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The holidays are just around the corner, and that means it’s the gift-giving season. One of the things I love the most about traveling home to see my family is giving them Dutch-themed gifts. You can always give your family and friends another pair of socks, but giving them some kruidnoten or a flessenlikker just hits differently. This way, I can share some of the things I love about the Netherlands with my loved ones. Below are some Dutch gift ideas to give your people this holiday season.
Dutch Clogs (Klompen)
One of the most Dutch things is the brightly colored Dutch clogs. You can get them to hang on the wall, as a keychain, or even as house slippers. So instead of dragging heavy wood in your suitcase, why not get some Dutch clog slippers or a clog keychain? They make the perfect Dutch-themed gift!
Some Delicious Kruidnoten
Kruidnoten are super typical to eat during the holiday season. They are these small round spiced cookies perfect to pair with coffee. If you don’t like the regular kruidnoten, you can also get the flavored ones. I only tried them for the first time this year, and they are sooooo good. They totally transform the flavor of the cookies into something wonderful!
A flessenlikker is one of the most useful things I’ve seen in the Netherlands. It’s this tool that can get into any jar or can so you can scrape the rest of the product out. This will save you money and save on waste. Personally, I hate when I can’t get the rest of the mayo out of the jar or shampoo out of the bottle. So this flessenlikker comes in handy in those situations.
Every cheese lover needs a kaasschaaf in their life. How else are you going to be able to make those perfect slices of cheese? Pre-sliced cheese is usually more expensive than buying a block. In addition, the pre-sliced cheese dries out much faster. So get yourself the perfect kaasschaaf to cut your cheese block.
One of my favorite snacks eaten here in the Netherlands is nootjes. These fried-coated peanuts are so damn good. They come in all different flavors, from bacon & cheese to paprika fiesta. Not only are they delicious, but they are super filling. So you can buy some of the smaller bags to keep in your bag for when you get hungry. They are a great and delicious way to quench that hunger when you’re on the go.
Delft Blauw Items
Delft Blauw is known worldwide for its signature blue art. Usually, these types of painted ceramics are super expensive. But if you want to spend a bit less money, how about getting a cheese slicer with delft blauw art on the handle? Or what about these delft blauw drink coasters? Both of these options are still things that are useful and don’t break the bank.
Tulip Pens For Everyone
We all have those people in our lives that are super hard to shop for. They might be picky or already have everything they want in this world. What about these adorable tulip pens? Everyone needs pens to write with, and the tulip on top makes it the perfect Dutch-themed gift. I once gave tulip pens to my friends and family, and they loved their tulip pens.
Stroopwafels in a Delft Blauw Can
I cannot make a Dutch-themed gift guide without mentioning stroopwafels. These delicious cookies or wafers, whatever you want to call them, are quintessentially Dutch. You see them making stroopwafels fresh in the markets and even sometimes in the supermarket. Why not bring some to your family to enjoy?
You may be wondering why in the world am I recommending that you bring mayonnaise to your family. Well, for some reason, my sister is obsessed with the mayonnaise in the Netherlands. She says it tastes better than the other mayonnaises available on the market. So if anyone in your family or your friends really loves condiments, why not bring them some Dutch mayo to try?
There Are Many More
I’m sure I missed some things, but this is my main list. Gifts are not about how big they are or how expensive they are. Giving your loved ones gifts is about giving them something they will love and giving with intention. So instead of giving them some things that they will probably never use, why not give them something like stroopwafels or a cheese slicer? These items are delicious and useful.
What Dutch-themed gifts are you gifting this holiday season?
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Do you give gifts at Sinterklaas or Christmas. I was born in Holland but by age 6 immigrated from there. At first we celebrated Sinterklaas but eventually went to Christmas for our gift giving.
I actually never celebrated Christmas until I moved to the Netherlands 4 years ago. My family is Jewish, so we celebrate Chanukah. My Dutch partner’s family does Christmas (not really religious though). So I get him a small gift every year for Christmas and he gives me money for Chanukah.
Our local supermarket now carries stroopwafels AND sambal goreng. Not that I buy much of the latter (every few years), but I try to buy the stroopwafels regularly so they get the idea to keep stocking them. Pre-fried krupuk and speculaas filled with almond paste are also great gifts not available around here.
Yesss I love krupuk as well! Thanks for sharing!