If you are looking for gift ideas or want to treat yourself to something special or fun during the holidays this is a good place to start. We have been window shopping for a while and want to let you know what we like. Hopefully you will find something to enjoy over winter. First up we love the nature inspired prints, cards and framed prints by Cris Horvath over on Etsy. You can see more of her work here.
We love the book related gifts at Literary Book Gifts. The Sherlock Holmes bag, Frankenstein t-shirt and this typewriter t-shirt are our favourites. Melissa over at Literary Book Gifts has given all Nordic Noir Blog readers a discount code which you can find at the bottom of the page.Another cool and unusual site to get gifts from is Hare and Tabor. This small company celebrates nature, music and folklore in their products. They have some really unusual things including a nightmare inducing plague doctor tea towel, raven & viking long ship t-shirts and some quirky notebooks.
Get your taste buds tingling with some special liquorice from All Things Liquorice . They have salty and sweet liquorice from Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. We like the super salty Swedish mix. Light some candles while you eat your liquorice. We find Ikea and TK Maxx consistently has decent candles at reasonable prices. Wax Lyrical is a good brand with strong wicks and nice scents that don’t overpower. Alternatively if budget is not important go to our dream interiors shop Nordic House and get a stunning driftwood candelabra.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without some books and films. For some spooky, quirky, magical family viewing I’d recommend recently released The House with a Clock in its Walls. Song of the Sea also a beautiful, poetic, magical Irish film for all the family. For books check out Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum series. Staalesen’s latest is Big Sister but they are all great reads. If you prefer a female detective (Icelandic) then enjoy Cold Breath by Quentin Bates, it is some of his best writing to date. Also new out is The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup (he who wrote The Killing TV series).
Finally it wouldn’t be the festive season without some chocolate. We love The Chocolate Tree. Based in Edinburgh they have a variety of amazing hot chocolate mixes, in fact everything they have is delicious and made by a family very passionate about chocolate from bean to bar. They have free shipping within the UK if your order is over £20.
NORDICNOIR20 is the promo code, good for 20% off anything in the store, no minimum, and does not expire. Use the code at Literary Book Gifts