Conscious holiday gifts: get inspired by The Impact Days 2021

From closing waste loops to building an inclusive labour market, next-level entrepreneurs are paving the way. And the easiest way to show your support is through purchasing products and services that contribute to a better, more beautiful world for all. 

Whether you are looking for conscious holiday gifts or sustainable everyday items, visit The Impact Days campaign platform. Here, you can discover hundreds of next-level food, fashion and design pioneers in the Netherlands, including nearly 100 entrepreneurs from Amsterdam

Follow The Impact Days Amsterdam account on Instagram for tips and highlights. Shop online via the Impact Days platform or order from your local café or restaurant. 

Conscious shopping routes: visit Amsterdam’s next-level entrepreneurs

Would you rather take a leisurely stroll or refreshing bike ride to explore next-level local stores and cafés? Amsterdam Impact has compiled an overview of impact entrepreneurs on its conscious shopping routes. We encourage you to avoid crowds and follow essential rules.

Some entrepreneurs are organising small-scale open days, tours and workshops. Browse their activities here.

In Amsterdam Oost 

Baking Lab is a circular and experimental bakery open daily for breakfast, lunch and sourdough bread workshops.

Het Faire Oosten’s 450 m² warehouse features two floors worth of sustainable fashion, interior, beauty, food, and kids products. 

Thull’s deli creates fermented goodies such as pickles and sauerkraut, as well as delicious meals and sandwiches. Flatbread with ras el hanout beetroot, feta and walnuts, anyone?

Bataat (formerly Beter & Leuk) is ideal for vegan breakfast, lunch and cakes in a cosy and light café where you can also get inspired by – and purchase – pieces of promising new artists.  

Dignita Hoftuin’s three locations serve classic breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with a twist and sources ingredients from local, impact-driven suppliers.

50/50 Budget Store store is for everyone who needs an affordable ‘new’ outfit of high-quality second-hand clothing, as well as bargain-priced books and fun home decor items.

Yerba Amsterdam Zuid

In Amsterdam Zuid  

Ctaste is all about dining in the dark to feel and taste your way through a three-course menu served by highly-trained blind or partially-sighted servers. 

De Pits lunchroom’s sandwiches, soups, and salads are made by young people who need a bit of extra guidance. Enjoy your meal onsite or pick it up. 

Yerba’s plant-forward dishes can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. Keep an eye out on the restaurant’s Instagram account for rotating menus that are at once seasonal, sustainable and creative. 

Studio JUX sustainable clothing and homeware are either made by tailors and craftspeople at the brand’s fair factory in Nepal or selected from equally conscious enterprises. Check out the holiday gift guide.  

Happy Tosti’s tasty grilled sandwiches, which are served by Happy Heroes facing employment obstacles, range from classic ham-and-cheese toasties to seasonal sweets such as Tosti Speculaas. Make sure to grab a Hot Cinnamon drink for the complete wintry experience. 

WAAR is a treasure trove of socially and environmentally conscious fashion and home accessories, food and books. 

In Amsterdam Zuidoost

Brewery Kleiburg’s monastery beers are available at its tasting room and restaurant, De Proefzaak. Have your beer with hearty sandwiches made with ingredients locally sourced from small farmers.  

De Groene Griffioen Weesp, an organic dairy farm with a cheese factory, has everything you need for a family day out. Indulge in cheese from its farm shop, visit the animals and enjoy an educational experience. 

Kringloop Centrum Zuidoost sells a wide variety of second-hand jewels. In addition to the usual goods you'll find bikes, building materials and sport articles.

In Amsterdam Nieuw-West

De 7 Deugden brewery has put together a six-beer holiday package (available at specialty stores) that features the stories of its brewers.

De Akermolen, a charming windmill turned teahouse and kitchen staffed by people with learning difficulties, is open for you to enjoy canal-side lunch, high tea and more.

De Fruittuin van West's organic shop and orchard are open from Tuesday to Sunday for anyone keen for a relaxing stroll and a moment to marvel at how crops develop in the different seasons.

Rataplan second-hand shops are packed with pre-loved treasures ranging from clothes and crockery to kitchen appliances, computers, furniture, art and books. In Nieuw-West, you can check out their store on the Generatorstraat. 

Hotel Buiten, a café built from upcycled materials by the Sloterplas lake, works with local and seasonal products and suppliers who employ people at a distance from the labour market. 

De Verbroederij Amsterdam photo by Dorien Pfauth

In Amsterdam Noord

Café de Ceuvel is a bohemian waterside café that serves vegan meals, creates its own soft drinks with organic syrups, taps beer from small brewers, and uses carbon-free coffee beans.

De VerbroederIJ, a Noord hotspot that blends a city beach pavilion with fruit and veg gardens and vibrant restaurant, hosts regular neighbourhood dinners, bingo sessions and performances.

Modestraat is a relaxed neighbourhood meeting place. Exchange clothes at the Wisselboetiek, get a sewing lesson at Naaiatelier or enjoy a delicious toastie at Bakkie Noord.

Recycle Kid is a quaint one-stop-shop for second-hand and new-but-sustainable children’s clothing and toys.

De Lokatie’s expansive branch on Distelweg covers 2,000m², complete with a coffee corner and neatly displayed pre-owned items ranging from clothing and crockery to complete furniture sets.

Klabu Amsterdam by Coco Olakunle

In Amsterdam Centrum 

The Upcycle Store features a stunning range of upcycled products – from skateboards made from recycled plastic to jewellery created with bike chain links.  

Brewery De Prael turns organic grains and malt into unfiltered, unpasteurised beers with the help of staff who may otherwise struggle to make their mark in the labour market.

Klabu builds clubhouses in refugee camps by using profits from its colourful, high-quality sportswear, which you can purchase in its Haarlemmerdijk store or online. 

Bijzonder Amsterdam Concept Store is special (‘bijzonder’) indeed. Pop by for coffee or lunch and buy from local impact enterprises such as Roetz (circular bikes) and De Amsterdamsche Zeepfabriek (sustainable handmade soaps).

Sukha is ideal for getting an eco-friendly, handmade wool scarf or cardigan to complete your ‘work from home’ look or brighten up your living area. 

Instock tackles food waste one delicious meal at a time. Book your table for Fridays or Saturdays and enjoy culinary delights created from rescued ingredients.  

BrandMission sells fair, organic clothing, accessories and cosmetics from conscious brands, including local heroes Loop. a Life (circular knitwear), Kuyichi (sustainable denim) and Maium (rainwear from upcycled PET).

CRE8 offers training to youngsters in need of guidance. They learn laser-cutting to create original and personal items sold at their gift shop, online and in stores across the Netherlands.  

Yumeko’s motto goes like this: “Change the world by sleeping”. Visit the brand’s showroom to touch and feel its organic, fair-chain bedding before ordering your set.  

Hannahs Amsterdam West

In Amsterdam West

Little Plant Pantry, a pioneering zero-waste and plastic packaging-free grocery store, works with plant-based local suppliers. Grab your favourite tote bag and stock up on nutritious whole foods.

Hannah’s is run by people with a learning disability who may otherwise be stuck at home. Here, they learn and develop at their own pace, while offering a warm Mediterranean vibe and menu.

Beeldend Gesproken offers outstanding art at an affordable price. The gallery offers professional artists with mental health problems a platform to sell their work.

Iambe is an organic bakery that creates delicious goods with love and care, employing locals with intellectual disabilities who work under the guidance of professional bakers. 

Restaurant Freud serves delicious food inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines while supporting and training people facing employment difficulties. 

Loenatix is the place to score a unique urban outfit. From tank tops to soft hoodies and funky t-shirts, the organic, fair-trade clothes are silk-printed by people with mental health issues. 

LENA, the first clothing library in the Netherlands, tackles fast fashion’s waste problem by giving customers the chance to borrow vintage items or purchase durable, slow fashion pieces.

Tony’s Chocolonely, which strives for a slavery-free and fair chocolate industry, also operates a shop brimming with colourful bars in outlandish flavours. Taste the chocolate and buy bars from the dispenser.

Are you a procurement professional who wants to ‘buy social’? 

Amsterdam Impact, the City of Amsterdam’s impact entrepreneurship programme, develops initiatives such as Buy Social events in collaboration with Social Enterprise NL. These events connect impact enterprises to buyers from larger companies and organisations. 

Purchasing from impact enterprises can help you achieve your impact goals in areas ranging from sustainable food to inclusive labour. Our next Buy Social event will take place in spring 2022. In the meantime, pay a visit to the online Buy Social market.