This holiday season I would like to encourage you to support small local businesses by doing your Christmas shopping with them. Below you will find many different professionals, services and products that would make a great gift for your loved ones.
Most companies also included an offer, so make sure to snag them now! :)
"When I travel I always look for the pure and authentic way of life. To understand the local culture better, I connect with locals to enjoy their food, their festivals together with them. With my company Verita's Visit Holland I offer you a peek in the local Dutch way of life in the South Holland province. We visit tulip farms, ride a bike in the countryside, bake stroopwafels or make Gouda cheese, meet the miller or go on a tasty & creative city adventure during a local event. I love organising personalised group outings for families, friends or teambuilding events for international companies. How does your typical Dutch activity look like ? Get #socialwithalocal & connect with me!"
Verita Visit celebrates her 5th anniversary in 2020! Bring your 5 year old for free to the tulip bike tour (21 March till 1 May 2020). Offer valid till 6 January.
"We have a business in laser engraved and handmade gifts made out of mostly wood. We work on an artisanal and authentic basis and find it very important to put a personal touch to our products and also work as sustainable as possible. We like to put a smile on peoples faces by personalising their gifts (e.g. put their name on it, pack the order with a personal note) and thinking along with their wishes. Our most popular categories are Christmas, Kids&Family, Cards&Arts, Wedding&Party and Personalised orders.
Currently our website is under construction so it will be more representative for what we believe in and are able to offer."
We will be participating in the winterwonderweken at Drijvende Kerstmarkt from December 13-24, and will have some special Christmas offers which can only be purchased in our little wooden cabin. We will be selling all sorts of Christmas decorations and other Christmas gifts, all made out of sustainable or recycled wood.
"In 2014, I opened my wedding planning agency Exceptional Weddings & Events. We offer wedding and event planning, wedding styling (decoration and flowers) and ceremonial speaker (DE, NL, EN).
We work in the whole Netherlands and also offer destination weddings. But our absolute specialty are beach weddings.
The most important for us is the personal contact with our clients.
We want them to enjoy the journey to their wedding day and are more than honoured to be a part of this special way to the perfect day.
For every couple we make a custom made wedding concept to be sure everything will be exactly as they wish for."
"I'm a home Baker that creates sweets by order.
I can do cakes, cupcakes and cookies."
€5 on top of every Gift Card that is purchased before January 2nd!
"Kwintessentieel is a sport and relaxation massage therapy with specialities like deep tissue, trigger point, and AIM massage. Excellent reviews and 24/7 online booking service.
The Kwint 10 massages Family&Friends card offers the freedom to share or treat yourself to a regular relaxation/sport massage and injury-related session.
When you buy the 10 massages Family & Friends card, you receive a classy gift package from 'Lots of Lesvos' containing olive oil, honey, herbs and salt + 10 euro off from all massages!
Leiden, den Haag
"I am a maternity, baby and family photographer, working in Leiden and the surrounding cities. My aim is to capture natural and candid moments with your loved ones. Years go by so fast, I want you to be able to look back on a photograph and remember just how little your kids were.
I also offer a Beginners Photography workshops, so you can learn yourself how to photograph your family along the journey."
Book a Beginners Photography Workshop before Dec 31, and receive €50 discount from your family shoot.
"I do nails, not acrylic or artificial. I like working with people that have problem with their nails be it splitting, breaking or even biting. If I can help someone that thought they could not have healthy nails to find that with some work that they can. Then that's a job well done. I also do gel polish and other treatments."
10% off on first appointment!
"Trouvaille Invitations is about card making, my main design is in wedding invitations but not limited to baby announcement card, birthday invitations, baby milestone cards, engagement, bridal shower any card for your big event. I’m a graphic designer with 9 years designing experience. All the cards can be locally produced or we can have it made and shipped from my home country Indonesia."
20% discount for Christmas card design (print is not included in the discount)
"I'm running an online store with vintage clothes for kids. I avoid shouting colours, unicorns and glitter, and instead I offer pastel colours, stylish and modest clothes that correspond to 50s, 60s and 70s fashion. Myself I am kind of a decadent of current times and I wish I was born at least in 50s!"
All the Christmas and red clothes are till 40% off!
"A coffee a sketch was born during my travels. I drank coffee and I sketched the city I was visiting. This is my way to relax and internalise memories. Today I bring that service to tourist or locals, I selected the cafes with best views in town to sketch and watercolour your own postcard of the city. I bring the necessary materials and knowledge for everyone to participate. But I also make personal sketches for custom commissions: There are magic corners in town where people met a special person, they come to me so I can make a watercolour of that place and they can use it as a beautiful and symbolic present."
Now you can book an experience for two people for €45, or an A5 watercolour for the same price!
Leiden and 15km radius
"I believe that only the convenience of your own place can create an environment conducive to sustainable well-being. Physical and mental comfort is paramount to deep relaxation. In that spirit I created a unique mobile massage service in Leiden area, which delivers high quality massage experience to your doorstep with a professional table or massage chair. Massage at home also means you don’t need to spend your precious time on finding a salon and getting there in windy rains, but can melt on your couch afterwards with a cup of tea enjoying the blissfulness of your massage even longer... :)"
This Christmas receive a €10 discount the elegant gift certificates. Also valid for the first try-out massage session for those who just want to treat themselves!
"I am a music therapist & baby massage teacher working with expecting parents, newborns and toddler. Making music and baby massage strengthens the emotional bond between parent and child, promotes motor and social development and has a range of physical, psychological and emotional benefits for both."
From 1st to 24th of December I am posting an Advent Calendar to delight my followers with tips and good deals, and spread some Christmas cheer!
"Alkaline Studio is a textile and dye studio based in Leiden. We use natural dyes and sustainably sourced fabrics to create textiles for your body and home, made slowly by hand. You can also join a workshop in dyeing or quilting, taught at Handwerkstudio Leiden."
10% off your first workshop in Leiden in the new year!
"I create amazing art from sugar. You can order anything from simple cookies through delicious macarons to unique modern cakes. The reason why people love my work so much is that I create cakes you won't find anywhere else and that are also very delicious. I love my work as I get to be involved in so many celebrations and I know I make people happy with my creations."
Buy a sweet gift for your loved one and get a free Christmas cookie. Gift cards are available from €20.
Voorburg, den Haag, Leiden
"Serendipity libros is a children bookshop specialised for kids who are growing in a multicultural/multilingual environment. We have Spanish, French and Italian books. We organise free storytelling sessions regularly in different languages, our selection is very carefully curated, we try to have a wide range of voices, authors, publishers, we have both translated books and books written in its original language, as well as from different countries; it is really a labor of love. We can also offer recommendations for specific needs / situations / interests."
5% for orders from Leiden Expats until the end of January (email me before ordering so I can apply the discount)
"The Canadian Cupcakery (Est. 2017) is a small premium bakery specialising in custom cakes, cupcakes and other baked goodies.
All baked to order, based on North American recipes by a Canadian expat for expats (Dutchies are welcome too!).
No two cakes out the door are the same and we love getting to know our clients when designing their cakes.
What’s the key: a seriously delicious taste and quality above all."
Holiday pre-orders in a range of limited edition holiday flavours including nanimo bars and egg nog cupcakes!
See Facebook or Instagram for details!
Leiden, den Haag, online
Counseling and support through pain, loss, change.
AntiLoneliness is a group practice where kind and caring psychologists with many years of professional experience are offering counseling and therapy to groups and individuals.
People trust us and reach out to us when they face: relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma issues, inner conflicts, identity crisis, loneliness, unhappiness, grief, fears, anger. You are not alone.
A voucher of 20% for any workshop in 2020 or for your first session (individual, couples, group)