Sweden is famous for its hand blown and hand painted glass, and Kosta Boda is one of the most famous brands. There are quite a few shops in Stockholm that sell Kosta Boda (and also other brands of hand blown glass). Whichever brand you use all are equally beautiful, and they come in many differnt design styles. They are great to take home as a souvenir or as a present to a friend. The glasswork doesn't come cheap, but I think it is worth the money.
Take a look at their website to get an impression of Kosta Boda Glass
In many shops in old town (Gamla Stan), you'll find beautiful examples of Swedish glassware. You' also find beautiful glassware in the big department stores of Stockholm, "Ahlens" and "NK". Good quality glass is expensive, but if you really like it, it makes a nice souvenir or gift as it is typical of Sweden.
There is a very interesting website that tells you about Sweden's long history in glass making. Click here to see the site.
This shop sells wooden clogs made in Sweden for men, women, and children. They have so many varieties and styles that it is hard to choose! I especially liked the children's clogs because they had whimsical artwork done on the leather. I bought Miss M a pair with apples on them. They are so adorable. This shop also sells wool sweaters which are also made in Sweden.
A great place to do your souvenir shopping in Stockholm is in the Stora Nygatan in Gamla Stan. This might well not be the cheapest place, but it is definitely a very charming place.
Like in all touristy cities, most of the shops in this street all sell the same stuff. But there really are some specialty shops that sell all kinds of beautiful things. There are shops that only sell Viking-stuff, or that are specialised in woolen clothes. Others sell modern art or all kinds of stuffed toys. You'll definitely find something here.
Between the shops there also are lots of restaurants of small pubs.
What to buy: What to buy in Stockholm?
- Typical Scandinavian woolen sweaters
- Moose stuffed toys
- Sweden football jerseys
- Viking miniatures
- Typical Swedish Red Wooden Horse
This is actually for tourist, this souvenirs shop in the old town sells all what tourist looking for and what you are going to pay is accordingly
What to buy: Maybe small item, I bought magnets for the refrigerator with Elk :)
What to pay: As little as possible
This is shop that sells items origin from the Swedish tradition such as Tomtars and Trolls, mythic creatures. According to the girls of the shop here is their origin.
TOMTAR (Gnome, dwarf)
These small creatures live in and around the houses and sheds on Swedish farms. If you are wise you will show the Tomte "due respect", and he will protect the household from accidents and disasters.
But he will play tricks on you if you annoy him.
In the past it was the costume to leave a bowl of porridge outside your house under the front door stairs, at Christmastime for the Tomte. If the bowl was empty the next morning all was well for another year.
In Scandinavian folklore there are two sorts of troll- Bergstroll who live in caves in the mountains and Skogstroll who live in the deep dark forests. They hoard treasure in their dens.
Trolls have big ugly noses and long tails, really nasty - stealing food and swop their own babies - "Trollungar" for unchristened children - "bort-bytingar" .
Trolls can't stand daylight so they are only active at night.
They can live for several hundred years.
Phrases such as "rich as a troll" or "ugly as a troll" are often heard in the Swedish language.
What to buy: Tomtars, Trolls, Witches, Cards
What to pay: Prices vary from 5 to 33 Euros per piece.
Small and a bit mousy on the outside, yet this shop contains all kinds of books on Sweden, from Sweden in some thirty languages. What souvenir is better?
The Swedish Institute (SI) runs the bookstore, that sells all of SI's own publications as well as Swedish fiction and all the great swedish books for children in translation, updated guides to Stockholm and Sewden as well as coffee table books and non-fiction.
What to buy: Among my favorites are the classic children´s books by Elsa Beskow, a wonderful writer and artist, with titles like: Pelle´s new suit, The Sun Egg (love it!!), and Peter In Blueberry Land (ah, the slightly psychedelic, wonderful world of the blueberry people!). The translated books are small, so cute, compared to the original ones, that are really big. Best buy for small art-and literature lovers!!
What to buy:
If you like glassware, you will love Sweden. Modern design values combine with a high standard of craftsmanship to create beautiful and bold objects.
Kosta Boda is the most famous brand, but there are others with their own distinctive style; to get an idea of what's available, go to department store NK which has an outstanding range of glass objects from the functional to the purely decorative, as well as the more upmarket craft tourist shops in Gamla Stan.
I managed, however, to get a chunky glass tumbler I'd seen at NK for SEK 139 in the Duty Free shop at Skavsta Airport, as opposed to SEK 179 in the department store. Obviously the range is not so extensive, and they stocked only Kosta Boda, but there are savings to be had and bargains even - some ranges are on sale. If you want something from one of the more popular lines, it seems likely you'll find it at one of Stockholm's airports - with the advantage that it won't count towards your luggage allowance. Something not to be sniffed at, given the weight of these pieces.
What to pay: The cheapest pieces of good quality glassware that I saw were SEK 100 - tumblers at NK, that weren't decorative, but were certainly very appealing items. Decorative glassware by Kosta Boda and similar starts at about SEK 130; smaller items won't necessarily cost less I found, with largish bowls costing the same as a set of two shot glasses.
You can save a significant percentage by buying at your airport Duty Free, but you'll be restricted to what they have. A perfect way to use up leftover currency though!
It is the Royal gifts shop where one can buy any souvenir items on the Swedish Royal family like postcards, writing pads, envelopes, pictures and other gift items that is somehow related to the Royal family. i took this picture with a crown on my head from this shop.
You can go over to Nybro, Kosta Boda, Orrefors all factories are close to each other.
You can see the crystals being made and also factory outlets are available, where beautiful pieces can be purchased.
These are certainly cheaper than ones available in Stockholm.
These places are worth a visit.
What to buy: Lovely pieces of crystals
What to pay: starting from around 60 Swedish Kroners upwards
What to buy: Irina could not pass by a show-window with a figure of the German shepherd. We could not buy it, but instead of it we bought a mug with views of Stockholm.
The shop offers a wide range of craft products as well as first-rate modern Swedish design, clothes, books, garden tools, pottery, glass, compact discs, postcards and souvenirs.