11 Typical Danish Gifts under 500dkk

People often want to buy friends and family ‘back home’ an typically Danish gift. There are a number of design brands who make wonderful and very Danish style items such as KåhlerHolmegaard, and   Lyngby  but today I thought I’d share some things I would, and have, bought for my friends and family and they loved them.

Danish Flags

The Danes love their flags and no celebration table is without one. You can buy stylish table top ones such as the link here or get little small one or two use ones from places like Flying Tiger and Søstrene Grene so your friends can celebrate like Danes.

Georg Jensen Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations in Denmark usually err on the side of very tasteful. I often buy a Georg Jensen gold or silver decoration as a gift, even outside Christmas time. The first part of the year is a good time to pick these up in the sale.

Royal Copenhagen Easter Eggs

One the same theme a beautiful Royal Copenhagen porcelain egg is always a very appreciated gift and again you can usually find them available most of the year.

Hoptimist and Wooden Birds

A Hoptimist or a little wooden bird from Archtectmade is a lovely little whimsical gift which so very Danish. Both always put a smile of the recipient’s face.

Liquorice by Lakrids

The Danes love liquorice! If your loved ones are not hardcore liquorice fiends then the fruit or seasonal liquorice from Lakrids will give them the Danish experience without the strong taste of traditional liquorice. They also do a great selection of the real stuff too.

Lego

Lego is about as Danish as it comes. You can visit the Lego Store and pick up some specifically Danish bits and bobs. Usually you can get a little mini figure key chain with Copenhagen on it. There are also sets exclusive to the Lego Store which are worth sending home to family members who don’t live near a Lego store.

Aalborg Snaps

Treat a family member to a truly Danish drinking experience with a decent bottle of snaps. I’m no expert but the Aalborg Snaps seems to have some historical and traditional cache.

Danish Butter Cookies

Yep, a cliche but one that most people like to receive. Look for ones in a pretty or retro tin for a gift that continues after the biscuits are gone. Magasin is a good place to find these.

Unique Art (Visse Vasse,  Kortkartellet)

Over the last five years or so a number of artists have broken out of the smaller design scene into the wider consciousness. Two favourites of mine, which feature lovely Danish images, are Visse Vasse and Kortkartellet. Or head to a design market and support smaller producers.

Flea Market Finds

A short weekend stroll around some of the summer flea markets can yield lots of Danish gifts from old blue and white plates with your loved one’s birth year on (there are always people selling these at almost every flea market I have ever been to here) or smaller ones featuring old Danish buildings and churches.

 

 

Danish Easter gifts

Easter is just a week away so what better time to share some Danish Easter gifts? Which do you fancy?eggs

Royal Copenhagen, Kay Bojesen rabbit, Helle Gram eggs, Georg Jensen gold egg, Hoptimist chick, Simply Chocolate egg, Lakrids egg, Summerbird porcelain egg, Royal Copenhagen bonboniere

Valentine’s Gifts Scandi style

Valentine’s Day falls this weekend and unlike the UK and the US it isn’t a massive deal here. There are a few things in the shops promoted for the day but it is pretty low key in comparative terms – I think people are more interested in eating Fastelavnboller!

Nevertheless, the lure of pink and pretty is always very strong for me (I’m a little princess inside!) so if you are looking for a little token for a loved one or a little something pretty to spoil yourself with, here are a few ideas from Scandinavia…

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Liquorice, cup, nail polish, flower jar, tea egg and tea, vase, chocolates, necklace

Wonderhagen giveaway -closed

I have been keeping my eye out for some exciting artwork for our new apartment. My son’s room will be much bigger and I wanted him to have some special pictures. I had seen Wonderhagen‘s work on line and when I saw their stall at Finderskeepers I decided to get a couple of the simple but gorgeous prints for our walls. My son is crazy about Lego so the Lego brick one was an obvious choice and as I am just as crazy about Tivoli, I plumped for the Tivoli day one for myself (I may have to add Tivoli night to it soon!).wonderhagen tivoli day 2

The artists at Wonderhagen are inspired by life around them and the posters predominantly depict strong Danish images such as the Lego brick and the liquorice pipe but also well known landmarks interpreted in a pop art style. I love the day and night take on places such as the Opera and Tivoli. The artwork is unpretentious and, I think, brings a smile to your face.wonderhagen red legoIf you love them as much as me, now is your chance to win one of your very own. I have teamed up with Wonderhagen to offer one reader a poster of their choice. All you have to do is pop over to the Wonderhagen website and decided which poster you would like to win, come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which one it is.

For extra chances to win you can like Wonderhagen on Instagram, like Dejlige Days on Instagram or like Wonderhagen on Facebook and leave a comment letting us know.

The competition will close at 12 noon (European time) on 9 May 2014 and I will draw a winner at random. The competition is open to all readers worldwide.

 

 

The perfect Danish Christmas present

Buying Christmas presents for men is always hard but it helps if your husband is collecting something. As mentioned before we have been lucky enough to have found a couple of Koben style pans at flea markets this summer but I thought he might like something else to add to the collection for Christmas. On Etsy I found a man in America who had a number of pieces for sale and I chose this near perfect bright yellow paella pan. I knew he would love it and I was right.CIMG4950

I add to the present I was delighted to find a new brand of luxury food items for sale here in Denmark, Nicolas Vahe. I first spotted some items in Plint on Købmagergade and then saw them in Magasin. Nicolas has developed a collection of gourmet food specialities and I chose the riz au lait, saffron risotto and blueberry jam. I am really looking forward to my husband christening the pan with them. And trying more from the range this year.alex present

Danish souvenirs under 10€

I really enjoyed two posts on the fabulous Design Mom blog about French gifts under $5 (here and here) and it got me thinking about Danish gifts. Denmark is known for being very expensive so I gave some thought to things I think are great souvenir gifts that don’t break the bank but are very Danish. I stuck to a maximum budget of €10 (except one amazing find I had to share). 

Not as inexpensive as Design Mom but in the wider scheme of Danish shopping probably on par…

Lakrids Liquorice sweets 45kr (€6)

Chocolates by A XOCO 55Kr (€7)

Ferm Living Copenhagen Tea Towel 79.95kr (€10)

Copenhagen map print by Kortkartellet 399kr (€53)

Oda Wiedbrecht papercut cards under 10€

Løv tea bags 70kr (€9.40)

Tiger tabletop wooden Danebrog  10kr (€1.30)

Tiger Danebrog garland 10kr (€1.30)