There are plenty of Viking horns and T-shirts with moose. Here are top tips for those seeking something else – something with that little extra touch. Farther down you will read more about the places mentioned.
Ceramic animals by Lisa Larson – Very popular ceramicist Lisa Larson has presented a Skansen series with figurines that represent Nordic animals such as moose, seals and bears. Lisa Larson’s pieces usually become collectors’ items. They are for sale in Skansen’s gift shop.
Trays with a Sergels Torg pattern – You can now take home with you the pattern that covers the lower half of Sergels Torg in central Stockholm! Sold in Designtorget shops, among other places.
Textiles by Josef Frank – You will find this pattern on cushions, curtains and trays in practically every home in Stockholm. Sold at Svenskt Tenn and elsewhere.
Tight jeans – How do you recognize a Swede? Nowadays many say by the unusually tight pants they wear. The style originated in Stockholm, with designers like Cheap Monday and Acne on the leading edge. Here is a list of places where you can find a pair for yourself.
Falu red paint – If you have traveled around Sweden, you no doubt have noticed that many houses are painted red. The red paint is made according to an old formula with iron oxide from the mine in Falun in Dalarna. Sample cans are in the gift shop at Skansen.
Clogs – Swedish clogs have become a hot item again, seen on stars such as Sex and the City’s Sara Jessica Parker, for example. Put your money on a classic model with the Moheda brand (usually to be found at Åhléns City, for one) or a modern variation from Swedish Hasbeens, which is sold at Grandpa boutiques and at Tjallamalla, among other places.
Want to look further for fun souvenirs? Stockholm’s museum shops are good places to start – here is a guide.