Top 5 gifts for Christmas
With creativity and culture around every corner, you’re spoilt for choice when shopping for Christmas gifts in Amsterdam. These unexpected gift ideas are the perfect way to treat your friends and loved ones to a piece of your favourite city.
I amsterdam Store Gift Card
The I amsterdam Store is a treasure trove of the best gifts Amsterdam has to offer: Stadsplank cutting boards made from a real tree in the city, shawls from POM with Amsterdam-themed patterns, or Playmobil versions of Vermeer’s Milkmaid. When you can’t quite decide, give a gift card – available from 7 November – to let your recipient roam the store at leisure.
I amsterdam Store gift card, €10, 25 or 50, I amsterdam Store
With the Wasteboard, a skateboard made entirely from recycled plastic caps, you give more than just a gift to a friend – you give a gift to the earth. Each Wasteboard is made from bottlecaps discarded at music festivals, meaning each skateboard is not only totally unique, it’s a step towards cleaning up the environment. Pick up a board for an athletic friend, and help them make a statement when they skate.
Wasteboard Squid skateboard, €179.95, I amsterdam Store
The Real Wine Gums Trio on Wood
These aren’t the wine gums you grew up with! Vinoos by AMS has created a wine gum unlike any other: instead of the strawberry flavour you might find in the supermarket, these wine gums actually taste like wine (without the alcohol!). Surprise your friends with a bite of rosé, merlot and chardonnay, presented elegantly in a wooden box, and watch them enjoy a little taste of “adult luxury happiness”.
The Real Wine Gums Trio on Wood, €19.95, I amsterdam Store
Van Tjalle en Jasper Mini-Spot Lamp
Dutch design is known around the world for its innovation, and it is nowhere so evident as in the designs of Van Tjalle En Jasper. For those who love modern, minimalist décor, the warm, brown Mini-spot lamp is the complementary accent piece their home needs. Each lamp, laser-cut from MDF, comes as a kit to be assembled – it’s like a model building project for the home!
Van Tjalle en Jasper Mini-Spot lamp, €35–45, I amsterdam Store
Studio ROOF deer head wall ornament
Environmentalists will cheer at this 100% recycled cardboard wall art from Studio ROOF, an Amsterdam-based design agency focused on eco-friendly toys and décor. Deer head wall mounts are all the rage, but animal lovers balk at the real thing – so give them the aesthetic without the guilt with Studio ROOF’s animal-friendly version. Made from recycled cardboard and accented with pops of colour, this unique wall ornament could outshine the Christmas tree as the focal point of the room.
Studio ROOF deer head wall ornament, €29.99, I amsterdam Store
Find these gifts at the I amsterdam Store at Central Station.