Christmas decorations have been put up in towns and villages all over Holland and most children have by now already welcomed Sinterklaas and his helpers into their town. The garden centres are setting out the final baubles to lure us to purchase decorations which we tried to convince ourselves we didn’t need and from the coming weeks our olfactory nerves will be bombarded with the smell of speculaas and pepernootjes. We can’t avoid it any longer; we must start to think about our Sinterklaas and Christmas shopping!
This shop makes me smile. It is fairly new to Rotterdam and is a delight. As the name suggests, it hails from Denmark. This could be your “one-stop shop” for all your Sinterklaas gifts. Prices are very affordable and items just that little bit different. The stock is regularly changing. It’s a delight!
Hoogstraat 183, 3011 AL Rotterdam www.sostrenegrene.com
Specializing primarily in stylish articles for the home plus fashion jewellery and a smattering of antiques. At this time of year you will also find original Christmas decorations. Prices won’t break the bank.
Witte de Withstraat 23a, 3012 BL Rotterdam. www.dirkxwonen.nl
Jac A. van Zanten
Definitely worth visiting if you are looking for a present for the “foodie” on your present list. If is full to bursting with goodies to tempt your taste buds, the majority of which are from the UK. There is also a small lunchroom at the back of the store and in finer weather it is possible to sit outside. They have even managed to squeeze in a deli.
Karel Doormanstraat 292, 3012 GP Rotterdam. www.jacavanzanten.nl
Het Derde Servies
Take care not to break anything as you carefully squeeze your way around the shop! The shelves are stocked full of vintage and antique china and glass wares. Just perfect if you are looking for a gift for someone who likes to entertain in style.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 208A, 3021 GL Rotterdam. www.hetderdeservies.nl
Offering fine hand-made chocolates and chocolate creations. Watch the expert at work at the back of the store. They will even do their best to accommodate your personal requests. We all need chocolate at Christmas!
Zaagmolenkade 194, 3035 KC Rotterdam. www.olalachocola.nl
Anyone who loves to dabble in artistic creations will love a gift from this store. If you can’t find what you need to create a masterpiece in this shop you won’t find it anywhere.
Burgemeester van Walsumweg 730-860, 3011 MZ Rotterdam. www.harolds.nl
They specialize in hand-crafted exotic items for the home. Stylish and definitely different.
Karel Doormanstraat 324, 3012 GP Rotterdam. zenzahome.com
This is an extra special florist’s, also offering high-end decorative items for the home. Definitely not your average “bloemist”. Gorgeous!
van Oldenbarneveltstraat 144 / 3012 GX Rotterdam. www.zomersbloemen.nl
Most of us don’t have to travel very far to come across a Wereldwinkel; there is probably one in your town. Always something unique on offer and you know you will be helping to support Fairtrade. Here is the address of the one in Rotterdam centre.
“De Groene Passage”, Mariniersweg 9, 3011 NB Rotterdam. www.rotterdamcentrum.wereldwinkels.nl
Lose yourself in “book heaven”. This large shop is well stocked with reference books and English novels. Their gift section offers really unique items and when you need a sugar boost enjoy coffee and cake in the café.
Coolsingel 119, 3012 AG Rotterdam. www.donner.nl
Hope you find just what you are looking for in some of my favourite shops. Enjoy!