A Danish Christmas gift guide

A Danish Christmas gift guide

As an expat living in Denmark, I like to explore local options when giving Christmas gifts. Denmark is known for many great brands, and I like the idea of giving my loved ones things that they might not ordinarily get their hands on and introduce them to brands that they aren’t familiar with. So I’ve compiled a little guide with Christmas gifts that can inspire you when thinking about presents for your friends and family.


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For your girlfriend/ wife/ mom/ sister…


  1. Georg Jensen‘s “Daisy” collection is widely famous by now. I really like the silver versions, and this silver bracelet with white emaille details is a timeless and elegant piece. (DKK 775, here)
  2. Not only does Tromborg produce great environmentally friendly beauty care and makeup products, their bottles can easily be used as decorative items in your bathroom! The lavender facial mist refreshes the skin and smells like a summer vacation in Provence. (DKK 210, here)
  3. Who doesn’t enjoy taking a bath? Make your own little home spa with these three salt scrubs from Badeanstalten. (DKK 189, here)


For your boyfriend/ husband/ dad/ brother/ …


  1. It’s no secret, gin is on the rise and more and more small distilleries are popping up everywhere. Geranium is a Danish-produced London Dry Gin that draws its name from one of its main ingredients. It has a fresh, citrusy taste. (DKK 279, here)
  2. One of my favorite Danish clothing brands, Filippa K, makes classic, high-quality clothing items for both men and women. This bordeaux sweater would be a great addition to any guy’s closet. (DKK 999, here)
  3. If your guy loves music and you’re not afraid to spend big, why not spoil him with a pair of Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H3 earphones? Sound and style combined – definitely beats your standard iPhone earplugs! (DKK 1.499, here)


For your kids/ nieces and nephews/ smaller siblings…


  1. I am completely in love with this whale pillow from Ferm Living! Isn’t it just the cutest thing? (DKK 299, here)
  2. It’s a well-known fact all around the world: everyone loves Lego. Except stepping on one of the bricks, which is arguably the worst pain ever. This cool special edition Mærsk freight ship set combines two well known Danish brands and might also be suitable for an older target group. (DKK 1.199, here)
  3. Wouldn’t you just love to snuggle up in the adorable bed set from By Nord? I know I would! This set is specifically for kid’s size beds. (DKK 399, here)


For the apartment


  1. Everybody knows Royal Copenhagen. And there’s a reason for that – their classic, white and blue porcelain design is classic and timeless, and it’s a great collectible. Why not start someone’s collection with this set of two coffee cups in a nice gift box? (DKK 999, here)
  2. Do you know anyone who loves design and drinks tea? You’ve just found the perfect gift: this stylish tea pot by Design Letters. The typography was designed by Danish icon Arne Jacobsen. Optionally, add cups with initials! (DKK 599, here)
  3. I’ve mentioned Skandinavisk scented candles before, and I’m really a big fan of them! There are some special winter/ Christmas scents, like this one, “Snow”. (DKK 250, here)


To bring


Want to spoil your friends and family with some Danish delicacies for the holidays? How about one of these?

  1. Gold-coated special edition Christmas liquorice from Johan Bülow, 250g. (DKK 100, here)
  2. Classic Danish butter cookies in a funny tin from Tiger. (DKK 30, here)
  3. Christmas beer! So Danish. If you don’t want to go with the classic blue Tuborg cans, opt for Nørrebro Bryghus’ Christmas brew. (ca. DKK 30 per bottle, here)

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4 thoughts on “A Danish Christmas gift guide”

  • While these are lovely I sometimes find these gifts too pretentious. I once had mother in law who only gave away Designer stuff (Rosendahl candle holder, Stelton kettle) but she didn’t have much money herself and always complained that she ended up broke after Christmas. Why not giving out something more affordable then??

    Not only that I found a lot of Danes are giving away these same things. Just like they all dress the same, they are almost like clones :S

    After a couple of Christmasses in here I really want to stop amd scream stop being so damn pretentious to my Danish family (and I did get my wish granted) and rather have my gifts homemade

    • I agree that these are things you’d probably find in a lot of Danish homes (like the Royal Copenhagen stuff). But I put this list together with a view on what I might give to my friends and family outside of Denmark. As an expat, one of the things I get asked a lot “back home” is, what is some typical Danish stuff. And people really enjoy when we bring lakrids and Christmas beer etc. I don’t find the items I picked pretentious – sure, some are way expensive (like the B&O earplugs). One of my sisters never asks for anything and really doesn’t care for brands or fancy stuff, so her gift, like every year, will be a challenge! Maybe I’ll find something fun for her in one of CPH’s many vintage shops. I also like to give homemade stuff, like jams or preserves, those always add such a nice personal touch!

      • It is not clear from the article that the guide is intended for family/friends outside of Denmark. I was under the impression from reading it that it is a guide of what you as a foreigner might get your Danish in-laws. Nice ideas though!

        • Well – I’m not discriminating, and I certainly would think these make great gifts for Danes and non-Danes alike. :) I was merely trying to explain why I chose so many “classic” Danish brands.

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