10 x Dutch design Christmas gift ideas
Christmas gift-shopping season is in full swing, so if you’re looking for some unique Dutch gifts for your loved ones, check out our pick of the best presents available now at the I amsterdam Store.
Braving packed shopping streets in the pouring rain, spending hours searching online stores, darting into a shop in a panic five minutes before it closes – Christmas shopping does not get easier with time. So whether you’re searching for that perfect gift for your beloved mother or mother-in-law, your crazy uncle, discerning sister, little nephew, best friend or better half, you’ll find it in this guide, and all under one roof at the I amsterdam Store.
For the Amsterdam lover
Giving someone cologne or perfume for Christmas may seem like the obvious choice, but it isn’t when you choose Eau d’Amsterdam. This special unisex scent contains the woody notes of the elm tree, which has adorned the Amsterdam canals for 400 years. The delicious, natural aroma is a nice choice for Amsterdammers and for anyone else who is in love with the smell of springtime Amsterdam and would like to own it in a bottle.
Eau d’Amsterdam, €58
For the hip dandy or dandyette
Alice, founder of the Amsterdam label Wool & Water, knits a variety of playful ties and bow ties in her studio. She only produces 25 pieces of each design, making these handmade accessories even more special. In addition to the unisex bow ties and skinny ties, you can even make your dog or cat happy with a bow!
Wool & Water bow tie or tie, €65/€45
For the design enthusiast
In Amsterdam, the festive season means it’s time for warm oliebollen (doughnut balls) and cold bubbly – and design lovers naturally prefer to sip the latter from a well-designed flute. These unusual 3D-printed ones are a well-timed gift for under the tree – just in time for New Year’s! They are designed by the Amsterdam studio DUS Architects and are made from bio-degradable, starch-based plastic.
3D-printed champagne flutes, €12/€15/€17
For the host(ess) with the most(est)
A sturdy cutting and serving board is an absolute must for anyone who loves to entertain in their home. The DamPlank is a modern take on an old-fashioned wooden chopping board. Generously-sized, practical and long-lasting, it’s great for chopping vegetables, but just as handy as a charcuterie board or for serving cheese, crackers and wine. The handles make it easy to carry out to your balcony, use for a picnic in the park or treat someone to breakfast in bed (here’s a hint for your better half).
For the interior-design aficionado
Everyone knows one of those interior-design fanatics who closely follow the latest trends and spend their Sunday afternoons glued to Pinterest. This cognac-coloured vase from Studio Roex’ Plumber’s Piece collection will get their heart beating faster. The contemporary vase owes its name and shape to the membranes in expansion vessels, to which the Dutch designers were introduced by a plumber. The Dutch design piece is made from vegetable-tanned leather and rubber and is produced in a traditional, eco-friendly and sustainable manner.
Plumber’s Piece vase, €155
For the fashion lover
Looking for a gift for the fanatic fashionista, student shopaholic or trendy type who has everything? Relax, the search is over. Just snap up one of these beautiful POM Amsterdam scarves, have it nicely gift-wrapped – et voilà! The graphic prints and contrast edge adorned with tiny pompoms add a playful touch to a casual look, and thanks to its asymmetrical triangular shape, this scarf can be styled in an infinite number of ways. Practical and stylish: win-win!
POM Amsterdam scarf, €69
For the bon vivant
Put a smile on the bon vivant’s face with a lovely assortment of specialty beers. This gift set for connoisseurs contains six artisanal beers: Hopblond, Zatte, IJwit, IPA (India Pale Ale), Jopen Extra Stout and Monnicker Moker. Cheers!
Set of six bottles of beer, €17.50
For the practical superwoman
It’s no secret that many women carry too much stuff around with them. The multi-functional Marilla Cupboard Jeans bag (see main image) is a great gift for anyone who could use a bit more storage space. The handmade bag is made from high-quality vintage-look cowhide and has two roomy compartments for keeping documents and other belongings organised. You can use it as a handbag or a shoulder bag: great for taking to the office or just running your everyday errands.
Marilla Cupboard Jeans Bag, €189
For the creatives
Put young drawing fans and adult crafts lovers to work with a beautiful colouring book. The I amsterdam Store offers two colouring books: Hollandse Meesters (Dutch Masters) contains 30 masterpieces by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. The Van Gogh colouring book offers 30 black-and-white reproductions of the painter’s most beautiful works to colour in. The book contains pictures of the original paintings in colour as a guide, but of course, creative souls can also let their imagination run wild.
Van Gogh/Hollandse Meesters colouring books, €14.99
For the young (or young at heart)
Finally, it’s possible to have Vermeer’s world-famous milkmaid or the main characters from Rembrandt’s Nightwatch in your own home. Playmobil has produced miniature versions of these icons, making them the perfect size for children’s shoes put out for Sinterklaas or Christmas stockings by the fireplace. It’s a great, playful way to introduce your child, nephew or niece to two Dutch masterpieces – although adults who are fans of Rembrandt or Vermeer will also be delighted about these collectors’ items.
‘The Nightwatch’/’The Milkmaid’ Playmobil, €5.95/€4.95
Find all these and more at the I amsterdam Store at Central Station