The Best Swedish Souvenirs: Cozy Candles and Candlesticks to Warm up Long Winter Nights
Darkness envelops Sweden in the winter. In December, the sun doesn’t rise in Stockholm until 8:30 am, and the sunset comes quickly at 3:00 pm. That means it’s pitch black by 3:30 pm!
Even with three more hours of light in my home city of New York, I tend to hole up in winter at nightfall. I wondered how the Swedes managed to survive the long, dark winters.
Life doesn’t stop in the winter, but the Swedes have found a way to make the best of it by transforming what could be long months of depressing darkness into something warm and inviting. Restaurants and shops welcome customers in with a lantern at their doorstep (lit with a real flame), and inside, soft candlelight glows, creating the kind of “cozy” (hygge in Danish, mysa in Swedish) that defies exact translation.
How do you bring the Swedish feeling of hygge home with you?
Pick up a Swedish souvenir that represents all that is warm and cozy– candles, candlesticks, and candelabras.
Swedish Souvenir Candlesticks
You’ll find gorgeous candlesticks for sale everywhere in Sweden– classic white are the most popular.
Two Swedish souvenirs in one– a candlestick and the classic Dala horse, combined.
Loved this handmade ceramic candle holder made in a traditional Swedish style.
Need more than one candlestick? There is a large assortment of Swedish candelabras to choose from.
Another popular souvenir is the Swedish candle chandelier.
Candle chandeliers ranged from simple and functional, like these made from iron.
To colorful and elaborate like these gorgeous candle chandeliers.
Don’t trust yourself with a flame at all? Though it’s not quite the same cozy feel as a real flame, I did like these electric candles.
Have you bought Swedish candles or candle holders as a souvenir? Share in the comments below!
Stockholm, Sweden Souvenir Shopping Details:
Vasa Museum Gift Shop, Stockholm Sweden
Skansen Gift Shop, Stockholm Sweden
DesignTorget, Stockholm (multiple locations)
For more Swedish souvenirs, check out these other posts:
The Swedish Dala Horse– Adorable Souvenir or Devil’s plaything?
A traditional Swedish Candy Shop in the heart of Gamla Stan
The $600 Swedish Bike Helmet– an airbag for your head
A Walk through a Swedish Christmas Market is like a Fairytale
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