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Searching for an original gift idea for Dutch family and friends who are living abroad? Or perhaps you simply wish to share your love of the Netherlands with others? No idea what to give? Then here are some helpful suggestions!
1.Delft blue souvenirs
The majority of Dutch people find typical Dutch Delft Blue souvenirs somewhat kitsch, however, this invariably changes upon emigration. Then that traditional Delft Blue Pot Holder or Delft Blue Tea Bag holder, which was once considered so twee, suddenly becomes indispensible! In fact, both Dutch emigrants and foreigners alike are invariably delighted to receive classic Dutch Delft Blue presents, making them the ideal gift.
2. Dutch kitchen utensils
Typical Dutch kitchen utensils, such as a cast iron poffertjespan, an authentic Dutch cheese slicer or a traditional potato masher, are the perfect present for those who fancy themselves as a bit of a Jamie Oliver or a Nigella Lawson in the kitchen. Even those who don’t know their stamppot from their stroopwafels will still appreciate a colourful Dutch-themed kitchen apron!
3. Dutch football souvenirs
Are your family, friends or colleagues fanatical about football? Then a fun Dutch soccer souvenir, such as this Retro Dutch Football T Shirt or a cute My First Orange Football Shirt (for babies and small children), will certainly score you brownie points! And, if they’re still basking in the afterglow of the 2014 Football World Cup, they’ll simply adore this Holland World Cup Leather Football.
4. Dutch books, magazines and DVDs
Most Dutch emigrants regularly meet up with other Dutch people in their new country of residence – naturally, it’s extraordinarily comforting to be able to converse in Dutch and reminisce about the Netherlands. Which is why a carefully chosen Dutch language book, magazine or DVD is always a welcome gift!
5. Dutch treats
Still not sure what to give? You can’t go wrong with a tempting selection of typical Dutch products, including old-fashioned Dutch liquorice, stroopwafels in a delightful Delft blue tin or traditional speculaas in a Delft blue gift box. Alternatively, why not surprise foreign family or friends with some unusual Dutch favourites, such as salty liquorice, chocolate sprinkles or pink and white mice? (tip: ideal for serving at baby showers, together with a pack of Bolletje beschuit).
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants.