Not sure what to get for friends or relatives this Christmas? Below you’ll find unique Dutch-Holland gift ideas perfect for most anyone on your list. And best of all, the recipient will always remember you gave it to them…
Whether you are headed home for the holidays or staying in the Netherlands, you probably have a Christmas shopping list to work through. As we all know, it’s not always easy to come up with creative ideas for gifts every year.
Why not leverage the appeal of your current homeland… Holland? It’s a fairy tale land for many what with all those windmills, tulip fields, wooden shoes, tall narrow houses and people cycling everywhere.
Here are some charming ‘Holland’-themed gift ideas to consider this Christmas…
Who hasn’t fallen in love with the delicious taste of Dutch stroopwafels? Rest assured, whoever you give these to will become addicted as well. And there’s no better way of presenting them than in a keepsake tin decorated with a ‘Dutch’ print. Check out these stroopwafel gifts from Matix, Daelmans, Hema and Amazon NL.
DUTCH MASTERS SCARF/ SHAWL
Lanzfeld produces lovely scarves/shawls based on the works of famous Dutch painters such as Van Gogh (Sunflowers, Irises, Starry Night), Vermeer (Girl With A Pearl Earring, The Milkmaid) and Mondriaan. They make the perfect Holland-inspired gifts. See the Dutch Masters scarves.
HOLLAND COLORING BOOK
Coloring books have always been loved by children, but over the past few years, coloring books specifically for adults has grown in popularity because coloring has been proven to reduce stress. You can take it one step further this Christmas with a number of Holland-themed coloring books. And these won’t exhaust your budget, as most are priced in the €8-14 range. Check out these coloring book options… Holland, Amsterdam, Utrecht, North Holland, South Holland, Dutch Painters
HOLLAND JIGSAW PUZZLES
Jigsaw puzzles are timeless in their appeal and offer fun for all ages. The King brand puzzle-maker offers lots of Holland-themed choices in its ‘Dutch Collection’. Ravensburger offers Amsterdam jigsaw puzzles. Jan van Haasteren is a popular Netherlands comic-strip artist but also known for his jigsaw puzzle collection featuring humorous interpretations of common Holland scenes (such as King’s Day in Amsterdam and crowds ice skating). Jumbo offers many Holland-related jigsaw puzzles, that feature iconic scenes of Dutch tulip fields, windmills and narrow canal houses.
HOLLAND PICTURE BOOKS
A hardcover photographic coffee table book of Holland can make a brilliant Christmas gift, especially since most today are bilingual, written in both Dutch and English. See some beautiful Holland coffee table books on this page.
MUGS, STEMWARE & PLATES
There are lots of tasteful Holland souvenir coffee mugs which will make great Christmas gifts, such as the collection by Guus van Eck. We also think you’ll like this set of wine glasses etched with the Amsterdam skyline. Finally, have a look at the Blond Amsterdam ‘Delfts Blond‘ and ‘City Amsterdam‘ tableware collections which have lots of gift-giving potential.
Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna created the children’s book character Nijntje in the 1950’s and the bunny’s popularity has grown ever since. For international audiences, a simpler name was given to this character…Miffy. The Miffy/Nijntje bunny has been the subject of numerous books with nearly all available also in English. An entire Miffy/Nijntje merchandise collection exists as well so if you have kids on your Christmas list, here’s a good option. Have a look at the Miffy assortment at Bruna, V&D, bol.com, Wehkamp and Amazon NL.
HOLLAND 2021 WALL CALENDARS
There are lots of picturesque ‘Holland’ wall calendars available which might be the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.
DUTCH FOOD GIFTS
Aside from the stroopwafel gifts mentioned above, there are lots of other Dutch food and drink items which can make lovely Christmas gifts including Wilhelmina peppermints, roomboter babbelaars (caramel candies), Dutch chocolates, stroopwafel likorette, Bols liquor, De Kuyper Oranjebitter and Peachtree liqueur, Koekie liqueur and Kettle 1 jenever (gin).
DELFT BLUE GIFTS
Delft Blue porcelain is known around the world with its distinctive blue and white patterns. You can find everything from Christmas baubles and tea sets to tableware and bicycle bells. Check the Delft Blue (Delfts Blauw) assortment at bol.com, Wehkamp and Amazon NL.