Gift Idea: ‘Greetings From NL’ Review

by farrah on November 27, 2013 · 14 comments

Greetings From NL

Greetings From NL Design Souvenirs
Locally produced with a conscience

A few weeks ago I was on Twitter and noticed Greetings From NL. I can’t remember who was following who first- but I went to their website to check them out and that’s when I knew—- this is cool Netherlands stuff. And not just your typical can of stroopwaffles or XXX bag from Amsterdam. These are pretty fun things to send home (or just keep for yourself!).

We’re a new souvenir brand from Amsterdam. We offer high quality gift items with a high-usability factor which we produce as eco-friendly and locally as possible. This way we try to stimulate the growth and recovery of our local economy with minimal impact on the environment. 

We seem to struggle with what to send back to relatives. Cheese? Did it. Candy? No, I’d rather not get hassled in customs. After all, can’t bringing Kinder Eggs back to the states land you in jail? Anyhow- I’m now pretty excited to share these super cute items from the Greetings From NL shop with you- and am pretty sure that my friends back home will like them too. After all, there’s something for everyone.

There’s something for the herring lover in your life…

Greetings From NL Herring

The beauty queen (it says ‘I Miss Holland’)…

Greetings From Nl I Miss Holland

That child in the family…

Greetings From NL Rookworst

And what baby can’t use a onesie?

Greetings From NL OnesieDon’t worry- that’s not a real cheese slicer…

I was sent this fantastic umbrella shirt for me- which I loved the cut and shape (long torso, wide neck) as well as this perfect Holland football one for my husband.

Greetings From NL tee shirts

Additionally, I don’t know about you- but nothing makes me want to get cooking like rocking a fun apron.

photo 3-27No, I do not usually keep a mirror in my kitchen. But I also know how much you guys love my nemesis: the Stove of Doom.

I love it! It has an adjustable neck, and is made from high-quality material. It’s not cheap or flimsy. Easily something that is sure to stand up to the many washings due to my messy cooking nature.

You really need to go poke around their website- they have so many cute items, and each one has a little tidbit of information on the description. They even have iPhone covers, placemats and free downloads with their bright and colorful designs.

So don’t pick up that random souvenir you find at a shop that was made in China. Go here and pick out something a little more fun and unique- which I bet they have never seen before- yet it’s all so very… Dutch. Their founder Chrissie Cremers agrees:

“The souvenir business in Holland is big business. But it is all about producing really cheap stuff, buying it by the container (most likely from China) and selling it with super high margins. It is not at all about what it should be, that’s to say: local stuff that is worth bringing home.“ 

Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and if you’re really die-hard they have a great Pinterest page to follow too, with lots of all things Dutch.

 

Disclosure: I was sent two tee shirts and an apron for the purposes of review. As usual though- all words and thoughts make up my opinions.

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ace November 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

I LOVE the apron and onesie cheese designs! These look far more unique than the usual souvenirs in Amsterdam, so I’ll have to check out the website.
And since I have seen that umbrella shirt in person, I can attest to its cuteness and nice cut. =)

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2 farrah November 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

I agree- they really are a fun and different way to bring something home. I think I’ll be digging this apron for a long time!

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3 Gayla November 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

These are just brilliant! Going check out their other offerings right now. Thanks 🙂

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4 farrah November 27, 2013 at 9:56 am

You got it- super fun and really nice people to work with as well.

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5 Ann November 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

Cute stuff! I’m needing an apron, love the NL (as you know) but like how it’s not so in-your-face touristy souvenirs.

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6 farrah November 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

That’s what I like about them too! The baby onesies are adorable.

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7 Jen November 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Cute! I already downloaded the herring tie wallpaper to my phone. Now I just have to figure out what else I’m going to put on my Christmas list…

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8 farrah November 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

I was so hoping you would see this! I thought of you immediately 🙂

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9 Mrs. Chasing the Donkey November 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Ohh that onsie is so cheesy…. see, see what I did there? Also, how do we really know you do not keep a mirror in your kitchen? I for one am doubtful.

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10 farrah November 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

We are on the same page my friend. You are so smart 🙂

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11 CK November 28, 2013 at 2:40 am

Sorry for the odd comment… but you can’t get Kinder eggs in the US? You can find them everywhere in Canada…

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12 farrah November 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

The insanity that is the United States: You can get away with pretty much anything EXCEPT Kinder Eggs.

The toys are too small and Little Johnnie might swallow them. No kidding- you can be seriously fined for bringing them back.

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13 Chamisa November 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

Had no idea about the Kinder Egg restrictions – yikes! I love these designs – so unique! They need to make some German souvenirs.

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14 farrah November 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

That would be awesome. I have many friends in Germany who would love that!

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