20X WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS GIFTS IDEAS FOR 2023
With this wonderful gift guide you get immediately into the Christmas spirit! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your boyfriend, sister or friend, these 20 unique Christmas gifts and ideas are all you need. And we have some very special give aways for you in the next weeks!
A customised X-mas coffee mug
This is the perfect gift for coffee lovers! The super cute personalised Coffee Mugs of Boldly The Label will make the morning coffees extra sweet. Limited stock only so hurry up!
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Colorful slippers made by hand in Greece
J’adore Give A Pon! These slipper not only look amazing, they also keep you warm during winter. Two Dutch girls fell in love with the folklore slipper with a colorful pompom in Greece and decided to give the slippers their own twist. The slipper are made with one hundred percent sheep’s wool and made by local craftsmen. The perfect Christmas gift that will keep your feet warm.
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Book a wine tour and tasting at Chateau Amsterdam!
Hidden in Amsterdam North, you’ll find Chateau Amsterdam. This urban winery works with grape farmers from all over Europe from Spain to Germany. Created and cured in barrels in Amsterdam, they make about 20 house wines from red, to white and even orange! You can visit their wine shop, but they also host wine tours & tastings throughout the day. We think this is such an original gift to give someone! Tip: try their exclusive Fantastic Mr. Vox red wine or buy one of their Christmas boxes!
Buy your own Barrel of Wine
You probably won’t find a more personal gift: an exclusive wine from your own barrel! At Koop Een Vat you will be linked to a winemaker of choice who will help you compose your unique wine. Additionally, you pick the colour, the grape and the time the wine sits in the barrel: you decide! Follow how your wine develops in the cellar at the winery. From picking the grapes to the first sip of wine with your name on it. You can also share a barrel with friends or family, the perfect gift for wine lovers! More information about Koop Een Vat can be found on the website.
Have you ever slept in a wine barrel?
Buy Justdiggit Bunds and cool the planet!
If you are worried about the planet, and you want to give someone an original present, try Justdiggit this year! They are currently re-greening the grounds of Africa, twice the size of Europe! By digging half moon like-shapes – called bunds, they are letting rainwater in. This method has proven to work very effectively and helps vegetation to grow. More green, means more rain, and cooling down the planet. One bunds only costs €8, and you also support an African farmer indirectly. More info here!
Now, this may be a bit new for you guys, but this is currently THE new trend in healthcare. Opus Mushrooms offers various liquid supplements that can benefit your health. For example, if you find it difficult to concentrate, try Lion’s Mane. For more oxygen in your blood (great just before a workout) try Cordyceps. Take 1 or 2 pipettes and leave under the tongue for a minute and use daily. After 6 weeks it’s advised to switch your mushroom. It’s an original gift for sure! opusmushrooms.com
Founded by a Dutch lady who travelled through Africa with her family, she got inspired and Dutchies was recently launched. This super stylish Crossbody accessory is perfect to use for your phone. They also sell leather phone cases for both Iphone & Samsung. It’s handy, fashionable and is made with strong materials. We love it! Get it here.
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They say coffee makes the world go round, so you’ll make a coffee lover very happy with this aventscalendar. Each year they collaborate with someone else, and this time its Fusalp. Inspired by the snowy mountains of the Alpes, it brings you right in the mood for cozy winter days. Inside, many different Nespresso surprises and flavours, and on day 24 – a very special gift. Curious? Go get yours here.
Beauty of the city Jewellery by Riverstones
If you love Amsterdam as much as we do, this is the gift you want to buy yourself (or a loved one for that matter). Riverstones has been around for many years and is offering all sorts of jewelery but we especially love their necklaces, bracelets and earrings, dedicated to the capital of the Netherlands. They call it “Beauty of the City“, available in plated gold & silver or 14K gold. Just to point out that their 14K gold is responsible, meaning that it is traceable and has been obtained with respect for people and nature. Love it!
Give yourself (or someone you love) a Staycation!
Why not? We asked ourselves. Since the pandemic started, staycations have been booming! You can check our favourite staycations here but we would like to highlight three staycations that you must make a booking this year or the next!
- Op Oost (midrange)
If you love good quality food and a home away from home, Op Oost is the staycation for you.
- Havenlake Village (luxury)
Beautiful luxury watervilla’s in a quiet part of Vinkeveen. order sushi, champagne and take a shower underneath the stars. Relax in the outside bathtub and strike down in the living room to watch your favourite Christmas movies. Read more about Havenlake Village.
- Zwier (budget friendly)
Perfect for those that want a getaway from the city (it’s only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam!). At Zwier can practise yoga, sail a boat across the river, eat organic food but more importantly, you can go offline for a few days. Bring a book, music and you will feel recharged.
Hotel quality sheets by Cotton Suite
We can tell you; these are THE BEST sheets we’ve ever had, period. It feels like waking up in a luxury hotel bed and we’re not just saying that. We bought our first pair of Cotton Suite sheets last year and therefore we want to tip this Christmas gift idea to you, because you’ll make someone very happy indeed! The prices are very reasonable and they offer great package deals for covers, pillowcases and sheets. Thank us later!
Personalised Passport Holder
If you travel around the world, there is one thing you always need to take with you; your passport. So why not make it look good right? We had our own passport holders printed on vegan leather last year. Print your name, logo or whatever you want. We used a special technique where it’s pressed down on the material, making is stand out. Buy it at OurGreenStory.com
Vertellis Game Holiday Edition
If you want to give an original gift that will really get the conversation going, check out Vertellis. This game has been played by more than 2 million people and is the perfect excuse for going offline during Christmas. Consequently you will really connect with family and friends by playing this game. Reflect on the past year together and share your dreams and plans for the coming year. Get to know your family, friends or colleagues even better! Note; this game is only available in Dutch.
Pre-order 110 Bijzondere Bestemmingen by Wander-Lust
Our book Off the Beaten Track is completely sold out, and we are publishing our 2nd edition with a new title and a few new tips! In 110 Bijzondere Bestemmingen, we share the best off beaten destinations, unique places to stay, secret restaurants and all divided in continents and countries. There are 110 tips to discover, of which 22 hidden islands, and more – accompanied with “nearby” and more familiar spots. Discover places in the world that have not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Including photos and tips from various national and international photographers, travel journalists and travel bloggers. Pre-order from the end of December.
The Adventure Book
She has sold more than 20.000 books so far and when you see this detailed travel journal, you will understand why. Fill your journal the way you want: write, draw, paint, paste photos, stickers, pieces of paper, leaves, stamps…anything that reminds you of your travels! The Adventure Book includes maps of the world and continents that you can color in to keep track of where you’ve been. All 196 independent countries in the world have a place here for you to fill in, plus 68 additional territories (264 in total). Basically, the ultimate gift for travel lovers! It’s not cheap at €54,99 but it’s the only travel journal you need and you can keep using it, forever!
If you have kids, you know books are always great as a (Christmas) gift. Take a look at these children books that emphasize diversity. Good for you, great for your kids!
CLASSIC MUST HAVES FOR CHRISTMAS
One-of-a-kind Christmas Decorations
Pimping your Christmas Tree 3.0? With the decorations from Dante6, Vondels, and Sissy Boy your Christmas Tree is one of a kind. If you want to go bright and bold check out Vondels. This Amsterdam-based brand was founded in 2015 and now sells to more than 20 countries worldwide! Donuts, candy, pineapples, coffee cups, birds, and many more sparkling options are available. A perfect gift for the holidays if you ask us!
Did you know you can cut down your own Christmas Tree for free at Veluwe Park this year?
Galaxy Watch4 by Samsung
Track your sleep, count your steps, and stay active with the brand-new Galaxy Watch4 by Samsung. Nowadays there are many smartwatches to choose from, but we can highly recommend this watch as a gift. Why? It’s stylish and lightweight and you can personalise your design (you can even upload your photos!) Get notifications when you connect it with your (Android) phone and intergrade all your phone apps. Take it outside, walk those 10.000 steps a day and find out how well you sleep (you’ll be surprised!). Furthermore, this watch also comes with an optical heart rate sensor (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), and bioelectrical impedance (BIA) sensor. An all-round smartwatch your BF or GF will be more than happy to see underneath the Christmas tree this year!
As full-time travellers using photography as a business it’s the one thing that was unmissable; a good action cam. We invested in a drone from DJI (the best one out there in our opinion) but DJI recently launched the new Action Cam named the Action2 which is pretty damn awesome if we say so. Like most action cams it’s compact, waterproof, dustproof, and shoots in 4K. But at DJI they are taking it to another level.
First of all, there is a magnet built into the cam so you can attach it to different accessories. You can shoot wide angle but it also snaps macro with a lens you can attach. The horizontal feature keeps everything stabilised, even if you are doing something wild. It has slow motion but also timelapse features and films up to 160 hours without charging the battery. Ok, you get it, this is THE gadget you want to be packed under the tree.
This high-class skincare line is one of our favourite brands when it comes to taking care of our skin. By all means, there are so many products nowadays that it’s quite difficult choosing the right product, so let us break it down for you. All QMS products have been praised for their results and have been clinically tested and proven! For travellers; they have a handy travel kit with all the products you need! For the holiday season they have beautiful Glow Collection for those who want to have firming looking skin that is hydrated.
DIY Soap Products
Dry skin and winter go hand in hand, unfortunately. Thank god for scrubs and body creams! At DIY Soap you can create your scrub with coffee, salt, or sugar. Add some almond or coconut oil and top it with the most amazing scents like lavender, roses, or cinnamon. No time to pass by the store in Amsterdam? You can buy several hand-created scrubs and creams online. Another nice fact: all the ingredients are organic and natural! To learn more about DIY Soap, check this article.
As shown above, you certainly have enough choice this season to get yourself or someone you love that extra special or unique Christmas Gift!
Merry Christmas y’all,