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Top 5 Gifts for a Swedish Freak

Christmas is just around the corner. And I know plenty of Swedish Freak’s in my life. So what do you get a Swedish Freak for Christmas? Why, something Swedish of course! So let’s take a look a the top 5 gifts for Swedish Freaks out there.

5. A batch of Lussebullar

Lussebullar are generally made during Lucia, which is celebrated on December 13th. But there is no reason you can’t make a batch for Christmas! This is a especially Swedish bun made with saffron, giving it a yellow color. While work is involved in kneading the dough if you don’t have a machine to do it, it is generally a low cost gift that will make the Swedish Freak in your life light up with joy.

Not a fan of lussebullar? There is also the option of kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns) or gingerbread cookies. Just cook them something Swedish!

4. A pair of Swedish socks

Swedish socks, or a knitted pair of socks the Swedish way (as I call them, because that is where I was first introduced to them and where I learned how to make them) are necessary for any Swedish type weather in the winter. And I mean snow 🙂 Another inexpensive gift in a way. Yarn costs about $6 in the States (more elsewhere) and then all you need is some time to knit! If you are in need of the pattern, contact me. I don’t have anything professional but I can at least explain it to you so you get it. Not recommended for beginner knitters.

3. Great Swedish books

Arn The Knight TemplarI love reading Swedish books in English because it gives such a great glimpse of the Swedish culture. And any Swedish Freak will think the same thing.

There are tons of Swedish books available in English, such as the Dragon Tattoo Series or some books by Henning Mankell.

So buy some books and get one for the Swedish Freak in your life (and one for yourself while you are at it!)

2. A Swedish Film

If your Swedish freak isn’t much of a reader, then a Swedish film is perfect. It is a great way to learn the language when you have the film in Swedish with English subtitles. And it is also very relaxing to just sit back and watch Swedes in action. And Sweden’s cinematography is very much like North America’s, making it all about the culture and less about the film making.

Arn is a great film for action lovers (and even has some English mixed in). For horror fans, Let the Right One In is always recommended. There are of course a lot more Swedish films, so find one for your Swedish Freak!

1. Swedish Freak clothing!

Swedish Freak TeeOf course, nothing pleases a Swedish Freak more than some Swedish Freak clothing. We have got beanies with “Sverige”, thermal cups, Fika aprons, and some awesome limited time holiday items with “Tomte” written on them.

All of them are designed with your love of Sweden in mind, and will keep you warm and cozy this winter.

Check out the Swedish Freak shop and deck your halls, stuff your stocks, and just plain rock with Swedish awesomeness.

Proceeds of the store will go to keeping this website alive, and paying our writers to write about the Awesomeness they find in Sweden. So start shopping today at the Swedish Freak shop!

The Author



Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. While she now lives in a place that is the complete opposite of Sweden (Arizona), she constantly tries to bring Sweden to the desert.