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Best Christmas Shopping in Amsterdam

Best Christmas Shopping in Amsterdam, 2013

Christmas is the most popular holiday of the season. During the December month Amsterdam turns into a magical city with lights in every tree. The shopping streets beautifully decorated with the shopping windows in Christmas theme and many lights that illuminate the narrow streets when it gets dark so early. In The Netherlands we have two holiday's in December. "Sinterklaas" which is a typical Dutch and much bespoke holiday. This is mostly celebrated with little children. In contrary to Christmas! In The Netherlands the Christmas holiday is for the adults. It's two days (yes, the Dutch celebrate 1st and 2nd day of Christmas) where it's all about food, family and presents. 

Amsterdam is great to go Christmas shopping since there are so many small boutiques with unique items. The last few years a dozen of concept stores opened the doors. Perfect if you're looking for a personal gift since there are so many different products under one roof. And if you're lucky you can also have lunch or coffee there. Some of the best shopping streets are Cottoncake and Hutspot. For cheaper Christmas gifts the recently opened Flying Tiger is a perfect address. Super cheap Scandinavian designs at this trendy department store.

Enjoy your holiday shopping spree in Amsterdam!


Between the Sarphatipark and the busy Albert Cuypmarkt you find concept store Cottoncake. It's located at the 1e Van Der Helststraat and surrounded by other cool shops that are worth to have a look at as well. The all-white interior at Cottoncake is super clean and impressive. Just as the bull skull from Bali that is a real eye catcher at this cute store. The items at Cottoncake come from all over the world and are inspired by the travel adventures of the owners. They sell women clothes, jewelry and home and living accessories. Cottoncake is also perfect to go for coffee, breakfast, brunch or lunch after shopping at the De Pijp district.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Cottoncake is a great concept store to shop for Christmas gifts that ladies will love.

Anne's expert tip: After shopping at the Albert Cuyp market I like to go to Cottoncake to browse around and drink coffee.

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Do you know the perfume laboratories of the exclusive perfume brand Le Labo in New York, Paris and London? Don't tell this secret around but you can also buy this brand at the exclusive Skins Cosmetics beauty store in Amsterdam. The store has several location in the cozy Nine Streets and also at the luxurious Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam Old South. If you want to spoil someone for Christmas it's very nice to create a personal fragrance at Skins. They have different samples for men and woman and make it customized for you as a limited edition.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Skins is the best beauty store in Amsterdam where you can create your personal unique fragrance.

Anne's expert tip: Let the girls at Skins make you a unique perfume!

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Flying Tiger is a department store in the lower segment that is originally from Copenhagen. The Scandinavian design is super clean and loved by a lot of people. The store at the central Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam is only open for a few weeks now. This store is perfect if you're looking for affordable and trendy Christmas gifts. They sell almost everything! From tableware to home and living accessories and from gadgets to fashion items. You will be surprised about the stock when you go there. The Flying Tiger store in Amsterdam is huge with multiple levels. It's a paradise for shopping on a budget!

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: if you're looking for Christmas gifts on a budget Flying Tiger is the number one address.

Anne's expert tip: My favorite address for cheap gifts and cool stationary!

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At concept store Het Grote Avontuur there never is a dull moment. For the Christmas holidays hey work together with entrepreneurs to organize cool events like pop-up markets and pop-up cafes. The Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat where this store is located are super trendy and cozy. Perfect to go Christmas shopping. The collection of books here is great and a perfect holiday gift. At Het Grote Avontuur you will find a mix of new and vintage home and living items. But if you're looking for a small gift the stationary or candle holders are perfect as a Christmas gift as well.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Het Grote Avontuur is a great store at the trendy Haarlemmerdijk with unique home and living items.

Anne's expert tip: Treasures from all over the world make this shop perfect for gift shopping.

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As soon as you enter the concept store Sukha you notice something different. All the products here have a story. The owners buy the products straight from the makers where possible and it's great to know where the items come from. Most of the products are fair trade which gives extra value when you buy your Christmas gifts there. Sukha is known for its unique poetry. They have great quotes that make you happy printed on post cards and on posters. This store is perfect for smaller gifts but also if you're looking for new clothes or home and living accessories.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Green is hot! And at Sukha all products are collected with respect for the makers. A unique concept store!

Anne's expert tip: This is one of the best places to shop fair trade trendy items!

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Ever since the opening of their first store in Amsterdam the home and living store Sissy Boy is a favorite by locals in Amsterdam. Their collections are very recognizable and consist of products under the Sissy Boy label and items from trendy home and living brands. People like to go here for beautiful and unique tableware combinations. From colored glasses to plates and bowls. For Christmas Sissy Boy always has the best decoration for sale. Also very nice is the soap and beauty line and the collection of stationary. Those make the perfect presents! Sissy Boy has several locations in Amsterdam.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Sissy Boy was one of the first concept stores in Amsterdam and has many locations. An all time favourite!

Anne's expert tip: One of the best addresses for affordable tableware and beautiful glasses!

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Maison NL is one of the cutest concept stores in Amsterdam. It has a super female collection handpicked by the owners on home and living fairs all over the world. The style of the store is classic with a twist. Although the store is very small you will be surprised what you can find here. A unique collection of stationary and gift wrap labels. Beautiful clothes from Scandinavian brands. Beautiful table ware that's handmade in South Africa. Home and living accessories like vases and other eye catchers and even a collection with gifts for kids. There is so much to see at Maison NL you can browse around for an hour.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This little concept store at the Utrechtsestraat has a unique collection of all that women like!

Anne's expert tip: Maison NL is always on trend and sells the coolest items for your home!

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Concept stores are super popular in Amsterdam. It's almost like a new one opens the doors every week. In a street where before only cheaper shops and shawarma restaurants were located Hutspot changed the street view completely. Suddenly hipsters and trendy locals went to this street to shop at the 800 square meters big concept store Hutspot. At Hutspot you can shop a great collection of designer clothes for men and woman. At the barber shop men can have their beards cut and on the second floor you can enjoy a sandwich and coffee. One-stop-shop for Christmas gifts!

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Hutspot is the largest concept store in Amsterdam with more than 800m2 of unique items.

Anne's expert tip: I love to go to Hutspot to drink coffee and shop for home accessories!

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Old City Centre/Old Side

De Bijenkorf, a chain of high-end department stores, is definitely a Dutch favorite. The store in Amsterdam, which opened in 1870, was the first of De Bijenkorf's stores. The majestic building towers over Dam Square, ready to welcome shoppers. The name literally translates to the "beehive," which is fitting because the store is always buzzing. Shoppers can browse a wide range of brands from Mulberry and the Dutch brand Fred de la Bretoniere to Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger. De Bijenkorf also has a great travel department where you can buy luxury suitcases. The shoe department is shoe heaven for men and woman. Not to forget about the book and stationary floor. On the ground level of De Bijenkorf you find the luxury shop in shops of Gucci, Fendi and Mulberry.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: For all last minute Christmas shopping De Bijenkorf is the perfect address! Here you find everything under one roof for men, woman and kids.

Anne's expert tip: Everything you can imagine for Christmas under one roof!

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The Utrechtsestraat is one of the most lovely streets in Amsterdam to go shopping. After years of renovation the tram 4 crosses the street again and the street is more trendy than ever. Jan is a great concept store where you can find something for everyone. The store is super small like a typical Dutch house. When you go there on a Saturday afternoon it's crowded with trendy girls shopping for gifts for a friend or for themselves. the collection ranges from beautiful unique jewelry to coffee table books and gadgets for girls such as leather bags and home and living accessories.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Although this store is super small the collection is extensive with a handpicked collection of books, scarves and more.

Anne's expert tip: At Jan I can always find a unique gift for my friends. Don't forget to check out the affordable jewelry.

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