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
Van Tjalle en Jasper lamps
‘Cool stuff, honest prices’ is the ethos behind Tjalle and Jasper’s stylish build-it-yourself light fixtures. The duo put their heart into the flat-packed boxes of stylishly modern MDF—typical of contemporary Dutch Design—in a collaboration with Pantar. Better yet, the organisation uses its profits to train and employ more than 3,000 residents in the Amsterdam Area who have found finding employment difficult due to disabilities, addiction or mental health issues.
Van Tjalle en Jasper Mini-Spot lamp, €40, I amsterdam Store
O My Bag purses
The textile industry has a lot to answer for when it comes to their global footprint. But Amsterdam company O My Bag address this issue by crafting beautiful, durable and decadently soft leather bags using sustainable materials in clean, safe tanneries. The bags are sewn in India by craftspeople working in factories for fair wages, and O My Bag also offers equal opportunities to women and minorities - that’s a lot of feel-good factor to carry around with you.
O My Bag Pixie’s Pouch, €59, 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
Find these gifts at the I amsterdam Store at Central Station.