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With Christmas just around the corner, Dutch workers are already looking forward to opening their traditional Christmas hamper, which they receive as an annual ‘thank-you’ from their employer. In other countries, Christmas hampers are also a popular Christmas present for friends and family, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and to suit all budgets. For who doesn’t love the surprise of being given a delightful Christmas hamper, packed with indulgent goodies to enjoy throughout the festive season?
Despite the fact that an increasing number of Dutch are choosing to give Christmas Hampers to friends and family, there’s still only a relatively small selection available. Most Dutch Christmas hamper suppliers focus on large companies that place ‘bulk’ orders. However, you can easily overcome this problem by putting together your very own Christmas hamper. Don’t worry, this needn’t involve braving the Christmas crowds at your local supermarket – these days you can order everything you need from the comfort of your own home, via a range of Dutch online supermarkets such as Holland at Home. They’ll carefully pack your Dutch hamper and deliver it to any corner of the world. So why not spoil your friends and family or even yourself, with a typical Dutch Christmas hamper this year?
5 Christmas hampers with a decidedly Dutch theme
Perhaps the best thing about creating your own Christmas hamper is that you get to decide exactly what goes in … which means that the recipient no longer receives a basket filled with unwanted items that will be gathering dust in their kitchen cupboard 3 years from now! You can also choose a special Christmas theme for your hamper – we’ve listed our 5 favourite themes below.
1. Typical Dutch Christmas Hamper
A Christmas hamper overflowing with typical Dutch products is an ideal way to introduce friends and family to a world of Dutch culinary delights. Fill your typical Dutch Christmas hamper with stroopwafels (syrup waffles), dropjes (Dutch liquorice), pepermunt (peppermints), Hollandse kaas (Dutch cheese), ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake), hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), coffee and a beautiful tin of speculaas (Dutch biscuits). Be sure to avoid products with an acquired taste such as extra salty Dutch liquorice for example.
2. Dutch Winter Christmas Hamper
A Christmas hamper brimming with typical Dutch winter warmers is sure to melt the heart of anyone lucky enough to receive it, and in particular, those living in colder climes. The most delicious Dutch winter products include rookworst (smoked sausage), erwtensoep (pea soup), chocomel (hot chocolate), and gevulde koek (almond cake). Make the hamper complete with a pair of warm Dutch clog slippers or a bottle of Berenburg (spicy Dutch alcoholic beverage).
3. Old fashioned Dutch Christmas Hamper
Perfect for the more nostalgic among us! Pack your old-fashioned Dutch Christmas hamper with traditional Dutch products including Wilhelmina pepermunt (peppermints), Haagse Hopjes (Dutch sweets), Zwart-Witjes (Dutch liquorice), Karvan Cévitam (fruit cordial), Brinta (Dutch porridge) and a selection of Honig products for a real blast from the past. To find a useful list of the most popular old-fashioned Dutch products, read our article “Top 10 Most Nostalgic Dutch Food Products Still Available Today”.
4. Dutch Treat Christmas Hamper
Highly recommended for those with a sweet tooth – include typical Dutch biscuits such as kokosmakronen, jodekoeken, kletsmajoors, bokkenpootjes, amandelspeculaas, krakelingen and of course, stroopwafels. Then add your choice of Dutch sweets including drop, spekkies, dropkogels, vruchtenhartjes and pepermuntjes. If the intended recipient of your Christmas hamper happens to be a bit of a Jamie Oliver or Delia Smith in the kitchen, why not include a traditional poffertjes pan (mini Dutch pancakes pan), a poffertjes mix and icing sugar?
5. Personalised Dutch Christmas Hamper
An alternative suggestion is to personalise your Dutch hamper according to the recipient. Most men are over the moon with a bottle of Bokma gin, a men’s toiletry set or some typical men’s magazines. Women on the other hand, might like to receive a luxury selection of body care products and some authentic Dutch chocolate. And for children there are plenty of suitable Dutch gifts such as a LIEF! Baby kit, a delightful Miffy story book, or a special pack of Bolletje children’s biscuits. If the little one is yet to be born, consider including a box of traditional Dutch geboortemuisjes (aniseed sprinkles) and a pack of beschuit (rusk-like biscuits).
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit to our sister blog, heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?