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Finnish Gifts: From Christmas Basket Ideas to Fabulous Design

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This holiday season, surprise your loved ones with unique Finnish gifts that they will absolutely adore!

I’ve rounded up 30 Finnish Christmas gift ideas available online to help you find thoughtful, practical and fun presents for everyone on your list.

From one-of-a-kind design gifts to Christmas baskets to stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts, I’ve got you covered. Scroll on to find the perfect gift ideas from Finland!

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Are you ready for a Christmas gift guide packed with unique Finnish ideas? Here we go!

Finnish Gifts for Christmas Baskets and Stockings

The Marimekko Notebook Collection includes three notebooks covered with different iconic colorful prints. Each notebook is super light and perfect to carry in a bag so that those unexpected brilliant ideas are captured immediately.

The Marimekko Pencil Package has ten poppy-printed pencils, two of each color: green, blue, red, yellow and black. These joyful pencils instantly spark creativity and are a practical yet lovely way to incorporate a piece of Finland into everyday life. In my opinion, these pencils make great stocking stuffers or holiday gift basket items.

Do you know someone who loves lists? You are going to see one big happy smile when you give her Marimekko’s vivid Sticky Note Booklet. Just watch as she gets things done with the help of these energetic to do notes.

If you can’t tell by my first few gift suggestions, Marimekko is one of the most popular design brands in Finland. You can add this simple Finnish brand to your wardrobe with these novelty Marimekko socks. The vibrant colors make for a fabulous gift to anyone.

A cute and small accessory to further show your Finland love is this Finnish flag pop-socket for your phone. Stick it on the back of your phone and have a little part of Finland with you always.

Finnish Gifts: Marimekko products

The perfect touch of Finland to add to your office or home is this calendar filled with gorgeous photos from around Finland. Mark your achievements, events, and more while traveling mentally to Finland.

The Fiskars Scissors may seem like a quirky Christmas present but they are so excellent in design and functionality that I promise, you’ll want to buy yourself a pair the minute you have tried them.

In fact, many Finns refuse to use any other scissors. I know it sounds weird to have a whole paragraph about scissors but trust me on this one. Have you ever heard anybody else talking so passionately about scissors? In this household, we have the classic orange ones, the nail scissors, and the blunt tip children’s scissors.

Have you heard of Moomin? Moomin characters are the Mickey Mouse of Finnish culture. What better way to add a hint of Finnish adoration to your home than with this Moomin Bathroom towel by Finlayson.

Need more than just a few Moomin items around the house? Up your Moomin style with this Comfy T-shirt with your Moomin favorites. This shirt also makes for a great conversation piece if you stumble across other Moomin lovers on the street.

If you want to represent Finland in an even more literal way with your apparel, this coffee & sisu t-shirt is for you. It makes for a cute and funny gift. Only people who appreciate Finnish culture will understand that these 2 things are at every Finn’s core.

Winter Necessities approved by a Finn

The best part of winter is playing in the snow! With these warm, waterproof mittens you can spend even more time outside taking in the fresh, winter air.

Beanies are a winter favorite as well and are such an easy gift to give. Whether it gets really cold where you live or you just need a trendy accessory for your favorite sweater, this warm and stylish beanie is the way to go.

Books That Make You Feel like a Finn

The Sisu Book by Joanna Nylund is a marvelous introduction to Finnish culture covering an astonishing amount of Finnishness from letting our babies nap outside in their prams even in freezing temperatures (guess where my ten-month-old daughter is right now!) to deep discussions like do you need to think positively in order to be able to tap into sisu.

This book is a gem, and I recommend it to anyone who’s interested in Finland.

Another book by Joanna Nylund to read is Silence. When you visit Finland, one thing that may stand out is the abundant presence of silence. Through this book of Nylund’s you will discover ways to harness the power of this silence.

Take a look into the quirks of the personalities you’ll find in Finland. With this book about the national characteristics of Finns, get ready to laugh and embrace what makes Finnish people so unique.

Courage, wellness, and happiness are three things you will uncover a new way of finding in Katja Pantzar’s The Finnish Way. Whether you love Finnish culture or just need a new inspiring, perspective on life, this easy-read is perfect for you.

What better way to feel like a Finn than to begin talking like a Finn? My Conversational Finnish for Beginners Course can be a great Christmas gift to request from someone (*hint hint*) or give to someone. You will dive into learning the basics on what conversations typically sound like in Finnish but not the average way most textbooks teach you.

Are you learning Finnish but would rather have physical materials to study? This Finnish language book is perfect for becoming more confident with your Finnish skills.

Do you know someone who has visited Finland but still just can’t get enough about learning all things travel, culture, and language? Make sure to gift them this Ultimate travel guide to all things Finland. Even when you’re done reading this book, it makes for a great coffee table decoration.

Finnish Gifts: A collection of Finnish Gifts by Her Finland blog

Deliciously Finnish Gifts

Take a sneak peek into any Finnish kitchen cupboard and I’m pretty sure you’ll find some Iittala Moomin Mugs.

It’s a fun present to give annually as there’s a new edition mug every year. For example, my dad collects these mugs already for our daughter. She got her first one at her christening party.

Finnish gifts: Moomin mug by Her Finland blog
Finnish gifts: Chocolate & salmiakki by Her Finland blog

What would Christmas be without Fazer Chocolate? Or any day, to be honest. You bet these chocolates disappeared in two minutes after I took the picture.

Here are three of our favorites: The classic blue wrapped original (Note, that it’s so iconic that Fazer sometimes plays with its case. At the moment, the wrapper says “A small piece of love” = Pieni pala rakkautta).

Geisha and the strawberry flavored milk chocolate are flavors that everybody loves! The older kids in this household absolutely adore the strawberry chocolate block.

Another sweet treat you may want to gift as a taste of Finland is Dumle. This magical toffee and chocolate candy is a fan-favorite. If you buy these for a friend, you may be able to steal a couple of pieces for yourself too.

Salty Licorice is a gift like no other and definitely 100% Finnish! You really want to be there, when they taste it, maybe with a camera. A surprise gift that will never be forgotten.

Now that you know of the infamous salty, black licorice of Finland, what about the popular, colorful, and sweet licorice, Remix? This sweet and sour candy by Fazer reminds me of Sour Patch Kids and is gone before you know it.

We’ve talked about sweets, but now let’s talk about what pairs perfectly with sweets: coffee. You can now have the coffee brand that all Finns love in your own home. Drink this perfectly roasted coffee with your loved ones and get those Finnish vibes going.

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Lovely Finnish Cosmetic Gifts

Skincare products are a great gift to give, if I do say so myself. With Lumene’s Sisu face cream, you will have lasting moisture even in the winter. Did I mention Lumene is a cruelty-free skincare line?

Lumene is a Finnish cosmetics company that makes wonderful products. Every Finn knows Lumene.

Their products include super ingredients from Finnish nature, such as cloudberry, bilberry, pine bark, and spruce knot extract. Doesn’t it sound like you could almost eat their products!?

Finnish Gifts: Lumene by Her Finland blog

My favorites from Lumene are theie Valo (Light) and Sisu (a Finnish power word meaning courage and determination)  series.

When I’m buying a Christmas present, I always go for something pampering and luxurious, like hydrating mists, masks, and serums. I love the Valo Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist because you can use it before cream and over makeup. When I look tired it’s the perfect pick-me-up.

Here are the above mentioned Finnish gift ideas. Thoughtful Christmas presents don’t need to cost a fortune. All of these gifts pictured below are under $20!

Finnish gifts for Christmas basket by Her Finland blog

Finnish Design Glassware

We Finns are accustomed to design glass and quality glassware, thanks to companies like Iittala, Arabia, Muurla, Nuutajärvi, Riihimäki Glass and the awe-inspiring glass artists, like Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, and Oiva Toikka.

The elegantly simple Iittala Kivi Votive is another great idea to give as annual presents. In many homes, there are several of them to bring light and charm into the room. At the moment, I use them with led tea light candles as our home is a baby zone.

Finnish gifts: Iittala Kivi votives by Her Finland blog

Finally, a couple of fantastic ideas for wow presents.

To me, the Ultima Thule Glasses are the most beautiful glasses in the world. I’ve been admiring them since I was a small kid because these glasses were my grandparents’ and back in the day, they were only used for celebrations, never on an ordinary dinner or lunch.

Ultima Thule is designed by Tapio Wirkkala, who is a legendary design glass artist. Inspired by the melting ice, these glasses incorporate practicality and beauty in a breathtaking way.

Finnish gifts: Iittala Glasses by Her Finland blog
Finnish gifts: Aalto Vase by Her Finland blog

The one-of-a-kind Aalto vase is the symbol of Finnish design. Alvar Aalto created it, inspired by the dress of a Sami woman. For me, it reminds me of the northern lights.

Last summer, I watched how Aalto vases were handmade in Iittala Glass factory. Seeing the most talented glassblowers in work had been on my bucket list for years and I’m so glad I got to see the process. Visit at the factory is free and a great day trip destination from Helsinki.

I inherited my white Aalto vase from my grand-aunt and love to make flower arrangements in it. For the Christmas table, I love combining roses, carnations and spruce branches. A bunch of tulips looks also wonderful in the Aalto vase.

The Under $20 Gift List

  1. Marimekko Notebook Collection
  2. Marimekko Pencil Package
  3. Marimekko Sticky Note Booklet
  4. Marimekko Novelty Socks
  5. Finland Photo Calendar
  6. Finnish Flag Popsocket
  7. Moomin Bathroom Towel
  8. Moomin Squad T-shirt
  9. Sisu by Joanna Nylund
  10. Silence by Joanna Nylund
  11. The Xenophobe’s Guide to Finns
  12. The Finnish Way by Katja Pantzar
  13. Lonely Planet Finland Travel Guide
  14. Finnish Fazer Chocolates
  15. Finnish Salmiakki Licorice
  16. Finnish Dumle Toffee & Chocolate
  17. Finnish Sweet & Sour Candies

Did you find some Christmas gift inspiration? What’s on your list this Christmas? Let me know in the comments! 

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About Varpu
I’m the founder of Her Finland. I love cultural tidbits, aha moments, Finnish folklore, and cinnamon buns. My newest interest is learning bird songs. Read more about me..

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Karen White

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Your post, which I came across quite by chance, is so interesting for me. The pictures of the beautiful Ultima Thule glasses looked in some way quite familiar to me. I had been sorting out some of my glasses earlier today and knew instantly that the design of some that we were given as a wedding present 43 years ago looked similar. Indeed after a little bit of searching online for vintage iittala I found pictures of my own lovely little glasses, 'Kekkerit' by Timo Sarpaneva. I have never known how special these glasses are, just knew I have always loved them. They were given to us by a Swedish friend of my mother's. I am delighted to have found out all about them.

Varpu

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Hei Karen! Wow, amazing story, thank you so much for sharing it! <3 Sarpaneva design is so beautiful!

vesihana messinki

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Tämä blogi antaa minulle inspiraatiota. Kiitos siitä

Varpu

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Kiitos tosi paljon ihanasta kommentista!

Olga

Friday 27th of December 2019

Hello Varpu. I live in Russia. I am sorry in advance. I am not sure if I can ask you. I have niece. She is 7 years old. She sent a letter in English to Finland to Santa with her drawing. She asked to send a picture of Santa house. Could you send it please. I will print it. Of course, if it do not take much time from you. Thank you beforehand.

Varpu Pöyry

Friday 27th of December 2019

Hei Olga! Oh, that's so sweet of your niece. Santa reads every single letter, I'm sure he will get her letter too. If you google "santa claus village", you'll find a lot of pictures of his house in Rovaniemi, Lapland. I hope this helped! They are all the real one. :) Happy holidays!

Darrell O’Neal

Friday 13th of December 2019

Thanks for suggestions. I arrived in Helsinki last night feeling poorly from flight from Dallas. We are heading to Rovaniemi day after tomorrow. Besides northern lights, I hope to find Christmas presents for my grandchildren, girl 4 and boy 11 months.

Varpu Pöyry

Friday 27th of December 2019

Hei Darrell! I hope you've enjoyed your time here in Finland and found some local gifts for your grandchildren!

Helen Hart

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Hi Varpu, I’m in the process of reorganizing my life. No longer do I live in Arizona. I have moved back to my home state of Illinois In the the greater Chicago area where I have family. Since my husband passed this life 9-7-18, and I did not retain the desktop computer, Thus my participation is limited. Thanks for your interesting and enlighting topics regarding Finnish life and culture.

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