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In the weeks leading up to Christmas, visitors to the Netherlands will no doubt spot countless Dutch people carrying large colourful boxes under their arms: het kerstpakket – the Dutch Christmas hamper. The Dutch Christmas hamper has been popular in the Netherlands for decades, particularly among employers wishing to treat their staff to something extra special for the festive season, as a thank you for their efforts throughout the year.
Of course you needn’t be an employer to give a typical Dutch Christmas hamper as a unique Christmas present this year. Indeed, with the help of Holland at Home (the leading online Dutch supermarket), you create your very own Dutch Christmas hamper and have it sent to family and friends all over the world. And what could be more delightful than receiving a wonderful hamper crammed with delicious Dutch treats?
How to make your typical Dutch Christmas hamper a roaring success
The great thing about assembling your very own traditional Dutch Christmas hamper from Holland at Home is that you get to control exactly what goes in it. However, you don’t want a disappointed recipient to unpack the contents and immediately place them in a cupboard to gather dust. So, here are some handy tips to help ensure that your Dutch Christmas hamper is the wonderful surprise you intended it to be!
1. Ensure plenty of variety
You’d probably make most Dutch people living abroad happy, simply by adding some popular Dutch products, such as chocolate sprinkles, breakfast cake and authentic Dutch liquorice. However, don’t forget that the holidays are a time for indulgence and place some luxury gifts in your Christmas hamper, such as a Rituals True Happiness Gift Box or a delicious bottle of Bols Corenwyn (Note: the sending of alcoholic beverages to the USA is forbidden).
2. Give something that the recipient can cherish forever
Most Dutch Christmas hampers, including those given by employers, contain at least one or more gifts that aren’t edible. Consider adding some fun Dutch souvenirs, such as cosy Dutch Clog slippers or a colourful Dutch cycle bag that your recipient can enjoy for a long time.
3. Add a personal message
Add a truly personal touch to your Dutch Christmas hamper by including a Dutch greetings card containing your Christmas and New Year message. At Holland at Home you can choose from a variety of Dutch-themed cards, which come in a matching orange envelope and with the option to add your own text.
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?