Despite the vast array of stores, it can be hard to find small, take home gifts in Copenhagen, especially if one is on a tight budget. Department stores Magasin and Illum are among the largest in Scandinavia and are a pleasure to shop in, with excellent service and a wide range under one roof; while the flagship stores of Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen emphasize the timeless sense of style and quality--not to mention prices--associated with Danish products the world over.
Remember that souvenirs don't need to reference mermaids, trolls or Vikings; Danish design is so nifty it seems to be never out of fashion and is well-represented in high-end as well as budget-oriented stores in Copenhagen. Another great gift idea is to celebrate Copenhagen's culinary reputation with a little jar of something from gourmet market Torvehallerne København.
For more thrifty shoppers, we advise taking a wander off the main drag, Strøget, and into the side streets: south, towards the canals and the excellent taste of shop owner and collector of all things delectable Susan Liebe, or north towards Nørreport and stores such as Notre Dame and Maduro. Alternatively, you could forget about shopping and grab some inspiration at Designmuseum Danmark; which also happens to have a great little shop filled with some highly affordable copies.