Amsterdam-designed gifts that give back
Exquisite jewellery is always a winning present on Valentine's Day, and what makes these laser-cut and 3D-printed necklaces even more special is Cre8’s work with disadvantaged youths. Youngsters who have struggled to find work are taught to craft the jewellery using innovative technologies, giving them invaluable work experience, inspiring their creativity and arming them with the confidence to pursue their dream jobs.
Cre8 necklace, €29, I amsterdam Store
The Real Wine Gums Trio on Wood
It is time for grown ups to reclaim the childhood joy of gummies. Forget gummy bears or jelly beans, Vinoos by AMS are wine-flavoured treats that 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 whimsy and a long pour of wine, all packed within a delicious grape-shaped gummy.
The Real Wine Gums Trio on Wood, €19.95, I amsterdam Store
Ladies can wrap themselves in Amsterdam wherever they go with these shawls from POM, a relatively young Dutch design duo and brand. Created in an Amsterdam studio, some of the many intricate patterns and high-quality fabrics used for the shawls are designed with the city in mind: a pattern of black and white bicycles, with a fringed pink trim; rows of chaotic canal houses in multiple colours; and even a luxurious silk shawl made exclusively for KLM.
POM shawls, €59.95–99.95, I amsterdam Store
Chocolate Makers chocolate bars
Valentine's gifts don't get more iconic than a heart-shaped chocolate box. However (unfortunately) most of that chocolatey goodness lacks a transparent supply chain that puts growers and producers first. Dutch chocolate company Chocolate Makers have set about changing this by controlling every step of its production. Pick up their signature Gorilla bar (and another for the ride home!), which works to protect endangered gorillas in East Congo by providing income to locals, helping to prevent logging and other environmentally-harmful practices.
Chocolate Makers Tres Hombres Bar, €3.50, I amsterdam Store
[email protected] cushions
Give a [email protected] cushion and you’ll not only brighten your loved one’s home, but you’ll also give much-needed support to the non-profit organisations in Europe that produce them. The canal house motifs add the spirit of Amsterdam to any décor, and upholds the time-honoured tradition of letterpress printing. [email protected]’s cushions and pillows are all made using sustainable textiles sourced locally in Europe to limit the supply chain.
[email protected] cushions and pillows, €60–100, I amsterdam Store
All the luck in the world
With a passion for retro jewellery design, this Amsterdam-based team brings together an eclectic selection of items that are sure to delight. Think bold and beautiful rings, dazzling bracelets and stunning necklaces, perfect for any valentine.
All the luck in the world, bracelets from €25, I amsterdam Store
Wooden cutting board
Nothing says love like beautifully presented, delicious food served on elegant plates. Amp up the evening's ambiance by serving an amorous amuse-bouche on one of these unique wooden cutting boards created using sustainably harvested wood and designed in Amsterdam.
Stadsplank cutting board, €35–55, I amsterdam Store
Amsterdam is one of the world’s most romantic cities. It’s UNESCO-listed canal belt sets the perfect scene for romance, especially at night when the lights twinkle. But did you know the scent of the city has been bottled and is available as a perfume? When the elm trees along the canals come into blossom each spring, their seeds are harvested to create Eau d’Amsterdam, a subtle perfume that evokes the romance of the city.
Eau d’Amsterdam, 50 ml bottle for € 58, I amsterdam Store
Find these gifts at the I amsterdam Store at Central Station.