Are you ready to go Dutch? Get excited because in this blog post, I, as a proud Dutchie, personally handpicked 25 must-have Netherlands gifts just for you! So, no worries about getting stuck with some cheesy touristy trinket or a wonky windmill keychain. We’re talking about the real deal, carefully selected Dutch gifts with a dash of local humor and a sprinkle of Dutch charm.
From delicious stroopwafels to quirky traditional games, I’ve got you covered. So, grab a cup of gezelligheid, and let’s dive into this ultimate list of gifts from the Netherlands that will make you say, “Go Dutch or go home!”
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Dutch gifts for large budgets
#1 A trip to the Netherlands
If you are looking for the number one Dutch gift for someone who loves the Netherlands, a trip to the Netherlands is clearly the best gift idea.
You can either book a flight and hotel on Skyscanner or check out Viator for some cool tours in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam would be the most obvious location in The Netherlands.
But if you’re looking for flights within Europe, you can also check for flights to The Hague airport or Eindhoven.
And some tours in The Netherlands beyond Amsterdam include Keukenhof (the tulip fields), Giethoorn (Venice of the north), or de Zaanse Schans and Volendam (two typical old Dutch villages).
#2 Dutch gifts for foodies: poffertjes pan
If you are looking for traditional Dutch gifts for people who love cooking, this is the perfect gift!
It’s a authentic Dutch poffertjes pan.
But first. What are poffertjes?
Poffertjes are delicious small Dutch pancakes that are topped with butter and powdered sugar. And they are definitely one of my favorite Dutch dishes!
This traditional poffertjes pan comes with instructions and you can find plenty of poffertjes recipes online.
#3 Dutch cheese
This Dutch cheese assortment is one of the best gifts for Dutch friends who moved abroad. Or for people who love Dutch cheese.
I could literally write an entire post about how much I love Dutch cheese, but for the sake of your precious time, I will just explain what types of cheese the gift includes:
- Traditional Dutch Gouda cheese
- Cumin seed cheese
- Extra aged cheese (old cheese)
- Goat’s cheese
It also includes a typical Dutch cheese slicer. Dutch people use a slicer like that to get those thin cheese slices they put on their bread.
However, if they’re just having cheese as a snack, they simply cut the cheese with a knife.
For more cheesy gifts, check out this cheese gift guide.
#4 Dutch gifts for him: soccer jersey
If you are looking for souvenirs from the Netherlands for people who love soccer (or football), a jersey is always a good idea.
You can go for the orange one from the Dutch national team. Or if you know which team they support you can buy a jersey of their team such as the Ajax jersey.
Just a small warning here.
Some Dutch supporters can be quite competitive when it comes to soccer, so make sure you know which team they support before you buy a specific team’s jersey.
I can assure you that many Dutchies from Rotterdam will NOT appreciate an Ajax jersey. You should buy a Feyenoord or Sparta one for them.
#5 Van Gogh imitation wall art
If you are looking for souvenirs from the Netherlands for someone who loves art and Dutch painters, this imitation of Vincent van Gogh’s starry night is the perfect gift.
Of course, you can also check out paintings by other famous Dutch painters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, or Piet Mondriaan.
And for cheaper Netherlands gift ideas for art lovers, check out #22.
#6 Dutch language course
A Dutch language course is the best gift for someone living in Amsterdam or anywhere else in The Netherlands (and who doesn’t speak Dutch, of course) or for people who are planning to move there and love learning languages.
Even though English is spoken widely in the Netherlands, if you want to truly connect with the Dutch, speaking their language helps a lot. Especially once you move further from big cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
So there are two options for this gift.
You could either go for a self-taught course on Amazon, for people who learn best by reading and exercises.
Or you can go for the online course on Udemy, which works best for people who are more visual learners.
#7 Dutch jenever
If you are looking for traditional gifts from the Netherlands for people who love gin (or booze in general) this bottle of Dutch jenever is the perfect gift.
Jenever is a very strong liquor made from the juniper berry. It’s slightly comparable to gin. In fact, gin actually evolved from jenever.
For more gifts for gin lovers, check out the gin gift guide.
#8 Traditional Dutch game
If you’re looking for typical Dutch gifts for foreigners, you can’t go wrong with a sjoelbak!
Seriously, just about every Dutch family has one of those at home (yes me too). It’s like a national treasure that Dutchies like to play once a year!
As a Dutchie myself, I absolutely love this game (but I love games in general so that shouldn’t come as a surprise.) In short, the aim of the game is to slide the dice into one of the holes and whoever has the most point wins. It’s super easy and fun.
You can personalize the text for your sjoelbak, so you can change the French words to anything you want, so it doesn’t look like a French gift.
Dutch gifts for mid-budgets
#9 Netherlands-themed board game
Are you looking for gifts for Dutch friends who love board games?
Look no further!
Ticket to Ride The Netherlands edition is the gift you need. Or if the recipient loves Amsterdam, the Amsterdam edition is what you need.
Ticket to Ride is one of my favorite board games, and I love that they have a Dutch version of the game.
The aim of the game is to build railway connections. But whenever I try to explain ticket to ride, it always sounds a bit boring. But trust me that it’s a super fun game, especially if the railway connections are all Dutch cities.
#10 Dutch-themed passport cover
With 93 different Dutch-themed passport covers on Zazzle, you will surely find one for your recipient.
I quite liked the one with the bike, tulips, and flags.
#11 Dutch porcelain
Are you looking for gifts from the Netherlands for people who love Delft Blue pottery? This set of three windmills is the perfect Dutch home decor gift for them.
I’ve mentioned this before in my Chinese gift guide.
But did you know that Delft Blue (what Dutch people consider typical Dutch), is actually a cheap imitation of the original China blue porcelain?
#12 Dutch travel guides
Lonely Planet: The Netherlands
If you are looking for Netherlands gifts for someone who will travel to the Netherlands and who travels on a budget, this is the perfect gift. The Netherlands is definitely not the cheapest country to visit, so a Lonely Planet to guide travelers to the most affordable places is a must for budget travelers.
Culture Smart: the essential guide to customs and culture The Netherlands
If you need Dutch gifts for foreigners who are moving to the Netherlands, this guide to some of the weird Dutch customs is perfect for them.
Rick Steves: Amsterdam & The Netherlands
If you are looking for Dutch gift ideas for someone who will travel to the Netherlands and Amsterdam soon, but who’s not a budget traveler. The Rick Steves is the perfect guidebook for them.
#13 Dutch-themed socks
if you are looking for funny gifts for Dutch friends or for someone who is learning to speak Dutch, these “hoi” socks are perfect!
Oh and just so you know, “hoi” just means hello.
You can also check out Zazzle for more Dutch-themed socks.
#14 Dutch cookbooks
Dutch Feast by Emily Wight
If you are looking for Dutch gifts for foreigners, a Dutch cookbook is a perfect gift. I am not going to lie to you. Traditional Dutch dinner recipes are not worth a cookbook. But, Dutch sweets and snacks, on the other hand, are definitely worth a try. And Dutch Feast includes some of these delicious Dutch sweets.
Dutch recipes that are worth a try
This is one of the great smaller Netherlands gifts for people who are curious about Dutch food and want to give it a try. And I must say, they did pick the few Dutch recipes that are in fact worth trying for foreigners.
Indo-Dutch kitchen secrets: stories and favorite family recipes
So the Dutch kitchen is generally not very rich in flavor (except for the sweets and snacks), but the Indonesian kitchen is. Indonesia is a former Dutch colony and the two kitchens have merged into a unique and delicious Indo-Dutch fusion style, which is taught in this book.
Stuff Dutch people bake
As I said, the only good thing about the Dutch kitchen is the sweets and snacks. So if you are looking for traditional Dutch gifts for foreigners who love baking, this is the perfect gift!
#15 Jigsaw puzzle of the Netherlands
Are you looking for gifts from The Netherlands for jigsaw puzzle lovers?
Then this puzzle of one of the canals in Amsterdam is the perfect gift.
For more inspiration, check out the jigsaw puzzle gift guide.
#16 Dutch bike gifts
Did you know that there are more bikes than people in The Netherlands?
The bicycle is by far the most popular mode of transport in the Netherlands. So if you are looking for fun gifts for someone living in Amsterdam or The Netherlands, anything related to a bike will work.
And this scratch-off map of cycling routes in The Netherlands is perfect for people who would love to bike through the entire country!
If you want, you can also personalize the map with a sweet message for the recipient.
For more inspiration, check out these 25 bicycle gifts.
#17 Fun books about the Netherlands
The UnDutchables. An Observation of the Netherlands: its culture and its Inhabitants
This is a funny book for people who love to understand more about weird Dutch culture and how to blend in with the Dutch.
A concise history of the Netherlands
This book by the concise series is one of the best Dutch gift ideas for people who love history.
Why the Dutch are different: a journey into the heart of the Netherlands
This is another one of the funny Netherlands gifts for people who want to know more about Dutch habits and culture. It’s written by an English man who moved to the Netherlands for love.
#18 Necklace of The Netherlands
Are you looking for gifts for Dutch friends?
Then this necklace in the shape of the Netherlands is the perfect gift for you!
Or if she likes Delft Blue, you can go for the cute earrings.
#19 Dutch-themed tote bag
If you are looking for typical Netherlands gift ideas, something related to the wooden shoe (clogs) is perfect.
But before you do. Let me make one thing clear.
You will not see anyone walking around in clogs (the name for the wooden shoes) anymore.
So even though they’re still typically associated with the Netherlands. You will be disappointed if you expect everyone to walk around in wooden shoes when you get here.
Anyways, for more Dutch-themed tote bags, check out Zazzle.
Dutch gifts for small budgets
#20 Dutch cookies
If you are looking for gifts from the Netherlands for people who love cookies, stroopwafels are the perfect gift!
Stroopwafels are by far the most famous Dutch cookies. In case you are not familiar with the cookie, a stroopwafel consists of two thin waffles, with caramel in between.
The best stroopwafels are those that are freshly made at Dutch markets when the caramel and waffles are still hot from the plate.
But the stroopwafels by Dutch Bakery are a good alternative if you don’t have access to fresh ones.
#21 Map of the Netherlands
If you are looking for gifts for Dutch friends who moved abroad, maps of the Netherlands are great gift ideas. I loved this watercolor one which is available in many different sizes. But you can check out Amazon for all sorts of unique maps.
For more Netherlands gift ideas for the home, check out #24.
#22 Dutch-themed luggage tag
The Dutch-themed luggage tags on Zazzle are perfect gifts for Dutch friends who love to travel.
And if you were looking for more gifts for someone living in Amsterdam and who loves art, the luggage tag with Van Gogh’s starry night over Amsterdam is perfect!
#23 Netherlands travel journal
Are you looking for gifts for someone who is going on a trip to The Netherlands soon?
Then this journal is the perfect gift for them!
#24 Vintage travel poster of Amsterdam
The vintage travel poster of Amsterdam is another great gift for Dutch friends abroad who would love to add a bit of home to their new home.
#25 Amsterdam coloring book
I love coloring books for adults. They are the perfect gift to help them relax.
So if you are looking for Dutch gift ideas for someone who loves Amsterdam and who could use some peace of mind, this is the perfect gift.
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Final note on the Netherlands gift ideas
If you still haven’t made up your mind about which Netherlands gifts to buy, here are my top three as a local Dutchie.