BRING THE WORLD HOME
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Nestled on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki, the capital of Finland, beckons travelers with its unique blend of modern sophistication and timeless charm. As you explore the city’s bustling markets, atmospheric neighborhoods, and architectural marvels, you’ll quickly discover that Helsinki is an immersive journey into the heart of Finnish culture.

Finland, known for its pristine landscapes, aurora-lit skies, and warm hospitality, reflects its rich cultural tapestry through a myriad of treasures waiting to be discovered and cherished.

Join us on a voyage through the soul of Helsinki as we unravel the best souvenirs that encapsulate the spirit of this Nordic gem. From handcrafted treasures that celebrate Finland’s artisanal prowess to designs inspired by the country’s natural wonders, Helsinki’s souvenir scene is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. So, pack your curiosity and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery, one souvenir at a time.

1. Design items

Helsinki is known for its design heritage. Look for Marimekko textiles, Iittala glassware, and Arabia ceramics.

2. Finnish Food

Bring home some local flavors like reindeer jerky, cloudberry jam, or licorice candies. Renowned for its fresh, pure ingredients and a culinary tradition deeply rooted in nature, Finland offers an array of exquisite flavors that make for perfect souvenirs.

3. Kalevala Jewelry

Inspired by Finnish folklore, Kalevala jewelry often features intricate designs and traditional motifs.

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4. Sauna Related

As saunas are integral to Finnish culture, consider sauna-related items like birch whisks, sauna towels, or scented sauna scents.

Here are a few ideas related to sauna products:

  • Sauna Fragrances and Oils: Explore a variety of scents specifically designed for enhancing the sauna experience, such as birch, eucalyptus, or pine.
  • Sauna Bucket and Ladle Set: Traditional wooden sauna buckets and ladles are both functional and decorative, often crafted with care.
  • Sauna Accessories Kit: Look for comprehensive kits that include various sauna accessories like a thermometer, hygrometer, and sand timer to enhance the sauna ritual.
  • Linen Sauna Seat Covers: Add comfort and style to your sauna experience with linen seat covers designed for sauna benches.
  • Sauna Soap and Shampoo: Explore soaps and shampoos formulated for use in the sauna, often featuring natural and soothing ingredients.

Remember, the key is to choose products that resonate with your preferences and contribute to a relaxing sauna experience.

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5. Moomin Merchandise

The Moomins are fictional characters created by Finnish-Swedish author and illustrator Tove Jansson. These lovable and whimsical creatures made their first appearance in a series of books and comic strips, starting with “The Moomins and the Great Flood” in 1945. The Moomins inhabit the magical and enchanting Moominvalley, where they embark on various adventures, encountering a cast of unique characters.

The central characters include Moomintroll, a curious and adventurous little troll, and his family and friends, such as Moominmamma, Moominpappa, Snork Maiden, Snufkin, and others. The Moomin stories are renowned for their gentle philosophy, exploring themes of friendship, tolerance, and the appreciation of nature.

Moomin merchandise has become immensely popular, not just in Finland but internationally. Moomin-themed products capture the charm of these characters and the magical world they inhabit. 

6. Traditional Clothing

Look for items like woolly socks, gloves, or scarves made from traditional Finnish materials.

7. Finnish Licorice

Salmiakki, a type of salty licorice, is a distinct Finnish treat. It may be an acquired taste, but it’s a unique souvenir.

8. Finnish Knitwear

High-quality knit items such as sweaters, hats, and mittens made from Finnish wool are both practical and stylish.

9. Fridge Magnets

Nowadays, a lot of people engage in collecting refrigerator magnets. Whether you’re a fellow collector or looking to buy one as a gift, there’s a wide variety of magnets featuring exquisite landscapes.

10. Fazer Chocolate

Fazer is a well-known Finnish chocolatier. Their chocolate bars, especially the iconic Fazer Blue, make for delightful gifts.

11. Goodio Vegan Craft Chocolate

Goodio chocolate is meticulously crafted in Helsinki using high-quality, organic, raw, and predominantly wild ingredients. Indulge in a variety of flavors such as sweet licorice, wild blueberry, coconut, and cranberry. You can find Goodio chocolate at Ruohonjuuri and various food shops and department stores.

12. Wooden Handicraft

Finland is abundant in forests, and wooden items like traditional Kuksa cups, wooden utensils, or carved figures showcase the country’s craftsmanship.

13. Finnish Books

If you’re interested in literature, pick up a book by a Finnish author or one inspired by Finnish culture and mythology.

14. Arctic Circle Memorabilia

If you’ve visited Lapland or the Arctic Circle, consider souvenirs like Sami handicrafts, Lapland-themed ornaments, or even a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle.

15. Finnish Coffee

Finns take their coffee seriously. Look for specialty Finnish coffee blends or even a traditional coffee pot for a taste of Finnish coffee culture.

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17. Xylitol pastilles and chewing gum

Xylitol pastilles and chewing gum have strong ties to Finland, where significant research in the 1970s highlighted xylitol’s oral health benefits. With its origins in birch trees abundant in Finland, xylitol is a natural sugar substitute known for preventing tooth decay. Finnish brands, like Xylitol, are pioneers in producing xylitol-based oral care products, including chewing gum and pastilles, emphasizing their positive impact on dental health. Xylitol products can be purchased just about everywhere in Helsinki.

16. Helsinki-themed Art Prints

Capture the city’s beauty with art prints or posters featuring iconic Helsinki landmarks and scenery.

18. Mugs

A mug is a great souvenir gift because it combines functionality and sentimentality. It’s a practical item that can be used daily, reminding the recipient of their travels while enjoying their favorite beverages. The design of the mug often showcases the destination’s iconic landmarks, culture, or artwork, creating a visual connection to the place. 

19. Finnish Vodka or Berry Liqueur

Explore local spirits, especially those infused with Nordic berries like cloudberry or lingonberry.

20. Helsinki-themed Postcards and Greeting Cards

Share the beauty of Helsinki with friends and family by sending postcards featuring the city’s landmarks or artwork.

21. Finnish Nature Products

Consider items made from natural materials found in Finland, such as reindeer hides, natural soaps, or herbal teas.

22. Pure Waste t-shirts and hoodies

Pure Waste sells ecologically sustainable clothing and accessories for women and men. Its clothing is made from ecologically sustainable and premium quality 100% recycled materials. Its print t-shirts are adorned with beagles, owls and seals.

23. Karelian Pasty Molds

Karelian pasties are a traditional Finnish pastry, and a wooden mold for making them can be a practical and cultural souvenir.

24. Hunting Knife

Finnish knives, like those from the brand Marttiini, are known for their quality and craftsmanship. They make for excellent gifts or collector’s items.

25. Marinated Herring

Pick up jars of marinated herring, a traditional Finnish delicacy, available in various flavors like mustard, onion, or dill.

26. Birch Products

Birch is abundant in Finland, and you can find items like birch syrup, birch candies, or birchwood utensils as unique souvenirs.

4. Sauna Related

As saunas are integral to Finnish culture, consider sauna-related items like birch whisks, sauna towels, or scented sauna scents.

Here are a few ideas related to sauna products:

  • Sauna Fragrances and Oils: Explore a variety of scents specifically designed for enhancing the sauna experience, such as birch, eucalyptus, or pine.
  • Sauna Bucket and Ladle Set: Traditional wooden sauna buckets and ladles are both functional and decorative, often crafted with care.
  • Sauna Accessories Kit: Look for comprehensive kits that include various sauna accessories like a thermometer, hygrometer, and sand timer to enhance the sauna ritual.
  • Linen Sauna Seat Covers: Add comfort and style to your sauna experience with linen seat covers designed for sauna benches.
  • Sauna Soap and Shampoo: Explore soaps and shampoos formulated for use in the sauna, often featuring natural and soothing ingredients.

Remember, the key is to choose products that resonate with your preferences and contribute to a relaxing sauna experience.

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27. Language Learning Materials

If you’re interested in the Finnish language, consider bringing back language books, phrasebooks, or learning resources as a fun and educational souvenir.

28. Finnish Flags or Symbols

Flags, patches, or items featuring the Finnish flag or national symbols can be a patriotic and symbolic keepsake.

29. A Wool Blanket

Stay warm with a traditional Finnish wool blanket, often adorned with classic Nordic patterns.

30. Helsinki City Guide or Maps

Grab a comprehensive city guide or a detailed map of Helsinki to remember your explorations and discoveries.

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