Friday, September 13, 2013

Great Souvenirs from Holland

Whenever I travel and I know I'm going to visit or see anyone, I try to bring something with me. A little souvenir, so as to not appear empty handed.  It doesn't have to be big or expensive, just a little something to give to the person you are seeing. My favorite by far are the tins with stroopwafels (and they have been a really big hit with almost every one). Here I've gathered some other popular options from Holland.

If this isn't the typical Dutch souvenir, then I don't know what it is. I think it should be the national symbol! They are colorful and kitchy and a small pair would look cute anywhere. You can find them from 5 euros (but they'll be very tiny).

Dutch cheese is delicious and you can find it anywhere. And if you know your recipient loves cheese, then why not? Prices depend on how big the piece is, but between 5 and 8 euros is what you would pay for good quality.

This fig chutney- more like mustard-  is what the Dutch use to dip their cheese in. I wonder if this will go well with a pastrami sandwich?

If you happen to walk by Puccini, which is a very beautiful chocolate store, I know you won't be able to resist. This is not a cheap souvenir (this box was 9 euros), but I promise that whoever receives this, will be eternally grateful.

This is my favorite souvenir to give by far. They're delicious and you're left with a cute tin! The tins vary, as the price (it really depends on where you buy them), but you really shouldn't pay more than 5 euros for a tin. They also come without the tin. For more wonderful cookie options, check here.

If I lived in Italy I would give olive oil, if in France some salted caramels, and from America anything from Target or Anthropologie would do.

How about you? What is your go to gift whenever you visit someone??

Have an amazing weekend!


  1. I've never tried the vijgen chutney! Where do you get it? Marlon discovered peren stroop (thick pear syrup) and it's what we dip our cheese in. Remeker (spelling?) especially goes well with it.
    I like bringing anything from Hema and speculoos (cookie butter). One Christmas we also bought the Sinterklaas chocolate letters for our families back home.
    For our less serious friends we get kitschy, silly toys from *those shops* near the red light district!

    1. I've tried the apple syrup, but only bought it because of the tin ;) I've also given the speculoos and choc letters, but those only make an appearance on Christmas time. And the 'silly toys" also sound like a good thing, I mean they're very popular here ;)
      oh, and the vijgen chutney is sold in a shop in front of the Bijenkorf, I forgot to put a link up there!

  2. Que delicia......... Me encanta todo, ademas.


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