trendy fabrics and home wares is, scouring the shops for the quirkiest Swedish souvenirs is totally where its at!

All of the below goodies are available in the shops of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town (with the exception of a couple of entries), so you won’t even need to go far out of your way. You’ll undoubtedly be heading here and wandering through its pretty streets during your visit, so you may as well load up on your Stockholm souvenirs and Swedish gifts at the same time! How’s that for efficiency?

Let’s take a look! 

1. Viking goodies

What screams “souvenirs of Sweden” to you? Something that reminds you of the country’s friendly people, who chirp “hej hej!” when they meet you? Nay; we celebrate their bloodthirsty, plundering past!

Vikings have always been super popular (which says something about humanity), but with recent television series bringing them firmly into fashion, you’ll find Viking-related gifts everywhere in the city. Viking keychains, Viking candle holders, adorable cuddly toy Vikings. But if you want something that actually brings back the spirit of the good old days, check out Handfaste. This deeply cool little shop has everything your pillaging heart could desire, from Viking-inspired jewelry, horn combs, and troll crosses, which you can use to keep trolls away from your house. Useful!

Their items are incredibly well-made, and the jewelry items are genuinely beautiful. There’s also a surprising amount of items that are legitimately useful, such as homewares, and even scissors and nails. Plus it’s cool to take a look at the reproduction weapons and armor, even if your budget might not quite stretch to buying them.

Shopping in Stockholm has never been so much fun!

A comb made out of reindeer horn. These are popular Swedish gifts

2. Mustard

Food shopping in Stockholm is easy and enjoyable (seriously, I can’t think of another nation which has such awesome supermarkets), and it’s a surprisingly good way to get yourself some tasty Swedish souvenirs. But there’s one item you just can’t miss from your shopping list.

Mustard is one of the best Swedish gifts out there. No, really. For a nation which is so devoted to the pursuit of the perfect hot dog, having top-drawer mustard is a necessity, and you can’t go wrong with a tube of Slotts Senap. Trust me, the mustard-lover in your life will fall to their knees and thank you for introducing them to this stuff.

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Slotts is the classic mustard from Sweden, as there’s a few competitors out there. It’s spicy without being too much, and if you want to recreate the hot dogs you might’ve tried during your stay – whether they’re the addictive ones from Pressbyrån, or classier fare from restaurants such as The Hairy Pig – this is the stuff to get. It’s also easy to get hold of when you’re shopping in Stockholm, with no need to go out to some supermarket on the outskirts. Simply pop into the Coop at the southern end of Gamla Stan, and you’ll find a number of varieties there.

Slap it on your hot dogs, take a bite, and be transported. 

A tube of Slotts Mustard, a must-buy when shopping in Stockholm

3. Swedish meatballs

I have a massive passion for Swedish meatballs, and I feel no shame. I’ve even written a guide on where to find the best meatballs in Stockholm.

Although you might not have considered taking meatballs back home, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t add them to your list of Swedish souvenirs, as long as you don’t go too crazy! They’re pre-cooked, so you should have no problems with putting a pack or two in your suitcase, and they make great Swedish gifts for any poor unfortunates who’ve never visited Sweden! And I’m totally not going to judge you if you keep them for yourself, because I sure did.

Usually made with ground pork and beef, they’re also another really easy find when you’re shopping in Stockholm. The Coop in Gamla Stan has a good selection, and you can even buy a gravy mix to go with them. The instructions are (understandably) in Swedish, but I whacked them through Google Translate, and found it easy enough to follow!

Want another reason to take these home as Swedish souvenirs? They’re considerably safer to transport than some local delicacies – imagine taking fermented herring in your suitcase. Think about that for a minute. Swedish meatballs all the way? Yeah, me too.

A packet of Swedish meatballs, a popular choice when food shopping in Stockholm

4. Christmas decorations

Going shopping in Stockholm in winter? Then the most perfect of Swedish souvenirs has to be Christmas decorations!

You can most certainly buy these little beauties with an eye on keeping them for yourself, but they’re also a wonderful gift to receive. Imagine the delight of getting a tree decoration from somewhere far away, and being able to pop it straight on your tree. Lovely, isn’t it? They’re perfect stocking fillers, and even more so when your adorable little decoration is a bloodthirsty Viking!

Yep, although there’s a great variety of decorations available from practically every shop in Gamla Stan, Viking decorations have to be the ultimate in Swedish gifts at Christmas. Trusty Viking paraphernalia shop Handfaste  has the best selection, with traditional winter symbols as well as cute little wooden cut-outs. Otherwise, head to some of the craft shops along Västerlånggatan, such as Made In Stockholm, which holds an impressive array of locally-made crafts (and adorably happy staff!).

Shopping in Stockholm is wonderful at any time of year, but wandering through Christmas markets and getting handmade Swedish souvenirs has to be the ultimate. And Christmas decorations should be at the top of your wish list.

A Christmas decoration in the shape of a Viking. Shopping in Stockholm is popular especially at Christmas.

5. Knäckebröd

“What the eff is knäckebröd?”, you may be asking yourself. Well, to answer your question, it’s crisp bread – but you’ll know it best as that delicious stuff you’ve been served alongside your meals if you’ve been eating out in Stockholm! 

The Swedes have been baking crisp bread since 500 AD, and consequently, they’re rather good at it. Rather than serve your meals with boring old normal bread, crisp bread is delivered nice and fresh, and it’s a perfect accompaniment! I had many a meal of Swedish meatballs in Stockholm, and the plain, cracker-like texture is a great contrast to all those exploding flavors. You’ll definitely want to find some to take home with you, and whilst they’re not the kind of Swedish souvenirs you’re going to give to your family, they’re great for bringing a simple reminder of your vacation to your evening meal.

The Coop in Gamla Stan is once again the best place to get knäckebröd (seriously, it’s one of the best places to go shopping in Stockholm!), and you’ll find that you’ve got a choice to make. You can buy a massive wheel of knäckebröd – it’s roughly the size of a platter, but incredibly light – or purchase it in smaller,wedge-shaped packets. I’m personally a fan of the smaller wedges, because crisp bread does tend to go a bit stale quickly after you open the packet, so unless you have an airtight container to store it in, you’re better off buying a couple of wedges instead.

Tip: place it in a plastic bag before placing in your suitcase, otherwise you’re going to be hoovering crisp bread crumbs out of your clothes for weeks. Take it from personal experience. 

A blue wedge of knackebrod - Swedish crisp bread. When shopping in Stockholm, this is a good light souvenir to buy

6. Lingonberry jam

Ahh, is there any substance that sums up a trip to Sweden quite like lingonberry jam? It might not be quite the same as the fresh,tart lingonberries you’ll have had with your Swedish meatballs, but it’s the next best thing!

It should be illegal to go shopping in Stockholm without bringing back a jar of this (don’t worry about breakages – wrap it in a plastic bag, and a towel, and it’ll be fine). The good people of the city even recognize this as one of the finest Swedish souvenirs you can buy: you’ll find many a shop stocking it. After all, if you’re already bringing back some Swedish meatballs, why not bring back the jam to go with it? The combination of flavors is one of the best I’ve experienced – the rich, gravy-laden meatballs contrast so sharply with the lingonberries, but it just works a treat!

Although any Swedish shop worth their salt should stock lingonberry jam (the trusty Coop in Gamla Stan certainly does), I bought mine from the gift shop at Skansen. This awesome ethnographic park has a superb shop, located outside the gates so you don’t even need to enter the park in order to gain access to it. It stocks a wide range of Swedish crafts, including hand-carved wooden goodies, woven blankets, and a wide range of home wares. More importantly for us, it stocks excellent lingonberry jam, and the kindly staff will wrap it in cardboard for extra protection!

By the way, be sure to visit Skansen itself, not just its shop – it really is excellent!

A jar of lingonberry jam from Skansen. The gift shop at Skansen is a great place for shopping in Stockholm

7. Winter woolens

If you’re visiting Stockholm in winter, and you’ve forgotten to bring sufficiently warm clothing, you’ve got a problem.So one of your first stops when shopping in Stockholm should definitely be to get some warm Swedish woolies! Plus they have the added bonus of being excellent Swedish souvenirs; everyone’s a winner!

In particular, you should have a look for some mittens. Sweden really loves its crafts, and Lovikka mittens are at the top of the tree. Hailing from a small village in northern Sweden, these hand-warmers are specifically designed to withstand the bitter cold of a winter in northern Sweden (if you think Stockholm is cold, then you ain’t seen nothing yet). They follow a very rigid design, invented by a woman from a poor background who was a total legend at knitting, and usually incorporate some traditional patterns. Practical, and the most perfect of Swedish gifts – what more can you ask for?

 You can find genuine Lovikka mittens at Svensk Hemslöjd, a shop so awesome you’ll immediately want to throw your credit card at them. And you may well need to, because genuine Swedish crafts don’t come cheap. You can expect to pay in the region of 895,000 SEK for a pair (which works out at about $90 USD), so you’re going to have to make sure that you really, really want a pair.

If, like me, you’re a bit cheap, you can still keep yourself warm Scandi style! Many of the souvenir shops in Gamla Stand sell packs of woolens, containing hat, scarf and mittens – they may well be touristy, but they’re still good quality! I bought a pack featuring a little woven moose, and I’ve been impressed at well they’ve fended off the winter cold. They’re thermal-lined, and definitely a good option if you’re going to be outside shopping in Stockholm!

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A pair of yellow and blue mittens, a popular Stockholm souvenir.

8. Swedish candy

What’s the primary function of a newsagent? To keep up with the news? To provide essential products such as stamps and the like? Nahhh, forget that: for the hunter of Swedish souvenirs, these places are prime territory for getting delicious Swedish candy!

Swedish candy is famously good. In fact, when my lovely friend Ina sent me a care package of famous Swedish products, sweets and candy took pride of place, and I eagerly devoured the lot. And newsagents such as Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven are the very best place to pick them up; they generally have a better selection even than the supermarkets. Plus you can check out other sweet Swedish souvenirs such as ginger biscuits and Ramlösa carbonated drinks!

So, what candy should you get? Everyone is pretty familiar with Daim bars, probably the best-known of Sweden’s chocolatey output, but be sure to check out Marabou. This chocolate brand has a wide range – including chocolate combined with the Swedish national obsession of licorice – and it’s always deliciously smooth. My particular favorites are the small rolls of mint-flavored chocolate buttons; perfect for stashing in a backpack and snacking on through the day! Dumle toffees come in a bag, and are similarly moreish. 

Fruit gums more your thing? In that case, you definitely need to check out the range provided by Bilar! These car-shaped candies come in a few different varieties, but the standard edition are pillowy marshmallows which melt in the mouth. The Fruktcombi ones are my particular addiction!

Packets of Swedish candy. These make inexpensive and fun Swedish souvenirs.

9. Polkagris

When you’re shopping in Stockholm, be sure to walk down Stora Nygatan and stop off at Gamla Stans Polkagriskokeri. This isn’t just an opportunity for Swedish souvenirs; oh no. This is where you are going the taste the freshest, most wonderful candy you’ve ever tasted in your life.

Polkagris is a wonderfully tasty delicacy, most similar to British seaside rock. It’s hard, peppermint-flavored candy, but the taste is delicate, and gets you just wanting more and more! It’s also a slightly weird name, given that it translates as “polka pig”; there’s also been some speculation that it’s somehow connected to Poland, given that it’s traditionally red and white in color. But frankly, who cares: all we care about is that it’s tasty, sugary, and will keep your favorite sugar lover quiet for hours.

Gamla Stans Polkagriskokeri is the home of polkagris in Stockholm – wander in, and you’ll immediately be assaulted by the scent of cooking candy. Yup, it’s made on site, right in front of your eyes! You can stand by the kitchen and see vast ropes of sugar being rolled out, flavor and color added to it, before it’s snipped out into manageable chunks.

Want to try before you buy? Not a problem; the staff often bring round freshly-cooked samples. I had polkagris which was so fresh, it was still warm and squidgy. I sampled incredibly fresh fudge. You’d better believe that I bought a pack of both, because they were so darn gooooood. This place is basically the sweet shop of your dreams.

A stick of Polkagris, a popular Swedish product.

10. A Dala horse

Go shopping in Stockholm and wander into any of the stores selling Swedish souvenirs, and you’ll see little red Dala horses. If you manage to find a place that doesn’t sell them, I’ll send you a grand imaginary prize, because these little guys are absolutely everywhere!

Getting a carved wooden dala horse is practically a rite of passage for any visitor to Stockholm, and I have zero objections because they’re freakin’ adorable. Originating from Dalarna, a province located a wee bit north-west of Stockholm and bordering Norway, they were originally little wooden toys for kids to play with. There was a distinct lack of Amazon deliveries back in 1716, so devoted Swedish daddies made the toys with a bit of wood, and a whittling knife. I don’t know about you, but that’s so cute, I may explode. 

They clearly made a lasting impression on all those kids, because the Dala horse rapidly became the national toy of Sweden. Although they come in a variety of colors in the souvenir shops of Stockholm, they’re typically red with a blue, white and green traditional pattern painted on to mimic a saddle and bridle. It’s kind of nice to think that these were originally made with the leftover wood from furniture making, and now they’re among the most quintessential of Stockholm souvenirs!

You won’t have any problem at all finding Dala horses, in all their guises. Walk down Västerlånggatan, and you’ll see not only the carved wooden horses, but Dala horse keychains, t-shirts, and cuddly toys. I bought one of each!


A red carved wooden horse. These are the most popular Swedish souvenirs and a must when shopping in Stockholm

11. Moose-related gifts

When you’re shopping in Stockholm for Swedish souvenirs, you’re going to see one creature more than any other. Yes, even more than Vikings! And that creature is the humble moose.

Go into any shop in the city centre, and you’ll be virtually assaulted by moose, on every type of souvenir imaginable. Socks? Check. Cuddly toys? Check. Fridge magnets? Check. Nifty thermal blankets? Check. But honestly, I’m not going to complain, because there’s something quite adorable about moose, and seeing their slightly-dopey visage on any number of Swedish gifts never fails to amuse me. They’re also an excellent poster-child for Swedish wildlife, which has far more exciting critters than you probably believed!

Yup, when you’re visiting Sweden, you won’t just be sharing the country with a whole lot of moose – or elk, as they’re more commonly referred to in Europe. The wilder parts of the country are home to brown bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines, and some particularly ferocious squirrels (okay, I lied about the last one; they’re cute as buttons). So getting a few souvenirs showing Sweden’s diverse wildlife is actually a nice reminder that this incredibly modern nation still manages to strike a balance, and keep its natural heritage safe. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s worth celebrating.

Grab a few moose-related souvenirs in Stockholm, and think of their wild cousins!

A moose fridge magnet with a Swedish heart. Moose are a common theme on Swedish souvenirs.

12. Cloudberry jam

Cloudberry jam is one of the best Swedish souvenirs you’ve never heard of!

Cloudberries aren’t super well-known outside of their northern homelands, as they’re primarily a wild berry. They’re notoriously hard to cultivate, so they’re generally left to do their own thing in the wild before being harvested by eager Scandinavian berry-hunters and turned into jam and alcoholic beverages. They generally taste quite tart, and something like a cross between a raspberry and a red currant. They’re also considered a superfood, as they’re practically brimming with loads of juicy vitamin C!

Swedes love putting cloudberry jam on ice cream, as the tartness and fruitiness contrast rather nicely with the smooth vanilla – you’ll quite possibly try it in one of Stockholms restaurants! But if you’d rather grab a jar to take home and slosh over your favorite gelato, head to the gift shop in Stockholm’s City Hall. It’s not the biggest gift shop in the world, and it can get a bit cramped as it’s also the waiting area for tours of the City Hall (which you should totally do, by the way), but it has some truly epic stuff! It’s definitely a must-check when shopping in Stockholm!

A jar of Cloudberry jam, one of the less known Swedish souvenirs, but tasty and healthy.

13. Patterned Sami bracelets

Still in the Stockholm City Hall? Looking for some traditional Swedish souvenirs for the fashion lover in your life? Something made by hand, which reflects the culture of the country?

Well, you’re in luck! Whilst you’re grabbing your cloudberry jam, check out the stock of patterned Sami bracelets, usually made from reindeer leather and pewter wire. The patterns might look vaguely familiar: the traditional ones, especially the overlapping loops, are so iconic that they’ve been used over and over in modern designs. These bracelets, however, are the real deal!

The Sami people originate from Sápmi (also known as Lapland), and are the indigenous people of northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. There’s still a tradition of making a living from the herding of reindeer, and as a consequence, Sami crafts most commonly use reindeer leather as a basis for their crafts. You can find crafted leather bags, boots, and belts when shopping in Stockholm stores (be prepared to pay an appropriately high price for something that’s handmade), but the bracelets are by far the most commonly sold item. They’re a bit more affordable, and they make an excellent reminder of your time in Sweden!

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If the price of a genuine Sami bracelet is still a little too rich for your blood, the City Hall also sells patterned bracelets without the intricate Sami pewter design. They’re woven fabric mounted on reindeer leather, and are a much more affordable alternative!

A patterned bracelet made of reindeer leather. Sami bracelets are popular Swedish souvenirs.

14. Wooden butter knife

Has all this shopping in Stockholm got you yearning to overhaul your home, redecorating in that cool Scandi design style? That’s completely understandable. But there’s one thing you’re going to need in your kitchen in order to complete it: a wooden butter knife.

At once the most ubiquitous and in-explainable of Swedish souvenirs, you’ll see these absolutely EVERYWHERE. I mean, a lot of Stockholm souvenirs and Swedish gifts are understandable. T-shirts, keyrings, food items – everyone understands that. But why on earth are wooden butter knives such a common things to have to souvenir shops?

Basically, the Swedes really love their butter, and have devoted considerable amounts of effort into making the best butter knife possible. After all, how can you show proper respect to butter unless you have a proper butter knife? Knives made out of metal or plastic just don’t cut it, if you’ll excuse the expression – the butter knife has to be natural, flexible, ensure the maximum amount of smooth spreadage, and preferably been crafted from trees in the depths of ancient Swedish forests. Then, and only then, will you have paid homage to the glory of the butter.

Why do you see butter knives so often as Stockholm souvenirs? Because the Swedes have perfected the art of butter spreading, and they want you foul heathens to experience it for yourself. It’s quite kind, really. Pop along to the gift shop at Skansen for a quality wooden butter knife!

A wooden butter knife made from cherry wood. These are the most common Swedish souvneirs.

15. ABBA gifts

If you’re heading to Sweden, you’re going to end up an ABBA fan. Sorry, it’s inevitable. 

You’ll get rapidly infected when shopping in Stockholm. You may have never paid much attention to ABBA – you could be one of those people who’s all “yeah, Dancing Queen is alright” – but you’ll come away rabidly devoted. It can be as simple as walking into a shop to grab some Swedish souvenirs, and they’re playing on the radio. You suddenly think, “wow, they were actually really good. They’re so wholesome, and talented, and Swedish.” BANG. They’ve got you. Next thing you know, you’re watching ABBA documentaries on television. It happened to me.

Once you’re in the grip of ABBA fandom, what else to do but go to Stockholm’s ABBA Museum, and stock up on souvenirs which are so cheesy, you’ll love them and hate them at the same time? I Heart ABBA t-shirts, ABBA Dala horses, ABBA lip balms, a charming poster of Bjorn – they’re all here, bright, colorful, and waiting for you to eagerly grab them.

Oh, ABBA. How can I resist you?

A luggage tag and lip balm from the ABBA Museum in Stockholm.

16. Socks

When you’re planning on shopping in Stockholm for some typical things from Sweden, socks might not be an obvious entry on the list.

But it’s true: go into any of the Swedish souvenirs shops, and you’ll see racks and racks of socks. I don’t quite understand it, and I can’t find any anecdotes as to any Swedish obsession with socks, but there we have it. It’s not just Stockholm either; I visited Gothenburg, and found exactly the same thing. Socks everywhere!

Still, who’s complaining? Socks are a practical souvenir (and especially handy if you’ve forgotten to bring enough with you), and a nice, easy Swedish gift to take home for someone else. You can even save them for Christmas; mix things up a bit! You’ll find plenty of multicolored socks bearing a moose motif – because all Stockholm souvenirs have a moose motif – but also some rather nice ones bearing the Swedish flag. If you’re not the sort to shout your love of a place by wearing a t-shirt, you can hide your Sweden love in your socks.

Plus, does anyone ever really need an excuse to buy novelty socks? No, we say!

Socks with moose and the Swedish flag woven in. These are popular Swedish gifts.

17. Kosta Boda glass

If you want one of the classiest Swedish souvenirs, keep an eye out for Kosta Boda glass when you’re shopping in Stockholm!

Take a look at their website, and you’ll see exactly what makes this brand of glass quite special. Click on Stemware, and prepare to be amazed by exactly what you can do with a piece of glass! Their glasses have the most colorful, cool designs, and they’re absolutley perfect for any home – there’s genuinely something for everyone. My personal favorite are the Mirage vases, which look almost petrol-colored. I love them!

I’m always a fan of bringing back lovely, well-crafted glass and crystal – I’ve tipped them as souvenirs from Prague and Budapest previously – but the work at Kosta Boda might be some of the most eye-catching I’ve seen! You can find Kosta Boda at a few different shops in Stockholm: Cervera is a good store to look out for, and you can also often find them in branches of Wasa Crystal. If department stores are more your thing, try Nordiska Kompaniet, not far from the central station!

Get your pieces shipped home, or keep them safe in your hand luggage, and you’ll have glassware that you’ll love for many years to come.

18. Salty licorice

Did you know that licorice hails from warm countries such as India, Iran, and even Italy, but it’s most popular in the colder countries of northern Europe?

It’s true! Go shopping in Stockholm for Swedish souvenirs, and I guarantee that you’ll find a metric ton of salty licorice, the variety of choice in Sweden. There are whole licorice emporiums devoted to it, and as I found, they’re still busy at about 6pm at night. I innocently bought a packet of fruit gums from a newsagent, and was surprised by the black candies actually being licorice, not blackcurrant! (which wasn’t a great surprise for me, because I don’t actually like the stuff.)

But if, like me, you have a licorice lover in your life, you want to head along to a branch of Lakritsroten, which bills itself as licorice paradise – and they certainly have every variety you can think of! Hard, soft, sweet, salty; you’re bound to find your gummy of choice here. If you want to make sure that you’re getting Swedish gifts for your loved one, they helpfully arrange everything by country of origin. So if you fancy some licorice from neighboring Finland or Italy, you can!

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely very Swedish!

A bag of salty licorice, one of the most popular Swedish souvenirs.

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  • Reply
    Katie Diederichs
    April 10, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Love the Dala Horses and the embroidered Sami bracelets. Oh, and I love lingonberry jam, but funny enough I am from a US state where there are many people of Swedish descent, so it’s easy to find all types of Swedish foods and candies!

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    April 11, 2020 at 12:25 am

    I love Swedish lingonberry jam, definitely recommend picking up some! They are also great with waffles for a sweet treat (:

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    April 11, 2020 at 8:23 am

    I love how you suggest a lot of food items. Who would have thought – mustard!

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    Meghan Emcee
    April 11, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    My sister brought home a Dala horse magnet from her trip there this past summer. I had no idea there was such an adorable story behind it though! Thanks for sharing!

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