Lena and Ole searched far and wide to find high quality toys made in the United States and Scandinavia. We are again stocking something parents, grandparents, and great grandparents will love for those special children in their lives. These blocks (like the old-fashioned wood blocks some of us played with growing up) are high-quality Michigan basswood and made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have blocks in stock that can help your little ones start to learn a language (or more than one) at a time when it's easier to learn — when they are learning to speak. The blocks have letters and pictures that correspond with the various languages including Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and, of course, English. The blocks range in price from $36.50 for the English blocks and $39.50 for the other languages. There are 28 blocks in the Classic ABC English set, 27 blocks in the Danish set, and 30 in each of the Norwegian and Swedish sets. They are of the quality that will be handed down to the next generation. Call 414-745-4362 to order – shipping is extra. Order early to have them for Christmas gift giving.
Hickory, dickory, block. An update of a classic set, these fun and memorable blocks help children to learn their nursery rhymes. They are perfect for playing, reading, learning or as a nursery decoration, which makes it a great baby shower gift. Each block is embossed with two silhouette images from classic Mother Goose stories, and the text for nine nursery rhymes is printed on the other four sides.
These 9 nursery block set made in Michigan of natural, kiln-dried Michigan Basswood are safe, heirloom quality gifts. The set is only $16.50 plus shipping. Call 414-745-4362 to order today.
Yes, it’s true — a flip flop book — read the jokes in one half “e.g. “women are from Minot” and then flip the book over and read je jokes about “men are from Uranus”. Bruce Danielsen and Ann Berg from Cambridge, Minnesota are well qualified to write about those classic Norwegians, Ole and Lena. This great paperback is filled with crazy pictures and jokes for only $6.95. A must have for any Scandinavian — almost cheaper than a get-well card and lots cheaper to laugh than to “take pills” to feel better. Call Lena at 414-745-4362 to order!
Lena and Ole will be in Tucson, Arizona enjoying the 70 degree weather as they get ready for the 32nd annual Nordic Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9 to 3. The fair will be held at the Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima (1 block west of Craycroft). There will be Scandinavian crafts and collectibles representing the Danes, Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians. Enjoy ethnic foods while you are there and purchase typical Norwegian baked goods (come early as they disappear fast). There will be entertainment including authentic dancing and more. It will be inside and outside in the beautiful courtyard. You will find Lena and Ole there ready to help you with your holiday shopping and to say hello. They have lots of new Christmas decorations to help you create a very traditional Scandinavian jul.
Pictured above is our booth at the Scandinavian Fair near Charlotte, NC. Note the Norwegian vimple — the large traditional Norwegian “flag” flying above our booth. We have the vimple available for $49.00 plus shipping — a traditional way that Norwegians fly their colors and let everyone know when they are at home during non-flag days. It is a great Christmas gift. One of our favorite items is a windsock — available with Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish flag designs as well as the US flag. We even have a German windsock since Lane (also known as Ole) has German roots. We also carry Canadian, English, and Italian windsocks while supplies last! They are only $19.95 plus shipping and are high quality, stitched nylon pieces (not printed) and will hold up well outside.
Call 414-745-4362 to have it sent to you or your gift recipient.
Konge Tinn pewter tableware from Norway is one of the favorite wedding or anniversary gifts available from Lena and Ole's Gifts. 5 piece placesettings are available as well as many other serving pieces including the famous Norwegian cheese cutter. The set has the historical depection of Norwegian kings around the base and is sold with the beautiful red gift box. Just call 414-745-4362 to get current pricing and to order. You can also get information on additional pieces of Konge Tinn and other Scandinavian flatware available for purchase.
If you need some more jokes about Lena and Ole (notice Lena always likes to list herself first), we've got lots of the Red Stangland Ole and Lena Joke books (#1 – #8). Now Ole says those are a bargain — still only $2.50 each plus shipping — $1.00 each. "Cheap, says Ole”, call 414-745-4362 or e-mail us.
Breaking news: yes, there are now 8. When the Stangland sons (authors of the $2.50 Lena and Ole joke books) were cleaning their North Dakota warehouse, they found a #8!! It had evidently been forgotten and we now have it in stock while it lasts. Just as funny as the others!!
. These figurines are authentic reproductions of the bunads traditionally worn by the women of the Nordland region of Norway.
The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.
These figurines are not being created any more so then our 3 Nordland figurines are gone — that’s it! They are now on sale for $19.50 including shipping (previously $22.95 and shipping was extra).