Though things are going to look a bit different this year - smaller gatherings, no travel - we're just as excited as ever to celebrate the holidays. The lights are up, the glühwein is flowing and we're starting to think about presents. Instead of throwing our hard earned cash at huge chains & online retailers, we're only adding things from our favourite local shops to our lists. That way we can support our community & get the most wonderful, unique gifts around.
Here's what we're gifting this year!
Comfort & joy: We don't know about you, but just about everyone we know spent A LOT more time indoors this year. Help your friends up their work-from-home game with beautiful cotton cashmere lounge wear from Khasto.
Say cheese: The holidays are nothing without delicious nibbles to see you through tree decorating, evenings around the fire and those long, long hours before dinner is finally on the table. Show your family you love the environment as much as you love them by giving them a lovely Christmas hamper stocked with goodies from Willicroft.
Jungle fever: It's shaping up to be a chilly winter, so we're loving the idea of bringing the tropics indoors with some leafy little friends. Pick up a verdant philodendron from A.P Bloem to brighten anyone's home this Christmas.
Wild card: Give them something to look forward to once the world is a little less crazy with a gift card to their favourite restaurant in town. We can never resist 101 Gowrie, 212, 4850, BAK & Bambino, BREDA, Café Caron, Café Parlotte, Choux, Coulisse, De Kas, De Vrouw met de Baard, Domenica, Entrepot, Foer, Gebroeders Hartering, Kaagman & Kortekaas, La Fiorita, Restaurant Watergang, RIJKS & WILS, Rijsel, Scheepskameel, Vuurtoreneiland, or Zoldering.
Culture vulture: Do your siblings love soaking up culture every weekend? Then there's no better gift than a Museumkaart. They'll get unlimited access to just about every museum in the Netherlands. Is there one museum they love above all others? You can help make them a 'friend' of the museum or theatre. That way, they'll get special access to events & be able to interact with a spot they really connect with.
Smell you later: Since we already established your loved ones are probably spending way more time at home than they're used to, why not head to Skins and pick out a few dreamy candles to make their homes smell heavenly. They've got a killer selection of all of our go-to brands, so you really can't go wrong. Trust us.
Wine not: Looking for the perfect hostess gift for all those intimate cocktail parties you're hopefully still going to? Head to Vleck or Levain et Le Vin to find the most interesting bottles that are sure to delight.
Guiding light: We couldn't possibly put together a gift guide without suggesting the best guide to Amsterdam there ever was! Pick up a copy or two of AMSTERDAM the gloobles guide from MENDO. It's something everyone will love.
How sweet it is: Wondering what would make the ideal stocking stuffers? Sweet, adorable marzipan figures from Holtkamp. They're almost too cute to eat. Almost.
Yes, chef: Indulge your little ones in their kitchen fantasies with a beautiful play kitchen from Archive Store. Who knows! It may pay off, and they'll be whipping up gourmet meals for you in no time.
Close knit: Whether your best friend is spending Christmas snuggled up indoors or loves to brave the cold winter for a crisp winter walk, they'll be happy as a clam bundled up in one of Anecdote's gorgeous knits. Pick up an extra for yourself because you deserve a gift too!