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GUIDE: The Local’s Christmas gift guide of classic Swedish homeware

Tis the season, once again. As Sweden is slowly enveloped by darkness, Christmas lights guide us through the streets, warm and glowing. Spread the yuletide cheer among your close ones with these classic items from Swedish producers.

GUIDE: The Local's Christmas gift guide of classic Swedish homeware
Rörstrand coffee cups. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Rörstrand

One of Sweden’s most iconic ceramic and porcelain brands, Rörstrand started out making plates about 300 years ago. Generations later, today their collection spans coffee cups, teapots, table linen and adventsbarn, or ‘Advent children’, their advent decorations created in collaboration with famous Swedish designers from across the country.

Some items are affordably priced at just over 100 kronor for an eggcup, tea towel or bowl, while larger items such as teapots or tablecloths sell for over 1,500 kronor. Their products are available at their flagship store in Stockholm or online.

Glasses from Orrefors which were given to Crown Princess Victoria upon her wedding to Prince Daniel in 2010. Photo: Felipe Morales/TT

Orrefors Glassware

Orrefors-Kosta Boda has been producing high-quality glass products for over a hundred years now. They use the simplest of raw materials procured from southern Sweden and turn them into beautiful, everyday goods.

Orrefors’ glasses, carafes, bowls and vases are timeless Swedish designs and make for an ideal functional gift for someone who loves elegant glassware.

Prices start at around 400 kronor for glasses, going up to 4,000 kronor for a gold-painted carafe (which happens to be the same carafe used at the Nobel Prize Dinner in Stockholm town hall), both available on Orrefors’ website.

The Karottstapeln set of Skeppshult cast iron pans. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Skeppshult Cast-Iron Cookware

Sweden’s answer to mass-produced kitchenware is Skeppshult’s long lasting, handmade cast iron products. In production since 1906, Skeppshult aims to create environmentally-friendly items from natural and pure raw materials.

Their catalogue includes frying pans, pancake and waffle irons, oven and grill dishes, casseroles, and smaller items like spice grinders and salt and pepper shakers, all available individually and in sets.

They also have interior decorations like Christmas tree stands, candle holders and table coasters. The prices range from a few hundred kronor for smaller items such as salt and pepper grinders to over 2,000 kronor for the largest cast iron pans. Sets cost between 2,500 and 6,000 kronor.

Skeppshult has a factory store in Jönköping and a concept store in Stockholm, as well as an online shop.

Kockums Jernverk’s classic range of enamel cookware. Photo: Kockums

Kockums Jernverk

This company was founded by the Kockums family in the 18th century in Ronneby, and started out with manufacturing pots, buckets, and hospital utensils.

They gained recognition thanks to their signature product line of enamelled cookware in 1893, which has now firmly made its mark on Swedish design. Today, Kockum’s designs are characterised by their high-quality and vibrantly colourful range, but their bestseller remains the pale yellow colour lined with a dark green edge, a combination beloved by Swedes.

Kockums took a hit in the 60s thanks to the boom in plastic products, but as the need for sustainability called, with some innovation and the re-introduction of their bestselling designs, Kockums’ sales are booming today.

Their collection boasts of a wide range of iron and steel enamelled utensils and accessories in leather and glass along with a similar line in wooden goods all priced between 40 and 3,300 kronor on their online store.

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When is the deadline for sending Christmas gifts inside and outside Sweden?

The deadlines for sending Christmas cards and gifts to friends, family and loved ones outside of Sweden are already starting to arrive, with Postnord's Christmas cut-off point for economy letters outside the EU falling this Thursday. Here are the rest of the Christmas postal deadlines.

When is the deadline for sending Christmas gifts inside and outside Sweden?

Sweden’s main postal operator Postnord has now posted up its full list of Christmas post deadlines for 2022, with the first deadline, for economy letters sent outside the EU falling this Thursday, November 24th. 

The company expects to be able to deliver all letters posted by the deadlines in time for Christmas Eve. 

November 24th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg, or ‘ekonomibrev’ second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland.

This is also the deadline to send a card by ‘ekonomibrev’ second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination outside the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

November 28th: 

This is the date by which you have to post first class letters, letters with tracking, pre-paid parcels, first class parcels of up to 2kg, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20kg, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach countries outside Europe and Iceland. 

December 5th: 

This is the date by which you have to post first-class letters, pre-paid parcels, letters with tracking, first class parcels of up to 2KG, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20kg, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach countries in Europe but outside the EU.

December 9th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg or ekonomibrev second-class mail if you want them to reach the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

December 12th: 

This is the date by which you have to send first-class letters, letters with tracking, pre-paid parcels, first class parcels of up to 2kf, Parcel Post International parcels of up to 20KG, PostNord Parcel packages (up to 31.5kg outside Nordics, 35kg within Nordics), MyPack Home and Mypack Collect parcels, and postcards from the Postnord app if you want them to reach the EU, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland. 

December 15th: 

This is the date by which you have to send letters or cards with a special Christmas post stamp, or julpostfrimärke if you want them to arrive to destinations inside Sweden. 

December 19th: 

This is the date by which you have to post ‘varubrev’ parcels of up to 2kg, or ekonomibrev second-class mail if you want them to reach a destination within Sweden.

December 20th: 

This is the date by which you have to send real postcards sent through the Postnord app if you want them to arrive at a destination in Sweden. 

December 21st: 

This is the date by which you have to send first-class letters, pre-paid parcels, and small packages for delivery through the letterbox if you want them to arrive at a destination in Sweden.

This is also the cut off date for services such as Postnord MyPack Home, PostNord MyPack Home small, PostNord MyPack Collect, and Postpaket parcels.  

December 22nd: 

This is the date by which you have to send first class ‘varubrev’ small parcels and express mail letters, and express parcels. 

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