Still not done with your Christmas shopping? Here are our best tips for typical Norwegian Christmas presents.
Selbuvotter: Make sure your friends and family stay warm with these traditional Norwegian mittens. The Selbu knitting pattern is an important brand for the small Norwegian town of Selbu and is known across the country. If you are extra skilled you can even add a personal touch to the gift by knitting them yourself. Or simply buy them at Selbu Husflid.
Traditional Wool Sweaters: It’s cold in Norway, and not only do we need our mittens. Wool sweaters are integral parts of every Christmas and winter season. The sweaters from Dale of Norway are especially unique as their patterns are based on long knitting traditions from several regions of Norway. The sweaters are very exclusive and can last a lifetime. Get them at Dale of Norway’s webshop.
Reflector: This is the gift that saves lives. During those dark winter nights (and days), it’s important to remember to wear a reflector, or preferably several, when walking outside. Pedestrians tend to believe that when they see the car, the driver also sees them, but in the pitch dark it’s almost impossible for the driver to see you if you aren’t wearing a reflector. By wearing a reflector you reduce the risk of being hit by 85 percent, according to Trygg trafikk. You can buy a reflector at Reflexprodukter.
Cheese Slicer (ostehøvel): To be able to cut the Norwegian brown cheese (brunost) perfectly, your friends and family need this traditional Norwegian device, invented and developed by Norwegian Thor Bjørklund in 1925. He was annoyed by the thick slices of cheese he got using a knife, and wanted to make a more efficient tool. It’s still one of Norway’s proudest inventions. You can buy one at Amazon.com
Norwegian Books: Crime is usually associated with Easter, but Norwegian crime literature can just as easily be consumed during the Christmas holiday as well. Have you checked out the latest from Jo Nesbø? Or maybe you ought to try a Norwegian translation of Peter May, a critically acclaimed author praised by all the Norwegian newspapers nowadays. A great gift under the Christmas tree for those who already “have it all”, could also be an encyclopedia of all the different kinds of aquavit (akevitt), a traditional flavored spirit Norwegians drink with their Christmas meal.
Norgesskolen: This is the perfect gift for your child or grandchild. Through attendance they get a unique experience, friends from all over the world and a steep learning curve in the Norwegian language. The school is located in Tomb, outside Oslo, every summer for three weeks. Go to Norgesskolen.no to learn more.
Membership in Norwegians Worldwide: We are the only organization to represent all Norwegians living abroad. We give you a voice in issues that concern you, and work, amongst others, towards allowing dual citizenship in Norway. Members of Norwegians Worldwide become part of our global network, receive our monthly electronic newsletter, get a discount at Norgesskolen, and many other benefits. If you’re already a member and decide to recruit or gift a membership to someone else, you are part of a raffle (until March 1, 2018) to win a very nice wool sweater from Dale of Norway. Read more about it here.
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