I thought I would help you out by creating a little guide with some great pieces for anyone you know who loves Scandinavian design. This guide is not only for Christmas, but also great for birthdays, housewarmings or any other celebrations. Be warned – the Scandi lover might already have some of these items so do a bit of snooping around before purchasing!
These personal cups featuring ‘AJ Vintage ABC’ designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1937 by Designletters are classics and a staple in any Scandi home. Great to give with the initials of the family members, or even spelling out a word like “hygge”.
A new cheese slicer can be a great gift for the Scandi lover. Did you know that the cheese slicer was, in fact, a Norwegian invention? I love this black Pebble cheese slicer by Normann Copenhagen. With the Pebble series, designer Simon Legald has taken everyday utensils and given them an aesthetic boost.
The Kay Bojesen’s Monkey has come to signify a gift from a very special person. A classic and a dear friend for life – from being a popular toy in the playroom to a much-loved design icon in a future home.
The stylish Glacier ice bucket from Stelton has a beautifully classic look, and perfect for cooling down wine, water or soft drinks in.
The Daily Fiction universe consists of exquisite smaller design goods ready to tempt and fascinate all design lovers. This pack of 3 notebooks by Normann Copenhagen are great on their own, or along with any other items from the range.
Why not give a lovely hand soap? The gentle and effective hand soap from Meraki is in Silky mist with a refreshing touch of orange.
The Scandinavian Design book by Taschen is like a bible for any Scandinavian design lover, exploring a century of masterful forms and lyrical lines from across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. Including in-depth entries featuring more than 180 designers, this must-have guide will look great on a coffee table or on a shelf.
What better way to show love in form of a little gift than this cute Moomin love mug? A little reminder they will cherish everytime they enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea. I personally think the Love mug is great, but you can find a big selection of Arabia Moomin mugs.
This Dustpan & Broom by Normann Copenhagen was inspired by a folded newspaper. It is a beautiful upgrade from your old one, and can be hung on the wall for decoration purposes too. Simplistic and aesthetic, just what a Scandi lover wants.
Tea towels are always something that’s nice to get and a great way to update your kitchen. The Dot tea towels by Hay are available in several contemporary designs in different colour schemes and colour combinations and make a great gift for someone who already has “everything”..
The Norr tray by Skagerak is both functional and decorative, and therefore a great choice. Perfect for any hygge lovers who would enjoy using it to serve in bed, on the balcony or around the fireplace.
Ceramic and leather, what is not to love about that? This Mellibi toothbrush holder by Kähler has a practical insert keeping toothbrushes separate. It is also an aesthetic detail in any bathroom, and a lovely present that will fit in most homes.
The Push coffee maker by Muuto is a classic French press that can be used to make coffee or tea, a modern take on an iconic object. It will look great in any Scandinavian style home, so a great gift.
For the tealover in your life, the Oiva / Siirtolapuutarha teapot by Marimekko would make a lovely gift. With its timeless look and the graphics Siirtolapuutarha pattern designed by Maija Louekari, it is a classic piece they will cherish for a long time. And if you ever wonder what to get to them next time, why not go for matching mugs or plates?
A candle is always a good idea because even if the Scandinavian design lover might have it already it will always be useful. The Fjord scented candle by SKANDINAVISK has joyous notes of woods and ripening orchards, wild berries, blackcurrants and raspberry flowers with a nod to the Norwegian fjords.
When it comes to speakers, this Reykjavik Bluetooth speaker by Vifa is Nordic simplicity in look and in use. Its round shape allows for a 360-degree experience, and the leather strap allows you to carry it with you or hang it wherever you want. A thoughtful gift for a music lover.
The ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ plate from House of Rym is beautiful and has the perfect minimal yet playful vibe. A great plate for serving entrees, sweet treats or even to hang on the wall. If this one does not fit your friend’s style, House of Rym has a large selection of different patterns and styles so you are bound to find something suitable from their range.
Norm Architects’ Tumbler alarm clock from Menu is in my eyes the perfect minimal nightstand accessory. It has a playfulness to it too, when it rings you simply turn upside to stop the alarm. Perfect gift for anyone having troubles getting up in the morning…
Sporting the classic lotus pattern originally designed by the Norwegian artist Arne Clausen in the 1960’s, the new Arne Clausen Collection by Lucie Kaas is even more sophisticated and bold than the original collection. With a new darker look, this design classic would be a lovely gift for the design conscious.
Lars Beller Fjetland’s Moment candlestick for Hay is designed to automatically extinguish candles just before the wick burns out. As the flame slowly makes its way towards the bottom of the candle, the suspense builds and the hood extinguishes the flame.
The simple lines and modernist feel of this stylish Funkis House from ferm LIVING are sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. Beautifully crafted from natural plywood and with a lot of space for letting a child’s imagination soar.
For the foodie, this My best recipes book from Designletters is a great gift. A great way to collect all their favourites in, that will look decorative in the kitchen.
Or what about a new cutting board? I love the minimal look of the Varvunraita chopping board by Marimekko, made of compressed wood with a hole for hanging when not in use.
The Pidestall planter designed by Emilie Stahl Carlsen for Woud makes it possible for someone to create a green oasis in the living room or an urban garden on the balcony. A great present for someone with green fingers!
Can you ever have too many blankets? I think not. The Crinkle throw by Hay is crafted from a soft, lightweight cotton perfetct for all year around hygge.