Any ideas for a Finland themed hamper?

(27 Posts)
wafflebaby Wed 05-Dec-12 22:44:14

As the title says- any ideas for a hamper for someone who is planning to visit Finland for the first time?
Many thanks

ReallyTired Wed 05-Dec-12 22:45:08

Fish

StormyWeek Wed 05-Dec-12 22:51:08

Sorry, but that's not clear- you want to send the hamper to Finland? To a Finnish person? To explain Finland? And you want advice from a crowd of Brits?

wafflebaby Wed 05-Dec-12 22:59:52

Sorry if ot clear.
The Hamper would be for a Finland loving Brit who has bever visited the Country before.

bruffin Wed 05-Dec-12 23:06:46

Still doesn't make sense, why buy Finnish in England to send back there.

Marimekko lining,
Smoked reindeer.
Finlandia Vodka
Sibelius Finlandia CD.

Yama Wed 05-Dec-12 23:11:08

I have a Finnish friend. Here's what I know he likes:

Vodka
Mika Hakkinen
Football
Outdoor winter sports (all of them)
Oh, and ice hockey. He loves his ice hockey.

Dislikes:
The Russians

SledYuleCated Wed 05-Dec-12 23:11:40

I think OP is wanting to make a hamper of Finnish things/things related to Finland for someone who is going there in the near future and is very excited about it.

Similar to giving someone going on a gap year to Aus some Fosters and a hat with corks on wink

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 05-Dec-12 23:12:01

You need to buy this person merino wool base layers so they can keep warm. It is freezing. And Hestra fur lined prima loft gloves. Merino socks.
Chapstick and an a cold-cream from the pharmacy.

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Wed 05-Dec-12 23:15:26
bruffin Wed 05-Dec-12 23:27:46

Fazer chocolates
Cloud berry jam

wafflebaby Wed 05-Dec-12 23:47:36

Thank you all

Sled is spot on - the Hamper is for someone who is visiting Finland for the first time, therefore I was thinking of making a hamper filled with little Finnish related things

citybranch Thu 06-Dec-12 01:17:01

My mum is Finnish. I'd suggest:

Something from Marimekko. (Socks? Tea Towels?)
Moomin item
Wooden thermometer for the sauna
Plastic bum shaped thing to sit on in sauna
Jar of herrings
Angry Birds item (Rovio is Finnish)
Finlandia vodka
Iitala glasses

I don't know if you live near London but the Finnish Seaman's Mission in Rotherhithe hold their Xmas bazaar in December and it is a lovely place to buy interesting things.

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Thu 06-Dec-12 08:35:39

Out of curiosity, would not your friend be better off buying these items in Finland as she is going there?

SledYuleCated Thu 06-Dec-12 12:27:58

I imagine OP is after a few fun little things to put together rather than things from Finland, IYSWIM. You could do some more generic travel stuff, like a neck pillow, a book for the plane, a passport cover etc.

CMOTDibbler Thu 06-Dec-12 12:31:21

Def Fazer chocs, and reindeer sausage. And something Moomin.

Librarina Thu 06-Dec-12 12:31:49

Moomin stuff!

I love Moomins.

CMOTDibbler Thu 06-Dec-12 12:57:57

I do too, and the Moomin shop at Helsinki airport is brilliant

Librarina Thu 06-Dec-12 15:24:05

Oooohm and there's a Moomin shop in Covent Garden.

Possibly massively outing myself here, but I was involved in an exhibition of Tove Jansson's artwork last year and we couldn't afford to get Sophia Jansson over to talk about the pictures, so I read everything there was to read about Tove and the Moomins and set myself up as an expert on her writing. It was much fun!

RedToothbrush Thu 06-Dec-12 15:25:44

Yama Wed 05-Dec-12 23:11:08
I have a Finnish friend. Here's what I know he likes:

Vodka
Mika Hakkinen
Football
Outdoor winter sports (all of them)
Oh, and ice hockey. He loves his ice hockey.

Dislikes:
The Russians

You don't know my finnish friend do you?! Sounds like you do! Except he just likes all alcohol (its ridiculously expensive there so he seems to go mad here) and you could add The Swedish to the dislike list (very tongue in cheek).

He also likes heavy metal (no one has mentioned Lordi on this thread have they?)

If your friend is visiting Finland, it depends on time of year but this would be my list of things to buy for a hamper:

A good guide book.

Alcohol. Something very British such as a whiskey (If they are visiting/staying with a friend this would be HIGHLY appreciated - they all do alcohol ferry trips to Tallinn - or if they are going on own and staying in a hotel, they might need in a hip flask to stay warm/not pass out at the price of a pint!)

WARM clothes. Hat, scarf, thermals. I visited in Feb a couple of years ago. It was -11C at night but by the sea front in Helsinki it easily felt colder than places I've been which were -19C. Lots of.

A torch (if visiting in winter as it gets dark ridiculously easy) / Eyemask (if visiting in summer as it stays light all the time!)

A jar of lingonberry or cloud berry jam. (Cloud berry jam is more difficult but you can get lingonberry jame at good old Ikea - lingonberries grow in lapland so are both a swedish/finnish thing).

A Finnish Flag.

An extra arm and leg as thats what its going to cost out there!

A bargin bucket copy of Lordi's Eurovision entry.

And if she's going to lapland, this year is supposed to be a solar maximum so theres a high chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis is really high, so anything connected to this (book?) might be a good idea too.

Yama Thu 06-Dec-12 16:21:13

Ha! RedToothBrush - my Finnish friend loves ALL alcohol and heavy metal too. He has a jokey disdain for the Swedes.

I met a whole bunch of Finns at his wedding (abroad) and they all loved a good drink. So they got on rather well with us Scots. grin

NettoHoHoHoSuperstar Thu 06-Dec-12 16:30:39

Oooh, put Kimi Raikkonen in it --then send it to me--grin

CMOTDibbler Thu 06-Dec-12 17:13:13

Redtooth - the Finnish cruise thing is so true ! My Finnish colleagues keep trying to persuade me that we ought to have a team building cruise - trouble is, from the sounds of them we can't risk the team all getting blind drunk on a boat together.

wafflebaby Thu 06-Dec-12 18:17:25

Thanks for all your replies.

My friend is a 'he' not 'she' wink and he is very much into heavy metal.... I believe this to be one of the main reasons for visiting the country

What about:

A cd - maybe Erasmus or Lordi, possibly the Finlandia Symphony by Sibelius.
Some Finnish food - reindeer or cloudberries if you can get them.
Some homemade puella (a type of sweet bun, lots of recipes on the internet)
Some good coffee, or hot chocolate
A moose crossing sign
A moomin book
A cuddly reindeer
A woolly hat and gloves
Trunks (for the sauna)
Something with Father Christmas on (because he lives on Rovaneimi)

Some other thoughts:

A knife from a company called Martiini - they're beautiful and really useful if you're an outdoorsy type.
A wooden cup called a kuksa
A sauna ladle
A book called The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Fri 07-Dec-12 11:00:57

Well in that case then, there is nothing I can suggest as I know of nothing good coming out of the Scandinavian heavy metal scene. <sigh> They burn Churches ya know, and other cultural heritage. For fun. A box of matches maybe?

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