What to bring as a gift from Finland

What to bring as a gift? This perennial problem is usually bothering tourists from the first days of travel. We want to give something unusual, but special for the country and not very expensive - because every one has a lot of friends.

On this page we will publish not standard traveler's ideas what to bring as a gift.

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Souvenirs

National Finnish dolls are remarkable gifts. 
 
The traditional fairy-tale heroes in Finland are Mumiy Trolls; therefore gifts with their images can be bought for children. The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll) are the central characters in series of books and a comic strip by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. They are a family of trolls who are white and rounded-shaped, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moomin valley - in forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends. The wide selection of souvenirs with the image of Mumiy Troll and also likable children's spoons and forks with images of animals and Mumiy are for sale in Moomin shop that located in Helsinki in the shopping centre Kamppi (there is the bus station of Helsinki on the underground floor) Urho Kekkosen katu 1. The central bus station of Helsinki is located in a modern terminal built entirely underground in Kamppi, and the Helsinki railway station is located only a few hundred metres away. A popular destination in Kamppi is Tennispalatsi, the largest cinema multiplex in Helsinki.

Souvenirs with deer in form of statuettes or soft toys have been brought from Finland - as it is a symbol of Finland.
Products made of deer hides available as well.

There are small ancient vessels in which earlier had been kept salty herring. 

A metallic soap will please inveterate fishermen: rub by such soap hands and there will not be the fish smell.

Candles, decorated by the hand painting, are charming souvenirs too.

Wooden handiworks attract a look.

Products made of stone bring cosiness and comfort into a house.  

Magnets in the form of cloudberry are likeable trinkets reminding the country.

In summer the Finnish medieval festival passes after the seeing off of white nights, where various souvenirs, related to history and symbolism of Vikings can be purchased. 

All advices are good and correct, but some items are cost quite a lot, therefore on the role of souvenirs do not heave up obviously. Foremost it is products made of fur, jewellery and tableware.

The fair "Days of the Middle Ages" in Turku

In Turku Days of the Middle Ages on June, 25-27th are usually conducted - various merchandise can be purchased and wide selection of delicacies may be tasted there at the fair. For example, a gift ("Good gift for a birthday") - original handwork bow with arrows, (from 20 to 70 euros) or a sword with shield (but according an opinion, such wooden shield does not look properly nice). It is stylish. And also in outlets there is represented wide choice of silver decorations of ancient style, as well as various semiprecious stones at three euros for a piece, which are already polished and measured approximately with a small plum. 
It would be lovely to get in Turku a ceramic mug for beer or a wineglass, made in style of the Middle-Ages (it is remarkable to consume wine from such goblet). There are also available wooden handiworks, woven towels and all sorts of things offered as well.  
And the Real Knight's fights usually begin in 20.30J. All it, i.e. function and fair take place in the centre, on the riverside Aura, therefore, losing way is impossible.

Jeweller decorations

There are decorations made of arctic gold Lapponia or of semiprecious metals on ancient sketches Kalevala Koru. Ornaments "Kalevala"can be made of gold or silver, but original decorations are done of bronze. 
But in regard to the bronze wares Kalevala can be mentioned that it is not so inexpensive. For example, a bird from the Finnish epic with chain costs 30 euros; and it is not the most expensive item.
 
It is desirable to advise to turn own looks on simple jeweller retail stores across Finland under the name "Kultajousi". They are located practically in all shopping centres. There "for girls" and even "for boys" can be bought various inexpensive, but lovely silver bagatelles with natural "stones" beginning from ear-rings, ringlets and pendants with bears, cherubs and angels, strawberries and deer cubs, zirconium dolphins and zodiacal signs to quite good gold and interesting diamond works of Art for adults (there isn't such items at our market or it is offered at price that five times is more expensive). Therefore such silver items can be brought as a gift "for girls", as it is not available, for example, in Petersburg (prices are from 5 euros to 11); and there always will be some discounts: if three complete sets of different "ear-tacks" are taken, then they can give it for 5 euros. It would be desirable to recommend it and there is no any weight! There all sellers speak English and they are very amiable, - come into shops and have a look without being shy. But believe, knowing our national love to decorations, - you will not get a gift for mother, daughter, girls and girl friends better, then such ornaments. 
 
There is wide selection of silver ornaments under age-old style at stalls on the fair "Days of Dark ages" in Turku, as well as different polished semiprecious stones, measured approximately with a small plum, for three euros per a piece. 
 
In Finland cloudberries are valued and appreciated, therefore there are for sale decorations as a cloudberry (trinkets, ear-rings, pendants, rings, ornaments for hairs, hair-pins, pins for a tie, brooches, magnets, bangles, decorations for a mobile telephone and other). These handwork wares will be suitable for girls and women, as well as for men (Tmi Annen Soppi, street Fredrikinkatu 68, Helsinki).
 
Wares made of glass and ceramics

There are wares made of Finnish glass a la Alvar Aalto and porcelain-ceramics of factories Arabia, Hackman and Iittala.

It would be remarkable to bring from Turku a ceramic mug under beer or wineglass, made in style of Middle Ages.

Accessories for the sauna

Various things for the sauna (tar, different natural sponges, essential oils, kegs) with Christmas and New-Year's symbolism are charming presents. 
 
There are products made of a natural stone talc-chloride (vuolukivi): glasses, mugs and cups for aromatic facilities for the sauna and bathhouse. If it is desirable, that a glass or bottles of beer in the sauna were remained icy as longer as possible, then buy the glass or mug made of this stone and even in a steam room your beer will not become warm. Such mugs at home can be kept in the deep-freezer, - as they absorb the cold, and before taking the sauna it would be lovely to get them and serve to guests beer in small bottles in these mugs. 
 
And soap can be bought even in the form of cloudberries!

Foodstuff

Many visitors carry foodstuffs from Finland since provisions and nourishment here possess tremendous quality; certainly, - that meals, which are not the cheapest; but also that cost inexpensively will not cause any food poison.
 
There is fermented and air-dried delicious cured sausage - Salami. Actually, salami is not the Finnish product, although can be made in Finland as well. Traditionally it is possible to buy quite good salami and this sausage is named, - you will not believe, - "Russian", allegedly made under the Russian recipe. But, for example, in Petersburg such qualitative sausage (where on 100 grams of sausage 127 grams of pure meat were used for preparation; and it is written on the label) in this price range was not observed; it is named Vendlinen meetvursti.
 
In Finland there is a blood sausage, pie Mammi and pea soups with onions, which are eaten on Thursdays. As to companies on the production of foodstuffs, near to Fazer can stand such as Panda, Valio and Ingman. 
 
Fresh trout can be bought here inexpensively. 
 
There is home smoked fish too. It is needed to reflect upon smoked fish: trout of the cold and hot smoking and similarly ciscoes (Sig, is salmonid fish of the genus Coregonus) of hot smoking (only during autumn-winter time, in the summer it is not available) are amazing. In Russia are not able to prepare smoke-cured fish in such way.

 If you are going to Finland in autumn, then in the first week of October a traditional fish fair passes in Helsinki, fishermen from all Finland congregate there and sell their catch that is represented in any form. Particularly, here is very delicious pickled herring; everything can be tasted before the purchasing. However, usually the term of storage is quite limited, i.e. month-two.

Herring in tins can be recommending to be taken for a gift. The term of fitness is sufficient; it is industrial production. Such herring there is available in glass containers also, but it is better to buy in metal cans as it is cheaper and the tin will not be broken up during a journey. Such tins can be got in "Prisma", "K-Citymarket" and "S-Market". They are usually located in fish sections of self-service (not at the counter with sellers, there all foodstuffs have been sold by weight). It will be impossible to pick wrong cans as they are big enough - 850 grams. And in addition to it can be recommended to find in the same place a small tin of darkly green colour about 450 grams. There unusually tasty small fish that is caught only around island archipelago in Turku and Oland (as it is considered) is canned into. It is called vassbuk that on Swedish means - a fat belly; and it is written on the can -  "Krydfisk". Taste of marinade is amazing, fish is very soft; but it is not a sprat, please do not mix up, though it looks alike (carefully with a knife cut off the head and make an incision across the tummy and then draw out entrails; then scrape out pulp of the fish along its backbone and put it into one's mouth with sweet liquorice bread from the Archipelago. By the way, it is available in all shops; dark, almost black brick of bread and costs about 5 euros.) Liquorice (English) or Licorice (American English) is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (from the Greek - "sweet root"), from which a sweet flavour can be extracted. At a function in Petersburg nobody among visitors ate such bread (as it is out of their taste preferences), although it is amazingly delicious and its sweetness matches well with any salt herring or cold-smoked fish, as well as with caviar of trout, salmon and whitefish (ciscoes)! And only a veritable gourmet is capable to valuate this special combination of sweet and salt! In general should be noticed that the fish culture of Finland surprises with its many-sided nature of tastes and compatibility of food products. This is, most probably, the key point of all Finnish-Swedish cuisine in the area of Turku, Oland and the western coast of Sweden. 
 
It is advisable to pay attention to Hapankorppu (a sour rusk), Nyakkileipya / Nakkileipa (a dry bread) and soft brown bread that can be either on yeasts or on the ferment; it is very nutritious, tasty and long stored. Crisp bread (Nakkileipa) is leavened rye bread that dried into thin crisp. It is sometimes made using sour dough. Crisp bread is very common throughout the Nordic countries and if stored properly will not spoil for a long time. Variants of crisp bread are thicker, air-containing crisps (Nakkileipa) and thinner sour crisps (Hapankorppu). The choice of cereal baking is chic indeed! 
 
In addition, for spreading on the bread a paste in tubes made of smoked fish caviar called Matitahna can be brought too.

Sweets and confectionery products

Pie Mammi is a Finnish traditional Easter dessert, a malt porridge that is baked in an oven. It is made of water, malt and rye flour and is dark brown in appearance. The Swedish name for it is memma.
 
One more pride of Finns is chocolate Fazer in a dark blue wrapper. It is so named - dark blue Fazer. It is the big chocolate bar that sometimes offered as pure chocolate, sometimes with various supplements. 
 
Domino cookies are the Finnish invention too. Here everybody very fond of it. 
 
Great popularity use so called ginger cookies (literally - pepper baking) Pepparkakor (Swedish name), Piparkakkuja (Finnish name). It is traditional Swedish cookies, but they are so traditional in Finland too (which, as it is generally known, many centuries was a part of Sweden). Gingersnaps or ginger biscuits are popular type of snack food; they are cookies flavoured with powdered ginger, anise, some other spices and nuts. They are eaten on Christmas, but have been sold whole year round. For example can be mentioned a brand - Annas pepparkakor. 
 
For example, in Petersburg there are available all items, but Finnish, certainly, is more expensive than in Finland on a notable figure; and by cookies there nobody will be surprised, all of it is in Ikea. Original "cinnamon cookies" can be bought from Swedes in Ikea, for example in Turku, by the way, as well as many other Finnish-Swedish delicacies.
 
Candies with cloudberry liqueur and "Karelian kalitki" (traditional patties) can be proposed as well, it would become a good gift for friends.
 
Liquorice (Lakritsi) and Salmiakki candies can be also brought for the tasting to friends, but it would be desirable to warn that on taste they are very specific and not everyone able to swallow them, not only to become fond of them. There are many, who cannot eat it. However, Finns very value them. Liquorice - it is extract of Glycyrrhiza that possess medical properties. It is true that taste of candies is slightly salted, but even a chocolate contains salt! Salty liquorice, salmiak or salmiakki is a variety of liquorice (confectionery) that contains a relatively large amount of ammonium chloride ("salmiac") in addition to the liquorice root extract, sugar, and starch or gum Arabic that constitute normal liquorice. Ammonium chloride has a spicy taste that vaguely resembles that of sodium chloride (table salt). However, salty liquorice does not necessarily contain any sodium. Although some types of regular liquorice can also contain a small amount of ammonium chloride, salty liquorice can contain up to about 8 percent of ammonium chloride. Moreover, the salty taste is typically less masked by a high sugar content compared to regular liquorice. It can be found in any shop and they differ by black colour. Salty liquorice candies are almost always black or very dark brown and can range from very soft to very hard and may be brittle. Sometimes the black contains coloured disseminations; it is impossible to be mistaken. The other colours used are white and variants of grey. Carbon black is used as a food colouring agent in these candies.
 
Liquorice is the following brand in Finland! Even on clothes rhombuses are named - liquorice, because initially these candies were in form of rhombus. Someone has a skirt "in peas", and at Finns a jumper "with liquorice!"
In addition to it can be found a chocolate, ice cream and vodka with the liquorice -connoisseurs state that it is drunk well.
 
It can be a bit strange gift, but chewing gums use demand too. At first in Finland they are better on flavouring qualities, and secondly they are nicely cased into packages, while ours are not; and letters on packages are strange - that looks attractively.

Coffee and soft drinks

Good coffee - certainly, coffee is not Finnish, but there it is cheaper. At a purchase for the sum over 40 euros, it is necessary to issue the special check "tax free", on which at departure from the country you will get VAT - 10-16% from the cost of commodity. Thus your purchases will be packed and sealed up. The paper seal cannot be taken off before departure from the country.
 
To cookies can be bought also Glogg (Glogi in Finnish) - is a Scandinavian soft drink that is drunk heated up along with sugar and spices: cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, allspice, mace, nutmeg etc. A wine can be added into it and it will become a kind of mulled wine and served hot mixed with raisins and almonds. It is better to buy syrup - one bottle (for example Marli) will be enough for longer time. At Christmas time in Finland ready-made, non-alcoholic Glogg is sold in every store and alcoholic Glogg in liquor stores.

Alcoholic beverages

There is berry liqueur (for example cloud-berry, manufactured in Laponija that also spelled as Lappland, Lappi, Sapmi, Sameland and Saamiland); but it is advisable to pay attention to the manufacturer, in Estonia good berry liqueurs are have been made too.  
 
Vodka Koskenkorva with addition of small amount of sugar is a national strong drink. Actually, Koskenkorva is not vodka, - on Finnish it is called "viina". Koskenkorva Viina (also known simply as Kossu) is the most common in Finland clear spirit drink (37-38%) and alike as moonshine. 
Besides Koskenkorva, vodka Finlandia is popular. 
 
Minttu is a crystal clear peppermint liqueur. It has a strong, crisp taste and scent of peppermint. Vodka Minttu is very strong - 50% alcohol by volume, but as it is with mint this strength is felt much less - therefore drinking is necessary carefully! Its taste is quite similar to "Creme de menthe", but appearance is more like vodka. 
 
Vodka with liquorice, as it is spoken about, is drunk well.
 
There are brands of beer such as Karjala, Lapin Kulta, Olvi, Karhu et cetera. Karjala is a Finnish lager type beer that is manufactured by the Hartwall brewery. Lapin Kulta (in English, Gold of Lapland) is a brewery in the Lapland town Tornio. Now Hartwall owns it. The brand name Lapin Kulta is used on a variety of lagers of varying strengths. Olvi is a Finnish brewery and soft drinks company founded in 1878. Karhu is a pale lager with a strong taste. The brewing of Karhu began in 1898 and it has become the most popular beer in Finland in the last few years.

Bioactive food supplements and vitamins

For those who take bioactive food supplements and various vitamins it would be desirable to notice that Finland is the one of the best places, where all of it can be purchased for a gift at a rate that more cheaper, than in Russia; and you will be assured that, for example, into a jar with bee pollen nothing except for pollen is put. Sections with bioactive food supplements are located in large supermarkets. Buying them is advisable exactly in shops, because in a pharmacy near by the same item will be sold though on 50 cents, but more expensively, and as you usually buy for all own folks, that there is the sense to come into shop.

 Garments and concomitant accessories

Well, and the main Finnish pride is Marimekko. It is the company that engaged in design. In their shops clothes and its accessories can be purchased. Also on Marimekko in Iittala there is series of tableware. Perhaps, you have seen products with folk style flowers - it is the Marimekko logo. It is considered that every self-respecting Finn should have something from Marimekko. Students, for example, often can be observed with bags of this brand.
 
There is qualitative Aland wool - red, yellow, blue (colours of the island flag). The natives of Aland have for a long time been proud of their own flag, spectacular midsummer pole and own stamps. Now they have got something else to be proud of, namely it is own breed of sheep. What is special with the Aland sheep is that it's wool has strands of curls made of guard hairs and that both rams and eves can wear horns. It comes in many colours from white, blue and brown to black and broken colours. The original colour is thought to have been blue. 
 
Warm underclothes such as socks, hoods, mittens and other for kids and adults of brand Ruskovilla Oy available as well. All garments are made of high-quality pure wool or silk, or combination of wool and silk. There are any sizes; colours are white, grey, red and dark blue. Things are expensive, but warm and durable.
 
For children can be purchased clothes for the damp weather: rubberised jackets, overalls, pants and mittens. Every child in Finland has a complete set of such clothes; it is very comfortable.
 
Big and small silk shawls are also lovely.
 
There are known Finnish brands on sportswear manufacturing. 
 
The main feature of Finnish goods is quality of local production! There are soft and fluffy beddings of the Finnish manufacture such as blankets, pillows, coverlets, towels et cetera, which possess softness and lightness. "Familon Oy" and "Finlayson Oy" make high quality textiles of natural materials.
 
Woven towels attract a look.

Kitchen accessories and furniture

There is kitchenware of brand Hackman: pans, cutleries, knives, forks and so forth; for example, high-quality pans and sets of saucepans made of stainless steel (18/10) with three-layer bottom, guarantee is 15 years (for all types of stoves). Or, for example, a set of knives, forks, spoons and other of series Carelia (from known designer Bertel Gardberg) can be got as well; or a set of three knives for cheeses: for firm, soft and processed cheese. And also it would be lovely to get likable children's spoons and forks with images of animals and Mumiy Trolls.
 
Products made of natural stone talc-chloride (vuolukivi) such as frying pans, stands under hot and cold dish, glasses, mugs and cups for aromatic facilities to a sauna and bathhouse have been brought by visitors from Finland. Property of this stone is giving slowly heat and cold. If you want that a meal on a frying pan has been long remained hot on the table, then serve it in the frying pan made of this stone. And if it is desirable that glass or bottle of beer in the sauna were remained icy as longer as possible, buy a glass or a mug made of this stone and even in the steam room your beer will not become warm. Living in any hotel you will see products made of this stone on the Swedish buffet during a breakfast as supports under cold and hot dish. Such mugs absorb cold; therefore at home they can be kept in a freezer and before the sauna taken out and you may offer bottled beer in these mugs to visitors. The effect is checked up!
Products made of the stone bring a comfort into a house.
 
There is the tableware series of Marimekko in Iittala. 
 
Wooden wares, in particular made of the juniper, for example stands under hot possess bactericidal properties. If a hot object is located on it, then healthful, curative aroma of juniper forest will be spread inside your apartment. Or a set of items made of juniper such as spoon, shovel for butter and fork can be got as well.
 
Kuksa (or Northern Sami: guksi/guksie; Swedish: kasa) is a traditional handmade drinking wooden mug made of Karelian birch burl (British bur or burr).
 
Some visitors arrive to Finland to purchase furniture.

Home appliances, electrical equipment and watch

There are telephones Nokia. But mainly phones Nokia are not of Finnish production therefore it is needed to be attentive at a purchase.
 
In Finland also can be bought watch of Norwegian manufacture.
 
Before Christmas prices are usually reduced, especially on home appliances and electrical equipment. 
 
Some visitors arrive to get home appliances being in use. 

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