Sweden’s capital is a really good place to go shopping as there are certainly some interesting things to buy in Stockholm and lots of unusual and simply clever stuff to take home- plus some great foodie treats too! So, have a look at the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Stockholm.
1. A Dala horse – a true symbol of Sweden!
Wooden models of the distinctive Dalecarlian or Dala horse can be seen everywhere. If you would like one as a memento of your time in Stockholm, rather than buying a mass-produced one, it is nicer to visit the Nordic Museum Gift Shop. The shop has authentic hand-carved models in the distinct red brick color that have also been painted by hand which ensures that each one is unique.
2. Kit out your kitchen- Scandi style
The Swedes love kitchen utensils and numerous shops sell an impressive selection. The utensils are crafted in pale Nordic woods such as pine, birch, and spruce and in traditional shapes and sizes. There are bowls, carving boards, spoons and great little wooden butter knives amongst many others! There are also some beautiful hand-painted pieces available too which can be hung on the wall if you think they are too nice to use! Traditionally, these wooden utensils are always made from a single piece of wood.
3. Explore Design Target for something unique
Sweden is certainly a country for great designs and there are a number of Design Target shops in Stockholm as they showcase the work of up and coming designers. Perfect for browsing, there is a good range of items including kitchenware, textiles, jewelry, and glassware – in prices to suit every budget too.
4. A beautiful piece of hand-blown glass
Sweden has a worldwide reputation for its beautiful hand-blown glass and also its crystal and there are a number of shops in the city to enjoy. The hand-blown glass is really beautiful and is often simply designed but very stylish. As well as crystal glasses and bowls there are unusual crystal statues and figurines and all the shops will happily pack any purchases extra safely for your journey home. The most famous makes to watch out for are Kostaboda and Mats Jonasson Màlèras.
5. Stylish silver jewelry
Silver is by far the most popular metal used in jewelry making because the Swedes feel that it is understated. Silver jewelry has been made for centuries from silver mined in the Sala silver mine and at one time, it was one of the country’s most important products. Styles are bold and chunky but with little detail- maybe a single semi-precious stone or a curve, but little more, so that the beauty of the silver is emphasized. If you are interested in buying a piece of silver, ask the jeweler to explain the hallmark system to you.
6. Discover the comfort of clogs
Hasbeen shoes are fun vintage look shoes that are classically designed with a modern twist and are handmade, very comfortable and environmentally friendly. A number of the styles are modern clogs and these are a popular buy with nurses and others who spend all day ‘on their feet’ as they have an ergonomically shaped bottom to each shoe and are good for posture. They are available in a great range of colors and have been really fashionable in Sweden since the 1970s. The main shop in the city is Hasbeen-Grandpa Söder, Södermannagaten 21.
7. A tin of Surströmming
A tin of the popular fermented herrings is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it will smell strong when you open it! Nevertheless, if you have enjoyed this popular delicacy in Stockholm – usually served with potatoes and a dollop of soured cream – you might just want to take it home to share with your family or friends. During the summer there is a Surströmming festival when restaurants everywhere serve scores of plates of this popular Swedish specialty.
8. A bag of Ahlgrens bilar
This popular candy has been produced since 1953 and a bag or two are perfect for squeezing in your suitcase! The car shaped marshmallows are really popular and taste great! The classic packet contains green, cream and pink cars, but there is a sour sugared variety and salted licorice ones too – be warned, they are very moreish!
9. The distinct taste of black salted licorice
Would you consider yourself a connoisseur of licorice? If you do, then you will certainly enjoy trying out some black salted licorice! It has a very rich and salty taste but is surprisingly creamy, having said that, there are no half measures – you will either love it or hate it! There is a good selection of different size packets to buy.
10. Some tasty lingonberry preserve
This is a really popular sauce in Sweden and it is very likely that it will be served as an accompaniment to one of your meals in the city. Lingonberry is tart tasting and a little like cranberry sauce and in Stockholm, it is popular with pancakes and meatballs amongst others!