We always love writing these kind of articles because it get’s us right into the Christmas spirit! These are unprecedented times, and the travellers among us are anxiously waiting to be able to travel the world again.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for him or her, these Christmas gifts and ideas are all you need if you’re a traveller missing out due to the pandemic.
Book tip: Off the Beaten Track by Wander-Lust
If you want to Dream Now and Travel Later, this book is for you. We share unique destinations and special places that are off the beaten track. Are you looking for adventure and do you like to be surprised? 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. Trendy places are fun, but unique places much better! SUPER DEAL: From the 20th of November until the 20th of December, you can order our book for only 15 euro!
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. Let yourself be taken on a wine journey in which you remain involved from start to finish: 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?
The Sanny Side Up Planner
Sanny Verhoeven (you may know her from this YouTube channel) has created this one-of-a-kind-planner. It’s a year planner without dates so you can fill them in yourself and start at anytime you want. She explains; “We all have dreams, but how do you ensure that your dreams not only stay in your head, but that you also take concrete steps to get there? By scheduling them!”
Break your biggest dreams into smaller pieces, and create a to-do list that you will plan every week. This planner also helps you improve your mindset and how you use your time as efficiently as possible. Next to that the Sanny Side Up Planner includes 52 exclusive video’s (one for each week) where Sanny gives you that extra motivation to set your personal goals. If you want to start 2021 productive and with a positive mindset, this is the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Get it here!
Lief Leven Winter Socks
Wanna stay warm this winter and upgrade your cozy level? These winter socks from Lief Leven are your musthave. One size fits all and every pair has a unique Lief Leven label that you might know from the kind and loving Dutch poems. Never get cold feet again! Get them for €16,95,- at Liefleven.com or at the Lief Leven store in Haarlem.
Save the Duck wintercoat
One of the brands we recently discovered is Save the Duck. This Italian brand was founded in 2012 by Nicolas Bargi. He wanted to develop innovative outerwear without stuffing geese or other animal feathers. He also envisioned an important role for recycled materials to support a circular economy in which there is less waste and excess. A super beautiful and durable fire that matches your outdoor adventures! This coat is extremely warm and durable. To emphasise; it has resistance to rain, cold, wind and moisture. It has numerous pockets and an adjustable, foldable hood, making it perfect for any urban or outdoor adventure!
Pimping your Christmas Tree 3.0? With the decorations from Vondels, Sissy Boy your Christmas Tree is one of a kind. Vondels is actually an Amsterdam-based Christmas brand and it 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! www.vondels.com
Did you know you can cut down your own Christmas Tree for free at the Veluwe Park this year?
Moon Calendar 2021 by Lexmond & Lexmond
These two sisters grew up in the same village as Elke and grew up with spirituality and intuition. Inspired by their mother, they they decided to launch the Moon Calendar. So why is the Moon so important, especially for women? Did you know that humans are at least 55 to 65 percent water? So the Moon, the ultimate feminine celestial body, also has an enormous influence on us. For example, the natural fertility cycle of the woman runs parallel to the lunar cycle.
The Moon Calendar (2021) is illustrated in colour on recycled paper and is trimmed with gold leaf. The sisters Lexmond also received help from experts, making this calendar a guideline full of (witty) tips about favourable moments, delicious quotes, recipes and knowledge about the herbs in nature. You don’t have to live by it strictly, but it can help you get more out of the day and yourself: 365 days a year, a gift every day for yourself or someone you love! Buy it here or visit their pop-up shop in Amsterdam!
An original gift by mail! The BloomPost range contains fresh flowers, air plants and dried flowers, the trend of the moment. Dried flowers are durable, do not wither and brighten up any interior. Tip for creatives: the BloomWoody. On a beautiful birch slice, the recipient can style the hand-selected dried flowers all by themselves. Curious about other BloomPost letterbox gifts? Visit the website!
Destination Box by Avila
As travellers, we miss the flavours of Italy, Argentina or even Costa Rica! If you miss travelling as much as we do, this is the perfect Christmas Gift for 2020. Nice to give as a present, or even better to taste it yourself. Experience the world in different boxes and dream away at your favourite destination. You have various options but we tried the Italian Box Deluxe! Traditional Italian wine, a cooking book, cookies, vinegar and a fragrance are included. Furthermore, with every purchase you support the Avila Foundation which supports children in Venezuela.
Carry-On Suitcase by Thule
We have gone through a bunch of suitcases in our lives but it wasn’t until we got this carry-on suitcase at a travel related press event, that we realised we just found the best carry-on suitcase ever. It’s stylish and perfect for a business trip or weekend break. Why do we love it so much? Well, it has different compartments so you can easily pack your shoes or dirty laundry. The divided compartment can be removed or you can change it in height, which is super easy and a real plus for us. It’s also light, compact and has a piggyback strap where you can easily hang an extra bag onto. It’s not cheap but believe us, it’s worth the €259,-. Find out where you can buy yours at www.thule.com
In times of changing purchasing behaviour and minimalism, gifts must be kept original, unique and special
All that homesickness can perhaps be appeased with a beautiful print of places with a special memory, or of that one place that is first visited after corona .In addition to the international maps of city and district plans, WIJCK also sells various special collections that turn ‘boys’ hobbies such as football and racing into something stylish. All gifts are from €9.90 available at the larger WIJCK points of sale, in the WIJCK. Store in Amsterdam and via www.wijck.com.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
It’s not a secret that we stick by Olympus for the best travel content. If you are a beginning photographer that wants to take things a little more serious, this camera is going to be the Christmas present you really want to get in your stockings. Why is the new Olympus OM-D so great? These are some of the features:
- UHD 4K video capture (3820 x 2160 resolution)
- 16MP image sensor (same as previous OMD), but with updated processor TruePic VIII, the same processor used in E-M1 Mark II
- Improved image stabilisation (which was already spot on)
- New Cluster AF points selection
- Simplified menu and shortcuts
- Viewfinder, and tilted screen for perfect photo’s from above
Enough reason to tell Santa you’ve been good this year! The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is available for €749,-.
DIY Soap Products
Dry skin and winter go hand in hand, unfortunately. Thank god for scrubs and body cream’s! At DIY Soap you can create your own 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. diysoap.nl
Atelier Des Femmes
If you are on Instagram, you must have seen the insta-famous velvet bandeau pass by. Ateliers des Femmes has become extremely on demand these last couple of years and we love it too! Well, new Christmas colours have arrived and new item designs for the holidays; soft 100% wool Scrunchies and warm Headbands to complete your look. Shop it here or pass by the store in Amsterdam.
Noise Canceling Headphones by AGK
There are a few annoying things you can experience on planes but one of them is screaming kids or a snoring person near your seat. The AKG noise-cancelling headphones are the solution. Or you can use it for the gym, or not. Whatever, they are great and plus a great gift for your (boy)friend! www.akg.com
Merry Christmas y’all,